Advance TAFE Diploma of Arts (Visual Arts)
8 November – 26 November
Nagle College senior art students - Fresh Art IV
18 October – 5 November
EGAG celebrates 20th birthday with installations and a birthday party
Everyone is invited to come along and join EGAG’s 20th birthday party celebrations.
As a special treat, EGAG has invited a number of local artists and Advance TAFE graduating students to create a series of installations in the gallery.
Wall units have been used to divide the West Gallery into two spaces. In the first space, Adelaide Macpherson and Josephine Jakobi have created a ‘forest’ of translucent ‘leaves’ with large sheets of treated tissue paper suspended from a grid of red threads.
Gridding the Forest presents many layers of interpretation for the viewer to explore. As the ‘leaves’ move gently with the air currents their shadows sway across the walls and floor. The red thread reminds us of maps, charts, forest plantations and how we continually redefine our environment. The red thread is also suggestive of the new red growth found on gum trees.
In the second space, Rhonda Gray and Tricia Lake have used a bed and barbwire to portray the struggle of those enduring illness in a piece called Willing the Marigold. Caught within the barbwire, tiny origami birds symbolize the angst and fear experienced by many. But hope is renewed with the flight to freedom of the marigold bird; released from its entrapment it escapes through the window, willing the others to join it.
The East Gallery is filled with a gigantic birthday cake constructed by Advance TAFE graduating art students. TAFE and EGAG have worked together for many years and the cake represents TAFE’s ‘congratulations’ to this fruitful partnership. The installation is also something of a salute and farewell to the TAFE art department as photographs of past students are added to the wall. Unfortunately the department will be closed at the end of this year.
20th birthday party Saturday 12 October 10.30am to 12pm
Come and have a cup cake with the Friends at EGAG and help us celebrate this very special anniversary.
The morning will include demonstrations by local artists, face painting for the children as well as collage activities that both young and not quite so young can enjoy. Good coffee will be available and lots of good company will complete what should be a very happy birthday.
Spreading the word…21 Years of naïve art
13 September–5 October
Contemporary Art Naïve group’s 21st birthday is being celebrated with a number of workshops and culminating in an exhibition.
Spreading the Word … 21 Years of naïve art is a celebration of the success of the art naïve group who continue to meet, paint and exhibit many years after their introduction to the genre. As part of this celebration a number of workshops will be presented and an exhibition held in September. Contemporary Art Naïve has many followers in Bairnsdale who thoroughly enjoy the rich, vibrant and often whimsical works created by this group.
Spreading the Word … 21 Years of naïve art received support from an East Gippsland Art Gallery Arts & Heritage Alliance grant.
Spreading the word
By Peter Millard
In 1992 I was the Program Coordinator at what was then known as Bairnsdale Adult Community Education (BACE). One day a woman who was an artist asked to speak to me. She proposed the idea of her teaching a naïve art class as part of the community program. Her name was Gwen Clarke and she had just moved back to East Gippsland (Nicholson) after leaving Orbost 35 years previously.
As I was always on the lookout for new courses to run, I decided to start up the naïve art classes. Gwen was a natural teacher. She explained how to paint in this style then left the learner to their own devices, not interfering in their artistic development.
Some of her students then became the teachers for a while until a group became known as Art Naive Gippsland, now Contemporary Art Naïve. The classes ran four terms per year for many years until Gwen moved over the mountain to the Riverina area to live on a rice farm. Initially some of the artists joined the course for the free childcare, but soon found they became hooked on this style of art as well. Over the years many artists have come and gone or gone onto employment that prevents them from attending these afternoons. And some simply do not paint any more.
Many of those who attended have not continued in this style of art but were curious as to how to paint in it. They have gone on to develop their own styles.
This group held its first exhibition at the Woodsedge Gallery in Lakes Entrance in 1993. Following this there have been numerous exhibitions at the Nicholson Street Gallery, now the East Gippsland Art Gallery. In addition they have exhibited twice in Melbourne at the Queen Victoria Centre and High on Art in Prahran, we well as at the Cowwarr Art Space.
The group invited well-known artist, Mirka Mora, to open two of the Bairnsdale exhibitions and run workshops while she was down here. Mirka also opened the exhibition at the Queen Victoria Centre. She bonded well with the artists and encouraged some of them by purchasing their art.
In 2009 one of the group, Linden Dean, was invited to attend the 43rd annual naïve art workshops in Trebnje, Slovenia. There she met local artist, Samo, and this meeting ended in EGAG’s first international exhibition in 2012, in which members of the group exhibited alongside Samo’s unique solo exhibition.
Originally Gwen taught how to paint using oils in her classes. Julie Hollingsworth paints Australian scenes; Lyndel Mahlook’s fantasy works and Yvonne Maddern’s works often reflect her family life experiences. Gradually some of the artists began using acrylics and watercolours. Some have also experimented and developed naïve styles that include mixed media. Daphne Mihan and Rosemary Hepworth now use fabrics and stitching; Linden Dean incorporates washi paper in her watercolours and Pam Barrass has painted Indian-influenced images on vases and lampshades.
What you see in Spreading the Word … 21 Years of naïve art is the variety of styles produced by the participating artists.
They invite you to enjoy their artworks … and spread the word.
Painting & Washi Paper Workshop Naïve style with Linden Dean
Washi is a type of paper made in Japan. Washi is commonly made using fibres from the bark of the gampi tree, the mitsumata shrub or the paper mulberry, but also can be made using bamboo, hemp, rice and wheat. Washi comes from wa meaning Japanese and shi meaning paper, and the term is used to describe paper made by hand in the traditional manner.
Linden Dean has been incorporating washi paper into her art ever since she discovered it on a trip to Japan in 2009. These workshops are for those artists who already have drawing/painting skills who may want to use this traditional paper in their own artworks. Images may be seen at www.lindendeanart.com.
