Since her days as a student, the bush has been a recurring subject for Madeleine through its wide vistas and intriguing minutiae, as well as the creatures that live there. This retrospective demonstrates her development as an artist, her passion for her local environment and celebrates nearly 60 years of living in the hills environment, through exquisite works in charcoal, pastel and mixed media.
Artists in Focus - Louise Simonette, Mikaela Castledine, Kath Stanwix & Helen Clarke
Leading into the festive season, Gallery 2 continues our Artists in Focus program with Gifted. Artists ‘pop-up’ for a week each to offer an insight into their creative practices as well as offering small artworks perfect for gifting.
13 - 22 November | Louise Simonette
Ceramicist Louise Simonette sets up her studio to demonstrate not only her ceramic jewellery, but her more recent foray into clay sculpting.
27 November – 6 December | Mikaela Castledine
Mikaela Castledine installs her stunning collages and crocheted sculptural works – with perhaps a sneak peek at her next masterpiece for Sculpture by the Sea 2016.
11 - 20 December | Kath Stanwix & Helen Clarke
Kath Stanwix’ gorgeous timber jewellery pieces meet the intricate detail of Helen Clarke’s lino cut and etching prints for a double celebration leading into Christmas.
Curated by Anna Sabadini
Curator Anna Sabadini asks, “Why paint in this day and age of all possible virtual realities?” She explains, relevant art necessarily needs to respond to its times, but in times where everything is of the now, an emphasis arguably responsible for the predictability of much of today’s art, there is an argument for the value of the past as a touchstone for quality, depth, richness and integrity. Anna invites a group of painters recognized for their exploration of media and their connection to process and materiality to respond to the brief, the Love of Painting. Unlike many group shows, Anna will work with the group to develop ideas and provide solidarity and mentorship as they participate in 4 atelier-type review sessions held quarterly over a year. Proposed artists include Lesley Munro, Felicity Sivewright, David Ledger, Anna Sabadini, Ben Joel, Bec Juniper, Mel Dare, George Haynes and Nigel Hewitt.
Image: Ben Joel, A Bigger Steal (detail) 2015, hand painted archival hybrid/digital giclee print
Artist in Focus | Gayle Mason
Gayle will transform Gallery 2 with an installation of Emaki drawings, creating a 10 metre long work of continuous mark making, inspired by Japanese artist Mayako Nakamura. “My approach is to construct, demolish, repair and through this type of layering, construct the history of the piece. This study will be an experimental work of time, space and the reflection of my body and thoughts each day.”
During this Artist in Focus, Gayle will engage with the public and school students to create large scale drawings using a variety of natural mark making processes.
IN RESIDENCE | THU, FRI & SAT 11AM - 3PM UNTIL SUN 8 NOVEMBER 2015
Image: Gayle Mason, Threads (detail), Emaki drawing
Bush Fire Recovery - Evolving in the Presence of Fire
The Mundaring Environmental Art Project provides an opportunity for primary school children to engage with local and global environmental issues and promote a positive message about the importance of nurturing and protecting the earth. This display features hundreds of responses from local Primary school children who have explored the effect of bushfire on native flora and fauna to come up with suggested solutions for recovery and future environmental practice.
This project is a joint initiative of Mundaring Arts Centre, Shire of Mundaring’s Environmental Advisory Committee, Mundaring Community Branch, Bendigo Bank and the Department of Culture and the Arts. A selection from the images on display will be translated into banners to adorn the Mundaring Memorial Rose Garden for the coming year.
Image: Detail from banner designed and painted by Ellen Bourgault, 2014
Curated by Leonie Matthews and Robyn Creagh
At its heart, this exhibition takes the notion of the still life – the portrayal of inanimate, everyday objects - to bring together a group of local and national artists, architects and designers, whose work in installation reveals the extraordinary, everyday of domestic space.
Exhibitors include Neil Aldum, Katherine Ashe, Megan Christie, Adam Cruickshank, Richelle Doney, Eva Fernandez, Susan Flavell, Penelope Forlano, Fiona Harman, Kieran Ingram, Brendan Jurich, Elisa Markes-Young, Antony Muia, Fran Rhodes and Kirstine Sadler as well as recent Industrial Design graduates from Central Institute of Technology, Ali Sattarpanah, Shannon Riddle, Jack Flanagan and Callum Campbell.
Artists in Focus
The Mundaring Arts Centre is proud to present this body of photographic work by selected members of the Mundaring Camera Club. The images displayed showcase different perspectives, the interplay of light and subject interpretation from each photographers’ view point and exemplify the meaning of photography “drawing with light”. The word “photography” was created from the Greek roots φωτός (phōtos), genitive of φως (phōs), “light”, and γραφή (graphé) “representation by means of lines” or “drawing”, together meaning “drawing with light”.
Formally known as Swan Hills Photographical Society, the Mundaring Camera Club is one of the oldest in WA, having been in existence since 1962. The purpose of the club is to learn and grow photographical ability in the local community and have fun at the same time.
The Club currently has 22 members ranging in skills from expert to beginner, with the more experienced photographers encouraged to share their knowledge through a positive learning environment. The Club meets monthly for competitions with guest professional judges, and offer a range of workshops, events and tutorials. Every month sees a new idea or approach that refines photography just a bit more. These refinements contribute to continued learning and growth for the photographer.
Mundaring Camera Club contact details
firstname.lastname@example.org | Club President Ron Dullard 0407 198 571 | jmu460.wix.com | www.facebook.com/Mundaringcameraclub
Image: Arena from Fitzgerald by Ron Dullard
with every fibre of my being articulates ideas associated with ritual, sacred objects, femininity and the body. Focusing on fibre and textiles as a diverse medium, the exhibiting artists push the boundaries of the traditional associations of textiles, examining their connection to their own existence, while at the same time, being inspired by women’s ‘craft’, tribal cultures and ancient civilizations.
