Creative Road partnering with sculptor Geoffrey Bartlett

Geoffrey Bartlett is regarded as one of Australia’s most successful and important sculptors.  He is widely known for both his studio-based sculptures and major public and corporate commissions, working predominately within the language of abstraction.


His iconic sculptures can be seen at Canberra’s Parliament House, The National Gallery of Victoria, the Australian National University and along Melbourne’s Yarra River, to name a few.
Since the early 1970’s, Bartlett has been developing his sculptural form, honing down the essence of fluidity and tension present in his works and further revealing and enhancing the striking amalgam of textures and materials that characterise his evocative structures.


After a hiatus from working in public space, Bartlett is now partnering with Creative Road who bring more than two decades of public art project management experience.  The partnership with Bartlett aims to build upon the artist’s impeccable reputation for delivering robust public artworks of immense beauty. Byron-based Creative Road facilitates the realisation of high quality art and design projects for public, commercial and residential spaces. They recently completed the Elysium project that was the laneway transformation in central Byron.
To receive a complimentary copy of Geoffrey Bartlett’s Creative Road portfolio, email

Northern Rivers artists selected to exhibit in 2017 SWELL Festival

The SWELL Sculpture Festival – Queensland’s largest outdoor sculpture exhibition – is celebrating its 15th year on the Gold Coast (September 8-17). This year, several Northern NSW artists have been selected to exhibit.  

SWELL will see the golden sands of Currumbin Beach transformed into alandscape of interactive and inspiring public art amid a carnival atmosphere of live entertainment, street food, artist talks and masterclasses for all ages.  

The 10-day exhibition will see up to 50 Australian and international artists display thought-provoking works plotted along a 1km stretch of coastline, highlighting a range of social, environmental and contemporary issues.


Alison Allcock

Alison Allcock

Alison Allcock, Brunswick Heads, Surf Warriors

Emerging artist Alison works with materials and objects found in her neighbourhood. For this year’s SWELL Sculpture Festival, she is creating a sculpture out of pre-loved surfboards.  Drawing inspiration from the objects themselves, her work involved transformation, in this case from surf boards to an armoury of arrows, spears and harpoons.  Alison believes these pre-loved Surfboards have a story and can tell us so much about the Gold Coast’s surfing culture.  “Once regarded as an alternative or fringe activity, these pieces stand as a salute to the pioneers of the Gold Coast’s surfing culture. They are free spirited surf ‘warriors’ who explored the coast in a quest to find and conquer the perfect wave”. 


Gabriel Rosita

Gabriel Rosita

Gabriel Rosita, Suffolk Park, Knight To

Artist Gabriel Rosita is creating a whimsical sculpture of a Knight, out of mixed media.  The artist is creating the piece to impact viewers emotions in a mixed way.  She wants them to see the beauty of the copper, then the conflicting beauty of the rusty steel sheets, imprinted with their own language and history, and finally to experience the power of the horse.


Jeanette Krohn, Byron Bay, Post-Tree Museum II

Artist Jeanette Krohn is hoping to make a strong environmental statement with her sculpture ‘Post-Tree Museum ll’.  This is the second piece in her Post-Tree Museum series, the first piece (Post Tree Museum l) was a testament to the original ‘Big Scrub’ forests of the Northern Rivers.  ‘Post-Tree Museum II’ is 10 years later and the forests of the world are in a much more precarious position. The Trees this time are therefore made of glass.



Lance Seadon, Billinudgel, Currumbin Cruisin

Lance Seadon

Lance Seadon

Lance is creating a series of Billy Carts for the SWELL Sculpture Festival, just like the ones he used to make when growing up in the 50’s with no computers -  this is a whimsical look at the Billy Cart era of his childhood. He is creating a six individual and unique Billy Carts exploring the use of recycled and 'junk' materials arranged to convey a sense of drama, movement and excitement; capturing the imagination of young and old alike.

Guy Maestri chats to BAM

Sydney painter Guy Maestri won the Archibald Prize in 2009, and has now been announced a 2017 Wynne Prize Finalist. He chats to BAM about his nomination, and his residency at the Margaret Olley Centre earlier this year.

BAM.  Congratulations on being a Wynne Prize Finalist. Please tell us about Self Portrait for Posterity.

Maestri.  With these works, I am playing with the idea of the heroic classical bust and questioning what use there is in leaving a lasting reproduction of my own image for future generations. These sculptures are originally made in clay and then cast in bronze and painted. So they are very permanent, but appear malleable and ephemeral.

Guy Maestri,  Self portrait (for posterity)  2017,  bronze, 60.0 x 24.0 x 40.0 cm.  Courtesy of the artist and Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane.

Guy Maestri, Self portrait (for posterity) 2017,  bronze, 60.0 x 24.0 x 40.0 cm.  Courtesy of the artist and Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane.

BAM.  What were highlights of your residency at the Margaret Olley Centre?

Maestri.  It was a privilege to be there, looking over that magnificent valley to Wollumbin in the distance, and to have such access to the gallery and a great studio to live and work in. I live in the heart of Sydney, so that in itself was a highlight. But I originally went there to investigate the surrounding area and make landscape work about it, however, I was inevitably drawn to the incredible recreation of Margaret Olley's home and studio. And with access to that space and permission to borrow objects to paint from, my focus shifted to these precious things, and to making intimate works about them.

Echo  installation. Courtesy of the artist and Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane.

Echo installation. Courtesy of the artist and Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane.

 BAM.  Your exhibition Echo recently closed at the Tweed Regional Gallery. What was the process of developing the concept, and choosing the pieces for the show?

Maestri.  The show became all about objects and their meaning, and also intimate space. I knew the exhibiting space that I would be using and it is this beautifully dark, quiet gallery space with dark grey walls and museum quality lighting. This had a great influence on the work I made, and on the pieces I chose to exhibit. I wanted it to feel like a museum, with relics and documents. I became interested in the flowers in Margaret's house, and of course the only ones remaining are her plastic ones, but what does it matter when you're making paintings of them? They become another form of reproduction anyway, but also an extension. I also thought a lot about my own grandmother's house, and what remained after she was gone, and the things I now have and cherish from that home. Everyday things with huge personal value to me. And so the show became about preservation too. And reflection. And of course, about painting. The joy of painting. Reinvigorated in me from being in Olley's world.

Echo  installation. Courtesy of the artist and Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane.

Echo installation. Courtesy of the artist and Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane.

Girls on a Mission

One thousand ceramic figurines of the female figure - that's the target for Murwillumbah High School year 9 student Natalia Dawson. The project has been named Girls on a Mission and aims to raise awareness of the importance of encouraging self-confidence and ambition in women.

Some of the clay figures created as part of Natalia Dawson's Girls on a Mission project.

Some of the clay figures created as part of Natalia Dawson's Girls on a Mission project.

Working with a mentor, artist Suzanne Healy, Natalia is engaging the help of the community to reach her target of creating 1000 small, ceramic female forms. Natalia and Suzanne are promoting recognition of women's achievements in our community and beyond, in all areas of endeavour and particularly in the arts.

From 10am to 12 noon on Sunday August 21, Natalia and Suzanne invite you to come along to the Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Murwillumbah to contribute a figurine to the project. Clay will be provided, along with tips on creating your tiny woman.

The mentorship is part of the Youth Frontiers project, delivered through the NSW Government Department of Family and Community Services. The program is aimed at students in Years 8 and 9 and focuses on leadership and civic engagement.

All are welcome to come along and contribute. A figurine takes approximately five minutes to create, and visitors are encouraged to think about an inspiring female in their own life as they make their own contribution.

To read more about Girls on a Mission, visit their facebook page