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.