I was recently contacted by a poet, Sally Denshire, who wrote a poem in response to my cyanotype artwork Flourish, that was the winning artwork in the Flying Arts Alliance Qld Regional Art Awards in 2020. To be gifted this poem that beautifully describes my artwork and current art practice is such a joy. Thank you Sally.
A Lineage of Ecologies
Each sea blue petal, gathered
in honour of Detritus, was slow
stitch’d into this teeming quilt,
this bowerbird mandala,
this cathedral rose window
in the navy night,
this rock pool in kaleidoscope.
And now the Seaweeds, from
Photographs of British Algae
to whom Flourish is indebted,
wave from their 19th century pages
in a lineage of ecologies.
Sally Denshire PhD is an occasional poet based in Albury, NSW. She enjoys crafting poetry in response to selected works of art. Please visit the following links to read some of her recent ekphrastic poems:
On Joy Hester’s late portraits of girls’
‘A Lineage of Ecologies’ after Flourish by Leanne Vincent, 2020
Image: Flourish, Cyanotype photograms on cotton with thread
I'm pleased to announce that the Ipswich Art Gallery has acquired my artwork Flourish, that won the Flying Arts Queensland Regional Art Awards, for their collection.
The work is currently on display at the Ipswich Art Gallery until 26 January 2021 as part of the Flying Arts Queensland Regional Art Awards Touring exhibition - Decadence.
My artwork Flourish, that won the Flying Arts Queensland Regional Art Awards, will be on display at the Ipswich Art Gallery until 26 January 2021 as a part of the awards touring exhibition Decadence. The exhibition will continue touring Queensland during 2021 including Texas, Charleville, Tambo and Charters Towers,
Check out the Flying Arts website to view all winners and artworks selected to tour and tour dates.
I'm so thrilled to have won the Flying Arts Qld Regional Art Awards 2020 with my cyanotype artwork Flourish. I won the Holding Redlich 'Art for Life' award and the Spotlight award.
It's been 10 years since I was first selected for the QRAA touring exhibition, so to win it this year is a huge milestone for me. Thank you Flying Arts Alliance Inc. and all the sponsors that support regional artists through this award. A huge thank you to Holding Redlich for sponsoring my prize, the 'Art for Life' award and Louise Martin-Chew, Onespace Gallery and Art Words for sponsoring the Spotlight award. This is a career changing moment for me that will allow me to create a new body of work and purchase some new equipment and materials. Congratulations to all the artists who entered, the other winners of prizes and the artists selected to tour including the other Ipswich artists - Donna Davis, Grant Quinn, Jane du Rand Ceramic Mosaic Artist, Kylie Stevens, Deb Mostert and Renee Yates. Please follow the link to check out all the winners artworks.
I'm excited to be included in a book launched in Ipswich recently - In Focus: Ipswich Visual Artists 2010-2019.
The author and organiser of the book, Glen Smith, is a local artist and organises local art exhibitions from time to time in the Ipswich region. I would like to thank Glen for all his efforts in putting this book together as it marks a period of vital art activities in our region and includes images and artist statements of recreational, emerging, mid career and established artists.
If you would like to purchase a copy please contact Glen Smith at email@example.com
Day 1. The Arrival. After a long drive from Ipswich, Qld, 1073 kms (travelled over 3 days), I finally arrived at Mt Wilson in the afternoon to the old school house and teacher’s cottage. I was very tired as I hadn't slept well during my trip and had only just finished a stressful couple of weeks of work before leaving, as well as having my Honda CRV written off after a kangaroo accident and then having to hire a car for my 4-week adventure. I then could only afford to hire a small car for the trip so had to downsize my packing and materials list significantly, although it is pretty amazing how much I could fit into a Hyundai i30. I must have looked awful and seemed vague on my arrival – stressed and tired.