Fee for the workshop is $20 and includes washi paper Time: 10.30am – 4.30pm
Materials to bring:
- lunch (tea/coffee supplied)
- Pair of paper scissors
- Drawing/painting equipment
- An idea or drawing approximately A4 to A3 in size
Bookings are essential and made through East Gippsland Art Gallery.
Venues: Mudbrick Building, Mallacoota Tuesday, 9 July
Orbost Neighbourhood House Sunday, 21 July
Bungalook Studios, Lakes Entrance Sunday, 4 August
Swifts Creek Community Centre Tuesday, 24 September
Books …beyond words – REVOLUTION
Books beyond words...Revolution - Winners
Books beyond words...Revolution - Images
Saturday 10 August 6pm
Official opening with comments by the Judges at 6.30pm and Hon. Heidi Victoria, MP, Minister for the Arts opening the exhibition.
Books beyond words...Revolution Opening Event
Sunday 11 August 10.30am – 12.30pm
Floor talk by local book artists.
then continue the conversation over ‘coffee & cake’.
Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 August
Unique vintage book workshop with Jen Crossley.
using metal & found objects with instruction in the technique of metal etching
Fee $160 + $25 Student’s kit.
Books essential as numbers limited. Materials list on registration.
Sunday 25 August 10.30am – 12.30pm
Book construction for Year 7 students.
Learn how to make concertina books. Cost $10 & materials supplied.
Friday 30 August 6pm
Announcement The Landings – Riviera Properties People’s Choice Award with drinks & nibbles.
This year’s Judges are
Rare Printed Collections Manager, State Library of Victoria, Melbourne. He is responsible for acquisitions of rare books for the State Collection and has a particular interest in private press publications and artist books. Co curated State Library of Victoria’s permanent exhibition Mirror of the World: Books and Ideas.
Has had professional experience as Senior Lecturer & Coordinator of Visual Arts Faculty of Creative Arts University of Wollongong, worked as community artist and travels extensively as a practising artist with an emphasis on artist books.
Dr Alexander Selenitsch
Has taught architectural design, theory & history at Deakin Univesity, RMIT and The University of Melbourne. Currently teaches architectural design. Among other interests writes essays and criticism on architectural design, sculpture, painting and literature and was guest editor for Imprint, journal of the Print Council of Australia, on the theme of artist books.
Dates to remember:
- Collection or return postage of works 10 September
- EGAG Major Award $5,000
- Tantaro Design Innovation Award $1,000
- East Gippsland Shire Council Artist of East Gippsland Acquisition Award $1,000
- The Landings – Riviera Properties People’s Choice Award $500
- Gippsland Secured Investment’s Ltd – GSI
- Top Trim
- Bairnsdale Rotary Club Sunrise
- Eager & Partners
- Paper Arts Gippsland East
- First National King & Heath
5th July – 30th JulyAn exhibition of portraits by a group of East Gippsland artists
Food for Thought
7th June – 2nd July
Group exhibition exploring food as an inherent part of culture
Food for Thought
Food is more than something we simply eat. Food is an integral part of our culture. Images of food are used in both the visual and spoken language to express a range of emotions. In the visual language food is used as symbols, as attributes of mythological heroes as well as saints or have an allegorical function as in the classical still life paintings of the Dutch and Flemish artists of the 17th century. Many stories include food, for example apples; Johnny Appleseed, Snow White and William Tell, as well as in other children’s stories; Greek, German and Norse mythology all include stories about apples. Ceremonies and celebrations are often held around the preparation and presentation of food as well as serving specific foods such as unleavened bread, birthday cake, wedding cake, haggis, fish, turkey, sweet corn and decorated eggs.
In the spoken language many sayings are still used in everyday conversation: such as
● apple of my eye ● cheesey grin ● bring home the bacon ● salt of the earth ●
● you are what you eat ● sweet as sugar ● wafer thin ● walking on egg shells ●
● American as apple pie ● mutton dressed as lamb ● land of milk and honey ● tough nut ●
In the Space of 20 yearsAs part of EGAG’s birthday celebrations a nostalgic look at some of the exhibitions shown at EGAG over 20 years.
Saturday 11 May 10.30am -12 noon
As the current exhibition looks at all the exhibitions EGAG has delivered in the past 20 years it highlights the very many different roles and functions that the gallery fulfills in the community.
The artists speaking will put some of those roles in context:
- Di Deppeler – as a an artist will talk about the role EGAG has played in the ongoing development of her arts practice.
- Pauline Crunden – will talk about the benefits an exhibition at EGAG have for school children from a teacher’s perspective.
- Joyce Nowrungsah – at present studying for her Master of Arts will describe how gathering a body of work together for exhibition helped her progress in her studies.
- Margaret Fox – as an active member of Fusion and PAGE groups will talk about the importance of an exhibition to those who participate in various creative activities.
ART i FACTS
Friday 17 May 7 pm (7.30pm start)
As part of “In the Space of Twenty Years” the Friends are having a fundraising ‘ART i FACTS’ (arts trivia) evening on Friday, 17 May.
Tables of 6 will keenly contest a variety of activities and questions to win the overall ‘champion of the night’ as well as other prizes. It should prove an extremely interesting and entertaining evening but numbers are strictly limited (due to space). So, book early and if you wish come along dressed as your favourite artist or subject, you may win the Best Dressed prize.
10 tables of 6 @ $15 per head. Complimentary 2 glasses of wine per ticket & nibbles.
Only a few tables left. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to make a booking.
4 April–3 May
Recent Works–Jochen Kruse
4 April–3 May
In addition to oil paintings, new watercolour paintings and pen & ink drawings again demonstrate Jochen’s confidence and skill to not only fully describe his subjects with simple, eloquent lines and bold colours but to also imbue them with life and humour. The literal and the absurd, the realistic and the surreal with goats, boats and all sorts of people make this a great exhibition.
