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Arts Project Australia takes art to the streets

Arts Project Australia takes art to the streets

Melbourne residents living under restrictions may be lucky enough to discover art installations within their 5km radius.  Arts Project Australia has partnered with Civic Outdoor to roll out a series of large-scale billboard art installations across Melbourne, featuring some of Arts Project Australia's prolific contemporary artists. “Arts Project Australia is excited to be partnering with Civic Outdoor to broaden the reach of artwork created by our artists," says Arts Project Australia director Sue Roff. “The impacts of COVID-19 has dictated our studio and gallery close over the last six months; this partnership provides our gallery with a high-profile way to exhibit art across Melbourne.” Artists include Julian Martin, Mark Smith, Eden Menta, Monica Lazzari, Anthony Romagnano, Samantha Ashdown, John Bates, Robin Warren, Warren O’Brien, Lachlan Turk, Boris Cipusev, Miles Howard Wilks and Jordan Dymke. The multi-disciplinary range of artworks features bold landscapes, mesmerising abstractions and humorous wordplay. Audiences can find the billboard art installations in Preston, Kilsyth, Collingwood, Sunshine, Wantirna, Bayswater, Bentleigh and Bundoora until Sunday 4 October. Following, the artworks will continue to be exhibited on billboards across Melbourne until the end of 2020. Civic Outdoor has generously provided space on their suite of digital billboards free of charge to assist Arts Project Australia in operating under COVID-19 restrictions. “The art industry has suffered immensely from the impacts of the pandemic," says Civic Outdoor’s Leah Whitford. “The opportunity to present artwork by Arts Project Australia artists in these challenging times is but a small gesture from Civic Outdoor to help create ongoing exposure and awareness of such a wonderful organisation." Although Arts Project Australia’s gallery and studio have been closed since mid-March, the organisation has grown in its digital deliveries, with director Sue Roff recently commenting, “Arts Project is extraordinary in the face of adversity." A remote studio program has allowed artists to develop their practice at home, while the gallery has published weekly online exhibitions, stockroom updates and artist interviews. The billboard art installations form part of a sustained effort to keep the Melbourne community engaged with the art produced at the innovative organisation. Locations: 108 Bell Street Preston 93-95 Canterbury Road Kilsyth Hoddle Street Collingwood Anderson Road Sunshine 384 Burwood Highway Wantirna 158 Canterbury Road Bayswater 823 Nepean Highway Bentleigh Metropolitan Ring Road Bundoora

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Arts Project Australia and Leonard Joel celebrate successful auction

Arts Project Australia and Leonard Joel celebrate successful auction

Arts Project Australia and Leonard Joel are pleased to announce the success of The Day We All Went Home, their inaugural fundraising auction held on Sunday 28 June. With 157 bidders joining the auction on online platform Invaluable, $46,435 of artworks sold over the event, with an additional $1590 in post-sales. Leonard Joel and Invaluable waived their respective premiums and fees, with 100% of proceeds presented to Arts Project Australia and participating artists. 79 of 95 lots sold; highlights including Wendy Dawson's Untitled (Lot 61), with a high estimate of $280, purchased at $825, and Daniel Pace’s Crown (Lot 92), with a high estimate of $220, successfully selling for $850. Leonard Joel also committed to buying $5000 worth of artworks, including Jimmy Tran’s original Hero Man series. A small number of lots are still available and can be viewed at the virtual exhibition Second Chances. “We were cautiously optimistic about the results of this auction, and it has surpassed all our expectations,” says APA Director Sue Roff. “Not only has it resulted in significant income but also additional spin off sales for artists whose works were sold in the auction.  The days after the auction have seen a flurry of interest in Arts Project artists.  We hope this will become a regular event in our annual calendar and are so appreciative of the generosity and support of Leonard Joel in making this such a success.” The auction reflected on Saturday 16 March: the day that the Arts Project Australia studio and gallery closed and 150 artists were asked to stay home due to Covid-19. It is with this vital fundraising and the essence of support manifested by our community, that we can look forward to the future and continue to advocate for the inclusion of marginalised artists in the arts sector. We extend our sincere thanks to everyone who supported us throughout this initiative: the bidders and viewers who watched the auction online, as well as to our 10-year partner Leonard Joel, led by John Albrecht, for facilitating an incredibly successful fundraising event.  Image | Wendy Dawson, Untitled, 2019, paint pen on paper, 30 x 42cm

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Impact of Stage 3 Covid-19 Restrictions

Impact of Stage 3 Covid-19 Restrictions

Following a significant number of new COVID19 cases, the Victorian Premier has today announced a return to Stage 3 restrictions across Metropolitan Melbourne from 11:59 pm Wednesday 8 July for 6 weeks. Under Stage 3  Restrictions there will once again be only four reasons to leave home: Shopping for food and supplies Medical care and caregiving Exercise and recreation Study and work   THE GALLERY The gallery will remain closed to the public in 2020 and artwork viewing will be limited at the discretion of the gallery staff. We remain very active online and have the digital capacity to share artwork images online and through social media, giving with our community the opportunity to browse vast collections of work on our website, as well as in-situ presented in virtual galleries, as well as domestic and other, imagined settings. Keep up to date and join our mailing list today. THE STUDIO We began to return artists to the studio during the last Stage 3 restrictions, and this is still permissible under current Stage 3 restrictions, and according to the DHHS COVID19 Disability Plan. At this stage, artists and staff will continue to work as we have been, which follows the regulations as we understand them. We will not increase the number of artists attending the studio until late July at the earliest. We are proud that we have established hygiene and social distancing at work for the staff and artists working on-site, and that our remote program is well established. While it's incredibly disappointing that we have gone backwards, we knew this was a possibility and our main priority is to keep safe and healthy. From the team at Arts Project Australia, we are sending our best wishes to our community and appreciate your support and understanding during this difficult time.

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The Day We All Went Home  

The Day We All Went Home  

We are thrilled to announce an exclusive online auction of 100 artworks created by Arts Project Australia taking place at 3pm on Sunday 28 June 2020. Aptly named The Day We All Went Home, this special fundraising event is presented in partnership with long-time supporter, Leonard Joel.   On Saturday 16 March the Arts Project Australia studio closed due to COVID19. 150 artists were asked to stay home instead of coming into the Northcote studio and gallery, leaving many extraordinary pieces of art behind.      It’s time for these works to be seen. This is your opportunity to purchase unique contemporary artworks from 55 Arts Project Australia artists and 3 collaborating Melbourne-based artists, including Julian Martin, Alan Constable, Lisa Reid, Paul Hodges, Samraing Chea and Bronwyn Hack. The exciting suite of artworks include paintings, prints, ceramic and soft sculptures – a range of mediums and styles to delight and entice everyone.     Leonard Joel will host the auction free of charge to Arts Project Australia to enable this to be the most successful fundraising event possible. Participants can leave absentee bids before the auction or join in the fun online with live auctioneers John Albrecht (Managing Director, Leonard Joel) and Sue Roff (Executive Director, Arts Project Australia). Learn more about bidding here. Your purchase will provide payments to the artists as well as contribute to Arts Project Australia’s ongoing viability as we slowly return to normal operations.    Our partnership has been an enduring one spanning 10 years, and this is the perfect time to join forces and raise much-needed funds for Arts Project Australia and its talented artists. These are challenging times for all of us, and this represents the support and admiration Leonard Joel has for the unique work of Arts Project Australia.    John Albrecht, Managing Director, Leonard Joel and Sue Roff, Executive Director, Arts Project Australia.    Leonard Joel is sponsoring the event and waiving their buyer’s premium, with 100% of proceeds going to participating artists and Arts Project Australia.  Auction / Sunday 28 June 2020, 3pm Preview / Fri 12 June – Sun 28 June 2020 Image: Chris O’Brien, Chris’ Collection, Chris and Chelsea live in this house, 2019, cotton, foam and wool soft sculpture, 32.5 x 40 x 49 cm                 

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Covid-19 News: March 2020

Covid-19 News: March 2020

  In the interests of the wellbeing of the Arts Project Australia community, we have decided to temporarily close the Arts Project Australia studio and gallery until further notice. Given the current circumstances, we are continuing to take all necessary precautionary measures to safeguard our community. Regular updates will be posted to the website, and more detailed information for artists, families and carers can be found on the Studio Page on our website. We wish everyone all the best in these challenging times. Regular updates for artists, families and carers will be posted here daily, as well as via direct email and text message. x SUE ROFF, Executive Director – 19 March 2020 –  x  x – LATEST NEWS –  x UPDATE: NO ARTIST OR STAFF MEMBER HAS TESTED POSITIVE TO COVID19: ARTS PROJECT STUDIO & GALLERY CLOSURE STILL APPLIES 19 March 2020, 5:00pm  x Dear Arts Project artists and families,  x Further to my recent communication regarding an Arts Project artist being tested for COVID19, the test results have come back CLEAR.  This test result does not impact our decision to close the studio and gallery until 14 April 2020; artists are not to return to Arts project Australia until 14 April or beyond that date if they are unwell.  x Artists, families and carers should continue to self monitor for symptoms and seek medical advice if they feel symptoms are evident.  Please let me know immediately if you are recommended for testing.  x Stay healthy, and we will be in touch as soon as we have any updates to share.  x SUE ROFF Executive Director [email protected]  x  x UPDATE: COVID19 TESTING & ARTS PROJECT STUDIO & GALLERY CLOSURE 18 March 2020, 5:00pm  x Dear Arts Project artists and families,  x Further to my recent communication regarding an Arts Project artist being tested for COVID19, we are still waiting on the results of the test.  You will be advised as soon as we receive notification.  x Stay healthy and we will be in touch as soon as we have any updates to share.  x SUE ROFF Executive Director  x  x UPDATE: ARTS PROJECT STUDIO & GALLERY CLOSURE 17 March 2020, 1.15pm  x Dear Arts Project artists and families,  x Further to my recent communication regarding an Arts Project artist being tested for COVID19, we are still waiting on the results of the test.  You will be advised as soon as we receive notification.  x However, following a meeting of a special subcommittee of the Board of Management last night, it has been agreed that the Arts Project Australia studio and gallery will remain CLOSED until then end of Term 2 holidays (Tuesday 14 April).  The board and management agree that in the current climate, and with consideration for our vulnerable cohort, that enabling appropriate social distancing for the next month would be our safest response to the COVID19 threat. We consider it our duty of care to minimise the possibility of transmission in the current environment.  x Accordingly, we will be cancelling the exhibition opening scheduled for this Saturday 21 March.  x Artists, families and carers should continue to self monitor for symptoms and seek medical advice if they feel symptoms are evident.  Please let me know immediately if you are recommended for testing. X We are endeavouring to have an SMS messaging alert activated in the next few days, however in the meantime you can phone the following staff members if you have any urgent queries.  I would ask that you make phone calls only if necessary as staff are working hard to ensure that you receive timely and constructive advice.  Please try to limit phone calls to office hours only – it is important that staff take time to relax and recuperate at home. x Please look after yourselves and we will be in touch closer to 14 April to confirm all arrangements for our re-opening.  Our apologies for any inconvenience, however we feel this is the safest decision for all our artists. X SUE ROFF Executive Director X X IMPORTANT: ARTS PROJECT CLOSURE 14 March 2020, 12.10pm x Dear Arts Project artists and families  x We have been advised that one of our artists is currently being tested for the COVID19 after displaying symptoms. It is not known whether the artist has been in contact with anyone high risk, and the test may prove negative.  We hope to learn the results of the test on Tuesday and will advise all following receipt of the results.  x However, in the interests of the wellbeing of the Arts Project Australia community, Arts Project will be CLOSED until further notice. Staff, artists and volunteers should not attend Arts Project until advised.  x There is no need for panic at this stage but artists, families and carers should self-monitor for symptoms and seek medical advice if they feel symptoms are evident.  Please let me know immediately if you are recommended for testing.  x We are endeavouring to have an SMS messaging alert activated in the next few days nevertheless, in the meantime you can phone the following staff members if you have any queries.  x  x Thank you for your assistance.  x SUE ROFF Executive Director

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Traineeship Program

Traineeship Program

In July last year, Arts Project Australia successfully launched its Traineeship Program, aimed at offering existing studio artists the opportunity to extend their involvement in the organisation with paid work. Arts Project is delighted to continue the program by offering it in 2020. We are now seven months into the program and are thrilled to report that both iterations have been a huge success. Jordan Dymke and Michael Camakaris have excelled in their roles, so much so, that both men have been invited to extend their time for another six months. Upon hearing of this exciting initiative, John Albrecht, Managing Director of Leonard Joel Auction House, generously offered a traineeship opportunity at the organisation. Albrecht says: “We are passionate in our support of Arts Project Australia, all that they achieve and strive to achieve, and in addition to financial support, I wanted to implement an initiative that would make a real difference in our centenary year. Our involvement in this Traineeship Program not only provides social, economic and wellbeing benefits to the trainee, it also benefits our staff and adds diversity to our workplace.” Camakaris’ position at Leonard Joel involves myriad duties across several departments, while Dymke has embraced the many facets of working in a busy creative space and contributing to the smooth running of the studio. Dymke’s role has been broadened to include gallery duties this year, creating an opportunity for another artist to take up a traineeship in the Studio. We are delighted to announce that Aidan Sefo has been offered the next six month internship for 2020. The traineeship program has involved the generous support and expertise of Interact Disability Employment Services, who have partnered with Art Project Australia, providing advice, support and guidance to the trainees.  NDIS participants with intellectual disabilities are least likely to find open employment; only 24% are currently in paid work. The traineeship program responds to this need by offering on the job training to assist participants in building skills and boosting confidence, which they can carry into their developing careers. Image: Michael Camakaris during his internship at Leonard Joel  

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Showing Over Summer 2018-19

Showing Over Summer 2018-19

The artists who practice from the Arts Project Australia studio are continuously exhibiting their work at galleries throughout Melbourne, Australia and internationally. See where you can catch Arts Project artists over summer! POP! Reflections on popular culture | Wangaratta Art Gallery Ends 3 February 2019 We've collaborated with Wangaratta Art Gallery for Pop! Reflections on Popular Culture. Throughout recent history, popular culture themes, aesthetics and sensibilities have informed what artists create, shaping the way we reflect on our culture and mirroring our values and culture back to us. POP! Reflections on Popular Cultureexplores this continual impulse through collaboration between Wangaratta Art Gallery and Arts Project Australia; featuring the work of Arts Project studio artists alongside invited contemporary artists and works from the Wangaratta Art Gallery Collection and broader community. Featuring works by: Peter Atkins, Suzanne Barnes, Peter Ben, Jon Campbell, Boris Cipusev, Alan Constable, Georgina Cue, Emily Dober, Patrick Francis, Minna Gilligan, Bronwyn Hack, Kate Just, Kate Knight, Bobby Kyriakopoulos, Adrian Lazzaro, Michael Licenblat, Julian Martin, Clare McCracken, Mohsen Meysami, Julie Milton, Simon Paredes, Flossie Peitsch, Lisa Reid, Anthony Romagnano, Terry Williams and Paul Yore. On a Tangent | Horsham Regional Art Gallery Ends 24 February 2019 On a Tangent explores the artistic practice of several artists who draw inspiration from the unexpected or digression through change of course. Some artworks have developed unintentionally through other projects, anecdotal evidence of different intentions; some works have developed through fleeting, personal encounters; while others see the possibility of the unremarkable reinvented or explore overlapping influences. Like a bolt from the blue from the stream of collective consciousness or by being lead down the garden path, these artists draw insight from unforeseen and overlooked places. Meditation on a Bone: Albert Tucker beyond the Modern | Heide Museum of Modern Art Ends 24 February 2019 The work of Dorothy Berry and Adrian Lazzaro is showing for Meditation on a Bone: Albert Tucker beyond the Modern at Heide Museum of Modern Art. For the exhibition artist and curator Glenn Barkley has mined Albert Tucker’s library and archive to explore how Tucker’s fascination with art of the past and other cultures informed his painting over the decades.

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Support Our Artists By Supporting Our Gallery

Support Our Artists By Supporting Our Gallery

Cathy Staughton is having a great start to 2018. She's exhibiting at the 2018 Salon des Refuses in Sydney (the alternative Archibald), while also showcasing her collaboration with artist Catherine Bell at Firstdraft gallery (also in Sydney). Not to mention her iconic Luna Park paintings are currently adorning one Melbourne tram. From collaborations with Third Drawer Down to a solo show in Belgium, Cathy's idiosyncratic, humorous and otherworldly paintings continuously captivate through their striking narratives and nostalgic references. A prolific and accomplished artist, Cathy's success is due to both her talent, which is developed and nurtured in the Arts Project studio, but also the employment and support provided by the Arts Project gallery. As a leader in creating pathways for artists with an intellectual disability, we know there are many steps to advocating our artists in the contemporary arts sector: whether it's developing relationships and trust with Australian and international galleries, curators and collectors, or assisting our artists to exhibit and sell their work, ensuring they earn agency through their practice. Alongside Cathy, the Arts Project Australia gallery provides professional support to over 90 artists every year. But this service is currently at risk. The newly-implemented NDIS has not acknowledged employment goals for the majority of our artists. As a result, very few Arts Project artists are receiving funding to pay for the gallery services we provide. It costs $2000 to supply these services for one artist, for one year. With 90 artists entitled to access this support, we are concerned about the impact on our ability to provide gallery services.  To maintain our highly effective, highly ethical, and highly supportive gallery program we need your help. Your tax-deductible gift will support Arts Project Australia artists to not only exhibit and sell their work, but to meaningfully engage with the broader contemporary art sector. Your gift (no matter how small or big) ensures our artists are receiving the best gallery support possible. 

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Arts Project Artists at Melbourne Zine Fair

Arts Project Artists at Melbourne Zine Fair

  The zines of four Arts Project Australia artists - Adrian Lazzaro, Bronwyn Hack, Jodie Noble and Chris O'Brien - will be available for purchase at the 'Festival of the Photocopier' Melbourne Zine Fair, taking place Sunday 11 February at Melbourne Town Hall. Surveying a variety of stories and themes, the zine fair is an opportunity for Arts Project studio artists to display their zine-making practice. Not to mention each zine has been printed as a limited edition of 20. Adrian Lazzaro's two zines, Kabab-Man and Captain Car Door Face relay everyday superhero tales; while Kabab-Man describes the life of a kebab shop owner who fights crime by throwing poison kebabs at his enemies, Captain Car Door Face follows the adventures of a mechanic who's fortune changes after a terrible accident involving a car door and his face. Culprits may also, as Adrian notes, "get a smack on the bottom!" Meanwhile, Bronwyn Hack's Cut The Head Off and Rat Torture look at the themes of torture via gore and horror. As the names suggest, the former looks at capital punishment and the victims of guillotining throughout history, while the latter focuses on medieval rat torture. Adding more light-hearted fair are Jodie Noble's zines Bewitched and Disneyland, both of which are centred on character introduction and the importance of make-believe journeys. These subject matters also register personally for Noble: Bewitched is the artist's favourite television show, while Disneyland is the accumulation of a lifelong dream to visit the theme park. Artist Jodie Noble in the Arts Project studio. Photo by Kate Longley.   Finally, Chris O'Brien's zines Chris and Sarah Pendergast and Chris and Millie tell the story of a duplex home, providing narratives of the mundane and supernatural happenings that occur in a domestic setting. Throughout O'Brien's practice, he frequently inserts his friends and acquaintances, as well as himself, into home-based settings, writing humourous and eventful narratives. Festival of the Photocopier Zine Fair Melbourne Town Hall | Swanston St, Melbourne CBD Sunday 11 February | Midday - 5pm Free and open to the public!

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Residency: The Two Cathies

Residency: The Two Cathies

'The Two Cathies' are Arts Project Australia artist Cathy Staughton and Catherine Bell. They will be undertaking a residency from 11-17 December at the Norma Redpath House, Melbourne as part of Doing Feminism/Sharing the World.  This initiative is part of 'Women, Art and Feminism in Australia since 1970' an Australian Research Council Discovery Project, led by Professor Anne Marsh, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne. Doing Feminism is a twelve-week program of artists’ residencies, participatory art making, public events and feminist programming. The residencies are being held at Norma Redpath House, an artist house and studio bequeathed to the University of Melbourne. The project focuses on feminist art making as a participatory practice and will host eight collaborative groups from across Australia. Each artist group/collective will live at the Norma Redpath House, which includes studio and residential spaces. During this residency, 'The Two Cathies' will extend on previous collaborations and produce new work for the upcoming group show titled, Pairs, curated by Harriet Body, at Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney in June 2018. We envisage a range of artworks will emerge including a large-scale portrait Cathy Staughton will paint of Catherine Bell and her dog Archibald. Catherine Bell plans to document the two artists working together in the space, and produce a black and white, silent film. Whoever visits the studio at this time, may be filmed and written into the storyline, which will be loosely storyboarded. The public is invited to attend, an in conversation, with artist Jane Trengrove and Catherine Bell, scheduled at Norma Redpath House for Thursday 14 December at 6pm, at 4 Painsdale Place, Carlton 3053.  Please book by heading here. Cathy Staughton 'Cathy Staughton, Catherine Bell', 2010, work on paper, 40 x 38 cm.  

