Wendy Dawson: In the studio with Helga Groves for FEM-aFFINITY
This video features artist Helga Groves discussing her work and collaboration with artist Wendy Dawson in regards to the exhibition FEM-aFFINITY. Curated by contemporary artist and academic Catherine Bell, FEM-aFFINITY brings together female artists from Arts Project and wider Victoria whose work share an affinity of subject and process. By situating female Arts Project studio artists alongside other female contemporary artists, the exhibition seeks to uncover shared perspectives and variations on female identity. FEM-aFFINITY is a NETS Victoria and Arts Project Australia and is touring regionally and nationally throughout 2020 and 2021, next appearing at Horsham Regional Art Gallery from 10 November 2020 until 17 January 2021. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, as well as receiving development assistance from NETS Victoria’s Exhibition Development Fund, supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria. Image | Wendy Dawson, Not titled, 2019, metallic acrylic paint pen on black paper, 30 x 42 cm
MARK SMITH & DELL STEWART IN CONVERSATION
From March–June 2020, Mark Smith undertook a residency at the ATW where he was joined by 2014 Artist in Residence Dell Stewart. Mark and Dell came together in artistic collaboration to create an artwork especially for the Tamworth Textile Triennial Tension 2020. The resulting Love mobile was created in the spirit of learning and working together, and celebrating the complications and tensions implicit in any relationship. The work tour Australia with the Tamworth Textile Triennial Tension 2020 over the next three years. Love mobile uses soft hand-stitched forms, oversized stuffed letters and sculptural fabric elements linked through a complex web of handmade ropes to represent connections, networks and relationships. Smith and Stewart were interested in the motif of the heart as a metaphor for the vast range of possibilities for showing love, from the sentimental to the unfathomably complex. The work takes the form of an oversized mobile; continually moving and changing, it embodies the role of chance in encounters, understandings and the formation of connections between people. Love mobile was created during the Melbourne COVID-19 lockdown, and the collaboration took place online and in person. The work is a tribute to the vital support and care shown through the mundane daily acts of love, including those heightened by the pandemic: eye contact, conversation, sending a message, liking an image. This process gave Smith and Stewart an appreciation of connection and of being present, building on shared experiences and listening carefully for stronger relationships, to people and the community. Working across painting, ceramics, mixed media, video and soft sculpture, Mark Smith’s primarily figurative works are concerned with how the physicality of the body relates to human nature and the human condition. Smith considers the body a nonnegotiable starting point for existence, using the primitive vessel to explore the truly distinctive characteristics of being human. Within this framework Smith addresses the experiences and complexities of the individual and of humanity as a whole, as well as examining the ‘language’ of a subtle movement or position. Working purely from feeling or emotion rather than a model or image, Smith’s works possess an intrinsic nature or indispensable quality that imbues them with a deep sense of character. Smith has been attending the Arts Project Australia studio since 2007, and had his first solo exhibition Words Are… at Jarmbi Gallery Upstairs, Upwey, Victoria. He has exhibited in multiple group exhibitions at Spring 1883, Robin Gibson Gallery, No Vacancy Gallery, c3 Contemporary and The Substation. Dell Stewart was an ATW artist in residence in 2014 - you can read about her practice here. Video produced by Australian Tapestry Workshop in collaboration with Tamworth Textile Triennial Tension 2020.
Artist Profile: David Hurlston on Alan Constable
This artist profile dives into Alan Constable, whose ceramic cameras have seen international acclaim for their tactile, poetic resonances. The video features David Hurlston, Senior Curator of Australian Art at the National Gallery of Victoria, talking through Constable’s highly idiosyncratic practice and why he believes Constable is one of the most important contemporary artists working today. Alan Constable (born 1956) has worked in the Arts Project studio since 1991 and has held solo shows at Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane; Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney; South Willard, Los Angeles; and Stills Gallery, Sydney. He has collections in the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; and The Museum of Everything, London. Constable is represented by Darren Knight, Sydney; DUTTON, New York; and Arts Project Australia, Melbourne. To find out more about Alan’s practice and to view artworks, head here. This Alan Constable artist profile has been made possible by the generous support of The Jack Brockhoff Foundation.
