Art Piece Gallery's Inaugural 30x30 Art Prize Winners Revealed

Saturday evening revealed the (joint!) Winners of the inaugural Art Piece Gallery 30x30 Art Prize: Kat Shapiro Wood, and Vanessa Stockhard.

The $6000 prize will be divided between the two artists. As expected, a huge crowd turned out to witness the announcement. The previous day, judges Susi Muddiman OAM and artist Amanda Penrose Hart, winner of the 2017 Gallipoli art prize had considered all 230 pieces, and after much deliberation, decided to equally divide the First Prize between two artists. The exhibition of finalists will be on view at the gallery until January 22 2018.

The Winners:

Joint First Prize

Kat Shapiro Wood  Hover, encaustic on board, 30 x 30 cm

Kat Shapiro Wood
Hover, encaustic on board, 30 x 30 cm

Other awards:


Best Still Life in Show
Nick Coulson
Still Life with Jug, Hallway and Windows I
acrylic and graphite on board
30 x 30 cm

Highly Commended Awards
Gaia Barnatan
Head in the clouds
photocollage
30 x 30 cm(framed)

Clare Purser
Fassifern Valley III
oil and mixed media on board,
30 x 30 cm(framed)

Gaia Barnatan,  Head in the clouds

Gaia Barnatan, Head in the clouds

People's Choice Award
Kindly sponsored by The Mullumbimby Chamber of Commerce
This is a newly added prize of $500.00 and is only available
by voting in person, at the gallery.

This new, national, non-acquisitive prize is for a 2D work of art in any medium measuring 30x 30 cm.

Vanessa Stockard  Pleasure and Pain, acrylic on board 30 x 30 cm (framed)

Vanessa Stockard
Pleasure and Pain, acrylic on board
30 x 30 cm (framed)

Nick Coulson  Still Life with Jug, Hallway and Windows I

Nick Coulson
Still Life with Jug, Hallway and Windows I

Clare Purser ,  Fassifern Valley III

Clare Purser, Fassifern Valley III

Chandeliers and other Ocean Ornaments

Chandeliers and other Ocean Ornaments is a group show with new work by Sabine Bosche, Lisa Black, Zimmi Forest and Megan Puls at Art Piece Gallery.

Join us for the opening party: Friday, November 3 at 6-8pm

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Art Piece Gallery

70 Burringbar Street, Mullumbimby

 

Who Cares? Art Piece Gallery hosts exhibition to highlight aged care & dementia

This week, Art Piece Gallery in Mullumbimby is hosting Who Cares, highlighting aged care and dementia. Caring for the elderly either at home, in a facility or in a community is often unseen, removed from the broader view.

The project is a collaboration between artists and Care Workers from the community and is an exhibition to validate and honour their Care work and the many aspects they hold in this role. Our wish, as artists is to highlight the challenges and sacred nature of this work and the essential role of the individuals on the ground.


All the artists involved have worked or are working with the elderly and the issues around ageing. It is our hope that this exhibition will inspire more progressive community dialogues and interaction.  Who Cares... will be open at Art Piece Gallery until September 22.

Kylie Stoddart,  The time my mother accidentally crocheted a mobious strip , NFS

Kylie Stoddart, The time my mother accidentally crocheted a mobious strip, NFS

Kylie Stoddart
The effects of dementia on my mother's life were often frightening and confusing. The pathways in her mind began leading her on a 'wild goose chase' making her unable to differentiate between past, present, or dream-like states. At other times though, there was a stillness, a childlike rapture, which during moments we shared together, brought many wonders and delights. In this state of revery, all the losses gave way to a whole new landscape; absurd, humorous, dotted with all manner of characters, and so, in celebration of her imagination, I forge on, seeking the nature of her vision in all its beauty.

Julie Barratt, detail from the artist book  with/out end ,  $860

Julie Barratt, detail from the artist book with/out end,  $860

Julie Barratt

Who Cares
I care.
 
