Ignite Studios Launch Party

Ballina Shire Council and Northern Rivers Community Gallery will throw open the shiny new big red doors of Ballina’s newest art space, Ignite Studios @ NRCG on Saturday 5 May and everyone is invited to the party!

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The beautiful heritage building, formerly the Ballina Fire Station, has undergone minor building works over the last eight months in preparation for it’s new life as an arts space for the ongoing enjoyment of the community.

The Launch Party is on Saturday 5 May 2018 from 9.30am until 2.30pm at ‘Ignite Studios @ NRCG’ located adjacent to the Gallery at 60 Crane Street Ballina. This a free family friendly event.

The Northern Rivers Community Gallery is located at 44 Cherry Street Ballina and is open Wednesday to Friday from 10am until 4pm and weekends from 9.30am until 2.30pm.
For further information contact the Gallery on telephone 02 6681 6167.
 www.nrcgballina.com.au

From Here to There: Australian art and walking

BAM Associate Editor Sharne Wolff and Contributor Jane Denison have been commissioned by Lismore Regional Gallery to develop the curatorial concept From Here to There: Australian Art and Walking due to their shared interest in walking and art.

Lismore Regional Gallery has been selected as the Dobell Exhibition Grant for 2018 for the exhibition curated by Wolff and Denison.

The exhibition will present eight leading Australian artists who incorporate the everyday act of walking in their art. The first of its kind in Australia, the exhibition features work by Lauren Brincat, Dean Brown, Daniel Crooks, Agatha Gothe-Snape, Alex Karaconji, Noel McKenna, Sarah Mosca and Liam O’Brien.

Lauren Brincat, This Time Tomorrow, Tempelhof, 2011, Documentation of an action. Single-channel digital video, colour, audio, 5’:19” Image courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery

Lauren Brincat, This Time Tomorrow, Tempelhof, 2011, Documentation of an action. Single-channel digital video, colour, audio, 5’:19” Image courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery

The works are selected on two criteria: an artwork based on a visual reference to the act of walking, or an artwork produced as the result of walking. For example, the act of walking is forefront in Daniel Crooks’ spliced video productions that investigate walking as motion and in Dean Brown’s works that depict solitary walking figures. Artworks produced as a consequence of walking include Noel McKenna’s detailed drawings of observations from his suburban walks, and Sarah Mosca’s delicate photographs that record the warmth and feel of the artist’s moving body.

The Dobel Exhibition Grant will enable From Here to There to reach its full potential, to bring important Australian artists to Lismore’s regional community and support public programs that demystify the works, educate audiences and provide a range of easily accessible activities to explore how walking can unleash creative adventures.

This funding will also allow the exhibition to expand to include more works of greater scale and the commissioning of two significant new works. It will also support a residency for one artist which will enable the production of a new work relevant to the local area, an artist talk and a guided map-making activity for audiences.

The Dobell Exhibition Grant, supported by the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation, offers $40,000 in funding to one regional NSW gallery per annum. The program aims to support high-quality exhibitions that speak to a broad audience across NSW. To assist in expanding appreciation for the visual arts, these exhibitions should be supported by innovative public and education programs that creatively engage both artists and the community.

Read more about the Dobell Exhibition Grant

 

ABOUT THE SIR WILLIAM DOBELL ART FOUNDATION

The Foundation was formed in 1971 from the artist’s bequest with instructions that “a Foundation be established for the benefit and promotion of art in NSW."

Since then, the Foundation has sponsored a wide variety of projects and is best known for the Dobell Drawing Prize, which ran for 20 years at the Art Gallery of NSW and evolved into the new Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial in 2014.

The Foundation supports acquisitions to public collections, as well as publications, films and educational programs, including the annual Year 11 student Dobell Drawing School held with the National Art School.

 

The Dobell Exhibition Grant is supported by the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation and managed by Museums & Galleries of NSW.

 

Glenfiddich Announces 2017 Winner of Artist in Residence Competition

Glenfiddich has announced Elyse de Valle as the 2017 Winner of the Australian Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Program.

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Open to the Australian arts community for the third year, the competition invited artists across the country to enter their work using any array of mediums, including but not limited to print, photography, animation, performance and installation.


