Art In the Pub: Marion Gaemers and Lynnette Griffiths on the Art of Collaboration

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Mullumbimby Steiner School announces fifteenth Wearable Arts event

For everyone who wishes they could have gone to a Steiner school, where beauty and creativity are part of the curriculum, Shearwater's Wearable Arts is an opportunity to unleash your imagination (and your sewing machine, hot glue gun or maybe even your welder!).

This year marks the Mullumbimby Steiner school's fifteenth Wearable Arts event, known by staff and students as WAVE – Wearable Arts Vision in Education, and the school is calling on creatives from around Australia to enter costumes.

The title of this year's event is 'Homecoming: Labyrinth of Twists and Turns'. Entries will be assessed by a panel of independent industry judges and vie for a prize pool of almost $8,000, making the event one of Australia's largest.

Costumes, which must be relevant to one of the event's five sections, can be sewn, riveted, welded, glued, painted, collaged, knitted, woven, built and assembled from metal, leather, rubber, natural fibres, industrial waste and recycled objects. The entries are then incorporated into a highly professional choreographed production, which will take place in the Shearwater hall, in November.

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According to WAVE Production Coordinator Joshua Rushton, it is always an exciting moment when the intricate and extravagant garments begin arriving at the school, where they are embraced by the student-led production, an all-singing all-dancing theatrical spectacular.

“The story is always drawn from the life of teaching and learning and is deeply concerned with the passage of students from adolescence to adulthood," sais Rushton.

A highlight of the school’s performing arts calendar, the event is also a ton of fun, with around 200 students taking on roles as musicians, actors, writers, filmmakers and editors, lighting and audio technicians, carpenters, dancers, singers, tailors, artists, set and prop designers and makers, choreographers, photographers, graphic designers, stage hands, models, judges, ushers, and caterers.

"The students’ engagement in the experience teaches them logic, consequences and cause and effect; encourages and fosters heartfelt idealism and cultivates will, so they can go into the world as responsible, confident and capable adults,” said Rushton.

The performances will take place from November 7 to 10.  All entry forms must be received by October 16. A late entry fee will apply to entry forms received after September 27. Closing date for costume entries is October 22.

See the shearwaterperformingarts.com website for section descriptions and an entry form for the 2018 event, as well as an explanation of what defines wearable art and photos and video of previous Wearable Arts performances at Shearwater. 

If you require any further information about Wearable Arts, please contact costume entry supervisor Praba Manning prabam@shearwater.nsw.edu.au or phone Shearwater on (02) 6684 3223.

Silly Sticky Fingers & All opens at JEFA Gallery

Silly Sticky Fingers & All - an exhibition featuring works of art by John Smith and Vitor Dos Santos - opens tomorrow night, 5:30pm, at JEFA Gallery in Bangalow.

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Vitor Dos Santos, SMOOTH SEAS - MIXED MEDIA ON BOARD - 80 x 75cm - $1,500

Vitor Dos Santos, a bilingual artist who travelled throughout his childhood, uses an eclectic mix of materials often on plywood - Charcoal, graphite, pencil, newspaper and acrylic paint. The artist imaginatively explores a disenchanted popular mass culture by provoking questions about language, travel communication and social hierarchies.

"Through an almost compulsive drawing process I was able to generate ideas and follow certain narratives, which led me to the absurdity of these paintings. The loose line work, rapid application of paint and childlike irreverence to formal etiquette only adds to the ironic disposition of the work". - Vitor Dos Santos

John Smith has developed a mixed media painting practice influenced by mid-20th century European "Art Brut" and "Art Informel". His lyrical, gestural painting process draws little distinction between the abstract and the concrete, similar to the raw and intuitive manner of child-like scribble and pre-lingual development of sounding in "toddlers".

