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Samraing Chea, Since Stan Calls Ben speaks on his Cellphone, He Carries All of This Stuff to be Sold to the Museum in London, England, 2018, pencil on paper, 25 x 32.5 cm

Samraing Chea, Since Stan Calls Ben speaks on his Cellphone, He Carries All of This Stuff to be Sold to the Museum in London, England, 2018, pencil on paper, 25 x 32.5 cm

May 30 @ 9:00 am - July 21 @ 5:00 pm
Barn Gallery, 7 Hillcrest Ave
Eltham, VIC 3095 Australia

Samraing Chea @ Nillumbik Prize for Contemporary Art 2019

Congratulations to Samraing Chea who's a finalist in the Nillumbik Prize for Contemporary Art 2019! Nillumbik Shire Council presents the Nillumbik Prize for Contemporary Art, a biannual acquisitive art prize open to emerging and established artists working in any medium across Australia. The 2019 finalists include: Lyn Ashby, Robert Baines, Anindita Banerjee, Elizabeth Banfield, James Barden, Lisa Bartolomei/David Coen/Donald Gray/Gillian Lever/Josh Peters, Kate Beynon, Aldo Bilotta, Suzie Blake, Julie Bradley, Fleur Brett, Kiri-Una Brito Meumann, Michelle Caithness, Samraing Chea, Isobel Clement, Kevin…

Chris O’Brien, Yoshe and Chris O'Brien's House, 2018, foam, material, wool, 30 x 48 x 32.5 cm

Chris O’Brien, Yoshe and Chris O'Brien's House, 2018, foam, material, wool, 30 x 48 x 32.5 cm

June 1 @ 9:00 am - August 11 @ 5:00 pm
Arts Project Australia, 24 High St
Northcote, VIC 3070 Australia

Chris O’Brien @ Wangaratta Art Gallery

Congratulations to Chris O'Brien who's a finalist in the 2019 Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award for Yoshe and Chris O'Brien's House. The award exhibition runs from 1 June - 11 August, taking place at Wangaratta Art Gallery. Wangaratta has a long and prominent history of textiles, both in manufacturing, its social history and as a craft form; Wangaratta Art Gallery builds upon this unique tradition through the presentation of this outstanding award.

Alan Constable, Not titled, 2018, earthenware and glaze,  9 x 19 x 8 cm.

Alan Constable, Not titled, 2018, earthenware and glaze, 9 x 19 x 8 cm.

June 14 @ 6:00 pm - August 11 @ 5:00 pm
Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP), 404 George St
Fitzroy, Victoria 3065 Australia

Alan Constable @ CCP, ‘Why Take Pictures?’

Showing at the Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP), Why Take Pictures? returns to one of the fundamental questions in photography, to consider our desire-drive and obsession with taking photographs, the apparatus of the camera and diverse approaches of looking through, or at, the lens. Featuring work by Arts Project studio artist Alan Constable (VIC), alongside Michelle Tran (VIC), Lyndal Irons (NSW), Glenn Sloggett (VIC) and David Wadelton (VIC), Why Take Pictures? considers the divergent motivations and compulsions as to why we take images…

Image left: Yvette Coppersmith, John Safran, 2009, right panel, oil on plywood, 120 x 90 cm. Image right: Lisa Reid, Life Drawing-seated, 2002, ink on paper, 50 x 60 cm.

Image left: Yvette Coppersmith, John Safran, 2009, right panel, oil on plywood, 120 x 90 cm. Image right: Lisa Reid, Life Drawing-seated, 2002, ink on paper, 50 x 60 cm.

June 15 @ 3:00 pm - July 20 @ 5:00 pm
Arts Project Australia, 24 High St
Northcote, VIC 3070 Australia

FEM-aFFINITY @ Arts Project Australia

Curated by contemporary artist and academic Catherine Bell, FEM-aFFINITY brings together female artists from Arts Project and wider Victoria whose work share an affinity of subject and process. By situating female Arts Project studio artists alongside other female contemporary artists, the exhibition seeks to uncover shared perspectives and variations on female identity. Drawing upon interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches, and understanding artworks as a complex and nuanced way of thinking about embodied knowledge, the exhibition reveals how feminism materialises in distinctive and uncanny…