The Australian winners of the 2015 and 2016 residencies were Joan Ross and Stanislava Pinchuk respectively, two acclaimed and renowned artists. In fact, this year Joan Ross won the John Sulman Prize, an award that is considered the country’s third highest art prize and is announced in conjunction with the Archibald Award, further highlighting the calibre of artists that are attracted to the Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Prize program.


This year’s prize winner was selected by an assembly of illustrious judges, with Barry Keldoulis (Group Fairs Director) leading the panel alongside Evan Williams (CEO of Williams Land Trust), Dr. Gene Sherman (Chairman and Executive Director of the Sherman Contemporary Arts Foundation), Mark Hughes (art advisor) and legendary actress Rachel Griffiths. The judges were extremely impressed by the quality of the entries, and the five finalists were announced as Belem Lett, Elyse De Valle, Hiromi Tango and Craig Walsh, Lillian O’Neil, and Penelope Cain.


The residency will take place in 2018 where De Valle will have the opportunity to live and work for three months at the Glenfiddich distillery in Dufftown, Scotland alongside other winning artists from all over the globe.


Upon finding out she won the Residency, De Valle said, “I’m so excited for this opportunity to spend some time at the Glenfiddich Distillery as the chosen Australian artist in Residence. I look forward to engaging with its rich history and the surrounding community of Dufftown. Memory and narrative play a key role in my work and I hope to share some great stories and shared experiences during my time there, maybe even over a whisky or two. This, along with the extensive archives kept by Glenfiddich, will lead me along interesting paths for my work. I cannot thank the William Grant & Sons Group and the Glenfiddich Distillery enough for this opportunity."

De Valle is an emerging Melbourne based artist who utilises materials and sites to express the conceptual concerns of her practice. De Valle’s work explores little known narratives that permit her contemplation of creative labour, memories, loss and experience. It is often a pursuit to trace and respond to social history, reflecting on how memory is encoded directly and indirectly within the built form.


She completed a Bachelor of Fine Art with First Class Honours in 2012 and a Masters of Fine Art in 2015 at Monash University. De Valle has held numerous group shows around Melbourne, and her first solo show, The frames that remain, was exhibited at Bus Projects in Melbourne earlier this year. Her natural talent has also earned her travel grants to undertake residencies in San Francisco, USA and in Carrara and Noepoli, Italy.


De Valle took first place following a final tally of votes and a concluding round of judging by Artist in Residence Program Curator, Andy Fairgrieve — the colourful, dreadlocked-guy-in-a-kilt who helps the winning artist bring their work to life.


“With our Australian/New Zealand open call now in its third year, it is no surprise that as the awareness of this great opportunity spreads, the number and quality of entrants has increased dramatically. The 2017 residency call easily produced the highest standard of applicants seen so far, which of course made the final selection no easy task. As always I am incredibly grateful to the jury panel who whittled down the applicants to the final five as I am to the organisers of Sydney Contemporary for providing such a wonderful platform to showcase our residency,” says Andy. “With such a strong showing of talent in our five finalists, the winning choice was no easy matter. Of course we can only select one artist but in the end, it was the craft and skill of Elyse’s talent that won the day. I am sure her practice is one that will be fully appreciated by the skilled crafts persons who work at Glenfiddich and for her part I know the exposure to the historic architecture of Scotland will feed and inspire her residency.“


Since the Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Contest began in 2002, Andy has mentored more than 100 artists through the distillery doors, each one of them always viewing and interpreting the distillery with their own unique view.

 

Joshua Yeldham Shares Uncoventional Story of Endurance

The unorthodox life journey of artist Joshua Yeldham will be laid bare when he gives a free talk at Tweed Regional Gallery in Murwillumbah on Sunday 27 August.

The unconventional Sydney-based artist will speak about his exhibition Endurance, on display at the Gallery until 10 December, and his story of a "sensitive boy" who endured bullying, a literacy challenges and an unsympathetic school system to become one of Australia's most original artists.

Yeldham giving a previous talk at Tweed Regional Gallery.

Yeldham giving a previous talk at Tweed Regional Gallery.