"I invent glyphs and symbols to draw attention to the beautiful irony of the way we try to learn language and make meaning of life. I use anecdotes of lived experiences with young children, social narrative and myths. Rememberence resonates interweaving the 'carnivalesque' spirit of child play and the existential dilemma of human mortality." - John Smith
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John Smith, BLACK BOARD GRONK - AHEAD OF STORM, ACRYLIC ON CANVAS ON BOARD - 122 x 100cm - $5,000

Vitor Dos Santos,  EMPTY TANKS  - MIXED MEDIA ON BOARD - 120 x 90cm - $2,500

Vitor Dos Santos, EMPTY TANKS - MIXED MEDIA ON BOARD - 120 x 90cm - $2,500

John Smith,  SNAPPY JACK  - ACRYLIC ON PAPER UNDER GLASS - 59 x 42cm - $1,950

John Smith, SNAPPY JACK - ACRYLIC ON PAPER UNDER GLASS - 59 x 42cm - $1,950

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IN CONVERSATION WITH MICHAEL COOK ARTIST DINNER AT BARRIO, BYRON BAY

Byron Arts Magazine is excited to announce the launch of BAM Art Series Dinners. The first dinner hosted at BARRIO, Byron Bay on Wednesday, October 17 will feature works by artist Michael Cook. Cook is considered to be one of Australia’s most exciting contemporary indigenous artists.  

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A highlight of the evening will be a conversation hosted by art writer and author Louise Martin Chew, who will discuss the narrative behind Cook’s ethereal contemporary works.

Cook’s photographs restage colonial focused histories and re-image the contemporary reality of indigenous populations. His powerfully staged narratives have featured at both the Sydney and Venice Biennale. A selection of 15 works from the series Mother, Broken Dreams and Invasion will be displayed onsite at BARRIO. 


Guests will enjoy a Brookies gin cocktail on arrival and a delicious grazing table with matching wines curated by head chef Francisco Smoje.  The shared table menu includes pulled chicken, braised fennel & purple onion, herb roasted whole salmon side, rare roasted beef, gribiche sauce, potatoes, green beans, preserved lemons, chives & dill, brown rice, pecans, cranberries, feta & herbs and a delicious seasonal dessert.


The cost for the dinner and talk, including wines & Brookies gin cocktail is $140.

Artist BIO

Michael Cook is a Brisbane-based photomedia artist of Bidjara heritage. Cook’s photographs restage colonial-focused histories and re-image the contemporary reality of indigenous populations. Touching on the discriminatory nature of society, his images muddle racial and social roles ‘painting’ a picture of a societal structure reversed. Cook invites viewers to speculate Indigenous cultures living at the forefront, even a majority, rather than manipulated to live within the confines of a white man’s world. Cook’s images challenge our ingrained belief systems yet do not offer judgement – they are observational, asking questions without proffering neat prescriptive conclusions.


Considered to be one of Australia’s most exciting contemporary Indigenous artists, 2016 saw Cook present a solo exhibition at the global art fair, Art Basel Hong Kong. His work has most recently been curated into Indigenous Australia: enduring civilisation at the British Museum, London; Taba Naba, Oceanographic Musuem of Monaco; Saltwater Country at AAMU Museum of Contemporary Aboriginal Art, The Netherlands; and Personal Structures at Palazzo Mora, Venice during the 56th Venice Biennale. Cook’s photographs have also been exhibited in the 19th Biennale of Sydney: You Imagine What You Desire, 2014; the 2nd National Indigenous Triennial at the National Gallery of Australia, 2012; and the 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art at Queensland Art Gallery/ Gallery of Modern Art, 2013. A number of Cook’s works are currently being exihibited in a group show Colony – Frontier Wars at the NGV.


Cook’s work has been acquired by institutions including the National Gallery of Australia, Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of Western Australia, National Museum of Australia and Parliament House, Canberra.

The Art Series Dinners are bought to you with the support of Byron Arts Magazine, McGrath & Brookies Gin and produced by www.theartconnector.com.au

For further information and hi res images contact lisa@theartconnector.com.au
or 0413 453320

 

Art in the Pub: BAM's Sharne Wolff and Jane Denison on Australian Art and Walking

Join us at the Courthouse Hotel for Art in the Pub, as BAM Associate Editor Sharne Wolff and contributor Jane Denison speak about From Here to There: Australian art and walking.

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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.
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#PRIZENOPRIZE at The Walls Art Space

CHASE ARCHER, HAILEY ATKINS, JANIS CLARKE, RICKY LARRY, 
SOPHIE PENKETHMAN-YOUNG, MELISSA SPRATT, VEOPLE (JAY JERMYN & JULIAN CURRIE)

CURATED BY MARIAM ARCILLA

Opening this Saturday 2 December 5 - 8pm

*Opening night only performance by VEOPLE 6.30pm
**Complimentary Stone & Wood Beer and Miami Mimosas on the house, all night!