Originally conceived by textile artist Sarah Zel Chescoe, the exhibition is a celebration of WA fibre and textiles. The works are created by leading WA textile artists, all with a history of lecturing or studying at Curtin University’s School of Art & Design, who are recognised nationally and internationally for their work. They include Trish Bygott, Anne Farren, Trish Little, Lorna Murray, Annette Seeman and Katrina Virgona, who are joined by recent graduates Dani Andrée, Bonnie Boogaard, Hannah Farleigh and Elizabeth West – each of whom have demonstrated a unique style of working within the realms of this diverse and expressive medium.
Artist in Focus | Alma Hotchkin
Showcasing her life’s work with early etchings and lino prints from the 1980s and 90s, Alma presents a selection of prints that highlight her diversity and explorations into printmaking from her long-term interest and passion for nature and design.
Her print-works reveal a strong linear quality which she sees as integral to translating the natural world into art. Her desire is that this emphasis allows others to see ‘her’ world and awareness of nature. At the age of eighty-seven, Alma Hotchkin continues to practice and exhibit regularly.
Curated by Cristy Burne
Since 2005, MAC has celebrated the art of children’s book creation through heARTlines - a month-long festival of workshops, talks and demonstrations, complemented by an outstanding exhibition of original book illustrations from recently published children’s literature by WA authors and illustrators.
heARTlines brings literature and art enrichment to the eastern edge of Perth and in 2015, curator and author Cristy Burne has invited Jen Banyard, AJ (Amanda) Betts, Wendy Binks, Karen Blair, Raewyn Caisley, Kelly Canby, Gabriel Evans, Deb Fitzpatrick, James Foley, Mark Greenwood, Kylie Howarth, Kyle Hughes-Odgers, Frané Lessac, Patricia Negus, Mark Pardoe, Den Scheer and Briony Stewart to participate in the festivals events. By special arrangement with The Lit Centre, artworks by Terry Denton from Jandamarra (author Mark Greenwood) will also be on display.
Gallery 2 will host a viewing of all the amazing animated results from Steven Aiton’s recent residency – if you created an animation, bring your friends to see your work on the big screen and see what fantastical stories others created too.
During Reconciliation Week (28 May - 2 June), Gallery 2 will become the haven of kids lit past and present with the Great Book Swap. This is a terrific opportunity to share a kid’s book that you loved but are happy to pass on to others and, for a gold coin donation, you can pick up a story someone else enjoyed and wants to share. The Great Book Swap helps to raise awareness and funds for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation >
Artist in Focus | Steve Aiton
Gallery 2 will come alive with electronic media installations and workshops with digital animation artist, Steven Aiton. New media enthusiasts, ‘Viners’ and the public are invited to immerse themselves in the installation and have a go on the ‘drop-in station’, adding to a series of looped short films throughout the month. Animation workshops utilising mobile digital technology and stop-motion techniques with laptops, cameras and iPads will engage participants in characters and prop design for their own short animation.
Image: Steven Aiton, PMH Residency Project 2014
Curators: Kate Parker and Ella McDonald
Each year Watch This Space showcases a new wave of emerging artists recently graduated from Perth’s leading tertiary institutions including Curtin University, Edith Cowan University and Central Institute of Technology.
Being an artist is a risky business. It’s a seemingly romantic pursuit but the reality is often quite different. At a time when commercial galleries are struggling to stay open and traditional exhibition opportunities for artists at all stages of their career are dwindling, it’s important to support artists making their first forays into their professional career.
In 2015 the exhibition features the work of Tessa Beale, Kathleen Bloomfield-Gibbs, Jason Dirstein, Jane Hamilton, Jonathan Holding, Carly Lynch, Jazmin Mckechnie, Michael Rankin, Kat Scarff, Emma Schrader and Jennifer Sims.
Rather than exhaustively surveying the vast array of work from WA’s recent graduates, Watch This Space follows a thread of commonality that runs through the work of the 11 exhibiting artists. In one way or another, each of the works deals with collection; the collection of objects, information, ideas or feelings.
Found objects inform the work of Jonathan Holding’s small, eclectic sculptures while Kat Scarff’s beautiful collections of discarded fragments explore the passing of time and decay. Through large scale drawing and sculpture Carly Lynch questions the traditional methods of history collection while Kathleen Bloomfield-Gibbs documents journeys and mapping in her subtle prints and drawings. Jennifer Simms’ intimate video work captures moments in time through the exploration of writing and the body and underscores the quiet contemplative nature of the exhibition as a whole.
Image: Jennifer Sims, Sequence Divulging Self, video still
Kathleen Bloomfield- Gibbs, Two-tone Coastline, etching
Tessa Beale, Glacier 12, intaglio print on paper
Shire of Mundaring Art Acquisition Exhibition
Curated by Ricky Arnold
Drawing on his vast knowledge of West Australian professional craft practitioners from the Eastern region, Ricky Arnold will invite a selection of artists to showcase their exceptional skills for the 2015 Shire of Mundaring Art Acquisition Exhibition.
The Shire of Mundaring Art Collection boasts over 160 art forms, collected via the acquisition exhibition since 1986. The 2015 display of fine craft responds to the recent Craft Sector Mapping Study conducted by the Chamber of Arts and Culture, providing an avenue for jewellers, metal-smiths, ceramicists, wood, leather, fibre and textile artists to engage with the public, provide dialogue, inspiration and education to celebrate a vibrant craft sector. With exceptional, internationally renowned craftspeople residing in the Shire of Mundaring, this exhibition promises to be a beautiful exploration of form, surface, materiality and design.