Rosemary Hepworth & Daphne Mihan
1 March–26 March East Gallery
Rosemary and Daphne use fabric and yarns like other artists use paint. Their work is naively expressed but rich in motif, decoration and narrative. Birds, dogs, cats and boats are just some of the subjects that come to life through strong composition and vibrant colours.Rosemary Hepworth – artist statement
“A continuing theme for this exhibition is ‘birds’. Portraying birds in various ways on each piece of work is a way of drawing people into the image.
My work is overtly decorative, rich in colour, texture and still echoing my painting and printmaking roots as well as my love of naively expressed subjects.
I use a variety of silk, yarns and fabrics; hand dyed, natural or synthetic and recycled materials such as beads.”
Daphne Mihan – artist statement
“The sewn images in Fabrications are mainly in the appliqué technique. I have used wool felting in a couple of works as well as the appliqué. Materials include new fabric, old saris, bags and fabrics given to me, some I embellish with sequins and beads.
My subject matter is similar to my paintings, etchings and pen and ink drawings but doing the appliqué pieces is a recent exploration and has been a challenge.
My inspirations have been East Gippsland, especially boats and boat stories, life in general, animals and other artists.”
Rosemary Hepworth & Daphne Mihan
A (f)route-based exhibition
1 March–26 March West Gallery
Cut with the kitchen knife
A NETS Victoria touring exhibition curated by Emily Jones
Cut with the kitchen knife surveys the current manifestations of collage in contemporary art; a movement which takes as its starting point the absurdist collages arising from the highly influential Dadaist movement of the early twentieth century.
Less concerned with addressing the problems of the picture plane and more those of an existential nature, works on paper have been selected from contemporary Australian and international artists who traverse the surface, relay absurdisms and reorganise obsessive collections.
Collage is defined by the action of physical cutting and pasting, a term that has now been redefined for the digital age. This action of cutting and pasting is an act of destruction of the old and the re-construction of the new. For this reason collage presents itself as the perfect tool to question the established order of the world; the cultural assumptions that we make about life, women, different races, consumer choices, and political systems.
Featuring works by artists including Christian Capurro, Simon Evans, Elizabeth Gower, Mandy Gunn, Deborah Kelly, Nicholas Mangan, Stuart Ringholt, Joan Ross and Heather Shimmen, Cut with the kitchen knife explores the use of collected material; arranging and reordering as a means of interacting with, and thus shaping, the physical world.
Cut with a knife
Collage workshop with Jenny Toye
Date: Saturday 16 February 2013
1 day workshop
Venue: Advance TAFE, Princes Highway, Bairnsdale
Time: 9.30am for 10am start until 4pm
Cost: $85 per participant
Morning & afternoon refreshments supplied but bring your own lunch.
This collage workshop is being run as part of the program for Cut with the kitchen knife a NETS Victoria touring exhibition curated by Emily Jones and as a fundraising event for Books …beyond words - revolution.
Cut with the kitchen knife opens on Friday, 8 February, and surveys the current manifestations of collage in contemporary art; the arranging and reordering of collected material as a means of interacting with, and thus shaping, the physical world.
Participants will design and assemble a collage in a square, rectangle or circular format. There are 3 themes to choose from – participants to choose 1 theme:
- Cut with the kitchen knife
- Collect images of soldiers heads, officers uniforms, popular French postcards/posters and flotsam and jetsam
- Collect images of your choice, sculpture/paintings/drawings etc as well as flotsam and jetsam
- Collect images of human beings in all guises, animals, birds, reptiles and flotsam and jetsam
- Appropriation of art both contemporary & historic
- Create a hybrid – part animal, part human
Spaces for this workshop are limited to 15 (first in basis) and payment is required by 31 January. A materials list will be sent to participants on receipt of payment.
Floor talk with Mandy Gunn
Date: Saturday, 23 February at 11am
Mandy Gunn, a well-known Gippsland artist, is one of eight Australian artists represented in Cut with the kitchen knife showing at EGAG until 23 February.
Mandy will talk about her art practice, her influences and methods and about her involvement in this exhibition.
After the talk join the Friends of EGAG and Mandy for further conversation over coffee & cake.
East and West Galleries
8 January - 29 January
Summer Showcase highlights the quality and range of artwork made by East Gippsland artists to visitors to the region over summer. It is also an excellent opportunity to provide visitors with more information about local studios and galleries and to promote those artists that offer to do work on commission.
Fine Art for Fine Presents
East and West Galleries
30 November - 21 December
East Gippsland artists produce an amazing diversity of artwork and just some of that can be seen in the annual Christmas exhibition Fine Art for Fine Presents.
The exhibition has become extremely popular with both artists and visitors. Fine Art for Fine Presents includes decorative and functional items. As well as paintings, textile art and felt, glass, jewelry, small sculptures in various materials, wooden items and ceramics amongst other things are all on display.
There are also handmade Christmas tree decorations, again in a range of materials, that would give character to any tree.
Fine Art for Fine Presents is the last exhibition before the summer holiday break and it is an ideal opportunity to publicly acknowledge the work of the Management Committee, Friends and Volunteers and to thank them for their generous contribution to EGAG. Volunteers support EGAG in many ways and new members who would like to become involved in the arts are always welcome.
Fine Art FFP 2012
TAFE Bairnsdale Diploma of Visual Art
Final Year Exhibiton - Redefining Reality
2 November - 27 November
Opening Friday 2 November 6pm
Tafe Dip. Visual Art 2012
Heritage Network East Gippsland
Eat, Drink and be Merry
28 September - 16 November
A snapshot of food and drink in East Gippsland from settlement to the 1980's
The Sun is Shining and the Weather is Sweet
31 August - 25 SeptemberSamo
When local artist Linden Dean participated in the 43rd International Naïve Artists’ workshop in Trebnje, Slovenia in June 2010, she met another artist, Samo Jurecic and on showing images of his work to EGAG it was decided to bring Samo and his work, to Bairnsdale.
