Thanks to all of the 200 people who attended opening night… it was very lovely to share that with you. The Shore Birds exhibition also looked wonderful and it is a lovely accompaniment as we discuss the vulnerability of our migrating shorebirds as well as our shared migration stories.
Thanks to Louise Martin-Chew for opening with Professor Richard Fuller, School of Biological Sciences, University of Queensland.
‘Cross Cut Kookaburras’ was painted over the weekend of the 7th-9th September as part of the Ipswich Fused Festival. With the support of the festival organisers and Ipswich City Council we have added the presence of a couple of large kookaburras into the River Heart parklands adjacent to the Bremer River. Thanks to Kate Roberts and Meg Sweeney.
This work came late one night thinking about migrant pine trees, parrots and people and using the stencil sent to me by Amnesty International for their ‘be there’ campaign. Musings about what makes a person, plant or parrot be there or not.
The prize received over 220 entries from all over Australia and the judges have selected 26 finalists from a strong and diverse field of works.
Due to the recent sale of the Jugglers Art Space building, this year’s Finalists Exhibition will be held at the Queensland College of Art Project Gallery from Friday 3rd August until Friday 17th August 2018. The Major Prize Winner, Honourable Mention and Director’s Encouragement Award will be announced at the exhibition opening on Friday 3rd August.
The Project Gallery will be open Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 4pm, for the duration of the exhibition.
All exhibition visitors will have the opportunity to vote for the People’s Choice Award and the winner will be announced at the exhibition closing event on Friday 17th August.
Just had a great 5 days and nights drawing madly with 12 enthusiastic and fun fellow artists/students at McGregor Winter School, USQ Toowoomba. It was another great creative experience where immersion for a week or more leads to breakthroughs and much progress. Thanks to Artworx at USQ for the streamlined organisation and great facilities.
I was very pleased to be awarded first prize in an urban sketching competition organised by the Centre for Transformative Work Design at the University of Western Australia. The brief was to choose a person whose job you were interested in and make a concertina sketchbook about what they do. I chose Heather Janetzki (Collections Manager birds and mammals, Qld Museum) for the sheer variety and absorbingly interesting things she does in any given work day. It was a pleasure to be able to highlight the fantastic job she does preserving and caring for our natural heritage at the museum and beyond.
They received 42 entries from 9 countries (Australia, Canada, UK, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Portugal and USA ).
Professor Sharon Parker, the Director of the Centre for Transformative Work Design, commented:
“Apart from the wonderfully detailed and beautiful drawings and the explicit efforts to capture aspects of work design in the story, I love how the artist used colour to draw attention to the ‘person’ as that resonates with our focus on people as critical in the work system”.
Urban Sketcher and judge Lynne Chapman described the entry as:
“Exceptional: detailed, communicative and beautiful. The different processes involved in the job are captured with understated and fascinating precision. The text is always relevant and is well integrated with the drawings, so that the work flows seamlessly along both sketchbooks.”
The theme was ‘Optimism’ and I chose the site at Moggill Road, Pinjarra Hills.
‘A baby Tawny Frogmouth perches atop a vintage aluminium teapot. Nothing is more optimistic than a baby bird. The quirky and whimsical combination of birds and what they might collect led me to sit him on one of my collected teapots because it matched his eyes. The teapot in this location, adjacent to the retirement and aged facility, speaks of the familiar and humble aluminium teapot that graced every kitchen from the 40’s to the 70’s. Everyone remembers with fondness the teapot Grandma had.
A larger than life reminder of the local wildlife as well as remind us of the nostalgia of our grandparent’s tea making rituals.’
There is a short video of the process (before the camera battery failed!) here.
Had a great time delivering a weekend workshop on the practice of keeping a sketchbook with a group of enthusiastic local artists from Barcaldine and Longreach, central Queensland. I then spent a happy week drawing around town and filled my own sketchbook with impressions. It was great to be out back and in the company of lovely, friendly folk in a totally different landscape.
It was a fun and busy 4 days at the Qld Museum chatting with many folk about the migratory shorebirds and sharing my sketchbooks and artworks. It was an amazing event with huge crowds of people from all walks of life coming to celebrate Science and to learn more about the world around them.