Exhibition continues until 16 December, 2017

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ABOUT #PRIZENOPRIZE
Riding along the undercurrents of Turner Prizes and Archibalds, #PRIZENOPRIZE is an exhibition that champions and democratises art across all media and levels. Think of it as a soft power alternative to the head-churning, nail-biting process that comes with applying for art awards - or being shortlisted for the coveted Bachelor rose of the artworld.

There is no prize money, entry fee or % commission on sales; instead this is an open platform for contemporary and experimental artists (especially emerging artists) across Australia to exhibit/perform at THE WALLS this December -- which we think is a prize in itself. We'll be showcasing a cross-section of works, including multi-disciplinary, projection and moving-image based, performance and large-scale installation works. #PRIZENOPRIZE 2017 marks the second year of the national open call and exhibition.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS
CHASE ARCHER is an emerging artist based in Brisbane. Chase obtained his Bachelor of Fine Art in 2015 from the Queensland College of Art and is currently completing his Honours. Archer questions how traditional media practices such as painting, print and drawing can maintain relevance in a contemporary environment that is focused on dematerialised art practices. He describes his artworks as painted collages, assembled from images ranging from personal iPhone photos, to the historic art canon. In creating artworks on translucently primed plywood substrates, which remain visible in the final artworks, Archer disrupts the ‘illusory window’ often employed in traditional paintings, creating a platform in which he presents his deconstructed artworks. Archer regularly exhibits in Brisbane and Melbourne, and recently completed a month-long residency on the west coast of Tasmania.

HAILEY ATKINS is a Brisbane based artist making work that she hopes makes people feel good and remember laughing is good stuff – especially when it’s at your own self. Her sculptural practice sits at the intersection of humour, failure and ambivalence, and explores how the resulting aesthetic can be utilised to meaningfully disrupt the negativity surrounding failure and self-doubt and help us think of alternate ways of being and knowing that stand outside our conventional understanding of success. Atkins is a Queensland College of Art graduate (BFA with Honours (Class I)) and has exhibited widely in Queensland, as well as interstate (Sydney, Hobart) and internationally (Utrecht, Netherlands). She is co-director of Wreckers Artspace in Brisbane, and upcoming artist in Residence at Kaus Australis, Rotterdam (Jan-Mar 2018).

JANIS CLARKE is an emerging artist living and working in Sydney. He has completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (2015) and a Master of Fine Art (2017) at the National Art School. Clarke has a profound interest in the critique of painting in contemporary art. He consciously undermines established norms (both personal and historical) and to this end, he embraces failure and the anti-aesthetic sensibility as strategies for moving painting forward to somewhere new. He does this through the use of anti-authorial gestures, the kitsch of craft, and by embracing the use of so called ‘low’ colours, materials and processes such as fluorescents, spray paint, collage and decoupage. By employing counter-intuitive methods (such as ‘wrong’ instead of ‘right’) Clarke tries to undermine his own ingrained stylistic tendencies to create something unanticipated. Situated somewhere between painting, craft and sculpture, these abject principles are applied to the installation, presentation and construction of each work. Since 2015 Clarke has held three solo exhibitions and has been selected as a finalist in major prizes including the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize (2016, 2015), The Mosman Art Prize (2016, 2015), The Chippendale New World Art Prize (2015 - Winner People’s Choice Award) and the Rick Amor Drawing Prize (2016).

RICKY LARRY is a Brisbane based artist who completed a Bachelor of Fine Art (2014) at Queensland College Of Art. Since graduating from Queensland College of Art in 2014 Ricky has held two solo exhibitions and been selected for several group shows including 'Shifting Grounds’ at The Hold Gallery, West End. Larry’s art practice examines the nature of perception in relation to space, environment and form through the use of photography, video and installation. Utilising materials to challenge a logical thought process, illusions are introduced in an attempt to fracture the viewer’s go-to mode of rationality. Incorporating ‘objects’ into familiar environments to generate a “questionable image”, forces the audience to draw conclusions as they make sense of the works.

SOPHIE PENKETHMAN-YOUNG is a video and new media artist whose work explores the telling of histories through objects, museum culture and their intersection with the digital age. She examines the equalising nature of platforms such as youtube, where the BBC, Metropolitan Museum and NASA have uploaded vast archives, that now sit in the same context as beauty bloggers and school pranks. Sophie graduated from the University of Sydney College of the Arts with Honours in 2014. She is currently studying her Masters in art curatorship. Day to day, Sophie works part time in marketing at Carriageworks, does Ikebana and adDs to her archive of NASA footage and old national geographic magazines.  