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Mark Smith: Celebrating International Day of People with a Disability

Mark Smith: Celebrating International Day of People with a Disability

For artist Mark Smith creating art is inextricably linked to imagination, barrier-breaking, self-expression and understanding the human form. Working as an artist for the past fifteen years, Smith's practice spans painting, drawing, printmaking, video, ceramics and digital art, further exhibiting in groups shows at Spring 1883, Robin Gibson Gallery, No Vacancy Gallery, c3 Contemporary and The Substation. Today Smith is celebrating International Day of People with Disability; a United Nations sanctioned day that aims to increase public awareness and understanding of people with disability, as well as celebrate the achievements and contributions of people with disability. Having attended the Arts Project Australia studio since 2007 (a studio and gallery that supports and advocates for artists with an intellectual disability), Smith now works from the studio four days per week and enjoys a marked place as a contemporary Australian artist. Aside from his numerous group exhibitions, he was recently included in Next Wave's Telltale exhibition (2016) where he collaborated with artist ChiliPhilly and in 2014 held his first solo exhibition Words Are… at Jarmbi Gallery Upstairs in Upwey. In the same year he also self-published Alive, an auto-biographical reflection of his life. As well as his art and writing practice, Smith further attends a local Melbourne choir and participates in acting classes. At the moment Smith's artistic thoughts are engaged with capturing landscapes from afar. Yet his curiosities aren't tied to typical picturesque portrayals; Smith is interested in the imperfections of nature. As he says, "The thing I like about landscapes and nature, things like mountains, bark or even leaves, is that they're often not structurally or graphically correct." Mark Smith, We are here, 2017, work on paper, 35 x 38 cm.   Yet it's the human body that has remained at the core of Smith's work for the last four years. With his practice revolving upon what he calls "the observably human", Smith's primarily figurative pieces are concerned with how the physicality of the body relates to human nature and the human condition. This is displayed mostly through ceramic works, which see human figures in erotic, curled and tangled positions. "I'm interested in human movement and the positions of being human," he says "The sculptures I make are understandably human, but each human is moving differently to its own beat." Mark Smith, Not titled, 2016, ceramic, 10.5 x 38 x 23 cm.   In this way Smith considers the body a nonnegotiable starting point for existence, using the primitive vessel to explore the truly distinctive characteristics of being human. As Smith says, "It makes you think about what constitutes being human and why we're all called human when we we're all so variable and different." Working purely from feeling or emotion rather than a model or image, Smith's practice is intrinsically linked with the invaluable act of creating. For Smith, creating is central to who he is; making art allows him not to simply express himself, but to explore various issues and to experience both individual and collective release. "When you're using your imagination it's easier to get around barriers," says Smith. "When there aren't so many rules and regulations, I actually feel like I can flourish." Mark Smith, Not titled, 2016, ceramic, 19 x 16 x 13cm.   Mark Smith in the Arts Project Studio with Amani Tia, Camille Hannah, Jordan Dymke and Paul Hodges.

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Gosia Wlodarczak & A Room of Haptic Knowledge

Gosia Wlodarczak & A Room of Haptic Knowledge

As part of Faraway, so close (launching this Saturday 4 November from 3-5pm), artist Gosia Wlodarczak worked at Arts Project Australia daily, drawing upon the gallery walls for her latest site-specific installation. As curator Anthony Fitzpatrick writes of Wlodarczak's practice, "In her ongoing series of durational performance drawings called The Rooms, Gosia Wlodarczak generates individual, large-scale and immersive installations which speak to the internal life of the body and, in particular, its organs." With the exhibition divided into a series of collaborations among three rooms, Wlodarczak invited Arts Project artists Bronwyn Hack and Terry Williams to collaborate with her for A ROOM OF HAPTIC KNOWLEDGE. The three artists worked side-by-side for five days to produce an immersive incarnation of the largest bodily organ; skin. Working with pigment marker, Wlodarczak's drawing are negotiated via a physical and mental attunement to her surroundings. As the artist says of her process in Artist Profile, "All people and objects by being present in a particular space at the particular moment in time exchange energy and establish a state of in-betweenness – a shared space, which builds something else, a membrane, which holds all the activities within this moment." Revolving upon a series of exchanges about proximity and distance and the movements in between, Faraway, so close also features the work of Kate Beynon, Alan Constable, Robert Hollingworth and Cathy Staughton. The exhibition continues until Saturday 2 December 2017. Images courtesy of Longin Sarnecki.  

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Supported Studios Network Forum 2017

Supported Studios Network Forum 2017

Arts Project Australia is thrilled to have recently hosted the Supported Studios Network Forum 2017. Over two days supported studios from around the country came together at Arts Project, engaging in talks and discussion on how to better support artists. Day 1 of the the forum was filled with illuminating dialogue surrounding the transition to NDIS - something which has effected all supported studios in Australia. It was a pleasure to open the forum with an address from David Moody from National Disability Services, who talked through both the opportunities and challenges of transitioning to NDIS. In particular David discussed how the prime focus was now on "outcomes not output". We also heard from Fiona Still from National Disability Services, who spent the day at Arts Project, talking through the changes within NDIS funding. It was also a pleasure to hear about the practices and achievements of supported studios around Australia during the pecha kucha session! A big thank you to Art Gusto, Nulsen, DADAA, The Art Factory, Accessible Arts, Tutti Arts, Art from the Margins and Studio A for their presentations on their studios and artists. While day 1 focused on the funding and studio side of the equation, day 2 held more of a gallery focus. A big thank you to artist Georgina Cue who started the day by discussing her practice, navigating commercial galleries and her collaboration with Arts Project artist Paul Hodges for Next Wave 2016. After this we engaged in a gallery-centred panel discussion, which talked through ethics, representation and sales and included Nicola Stein from This Is No Fantasy + Dianne Tanzer Gallery, artist Rob McHaffie, Chris from DADAA and our Sim Luttin. Not to mention the input from panel moderator Kris Tito. From here we disbanded into smaller groups for a speed-dating session in which attendees were able to gain specific knowledge in various gallery, studio, fundraising, communications and administration processes. We'd like to thank everyone who came to the conference and offered their insights, and of course thank you to everyone who helped make the forum possible.

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Melbourne Meets New York at SPRING1883

Melbourne Meets New York at SPRING1883

Arts Project Australia and New York gallery DUTTON will soon be meeting in Sydney for SPRING1883 from 7-9 September. Inside one of two contemporary Penthouse suites in the luxurious Establishment boutique hotel, there is a collaboration of sorts where New York meets Melbourne in Sydney. The result is a dynamic installation of lyrical, inventive and tactile work that consciously responds to the unique setting and each other. The artworks in these collections are vibrant and direct and will entice audiences to return to the space, where new works will come to the fore as the installation shifts and changes each day over the 2017 iteration of SPRING1883. As the only New York presence at Spring, DUTTON is an established contemporary gallery located on the Lower East Side specialising in discovering and developing young artists and mid-career artists in New York, Los Angeles, and internationally who work with materials, process, and ideas in vigorous, forward-looking, and idiosyncratic ways. Dutton has recently received critical attention for site-specific exhibitions in unconventional spaces and has participated in several editions of art fairs including NADA New York; Untitled, Miami; SPRING1883, Sydney; Dallas Art Fair; Texas Contemporary; and The Outsider Art Fair, New York. In the last two years alone, artists at Arts Project Australia in Melbourne have shown at numerous esteemed national and International galleries including National Gallery of Victoria, Museum of Old and New Art, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Gertrude Con¬temporary, West Space, Artspace and Darren Knight Gallery. In recent times Arts Project artists have been growing a strong international profile, with works included at the 2017 New York Armory Show, Fleischer/Ollman in Philadelphia, The Museum of Everything and The Gallery of Everything in London, and DUTTON and White Columns in New York. During the exhibition we’ll display a unique and intriguing collection of works by artists including John Bates, Robert Brown, Samraing Chea, Valerio Ciccone, Boris Cipusev, Alan Constable, Patrick Francis, Ian Gold, Paul Hodges, Ruth Howard, Miles Howard-Wilks, Kate Knight, Adrian Lazzaro, Julian Martin, Chris Mason, Warren O’Brien, Lisa Reid, Anthony Romagnano, Rebecca Scibilia, Mark Smith, Georgia Szmerling and Terry Williams. VENUE: The Establishment | 5 Bridge Lane, Sydney VIP + MEDIA: Wednesday 6 September (by invitation only) EXHIBITION: Thursday 7 September: 12pm – 7pm Friday 8 September: 12pm – 8pm Saturday 9 September: 12pm – 7pm

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Postcards from Europe

Postcards from Europe

Arts Project Australia is currently surveying the sights in Europe, looking at the art displayed across La Biennale di Venezia, documenta 14 and Skulptur Projekte Muenster. Read below for our take on the exhibitions and have a look at our 'Postcards from Europe'.  The Boat is leaking the captain lied, Thomas Demand, Fondazione, Prada, Venice.   There have already been many reviews written on the La Biennale di Venezia, documenta 14 and Skulptur Projekte Muenster that you can easily access and read online and in print. So, the aim here is not to replicate what critics have written—positive or negative. Instead, it's a chance to reflect on some of the work that we think stood out while in Europe--whether they’ve been singled out as “pavilions and works to see” or not. It’s also an excellent opportunity to let all of our friends know that Arts Project Australia was there: amongst it, seeing what’s happening internationally, and soaking it all in!   We are very fortunate in Australia that our vibrant arts community supports and promotes new work by countless talented artists. Following our little sojourn to Europe, it seems safe to say that Australian artists and the artists at Arts Project Australia sit well within the broader global landscape too. We just need to get more work over there. To quote one of Arts Project’s most enthusiastic art lovers and supporters, Norman Rosenblatt, “Our artists are good as anything you’ll see overseas.” And you know what, he is right.   During our travels, we couldn’t help but think that at any moment we’d turn a corner and see a name from back home. And we did, occasionally. It would have been unsurprising to see more Australian artists sitting amongst the extensive list of artists represented—regardless of whether they are “known” overseas. Of the 160 artists at Documenta, only three were Australian (Bonita Ely, Gordon Hookey and Dale Harding).  In fact, a decent number of the artists and artworks currently exhibited in the “trifecta” of major shows are by lesser-known artists and, overall, the work presented is diverse and relatively invigorating. Unknown artists effortlessly sit alongside their well-known contemporaries and it’s been great to see—it keeps things interesting and, as a consequence, it makes art more accessible. Not in the spoon-fed kind of way, but more in the sense that these highly regarded art events can offer more diverse and varied perspectives. As a consequence, this approach avoids a “same-old, same-old” repetitive veneer.  A real highlight towards the end of the trip was when we caught up with Dr Thomas Roeske, Director of the Prinzhorn Collection in Kassel and then again in Heidelberg at his museum. He introduced us to Christiane Cuticchio at Atelier Goldstein in Frankfurt, who runs a fabulous supported studio where the artists are creating incredible, in-depth and conceptually engaging work. Walking into their studio felt like coming home. Atelier Goldstein also has several artists featured in The Museum of Everything exhibition at MONA, including Hans Jörg Georgi (Planes), Julia Krause-Harder (Dinosaur Sculptures) and Julius Bockelt (Drawings). We'll try and share images from these encounters in a separate blog post. So, presented here is a collection of images that we are calling our 'Postcards from Europe'. These were snapped on the phone while walking through the pavilions in Venice, the art hubs in Kassel, and the streets of Muenster.    It’s a small sample of the incredible artworks and installations that we experienced and that stood out from the 100s of artists represented. We hope you enjoy! 

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PAST OPENINGS: Ian Gold Solo + Girt by Sea

PAST OPENINGS: Ian Gold Solo + Girt by Sea

Ian Gold Solo and Girt by Sea are now open!  Thank you to everyone who came along to the opening (it was quite a busy and eventful afternoon!), with a special thanks to Mayor, Cr Kim Le Cerf for launching the shows with her incredibly thoughtful speech. Ian Gold Solo, taking place in the front gallery until 22 July 2017, shows how his abstract paintings echo the rhythm and repetition of his process. His bold layering of rich colours creates depth and texture within his paintings, often revealing text or figures upon closer inspection. Drawing inspiration from subjects that excite his curiosity, Gold’s work often alludes to popular culture, animals and the St Kilda Saints. Gold’s paintings forefront the oscillating relationships, and tensions, between colours and forms, further highlighting the links between Gold’s abstract figures and the real life subject matter that informs the imagery. The titles of Gold’s works, which are generally given after the painting is completed, offer insight into his subject matter and interests. Meanwhile Girt by Sea, also continuing until 22 July 2017, references significant periods of this history and the role it has played in the development of our national and personal identities. Curated by the Northcote Penguins, the show features works by Steven Ajzenberg, Fulli Andrinopoulos, Lygin Ang, George Aristovoulou, Peter Ben, Michael Camakaris, Peter Cave, James Cornelious, Robyn Doherty, Jordan Dymke, Bronwyn Hack, Paul Hodges, Ruth Howard, Miles Howard-Wilks, John Huggins, Kate Knight, Bobby Kyriakopoulos, Fiona Longhurst, Julian Martin, Kaye McDonald, Chris O’Brien, Warren O’Brien, Steven Perrette, Lisa Reid, Anthony Romagnano, Adrian Salvatore, Rebecca Scibilia, Aiden Sefo, Mark Smith, Georgia Szmerling, Fiona Taylor, Amani Tia, Michael Trasancos and Lachlan Turk.

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Cathy Staughton: Third Drawer Down’s Latest Art Crush

Cathy Staughton: Third Drawer Down’s Latest Art Crush

With a brilliant sense of fashion, a fascination with technology and a wry sense of humour, it's no surprise that Cathy Staughton is Third Drawer Down's latest art crush! As part of our AUSTRALIANA merchandise collaboration with Third Drawer Down (TDD) and National Gallery of Victoria, Cathy was invited by TDD to recently paint one of her signature Luna Park works on TDD's Fitzroy shop window. Along with this, TDD have created an amazing feature on Cathy and have interviewed Arts Project Australia's Studio Manager James McDonald on Cathy's practice, her never-ending interest in Luna Park and her inclusion in the AUSTRALIANA collection. We've included the feature below and you can find the original piece on TDD's website. You can also find the AUSTRALIANA collection at NGV's Design Store and NGV Design Store Online, or here at Arts Project Australia. ***** ART CRUSH 12. CATHY STAUGHTON Bold, brave, often humorous and sometimes autobiographical, Cathy Staughton of Arts Project Australia is an artist we shall always follow. Cathy has just recently painted our Fitzroy window with her unforgettable Luna Park work, and we couldn't be prouder to feature her as our latest Art Crush in celebration! We spoke to Arts Project Australia's Studio Manager James about Cathy's journey as an artist, her love of Luna Park and her involvement in our latest project with Arts Project, Australiana. Can you tell us a bit about Cathy's career as an artist so far?  Cathy has been an artist at Arts Project since 1996. Cathy was creative from an early age, and her family always made provision for her to be able make work. Her early drawings served as a communication device with her family and her teachers, but it was also very evident Cathy had an aptitude for the visual arts. AA What is her favourite part about being an artist? Cathy enjoys being able to express herself through drawing and painting,and most of her work has an autobiographical context to some degree. Cathy is prolific and highly focused as an artist, utilising reference material from her many electronic devices she loves so much, or simply painting from recollections of events in her life, recent or from the past. AA AA Where did Cathy's focus on Luna Park come from?  Luna Park has been a constant theme in Cathy's work since she was a young girl, having grown up in Saint Kilda in the late 60's just down the road from the famous amusement park. Cathy could see the park from her front garden of her Marine Parade home. Cathy has painted the Luna Park face many, many times throughout her career, often morphing her own likeness into the open mouthed face of the entrance. Cathy relishes all aspects of being an artist, and enjoys the reward of success as well. Attending exhibition openings, selling her work and, of course, making money all appeal to Cathy.  AA AA What was Cathy's favourite part of working with Third Drawer Down and seeing her artwork become a product?  Cathy was thrilled to see the tea towel with her Luna Park painting printed on it, for the first time and when she was busy painting the mural on the TDD window, was so excited to see customers walking out having purchases her tea towel. She is also a fan of the Peter Ben hip flask that is part of the Australiana collection. Cathy is drawn to the Ned Kelly image portrayed on the flask. AA  AA Much love to Cathy and all who work at keeping Arts Project Australia alive and well, what they do, and the work they achieve is brilliant and we are so thrilled to be a part of spreading that magic. You can shop Australiana in-store at Fitzroy and at the NGV Design Store. We will be expanding on this range and launching it nationwide and online in August. (Please feel free to call us and place orders over the phone if you wish though!)   Bonus question! We were informed during our painting session that just like us, Cathy has a serious social media addiction and knows how to get trapped in the scroll. Is this true, are we all just trapped in the matrix together?  An image speaks louder than words.  AA

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Amani Tia & Patrick Francis Attend Bundoora Nebula Residency

Amani Tia & Patrick Francis Attend Bundoora Nebula Residency

Due to their incredible practice and achievements in contemporary art, both Amani Tia and Patrick Francis have been chosen to attend a month-long Bundoora Nebula Residency. The Bundoora Nebula Residency Program supports artists in developing a new artistic work in a portable studio, which is placed among Bundoora Homestead Art Centre’s heritage garden. The residency is a rare and coveted opportunity and provides Tia and Francis a unique environment to practice their painting and hone their craft. The residency works by pairing two artists for the month, with one of these artists having a disability. Through a collaborative effort and a change in scenery, Tia and Patrick will be exposed to, and inspired by, new creative processes and a new creative environment. If you’d like to head along the residency spaces are open to the general public and you can watch Tia and Patrick’s work in progress. Patrick’s residency has recently started and he’ll be at Bundoora Nebula during select days in March and is collaborating with artist Sandra Long. Not to mention on 30 March 2017 Patrick and Long will showcase their work through a Celebration and Demonstration event. Tia is collaborating with artist Claire Mooney and will be at Bundoora Nebula on Thursdays and Fridays during April. Tia will be participating in a Q+A about his distinctive practice on Thursday 27 April from 2pm at Bundoora Homestead Art Centre. A big congratulations to Amani Tia and Patrick Francis! The Bundoora Nebula Residency is a partnership between Bundoora Homestead Art Centre and Arts Access Victoria. Amani Tia, David Hockney in his studio, 2016, work on canvas, 35 x 35 cm. Patrick Francis, Not titled, 2014, work on paper, 56 x 39 cm.

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NOW OPEN: Luminous kinship, sentient kingdom & AUSTRALIANA

NOW OPEN: Luminous kinship, sentient kingdom & AUSTRALIANA

You beaut! On Saturday we had a fair dinkum double launch of the AUSTRALIANA collection (a collaboration with Third Drawer Down Studio and the National Gallery of Victoria) as well as the opening of our first exhibition for 2017 Luminous kinship, sentient kingdom. A mighty big crowd came along and we thank all of our supporters and members, the Arts Project Australia team, and our artists for attending the special afternoon. A huge thank you to Abi Crompton, founder and CEO of Third Drawer Down for opening the exhibition and launching AUSTRALIANA. AUSTRALIANA presents a series of artist-designed wares - think Sidney Nolan-inspired hip flasks and Dame Edna pot holders - that feature the work of ten Arts Project Australia artists. The collection is currently available for purchase at Arts Project Australia, NGV Design Store and NGV Design Store Online. The collection will launch with Third Drawer Down on 17 March 2017. Luminous kinship, sentient kingdom will continue until 11 March 2017, investigating the complex and immeasurable role animals play within our world by considering how animals are aestheticised, and experienced, as spiritual, domestic and ecological symbols. The exhibition examines the many faceted and unique relationships we have with animals through work created by artists at Arts Project Australia including Lygin Ang, Dionne Canzano, Alan Constable, Katie Foster, Bronwyn Hack, John Huggins, Jodie Noble, Anthony Romagnano and Megan Sloan amongst others.    