As daughter and primary carer to my 83 year old blind mother I am constantly looking for the beauty amid the medicalization of ageing
These two states don’t exist in isolation
Walking daily in the pristine landscape I worry about the next pill…
Dressing a wound or sitting for hours in the doctor’s clinic I yearn for the quiet and solitude of the landscape…
These artworks speak to these two states and the general unease I feel in this position of daunting responsibility.

Julie Barratt,  with love  (detail)  $480

Julie Barratt, with love (detail)  $480

Cal Mackinnon
The works are home style portraits of the care workers. The format reflects the 'at home' atmosphere most of the care workers try and create for the elderly residents.

 

 

 

                                           

Art Piece Gallery Announces new 30x30 Art Prize

Art Piece Gallery (Mullumbimby) has announced the inaugural Art Piece Gallery 30 x 30 cm Art Prize. This acquisitional prize is launched in the gallery's 10th year, and is intended to become an annual event.


"I hope the $6000 first prize will support the winner in their artistic endeavour and encourage entries of a high calibre. There will also be three Highly Commended awards, including a Best Still Life Award, sponsored by still@thecentre Byron Bay," said Nadine Abensur of Art Piece Gallery. "I'm also pleased to say that Susi Muddiman, director of The Tweed Regional Gallery has agreed to judge the prize, together with Amanda Penrose Hart, Winner of this year's Galipolli art prize."

"I am confident that the art piece gallery 30x30 art prize will take its place in the thriving artistic life of The Northern Rivers and attract artists from the capital cities and elsewhere," said Abensur. "Please share with your artist friends and even enter yourself, if you're game!"

Visit their website for entry form and terms and conditions.

 

Artist Profile - Diana Miller

"Sharing beauty with the world through my art is what drives me. I thrive on connecting with others through this medium and would like to inspire others to live their own life doing the things that bring them a sense of fulfilment."

 

Born and raised in South Africa, Diana Miller has now been living out her dream as a full-time artist from her home studio and gallery at much loved local favourite, Newrybar Merchants for just over a year. Colour forms the basis of Diana’s work – her most recent canvas’s expressing a vibrant sense of energy and raw emotion through pattern, texture and bursts of blushing hues. Favoured by interior stylists across Australia, her stunningly abstract outputs of creativity feature as the hero piece in many a living and work space, enriching rooms with a sense of joy and calm. 

The Centre  Acrylic on linen  60 x 76cm

The Centre

Acrylic on linen

60 x 76cm

Transcendence  Acrylic on linen  90 x 105cm

Transcendence

Acrylic on linen

90 x 105cm

Surrounded by the immense natural beauty of the Byron Hinterland, Diana attributes the slowly evolving nature of her work to her environment, saying that her paintings are “more pared back and the palettes more toned down” in comparison to the more detailed and busy work of her pre-Byron life. She says that “part of this is also a result of an abstraction course with Michael Cusack at the BSA earlier this year, which definitely saw a shift in my approach to my work”.

Diana explains her work and process as abstract and intuitive. "I work with a basic palette and an expressive, loose arm, with no reference point – merely colour, texture and shape as my tools with which to work. Applying paint in layers, my acrylics get brushed on and then wiped off and layered again in a game of give and take-away! Sometimes, something will start to take shape fairly early on and other times the canvas will evolve more slowly. Ultimately when the work is resolved I feel an enormous amount of satisfaction and peace."

Lakeside  Acrylic on linen  80 x 90cm

Lakeside

Acrylic on linen

80 x 90cm

Blush  Acrylic on linen  100 x 120cm

Blush

Acrylic on linen

100 x 120cm

To see more of Diana's recent artwork, visit her Instagram at @dianamillerartist, or click HERE

Diana's work is available locally at Newrybar Merchants, Newrybar and Art Piece Gallery, Mullimbimby. You can also find it at Fenton & Fenton in Melbourne, Summer and Salt in Peregian Beach, and on The Block Shop Online.