MELISSA SPRATT is an emerging artist who lives and works on the Gold Coast. Melissa studied at the Queensland College of Art, Gold Coast, where she completed a Bachelor of Digital Media with Honours, majoring in Fine Art in 2015, including an exchange at the Leeds International Summer School at the University of Leeds, UK. Spratt has worked across various mediums including painting, photography, drawing and printmaking, more recently exploring textile and design elements in sculpture, and working closely with different yarn making and finger-knitting techniques. Spratt was the winner of the RADFLY Youth Art Prize in 2017, finalist in the Border Art Prize at Tweed Regional Gallery in 2016, and was invited to hold a self titled solo exhibition at The Arts Centre Gold Coast in 2015. Her most recent installation works explore landscapes, ecosystems and patterns found in plant anatomy.

VEOPLE is a collaboration between Gold Coast-based artist JAY JERMYN and local musician JULIAN CURRIE, and is best described as a place where analogue meets machine. The collaboration strives to create atmospheric journeys full of energy and enigma that demand attention and captivate crowds. Jermyn solo practice communicates the weight and importance of social acceptance through an interweaving of creative expressions including design, sound and visual art. Jermyn studied Art and Design at Griffith University on the Gold Coast where he developed a multi-disciplinary practice that seeks to confront cultural divisions, both geographical and metaphorical. His practice is influenced by journeys through Japan and Eastern Europe, and is defined by an ongoing quest to locate enigmatic identities and emotions; both of which emerge as abstract and ambiguous forms in his work.

The Walls #PRIZENOPRIZE 2017 Artists Announced

CHASE ARCHER, HAILEY ATKINS, JANIS CLARKE, RICKY LARRY,
SOPHIE PENKETHMAN-YOUNG, MELISSA SPRATT, VEOPLE (JAY JERMYN & JULIAN CURRIE)

CURATED BY MARIAM ARCILLA

Opening Saturday 2 December 5 - 8pm

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*Opening night only performance by VEOPLE **Stone & Wood Beer and Miami Mimosa's on the house all eve!  Exhibition continues until 16 December, 2017


Keep your eyes on the no-prize! #PRIZENOPRIZE returns for a second year.


Riding along the undercurrents of Turner Prizes and Archibalds, #PRIZENOPRIZE is an exhibition that champions and democratises art across all media and levels. Think of it as a soft power alternative to the head-churning, nail-biting process that comes with applying for art awards - or being shortlisted for the coveted Bachelor rose of the artworld.


There is no prize money, entry fee or % commission on sales; instead this is an open platform for contemporary and experimental artists (especially emerging artists) across Australia to exhibit/perform at THE WALLS this December -- a prize in itself! They'll be showcasing a cross-section of works, including multi-disciplinary, projection and moving-image based, performance and large-scale installation works.

Talk Suite | Coming into Fashion

The Arts Centre Gold Coast is hosting an impressive talk suit to coincide with the Coming into Fashion: A Century of Photography at Condé Nast exhibition.

This full-day talk suite will see the biggest names in Australian and international fashion come together with journalists, practitioners, and thought leaders to discuss their expertise and the future of the industry. With two full panels and two intimate in-conversation sessions, the day is punctuated by a networking lunch. Talk Suite attendees will gain free entry to the exhibition and also have the chance to mingle and speak directly with the special guests at the end of the day.

Saturday 25 November | 10am – 4.30pm | Tickets $45

Talk Suite Schedule

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Condé Nast, The Empire
10am – 11am
This panel will see Coming into Fashion Exhibition Curator
Natalie Herschdorfer, Exhibition Manager Todd Brandow,
Vogue Australia Deputy Editor Sophie Tedmanson, and
curator and writer Alison Kubler come together to discuss
the enduring legacy of publishing house Condé Nast.
They will dissect, critique, and celebrate the iconic images
featured in the exhibition, exchanging opinions and stories
you won’t be able to hear anywhere else. Attendees will
gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the best
artists and photographers in contemporary fashion history.


Oracle Fox Talks
11.15am – 12.15pm
Amanda Shadforth is the brains and creative genius behind
one of the world’s most recognised fashion destinations,
Oracle Fox. Alison Kubler will host this intimate in-conversation
session and together they will cover the future of fashion
photography, illustration, and what social media means for
photography. Amanda is an accomplished illustrator and artist,
and has worked as a photographer and stylist on dynamic
digital campaigns and creative projects for international luxury
brands such as Versace, Ralph Lauren and Louis Vuitton. She
has grown Oracle Fox’s audience to its current reach of over
1.5 million people.


