Public Art Commission

The Mater Hospital Springfield through Independant Arts Management have commissioned 12 works for the hospital rooms. An artist in residence project with local school, St Peter’s Lutheran saw us brainstorming ideas about birds and what they might collect, drawing them and then making our own birds from paper and wire.

 

working with grade 4 students at St Peter's Lutheran College at Springfield
working with grade 4 students at St Peter’s Lutheran College at Springfiel
Travel-is-our-life-and-we-love-these-so-much-Bartailed-Godwit-Vintage-Suitcases-2015-46-x-61-cm-watercolour
Travel-is-our-life-and-we-love-these-so-much-Bartailed-Godwit-Vintage-Suitcases-2015-46-x-61-cm-watercolour
'I pick one up when I go on holidays' Rock Hopper Penguin Snow Domes 2015 46 x 61 cm watercolour web
‘I pick one up when I go on holidays’ Rock Hopper Penguin Snow Domes 2015 46 x 61 cm watercolour web

New Venture coming soon

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I am involved in a new venture coming soon called Art500. It’s a unique website that features original contemporary artworks from Australian artists. Every quality art work available on this site will be for sale for $500 or less.

The artists taking part are all professional Australian artists with exhibiting history and formal qualifications. Their work is wonderful and varied, they are also lovely people and artists that I admire. I am very pleased to be a part of this venture and I am sure you won’t be disappointed if you wished to join the Art500 mailing list.

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McGregor Summer School

I had the great pleasure of hosting a 10 day workshop on keeping a visual diary at the McGregor Summer School, University of Southern Queensland in January. We had a huge amount of fun filling our diaries with everything we saw and experienced in that tightly packed 10 days.

 

model on the rocks
model on the rocks

 

show and tell
show and tell
sketching our 'kits'
sketching our ‘kits’

 

attended Future Forward

NAVA FUTURE/FORWARD
NAVA FUTURE/FORWARD
NAVA FUTURE/FORWARD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to the generosity of a NAVA and Arts Qld Travel Bursary last weekend I was able to attend Future/Forward at Carriageworks, Sydney. This is the first National Visual Arts Summit to be held in Australia. With over 40 speakers, including artists, curators, writers, academics, journalists and thought leaders from legal, media and ethics backgrounds the idea was to generate ongoing debates of the future of the Australian visual arts sector. I enjoyed the 2 days, mainly the opportunity to meet and discuss issues with fellow artists.

 

opening night!

Susi Muddiman, Director of Tweed Regional Art Gallery, the artist Deb Mostert, Tracy Cooper-Lavery, Director of Rockhampton Art Gallery
Susi Muddiman, Director of Tweed Regional Art Gallery, the artist Deb Mostert, Tracy Cooper-Lavery, Director of Rockhampton Art Gallery
Mary, Deb, Lorraine and Abbey
Mary, Deb, Lorraine Pilgrim and Abbey McCulloch
Opening speeches Deb and Philip Wolfhagen
Opening speeches Deb and Philip Wolfhagen
about to get pecked in the eye
artist about to get pecked in the eye
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A view down the space
instal 4
installation image
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Bower Birds
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Instal image
instal 5
install image
people in the space
lovely people in the space
Tracy does the official opening speech
deb and Vicki
Deb and Vicki Morley, Head of Arts at All Saints Anglican School, Merrimac

 

Deb Mostert and Tracy Cooper-Lavery, Director of Rockhampton Art Gallery
Deb Mostert and Tracy Cooper-Lavery, Director of Rockhampton Art Gallery

Stu Larsen in the studio

A month ago I had the wonderful opportunity to have musician Stu Larsen come to the studio for a few days and sit for me.
Stu travels the world playing his music and had just come back to Australia briefly after several years touring with Passenger.
He is a very genuine fellow with a simple philosophy of travelling light though life, he has few possessions and no fixed address
and in his own words- ‘You look at me as if I’m a vagabond…. well, maybe I am’.
I’m happy to say the work I made from our time together in the studio has been selected for the
Glencore Percival Portrait Painting Prize held in the Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville. 9th May – 13th July 2014

This biennial prize exhibition offers a $40,000 major acquisitive prize, with the winning work entering the City of Townsville Art Collection.
This year it will be judged by the new director of the National Portrait Gallery Angus Trumble.

Stu Larsen - Vagabond. oil on plywood 35 x 43 cm web

Stu Larsen – Vagabond. oil on plywood 35 x 43 cm web

Stu hangs again!

Another painting I did of Stu last year has also accepted into the Moreton Bay Regional Art Awards.

Stu Larsen - Jacinta Moore 40 x 31 cm oil on linen

Stu Larsen – Jacinta Moore 2013 40 x 31 cm oil on linen

Recovery opens in Brisbane

Recovery was shown in Rockhampton Art Gallery in August and the opening, artist talk and full day workshop were well received.

This weekend saw the beautiful Vera Wade Gallery space in the ground floor of St Andrews Uniting Church, Cnr Ann Street and Creek Streets host to the opening of the Brisbane leg of the 2013 tour of Recovery – The Flood Objects Project.
An appreciative crowd came to enjoy the stories and paintings.

Exhibition open to the public 11 a.m – 2 p.m. Mondays to Fridays until the 15th November or by appointment. Entrance to the gallery from the Ann Street entrance.

Recovery – The Flood Objects Project goes to Gympie

The opening night of Recovery at the Gympie Regional Gallery and a Saturday still life drawing workshop with enthusiastic local artists was a great weekend of art and conversation. Thanks to Joolie Gibbs and Sandra Ross and a willing, professional team of vollies for making the exhibition look so good.

Recovery goes to Miles

Recovery – the Flood Objects Project is in Dogwood Crossing Gallery, Miles until 2nd April 2103. I enjoyed the hospitality of the friendly locals as my trip to run a workshop there was ironically extended because of rising flood waters.

Recovery – Opening night

Over 150 people attended the opening night of Recovery – The Flood Objects Project at the Ipswich Art Gallery on Friday night 11th January,  two years to the day of the Queensland floods. The exhibition runs until the 13th Feb (excluding 29th Jan-3rd Feb).