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The Concourse showcases sculptures by acclaimed artists

Located in the centre of Chatswood, The Concourse is a live arts and entertainment venue encompassing a 1000 seat Concert Hall, 500 seat Theatre, studio and rehearsal space, 5000 square metre public library, outdoor Urban Screen, restaurant and boutique retail space. As a unique highlight of the building, The Concourse features the sculpture works of two highly acclaimed Australian artists, ingress by Warren Langley and Visiting Enki by Wendy Mills.

by Warren Langley 2011

Designed specifically for the architectural space in the upstairs Foyer on The Concourse, Warren Langley’s Ingress is a suspended light installation of sustainable LED lights that illuminate a blue glow. With a configuration that implies a sense of movement towards the concert hall entry, the sculpture is a lateral interpretation of the concept of a chandelier, representing memorable chandeliers that appear in performance spaces, opera theatres and concert halls around the world.

An internationally acclaimed light and glass artist, Warren Langley has won a number of industry awards, including a silver prize at the International Exhibition of Glass Art in 1988. Warren’s work is represented in the National Collection and most state galleries in Australia.

Visiting Enki
by Wendy Mills 2010

Encompassing the entire space of the water court on The Concourse’s open space, Wendy Mills’ Visiting Enki comprises of a boat-like open framework as the focal point of the installation, with a counterbalance of scattered, grey shapes on the floor below the water.

Inspired by an ancient Sumerian myth, Visiting Enki follows the story of Inanna, the queen of heaven, who travels in her sky-boat to visit Enki, the lord of wisdom, for a convivial night of feasting and drinking. Enki gives Inanna his devine decrees in a moment of generosity, but he deeply regrets his action the next morning and commands her boat be set upon by sea monsters. Escaping her pursuers, Inanna uses the decrees to establish a new order of civilization and culture in her city.

Australian visual artist Wendy Mills has created a range of works throughout her career, from temporary installations, interactive computer works, to commissioned public art. Much of her artwork is characterised by an underlying geometry and the use of translucent and reflective materials such as water and light.

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The Concourse is an initiative of Willoughby City Council and proudly managed by Century Venues.