Samo’s style is categorized as orthodox infantilism, a new trend in Slovenian art and described by Sarival Sosič as “a mixture sparkling with childlike ingenuity and subtly attuned to the tragicomedy of everyday life”.
The images Samo creates to comment on the central issues of birth, life, love and death, are filled with recurring symbols, among other things, of a bird, a heart, a tear, a man, a woman, a bottle, an arrow, the Euro and the question mark. In many works, the image area is energized with lines, motifs and a multitude of characters or fragments that invoke the confusion of everyday life and its complex situations. The lack of support within the composition for these motifs gives the impression that they are hurtling around the picture space and it intensifies the sensation of life erupting around the artist.
Come along and hear our international visitor (and guest of EGAG) give a floor talk followed by coffee & cake 10.30am
Saturday 1 September 2012
In an overview of Samo’s last exhibition, Sarival Sosič wrote
“(the exhibition) presents a complete picture of the artist’s view of life, his insightful awareness of the shifts in the world of today ……
According to the artist, the sense of beauty is disappearing in Europe, love is becoming superficial, compassion is being engulfed by the all-pervasive greed, everyone is in a hurry, rushing with unrestrained abandon along familiar ways, increasingly hemmed in by machines.”
Initially Samo’s works can seem amusing, they are bright and vibrant and the motifs are often whimsical but on closer inspection the viewer becomes aware of his deadly serious, but subtle, humour that is his expressive response to everyday life.
To quote Sarival Sosič again, “Finding one’s way about the variety of motifs and subjects in Samo’s works is a unique pleasure.”
Contemporary Art Naïve
31 August - 25 SeptemberNaïve Five
In 1992 a number of students joined naïve artist Gwen Clark for painting lessons at the then BACE (now Community College East Gippsland). Over the years, some have gone on to establish classes in their own communities and a core group persisted and is still painting in Bairnsdale today under the name Contemporary Art Naïve.
The Contemporary Art Naïve group has built a reputation for well-received local exhibitions. As well, many individuals successfully sell their works in various outlets, locally, in metropolitan venues and interstate.
Strong, bold colours are often a signature of works by the Contemporary Art Naïve group and pattern is a common dominant device. But underlying these obvious distinctive features the artists can show a keen sense of observation and a wry way of expressing their view of the mundane.
Pam Barrass, Linden Dean, Julie Hollingsworth, Yvonne Maddern and Lyndell Mahlook are all established artists who have been painting for many years. Their work is confident and the variety of subjects and situations depicted in their works will provide an enjoyable and entertaining visit.
Fusion Fibre Arts Network Inc Contemporary Textiles
29 June -24 July
West & East Galleries
Ephemeral sculpture EG Rail Trail & installation at EGAG
Trail & exhibition open 4 May
To be asked to ‘work with only what can be found on site’ is extremely challenging for any artist but that’s exactly what the artists involved with slow-e-motion have been asked to do.
slow-e-motion is an EGAG project in partnership with East Gippsland Rail Trail and will result in a series of ephemeral sculptures in situ along certain sections of the rail trail as well as artworks inspired by these sites in the West Gallery at EGAG. Documentation of the project will be shown in the East Gallery.
Three different locations along the trail were identified with the help of EG Rail Trail and 7 local artists were then invited to participate in the project;
- Ian Keegan and Kath Ellison worked in the cutting along Stephenson’s Road near Mossiface,
- Joyce Nowrungsah and Cheri O’Donnell were quite inspired by the area around the Stony Creek trestle bridge near Nowa Nowa and the history of the rail line,
- Gwenneth Poore, Marion Dawson and Val Jones chose sections at the far end of the rail trail near Preston’s Road at Newmerella.
During the project artists heard from Michael Oxer, Chair, EG Rail Trail committee about the development of the rail trail and from Tim Gibson who spoke about the history of the railway and read extracts from letters written by those working on its construction. The artists also gained a great deal by a visit from Pat Dale, an artist from Leongatha who has worked for many years with plant fibres and from Michael Shiell, an established Melbourne-based ephemeral environmental artist. Officers from the Department of Sustainability and Environment also spoke about the various issues confronting the trail from their perspective.
EG Rail Trail is a recreational trail and conservation reserve, constructed on the alignment of the former railway that ran between Bairnsdale and Orbost from 1913 to 1987. The trail is 97km long and traverses undulating grazing country, through forests and across broad rivers.
The trail can be done in sections, as much or as little as you like and can be used by walkers, cyclists and horse riders. Vehicles and trail or motor bikes are prohibited. The three sections selected for the project are all within walking distance of parking areas to make it easy for people to visit.
slow-e-motion offers visitors a different interpretation of the environments found along the trail and encourages them to begin to look at the nuances within nature. Many of the works reference the history of the development of both East Gippsland and the railway and may influence visitors to reflect on the challenges that faced the early settlers, especially the distances between towns and the services that these days are taken for granted.
The ephemeral sculptures will be in place ready for the opening of slow-e-motion on the 4 May at 6pm at EGAG and continue throughout May as EGAG’s contribution to Creative Gippsland’s month-long activities.
slow-e-motion is supported with an East Gippsland Shire Council Arts and Heritage Alliance grant.
For more information about EG Rail Trail visit www.eastgippslandrailtrail.com
a passage thru place
16 March-3 April
West & East Galleries
Wow! Didn’t know I would have so much fun and enjoyment from play with twigs and leaves – so much so I have chosen plant textile as my medium for the passage thru place exhibition.
