I'm excited to be involved in another Homegrown group exhibition curated by the Ipswich Art Gallery. This exhibition is comprised of artworks in all mediums from emerging and professional artists across the Ipswich region.
I recently created a small series of photographic artworks for a group exhibition, A Book About Death, at the Tweed River Art Gallery at Murwillumbah. Opening night is this Friday 18 October from 6pm and the exhibition will continue until 24 November, 2013.
This show is the 27th version of A Book About Death since the original show in New York in the 70s, and the original postcard sized artworks will be displayed alongside the 300 artists in the current Australian version of the exhibition which is curated by Heather Matthew and Julie Barratt.
Artists were also asked to submit 50 postcard sized copies of their artworks so visitors to the gallery can collect the works they like and create their own book about death.
Check out the link for more details
My new body of work, Screen Culture, will open tonight at the Brunswick Street Gallery in Fitzroy, VIC from 6pm. The exhibition continues for two weeks, closing on 24 October.
Screen Culture is the culmination of a project I began in February during my Artist Residency at Cataract Gorge in Launceston and completed after another Artist Residency at Gunyah, Port Stephens. The work reflects my aspirations for 2013 as a year to reconnect with the natural world and express my concerns for the future through my artwork.
I was recently awarded an Ipswich Regional Arts Development Fund grant to research and develop a photographic project investigating the Ipswich identity through architecture and design in public and private spaces.
I look forward to meeting many new people in the course of this project and will be conducting a survey with the general public, research on urban planning and fundamentals of architecture in Ipswich and Brisbane, as well as photographing public, private and domestic spaces in Ipswich.
The Regional Arts Development Fund is a Queensland Government and Ipswich City Council partnership to support local arts and culture.
This is the Bay of Fires area that I visited during my residency at Cataract Gorge in Feb/March this year. (Not the shortlisted artwork)
I received an exciting email today advising me that I've been shortlisted as a finalist for the Bay of Fires Art Prize in Tasmania. This is a $20,000 acquisitive prize and my work will be exhibited alongside the other 29 finalists at Gallery Parnella at St Helens, Tasmania, in June, 2013. I am one of six mainlanders selected and the only Queensland artist to be shortlisted for this prize!
Thank you Tassie
Some fantastic news this week. I've been offered an artist reisdency in the Gunyah artist-in-residence program at Port Stephens in May this year.
I'm excited to have been given this opportunity and will use the time to work on two new photographic series, one of which will be exhibited in a solo exhibition in Melbourne in July (more info coming soon), and to experiment with some new techniques.
So this week I'll be packing up all my gear in preparation for my road trip down the the east coast, all the way down to Port Stephens in NSW. I can't wait to arrive at this beautiful location and immerse myself in the region.
My new body of work, Viewing Distance, is currently showing in Sydney at the Salerno Gallery in Glebe as part of the Techknotopia exhibition with the Cache Collective - a group of Brisbane based contemporary artists.
If you're in the Sydney area please come along to our opening night on Saturday 6 April from 6pm.
Clayton Smith, Sharon McKenzie, Kenneth Beck, Rikki Amand, Deborah Gallagher, Sarah Haigh, Brian Keayes, LeAnne Vincent
Glebe Point Road, Glebe, NSW
1 - 13 April, 2012
Due to positive feedback from the Launceston community, and tourists visiting my exhibition, Launceston City Council have extended my solo exhibition for another 2 weeks - now concluding on 31 March, 2013.
So if you're in Launceston you can check it out at the Basin Cottage, Next to the chair lift at First Basin, Cataract Gorge.
I'm excited to announce that the Launceston City Council have offered me a place in their Artist-in-Residence Program. I will be travelling to Tasmania in February for a month long stay in the 120 year old Kings Bridge Gatekeepers Cottage at Cataract Gorge.
I will spend 4 weeks in this idyllic location creating photographic artworks for a project based on the Cataract Gorge region. I plan to stage an exhibition of the works in Tasmania during and after the residency.
I would like to thank Launceston City Council for allowing me this opportunity and for their on-going support and dedication to the arts in Tasmania.
I'm excited to announce that I've been accepted into the Creative Activists next group show in 2013 - Once Upon A Time.
30 artists were invited to participate in the themed exhibition and asked to interpret the Fairy Tale. The exhibition will run from 9-19 May 2013 at the Circle Gallery, West End.
I'll be posting more information on this show in 2013.
I was employed by the Creative Recovery Pilot Project as the Project Manager for the Ipswich Arts Corps for a 12 week project.
I worked with members of various arts groups throughout the Ipswich region to devise strategies to develop, sustain and create a wider audience for the arts in Ipswich.
I organised Professional Development for the group as well as a printed arts guide, the Ipswich Arts Guide, the has been distributed throughout the region and Brisbane.
My project culminated in organising the Inaugural Ipswich Arts Dinner - professional networking for artists and art workers, that was staged at the newly renovated Old Baptist Church, now known as Studio 188. The Ipswich Arts Guide was launched on the evening as well as showcasing various talented artists from across the region including performances by - Shirley Ferrier, Slam Poet, Natasha Campbell and Ben Clark, Blues Fusion Guitar, Brett Dionysius, Contemporary Poet, film of live performance by Shoot! The Piano Player and the film premiere of Bronzed Blue, presented by filmmaker Gavin Lewis. Visual Artists were represented by Donna Davis, Gary Abkin, Lee Fullarton, Mieke Den Otter and Kate Roberts. Our Guest Speaker for the evening was Liz Burcham, CEO of Metro Arts Brisbane.
Last month I was asked to appear on the Good Business program to speak about the SWICH Contemporary Art Space - how we got started and how we sustain an arts business.
I'd like to thank the production crew at USQ Springfield for all their support during filming.
The episode appeared on Briz31 on 31 October, 2012.
I had the pleasure of again supporting the Ipswich Women's Development Network (IWDN) with the donation of an artwork for auction at their annual fundraising dinner.
The IWDN supports and promotes Ipswich women and fundraises for the Heather Bonner Memorial Scholarship, which is offered each year to a local women to study at the Univeristy of Queensland.
It was a successful evening of fundraising with a special guest, Dale Spender, speaking about her life.
Image Left: Donated artwork, Space #2, Fine art pigment print on photo rag.
Image Below: At the dinner with another artist and supporter, Kate Roberts.
Stimulate the Senses, now in it's second year, is a group exhibition organised by local Ipswich artist Glen Smith, to encourage emerging artists to show their work.
Last month I was asked to conduct a Curatorial & Installation Workshop for the group of artists to provide advice on how to present their work and to demonstrate various ways of installing the works.
The artists were enthusiastic to learn and very keen to share stories about their own art practices. In all it was a successful afternoon and the opening night a couple of days later drew a large crowd and was officially opened by Cr N