Scribing Tools III Selected for 2022 Blacktown Arts Prize
I have been very excited to hear that my Scribing Tools III series has been selected for the 2023 Blacktown City Art Prize!
Can't wait to see all the works on display in early January!
"The Blacktown City Art Prize is a much loved, open-themed art prize and exhibition.
The exhibition showcases the work of the 72 finalists, including a significant number of First Nations (15%) and local artists (22%).
The works span a range of styles and media including drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, and photo and mixed-media. A number of submissions reflect a growing sense of hope, resilience and positivity.
The independent judging panel commented that diverse and versatile styles were reflected amongst the selected finalists’ work which included a mix of emerging and established artists.
This year, Blacktown Arts received 514 entries from over 400 artists across Australia."
Gyre Brushes Selected for the Greenway Artprize 2022
Gyre Brushes were created to reflect the serpentine path of the Cooks River and the GreenWay following its course. The title refers to the way in which these resources form a vital part of the residents lives as well as providing a vital refuge for native plants and animals. The reference to paintbrushes in the use of the bristles is linked to the creative inspiration the GreenWay offers to many.
A notable event on the Inner West arts and culture calendar, the GreenWay Art Prize celebrates the qualities of the Cooks River to Iron Cove GreenWay–a precious 5.8km urban environmental and sustainable transport corridor in Sydney’s Inner West.
The GreenWay follows the route of the Inner West Light Rail and Hawthorne Canal and features bike paths and foreshore walks, cultural and historical sites, cafes, bushcare sites and a range of parks, playgrounds and sporting facilities.
The Art Prize was established in 2010 to capture the essence of the Greenway through visual art and to celebrate the vibrancy, creativity and community spirit of the Inner West.
This is a national prize, open to all artists
Scribing Tools II Selected for the 2022 Ravenswood Womens Art Prize
In exciting news, Scribing Tools II has been selected for the presitigous Ravenswood Womens Art Prize.
The Ravenswood Australian Women's Art Prize is an annual acquisitive prize that was launched in 2017 to advance art and opportunity for emerging and established women artists in Australia. It is the highest value professional artist prize for women in Australia.
There are three prize categories – the Professional Artist Prize of $35,000, the Emerging Artist Prize of $5,000 and the Indigenous Emerging Artist Prize of $5,000.
There is also a People’s Choice Award of $2,000.
Artists are asked to enter an artwork that best reflects their art practice - there is no theme.
Artwork judging is overseen by Ravenswood Australian Women's Art Prize Patron and acclaimed artist, Jennifer Turpin. Join us as we celebrate the finest women talent in Australia.
Lore Exhibition Extended Until December 2021
Winner of Artist Residency - 2021 6x6" Defiance Sculpture Prize
Each year the Miniature Show has been supported generously by a community of discerning art lovers which has allowed many artists to be recognised and celebrated. We are very proud to present the sponsors and prize winners of the 2021 exhibition.
Congratulations to Kate Stehr who has been awarded the Artist Residency at the Barnhouse by John Normyle for her work ‘Inclination’ 2021, timber, 14.2 x 14 x 14.9cm $1,575
ARTIST RESIDENCY AT THE BARNHOUSE MAFFRA ~
SUPPORTED BY JOHN NORMYLE
The Maffra Residency has supported a wide range of Australian artists by providing a haven of creativity on the Monaro. The recipient will receive a ten day residency at the Barnhouse.
Scribing Tools Series Purchased by Wollongong Art Gallery
In wonderful news, the works I created for the Lore exhibition at Wollongong Art Gallery, have been purchased for their permanent collection.
Entitled 'Scribing Tools', this series of timber and mixed media works, continues to explore my interest in telling stories. I have had a long interest in creating works that explore the traditional narratives that are the foundation of our cultures.
Predominantly hand carved from timber in a naïve style, these works also feature found objects. Resembling giant, often disjointed brushes and styluses, the works encourage the audience to visualise them in use, in scrawling imagined gestures. What marks might they splash across the chosen surface, if picked up and dipped in ink? The abstraction of form and the desire to play with a sculptural ‘line’ can also be found in the linear wall pieces.
Winner NSW Category - Zart Teacher Art Prize
In exciting news, my work 'The Brush' from the Scribing Tools I series, has won the NSW category of the inaugural, nationwide, Zart Teacher Art Prize.
The prize comes with $5000 in art supplies for my school!
'Colour Wheel' Exhibition - April/May 2017
'Symphony' Exhibition - March 2017
'Scarborough Art Show' - October 2016
I will be exhibiting some sculptural works in the 2016 annual Scarborough Art Show. The show is held on the 8th and 9th of October at Scarborough Public School.
High on a cliff overlooking a spectacular coastline, the Scarborough Art Show has become a cultural beacon of the Illawarra, attracting visitors and exhibitors from the region and across the state.
Now in its 18th year, the annual show has developed a reputation for its quality, its breadth and its affordability. Painters, printmakers, photographers and sculptors join with jewellers, ceramicists and craftspeople from Sydney to the Southern Highlands to create a vibrant exhibition, with something for everyone.
