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.
For a sneak peak of the collection: http://
I have these two works available as a limited run. Please contact the gallery for purchase.
Lorraine Pilgrim presents
Arcadia- Pleasures & Places
Opening: Saturday 9 December 2017 4-6pm
To be officially opened by Tracy Cooper-Lavery – Director – Gold Coast City Gallery
Art Piece Gallery
This new, national, non-acquisitive prize is for a 2D work of art in any medium measuring 30 x 30 cm.
Judges are Susi Muddiman OAM, director of the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, and Amanda Penrose Hart, winner of the 2017 Gallipoli Art Prize.
Finalists’ Exhibition 24th November 2017 – 22 January 2018
Award Ceremony 25th November 2017 3pm
Images- Damien O’Mara
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.
Goldfinch Redeemed was given 3rd prize in the easel section of the THE 42ND RIO TINTO MARTIN HANSON MEMORIAL ART AWARDS 2017
at the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery by Judge Pat Hoffie.
14th October – 7th December 2017
Visitors are encouraged to take part in this year’s QAL People’s Choice Awards* by voting at the kiosks available within the Gallery & Museum until 5pm, Thursday 30 November 2017.
Friday 20 October – Sunday 26 November 2017
|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.
A collaboration with Melbourne artist and friend Robert Fenton has been selected for the newly relocated EMSLA still life prize.
OPENING NIGHT & WINNER ANNOUNCED Friday 10 November
at PROJECT CONTEMPORARY ARTSPACE Wollongong
EXHIBITION CLOSES Saturday 9 December 2017
Forma et situs agri – Marking our path watercolour ink resin on paper on board
This work has been curated into the Clayton Utz Art Award 2017. 40 works chosen from over 300 entries
I have had the opportunity to paint a large mural for the Redlands Council in conjunction with Creative Move and the Redland Art Gallery. ‘We visit every year’ draws attention to the stories of our migratory shore birds and the precarious nature of their habitat in our bay areas. It also references visitation, holidays and return visits to our beautiful bay areas.
Thanks to Creative Move for giving me this opportunity and for their unwavering support through out the process and to Redlands Council for having the vision for Public Art in their community.
It was a challenge to paint the mural in panels in my studio, then transport them and have them attached to a giant framework to instal on the side of the IGA building in Wellington Point Village. Many people helped make this happen and I am grateful for their support.
I have been privileged to be able to spend 9 days as artist in residence and experience the stunning beauty of Roebuck Bay in Broome and spend time watching and sketching the shore birds in this unique habitat. This material will help feed a body of work about migration and an exhibition late 2018 at the Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland. This residency was made possible with the help of an Arts Qld grant and the support of the Broome Bird Observatory.
an exhibition at the Queensland Museum – World Science Festival Brisbane 22nd – 26th March, 2017
Curated by Carrie McCarthy with much absorbing artwork by artists who work across science and art including: Maria Fernanda Cardoso, Elisa Jane Carmichael, Selene Cochrane, Simone Eisler, Emma Lindsay, Sara Manser, Sharon McKenzie, Julie-Anne Milinski, Deb Mostert, Jeanette Stok, Geoff Thompson, Michelle Vine, Carolyn Veronica Watson.
A collaboration with Melbourne artist and friend Robert Fenton has been shortlisted
and will open Friday 10th February at the Webb Gallery, Queensland College of Art, Southbank
Forma et Situs Agri – Marking our Path 2016 watercolour, ink, resin on paper on board
The pre-selection panel consisted of artist and Queensland College of Art Fine Art programme advisor, Julie Fragar, multi-disciplinary artist Chris Bennie, and director of Griffith Artworks Angela Goddard.
Pre-Selection Judge, Chris Bennie, said the standard of entries to the 2016/17 Bermingham Prize was very high.
“I am confident my colleagues and I have finalised an exhibition that successfully communicates the currency of watercolour as a significant, engaging and developing medium within Australian art,” he said.
We are also pleased to announce artist Michael Zavros as the Principal judge for 2017. Michael is a leading Australian artist whose work has been exhibited in major museums throughout Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Europe. His exceptional painting skills and extensive knowledge of contemporary Australian art will be of immense value to the judging process.
The selected artists will have their artwork showcased in the finalist exhibition opening on the 9 February 2017. The Major Prize ($20,000) and two Highly Commended Awards ($2,000 each) will be announced at the opening event on Friday 10 February 2017, open to the public from 6-8pm.
My work entitled Terra Australis 2 was shortlisted from over 400 entries to be a part of an exhibition
at Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland until 27th November 2016.
Judges were Judy Watson (artist), Jose Da Silva (senior Curator QAGOMA), Emma Bain and Stephanie Lindquist (co Directors Redland Art Gallery)
My bronze sculptures entitled the Graceville Wunderkammers have been installed as part of a Brisbane City Council Suburban Centre Improvement Project at Honour Avenue, Graceville.
I was commissioned by the Council Urban Planning Dept to collaborate with the local community to create two artworks which reflected the curatorial rationale of ‘Showtime’. Emerging in the 16th century, the Wunderkammer (cabinet of curiosities) included objects belonging to natural history, geology, social history, religious or historical relics, works of art and antiquities. It was regarded as a microcosm or a theatre of the world, and a theatre of the memory. These cabinets served as a status symbol, provided entertainment, were precursors to museums and receptacles of a people’s history both imagined and real. These Wunderkammers are filled with objects belonging to the social and natural history of the Graceville area and it’s people. It is meant to invoke memories, engage conversation and summon narratives of both past and present. There are stories hidden in each object.
Huge thanks to Chalkos Fine Art Foundry for their expertise and collaboration. Photo credits Carl Warner
The idea of a migratory bird burdening itself with a collection of vintage airline bags is ridiculous. But then so is the thought that a migratory bird should not be allowed to make a journey with all its meagre possessions from its land to another land, so it can raise its young in safety.
The opening for the Sunshine Coast Art Prize is 1st September and the exhibition runs until the 2nd of October at the Caloundra Regional Gallery, Caloundra.
‘We travel a lot so collecting these made sense’ Bartailed Godwit Vintage Airline bags 46 x 61 cm watercolour