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AUSTRALIANA Collection – Officially Launched at NGV, Soon Launching at APA

AUSTRALIANA Collection – Officially Launched at NGV, Soon Launching at APA

The AUSTRALIANA collection has officially launched! We'd like to say a warm thank you to everyone who attended last night's special launch of AUSTRALIANA at the National Gallery of Victoria, with an especially big thank you to Tony Ellwood, Director of the National Gallery of Victoria, for opening the collection alongside great speeches from both Abi Crompton, founder and CEO of Third Drawer Down, and our Director Sue Roff. And of course thank you to our artists, supporters and team who came along for the opening. Don't worry if you've missed out, NGV Design Store's vibrant AUSTRALIANA display is still ongoing. AUSTRALIANA is a collaboration between Third Drawer Down Studio, the National Gallery of Victoria and Arts Project Australia, who together have created a collection of functional art products devoted to monumental Australian icons, landscapes and pop-culture legends… Think Sidney Nolan flasks, Dame Edna pot holders, Luna Park bottle openers and Australiana tea towels, all featuring the art of Arts Project Australia's Lisa Reid, Cathy Staughton, Julian Martin, Patrick Francis, Valerio Ciccone and Peter Ben. Also featured are exclusive postcards with the art of Alan Constable, Fiona Taylor, Peter Cave and Anthony Romagnano. While NGV have officially launched AUSTRALIANA, with the design wares available at NGV design store (both NGV International and NGV Australia) as well as online at DESIGNSTORE.NGV.MELBOURNE, we'll also be unveiling the collection here at Arts Project Australia on Saturday 4 February, from 3pm to 5pm. Abi Crompton will open our AUSTRALIANA display which will continue until 11 March 2017 and Third Drawer Down will further unveil the collection themselves on 17 March. Our launch of AUSTRALIANA will also coincide with the launch of our first exhibition for 2017 Luminous kinship, sentient kingdom. The AUSTRALIANA collection is not only a huge achievement for Arts Project Australia, but is an amazing coup for Arts Project Australia’s featured artists, as it brings their dynamic work and ideas to a national audience. It's an incredible opportunity to be collaborating with two of Melbourne's greatest artistic and cultural platforms.

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AUSTRALIANA Collection with Third Drawer Down & NGV

AUSTRALIANA Collection with Third Drawer Down & NGV

We're extremely excited to announce Arts Project Australia is part of a Third Drawer Down Studio collaboration with the National Gallery of Victoria known as AUSTRALIANA, an iconic collection featuring the art of our artists Lisa Reid, Cathy Staughton, Julian Martin, Patrick Francis, Valerio Ciccone and Peter Ben. Also featured are exclusive postcards with the art of Alan Constable, Fiona Taylor, Peter Cave and Anthony Romagnano. AUSTRALIANA is a collection of functional art products devoted to monumental Australian icons, landscapes and pop-culture legends... singing our anthem via pot holders, stubby coolers and tea towels, featuring works from ten remarkable Arts Project Australia artists. Like a true-blue outback adventure, there is no shortage of magpies, koalas and kangaroos in this story, and with the addition of famous Aussie faces and places, it’s instantly one for the pool room. AUSTRALIANA is a collaboration and a collection that started small and then in quintessential Australian fashion, had to be bigger. So like the big banana, the giant pineapple and that massive koala, the conversation for unique, iconic Australian art products grew a little bigger. Third Drawer Down Studio's started the ball rolling and Arts Project Australia and the National Gallery of Victoria agreed to bring the idea to life and from here a story was born, not just about celebrating snap shots of Australia’s history, but also the joy behind Arts Project Australia and our ongoing mission. The AUSTRALIANA collection is available at here Arts Project Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria and online at DESIGNSTORE.NGV.MELBOURNE. Cathy Staughton, The Luna Park Sydney Harbour Bridge, 2007

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APA Wins 2016 Outstanding Organisation Award!

APA Wins 2016 Outstanding Organisation Award!

We're incredibly proud to announce that we've won the HESTA Community Sector Awards for the 2016 Outstanding Organisation! Each year the award recognises an organisation which has made an outstanding contribution to social justice in Australia, through the development of a high quality and innovative program, project or specific service. We're over-the-moon that HESTA has recognised Arts Project's work in supporting artists with an intellectual disability by providing sustained and individualised pathways into the professional visual arts - we'd like to say a big thanks to HESTA for initially considering our nomination and another huge thank-you to our amazingly dedicated and hardworking board, team and volunteers. And of course last, but never least, the biggest thank you to our artists (now totaling over 120!) who produce incredible work week-after-week. Arts Project Australia Executive Director, Sue Roff, accepted the award, highlighting Arts Project's success in ensuring artists exhibit their works in leading galleries across Australia and around the world. “Our artists are treated as professional artists and provided with high-quality material, guidance and mentoring from professional staff artists, vocational pathways and an opportunity to earn income from the sale of their artwork,” Sue said. “But it’s not about the money - when our artists see their work framed, hanging on a wall in a gallery, it gives them an amazing sense of self-worth and confidence.”  

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COMING UP AT ARTS PROJECT

COMING UP AT ARTS PROJECT

We have a very busy couple of months coming up at Arts Project Australia with new exhibitions at our Northcote gallery, as well as at Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, Collins Place and West Space. With many irons in the fire, there is a lot to see and do as part of our broader programming. All the while, we are developing a new website, so please bare with us regarding our current limited platform while we tweak the design and functionality of our new website that will launch soon! Many of the exhibtions and events coming up are free and open to the public. If you would like more details about any of the events, feel free to contact us directly by phone on +61 3 9482 4484 or email at [email protected]: JULY HERE AND NOW AT SOFITEL MELBOURNE ON COLLINS Here and Now is a selection of works on paper and sculptures by 12 artists from Arts Project Australia. Featuring work by Alvaro Alvarez, George Aristovoulou, Boris Cipusev, Alan Constable, Ian Gold, Ruth Howard, Bobby Kyriakopoulos, Julian Martin, Chris Mason, Kaye McDonald, Warren O’Brien and Terry Williams. Curated by Global Art Projects. Here and Now will be on view 24 hours a day and will also be featured as part of FLAIR—a Melbourne art event taking place 18-21 August 2016 showcasing a series of curated exhibitions, talks and experiences at the top end of Flinders Lane. For more information visit flairmelbourne.com. - DATES: 7 July - 24 August 2016 VENUE: Sofi's Lounge & Lobby, Level 1; Atrium Gallery, Level 35; both at Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, 25 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000 MORE INFORMATION: Contact Arts Project Australia by phone +61 3 9482 4484 CLAY: IT'S A MATTER OF SUBSTANCE Arts Project Australia presents two new exhibitions in June—a solo show of recent drawings and ceramics by emerging artist Georgia Szmerling, and a group exhibition Clay: it’s a matter of substance featuring recent ceramic artworks created in the Arts Project Studio. The human activity of making a solid object from clay has spanned over 30,000 years. All the works in this exhibition have been created through the artists' fascination with the intrinsic qualities of this earthy material to create forms of meaning. Featuring works by Alan Constable, Jordan Dymke, Matthew Gove, Bronwyn Hack, Brigid Hanrahan, Ruth Howard, Miles Howard-Wilks, Kate Knight, Chris Mason, Kaye McDonald, Jodie Noble, Tim Noble, Chris O’Brien, Lisa Reid, Adrian Salvatore, Megan Sloan, Mark Smith, Georgia Szmerling and Rebecca Vanston. Curated by Rosie Vallis. - DATES: 18 June - 30 July 2016 VENUE: Arts Project Australia, 24 High Street, Northcote VIC 3070 MORE INFORMATION: Contact Arts Project Australia by phone +61 3 9482 4484 SECRET GARDEN Arts Project Australia presents two new exhibitions in June—a solo show by of recent drawings and ceramics by emerging artist Georgia Szmerling of re, and a group exhibition Clay: it’s a matter of substance featuring recent ceramic artworks created in the Arts Project Studio. Often suggesting a lyrical sense of movement, Szmerling’s second solo exhibition at Arts Project Australia affirms a dominant interest in the portrayal of decorative plant formations and the natural world. For her exhibition Secret Garden, Szmerling has created new works on paper, board and ceramic. These figurative-based artworks present colourful and lively interpretations of the landscape and the animals that inhabit it. Szmerling has worked at Arts Project since 2004. - DATES: 18 June - 30 July 2016 VENUE: Arts Project Australia, 24 High Street, Northcote VIC 3070 MORE INFORMATION: Contact Arts Project Australia by phone +61 3 9482 4484 RED BALL Bad graphics, heroes and villains, earnest commentary, bogans and toffs, families and ferals, pageantry and drama… the old ‘game of our own’ is no longer the same. This humorous, thought-provoking exhibition explores the painted grass roots of contemporary sport and its head-high collision with the art world. 20 artists including Arts Project Australia's Valerio Ciccone ponder the game in a multi-disciplinary group exhibition in the heart of Fitzroy. - DATES: 20 July - 6 August 2016 VENUE: Red Gallery, 157 St Georges Rd, North Fitzroy VIC 3068 MORE INFORMATION: Contact Arts Project Australia by phone +61 3 9482 4484 WEST SPACE - TWO PERSON EXHIBITION West Space is curating a two-person exhibition including small sculptures by Chris Mason. Exhibition curated by Patrice Sharkey and Liang Luscombe. - DATES: 15 July - 13 August 2016 VENUE: West Space, Level 1, 225 Bourke Street, Melbourne, Vic, 3000 MORE INFORMATION: Contact Arts Project Australia by phone +61 3 9482 4484 AUGUST ARTS PROJECT COLLINS PLACE POP-UP GALLERY Arts Project Australia will launch it's first CBD pop-up gallery at Collins Place in August 2016. This venture is made possible through the generous support of NKN Gallery for providing the venue, Gandel Philanthropy, Delatite Wines and our donors. Arts Project will present 35 artists will in a new exhibition at our Collins Place Pop-up Gallery. Over 400 artworks will be on display in rotation for the inaugural pop-up space, where visitors will have the chance to view significant thematic collections of the artists’ most recent work. The exhibition will transform over the course of the month and artwork will be re-hung week-to-week, giving an opportunity to visit on multiple occasions. Artwork includes paintings, drawings, prints, photography, ceramics, soft sculptures and video art, with prices ranging from $100 to $3000, an accessible price for new art enthusiasts. A number of special collaborative artworks will also be shown, where Arts Project artists have paired with renowned Melbourne-based contemporary artists, Richard Lewer, Katherine Hattam and Peter Atkins. Arts Project Australia Collins Place Pop-up Gallery (supported by NKN Gallery) will also be featured as part of FLAIR—a Melbourne art event taking place 18-21 August 2016 showcasing a series of curated exhibitions, talks and experiences at the top end of Flinders Lane. For more information visit flairmelbourne.com. - DATES: 28 July - 31 August 2016 VENUE: Arts Project Australia Pop-up Gallery (supported by NKN Gallery), Sofitel Melbourne, 25 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000 MORE INFORMATION: Contact Arts Project Australia by phone +61 3 9482 4484 GROUP SHOW - SECOND ITERATION A collaborative exhibition of artworks based on the Chapter House Lane curated Group Show, launched in 2015 in Melbourne. The exhibition marks the second instalment of the successful 2015-16 presentation of Group Show, building on the partnership between Arts Project Australia and Chapter House Lane. Featuring work by Alan Constable, Matlok Griffiths, Benjamin Lichtenstein, Julian Martin, Pia Murphy and Georgia Szmerling. Curated by Louise Klerks, Director, Chapter House Lane. Supported by the Limb Family Foundation. Curated by Louise Klerks. - DATES: 6 August - 3 September 2016 VENUE: Arts Project Australia, 24 High Street, Northcote VIC 3070 MORE INFORMATION: Contact Arts Project Australia by phone +61 3 9482 4484 FLAIR During the cold month of August, Melbourne will be ignited with contemporary art events such as Spring 1888 and NotFair. Adding to this is FLAIR, an impressive curated program of art and events at the top end of Flinders Lane which we are thrilled to announce includes Arts Project Australia. FLAIR is an exciting new art event and will be held in Melbourne from 18 to 21 August. Over four days, art galleries at the top end of Flinders Lane will host a series of events and exhibitions showcasing Melbourne’s dynamic arts community for artists and art lovers alike. The program has been curated by ARC ONE Gallery, Arts Project Australia (supported by NKN Gallery), Craft, fortyfivedownstairs and Sofitel Melbourne on Collins. Visitors to the festival will be able to experience a range of curated exhibitions, as well as gain opportunities to meet the artists, and attend forums and panel discussions with creatives. The major events of the program—the FLAIR Progressive Degustation and FLAIR Keynote Address—will be held on the Friday 19th and Saturday 20th August. - DATES: 18 - 21 August 2016 VENUE: Various locations, top end Flinders Lane, Melbourne MORE INFORMATION: Visit the FLAIR website flairmelbourne.com or email gap(at)gap.net.au

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‘Paragon of Virtue’ and ‘Tell Tale’ now open!

‘Paragon of Virtue’ and ‘Tell Tale’ now open!

What a great turn out we had on Saturday afternoon to celebrate the launch of two amazing exhibitions at Arts Project Australia! Gavin Porter’s first solo, Paragon of Virtue, opened in the front gallery exploring superhero and apocalyptic themes. This exhibition showcases a collection of bold, colourful drawings in ink and marker that focus on his lead heroine 'Paragon', who is motivated by a strong sense of justice. Paragon of Virtue introduces multifaceted graphic novel type narratives, revolving around gritty crime fighting plot threads that ruminate on the timeless thematic struggle between good and evil. Porter’s drawings are frequented by mission-driven lead characters engaged in the pursuit of survival in a dangerous and futuristic world. In the back gallery we opened another exhibition, Tell Tale, curated by Anna Louise Richardson and Justin Hinder. Tell Tale is part of Next Wave Emerging Curators program and the result of a partnership between Next Wave and Arts Project Australia. The exhibition features works by collaborative pairs of Arts Project and external artists, including Richard Lewer & Eden Menta, Paul Hodges & Georgina Cue, Katherine Hattam & Megan Sloan, Kate Knight & Kate Just, Mark Smith & ChiliPhilly. Inspired by a narrative conceived by ten artists and written by Justin Hinder, the works in Tell Tale were created over a series of collaborative workshops and studio sessions exploring themes of love, family, and death. Artist talks for Tell Tale will be held on Saturday 21 May at 2pm. Both exhibitions are on at Arts Project Australia until Saturday 11 June so be sure to pop by! Gaving Porter at the opening of his solo show, Paragon of Virtue. Paragon of Virtue Curators Anna Louise Richardson and Justin Hinder at the opening of Tell Tale for Next Wave Festival. Collaborative duo Kate Just and Kate Knight with one of their artworks from Tell Tale. Next Wave Artistic Director Georgie Meagher and interpreter Ben Richardson opening the exhibitions. Tell Tale curators and artists at the exhibition opening.

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SIGNATURE STYLE AND CAM NOBLE SOLO OPEN!

SIGNATURE STYLE AND CAM NOBLE SOLO OPEN!

Saturday afternoon saw lots of familiar faces coming to check out the opening of the latest exhibitions at Arts Project Australia. In the front gallery space Arts Project artist Cam Noble's self-titled solo show greeted guests with a range of recent figurative works. Noble presents a broad range of subjects including pop and television stars and other celebrities, as well as people engaging in every day activities. His fluid unrestrained drawing technique adds a personal energy, creating his own vision of his subjects. Further into the gallery, Signature Style presented large-scale paintings by a group of Arts Project artists whose work is easily identifiable due to their distinctive style. Curated by Sim Luttin, the selection of works highlight stylistic elements and subject matter favoured by each creator. This exhibition features works by Alvaro Alverez, John Bates, Robert Brown, Ian Gold, Miles Howard-Wilks, Adrian Lazzarro, Warren O'Brien, Anthony Romagnano, Rebecca Scibilia, Laura Sheehan, Megan Sloan and Cathy Staughton, and runs until 30 April 2016. Arts Project artists Jodie and Cam Noble with staff member Penny Hunt. Arts Project artists Rebecca Scibilia, Cathy Staughton and Cam Noble representing their signature styles. Arts Project artist Miles Howard-Wilks with his underwater work for Signature Style. Long term Arts Project supporters Bernie Bedford and Anne Stonehouse. Graham Meadowcroft from Art Guide Australia opening the exhibitions with Executive Director Sue Roff and Auslan interpreter and long term Arts Project supporter Ben Richardson.

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FUNDRAISING DINNER A HUGE SUCCESS!

FUNDRAISING DINNER A HUGE SUCCESS!

What a fabulous time we had at last night’s Dining with Art fundraiser in the Arts Project Australia gallery! With a delicious menu lovingly prepared by Merricote’s Rob Kabboord, the perfect wine to accompany it from Delatite Wines, and an entertaining address from our special guest Denise Scott the evening was thoroughly enjoyed by all 51 guests.  With an opportunity to preview our forthcoming exhibitions – Signature Style and Cam Noble Solo – the guests enjoyed being able to purchase works ahead of Saturday’s opening and to take part in a raffle and silent auction.  Thanks to artists Alan Constable, Julian Martin and Chris Mason for donating works for the auction – all were sold to very happy purchasers.  This stage it looks like we raised around $15,000 to support our innovative studio program.  Thanks so much to all the guests, donors, and sponsors of this great event – we simply couldn’t do it without you! Just some of the feedback we’ve received already today. Wonderful atmosphere, great people, amazing art work, delicious food, wine......Thanks for an incredible night. Thank you all! It was an amazing night! Thank you to all artists and staff at Arts Project Australia. It flowed so smoothly and there was such a lively, happy and positive feeling….  The food and drink were great and Denise was the perfect person to have. Make sure you get in early to book for the next Dining with Art! Many thanks to all our supporters: Merricote, as well as local traders Delatite Wines, Monoprint, Art Guide Australia, Third Drawer Down, Fowlers Flowers, Andrei Davidoff, SOFITEL Luxury Hotels, Leonard Joel, Harper and Blohm, Refresh Hospitality  Flinders Island Meat, Stir Crazy and The Coffee Hawker and Denise Scott. And thanks to those artists that donated artworks and the following organisations and individuals who donated to our raffle prizes: Alan Constable, Julian Martin, Chris Mason, Eckerley's, Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, Melbourne International Comedy Festival,Delatite Wines, Melbourne Theatre Company, National Gallery of Victoria, Barbara Ajzenberg, Bernie Bedford and Heidi Victoria MP. A beautiful set up thanks to the Arts Project and Merricote team, ready and waiting for guests! Thanks to Arts Project supporter Delatite Wines for providing drinks for the evening. Thanks to local florist Fowlers Flowers for providing beautiful decorations to the gallery. The Arts Project and Merricote team. Delicious food provided by Merricote. Thanks to all the generous Arts Project supporters for providing some excellent prizes for the Dining with Art raffle. Arts Project artist Megan Sloane with Ruth and Ralph Renard. Arts Project Executive Director Sue Roff with Denise Scott and John Lane. Catherine and Bruce Easton enjoying the art. Merricote Head Chef Rob Kabboord working his magic. Arts Project Chair Bronwyn Johnson thanking everyone for their support.  A fabulous evening thanks to all the generous Arts Project supporters and hard working staff!

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Annual Gala a success!

Annual Gala a success!

Saturday afternoon saw the sun shining upon the huge crowd that turned up to the opening of Arts Project Australia's Annual Gala. The final exhibition for the year, the Annual Gala features at least one work by every artist attending the Arts Project studio, showcasing the variety of artistic styles by Arts Project artists in one visual feast. Artists, friends and families, and Northcote locals came along to soak in the atmosphere, enjoying the sounds of Pamela (the artist band consisting of Jon Campbell, Minna Gilligan and Georgina Glanville), and perhaps dabbling in a burger or ice cream provided by the Mr. Burger and Whippy Kiosks food trucks. In the Christmas spirit Arts Project offers art buyers the option to take their artworks home with them as they buy them, and so the exhibition constantly changes as new works go up to replace those that are taken home. For anyone who missed the opening on Saturday (or those who made the opening but would like to see the new works that have gone), the Annual Gala runs until December 19. Arts Project friends and family enjoying the exhibition. Visitors enjoying an ice cream on a warm afternoon. Arts Project artist Eden Menta with her family. Visitors enjoying Arts Project's art Piano Artist Miranda Millane posing with her family. Jon Campbell about to play with artist-band Pamela. From left to right: artists Minna Gilligan, Georgina Glanville and Jon Campbell. Visitors enjoyed the music and sunshine. Arts Project artists Peter Ben and Jodie Noble.

