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