Artist Profile: Glenn Barkley on Chris Mason
With a practice spanning sculpture, drawing and painting, Chris Mason’s practice is primarily known for his representations of voluptuous women, as well as his penchant for reptilian life. In this video curator and artist Glenn Barkley talks through the “fleshy quality” of Mason’s ceramic women, noting Mason’s historical referents and talking through the highly unique ways Mason captures a subject that’s been long-represented in art: the female human body. Mason has worked in the Arts Project Australia studio since 1997 and has held solo exhibitions at Darren Knight Gallery and Arts Project Australia, alongside showing in numerous group exhibitions including Spring1883, The Hotel Windsor, Melbourne, 2018; The Public Body, Artspace, Sydney, 2017; Summer on the blue seat, West Space, Melbourne, 2016; and Outsiderism, Fleisher Ollman Gallery, Philapelphia, USA. Collections include the National Gallery of Australia, State Library of Victoria and National Gallery of Victoria. This video has been made possible by the generous support of The Jack Brockhoff Foundation.
Artist Profile: Anthony Fitzpatrick on Bronwyn Hack
Bronwyn Hack is a painter, printmaker, ceramicist and textile artist. She has an intense and fervent art practice resulting in poignant work that looks at the human body and human bones, thoughtfully reinterpreting these forms into intriguing objects and paintings. In addition, Hack frequently displays her penchant for depicting dogs, both wild and domestic. In this video Anthony Fitzpatrick, Curator at TarraWarra Museum of Art, discusses how he came to know Hack’s work, the experience of curating Hack’s ‘body pieces’ for the 2017 exhibition Faraway, so close, and why he finds Hack’s art practice to be both important and poignant. Bronwyn Hack has worked in the studio at Arts Project Australia since 2011. In 2016 she held a solo exhibition at Arts Project Australia entitled Be Careful Now, and in 2017 she was a finalist in the Darebin Art Prize. In 2018 Hack participated the Artist in Residence Program at Australian Tapestry Workshop. This video has been made possible by the generous support of The Jack Brockhoff Foundation and Siân Darling.
Artist Profile: Alex Baker on Julian Martin
Julian Martin’s pastel works make a unique visual statement. Methodical in his approach, Martin’s vivid layering evokes a strong bodily response through representations of objects, people and scenes that delicately balance the abstract and the figurative. In this video Alex Baker, Director of Fleisher/Ollman in Philadelphia, talks through Martin’s idiosyncratic approach to pastels, as well as discussing Martin’s aesthetic and career achievements and outlining Martin’s important place in contemporary art. Julian Martin has worked from the Arts Project Australia studio since 1988 and has held multiple solo shows at Arts Project Australia (2001, 2003, and 2014) as well as at Australian Galleries, Manningham Gallery, and No Vacancy Gallery. He has been included in numerous group exhibitions including The Armory Show and Outsider Art Fair (Fleisher/Ollman Booth, New York); Spring 1883, Sydney; Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart; Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery; and National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. His work is in numerous collections including City of Melbourne, Monash University Museum of Art and National Gallery of Victoria (as gifted by Stuart Purves). He is represented by Fleisher/Ollman in the US, and Arts Project in Australia. This video has been made possible by the generous support of The Jack Brockhoff Foundation and Siân Darling.
Artist Profile: Kirsty Grant on Lisa Reid
Whether she's working in ceramics, painting, drawing or animation, artist Lisa Reid is propelled by a meticulous attention to detail, capturing the immediacy of life and people around her. In this video independent curator Kirsty Grant walks us through Reid's practice and achievements, and what she finds most captivating about Reid's work. This video has been made possible by the generous support of The Jack Brockhoff Foundation.
The history and spirit of Arts Project
As a gallery and studio that supports artists with an intellectual disability and advocates for their inclusion in contemporary art, Arts Project Australia is a world leader in its field. Featuring the likes of Tony Ellwood, CEO of the National Gallery of Victoria and Glenn Barkley, this video captures the history and spirit of Arts Project and the organisation's unique and important role in contemporary art. This video has been made possible by the generous support of The Jack Brockhoff Foundation, Siân Darling and Art Guide Australia.