Working with a group of like minded textile enthusiasts, learning new skills and with Michael Shiell mentoring us, has been a highly enjoyable and mind stretching experience for me on the journey to this exhibition.
A stepping-stone to a more artistic approach to textiles: challenging, daunting, exciting.
Fusion Fibre Arts Network Inc (fusionFAN) offers 13 members a unique opportunity to work with an established artist, Michael Shiell in this major project Landscape to ARTscape. Over a series of 10 workshops participants will be exposed to contemporary issues and concerns that will challenge their concept of fibre as purely a form of craft.
Rhonda Albrecht; Helen Banks; Kay Cotter; Margaret Crocker; Wendy Dellow; Vikki Eldridge; Margaret Fox; Janet Howard; Debbie Kennedy; Sandy Mattingley; Val Quirk; Yvonne Renfree; Robbie deZwart, all members of fusionFAN, were selected through a rigorous and demanding application process.
Landscape to ARTscape will take participants on a journey through which they will explore and interpret their personal landscape – whether that landscape be internal or external. Although all those participating are skilled craftspeople with many years experience, with the guidance of Michale Shiell they will extend their ideas into more contemporary and conceptual artistic expression.
Michael Shiell (formerly from Horsham and now based in Melbourne) specialises in the field of ephemeral environmental art with his work ranging from personal, intimate interactions with space through to extremely large-scale commissioned works. Michael has also had extensive experience in community projects such as Fresh and Salty.
FusionFAN is an incorcorated group committed to furthering and fostering local craft practitioners and initiated this project to present its members with an opportunity for both personal and professional development. Landscape to ARTscape is supported through the Australian Government Regional Arts fund administered by Regional Arts Victoria.
Landscape to ARTscape commenced in October 2011 and will culminate in an exhibition at East Gippsland Art Gallery in 2012. From there, the exhibition will tour to Meeniyan, Maffra and Orbost.
East Gippsland regional Textile Art Network project - landscape to ARTSCAPE
The East Gippsland's 'landscape to ARTscape' project commenced on Saturday 15 October 2011 at EGTAFE Forestech campus and culminate in an exhibition at East Gippsland Art Gallery in 2012. There are ten workshops planned including the installing and preparation for the exhibition opening. An exhibition trail to Meeniyan, Maffra and Orbost will follow the official exhibition.
The project is made possible by the Australian Government regional arts program, the Regional Arts Fund, which gives all Australians wherever they live, better access to opportunities to practise and experience the arts. The Regional Arts Fund is administered in Victoria by Regional Arts Victoria.
‘landscape to ARTscape’ will engage skilled regional craft practitioners to facilitate the emergence of the creative individual, moving from making skilled craft to creating conceptually based works of art.
The theme will explore the sense of isolation or remoteness experienced by the practitioners and how to interpret their personal landscape (whether external or internal) artistically.
The landscape provides a wealth of materials with which to work. The program will challenge practitioners working with textile and fibre to take their practice into the field of contemporary art; exposing them to contemporary issues and concerns in art-making and introducing new ideas which challenge the concept of fibre as purely a form of craft.
Fusion Fibre Arts Network Inc. is committed to furthering and fostering local craft practitioners and has initiated this project to provide its members with the opportunity to explore and introduce them to more contemporary, conceptual artistic expression in their work.
Thirteen members of fusionFAN Inc were successful after applying through a rigorous and demanding application process overseen by the former project Artistic Director, Meg Viney and the Director East Gippsland Art Gallery, Eileen Thurgood.
The participants are Rhonda Albrecht; Helen Banks; Kay Cotter; Margaret Crocker; Wendy Dellow; Vikki Eldridge; Margaret Fox; Janet Howard; Debbie Kennedy; Sandy Mattingley; Val Quirk; Yvonne Renfree; Robbie deZwart and all participants are members of fusion Fibre Arts Network Inc.
Hand craft and artistic mediums include: textile art, mixed media, painting and illustrating, wool and silk felting, bead embellishment and all forms of embroidery, quilting, and freeform knitting and crochet. Several members have exhibited their work at textile and art exhibitions across the Gippsland region.
Lead Artist Michael Shiell [formerly from Horsham] is now a Melbourne based artist-researcher specialising in the field of Ephemeral Environmental Art. Although he creates works of this type in many locations he has a strong connection with the Wimmera environment as it was there that he was first inspired to work in this manner. Initial inspiration has continued to be integral in guiding Michael's consideration of site, materiality and the necessity, or lack thereof, of audience. His ephemeral works range from personal, intimate interactions with space through to extremely large-scale commissioned work.
Michael has worked extensively with RAV on community projects and as the lead artist of a state wide project 'Fresh and Salty', his work 'geoglyph' was created on the dry lakebed of Lake Wendouree in Ballarat. [click here for link to project information] http://www.rav.net.au/projects/past-projects/detail/2
Michael has completed his PHD in Fine Arts and his research, fed by practical works, relates to the documentation of ephemeral environmental art.
Beyond the standard processing of using photography as the sole documentary tool, Michael uses a range of artistic techniques to create lasting documentary records of his fleeting environmental interactions. These longer lasting artworks are held in private and corporate collections throughout Australia and overseas. He has presented his research outcomes at national and international conferences and is published online, in periodicals and books.
Contact: Rhonda Albrecht 03 5156 0222
Don Dickie, Gay Evans, Rhonda Gray - Escapism - the only way to runaway without leaving home
24 February-13 March
Opens 6pm Friday, 24 February West Gallery
Don Dickie, Gay Evans and Rhonda Gray present a shared exhibition. These three friends have seen their individual arts practices grow and develop over the years.
All are extremely competent in their chosen media and the works show maturity and confidence.
Gay’s strong, bright images contrast beautifully with Don’s crisp prints and both are complimented by Rhonda’s unique perspective on her subjects.