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IT TAKES MORE THAN 140 CHARACTERS TO WRITE A NOVEL, NOW OPEN!

IT TAKES MORE THAN 140 CHARACTERS TO WRITE A NOVEL, NOW OPEN!

Audience members were welcomed with a sunny afternoon for the opening of It takes more than 140 characters to write a novel, atArts Project Australia on Saturday. The exhibition was curated by Dr Vincent Alessi, Senior Lecturer of Creative Arts at La Trobe Universtiy, and opened as the second of Arts Project's 2015 external curator program.  It takes more than 140 characters to write a novel explores the use of digital technologies and the photographic image in the creation of what Alessi describes as "the analogue"; paintings, drawings and ceramic objects. As an externally curated show, the exhibition features works by both artists who attend the Arts Project studio, and external artists.  It takes more than 140 characters to write a novel features works by Alvaro Alvarez, Justin Andrews, Peter Ben, Erica Berechree, Alan Constable, Chris O'Brien, Simon Finn, and Darren Wardle, and runs until Saturday 21 November. Curator Dr. Vince Alessi with Arts Project president Bronwyn Johnson in front of artworks by Justin Andrews. Arts Project artist Erica Berechree and family with her artworks. Arts Project artist Chris O'Brien with ex-Staff Artist Jessie Imam and her mother, standing with O'Brien's artworks. Arts Project artist Josef Power admiring O'Brien's sculptural mobile phones. Arts Project supporter and writer Anne Stonehouse with her son. A row of Alan Constable cameras greet audience members as they enter the exhibition. Arts Project Executive Director Sue Roff introduces Vince Alessi during the opening speech. They stand in front of Darren Wardle'sHeavy Metal Gym Junkie (2015).

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VINCENT ALESSI CURATED EXHIBITION OPENS TOMORROW!

VINCENT ALESSI CURATED EXHIBITION OPENS TOMORROW!

Arts Project Australia launches a new exhibition Saturday 17 October. It takes more than 140 characters to write a novel opens from 3-5pm at Arts Project in Northcote. We have been working closely with exhibition curator Dr Vincent Alessi who is the Senior Lecturer of Creative Arts at La Trobe University over the past few months to realise this exhibition. Each year, Arts Project Australia invites prominent curators to work with Arts Project Australia to curate an exhibition that places the work of Arts Project studio artists alongside the work of other Australian and/or International contemporary artists in our Northcote gallery space. It takes more than 140 characters to write a novel is the second of our 2015 externally curated exhibitions. This exhibition explores the use of digital technologies and the photographic image in the creation of paintings, drawings and ceramic objects. It posits that artists who use technology as the basis of their art making are extending the experience of the “digital eye” so as to reclaim an analogue familiarity. It will present works by artists who create directly from digitally-mediated and photographic images, arguing that the physical act of painting, drawing and object making, and the presence of the artist’s hand brings us closer to the physical world which we inhabit. Curator Dr Vincent Alessi says, “ celebrates rather than criticises the endless possibilities of technology, revealing how artists use the internet, modern media advertising campaigns and software such as Photoshop and CAD to create artworks which respond, reflect and create new worlds for us to explore”. Featuring works by Alvaro Alvarez, Justin Andrews, Peter Ben, Erica Berechree, Alan Constable, Chris O’Brien, Simon Finn and Darren Wardle. For more information visit the exhibition page or call us on 03 9482 4484. EXHIBITION DETAILS Exhibition: 17 October 2015 - 21 November 2015 Venue: Arts Project Australia Gallery Opening: 17 October 2015, from 3-5pm Opened by: Dr Vincent Alessi, Senior Lecturer, Creative Arts, La Trobe University Installation shot.

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LISA REID: THE DEVIL’S IN THE DETAIL IS NOW OPEN!

LISA REID: THE DEVIL’S IN THE DETAIL IS NOW OPEN!

Over 130 visitors braved the wet and windy day on Saturday afternoon to come to the opening of Arts Project artist Lisa Reid's survey, The Devil's in the Detail. It was a spectacular turnout with many long-term supporters and artistic subjects of Reid's work travelling from all over Australia to be present. John Albrecht, Managing Director and Proprietor of Leonard Joel, officially opened the exhibition with generous words reflecting on the ongoing partnership between Leonard Joel and Arts Project Australia. This exhibition marks the fifth in a series of Leonard Joel supported survey series, accompanied by a full-colour Leonard Joel Series catalogue featuring an essay by Melbourne-based writer Dylan Rainforth and available for purchase from Arts Project Australia. Lisa Reid joined the studio at Arts Project in 2000 and since then, she has shown extensively both nationally and internationally, making a significant contribution to the contemporary art landscape. Reid is a multi-media figurative artist who collects and reinterprets images of people that she sources from photographs magazines and newspapers. The Devil’s in the Detail is made up of works from the artist’s collection held at Arts Project, as well as from private collections from across Australia, including a selection from the private collection of renowned art collector Peter Fay.   Long term Arts Project supporter and collector Peter Fay with artist Lisa Reid, standing in front of Reid's portrait of Fay.  Arts Project supporter and recently appointed Staff Artist Rob McHaffie with his family in front of Reid's portrait of him.  From left to right: Norma Reid, Arts Project artists Kate Knight, Fiona Taylor and Lisa Reid, and Staff Artist Nicole Macdonald Lisa Reid's family admiring her work. Opening speeches during the give away prize of one of Lisa Reid's Dame Edna limited edition frisbees, produced by Third Drawer Down. From left to right: Executive Director Sue Roff, Lisa Reid, Interpreter Ben Richardson, and John Abrecht. Lisa Reid with her family in front of artworks inspired by an old family photo album. Arts Project artist Paul Hodges and Staff Artis Rosie Vallis admiring Reid's work. Gallery Manager and Curator, and curator of The Devil's in the Detail Sim Luttin with artist Lisa Reid.   LISA REID: The Devil's In the Detail runs at Arts Project Australia until Saturday 10 October.   FOLLOW US Twitter: @artsprojectaust Pinterest: @artsprojectaus Instagram: @artsprojectaust Facebook: ArtsProject/gallery

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The Northcote Penguins visit Westspace

The Northcote Penguins visit Westspace

The Northcote Penguins visited Westspace to experience artist Benjamin Wood's exhibition that which enables and constrains what can and cannot be done or said. The material arrangements of the exhibition were comprised of objects, sculptures, raw materials, industry found objects, fragments of plaster sheet made into instruments and bags containing different selections of the above for people to touch, play and interact with before returning them to the gallery.  Each object or sculpture is arranged according to their ability to effectively bring about movement, change, attention to chance and their 'intense particularity.' We were very lucky to have been given an artist talk by the artist himself, who enjoyed seeing the group interact with his exhibition so wholeheartedly.  The artists also enjoyed an interactive experience in Gallery One titled Relaxation Circuit by artist Pia Van Gelder.  Five artists were connected to an electric circuit whilst lying on the floor of the gallery.  The experimental, interactive installation recreates an historical experiment by the early Twentieth Century Inventor Leon Eeeman dealing with bio-circuits and the radiant powers of the human body.  The experiment proposed to treat a variety of conditions including anxiety and stress.  Van Gelder has added an electronic 'bio-synthesizer' that creates tones that are modulated by participants, 'sonifying' their bodies healing radiant powers.  Needless to say, The Northcote Penguins produced a very relaxed hum, with one participant adding a few snores.  

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The Northcote Penguins

The Northcote Penguins

On August 12 The Northcote Penguins caught the 86 tram to the arts precinct around Gertrude Street, Fitzroy.  Dianne Tanzer Gallery was our first stop.  Here we enjoyed a solo exhibition of the works of contemporary photographer Cherine Fahd titled ‘Homage to a Rectangle’. Her photographs revealed fleeting fragments of the female form between geometric shapes, often in bold primary colours. Graphically intriguing, they seemed to reference the German abstract painter Joseph Albers who produced a series of works titled ‘Homage to a Square’ in 1962.  The artists commented on the strong use of colour and the idea of integrating figuration and abstraction in a single composition. We then moved on to Gertrude Contemporary and enjoyed a highly immersive minimalist installation that took over the entire gallery, bathing it in a warm yellow light through the introduction of a second flexible membrane ceiling a metre above our heads and approximately a metre below the original ceiling that had been painted yellow.  The effect of the light as we travelled through the space was calming – as though we had walked into another world. The final stop was to visit The Australian Print Workshop.  We were lucky enough to encounter some extraordinary landscape works by John Wolseley, who is concurrently exhibiting at the NGV.  Many of the artists whose current focus has been in drawing and printmaking loved seeing how loose and painterly his mark-making was. The following week, After looking at contemporary artists William Kentridge, Jon Campbell and Marina Abramovich in the morning discussion class, The Northcote Penguins had a lovely day in the city today, first visiting Tolarno Galleries to view the most recent solo exhibition of the works of painter Tim Johnson.  The title of the exhibition Open Source is a reference to a computer program that involves others in its production and use, referring both to the collaborative nature of the work as well as to the sourcing of the imagery and the many possible interpretations and meanings.  As many of the artists source their reference images in a similar way, they found it easy to relate to the painter’s use of repeated motifs, patterns and appropriations of imagery and technique, and were also inspired by the very large works at approximately 180cm wide that were coupled with very small works of approx. 18cm high. We then visited Arc One Gallery in Flinders lane and found the works of Australian painter Catherine Woo.  Her solo exhibition titled Incendie revealed paintings using mixed media on an aluminium substrate and although abstract, they evidenced a strong narrative based on ideas surrounding the global issue of climate change.  We spoke about the connection between the methodologies used in both exhibitions – that they abstracted the landscape whilst maintaining a clear visual message using a haptic ‘all-over’ zoomed-out perspective, where the eye keeps moving over the surface of the painting and there is no traditional perspectival depiction of space.

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Two new shows to see at Arts Project!

Two new shows to see at Arts Project!

Saturday 18th of July saw two beautiful new shows open at Arts Project Australia. In the front gallery space, a small solo show of works by John Northe opened to much anticipation. A prolific ex-Arts Project artist, Northe passed away in 2009, leaving a significant body of work behind as the result of his artistic career. Curated by Arts Project gallery assistant Melissa Petty, the exhibition presents an exclusive collection of pastel and pencil drawings courtesy of the Estate of John Northe and Arts Project Australia. Exhibition curator Melissa Petty at the opening of John Northe's solo show. The second exhibition that opened in the back half of the gallery was After..., an exhibition exploring how images can be reinterpreted and insightfully transformed into images in their own right. Curated by Arts Project registrar Penelope Hunt, all artists included in this exhibition look at and respond to the work of other artists. Arts Project artist Fiona Taylor standing in front her art work, one in a series of re-interpretations by other Arts Project artists of 'Girl with a Pearl Earring' (Vermeer). Artist and buyer: Arts Project artist Jordan Dymke stands on one side of his art work while the new proud owner stands on the other. Arts Project artist Peter Ben stands with his digitally animated interpretation of 'Ned Kelly' (Sidney Nolan). Women in Black (from right to left): curator of 'After...' Penelope Hunt, standing next to external curator of the previous Arts Project exhibition Karra Rees, and Rees's sister.  Arts Project artist Patrick Francis stands with a selection of his works in 'After...' The exhibition features works by Alvaro Alvarez, Valerio Ciccone, Patrick Francis, Bronwyn Hack, Paul Hodges, Ruth Howard, Miles Howard-Wilks, Bobby Kyriakopoulos, Fiona Longhurst, Julian Martin, Cameron Noble, Jodie Noble, Daniel Pace, Lisa Reid, Anthony Romagnano, Fiona Taylor, Amani Tia and Tim Williams. Both exhibitions are on until August 22nd 2015.

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OPENING THIS SATURDAY!

OPENING THIS SATURDAY!

Arts Project Australia is pleased to invite you to the opening of John Northe Solo & After... Both exhibitions open Saturday 18 July from 3-5pm at Arts Project Australia in Northcote. The exhibitions will be opened by Councillor Oliver Walsh, Deputy Mayor, City of Darebin. John Northe Solo presents a collection of pastel and pencil drawings by the late John Northe (1943 – 2009). This exclusive selection is exhibited courtesy the Estate of John Northe and Arts Project Australia. Northe created a significant body of work over the course of his artistic career while working in Arts Project Australia’s studios. He was introduced to Arts Project Australia in 1989, where he went on to create hundreds of pastel and pencil drawings. His work is held in public and private collections both in Australia and overseas, including the National Gallery of Australia. Coinciding with John Northe's solo exhibition is the group show After…, which explores how images can be reinterpreted and insightfully transformed into unique artworks in their own right. The exhibition presents the work of 21 local artists and features many familiar faces and paintings from art history. Exhibition curator Penelope Hunt says, “All artists look at and respond to the work of other artists. Whether for insights, inspiration, as study techniques or for the sheer love and intrigue around another’s work, artists take cues from each other”. After… brings together work by Arts Project artists Alvaro Alvarez, Peter ben, Michael Camakaris, Peter Cave, Valerio Ciccone, Patrick Francis, Bronwyn Hack, Paul Hodges, Ruth Howard, Miles Howard-wilks, Bobby Kyriakopoulos, Fiona Longhurst, Julian Martin, Cameron Noble, Jodie Noble, Daniel Pace, Lisa Reid, Anthony Romagnano, Fiona Taylor, Amani Tia and Tim Williams. MORE INFORMATION WHERE: Arts Project Australia, 24 High St Northcote VIC 3070 Australia OPENING: Saturday 18 July, from 3-5pm EXHIBITION DATES: 18 July – 22 August 2015 OPENED BY: Councillor Oliver Walsh, Deputy Mayor, City of Darebin TIMES: Monday – Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 10am-5pm EVENT PAGES: John Northe Solo & After… WEBSITE:  ENTRY: FREE

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The Northcote Penguins and the life of an artist.

The Northcote Penguins and the life of an artist.

Over the past few weeks The Northcote Penguins have been on several field trips while discussing the life of an artist.  The Penguins have discussed and debated how to deal with the expectations of being an artist in today's world.  Personal expectations can often drive an artist and there are several confronting perceptions placed upon an artist's career such as exhibiting and not exhibiting, selling work and not selling work. Artists discussed whether this affected the value of their art and the value of their practice, agreeing that artists should not simply make artwork exclusively for selling.  There is genuine meaning in the creating and making of art alone.  The Penguins spoke of how the professional life of an artist is a marathon, not a sprint and rewards come in all shapes and sizes. One afternoon was spent in a productive group tutorial with Arts Project artist Mark Smith’s folio looking at his last six months of work.  The Penguins made observations, discussed common themes and Mark expressed his ideas and thoughts for his future direction as an artist.  A lot of fun was had with the whole group contributing their opinion and supporting Mark with his long-term goals. The round table group session was dynamic, lively and proved very productive. The long-term goal of The Northcote Penguins will be their end of year mural project at The Northcote Uniting Church on High Street.  Artists involved in the project are currently developing their ideas surrounding the issues that they have chosen, reflecting today's societal concerns.  Examples of issues which have been highlighted are hypocrisy in religion, the authoritarianism of public transport ticket inspectors and being underestimated as a person. Artists recently visited Monsalvat in Eltham, one of Australia’s oldest artists’ communities. Set amid unique grounds and buildings, Monsalvat is a place where art is made, taught, exhibited, performed and celebrated. The Penguins visited former staff artist Jessie Imam's work which was recently awarded The 2015 Nillumbik Prize celebrating artists and works from the Nillumbik region. The following week The Northcote Penguins visited the Victorian College of the Arts to view the first year's Master of Contemporary Art group show, Joy to the Other World.  Staff artist Elyss McCleary's work was featured in this exhibition and a stand-out! Stay tuned for all of the future developments of the Professional Practice Programme for artists at Arts Project Australia!  

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Somewhere in the City NOW OPEN!

Somewhere in the City NOW OPEN!

Somewhere in the City opened at Arts Project Australia on the warm afternoon of Saturday 13th of June. The opening was a huge success with the gallery packed out with both familiar and new faces. Curated by Karra Rees, Managing Curator at the Centre of Contemporary Photography, Somewhere in the City opened as part of Arts Project Australia's external curator program. Twice a year Arts Project invites external curators to curate an exhibition at their gallery including both Arts Project artists and external artists, developing relationships with other contemporary art organisations and artists. The gallery was filled with regular Arts Project supporters and artists, as well as friends and supporters of CCP, and of the external artists present including Shannon Smiley and Charlie Sofo. Somewhere in the City includes an impressive list of artists including Boris Cipusev, Miles Howard-Wilks, Kate Knight, Gavin Porter and Terry Williams from Arts Project Australia, as well as Junebum Park, Liesl Pfeffer, Shannon Smiley, Charlie Sofo, and Kensuke Todo. Download the exhibition catalogue featuring Karra Rees' essay here. From left: Arts Project staff Sandy Fernee, Arts Project Artist Jamie Dawes, Arts Project staff Jessie Imam. Arts Project artist Kate Knight with her work and curator Karra Rees. From left: Curator Karra Rees, CCP Director Naomi Cass, Arts Project Executive Director Sue Roff. Arts Project artist Terry Williams standing with his soft sculpture works. Arts Project artist Miles-Howard Wilks standing with his works.   Somewhere in the City will be open at Arts Project Australia until Saturday 11 July.

