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