Escapism - Don Dickie, Gay Evans, Rhonda Gray
Cynthia Boyle - Two birds with one stone (and other stories)
February 4th - February 21st 2012
Opens 1pm Saturday 4 February West Gallery
Well-known Marlo artist Cynthia Boyle’s first love is drawing but she is also interested in colour. Lately, Cynthia has begun exploring the simplification of a subject and the application of colour to shape.
Cynthia has a background in illustration and design, has worked as a freelance artist and has taught illustration, drawing and design at University of Newcastle.
Images in this exhibition reflect Cynthia’s interests. Her keen sense of observation and skill ensures an exhibition of lively works, often whimsical, each engaging the visitor with their story.
Cynthia has won several prizes at Gippsland art exhibitions. She exhibits regularly at Feastonart Gallery in Orbost where she is a member of 136 Guild and a director. She also teaches drawing and watercolour classes and is a member of Wilderness Coast Artists and Emerald Arts Society.
Cynthia Boyle - 2 birds with 1 stone
January 4th - January 30th 2012Group exhibition showcasing artworks by EG artists. This exhibition provides a ‘taste’ of the range of artworks available in East Gippsland and to encourage visitors to purchase East Gippsland artwork, works will be sold ‘off the wall’. Information about regional artists, studios and galleries is also available.
Summer Showcase 2011
Fine Art for Fine Presents
2 December–22 December 2011
Opens 6pm Friday 2 December
An exhibition by local artists highlighting the diversity of artworks created in the region.
This is a wonderful opportunity to select and purchase ‘off the wall’ a piece of fine art for that very special Christmas gift.
Artworks include paintings, textiles, ceramics and prints as well as small items on the Christmas Tree.
Showing in the East Gallery windows are reindeers decorated by Ellen Burton and Claire Marston.
SAMO – coming in September 2012
Slovenian artist, Samo, has been invited to show at EGAG during September 2012.
One of the activities to raise the funds was a raffle of an original work by Samo, whose style is described as orthodox infantilism – a new trend in Slovenian art. The raffle was drawn at the opening of Fine Art for Fine Presents end of year exhibition and Jill Ellis was the lucky winner.
EG Institute of TAFE Diploma of Visual Art Second Year Students
11 November–29 November
An exhibition that has all the excitement of students’ work as they investigate various media and concepts in their pursuit of establishing their artistic practice.
TAFE Art Students 2011
Fabulous Felt Group Details in Nature
21 October–8 November
Fabo Felters - Details in Nature
30 September–18 October
West Gallery. 3 Rooms Reclaimed – Wood as warmth, Furniture as fun, Past as present.
Local artist, Di Deppeler’s signature sculptural furniture will transform the West Gallery at the East Gippsland Art Gallery (EGAG), Bairnsdale, into “Three rooms reclaimed” when her exhibition opens on Friday evening, 30 September.
The concept and inspiration for “Three rooms reclaimed” developed during Di’s travels in Western Australia, including her visits to restored mining towns from the last century. On her return to Clifton Creek, work began on the furniture and also the paintings that capture the colours and forms of the outback landscape and the simple interiors of the dwellings.
The exhibition showcases Di’s unusual, colourful and quirky furniture made from recycled wood gathered from many sources including opp shops and second-hand shops, the tip, friends and neighbours and wood found on travels. The recycled wood dictates the form and function of the piece of furniture and any marks of age or usage are retained to acknowledge the history and identity of its original life.
Di is passionate about recycling wood and believes that this diminishing resource should be accorded much more value. Her workshop is full of discarded timber that she collects and stores and where very little is wasted as she transforms the mundane into something new and exciting. Bedends become lounge suites, doors become bookcases, fenceposts become sculptures or tables, plates become clocks and off-cuts or unusual shapes become decorative attachments.
“Three rooms reclaimed“ is a unique and engaging installation that provides an alternative view of how three rooms could look using a little imagination and salvaged timber.
“Three rooms reclaimed” opens on Friday, 30 September at 6pm and continues until 18 October.
Di Deppler–Three Rooms Reclaimed
Briagolong Artists Seeking the Light
9 September 27 September
Opens 1pm Saturday 10 September
The Briagolong Artists are an independent group of artists who meet regularly in a studio environment and who exhibit both independently and as a group. The exhibition highlights the diversity of media, including oil and acrylic paint, ink, pencil, charcoal and experimental print making, techniques and styles practiced by the artists.
Books...beyond words - evolution
Saturday 6th August - Tuesday 2nd September 2011
Opening Saturday 6th August 6pm
A collection of artist books.
This year’s Books …beyond words has again attracted entries from all over Australia as well as an increased number from overseas including USA, France, Switzerland, UK and Germany.
Books...beyond words - evolution
Paola Horevicz Hurtado
Paola Horevicz Hurtado
Janet Kay Howard
Lesley O' Gorman
Wilma Ellen Ross
Marie Schirrmacher- Meitz
Amanda Watson- Will
Major Award $5,000
East Gippsland Art Gallery
Marie-Noelle Fontan, France, Melaleuca’s Book
Artist of East Gippsland Award $1000
East Gippsland Institue of TAFE
Janet K. Howard, Lakes Entrance, Bird Collector’s House
Innovation Award $1,000
Tantaro Design, Bairnsdale
Gerlinde Hofmann, Germany, Flotenrolle – Pipes Roll
- Certificate of Merit Sharon Armstead, NSW, Aust, Pages from a Landscape
- Certificate of Merit Lyn Ashby, Victoria, Aus, Twenty Minutes
- Certificate of Merit Kathy Fahey, Victoria, Aus, Modern World, A Trilogy
- Certificate of Merit Janis Nedela, WA, Aus Typo No. 30.