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REFLECTIONS ON THE GLASGOW SUMMIT

REFLECTIONS ON THE GLASGOW SUMMIT

The day the Arts Project Australia contingent arrived in Glasgow (March 3) for the recent International Summit for Learning Disability Artists and their Support Studios, there were snow flurries. Over the time we were there it became clear that, when compared with the weather in Glasgow, Melbourne weather could be considered stable! However, cold, wind, rain and snow did not dampen the warm welcome and the positive and friendly feeling that characterised the three-day event. Glasgow is a city of art, an impressive mix of contemporary and traditional. This makes it a perfect place to meet to create, experience, celebrate and talk about art. The Summit was a small conference hosted by Project Ability, an arts organisation in Glasgow that is similar to Arts Project Australia. It took place in the premises of Project Ability in the heart of the city in a building that also houses other arts organisations and galleries. Their space is light and massive – envied by everyone at the Summit. Participants were predominantly staff and artists from ten arts organisations (in addition to Project Ability) and ight countries: Australia, Canada, England, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.  Sue Roff, Executive Director, James McDonald, Studio Manager, Paul Hodges, artist and Cathy Staughton, artist represented Arts Project Australia. Debra Howlett, Paul’s sister, and Jane Crosskill, Cathy’s friend, accompanied the two artists as companions.  I attended as an interested volunteer and writer. The majority of sessions at the Summit consisted of an illustrated talk by staff and artists from each organisation about their work. The similarities in emphasis and vision among organisations was striking. Of course there were differences – for example, the size of the organisation, the number of staff and artists involved, frequency of artists’ participation, how long the organisations have existed, the range of art opportunities offered, the categories of artists the organisation caters for and the size and ‘grandeur of premises. However the similarities far outweighed the differences in number and significance. Some of these similarities were: strong valuing of community connections – both the art community and the local community. an aim to connect artists with artists out in the community through collaborative projects (One staff member said, ‘Every time we go out we meet people and something happens’.) recognition of the many positives as well as complexities of using volunteers, particularly volunteer artists. most importantly, pride in and commitment to the work of the organisation and a common sense of purpose, based on deep respect for the artists. The shared aim is to support the artists to develop their unique art practice in the most effective ways possible, building on their strengths, interests and talents. Absolute clarity about viewing artists as artists was evident in many presentations. As one staff member said, ‘It is a triumph when our artists are invited to participate in an exhibition or community event as an artist, not an artist with a disability’. It was clear that participants see creating art and promoting artists’ work as a powerful way to bring about inclusion. Each organisation showed work in an exhibition that occurred concurrently with the Summit. The diversity and quality of the art in itself was a powerful expression of the achievements of artists and the organisations they participate in. Some examples of items in the exhibition included: complex mechanical structures created by Roland from Germany. a beautiful elephant head made of soft felt that had been hand picked with a needle. seven metal plaques with seven suits made of wire underneath which was text telling of the significance of each suit in the artist’s life. delicate embroidery of significant places in Sweden (designed and made by Magnus, a gentle giant from Sweden, who said in his presentation that he was an ‘outsider embroiderer’, in as much as embroidery is considered women’s’ work – ‘Even men can embroider’!). wood cuts of animals. an irreverent hand-drawn animation depicting the relationship between George Bush Jr. and Saddam Hussein and involving the kidnapping of the Statue of Liberty and cameo appearances by Tony Blair and Barack Obama. a large collection of painted gnomes gesturing the Victory sign. a series of paintings called Postcards from Glasgow, featuring significant buildings that Thompson from London painted using images on the Internet. Arts Project’s contribution to the exhibition consisted of an impressive collection of work by Boris Cipusev, Paul Hodges, Ruth Howard, Julian Martin and Cathy Staughton. One of the highlights of the Summit was that when artists weren’t presenting or participating in presentations, they worked in the studio just outside the space where the sessions were being held. They worked alongside artists from Project Ability, and were supported by Project Ability staff. The foregrounding of artists and their strong contributions as presenters, working artists and fellow conference participants made the Summit come alive and gave it much more meaning and vibrancy than it would have had otherwise. Seeing work being created, being reminded of the artists’ talent and the seriousness and enthusiasm they bring to their work grounded the sessions in the reality of the exciting and important work of the organisations present. The uniqueness of each artist shone through in their interactions, conversations and their art. This diversity was a common theme in presentations. As one presenter said, ‘Some artists come in with clear ideas about what they want to do, while others have to uncover their interests and talents. Some will do the same thing over and over, and we have to decide whether and how to move them on’. Karina, a young artist from Sweden said, ‘My ideas are inside me and I want them to come out’. Throughout the Summit there was an implicit and sometimes explicit theme of empowering artists in a variety of ways as decision makers and creators. Jonathan, an artist from Project Ability, summed up the feeling of the Summit in his presentation when he said with great feeling, ‘It’s wonderful that I can stand up and paint’. Paul, the Artistic Director of the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts in Edmonton, Alberta, summed up the common purpose quite eloquently. He said,’ Often if you ask people with learning disabilities who they are, you get a story about their disability. We like to think that we help people have a new story to tell about themselves’. The Summit felt as much like a celebration as it did a gathering where new ideas, insights and information were shared. Participants expressed a strong desire to stay connected and to be able to anticipate another gathering like this one in a few years time. Hopefully this will be possible. Anne Stonehouse AM

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Introducing The Northcote Penguins

Introducing The Northcote Penguins

Running over the course of 12 months, our new Professional Practice Program has begun working with eight Arts Project studio artists to engender an in-depth collaborative investigation of each individual’s arts practice.  Running on Wednesdays, the program offers each artist the chance to develop and learn some new skills that may be applied to their practice while building their career as an artist. Our aim for the Professional Practice Program is to develop and engage each participating artist in a deeper understanding and appreciation of their own arts practice, and that of their contemporaries within the broader visual arts environment. As with many previous 20th century movements that we have been researching, The Northcote Penguins have formed an identity through developing the group name collaboratively and writing a group manifesto. "We believe in developing our individual styles, through looking back at history and looking forward at contemporary art.  Our discussions as a group are what drives new ideas, in collaboration we grow our art practice as individuals." Yesterday the group met with The Reverend Peter Batten of the Uniting Church in High Street, Northcote and visited the site where we will be collaborating as a group to make a public artwork.  The church has generously provided a wall space for this to happen.  This is a great site, as it is a highly visible space with a garden setting,  and the artists are very excited about producing a mural through a paste- up or painting technique.  The brainstorming has begun! As part of the group identity, we will also have a Northcote Penguins T-shirt.  After some earlier brainstorming sessions, Michael Camakaris has designed a wonderful logo and T-shirt design! We will keep you updated with the Penguins progress and experiences over the coming months, so stay tuned for more! The Northcote Penguins in front of the Uniting Church Wall (Left to Right: Fiona Taylor, Amani Tia, Robyn Doherty, Mark Smith, Kate Knight, Jordan Dymke, Paul Hodges & Michael Camakaris.) We also visited the Artist's Cooperative Artery Coop Ltd, Helen St, Northcote.  Where we were given a tour of the facility by public artist Jeph Neale and sculptor Caleb Shea shared his latest sculpture, discussing his ideas and production techniques with us at length. The artists with Jeph Neale in the workshop. The Professional Practice Programme is supported by Darebin Arts

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Welcome to a jam-packed 2015!

Welcome to a jam-packed 2015!

While Arts Project Australia staff and artists have been enjoying a well-earned break over summer, we have also been busy either side of Christmas preparing for a stellar 2015 exhibition and event campaign in Australia and overseas. Following on from a very successful 40th Anniversary year, Arts Project aims to build our interstate and international profile in 2015. So in addition to our two new exhibitions Drawn Together curated by Suzanne Brown and Elyss McCleary, and Paul Hodges Hello Sailor opening at Arts Project Australia on 6 February, there are a several key highlights coming up in our program worth noting: JULIAN MARTIN: THE OUTSIDER ART FAIR & ARMORY SHOW, NEW YORK            Julian Martin will be featured at The Outsider Art Fair (29 January - 1 February 2015) and at The Armory Show (5 - 8 March 2015) in New York in early 2015, presented by Fleisher Ollman who are based in Philadelphia. Julian Martin just secured representation in the USA with Fleisher Ollman, who have supported Julian's work and the work of several other Arts Project artists over the past few years. He was also featured on the cover and with an editorial in the latest Raw Vision magazine, which claims it's, "the world's only international journal of the art of the 'unknown geniuses' who are the creators of Outsider Art". >> MORE INFO TERRY WILLIAMS SOLO: CURATED BY RICKY SWALLOW @ WHITE COLUMNS, NEW YORK TERRY WILLIAMS - SOFT SCULPTURES presents 20 new artworks by established Melbourne artist Terry Williams in New York from 6 March - 18 April 2015. Opening on Friday 6 March, Terry's solo exhibition will showcase an in-depth collection of new work, which has been curated by Internationally renowned artist Ricky Swallow and will be shown by Matthew Higgs, director at White Columns in New York. TERRY WILLIAMS - SOFT SCULPTURES is supported by Ricky Swallow, the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and White Columns New York. >> MORE INFO CATHY STAUGHTON & PAUL HODGES FLY TO GLASGOW     We are excited to announce that Arts Project Australia has been invited to participate in an International Summit for Artists with Learning Disabilities and their support studios in Scotland in March this year. The Summit will take place at Project Ability’s gallery and studio and throughout Trongate 103; a centre for arts and creativity in the heart of Glasgow’s vibrant arts community.  Project Ability is the leading supported studio in Scotland, and Arts Project have already collaborated with them from afar.  Now we have the chance to collaborate face to face. From  4 – 6 March 2015, Project Ability have invited world class artists with learning disabilities and their support studios to come to Glasgow to exhibit, share artistic practice, network with peers and celebrate their achievements.   Ten international studios have been selected (from Scotland, England, Wales, Germany, Canada, Finland,  Ireland and Australia), with each studio represented by two artists with learning disabilities and two key personnel. We are delighted that established artists Cathy Staughton and Paul Hodges have been selected to represent Arts Project Australia, and will be accompanied by Studio Manager, James McDonald and Executive Director, Sue Roff. >> MORE INFO ALAN CONSTABLE & PETER ATKINS POLAROID PROJECT IN PHILADELPHIA Fleisher/Ollman in collaboration with Arts Project Australia presents Polaroid Project at Fleisher/Ollman gallery in Philadelphia. Polaroid Project is an exciting collaborative project that brings together two Melbourne-based artists, and was first exhibited at Arts Project Australia in early 2014. The artists are nationally acclaimed artist Alan Constable (Arts Project Australia, Melbourne) and Peter Atkins (Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne), one of Australia’s foremost contemporary artists. This in-depth collaborative project examines both artists shared interests in the reinterpretation of existing forms, offering the viewer an opportunity to experience the complimentary ways these diverse artists view their distinctive worlds. Polaroid Project is accompanied by a full-colour brochure with an essay by Alex Baker, Director of Fleisher/Ollman Gallery in Philadelphia, USA and will be available at the USA premier on Thursday 26 March 2015. >>MORE INFO PATRICK FRANCIS AND FRIENDS AT ROBIN GIBSON GALLERY, SYDNEY Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney in collaboration with Arts Project Australis presents Patrick Francis and Friends, an exhibition of work on paper by Patrick Francis and ceramic sculptures by Matthew Gove, Jodie Noble and Mark Smith. Robin Gibson Gallery has been representing emerging and established artists in Sydney since 1976 while Arts Project Australia has been supporting artists with intellectual disabilities and advocating for their inclusion in contemporary art in Melbourne since 1974. With 80 years of experience between these art world stalwarts, this is an exciting opportunity to present the work of some of these artists to a Sydney audience. The exhibition runs 7 - 31 March 2015 and opens Thursday 12 March 2014. >>MORE INFO  

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Arts Project Artists off to the Theatre!

Arts Project Artists off to the Theatre!

Staff at Arts Project Australia are always looking for interesting opportunities for artists who attend Arts Project to work on their art outside the premises in the broader arts community. These opportunities, often involving collaborations with other artists, inevitably lead to valuable learning and expanded horizons for the artists. Their sense of identity as artists and their sense of belonging to the arts community are strengthened. Recent collaboration between Arts Project and the Melbourne Theatre Company afforded four artists such an opportunity. Paul Hodges, Bobby Kyriakopoulos, Eden Menta, Lisa Reid and staff artist at Arts Project Elyss McCleary travelled to the rehearsal spaces for MTC in Southbank one day a week over four weeks. For 2 ½ hours each time they observed rehearsals for a production, did live drawing and worked on capturing action as it occurred in a novel context. One of the main purposes of the project was to give the artists the opportunity and incentive to work quickly and produce work on the spot. The art that resulted is impressive in both quantity and quality. A selection of work – sketches, drawings, mixed media and work on canvases -- will be displayed in an exhibition titled ‘Movement and Action: Observations from the MTC Rehearsal Space’ in the foyer of the Fairfax Studio at Arts Centre Melbourne during the play’s run. The exhibition will highlight the different styles of the four artists and the ways they approached the experience. The play, ‘The Sublime’, by Brendan Cowell, will run from August 22-October 4. It is described by the MTC as ‘a brilliantly perceptive take on everything true Australians hold dear: mateship, family, footy and sex scandals’. The play, which definitely contains ‘adult themes’, ‘coarse language’ and ‘some violence’ (to use the terms used on TV!), offered opportunities to learn about the processes of rehearsals and play productions and a new context for drawing. As well, the content of the play evoked much discussion and some strong views from the artists. Elyss, who oversaw the project and co-curated the exhibition in collaboration with the Arts Project gallery team, said that the experience was enjoyable and a great learning experience for all four of the artists for a number of reasons. The artists found drawing live to be an invigorating process as they attempted to capture the actors’ character and movement. They tackled the project in different ways, often bringing partially finished work back to the studio to complete. She indicated that during the four weeks the artists’ different styles and approaches to the task became evident, and that for all of them being able to go back to the same place and people over the four weeks was invaluable. Eden, who is a skilled and enthusiastic photographer, became the documenter of the project. She took a large number of photographs, approximately 60 per session, during the rehearsals as well as on the journey to and from the MTC. She also used her photographs in the rehearsal space as references to create delicate detailed portraits of the actors as well as to capture movement. The other artists used her photographs back at the studio to complete their work. Eden also completed a portrait of one of the actors on canvas, which is a new surface for her practice.      Over the four weeks Lisa, who typically works in a very methodical way in the studio, became much more comfortable with life drawing. By the end of the four weeks she had produced a large body of work, including some pieces with beautiful linear composition that were completed at the MTC rehearsal space and a gouache painting of the actors in an intimate scene, surrounded by the set, props and the theatre ensemble. Paul, who has a longstanding interest and experience in theatre and dance, embraced the whole experience. He appeared to feel at home straight away, and produced a large number of works that he completed on the spot. He was particularly interested in the play’s script and dialogue. Paul worked consistently and at an energetic pace throughout the four sessions. Bobby, who loves watching films, was very interested in the actors and had many questions for and about them. He especially enjoyed the novelty of the situation of being in the rehearsal space. He said to Elyss and the other artists in the first week that he wasn’t going to be able to draw unless the actors stayed in the same spot! Over time however he became much more comfortable and skilled at paying close attention to the actors and using his memory to capture movements. He was a talented observer of the space and produced work with very good composition. Eden Menta Ben O'Toole 2014 acrylic and pastel on canvas 56 x 56cm Elyss believes that the opportunity to explore the same subject matter over time paid off not only in terms of the artists’ comfort with working quickly and dealing with movement. She noticed that over the four weeks the figures the artists created contained more details and captured some of the actors’ traits and characteristics. The repeated experience also allowed them to become familiar with the backdrop and interior space in which they were working. The artists used the breaks to interact with the cast and others involved with the play and to ask questions and react to the play. They all enjoyed the chance to talk with the actors and others involved in the production, and over the four weeks developed a rapport with them. Naturally the actors were interested in the work being created and enjoyed talking with the artists about their work as well as about their acting. Elyss said that there was good dialogue between the artists and actors. The artists shared many comments and observations about the play with the MTC staff and each other. Being in a small group over four weeks, travelling together on public transport to and from the Arts Project studio in Northcote and having lunch after each session at the Malthouse Theatre café added to the richness of the experience. The artists could talk about the project, enjoy each other’s company and get to know each other and Elyss better. There was much discussion over lunch about the play as well as the work of the artists. Elyss sums up her main impressions of the experience: In addition to the valuable opportunity to go out together and observe a professional theatre company at work, it was really great to do it over a period of time and to have the opportunity to draw live and try to capture the essence of a person in movement. It was fascinating to observe how each artist approached this new way of working. I have no doubt that this opportunity will extend and benefit all four artists’ drawing practice. Anne Stonehouse, August 2014   This project was made possible thanks to a private donation as well as the collaboration and support of Major Supporters:    EXHIBITION DETAILS 22 August – 4 October 2014 The exhibition is on display at the Arts Centre Melbourne in the Fairfax Studio Foyer and the Smorgan Family Plaza Foyer. The Smorgan Family Plaza Foyer is the central foyer space and the hub of Arts Centre Melbourne. The large space leads to the State Theatre, Playhouse and Fairfax Studio. Patrons access it from the car park and the St Kilda Road entrance. The Plaza also houses the Box Office and the Cascade Bar. The exhibition was created from MTC’s production, The Sublime, written by Brendan Cowell. Arts Project Australia celebrates its 40th Anniversary in 2014; ‘Movement and Action: Observations from the MTC Rehearsal Space’ is a featured event in Arts Project’s extensive 2014 exhibition and event program. ENTRY Free THE SUBLIME To purchase tickets to 'The Sublime', visit the Arts Centre Melbourne website. FACEBOOK Twitter: @artsprojectaust Pinterest: @artsprojectaust Instagram: @artsprojectaust #artsproject Facebook: facebook.com.artsprojectgallery

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WE’RE HEADING TO THE MELBOURNE ART FAIR!

WE’RE HEADING TO THE MELBOURNE ART FAIR!

We are working morning and night to prepare over 500 artworks by 41 artists for our stand at the Melbourne Art Fair in Carlton, from 14 – 17 August 2014. Arts Project Australia has curated a wide selection of artworks for the 2014 Melbourne Art Fair, which staff will re-hang as work sells throughout the four days. Visitors to Arts Project Australia’s upstairs stand No. B106 will have the opportunity to view significant collections of the artists’ most recent work. Artwork includes paintings, drawings, prints, ceramics, soft and 3D sculptures, and video art. Prices range from $100 to $1,500. Melbourne Now  artists Boris Cipusev, Alan Constable, and Patrick Francis, will be featured, along with Steven Ajzenberg, Fulli Andrinopoulos, George Aristovoulou, John Bates, Dorothy Berry, Michael Camakaris,Dionne Canzano, Peter Cave, Samraing Chea,Valerio Ciccone, Leo Cussen, Ian Gold, Bronwyn Hack, Paul Hodges, Miles Howard-Wilks, Ruth Howard, John Huggins, Venuzza Iaconis, Kate Knight, Bobby Kyriakopoulos, Adrian Lazzaro, Julian Martin,Chris Mason, Cameron Noble, Jodie Noble,Warren O’Brien, Daniel Pace, Gavin Porter,Josef Power, Lisa Reid, Anthony Romagnano, Adrian Salvatore, Rebecca Scibilia, Cathy Staughton, Georgia Szmerling, Michael Trasancos, Terry Williams and Tim Williams. Gandel Philanthropy has proudly supported Arts Project Australia’s stand at the Melbourne Art Fair since 2010, and continue their generous support of Arts Project at the 2014 Melbourne Art Fair. Coinciding with the exhibition at Melbourne Art Fair, is the event Collecting As A Passion: A Morning With Collector Peter Fay from 10am-12pm on Wednesday 13 August at Arts Project Australia in Northcote. This event is for Art Fair Collector Passholders only and the is $10 per entry. Arts Project Australia celebrates its 40th Anniversary in 2014; its presence at Melbourne Art Fair is a featured event in Arts Project’s extensive 2014 exhibition and event program. The 2014 Melbourne Art Fair takes place at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton from 14 - 17 August with the opening Vernissage to be held 13 August 2014. Vernissage Wednesday 13 August 2014 General Opening Times 6pm – 10pm Thursday 14 August 2014 11am – 6pm Friday 15 August 2014 11am – 8pm Saturday 16 August 2014 10am – 6pm Sunday 17 August 2014 10am – 5pm For more information visit: MELBOURNE ART FAIR To purchase tickets visit: MELBOURNE ART FAIR TICKETS    

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LAST DAYS: 6° OF SEPARATION & PATRICK FRANCIS SOLO

LAST DAYS: 6° OF SEPARATION & PATRICK FRANCIS SOLO

It's the last chance to catch our two portrait exhibitions this Saturday: 6° OF SEPARATION and a solo exhibition by Melbourne Now artist Patrick Francis close on Saturday 23 August at 5pm. 6° OF SEPARATION is an exhibition of portraits painted from life of prominent Australian personalities who sat for a portrait in the Arts Project Australia studio. Curated by Sim Luttin, the project connects prominent leaders in the community with Arts Project Australia and its artists and features portraits of politicians, artists, actors, writers, satirists, entrepreneurs, musicians, footballers, and entertainers. Portrait sitter John Clarke said of his experience, “The emergence of a self-portrait from the study of others is familiar to me. An understanding of the usefulness of a favourite form is very familiar to me. The huge power of an instinctive response is familiar to us all. Seeing these recognisable approaches at work in a group of visual artists I didn’t know was an unusual delight.” Featuring artwork by over 12 Arts Project artists, sitters included Michael Caton, John Clarke, Fiona Corke, Abi Crompton, Bryan Dawe, Peter Fay, Mick Harvey, Judy Holding, John-Michael Howson OAM, Martin King, Teagan Lowe, Lukas Markovic, Alexandra Murray-Leslie, Therese Rein, Norman Rosenblatt, Jason Smith, Ricky Swallow, Laura Trevor, Hon Heidi Victoria MLA, Kalman Warhaft and Katherine Wiles. Coinciding with 6° OF SEPARATION is Patrick Francis’ solo exhibition, which runs off the back of his highly successful inclusion in Melbourne Now at the National Gallery of Victoria and SAFARI in NSW earlier this year. A prolific painter, Francis draws on popular culture and art history to create enduring works of off centre sophistication. Over ten of his current works will be exhibited. Arts Project Australia celebrates its 40th Anniversary in 2014 and these two exhibitions feature in Arts Project’s extensive 2014 exhibition and event program.   6° OF SEPARATION Event Page Patrick Francis Event Page 24 High Street Northcote Victoria 3070 W:  E:  [email protected] T: 03 9482 4484   F: 03 9482 1852   MEDIA RELEASE FACEBOOK OUR BLOG Sim Luttin, Gallery Manager & Curator [email protected], +61 3 9482 4484 Melissa Petty, Gallery Assistant [email protected] +61 3 9482 4484 Twitter: @artsprojectaust Pinterest: @artsprojectaust Instagram: @artsprojectaust #artsproject Facebook: facebook.com.artsprojectgallery

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LAST DAYS: Polaroid Project

LAST DAYS: Polaroid Project

Polaroid Project sees nationally acclaimed artist Alan Constable (Arts Project Australia, Melbourne) and Peter Atkins (Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne), one of Australia’s foremost contemporary artists collaborating on a shared interest and appreciation of the camera and it's form. Polaroid Project is accompanied by a full-colour brochure with an essay by Alex Baker, Director of Fleisher/Ollman Gallery in Philadelphia, USA and is available from the Arts Project gallery. Polaroid Project was opened by Kirsty Grant, Head of Australian Art at the National Gallery of Victoria. Make sure you drop in to see this remarkable exhibition for yourself.  Until Saturday 12 July 2014 at Arts Project Australia. Alan Constable & Peter Atkins Square Shooter 2, 2014 ceramic camera & auto acrylic on MDF Box: 16.7 x 16.7 x 18.4 cm Camera: 17 x 14 x 18 cm Peter Atkins with work in progress in his studio. Peter Atkins with Alan Constable in the Arts Project Australia Studio in Northcote. Peter Atkins with Alan Constable in the Arts Project Australia Studio in Northcote. Alan Constable work in progress at Arts Project Australia Studio in Northcote. The cameras are inspired by a collection of retro Polaroid cameras collected by Peter Atkins. Alan Constable creating one of the cameras for the Polaroid Project. Polaroid camera inspiration. Andrea, Maureen and Dionne Canzano Alan Constable with Lyn Young and Susie Brown Kirsty Grant, Head of Australian Art at the National Gallery of Victoria with Peter Atkins

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LAST DAYS!