Yeldham draws from a deep spiritual affiliation with the land and a love of nature, creating art that entwines narrative and myth, imagination and experience.

Working across painting, photography, drawing and sculpture, he has developed a singular aesthetic that combines various mediums such as his pierced and carved photographs, his characteristic oil paintings, and large-scale paper works.

Yeldham is also an enthralling and humorous storyteller and will share his learning journey - from the heart-breaking to the bizarre.

A small boy struggling with undiagnosed dyslexia, he was a boarder at an exclusive Sydney school from the age of eight and was regularly taunted and tormented by his "big-boned" fellow students.

He seized an opportunity to reinvent himself when he was 14, moving with his mother to Switzerland and studying at the prestigious Aiglon College.

Yeldham was inspired by his "mountain men" teachers who were "strong men but they weren't aggressive" and he threw himself into physical challenges.

It was another chapter in his unorthodox approach to physical and academic challenges and introduced him to skiing, navigation, mountain climbing and caving, throwing him into nature.

A succession of great art teachers throughout his education was also telling and he went on to study at the Rhode Island School of Design, then became an award-winning film maker.

 Endurance is the product of Yeldham's term at the Gallery's Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence Studio in February, when he was invited to explore the waterways and surrounding scenery of the Northern Rivers.

His free talk will be held in the Withey Family Gallery from 2pm.

For further information, visit artgallery.tweed.nsw.gov.au or phone (02) 6670 2790.

Glenfiddich to host 3rd annual Artist in Residence Competition

This year’s submissions for the annual Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Prize will officially open from April to June 30, 2017 as William Grant & Sons hosts the coveted art competition for a third year in Australia. The competition is open to all Australian artists using any art medium, including but not limited to print, photography, animation, performance and installation. The winning artist will use the residency to create work taking inspiration from the characteristic location, history, heritage, people and craftsmanship of the Glenfiddich Distillery.  Alongside 18 artists from around the world, the winner will work at the same location where William Grant & Sons crafted its world-renowned Glenfiddich whisky.


Celebrating Glenfiddich’s commitment to the arts and the communities it serves, the program awards the winning artist with a unique residency prize valued at $21,000, where they will work and live for three months at the Glenfiddich Distillery located in Dufftown, Scotland in 2018. The Artists in Residence Program has seen over 100 artists from 18 different countries take part in the summer residency program to date. Over the past 16 years the residency has become widely commended in the art world for its contemporary and supportive approach to art, which has seen artists producing incredible and diverse works which are finally exhibited in the Glenfiddich gallery.


An exhibition of the five finalist's work, along with a Glenfiddich pop-up bar, will take place at Sydney Contemporary, Australasia’s premier international art fair hosted at Carriageworks from 7 -10 September 2017. Entries this year will officially close on June 30, with finalists announced in August.

Artist Liam Benson

Artist Liam Benson

Choosing the finalists will be a selection of illustrious judges including Barry Keldoulis (Group Fairs Director) who will lead the panel, Evan Williams (CEO of Williams Land Trust), Dr. Gene Sherman (Chairman and Executive Director of the Sherman Contemporary Arts Foundation), Mark Hughes (art advisor) and legendary actress Rachel Griffiths.


A winner will then be revealed in September following a final score of votes and the last round of judgment by Artist in Residence Program Curator, Andy Fairgrieve – the charming man-in-a-kilt who helps the winning artist bring their work to life each year, who will also be attending Sydney Contemporary and personally meeting each finalist.

Australian winner of the 2016 residency Stanislava Pinchuk, a whisky-lover who started her art journey with roots in Graffiti, was chosen for her subtly and thoughtfully executed work. As an artist who maps landscapes, her residency will provide a unique opportunity for her to showcase the scenery through pin-hole drawings, sonic recordings, photographs and textiles.

Stanislava Pinchuk

Stanislava Pinchuk


Guests attending the Glenfiddich pop-bar at Sydney Contemporary Art Fair can also join the Glenfiddich Explorers Program - offering numerous benefits to whisky enthusiasts - and vote for their favourite piece of art. All Glenfiddich Explorers will then go into the running to win an exclusive collection of whiskies from the Glenfiddich range.


For more information to enter visit the Glenfiddich website