I was welcomed by my two wonderful hosts and shown around the cottage and the studio. This place is fully furnished and fully stocked with everything I need to make this place home for the month. There was a lovely arrangement of Waratahs on the kitchen table (I'd never seen real Waratahs before) with a bowl of freshly picked lemons and limes, and a jar filled with homemade Anzac biscuits. Everything looked awesome but the bed was particularly inviting, and I couldn't wait to get in it. My hosts invited me to one of their regular BBQs at the fire station next door that would take place the following Friday so I could meet some more of the community. I felt truly welcomed to the mountain community. That afternoon I started unpacking the car, although only the essentials as the full unpack would have to take place the next day after a cup of tea, a meal (leftover pizza from the previous night) and plenty of sleep.
Day 2. Finish unpacking the car and start to set up the studio and house. Met a couple of locals walking by that knew I would be here so had a quick chat. Made some test cyanotypes to start working out exposure times and explored the 'backyard'. Lots of tourist visiting the mountain today and keen to check out the cottage and old school house. It will be an interesting experience living and working in historic buildings.
Day 3. Walking and exploring the 'village'. There aren't any shops, cafes or services at Mt Wilson although there are a lot of gardens and wilderness, which is why I applied to come here. The weather has turned quite cold and I'm grateful for the wall heaters in various rooms and the heated towel rack in the bathroom. Lots of cups of tea today and making lots of notes in my visual diary. Ideas are coming to me, whether they are worth it or will be acted upon remains to be seen, but it feels good to feel some creative energy again. I've also started collecting bits and pieces that I find during my walks - mostly things that people have discarded and organic matter. Might be going back to my 'what people leave behind' series.
Day 4. Trip to Lithgow. Lithgow reminds me a lot of my Queensland home at Ipswich. The people seem familiar, some empty shops, and a strong mining history is evident. The town has a lot more commercial/industrial heritage buildings than Ipswich, is very green and is nestled among mountains. More studio work in the afternoon and a local walk, and again lots of cups of tea and white-hot chocolate to keep warm. Back in the studio I prepared some more materials for my upcoming workshop and made some digital negatives. Also set up my wildlife camera on a tree behind the studio to see if could catch and wildlife activity overnight.
Today I received my digital Testamur from Deakin University, which means I have officially graduated in absentia. Just a little Graduate Certificate in Museums Studies that I started last year. What I learnt during these studies has already informed my curatorial practice as well as my art practice. Life is a constant journey of learning!
Day 5. More comfortable in the studio. Today I made some changes to the layout of the studio as I become comfortable with my processes and start printing some sample cyanotypes on fabrics. I also brought in a blanket and pillow for the old and very cold leather lounges that have become my thinking and laptop space. Set up a tea and snacks stations so I don't have to keep popping back to the cottage. This studio has a kitchen with everything you could need and lots of items that come in handy for my work. Checked the wildlife camera memory card over breakfast and found I had captured a wallaby. Will be interesting to see what other wildlife is around the cottage. Had a surprise visit from a local today who popped into the studio to welcome me and a quick chat. It's been great to pick up some local knowledge from my visitors.
Day 6. Very cold and rainy today. Lots of hot drinks again and wrapped in blankets. Did some web research and cut out a lot of fabric circles ready for exposing when the sun returns. Checked my wildlife camera and unfortunately didn't capture any activity overnight. I heard some different bird calls today, when the rain eased off. I wasn’t unable to spot them though. Hopefully I will be able to photograph them over the next few weeks. I attended the community BBQ at the fire station this evening and met some more of the locals. They were a wealth of information and I asked lots of questions. Feels good to be right next door to the fire station in case anything should happen. They told me the last big bush fire to come through this area was in 2013. There is only one road in and out of Mt Wilson and Mt Irvine so if anything happens to that road, like a bush fire, the community is completely cut off. It's great that so many of this community support the fire station.
Day 7. Working in the studio . Another cold day working in the studio. Popping outside to photograph birds when I hear a new call. I’ve listed 11 bird species around the studio so far. Still waiting to see the Gang Gang Cockatoo. I've been told it makes a creaking sound, which I have actually heard outside although I thought it was just the trees making that noise. lol
Anyway, I've had a very interesting and creative week and am looking forward to the next 3 weeks.
