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.
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.
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.
my drawing entitled Facing Myself has been selected to hang in the A.M.E Bale Art Prize, works on paper. This will be hung as part of the 2014 Bale Art Prize to be exhibited at Glen Eira City Council Gallery, Caulfield, Victoria from the 4th December.
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.
I will be running a 10 day workshop at the McGregor Summer School at USQ in January 2015. Bookings being taken now
Objects and Ornithology can now be viewed online via this link.
feel free to view and share this link as it has the entire collection of works in catalogue form. Click through pages and embedded galleries to see all the works in this exhibition.
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
From 2014 Recovery – The Flood Objects Project will be available for hire through ArtsLink Qld, (formerly Queensland Arts Council est 1961)
ArtsLink is devoted to curating, supporting and touring high quality visual art and exhibition product.
The link to this exhibition is found here http://artslinkqld.com.au/recoveryfloodobjects
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.
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.