Adrian Lazzaro, The Big Strong Golden Boy, calico, cotton thread, marker, material, 51.5 x 42.5 x 0.5 cm

Adrian Lazzaro, The Big Strong Golden Boy, calico, cotton thread, marker, material, 51.5 x 42.5 x 0.5 cm

June 21 @ 9:00 am - July 20 @ 5:00 pm
FCAC Roslyn Smorgon Gallery and Gabriel Gallery, 45 Moreland Street
Footscray, Victoria 3011 Australia

Adrian Lazzaro @ Footscray Art Prize 2019

Congratulations to Adrian Lazzaro who's a finalist in the Footscray Art Prize 2019 for his work The Big Strong Golden Boy. The Footscray Art Prize is a biennial non-acquisitive visual art prize, highlighting a range of contemporary artworks from multiple platforms and disciplines. The exhibition represents a significant overview of Australia’s contemporary and innovative art scene, contributing towards Footscray’s reputation as a thriving arts and cultural hub. OPENING: Thursday 20 June, 6pm – 8pm EXHIBITION: Friday 21 June – Saturday 20 July VENUE: Roslyn Smorgon…

Miles Howard-Wilks, In The Shipwreck, 2018, acrylic and gouache on paper, 55.5 x 76 cm.

Miles Howard-Wilks, In The Shipwreck, 2018, acrylic and gouache on paper, 55.5 x 76 cm.

July 5 @ 9:00 am - July 18 @ 5:00 pm
Colville Gallery, 91A Salamanca Place
Hobart, Tasmania Australia

Miles Howard-Wilks @ The Colville Lloyd Rees Art Prize

Congratulations to Miles Howard-Wilks who's a finalist in The Colville Lloyd Rees Art Prize for his landscape In The Shipwreck. Showing at Colville Gallery, the award exhibition runs from 5-18 July. In 2013 Colville Gallery established the Lloyd Rees Art Prize. This is a biannual independently judged, acquisitive prize that recognizes the Artist's legacy and contribution to Australian Landscape painting. The prize, AUD $20,000, is awarded to the best painting to demonstrate light in the landscape. This year, the position of judge has…

Matthew Gove, The Cat Reporter, 2015, gouache on paper, 28 x 38.5 cm.

Matthew Gove, The Cat Reporter, 2015, gouache on paper, 28 x 38.5 cm.

July 27 @ 2:00 pm - October 6 @ 5:00 pm
Bayside Gallery – Brighton Town Hall, Corner Wilson and Carpenter Streets
Brighton, Victoria 3186 Australia

Pets are people too @ Bayside Gallery, Brighton

Pets are people too brings together Australian artists whose work reflects on the intimacy and affection that exists between humans and animals. Showing at Bayside Gallery, the show features the work of Arts Project artists Matthew Gove and Bronwyn Hack and runs from 27 July - 6 October 2019. The exhibition both celebrates the multi-faceted ways that our pets enrich our lives as well as reflecting on the humour and pathos they bring. It’s a wonderful opportunity to view works by…

Adrian Lazzaro, Not titled (scene on tracing paper #1), 2013, fine liner on tracing paper, 15 x 21 cm.

Adrian Lazzaro, Not titled (scene on tracing paper #1), 2013, fine liner on tracing paper, 15 x 21 cm.

July 27 @ 3:00 pm - September 14 @ 5:00 pm
Arts Project Australia, 24 High St
Northcote, VIC 3070 Australia

I Think I Split My Tongue @ Arts Project Australia

It is only when language breaks down that we are forced to acknowledge its limitations as a communicative devise. This fact, far from stifling artists, often affords an opportunity to point beyond language boundaries to examine alternate modes of communicative potential. At Arts Project, the use of text as a pictorial device has often been used to express the difficulty and ambiguity apparent in different forms of communication: captioned images, automatic writing, abstracted text and pieces of poetry all regularly…

Warren O’Brien, Not titled, 2018, acrylic on paper, 38 x 56 cm

Warren O’Brien, Not titled, 2018, acrylic on paper, 38 x 56 cm

July 27 @ 3:00 pm - September 14 @ 5:00 pm
Arts Project Australia, 24 High St
Northcote, VIC 3070 Australia