LAST DAYS!

You have until 5pm Satuday 7 June to see Rebecca Scibilia's vibrant solo exhibition of abstract paintings and drawings, as well as diverse work from our stockroom and permanent collection in the group show INTO THE VAULT AND OUT OF THE BOX, before the shows come down to make way for the collaborative exhibition Polaroid Project. INTO THE VAULT AND OUT OF THE BOX is a group exhibition that presents emerging talent alongside established artists and artists from our Permanent Collection. The exhibition will be opened by Tony Ellwood, Director, National Gallery of Victoria. Curators Elyss McCleary and James McDonald say that INTO THE VAULT AND OUT OF THE BOX is, “an exhibition that introduces viewers to some of the emerging talent from the studio, while embracing and celebrating the artists who have helped to make our reputation for excellence what it is today.” INTO THE VAULT AND OUT OF THE BOX will be exhibited in conjunction with REBECCA SCIBILIA SOLO. Scibilia sources her imagery from a range of popular culture items such as book and DVD covers, as well as images from celebrity magazines. Rebecca Scibilia was recently featured in Heavenly Stems, a group exhibition at Neon Parc in Melbourne curated by Geoff Newton. This is Scibilia’s first solo exhibition. Arts Project Australia celebrates its 40th Anniversary in 2014 - INTO THE VAULT AND OUT OF THE BOX and REBECCA SCIBILIA SOLO are featured as part of Arts Project’s 2014 exhibition and event program. ARTISTS INCLUDE Steven Ajzenberg, Alvaro Alvarez, Fulli Andrinopoulos, George Aristovoulou, John Bates, Peter Ben, Dorothy Berry, Lorraine Buckley, Monica Burns, Samraing Chea, Valerio Ciccone, Alan Constable, James Cornelious, Stelio Costa, Leo Cussen, Jamie Dawes, Emily Dober, Robyn Doherty, Samuele Fenech, Thomas Iacono, Michael Keen, Sandra Fielding, Jimmy Fuller, Matthew Gove, Bronwyn Hack, John Huggins, Bobby Kyriakopoulos, Fiona Longhurst, Anne Lynch, Chris Mason, Kaye McDonald, Mattie Michael, Orion Manzart, Julian Martin, Eden Menta, Jenny Ngo, John Northe, Josef Power, Chris Sahyoun, Adrian Salvatore, Louise Spencer, Malcolm Sturrock, Shirley Warke and Terry Williams. INTO THE VAULT AND OUT OF THE BOX and REBECCA SCIBILIA SOLO is on at Arts Project Australia 24 High St Northcote VIC 3070 and runs Saturday 3 May until Saturday 7 June 2014. Gallery open Monday – Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 10am-5pm. Closed on public holidays.   24 High Street Northcote Victoria 3070 W:  E:  [email protected] T: 03 9482 4484   F: 03 9482 1852 Monday – Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 10am-5pm Closed public holidays OPENING Saturday 3 May, from 3-5pm EXHIBITION 3 May – 7 June 2014 SPEAKER Tony Ellwood, Director, National Gallery of Victoria ENTRY FREE   FACEBOOK OUR BLOG EVENT PAGE: Into the vault EVENT PAGE: Rebecca Scibilia SOLO Twitter: @artsprojectaust Pinterest: @artsprojectaust Instagram: @artsprojectaust #artsproject Facebook: facebook.com.artsprojectgallery   Sim Luttin, Gallery Manager & Curator [email protected], +61 3 9482 4484 Melissa Petty, Gallery Asistant [email protected] +61 3 9482 4484 MEDIA RELEASE

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Exhibition Last Days!

Exhibition Last Days!

We have enjoyed seeing many visitors come to Arts Project to see our two latest exhibitions Tim Williams Solo and Animal Magnetism. These exhibitions close at 5pm Saturday 26 April, so be quick if you want to catch them before they finish. *NB: Arts Project Australia is closed Easter weekend from Friday 18 - Monday 21 April (reopening Tuesday 22 April at 9am) and for Anzac Day on Friday 25 April. Tim Williams’ creative imagination is populated by heroes and villains from films and books. Drawing inspiration from subjects such as the ‘Phantom’ and ‘Aladdin’, Williams work is characterised by a strong and complex linear structure, creating both form and depth. This is Williams’ first solo exhibition. Animal Magnetism is a group exhibition of artworks exploring the complex relationships between animals and the Arts Project Australia artists. Curators Jessie Imam and Nicole Macdonald say that, “Animals can serve as a reminder to us of our primal beginnings; they remain elusive, mysterious and belong to a different world. People have long been interested in discovering creatures in their natural habitat, yet also have a need to tame and domesticate them for companionship.” Animal Magnetism will be exhibited in conjunction with Tim Williams Solo. ARTISTS: Michael Camakaris, Dionne Canzano, Valerio Ciccone, Alan Constable, James Cornelious, Jamie Dawes, Jordan Dymke, Matthew Gove, Bronwyn Hack, Ruth Howard, Miles Howard-Wilks, John Huggins, Thomas Iacono, Venuzza Iaconis, Bobby Kyriakopoulos, Julian Martin, Jenny Ngo, Nhan Nguyen, Cam Noble, Tim Noble, Christopher Philbey, Lisa Reid, Kieran Roberts, Anthony Romagnano, Laura Sheehan, Mark Smith and Georgia Szmerling. Arts Project Australia celebrates its 40th Anniversary in 2014; Animal Magnetism and Tim Williams Solo are featured as part of Arts Project’s extensive 2014 exhibition and event program. Animal Magnetism and Tim Williams Solo is on at Arts Project Australia 24 High St Northcote VIC 3070 and runs Saturday 22 March until Saturday 26 April 2014. Gallery open Monday – Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 10am-5pm.   24 High Street Northcote Victoria 3070 W:  E:  [email protected] T: 03 9482 4484   F: 03 9482 1852   FACEBOOK OUR BLOG Twitter: @artsprojectaust Pinterest: @artsprojectaust Instagram: @artsprojectaust #artsproject Facebook: facebook.com.artsprojectgallery Sim Luttin, Gallery Manager & Curator [email protected], +61 3 9482 4484 Melissa Petty, Gallery Asistant [email protected] +61 3 9482 4484  

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The Invisible Link – now on @ c3!

The Invisible Link – now on @ c3!

The Invisible Link is a multi-disciplinary group exhibition at C3 Contemporary Art Space in Abbotsford by the staff at Arts Project Australia, inspired by the Arts Project artists and by the studio space they inhabit. The twelve Arts Project Australia staff involved with The Invisible Link  understands the powerful effect that the Arts Project artists, gallery and studio space have on the staff that work there.The Invisible Link makes it possible to see how each staff member involved in the exhibition has been influenced by their experience at Arts Project, and how in the process of supporting the practice of others, their own practice has grown. Dr Cheryl Daye says, “Each of the staff involved in this exhibition, by virtue of working at Arts Project demonstrates a tacit belief in originality, authenticity and the power of art to transcend what would otherwise appear to be enormous barriers to shared understanding and revelation”. With this being the commonality that links seemingly disparate works, the result is a refreshingly honest exhibition. Here the connection between the staff involved grows as a result of working alongside each other, not in the process of making their own art, but in a combined effort to assist and support the artistic practice of others. Arts Project Australia celebrates its 40th Anniversary in 2014; The Invisible Link is a staff exhibition in celebration of the artists and the creative space that Arts Project Australia fosters. OPENING: Wednesday 2 April, from 6-8pm EXHIBITION: 2 – 20 April 2014 LOCATION: c3 Contemporary Art Space, 1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford VIC 3067 GALLERY HOURS: 10am – 5pm Wednesday to Sunday. ARTISTS INCLUDE: SUZANNE BROWN, GLENN DALTON, PETER DOUGLAS, PENELOPE HUNT, JESSIE IMAM, JODIE KIPPS, SIM LUTTIN, ELYSS MCCLEARY, JAMES MCDONALD, ANNA-MARIE O’KEEFFE, BRAD RUSBRIDGE AND LYNETTE YOUNG. Exhibition design: Brad Rusbridge Arts Project Australia 24 High Street Northcote Victoria 3070 W:  E:  [email protected] T: 03 9482 4484   F: 03 9482 1852   MEDIA RELEASE INVITE FACEBOOK The artists are available for interview. High resolution images are available on request and artists can be photographed with their work. Sim Luttin: Gallery Manager & Curator [email protected]  ::  +61 3 94824484 Frances Wilkinson  ::  Gallery Assistant [email protected]  ::  +61 3 94824484 Twitter: @artsprojectaust Pinterest: @artsprojectaust Instagram: @artsprojectaust #artsproject Facebook: facebook.com.artsprojectgallery

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Two new exhibitions open at Arts Project!

Two new exhibitions open at Arts Project!

We welcomed over 130 people to the opening of two exhibitions on Saturday: Tim Williams Solo and the group exhibition Animal Magnetism. Both exhibitions were opened by Anthony Fitzpatrick, Curator, TarraWarra Museum of Art. Tim Williams’ creative imagination is populated by heroes and villains from films and books. Drawing inspiration from subjects such as the ‘Phantom’ and ‘Aladdin’, Williams work is characterised by a strong and complex linear structure, creating both form and depth. This is Williams’ first solo exhibition. Animal Magnetism is a group exhibition of artworks exploring the complex relationships between animals and the Arts Project Australia artists. Curators Jessie Imam and Nicole Macdonald say that, “Animals can serve as a reminder to us of our primal beginnings; they remain elusive, mysterious and belong to a different world. People have long been interested in discovering creatures in their natural habitat, yet also have a need to tame and domesticate them for companionship.” Animal Magnetism will be exhibited in conjunction with Tim Williams Solo. ARTISTS: Michael Camakaris, Dionne Canzano, Valerio Ciccone, Alan Constable, James Cornelious, Jamie Dawes, Jordan Dymke, Matthew Gove, Bronwyn Hack, Ruth Howard, Miles Howard-Wilks, John Huggins, Thomas Iacono, Venuzza Iaconis, Bobby Kyriakopoulos, Julian Martin, Jenny Ngo, Nhan Nguyen, Cam Noble, Tim Noble, Christopher Philbey, Lisa Reid, Kieran Roberts, Anthony Romagnano, Laura Sheehan, Mark Smith and Georgia Szmerling. Arts Project Australia celebrates its 40th Anniversary in 2014; Animal Magnetism and Tim Williams Solo are featured as part of Arts Project’s extensive 2014 exhibition and event program. Animal Magnetism and Tim Williams Solo is on at Arts Project Australia 24 High St Northcote VIC 3070 and runs Saturday 22 March until Saturday 26 April 2014. Gallery open Monday – Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 10am-5pm.   24 High Street Northcote Victoria 3070 W:  E:  [email protected] T: 03 9482 4484   F: 03 9482 1852   FACEBOOK OUR BLOG The artists and curators are available for interview. High-resolution images are available on request and artists can be photographed with their work. Sim Luttin, Gallery Manager & Curator [email protected], +61 3 9482 4484 Melissa Petty, Gallery Asistant [email protected] +61 3 9482 4484 Twitter: @artsprojectaust Pinterest: @artsprojectaust Instagram: @artsprojectaust #artsproject Facebook: facebook.com.artsprojectgallery

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KMKY OPENING HUGE!

KMKY OPENING HUGE!

Knowing Me, Knowing You (KMKY) opened last Saturday with a bang. Despite it being 40 degrees in Melbourne, over 200 visitors braved the heat and joined us for the launch of Knowing Me, Knowing You - our biggest collaborative undertaking in our 40 year history. The exhibition was officially opened by The Hon. Heidi Victoria, Minister for the Arts. The Knowing Me, Knowing You project was a multi-layered project; complex to orchestrate and resulted in some amazing collaborative artworks being made specifically for the exhibition. Knowing Me, Knowing You is the culmination of a year-long collaboration between ten pairs of artists and the first exhibition in our jam-packed 2014 40th Anniversary Program. In 2012, Arts Project invited artist and curator Lindy Judge to create an in-depth collaborative investigation that would culminate in a diverse exhibition. The project matched ten Arts Project artists with ten external artists who worked closely over a year to create new, unexpected and dynamic multi-disciplinary artworks. From 2012 through 2014, cinematographer Shelley Farthing-Dawe documented the evolution of the project as a film journal, which will be edited into a documentary later in 2014. Curator Lindy Judge says, “Knowing Me, Knowing You questions the collaborative process itself, exploring the complex nature of collaboration between professional artists.“ The exhibition has garnered great interest from the public, artists, writers and the media, with write-ups in Three Thousand, The Age and Art Guide (to be published in their March/April edition). If our first opening for 2014 is anything to go by, we're in for a big year! Knowing Me, Knowing You is supported by Arts Victoria and the Besen Family Foundation. The crowd at the opening. KMKY artist Catherine Bell with her friend in front of Catherine's artwork at the opening. The KMKY artists being introduced to the crowd. Most of the twenty KMKY artists with The Hon. Heidi Victoria MLA, Minister for the Arts who opened the exhibtiion. KMKY curator Lindy Judge talking obout the collaboration. KMKY artists Rebecca Scibilia and Steven Asquith pose for photos in front of their collaborative artworks. KMKY artists Martin King and Kate Knight (right) with Janet Knight at the KMKY opening. Former Arts Project Australia President Catherine Easton with artist Fiona Taylor (second from left), Bruce Easton and Angela Cavalieri. At the KMKY opening. The Hon. Heidi Victoria MLA, Minister for the Arts (right) with Arts Project Australia President Bronwyn Johnson (left) and Executive Director Sue Roff (centre front).

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KMKY: ARTIST TALK SERIES #5

KMKY: ARTIST TALK SERIES #5

INTERVIEW WITH KMKY ARTIST JENNY BARTHOLOMEW ON COLLABORATING WITH TERRY WILLIAMS Arts Project Australia's first exhibition for 2014, Knowing Me Knowing You (KMKY), will question the collaborative process and explore the complex nature of collaboration between professional artists. We invited artist and curator Lindy Judge to work with us to create an in-depth collaborative investigation involving ten of our studio artists and ten external contemporary artists. From 2012 through 2013, cinematographer Shelley Farthing-Dawe has been filming the evolution of the project as a film journal that will later be edited into a documentary. This post will be the fifth in a series of artist interviews, and will focus on the collaboration between Arts Project Australia artist Terry Williams and external artist Jenny Bartholomew. Artists Terry Williams and Jenny Bartholomew working on their collaborative KMKY project in the Arts Project Australia studio. Jenny Bartholomew discusses working with Terry in the following interview: KNOWING ME, KNOWING YOU INTERVIEW   Tell us about your background. Have you studied? What is your practice and have you always been an artist? JB: I went to Art College and graduated with a degree in painting in the mid-eighties from RMIT. Some years later, after spending a year travelling in South America, I became more interested the way art emerges through the material culture of everyday living, in things like ceramics and textiles. So I went back to college to study ceramics, and eventually did a post-graduate degree at the VCA. These days my practice is quite mixed, involving work in textiles, ceramics, painting, and the use of found materials in sculpture and installation. My work is very much about hand making and arranging. Like many artists, I have also had to work at other jobs as well - I’ve done my share of waitressing and ticket selling, but I also worked for about a decade as an arts facilitator, and have done a few community and artist in residence projects. Where is your studio based? Describe it. How often do you work there? JB: While I do a lot of work at home (I’m always making something), over the years I’ve also usually maintained a separate studio space. But when I became pregnant about six years ago I stopped using the studio I had – the guys there were using a lot of chemicals and stuff like that – and after my son Ben was born, it just wasn’t practical. A couple of years ago I set up a small ceramic workspace in a shed in my mum’s back garden, and that’s been really handy while Ben’s been small. But most of my work over the past five years has been done at home. In the middle of this year (2013) I was really lucky to begin a twelve month residency as one of the studio artists at St Vincent’s Hospital in Kew. It’s been great to be able to have a clear separate space again, with room to try out new arrangements for my on-going ‘Conversation Pieces’ installation project. It’s an interesting space, as it used to be a small hospital ward and it still has some of the fittings and other things in place. I try to work there a couple of days a week, but I expect I’ll have more time next year when Ben starts primary school.   Exhibitions are a big part of an artist’s life. With that in mind, where have you exhibited your artwork recently? Where would you like to show your work in future? JB: At the moment I don’t have a relationship with a commercial gallery, so most of my exhibition activity has been in public gallery spaces. Because of the nature of my work, I’ve shown quite a bit at Craft Victoria over the last decade, but also in regional galleries and spaces like the City Library in Flinders Lane – I showed a suite of small arrangements in their display cases. Early next year I’m doing another display case arrangement project at the Richmond Town Hall, and I also have an installation to do for St Vincent’s Hospital in Fitzroy – and, of course, the collaborative work in KMKY. In 2007 I did a big outdoor installation in the courtyard at the LaTrobe Regional Gallery in Morwell, and I’d like to do more work of that scale, perhaps in a non-gallery space – over the last few years I’ve been eyeing off greenhouses and related buildings in botanic gardens and places like that. Of course, it would also be great to get the chance to do bigger installation projects in gallery spaces as well – for some reason I seem to have been doing lots of little things over the last few years, so it would be good to find opportunities do work on a larger scale.    What inspires you? JB: Everyday stuff, patterns of living, the objects we use, histories of these patterns and objects, places. One of my favourite places is Gabo Island, off the coast of far east Victoria. Its tiny and remote, it’s exposed buffeted by winds and incredibly beautiful. One of my favourite activities is to ‘mud lark’, which is to collect from liminal spaces like tidelines, the best being the banks of the Thames at low tide (the teeth in the ‘mouth work’ are bits of old ceramic pipe collected along the Thames).   Artists Terry Williams and Jenny Bartholomew working on their collaborative KMKY project in the Arts Project Australia studio. How did you first find out about Arts Project Australia? JB: I’ve known many of the artists working at Arts Project for a long time, and have worked with some of them in other contexts in the past.   The KMKY project has been collaborative for all involved. Do you normally work collaboratively? If so, can you talk a bit about they way you approach this process. If not, can you talk a bit about why you have never worked collaboratively before working on KMKY. JB: I’ve done quite a bit of collaborative work over the years, sometimes with just one other artist, at other times in larger collaborative projects. I like to leave things really open, to leave room for different ideas and practices to react with each other. One of the things I like about collaborative projects is the freedom they give you to enter and interact with another person’s practice – it’s exciting, and you always learn something you didn’t expect.   What did you hope to get out of this collaboration? What were your expectations? JB: Working with Terry, the conversation wasn’t really verbal to begin with, but a conversation began between different pieces of work we brought into the project. Collaboration takes time, and just working alongside each other allowed us to build up a trust and rapport – you can’t rush good art, but it can happen really quickly. Terry’s a devil with a needle and thread.    Were there any highlights along the way that particularly stick out in your mind? JB: Terry made a piece in response to a conversation and then it went missing before I had a chance to see it, when it resurfaced, it was so exciting because I knew at once that we had found our groove.   Were there any challenges? If so, can you explain? JB: Making art can be challenging, some days you’re on, some days you’re off, and some days you just have to let it go. It’s knowing when to do this, and respecting each other’s making-rhythm.   How do you feel now that the project is finished and waiting for exhibition? Give an insight into the process? Are you happy with the final artwork(s)? JB: I’m very happy with the outcomes, and don’t see this as the end but as something ‘to be continued’ …   How would you describe the finished artwork? JB: It’s a conversation, a funny conversation.   What do you hope happens to the work once this exhibition is over? JB: It would be great if it could go on tour, to allow a bigger audience to see it – perhaps to some regional galleries.  Of course, it would be great if it was acquired by a really important art gallery for a lot of money … ha ha!   Would you ever work collaboratively again? Why/why not? JB: You bet. In fact, I’m already involved in other collaborative projects. I love bouncing off other people’s ideas and work, it makes you rethink and evolve your own practice, it’s so stimulating.   Artists Terry Williams and Jenny Bartholomew looking at their collaborative KMKY project in the Arts Project Australia studio. Here is a sneak peak of one of Terry and Jenny's works that will be featured in Knowing Me, Knowing You next week: Terry Williams and Jenny Bartholomew, Untitled Thinking, 2013 material,wool, stuffing, lights, battery TRW&JB3D13-0003 © Terry Williams and Jenny Bartholomew Supported by Arts Project Australia All image credits: Penelope Hunt   SUPPORTERS: Thanks to our Major Supporters Arts Victoria for a Community Partnerships Grant and the Besen Family Foundation:       Thanks also to the following Supporters for their in-kind contributions: SHELLEY FARTHING-DAWE for giving additional time and resources to the project SILK CUT LINO for sponsoring lino for artists Angela Cavalieri & Fiona Taylor FOLLOW THE EVOLUTION OF KMKY ON: FACEBOOK OUR WEBSITE FOR FURTHER INFO & MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Sim Luttin, Gallery Manager & Curator: [email protected], +61 3 9482 4484 Melissa Petty, Gallery Assistant: [email protected], +61 3 9482 4484 Twitter: @artsprojectaust Pinterest:@artsprojectaust Instagram: @artsprojectaust #artsproject Facebook: facebook.com/artsprojectaustralia facebook.com/artsprojectgallery