People’s Choice Award $500
Kim McKechnie, Melbourne, The Great Australian Dream
Pre-selection for Books…beyond words–evolution is via CD with Judges receiving all entries from which they choose those to be accepted for exhibition at EGAG. Selecting the award winners from 70 books was a very difficult task.
Judges for Books…beyond words–evolution are:
- Professor Lesley Duxbury
Deputy Head Research & Innovation
School of Art
- Victor Griss
Art Collection Officer & Curator
Deakin University Art Collection & Galleries
- Hilary Peterson
Master of Arts (Visual & Performing) Charles Sturt University
Tutor & Practicing Artist
- East Gippsland Shire Council
- East Gippsland Institute of TAFE
- Tantaro Design
- Riviera Properties Pty Ltd
- Community College East Gippsland
- Eager & Partners
- First National King & Heath
- Paper Arts East Gippsland
- National Australia Bank
- Riversleigh Country
Donations received from
- The Esplanade Resort & Spa Lakes Entrance
- Nicholson River Winery
- Gascoignes of Gippsland
- Bairnsdale Antiques Gifts & Homewares
- Bulmers Gift Salon
- Crave Café & Chocolate
- Dahlsens Building Centre Bairnsdale
- Ella Bache Bairnsdale
- Male Domain
- Office National
- What’s in Beds/BedsRus of Bairnsdale
- Whispers Lingerie
East Gippsland Specialist School Art Exhibition
Friday 1 July–Tuesday 19 July
Opens 6pm Friday 1 July
Showcasing work from East Gippsland Specialist School, this exhibition is a vehicle for self-expression, team-building and confidence boosting. See how students from 5 – 15 years old with varying intellectual, physical and social challenges use visual art to express and explore their feelings and individuality.
East Gippsland Specialist School Art Exhibition is an exhibition bursting with all the colour, vibrancy and excitement that is only found in artworks created by enthusiastic students.
East Gippsland Specialist School Art Exhibition
10 June–28 June
Chasing Hasui Bob Munro Photographs
Opens 6pm Friday 10 June
With Japan being in the news recently Bob Munro’s exhibition of photographs Chasing Hasui should be of general interest to the public when it opens at the East Gippsland Art Gallery (EGAG) Bairnsdale on Friday, 10 June.
Admiration of wood block artist Kawasi Hasui’s work led Bob to travel to Japan and seek out the locations Hasui depicted and then photograph them.
This original plan soon altered as had some of the locations Hasui was familiar with because World War 2, nature, and modernity had made many changes to these scenes both during and after his life-time (1883-1957).
Bob’s travels followed Hasui throughout Central and Western Honshu, Kansai and Shikoku, which gave him a good overview of the traditional Japan Hasui was criticised for romanticising while his nation moved forward. However, it is this exotic view of Japan which is perhaps most attractive and intriguing to us as ‘out-siders’.
Certainly, the Japan Hasui portrayed is still present albeit with an overlay of modern-day uniformity. It is this contrast Bob has tried to capture without entirely losing the nostalgia Hasui so obviously felt for the ancient culture of his country.
Bob Munro Chasing Haui
Reflections on Fracture Lisa Shanahan
Opens 6pm Friday 10 June
Life often throws us into circumstances which shatter our perception of who we are and seems to eliminate all sense of control and direction. Lisa Shanahan presents a moving exhibition, Reflecting on Fracture, opening on 10 June at the East Gippsland Art Gallery, Bairnsdale.
This exhibition takes the form of a three chapter narrative describing Lisa’s personal experience of such a traumatic situation, in this case potentially life threatening illness.
Her works are powerful, honest and at times confronting. They express a very personal journey which will resonate on a deep level with the viewer. Indeed, the work called Monkey Me was chosen to be exhibited in the Cancer Council Art Awards and was described by the judge as expressing ‘unbridled raw emotion’.
Nevertheless, as gallery visitors move through this exhibition they will find works full of dynamism, colour and strength as the artist moves away from her interior personal world into the last ‘chapter’ of fractured city images.
Lisa is a highly skilled and experienced painter who works in gouache and oils for this exhibition. She grew up and was educated in Bairnsdale and now resides in Port Douglas.
Lisa Shanahan Reflections on Fracture
20 May – 7 June 2011
Recent Works – Landscapes in pastel, pencil & gouache
Kevin Parker’s life-long passion for the bush is evident in his exhibition “Recent Works” opening at the East Gippsland Art Gallery, Bairnsdale, at 6pm on Friday, 20 May.
A passion for the bush led Kevin to finally moving in 1991 to a farm at Deddick. Since then, the breathtaking scenery of the upper Snowy area and the Monaro have continued to provide the inspiration for his images both for the grand landscapes and the very intense micro landscapes revealed on the surfaces of stones and leaves.
“Recent Works” demonstrate Kevin’s maturity as an artist. His confident use of gouache, pastels and colour pencils in various combinations is used to express the subtle changes to the landscape created by changing seasons and different times of day.
As well as describing the physical landscape, from the gently undulating land forms, big skies and vast spaces of the Monaro to the rugged terrain of the Snowy River and its gorges, many of the images capture the elusive, atmospheric effects of rainbows, storms and cloud shadows. These images will cause the viewer to immediately recall similar fleeting but memorable experiences.
Kevin studied architecture and his background as a freelance architectural illustrator can be seen in the construction of his works. Kevin’s landscapes are strong and vigorous, with a sense of the underlying structure of the mountains and his compositions have a solid foundation. “Recent Works” also includes four graphite perspective renderings indicative of Kevin’s continued fascination with the medium and architectural form.
Kevin Parker has had many successful solo exhibitions and “Recent Works – Landscapes in pastel, pencil and gouache” will delight visitors, especially those who appreciate the beauty of Far East Gippsland’s wilderness. “Recent Works” opens at 6pm on Friday, 20 May and continues until Tuesday 7 June.