Windows: Warren O’Brien Solo @ Arts Project Australia

Warren O’Brien’s abstract images reflect the rhythm and repetition of his process. The layering of rich, radiant colours affords the work depth and texture, while the free brush work and dripped paint brings to mind the spontaneous style of abstract expressionism. O’Brien’s use of the repeated arc motif based on the architectural form of the arched window is magnetic in effect, drawing attention to the many complex layers. His recent works demonstrate a shift in his practice and process, revealing…

Adrian Lazzaro, Scrapbook
August 2 @ 5:00 pm - August 4 @ 5:00 pm
Project Space – Artery, 101-107 Helen Street
Northcote, Victoria 3070 Australia

Adrian Lazzaro @ Project Space at Artery, Northcote

EVERYTHING IS GOING ON invites you to dive into the wildly unbridled stream of consciousness of Arts Project Australia studio artist Adrian Lazzaro via an abundance of densely filled tactile scrapbooks. The Rock rubs shoulders with Fozzie Bear; Zombie Santa skypes the Pope, Wrestlemania meets real estate listings, the dramatic and the banal co-exist so effortlessly it’s easy to forget which is which. Featuring Adrian Lazzaro with fan art by Katherine Botten and Brennan Olver. Opening: Friday 2 August from 5pm…

Miles Howard-Wilks, Not titled, 2018, acrylic and gouache on paper, 38 x 56 cm.

Miles Howard-Wilks, Not titled, 2018, acrylic and gouache on paper, 38 x 56 cm.

September 5 @ 5:00 pm - September 9 @ 5:00 pm
Royal Exhibition Building, 9 Nicholson Street
Carlton, Victoria 3053 Australia

The Affordable Art Fair @ The Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne

Eight Arts Project studio artists will be showing at the Affordable Art Fair in Melbourne, running from Thursday 5 September - Sunday 8 September. The exhibiting artists include: Fulli Andrinopoulos, Wendy Dawson, Ruth Howard, Miles Howard-Wilks, Julian Martin, Kaye McDonald, Will Murray and Chris O'Brien. KEY INFORMATION Thursday 5 September 2019: VIP & Press Preview and Opening Night Friday 6 September: 12.00pm – 9pm Saturday 7 September: 10am – 6pm Sunday 8 September 2019: 10am – 6pm Where: Royal Exhibition Building, 9 Nicholson Street, Carlton Image | Miles Howard-Wilks, Not titled, 2018, acrylic…

Chris Mason, Back view of big fat nude girls, 2016, 38 x 56 cm.

Chris Mason, Back view of big fat nude girls, 2016, 38 x 56 cm.

September 11 @ 11:00 am - September 14 @ 7:00 pm
The Establishment, 5 Bridge Ln
Sydney, New South Wales 2000 Australia

SPRING1883 @ The Establishment, SYDNEY

Room 24 (knowing what it is to be human) Arts Project Australia returns to Spring1883 for the latest Sydney iteration at the Establishment Hotel. In 2019, Arts Project Australia ventures into the Establishment to present new and thought-provoking artworks by 18 Melbourne-based emerging, mid-career and established artists. Numerous artists are represented in prominent private and public collections in Australia and overseas, including the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; National Gallery of Australia; and The Museum of Everything, London. Room 24…

James MacSporran, 2 Pixels, 2019, gouache, ink, paint pen, 38.5 x 56 cm.

James MacSporran, 2 Pixels, 2019, gouache, ink, paint pen, 38.5 x 56 cm.

September 21 @ 3:00 pm - October 19 @ 5:00 pm
Arts Project Australia, 24 High St
Northcote, VIC 3070 Australia

Yo Melbourne We’re From Philly! @ Arts Project Australia

Energised by his experiences working with Arts Project Australia during his time in Melbourne, shortly after his return to the States, curator and gallery director Alex Baker sought out artists from his hometown, Philadelphia, who work in disability studio programs for an exhibition he curated at Fleisher/Ollman in 2014. Building on these relationships, Baker will present Yo Melbourne We’re from Philly! at Arts Project Australia, featuring artists selected from Philadelphia supported studios alongside artists from Arts Project, in what will…