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Gala Painting Wall Commission

Gala Painting Wall Commission

Inspired by the Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) Drawing Wall, Arts Project will unveil it's 2013 "Artist Drawing Wall Commission", by mid-career artist Robert Brown this Saturday. This is the second annual commission, which coincides with the Annual Gala Exhibition at Arts Project Australia's Northcote gallery. Opening at 3pm to the public, the Annual Gala Exhibition will feature a broad survey of artwork produced in 2013 by more than 110 artists currently participating in the studio program. The Gala celebrates the achievements of our artists and acknowledges their unique contribution to contemporary art. Day 1 Day 2: Day 3 Day 4 OUR THANKS GO TO Kennards Hire in Preston, for loaning us a scissor lift, which allowed the entire gallery drawing wall to be accessible to Robert Brown during the creation of his ephemeral Gala artwork. Their support of the arts and what we set out to achieve for our drawing wall, has made this project possible. ANNUAL GALA EXHIBITION Artworks are available for sale at the opening and throughout the show. Artworks bought will be gift-wrapped on the spot and can be taken home on the day of purchase. Prices range from $50 up to $600, with many of the public and collectors arriving early to secure an original one-off artwork at great prices.  The special event attracts over 250 gallery visitors on opening day. The Annual Gala will include paintings, drawings, ceramics, animation DVD’s, printmaking, digital prints, puppets and sculpture as well as smaller items such as gift cards, 2014 calendars, artist catalogues and limited edition tea towels created by Third Drawer Down, featuring the artwork of Arts Project artist Patrick Francis. The Annual Gala is a highly anticipated event in the Arts Project exhibition calendar and is the last exhibition of the year in the gallery. The extensive show provides an insight into each artist’s distinctive practice, whilst revealing the diversity that is unique to the Arts Project studio. FOR MORE INFORMATION Visit our Annual Gala exhibition page.

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Three artists in Melbourne Now!

Three artists in Melbourne Now!

We're very excited - three Arts Project Australia artists will exhibit over 100 artworks as part of the NGV’s major summer exhibition, Melbourne Now. The exhibition launches Friday 22 November with an invtation-only VIP event at the NGV. Boris Cipusev, Alan Constable and Patrick Francis were selected by the NGV curatorial team to be included in this ambitions exhibition along with over 250 works and commissions by Melbourne’s leading contemporary artists. Alan Constable is a Melbourne based artist who has pursued an active career in the arts since 1985. He has had wide-ranging critical success in a diversity of media including pastel on paper, ink on paper, oil on canvas and more recently in ceramics. Alan Constable Not titled 2013 ceramic 12.5 x 26 x 21cm ACC13-0019   Boris Cipusev beautifully concise and considered drawings present text as image. Often employing just two words or a word/number combination, Cipusev’s works gives us both enigmatic juxtapositions and poetic resonances. For the artist these words have specific meaning, sometimes names of people he knows or figures from popular culture. Boris Cipusev Kevin Punk 2009 felt-tip pen on paper 21 x 30cm BC09-0130 A prolific painter, Patrick Francis works primarily in acrylic on paper. His paintings draw from his own personal experiences, from first hand encounters with Melbourne to his knowledge of popular culture and art history. Patrick Francis Not titled 2011 acrylic on paper 50 x 35cm PF11-0040 Tony Ellwood, Director NGV said, “Melbourne Now is about artists and intersections with architecture, design, fashion and performance, but it is also about the people of Melbourne. I am very pleased to announce the involvement of many remarkable contemporary artists and designers who will produce innovative, immersive and thought-provoking works.” According to NGV, “Melbourne Now represents a new direction for the NGV in its collaborative curatorial approach with artists and audiences, through ground breaking artists projects, commissions for kids and families, architecture and design initiatives, and curatorial engagement with dance, performance, music and sound.” The exhibition opens to the public from Saturday 23 November 2013. MORE INFORMATION: Media Release

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Back to Back Art Attack

Back to Back Art Attack

This Saturday 16 November from 12-4 PM Third Drawer Down's graffiti tagged storefront in Fitzroy will host a barrage of art, music, drinks and all around frenzied grabbing. As part of the celebrations, Third Drawer Down is teaming with Arts Project Australia for a first ever Back to Back Art Attack event.  This is an exciting and fun competition where 2 artists sit "back to back" for 15 minutes of  drawing or painting on a predetermined common theme.  This is a great way for onlookers to experience the process of each artist, and then get a chance to silently bid on each piece. A handful of Arts Project's  talented artists will take part in the Art Attack competition, and will go back to back with some of our favourite local artists. Arts Project artists participating in the event are Michael Camakaris, Paul Hodges, Eden Menta, Mark Smith and Cathy Staughton. They go back-to-back with Lucas Grogan, Oslo Davis, Madeleine Stamer, Michael Hawkins and Kenny Pittock. Abi Crompton of Third Drawer Down: "All proceeds from this event will be donated to support this one of Third Drawer Down's favourite not for profits –  Arts Project Australia." We can't wait for the event and hope to see some familiar faces this Saturday to celewbrate Third Drawer Down's 10th Anniversary (wow!) and to cheer on the artists!   For more information on Third Drawer Down's anniversary celebrations and special offers, visit Third Drawer Down's website.

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Gavin Porter

Gavin Porter

I was born in Sydney, Australia and I moved to Melbourne where I have lived since 1992. I’ve been drawing ever since I was a pup. I was able to draw things in perfect detail even back then! I grew up reading comic strips written/drawn by Murray Ball, Jim Davis and Reg Smythe, the three whom I’ve idolized. My work is currently a literal interpretation of figures of speech that people say every day. I hope that the viewer enjoys the pictures and finds them funny. I plan to explore this more in the coming weeks. Other things I like to draw in my work are posters representing fictional characters from my imagination. My posters have figures in them, explosions, city skylines, symbols and text. My fictional characters are usually female. This is usually because in the mainstream and media, the landscape is dominated by males. I’m trying to even the balance through my pictures. I usually draw soldiers because they look interesting.  I have always been interested in action heroes from movies/video-games since I was very young. All dressed up and nowhere to go This is one of my drawings representing a literal interpretation of a cliché. I do these kinds of drawings as if how a literal-minded person would interpret it for humourous purposes.  There’s nothing much else for me to say about this drawing, other than the fact that I also wanted to draw a bloke in formal wear wearing a top hat. A Relaxing Dip in the Great Outdoors I don’t normally draw people in their birthday suits mostly due to fears of being judged and being labelled as a pervert. However I always wanted to draw a woman going for a nice skinny dip in a lake after, say, driving around in the wilderness all day. Since I also wanted to keep it tasteful I decided to have a tree branch covering her breasts.  I rarely draw vehicles but I figured I’d add a jeep to give the drawing and outdoors/camping feel to it. I always pictured this drawing as being set in a forest or a jungle when I drew this picture. Fictional Poster This drawing features a character of my own creation in a poster about a fictional superhuman/mutant rights organization (think Jean Grey School for Higher Learning in the X-Men comics).  The character of mine in this picture is named Christy Merizan; a former U.S. Marine turned bounty hunter with superhuman abilities. The torn outfit she’s wearing in this drawing is somewhat inspired by the Evil Dead: Army Of Darkness poster. © Gavin Porter and Arts Project Australia   Gavin Porter All dressed up and nowhere to go 2012 felt-tip pen on paper 25 x 35cm Framed Price: $230 Unframed Price: $120 Gavin Porter A relaxing dip in the great outdoors 2012 felt-tip pen on paper 25 x 35cm Framed Price: $230 Unframed Price: $120 Gavin Porter Fictional Poster 2012 felt-tip pen on paper 25 x 35cm Framed Price: $210 Unframed Price: $100   MORE ARTWORK: Gavin Porter Observing the city 2011 fine-liner on paper 25 x 33cm Framed Price: $210 Unframed Price: $100 Gavin Porter A peaceful night in a pub in an isolated Australian town 2011 fine-liner on paper 33 x 25cm Framed Price: $160 Unframed Price: $70 Gavin Porter Voyage, Voyage 2011 fine-liner on paper 33 x 25cm Framed Price: $210 Unframed Price: $100  

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COMING UP: Cathy Staughton’s Wonderous Imaginarium

COMING UP: Cathy Staughton’s Wonderous Imaginarium

It's an exciting time of year when we showcase one of our long-standing artists in a major survey exhibition, and Cathy Staughton's Wondrous Imaginarium will not disappoint. Curated by Dr Cheryl Daye and James McDonald, the upcoming exhibition is a survey of Cathy Staughton's work over more than 25 years. Focusing on autobiographical themes and portrayals of the self through various characters or guises, Cathy employs recurring motifs such as Luna Park, religious iconography and anthropomorphised creatures, to depict a vividly lived experience and a richly imagined alternative reality. Dr Catherine Bell, Senior Lecturer in Visual Arts, School of Arts and Sciences at the Australian Catholic University, has written a catalogue essay after spending quite a bit of time with Cathy working on various collaborative art projects, as well as for research for her exhibition essay. Of her experience with Cathy and her work, Dr Bell says, “Cathy’s artwork presents her lived experience and explores the construction of self, from daily ritual, to fantastical dreamscape, which is a confrontation with her own unconscious…Cathy also appears in many works in a range of guises that allude to the mythic Trickster figure and his ability to morph between alternative realities.” Cathy Staughton’s mother was approached by the curators and Dr Bell to share stories about Cathy and her art practice, and she talked about some of the themes and inspiration behind Cathy's work, saying of Cathy's propensity toward the macabre that “Death and dying just seemed to capture her imagination…She would drag us to all the cemeteries and ‘dig up’ my husband’s relatives.” Co-curator James McDonald also addresses this theme in his catalogue essay, saying “ still is fascinated by worlds beyond the directly visible, but her preoccupations seem a little less macabre these days.” There is a lot to see in this upcoming exhibition - expect the unexpected and prepare yourself to be immersed in the world of Cathy's imagination, which explores the past, present, future and the dreamed. Cathy Staughton's Wondrous Imaginarium is supported by a full colour Leonard Joel Series catalogue, which vividly captures Staughton’s lived and dreamed experiences. This is Cathy Staughton's fifth solo exhibition. EXHIBITION: 24 August - 5 October 2013 OPENING: 24 August 2013 from 3-5pm TO BE OPENED BY: Dr Catherine Bell, Senior Lecturer in Visual Arts, School of Arts and Sciences, Australian Catholic University FOR MORE INFOMATION: Please visit the related exhibition page or contact the gallery. If you would like to receive invites to our upcoming events, subscribe to our eList here. Media Release Artwork for sale Artist CV FOLLOW US: Twitter Facebook

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Ricky Swallow sits for a portrait!

Ricky Swallow sits for a portrait!

Internationally acclaimed Australian artist Ricky Swallow visited Arts Project Australia this afternoon, managing to squeeze in a studio sitting and have his portrait painted by a number of our artists. Swallow returned to Australia briefly from his home in LA for his upcoming show at Darren Knight Gallery in Sydney, and accepted our invitation to visit our gallery and spend an extended period of time with our artists in our beautiful studio. The experience was great for all involved, and the artists were extremely focused on capturing Ricky Swallow's portrait over the afternoon he was here. Ricky Swallow was invited to sit for a portrait as part of our upcoming project titled 6°OF SEPARATION. We have to admit we were all a little star-struck by the visit, with many staff and artsworkers having followed the evolution of his work over the span of his illustrious career. That aside, we do have a relationship with Ricky Swallow, albeit one that's formed across the world and mediated by email correspondence, having assisted him in curating a collection of Alan Constable cameras at South Willard in LA earlier this year. The exhibition titled Alan Constable/Ten Cameras, initiated by Swallow, was Constable's first solo collection presented in the USA. Interestingly, parts of Swallow's practice are not that dissimilar in its origins to that of our self-taught artists, having been influenced by pop culture and been "completely self-taught in wood carving, relying on persistence rather than formal training. "You've either got some sort of gift for it or you haven't. I've always thought it better to be a pirate than an expert in any medium; it's better to find your own attitude within it." (Ricky Swallow: Wood for Thought, First published in The Bulletin, Volume 122; Number 47, posted by Michael Hutak 23 Nov 2004) We really enjoyed spending the day with Ricky Swallow and appreciate the time he spent in the gallery and studio, especially considering how jet lagged he was after heading over to Northcote straight from the plane. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON RICKY SWALLOW VISIT: Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney HTTP://RICKYSWALLOW.COM/ ----- 6°OF SEPARATION is an exhibition being curated by Sim Luttin Gallery Manager & Curator, for Arts Project Australia's 40th Anniversary Celebration as part of our 2014 internal exhibition program. The project proposes a portrait exhibition that can be likened to a mini “Archibald” featuring artwork by emerging, mid-career and established artists from Arts Project Australia, of well-known Australian personalities who they paint from life. Image #1: Ricky Swallow sitting for a portrait with several of our artists in Arts Project Australia's Northcote studio. Image #2: Valerio Ciccone working on his portrait of Ricky Swallow. Image #3: Mark Smith painting the portrait of Ricky Swallow. Image #4: Valerio Ciccone's portrait of Ricky Swallow. Image #5: Ricky Swallow - early work: Everything Is Nothing Jeluntong, Epoxy Putty 2003 8.25 X 12.5 X 5.5 inches. Courtesy of the artist. Image # 6: Ricky Swallow - recent work: Descending Figure Patinated Bronze 2012 Edition of 1 + 1AP 68 X 12.5 X 20 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

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Award Winner & Finalist!

Award Winner & Finalist!

Congratulations to Alan Constable on his Valley of the Arts Acquisitive Awards category win at the Manningham Victorian Ceramic Art Award 2013. We are thrilled with his achievement and that his artwork has been acquired for the Manningham Council art collection. Alan's cameras are in high demand, having also recently been exhibited in two shows in the USA; 'Alan Constable Ten Cameras' curated by Ricky Swallow at South Willard, Los Angeles, and alongside Chris Mason (finalist in the Manningham Ceramics Art Award 2013), Julian Martin and Lisa Reid in 'Outsiderism' curated by Alex Baker, Director at Fleisher Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia. Alan Constable's winning ceramic camera. Congratulations also go to finalist Chris Mason whose ceramic entry that featured two voluptuous, naked seated women, was a stand-out artwork in the prize. What an amazing award result for both artists and well deserved! The Manningham Victorian Ceramic Art Award is a biennial acquisitve award and exhibition established by the Manningham City Council in 2009, which supports Victorian ceramic artists. Chris Mason's finalist ceramic women. The Award offers a First Prize Acquisitive Award of $5000, with a secondary Valley of the Arts Acquisitive Awards category open to artists living or working in Manningham, Banyule, Maroondah or Nillumbik. This year’s Award attracted over 140 submissions by artists from across the state, and the exhibition of finalists is showcased at Manningham Art Gallery from 10 July - 17 August 2013. For more information on the Award, exhibition and finalists, visit the Manningham Art Gallery website. Alan Constable (pictured right) with Arts Project Australia Executive Director Sue Roff and award judge David Hurlston Curator, Australian Art at the National Gallery of Victoria at the Manningham Victorian Ceramic Art Award 2013.

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Kelvin Heffernan 1958 – 2013

Kelvin Heffernan 1958 – 2013

Long-time studio artist Kelvin John Heffernan passed away peacefully on Friday 17th May surrounded, as he wished, by family and friends after a short battle with cancer. Commencing at Arts Project Australia in 1991, Kelvin’s artwork remained strong and consistent over his career. He was a dedicated artist who overcame his physical difficulties to produce works of great confidence and intent. Equally at home working in paint, pastel, pencil, ink or ceramics, Kelvin created art inspired by both imagination and life. Often the subjects or themes would be violent, involving guns, daggers, snarling dogs or dragons, but they could just as equally be tender, especially in his portrayals of people he cared for In Kelvin’s work the warrior figure appears again and again, not so much as the aggressor, but the defender, fighting life’s battles on a singular and individual quest. There is also a sense of the outsider in these depictions: perhaps this is the figure of the artist, an existential portrait of inner and outer lives. For Kelvin, in many ways life was a battle, but he took its challenges with resilience and a sense of the ability to overcome. Nowhere is this more evident than in his art. Kelvin was a stalwart and significant member of the Arts Project studio. Always gentle, polite and with a great sense of humour. In some of his early works a long-necked bird appeared. Kelvin gave this bird a name: “The Butt Head Bird.” Now, whether this bird was so-called for its reference to an Americanised word for a part of the human anatomy, or whether it was an inversion of “Head Butt,’ we were not too sure, but whenever it appeared Kelvin would quietly chuckle with a mischievous delight. Within a year of starting in the studio, Kelvin’s work was shown as part of a major Arts Project Australia exhibition Inside Out/Outside In, at the National Gallery of Victoria. Over his career his was included in more than fifty exhibitions, both in Australia and overseas. He has been represented by Arts Project Australia at every Melbourne Art Fair since 1996, and shown in major Australian commercial galleries including Australian Galleries (Sydney & Melbourne), Greenaway Art Gallery (Adelaide) the Chapman Gallery (Canberra). Through an association with the Australian Print Workshop his work is held in the collection of the National Gallery of Australia. He is also represented in the STOARC Collection of Outsider Art in Sydney. Through his work Kelvin was able to express a personal realm in powerful visual imagery. What typifies his work is its fervent, controlled energy: his use of paint unmistakeable in its physicality. Kelvin’s dedication and productivity have left us a rich and enduring legacy. Anyone who knew him in the studio could not help connecting with his engaging presence and admiring his passionate approach to art-making. He will be greatly missed as part of the Arts Project community. Cheryl Daye, May 2013 MEMORIAL SERVICE Please join us to celebrate the life of Kelvin Heffernan 1958 – 2013 family member – friend – artist On behalf of Kelvin Heffernan’s family and friends, Arts Project Australia would like to invite you to a celebration of Kelvin’s life, to be held in the Arts Project Australia Gallery at 10am on 5 June 2013, commencing with a Memorial Service in recognition of Kelvin’s life as a family member, friend and artist, and followed by morning tea in the Studio where Kelvin spent so much of his creative life.Kelvin’s artistic career will also be celebrated formally in his solo exhibition in the Gallery, and informally in the Studio, where work chosen by the Artsworkers who worked so closely with Kelvin will be on display. DETAILS 10am Wed 5 Jun 2013 Arts Project Australia gallery 24 High Street Northcote VIC 3070 P 03 9482 4484 E [email protected]sproject.org.au Followed by morning tea in the Arts Project Australia studio

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Neville Page visits our studio!