I'm thrilled to be selected as one of eight artists who were awarded the Mt Wilson Artist in Residence Scholarship for their 2019/2020 residency program. I will be the first artist to live and work in the old school house and teacher's cottage, located at Mt Wilson in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales,
During my stay I will be experimenting with photographic and printing techniques and will be conducting a Cyanotype workshop for the local residents, an open studio to meet the locals and visitors to the region, and staging an exhibition of my work made during my four weeks residency.
As Mt Wilson and Mt Irvine are garden communities with several hiking trails through the Blue Mountains, I'm looking forward to making work about the natural environment and photographing this region in their spectacular Spring season.
I will be writing a blog during my residency and sharing my progress on social media. So if you are interested please check back to my News Blog and my Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/LeAnneVincentPhotographer/
This is the second time I've exhibited with Australian Cyanotype artists and I'm very excited to have my Cyanotype flag be included in this exhibition to celebrate 2019 World Cyanotype Day in September. Firstly,, his exhibition, Under the Southern Sun, will be exhibited at The Maud Street Photo Gallery in Brisbane and then will travel to the US to be exhibited at the A Smith Gallery in Texas, and from there will be exhibited at PhotoNola in New Orleans.
Many thanks to the organisers, Gail Neumann, Vicky Cooper + Doug Spowart, for all their efforts in putting together this group exhibition and producing a beautiful, high quality catalogue.
The Maud Street Photo Gallery
6 Maud Street, Newstead
Opening - 2 August, 2019
Dates - 2 - 11 August, 2019
A Smith Gallery
Johnson, Texas, USA
Setpember 2019, to celebrate 2019 World Cyanotype Day
PhotoNola New Orleans
So thrilled to have been selected as a finalist in the Ravenswood Australian Women's Art Prize with my Cyanotype portrait of Merle Thornton AM. I feel very honoured to have spent some time with Merle last year and to create her portrait. Congratulations to all the finalists and I look forward to viewing the exhibition and meeting the other artists in June.
Centenary Centre at Ravenswood School for Girls, Henry Street, Gordon (Gate 3) on Friday 15 June, 2018 at 6.00pm - 9.30pm.
The Exhibition of Finalists is from Saturday 16 June to Sunday 24 June. The Exhibition is open daily from 9.00am to 4.00pm, closing at 2.00pm on the final day, 24 June. Free admission.
Merle Thornton AM
Just completed a photo shoot in New York City of the interior of an Upper West Side Penthouse. The assignment was for Sarah Chesters Designs, an interior design company based in Manhattan.
Seek peek of what went down and the lovely Sarah Chesters....
Another great selection of winners at this years Ipswich Art Awards. I'm very happy to have won 2nd prize in Printmaking with a one-off Cyanotype print - Natural Heritage: a sense of [dis] place. This work was a response to the urban development and killing of wildlife that Ipswich City Council approved. I used two digital negatives and collected organic matter to create the work.
I'm thrilled to be selected as a finalist in the 2016 Lethbridge 10000 small scale art prize. My work Something borrowed #4: objects, landscape, memory, will be in the gallery exhibition for the period 11 - 19 June, 2016.
Check it out and all the other talented artists at Lethbridge Gallery, 136 Latrobe Terrace, Brisbane.
I have some new work on display and for sale at the Ipswich Art Awards in St Paul's Hall on Limestone Street, Ipswich. One of my works, Something borrowed: objects, landscape, memory, won the major prize Best of Show award.
This exhibition is part of the Ipswich Festival and continues daily until until Sunday 24 April. All works are for sale and there are plenty of other talented artists from Ipswich and around the country also exhibiting. Come and check it out and all the other activities happening in Ipswich Festival over the next couple of weeks.
I'm thrilled to be selected as a Finalist in the Moreton Bay Art Awards with a work I created while I was the artist in residence at The Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence Studio at the Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Centre last year - Something borrowed: Margaret Olley & Annamaria Mays Vermeer.
Opening night is 20 May from 6pm and the finalist exhibition will be held at the Pine Rivers Art Gallery - 21 to 28 May, 2016.