Kevin Parker - Recent Works
two part project as part East Gippsland's contribution to Creative Gippsland's month of May celebrations 'be inspired'
Seen in the Light – light graffiti
Senior secondary students and the Community are invited to capture images, drawn by light, on their camera. Images to be posted on the website and a selection of digital prints in East Gallery.
Seen in the Light – light in a box
View a world unseen until illuminated by light. The gallery-based exhibition of 30 small black boxes filled with the imagination of East Gippsland artists. All is revealed as the viewer peers through the eyepiece and switches on the light. West Gallery
Joyce Nowrungsah, Jenny Toye, Cheri O’Donnell
Visual Phantasms is a group exhibition by the artists Joyce Nowrungsah, Jenny Toye and Cheri O’Donnell that explores alternative realities of the everyday through the aesthetics of the uncanny and the sublime. This show is an aesthetic exploration of themes that are major issues of contemporary art practice, Identity, the Hybrid, Memory, Art history, Nature, Ideology, Technology (with emphasis on biotechnology), Design, Space, and Environment. Mixed media used in the show, sculpture, painting, drawing, and traditional printmaking reflect a state of phantasmagorical wonder and awe.
Joyce Nowrungsah’s work explores the human body as receptacle, the sublime and the uncanny due to the advancement of science in particular the biotechnology. Joyce uses the human form life-size scale in sculpture and drawings to confront the viewer with the question with each advancement in biotechnology; Is the material form of the human flesh becoming a Phantasm?
Jenny Toye's paintings visually enchants the viewer into her surreal world where personal memories, experiences and artistic historical influences such as Hieronymus Bosch, Caravaggio and Mark Ryde, play an important role. Jenny feels the process of painting is a “felt experience”. So the materiality of painting offers a surreal encounter with lived, personal as well as artistic history.
Cheri O’Donnell's paintings of non-figurative alpine landscapes dominated by the architecture of ski resorts, show that despite designing and preserving the alpine environment, nature reasserts itself via the weather and seasonal changes. In the paintings on show, the viewer will encounter the material presence of weather that haunts our time with the climate change debate.
Prince of Hearts
4–29 March West Gallery
The subject of the work is the well-known phenomenon of pubescent girls’ obsession with horses. A glass saddle and leather chaps form part of this visually stunning installation and the use of repetitive ceramic horse motifs in waffle cones express the notion of obsession. Identical object placed in central Australia in May 2010, not only link EGAG with the desert environment but also reflect the universal voice of this exhibition.
Metamorphosis - Christen Jo Stone
coiled wire jewellery
4–23 March East Gallery
Christen Jo Stone is an award winning artist, recently returned to Victoria. Metamorphosis has a fun ‘bug’ theme and demonstrates Jo’s exciting, very sculptural and organic style of working. The copper & silver wire wrapped jewellery, adorned with gemstones, includes earrings, pendants and brooches and are fascinating, unique pieces.
Christen Jo Stone
Restrospective - Joe Driscoll
11 February - 1 March, 2011
Joe Driscoll, 90, has been painting for over 70 years. In 1959, Joe and his family built a holiday house on Raymond Island and since then Joe has produced 100s of paintings in his figurative style capturing the day-to-day life around the Island. Joe’s pallet, the fashions and vehicles capture an era long gone in a fascinating exhibition of paintings.
5 – 27 January 2011
Summer Showcase is an exhibition that highlights the creative and diverse range of artwork produced in East Gippsland by a group of established artists. This is also an opportunity to promote EG artists to a broader audience of visitors.
Fine Art for Fine Presents
EGAG has established a tradition of presenting an annual Christmas exhibition of fine art works created by local artists.
East Gippsland is recognized for the diverse art works produced by local artists and “Fine Art for Fine Presents” celebrates this diversity. Ceramics, paintings, drawings, jewellery, felting, textiles and prints are just a sample of the art works featured in this exhibition.
Deirdre Jack, Di Deppeler, Marion Dawson, Yvonne Renfree, Iris Bain and Malcolm Boyd are some of the established artists in “Fine Art for Fine Presents”. Marine artist, Paul Garling, Mary Sowa’s images of sled-dogs and Alan Ramadge’s beautifully crafted wooden boxes add to this wonderful eclectic mix of fine art.
A very traditional part of many homes is the Christmas tree and this year “Fine Art for Fine Presents” has a very interesting collection of Christmas tree decorations for sale. The decorations have been made by local artists specifically for this exhibition.
Art works must generally stay on show for the duration of the exhibition but works sold during “Fine Art for Fine Presents” will be sold ‘off the wall’. This means that works can be taken home immediately, ready for Christmas.
“Fine Art for Fine Presents” opens at 6pm on Friday, 3 December with an invitation to come along, listen to the wonderful sounds of Christmas carols sung by Chanticleer and enjoy the exhibition.
Because of requests from artists for inclusion in this exhibition EGAG has opened an ‘expression of interest’ list for the 2011 exhibition.
Diploma of Visual Art EG TAFE Institute 2nd yr students
TAFE 2nd year 2010
works with paper
22 October–9 November
Paper is an extremely versatile material and the artworks in PAGE one – works with paper by members of the Paper Arts Group, Gippsland East, demonstrate just how versatile paper can be.
PAGE one – works with paper is this group’s first exhibition. PAGE members meet on the 5th Saturday of the month and at each meeting they explore some new technique or method of working with paper.
Interests within the group vary and workshops held over the year reflect this diversity. Various book bindings are demonstrated as are the myriad of techniques to make book covers and small books. Paper making classes using either recycled paper or plant fibre are always well attended and with Margaret Mason as the tutor the paper produced is of fine quality. Members have also investigated cyanotype printing, embossing, wax resist techniques, different ways of using paints or dyes to create designs, various methods to change the surface of the paper, free form ‘drawing’ with paper pulp and using armature