Neville Page visits our studio!

There was a buzz at Arts Project on the day that Neville Page was scheduled to visit.  In particular the buzz emanated from our science fiction geeks – artists and staff!  Neville is a designer, the Hollywood genius of science fiction legends like Avatar, Tron, Star Trek, Planet of the Apes – and just to broaden this blog’s readership – the less science-fictiony masterpieces of Narnia and Garfield the Movie. Neville Page with Arts Project artist Steven Perrette Neville Page with Arts Project artist Bobby Kyriakopoulos Neville was here to scope out the Arts Project as a best practice model, with a view to establishing a similar service in a third world country; and so we were really pleased to show him around … albeit overtaken by the attack of the Arts Project’s nerd brigade whose excitement at having a real Hollywood artist visit was exhibited in a very attentive activity.   Neville was such a pleasure to have visit, he made time to talk with every artist in the Studio, ask them about their work and have his photo taken constantly as he wandered around.  It is a good thing we don’t have these types of visits every day as, although very exciting, I am not sure much art was practiced during the process.   By Business Manager Sandy Fernee. Photos by Penny Hunt Neville Page with Arts Project artist  Bronwyn Hack Neville Page with Arts Project artist Miranda Millane Neville Page with Arts Project staff Sandy Fernee and Penny Hunt Page has worked as a concept designer on films including Watchmen, Star Trek, TRON: Legacy, Cloverfield, and Avatar. In 2010 his works were featured in an exhibit titled "From Page to Screen: Character and Creature Design of Neville Page" at the Oceanside Museum of Art. He joined the panel of judges on the SyFy television series Face Off for its third season alongside Ve Neill and Glenn Hetrick. His works were again featured at the Oceanside Museum of Art in 2012 in an exhibit titled "The Beauty in the Beast: Crafting Creatures by Neville Page", which highlighted his designs in films including Green Lantern, Prometheus, and TRON: Legacy.   To see Neville's work please visit his website or his twitter page.

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SAM: The Drawing Wall Project

SAM: The Drawing Wall Project

Arts Project artist Michael Camakaris finished his epic project "Bull Cows. No Bull" at the Shepparton Art Museum (SAM). In March 2013, he was invited to be a SAM Drawing Wall artist and he jumped at the opportunity, saying "I'm very excited to be invited to work on a large art commission. It was great to have the chance to speak to the curator about the project when she visited Arts Project back in March". Michael is Drawing Wall artist #11 in the series. Michael spent all week in Shepparton, creating an elaborate artwork across more than 12 meters of white wall at the museum. He applied his experience in drawing and painting to respond to the local iconic Art Cows, which he researched for two months. Artsworker Nicole Macdonald visited Michael in Shepparton on Day 3 of the project and said, "Michael has been fearlessly painting and drawing on the 12m long wall at Shepparton Art Museum.  When asked how he is finding the process of working on such a large scale, Michael replied 'confronting at first, challenging, exciting - it opens up different possibilities.  I've got more room to play with negative space - I can put more in it and it's got more room to breathe'.  Michael found that he could be more gestural and use bigger brushes. LAUNCH: SAM Director Kirsten Paisley with artist Michael Camakaris in front of his artwork "Five Bulls. No Bull." LAUNCH: SAM Curator Elise Routledge with artist Michael Camakaris in front of his artwork "Five Bulls. No Bull." Arts Project Australia President Catherine Easton speaking with Michael Camakaris and his parents at the SAM opening Friday 3 May 13. When asked what the biggest challenge had been, Michael's responded by saying, "The toughest thing was the upscaling - because everything is times four".  In comparison to his large scale sketch made as a reference specially for this project, the wall is at least four times bigger if not more.  It's not surprising then that Michael felt "a little bit out of comfort zone". Michael's subject for this project is a series of abstracted bulls on a wash background.  When asked what the concepts and ideas behind the work were, he explained that he was aiming for "a contrast between beauty and bloodshed, peace and violence".  The bulls created the perfect form for him to work from. The Drawing Wall Project is a series of commissioned wall artworks that enliven the foyer space of the Eastbank Centre in Shepparton. Each commission is temporary and is installed for around three months. Four commissions by different artists occur each year and provide a strong visual signpost adjacent to SAM’s entrance and the opportunity to promote exhibitions that are happening within SAM’s spaces. Previous SAM Drawing Wall artists have included Justin Andrews, Ry Haskings, Richard Lewer, Viv Miller, Caroline Rothwell and Gosia Wlodarczak. The artwork was completed Friday 3 May and the exhibition runs until 28 July in the Eastbank Centre Foyer. See below for more images as the artwork evolved. Arts Project Australia thanks the Shepparton Art Museum for commissioning Michael Camakaris to work as part of its Drawing Wall series, and in particular wishes to thank Director Kirsten Paisley and Curator Elise Routledge for this opportunity. MICHAEL CAMAKARIS: SAM DRAWING WALL DAY 1 Michael Camakaris - Day 1 Monday 29 April 2013 at SAM. Michael Camakaris - Day 1 Monday 29 April 2013. Progress images. Michael Camakaris - Day 2 Tuesday 30 April 2013 at SAM. The artwork starts to take shape. Image courtesy SAM.       Michael Camakaris - Day 1 Monday 29 April 2013 at SAM. Michael with his parents Helen and Jim and studio team leader James McDonald and Micheal Camakaris with SAM curator Elise Routledge. MICHAEL CAMAKARIS: SAM DRAWING WALL DAY 3     MICHAEL CAMAKARIS: SAM DRAWING WALL DAY 5   ABOUT THE ARTIST Michael Camakaris' art practice draws its inspiration from such diverse subjects as safari animals, the avian world, and human portraiture.  In Camakaris' hands, these fairly commonplace subjects are imbued with drama, depth and intensity. Through the mode of abstraction, Camakaris' work utilises bold outlines, dynamic contrasts and a rich colour palette, taking the viewer into alternate worlds where the subjects reside. Camakaris employs a variety of media, ranging from gouache and acrylic paint, through to compressed charcoal and chinagraph.  The nature of his process means that Camakaris will often employ all these media in the one artwork, subtly creating a cohesive and integrated image. Camakaris resides in Melbourne and works from the Arts Project Australia studio in Northcote. EXHIBITION "Five Cows. No Bull" runs until 28 July at Shepparton Art Museum (SAM). MORE INFORMATION The public can visit SAM while the work is being created and speak to the artist about the project. Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) PUBLICITY Shepparton news Media Release

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Alan Constable|Ten Cameras

Alan Constable|Ten Cameras

How would a comb that cannot untangle hair look? You can make the object dangerous, humorous, useless, sinister. -Christina Ramberg. Alan Constable’s cameras are real ‘things’; they command constant attention from their audience and from their lucky owners. The resemblance of these sculptures to cameras is a starting point more than an end point, in the same way a swelling foot as painted by Phillip Guston behaves unlike any sensible foot, or a collage of a doorway by James Castle exceeds the expectation its structural simplicity presents. Constable’s sculpture makes malleable mischief of both the form and function of the camera. In his hands it becomes an anthropomorphic character with endless variations and possibility. Specific types are modeled in clay from magazine advertisements with apt abbreviation and gesture, then glazed and fired in solid, sometimes soupy colors that further activate their surfaces and transform their sober dispositions. The glazed surfaces are embellished with details so specific and beautiful they necessitate a tactile engagement with the object.  As ‘things’ they still buzz with the handling and energy Constable employs in their making. Dials formed separately and thumbed into position, viewfinder windows cut directly through surfaces together with an oversized scale give Constable’s cameras the feeling of buildings or vessels. Scribed lines articulate both panels and seams, skewed inscriptions indicate model and make: all this information registers with efficiency to produce compelling objects. The basic slab built walls forming the camera’s body also conceal one of the most interesting elements about these sculptures - internal chambers and walls have been built during the early stages of the works.  Such entombed detail points towards Constable’s dedication to conceive and map a complete object, a total exploration of his subject based on unique invention and interpretation.   South Willard is pleased to present Alan Constable|Ten Cameras as its next Shop Exhibit. Curated by Ricky Swallow in collaboration with Arts Project Australia, this is the first solo presentation of Constable’s ceramic sculptures in the United States. Now in his late 50’s, Constable has been producing his art at Arts Project studio in Melbourne since 1987, and has exhibited his camera sculptures in both gallery and institutional exhibitions to critical praise over the past 7 years. IMAGE CREDITS Ricky Swallow Ricky wishes to thank Alex Baker for his introduction to Alan’s work, and Sim Luttin and Melissa Petty at Arts Project Australia for their generous assistance. Ricky Swallow, 2013 MORE INFORMATION For more details contact Ryan Conder - [email protected] The show will run from Sat May 4th till June 2nd with Bob’s donuts and coffee served between 4-6 on Sat 4th May. Constable is also participating in ‘Outsiderism’ curated by Alex Baker at Fleisher Ollman gallery in Philadelphia this month. SALES All the cameras are for sale unless otherwise stated. For sales enquiries, please contact Ryan Conder at South Willard.

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Oh what a night!

Oh what a night!

Guests and suppporters wined and dined late into the evening, at our much anticipated fundraising event Dining With Art, presented as part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival Umbrella Event program. The night was a huge success, with guests immersing themselves in the art created by Arts Project Australia artists, earthy food by Rob Kabboord of Merricote and wine by Carlei Wines. Political satirist Bryan Dawe kept the guests entertained throughout the evening, while guests took advantage of the VIP preview of our next exhibition At the Table, purchasing fourteen artworks throughout the evening. We want to thank everyone who joined us last night - is was a night to remember for everyone involved. An event like Dining with Art is a collaborative effort, and we again want to thank our amazing supporters for being so generous and who were so wonderful to work with on this project! They were Merricote, 3sidedsquare, as well as local traders Carlei Wines, Fowlers Flowers, Andrei Davidoff, Melbourne Community Farmers Markets, Glenn Tebble Homewares, Third Drawer Down, Beraldo Coffee, Rydges Bell City, SOFITEL Luxury Hotels, Leonard Joel,  Glencross Woodworks, Paper-Go-Round, Web Prophets and Bryan Dawe as MC. If you missed out on a ticket and would like to visit the gallery, At the Table officially openes this Saturday 16 March, so please join us at the opening from 3-5pm. "At the Table is a group exhibition that explores the theme of food in its many facets in the work of Arts Project Australia’s artists." Emiko Davies, curator. But for now, please enjoy these images of the event and we hope to see you at Arts Project Australia soon.    Guests Clinton McQueen and Jason Shannon.  

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The Makings of AT THE TABLE

The Makings of AT THE TABLE

I wear a few different hats – gallery assistant by day, food writer by night – which fuel my passions for food and art. I'm always drawn to the two things especially when put together and this inevitably is what led to the idea of gathering a collection of artworks based on the broad theme of food for At The Table. Food has been the artist's subject of choice since the beginning of art history, from cave paintings of the hunt to Baroque still life paintings of tabletops heavy with fruit, vegetables, meat and fish to the tomato soup cans of pop art icon, Andy Warhol. I think food speaks to us not the least because it is a basic necessity and a part of our everyday lives – we simply need it. It not only nourishes us and literally keeps us alive but it also satisfies us, bring us together with friends and family, creates and nurtures culture and traditions. Fulli Andrinopoulos Fulli Andrinopoulos Not titled 1992 pastel on paper 25.5 x 33cm Initially, I started noticing the theme of food cropping up here and there in the artworks of the gallery stockroom, but when looking deeper, a pandora's box was opened. I found works depicting not only food (fruit, vegetables, bread, a leg of ham), but also drinks (beer, wine, even ginger beer, and in particular tea). The morning or afternoon ritual of tea time is represented in so many shapes and forms (ceramic, pastel, watercolour, textiles turned into cups and teapots) that it reminded me how much this traditional break, perhaps with something sweet, is a favourite part of our culture. Looking further, I found other food-related imagery from farm animals, hens laying eggs, fast food and references to modern culture (hamburger, pizza, cafes, food transport) and even references to literature and films (the mad hatter's tea party from Alice in Wonderland to that famous cookbook writer who brought French cuisine to America, Julia Childs). I found ceramic cutlery and crockery and – inspiring the title of the show – the simple image of a woman sitting at a table. What is it about food that makes us want to draw or paint or even talk about it? Boris Cipusev Pizza Time 2009 texta 21 x 30cm Food recalls memories, rituals and habits and is a way of sharing and connecting with others. In its various forms food is very closely linked with the family and the home, the place where many probably have the first memories of food, being fed, sitting around the table or perhaps watching someone cook. In art, food is a versatile subject, where it can be used to tell a story, represent religious symbols or simply convey the beauty of nature's shapes and colours. From a chicken’s egg to a coffee cup to a piece of fruit, food is symbolic and can be intimate, beautiful, quirky, abstract, practical and many things in between. In the end, the show's collection was narrowed down to over 100 artworks spanning 20 years of work of over 30 different artists depicting this universal (and tempting if you happen to visit while hungry) subject. Emiko Davies, 2013 EXHIBITION DETAILS 16 Mar - 16 Apr 2013 Opening: 16 Mar 2013, from 3-5pm Venue: Arts Project Australia Gallery SALES Unless otherwise specified, all artworks are available for sale from 3pm Saturday 16 March 2013. Arts Project members can pre-purchase artworks prior to the opening, as part of our Membership Benefits program. MORE INFORMATION Please visit our At the Table exhibition page, download a media release or contact our gallery on 03 9482 4484 for sales and all other enquiries. Adrian Lazzaro Not titled 2009 pencil and ink on paper 25 x 35cm Catherine Staughton Ginger Beer 2008 ink, texta and gouache on paper 69.8 x 51.2cm Lisa Reid Fish and chips lunch pack 2010 ceramic 25 x 19.5 x 5.5cm Private Collection Terry Williams Fridge 2012 calico, vinyl, wool, cardboard, material, stuffing 115 x 54 x 71cm

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Walking The Line

Walking The Line

There is many an artwork gem to be located in the stockroom of Arts project, or perhaps a more accurate statement, a veritable plethora of jewels to be found. In this instance the ‘jewels’ I was looking for to put this show together have  included works that feature line and mark making. Whether using pencil, charcoal, nib pen, paintbrush or etching tool (to name a few), line and mark making is perhaps one of the simplest and most immediate means of communicating an idea. In this show expect to see a broad range of linear applications from the use of pattern and repetition seen in the work of such artists as Alvaro Alvarez, Fiona Longhurst, Scott Ferguson, Warren O’Brien, and Dionne Canzano to the gestural and lyrical works of Lai Lai Gong and Leo Cussen, to the rhythmic and kinaesthetic light drawings of Cameron Noble. Alvaro Alvarez Not titled (black and white) 2010 conte pencil on paper 28.5 x 37.5cm Joceline Lee and Brigid Hanrahan are masters of delicate, sensitive and whimsical line.  Like a skater on ice, Lee’s use of repetition and layering of line is enticingly rhythmic. At times using white conte on black paper she creates x-ray like forms and at others webs of lines conjure transparent veils. Joceline Lee Skeleton 2012 Conte pencil on paper 38 x 14.5cm   Brigid Hanrahan Not titled (dancer) 2006 ink on paper 35 x 25cm   Through a committed employment of mark making Mattie Michael also creates an interplay of striking shapes however Michael's work has an embodiment of speed and upward moving energy. By contrast a bold, structural, confidently even line application is frequently found in the works of Monica Lazzari and Anthony Romagnano. Other artists such as Jamie Dawes, and Nhan Nguyen use line as an interplay between fields of colour, and in Dawes and Nguyen's work the line appears almost like a framework on the page. This is true also for Cameron Veitch’s wonderful etching, in which Veitch's minimal grid of intersecting vertical lines meet to great success. In Alanna Dodd's pastel lively blocks of colour are loosely lassoed by a line that dances around them, sometimes allowing hints of colour to fall either side. Cameron Veitch Lines 2011 dry point 21 x 15cm Line is used effectively to  divide the page into a multitude of interconnecting shapes and sizes of equally saturated colour in the striking works of George Aristovoulou that are reminiscent of stain glass windows. Andrew Ledwidge shows how effective simple forms can be from his confident and minimal line work offset with a limited colour palate. A broad range of mark making is explored in Steven Azjenberg's white on black drawing including dots, dashes and a distinctively gentle meandering line. Like Azjenberg, Antonella Calvano's works on paper conveys a rich mark making vocabulary which makes her works truly distinctive. Steven Ajzenberg After Gustav Klimt 2012 conte pencil on paper 38 x 19cm   Antonella Calvano Not titles (marks on paper) 1992 pastel and ink 28 x 18.5cm Commonalities amongst the above mentioned artists and all of the artists in this exhibition (in which there are over 30) are works which are imbued with a confidence and an engagement of materials as well as a freshness, fervour and exploration.

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Artists First, Disability Second

Artists First, Disability Second

For the past four years I have been responsible for running an organisation that specifically exists to support artists with intellectual disabilities, promoting their work and advocating for their inclusion within contemporary art practice. Arts Project Australia was established 38 years ago with the aim that the artwork of people with intellectual disabilities should be accepted on its merits as visual art, not “disabled art”.  It should be exhibited in a professional manner, not tacked up on a supermarket wall. It should stand proudly beside work by “non-disabled” artists.  Oh – and it should be good! I must say, my predecessors have done a wonderful job of achieving our mission.  We have come a long way since the 1970s when the names of artists were often not given in early Arts Project exhibitions (for fear of embarrassing their families). Today we have 120 artists working in our studio program each week, a talented and committed staff (95% of whom are practising artists themselves), an annual exhibition program to rival any public gallery, $115k in artwork sales last financial year (of which 60% was paid to the artists), and a huge amount of collaboration and partnership with external artists, galleries and the broader contemporary art sector. A number of our artists have been working in our studio for over 20 years, and have established careers.  We manage those careers, as any commercial gallery would do. An equal number of artists have no aspirations to being a professional artist, but come because they enjoy the process of making art.  Having visited a number of similar organisations overseas, I can safely say we are one of the world’s best in this field. The majority of Arts Projects artists have a little trouble advocating for themselves. Depending on the nature of their disability, they may be unable to verbalise concepts. They may have limited literacy skills; they may have difficulty sharing space with others; they may be legally blind or hearing impaired; they may have some physical restrictions.  But when they are at Arts Project, they are artists like any others. They pursue their own artistic practice and vision, whatever that may be, and we are simply there to assist this.  And it’s important that their work be accepted on its merits as visual art, not because they have a disability. We are often referred to as a “supported studio”, which is true – we offer support to our artists that they need to enable the creation of artwork.  Whether that is assistance with mixing colours, setting up a work station that works for their disability, advising on mediums, or just talking about the artwork.   Our artists don’t intellectualise their work, or place it within fashionable theoretical frameworks.  They create because they want to, and the best work has a powerful energy that eludes all attempts to categorise it.  We also offer support through our gallery, in terms of promotion, publicity, exhibition, and sales.  All these are things most Arts Project artists could not manage on their own, or could not afford. And providing them means additional costs not always seen or understood by funding agencies. Yet this model doesn’t sit well with arts funding agencies.  We hover between institutionalised definitions of “community cultural development” (that great overarching definition for most disability arts activity), “public gallery” (we are open to the public, but we also sell work) and “artist studio”. One Australia Council staff member recently informed me that we should not refer to our artists as “artists” in a Community Partnerships funding submission – only the people who worked with them deserved this distinction. To their credit, Arts Victoria suggested that we include an explanation of our model in their funding submissions, so that peer assessors could better understand its unique structure.  And this has helped us successfully receive programming and partnerships funding over the past two years. We’re fortunate we decided to place our faith in disability funding and not arts funding all those years ago.  Because most arts funding is project based, it couldn’t provide the financial support that our organisation required to provide ongoing artistic support and development for our artists.  Don’t get me wrong – project funding is great, but if you want to provide real pathways to a meaningful artistic career for people with intellectual disabilities, you need to assure your future sustainability. And I have to credit the disability funding agencies, state and federal, who have consistently contributed to the development of Arts Project Australia over the past 38 years, despite the fact that we haven’t really fitted their definitions of a day program or supported employment service. Disability agencies recognise the value of our work with artists with intellectual disabilities and understand the additional costs required in delivering the right supports to enable their career development. But these people are artists and they should be recognised by the arts community too.  

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