Artist Profile: Louis Le Vaillant on Chris O’Brien
Whether it’s painting, drawing, printmaking, soft sculpture, zines or ceramics, Chris O’Brien’s practice is centred upon giving form to narratives that blend fantasy and the real, with O’Brien entwining events of his life with pop culture and scenarios from his own imagination. In this video Louis Le Vaillant, Director of The Johnston Collection, talks through the narratives and adventures threaded in O’Brien’s work and how in 2019 O’Brien created work responding to The Johnston Collection. Finally, Le Vaillant explains what he feels are the ‘magical’ qualities of O’Brien’s work. To find out more about O’Brien’s practice and to view artworks, head here. This video has been made possible by the generous support of The Jack Brockhoff Foundation and Siân Darling. Producers - Kim Butterworth and Tiarney Miekus Director, Editor - Siân Darling Camera, Sound, Colour - Ben Helweg Music - Mino Peric
Artist Profile Video: Richard Lewer on Eden Menta
Contemporary artist Richard Lewer talks through his and Eden Menta's collaborative relationship, Menta's practice and why he thinks Menta is one the best young contemporary artists working today. Menta's practice spans multiple mediums and themes ranging from the macabre to insect life to the possibilities of self-portraiture. About Eden Menta Eden Menta works predominantly in the mediums of ink on paper and digital art. Her work is influenced by pop-culture references from television, magazines and her own life experiences. Edgy and instilled with a wry humour, Menta’s work is often motivated by social and political beliefs, resulting in a street-art, sub-culture feel. Eden Menta is an emerging artist and has been attending the studio program at Arts Project Australia since 2013. Since this time she has exhibited annually at the Arts Project Australia gallery. She has also exhibited in group exhibitions at Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne (2015 and 2014), No Vacancy Gallery, Melbourne (2014), Gertrude Glasshouse, Melbourne (2016) and Arts Project Australia (2016). This video has been made possible by the generous support of The Jack Brockhoff Foundation, and was created in partnership with MediaLink Productions. Eden Menta - Photo Kate Longley
Artist Profile Video: Charlotte Day on Mark Smith
In this incredible artist profile video, artist Mark Smith talks about his art practice, considering what impact the body has upon influencing one's human condition. Charlotte Day, Director of Monash University Museum of Art (who recently acquired Smith's work), further discusses what Smith's ceramics and soft sculptures tell us about being human.In addition, Mark Smith will also be speaking at 'Yield Forum' at Griffith Regional Art Gallery Saturday 16 August, discussing the intersections between arts and disability. This video has been made possible by the generous support of The Jack Brockhoff Foundation, and was created in partnership with MediaLink Productions.
FEM-aFFINITY Video Launches to Support National Tour
To support the exhibition FEM-aFFINITY when it tours regionally and nationally in 2020 and 2021, we've co-created a wonderful video threading the ideas, thoughts and art that propel the exhibition. FEM-aFFINITY brings together female artists from Arts Project and wider Victoria whose work share an affinity of subject and process. In this video curator Catherine Bell, alongside exhibiting artists, talks through the affinities, processes and synergies found throughout the exhibition, showing how by situating female Arts Project studio artists alongside other female contemporary artists, the exhibition seeks to uncover shared perspectives and variations on female identity. Featuring works by: Fulli Andrinopoulos, Dorothy Berry, Yvette Coppersmith, Wendy Dawson, Prudence Flint, Helga Groves, Bronwyn Hack, Janelle Low, Eden Menta, Jill Orr, Lisa Reid, Heather Shimmen, Cathy Staughton and Jane Trengove. FEM-aFFINITY is showing at Arts Project Australia until 20 July 2019. The show will also travel Australia, including: Devonport Regional Gallery 25 January - 15 March 2020 Benalla Art Gallery 19 April - 28 June 2020 Bunjil Place 06 March - 25 April 2021 Further dates will be announced. FEM-aFFINITY is a NETS Victoria and Arts Project Australia touring exhibition. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.This video is generously supported by NETS Victoria, Arts Project Australia, Australia Council for the Arts, Limb Family Foundation, Exhibition Development Fund, The Jack Brockhoff Foundation and MediaLink.
Video: Leo Cussen
By any measure Leo Cussen was a quintessential artist, having dedicated his life to creating incredibly expressive pastel artworks that revealed his love of film and popular culture. This short video, generously produced by Leonard Joel Auction House, captures Cussen's practice, style and personality, surveying the retrospective exhibition LEO CUSSEN: GOLDEN YEARS. The show continues until 21 October 2017. Leo Cussen (1959 – 2015) exhibited widely both nationally and internationally during his lifetime, showing at Australian Galleries, Latrobe Regional Gallery, The Museum of Everything and National Gallery of Australia. His work is also held in numerous public and private collections, including the National Gallery of Victoria and National Gallery of Australia