Special thanks to Heather Janetzki for her support and encouragement of the Arts/Science crossover, Rena Singh for brilliant event management and Edwin Davis who made the video. You can more of his work here. edwindavis.net.au
I’m very grateful to Arts Qld for funding towards my next big exhibition project entitled Australien Future – tales of migrants.
I rediscovered some silent film footage my grandfather (Opa) took on the migrant ship that he and his family were travelling from Holland to Australia on in 1955. The traditional ship board entertainment of the crossing the Equator ceremony involves tarring and feathering new arrivals to the ship, to test their fortitude. I watched in amazement as I realised the words ‘Australien Future’ had been daubed upon my young migrant father’s chest. The poignant Dutch spelling made me again make the silent, sad connections about the change in attitudes to the new arrivals who wish to join us in this country.
The images I pull out hold some promise for further connections between my own migrant history in parallel with the migration stories of the waders that visit our shores. Migratory birds travel huge distances of thousands of kilometres driven by the basic needs for safety and food, and to be able to reproduce and raise their families in a safe place over the harsh conditions of their breeding grounds.
I hope to raise conversations about attitudes to different migrating people groups and why some birds/people are more vulnerable than others.
This exhibition will be held at the Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland from December 2018 – Jan 2019
To celebrate their first year, Onespace Gallery is excited to launch Onespace Afterimage Editions – a new platform in which they collaborate with artists to create limited edition digital fine art prints.
For the inaugural collection, Onespace has curated an exciting print range which includes a diversity of imagery and concerns by artists:
Michael Boiyool Anning, James and Eleanor Avery, Renata Buziak, Elisa Jane Carmichael, Jodie Connolly, Shara Delaney, Sebastian Di Mauro, Andrea Higgins, Georgina Hooper, Lucy Irvine, Rachael Lee, Fintan Magee, Sebastian Moody, Casselle Mountford, Deb Mostert, Matthew Newkirk, Lix North, Elysha Rei, Mandy Ridley, Brian Robinson, Donna Maree Robinson, Jackie Ryan, Samuel Tupou, Benjamin Werner, and Jay Younger.
The exhibition will be available to the public in the gallery and online from Wednesday, 6 December 2017 and will run until Friday, 22 December 2017.
Please join us for drinks with the artists on Saturday, 8 December 2017, from 6-8pm to celebrate our first year of exhibitions and achievements.
The William Jolly Bridge will be lit up each evening with artwork projections from the Migratory Birds and Suitcases watercolour works to celebrate the event the End of the Line Festival 1-5th November 2017
‘Deb Mostert’s ongoing interest in themes of collection, memory, and sacredness sees her hunting second hand stores, gift shops and antique centres in search for items that have a past and then presenting them in new stories and images. To celebrate the ‘End of the Line’ festival, Council presents Mostert’s artworks which feature vintage suitcases – a symbol of the travel and migration birds and people take to arrive in Australia.’
This Light Up is organised by Brisbane City Council and curated by CreativeMove.
30 Finalists announced
Lyn McCrea Memorial Drawing Prize 2017
Official Opening and Winner announced: Saturday 21 October, 5pm
Special guest: 2017 Finalist judge QUT Art Museum Curator, Kevin Wilson.
I’m very happy to have a portrait I made of my friend Riswan selected for this prize.
In our neighbourhood there are many migrants and refugees living in the community. Some live in limbo on temporary protection visas, trying to make themselves at home in a country which may or may not accept them. Some have already wrested out a reluctant acceptance to stay and are settling in to a new way of life. Some, like my family, have been here a generation and feel more Australian than Dutch.
Riswan is a friend, we serve together at our local Salvation Army drop in centre where he has been faithfully helping out every week for the last 4 years. He is seeking asylum from Sri Lanka, wishing to live in freedom from persecution as a Tamil. He came to the studio to sit for me and we chatted about his journey and his hopes for the future. His application to stay has been rejected but he still appeals in the hope he may be accepted.
The Bee eater has become a symbol as I think about our changing attitudes to migrants. Australia has one species (Merops ornatus) which has a close relative in the Bee Eater (Merops philippinus) which migrates through India and Sri Lanka. They look more similar than different.