Lunch break with beverages and networking

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Sunday Best to Fast Fashion
1.30pm – 2.30pm
How has the way we make, sell, and market clothes
changed? Listen to an illuminating (and at times alarming)
conversation with Clare Press, the highly regarded author
of Wardrobe Crisis: How We Went From Sunday Best to
Fast Fashion. Clare is the Fashion Editor-at-Large at Marie
Claire Australia, Daily Life’s Sustainable Style columnist,
and now produces the Wardrobe Crisis podcast. Hosted by
Alison Kubler, these women bring their combined wealth
of research and real-world experience to discuss the
evolution of the fashion system, from past to present, and
will discuss what they see as the future of fashion. Clare
will be available for book signings after their conversation.

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Fashion and the Sartorial Gentleman
2.45pm – 3.45pm
The final session for the day will be a lively discussion
between two of fashion’s finest gentlemen, hosted by Alison
Kubler. Men in This Town began as a street style blog, and in
the past seven years Creative Director Giuseppe Santamaria
has grown the project into a magazine, book, and concept
space. Paul Hunt’s studio is in Brisbane, but he also spends
time each year sourcing fabrics and finding the inspiration for
his award-winning couture in Paris. Giuseppe and Paul both
have, and purvey, impeccable style, and this panel promises a
worldly insight into both Australian and international fashion.


After drinks and networking, the day will
conclude at 4.30pm

Talk Suite image - Sebastian Kim, Teen Vogue, January 2011 © Sebastian Kim  

Talk Suite image - Sebastian Kim, Teen Vogue, January 2011 © Sebastian Kim  

Coming into Fashion: Condé Nast fashion retrospective opens at ACGC

The highly-anticipated fashion photography retrospective Coming into Fashion: A Century of Photography at Condé Nast opens Friday at The Arts Centre Gold Coast.

The greats are all here: images by Cecil Beaton, Irving Penn, Helmut Newton, Herb Ritts and Mario Testino (& more!) line the gallery walls. It's a must-see exhibition for anyone living in, or visiting the Gold Coast.

Here is what's on offer:

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Opening Night | Coming into Fashion

Friday 24 November | 6pm – 9pm | Tickets $90
The opening night party is your opportunity to mingle with the style greats and get an exclusive first look at Coming into Fashion: A Century of Photography at Condé Nast. Your ticket includes flowing drinks and delicious canapés through the night, touch-ups and tips from the experts at the Garbo & Kelly Beauty Bar, and photo opportunities at the designer vogueing wall. Once you’ve taken in the exhibition, spend the rest of the night on the dance floor with live band Tesla Coils and a vinyl DJ. As an opening night guest you will gain free entry into the exhibition plus one more ticket for when you want to return later in the season.

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Talk Suite | Coming into Fashion

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Saturday 25 November | 10am – 4.30pm | Tickets $45
This full-day talk suite will see the biggest names in Australian and international fashion come together with journalists, practitioners, and thought leaders to discuss their expertise and the future of the industry. With two full panels and two intimate in-conversation sessions, the day is punctuated by a networking lunch. Talk Suite attendees will gain free entry to the exhibition and also have the chance to mingle and speak directly with the special guests at the end of the day.


General Admission

25 Nov 2017 until 18 Feb 2018, open daily 10am-5pm (closed Christmas Day)

Coming into Fashion: A Century of Photography at Condé Nast is a ticketed exhibition on display at Gold Coast City Gallery. With unprecedented access to the vast Condé Nast archives, this exhibition highlights the sparkling intersection between photography and fashion.

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General exhibition image: Sølve Sundsbø, Love, Spring/Summer 2011© Sølve Sundsbø/Art + Commerce. Subsequent images:  Miles Aldridge, Vogue Italia, September 2002,© Miles Aldridge. Albert Watson, American Vogue, May 1977© 1977 Condé Nast. Sebastian Kim, Teen Vogue, January 2011 © Sebastian Kim Clifford Coffin, American Vogue, June 1949, © 1949 Condé Nast.

Celebrating 1 Year of Thomgallery

Join us for exhibition, music, and refreshments at the Thomgallery 1st Anniversary Celebration!

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