An hour’s drive south of Sydney through the Royal National Park and across the scenic Seacliff Bridge, visitors can enjoy a coffee, food, live music and kids' entertainment, and come away with an affordable piece of art.
'Practice What You Teach' Exhibition - September 2016
'Practice What You Teach' was held at M2 Gallery in Surry Hills, Sydney and exhibited the works from a range of Sydney secondary art teachers. This wonderful initiative, organised by art teacher and artist Camille Softley, was a great success. The exhibition ran from Wednesday 28th September to Tuesday 4th October.
Shop 4/450 Elizabeth Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010
'Practice What You Teach' is an exhibition initiative devoted to motivating and maintain the art making practices of Sydney's talented art teachers.
We should practice what we teach, so to say, in order to stay in touch with our own creative interests, maintain a connection with the contemporary art world and ultimately prove to those young minds we teach everyday that we are in fact artists. A continued development of artmaking skills and artistic concepts can be highly beneficial to both teacher and student progress. However, due to the time poor nature and demand of teaching, this development is not often prioritised.
This show exists as an opportunity for professional learning, a network platform and ultimately a strategy for Sydney's art teachers to maintain ongoing artistic development.
Facebook: Join the PWYT community and stay updated on future shows.
'Insight: Spiritual Art' - July 2016
The 'Insight: Spiritual Art' exhibition was held at Hillside Gallery in July.
The exhibition brought together a diverse range of artists and focused on spirituality in art and artistic forms of expression.
This in the first of a series of exhibitions which seek to highlight the value of the 'inner' and spiritual artistic expression by creating high quality exhibitions on this theme.
The 'Insight' exhibition was held over three days, and featured a range of workshops, artist-run events and walks in the beautiful grounds of the Hillside property.
Studio Visit with the Corner Store Gallery
Madeleine Young, owner of the Corner Store Gallery with whom I will be holding a solo exhibition this month, has recently interviewed me during a studio visit.
The full studio visit can be found at the link below:
'Narrative Play' - December 2015
I am excited to announce a solo exhibition of sculptural and assemblage works to be held in Orange in December at the Corner Store Gallery.
See the below link to access more information about this show.
50::50, The IAVA Catalogue Show - November 2015
I am excited to be a part of the IAVA Catalogue Show. As an interesting restriction this year, works must fit within at 50 x 50cm dimension restriction.
The 2015 Showcase will be held at Project Contemporary Artspace.
Exhibition: 11-22 November 2015
Project Contemporary Artspace,
255 Keira St Wollongong • Wed – Sun, 10am – 4pm
Opening: Friday 13 November @ 7pm
Guest Speaker: Stephen Nall. Live music by Trent Taylor.
Project Contemporary Artspace on Saturday 14 November at 2pm
Damian Bancks, Libby Bloxham, Judy Bourke , Tammie Castles, Catherine Carr, Julie Donnelly, Angela Forrest, Paula Gowans, Karen Hook, Penny Hulbert, Jennifer Jackson, Moira Kirkwood, Jennifer Portman, Deborah Redwood, Melissa Ritchie, Sue Smalkowski, Kate Stehr, Greer Taylor, Vyvian Wilson, Mary Wingrave, T.S. Zaracostas.
'Out of the Illawarra' - August 2015
'Out of the Illawarra'
An Exhibition of Contemporary Art
Fountain Court Gallery, Parliament House, Macquarie Street, Sydney
Opening event: Thursday 6 August, 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Exhibition dates: 4 August to 28 August 2015
Times: Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
RSVP: 29 July by email: email@example.com
This exhibition is kindly supported by Mr Gareth Ward MP and Mr Ryan Park MP
Out of the Illawarra showcases thirty diverse artists, members of the Illawarra Association for the Visual Arts (IAVA), with paintings, drawings, photographs, prints, sculpture and multimedia works.
Several large paintings by Illawarra indigenous artist, Peter James Hewitt, will hang on the Reconciliation Wall within the Fountain Court Gallery.
Other artists include Damian Bancks, Sue Bessell, Libby Bloxham, Judy Bourke, Catherine Carr, Gary Christian, Gillian Day, Alannah Dreise, Melanie Duncan, Angela Forrest, Paula Gowans, Kendal Heyes, Karen Hook, Tony Hull, Jennifer Jackson, Liz Jeneid, Moira Kirkwood, Andrew Netherwood, Robert William Reid, Melissa Ritchie, Lara Seresin, Virginia Settre, Sue Smalkowski, Kate Stehr, Greer Taylor, Arja Valimaki, Mary Wingrave, Vyvian Wilson and T.S. Zaracostas.
This project was funded by a Cultural Grant from Community, Cultural & Economic Development, Wollongong City Council.
Local:Current at Wollongong Art Gallery - November 2013
I am pleased to be a part of Local:Current 2013, held at Wollongong Art Gallery.
Local:Current is an annual survey of local artists held by WAG. Artists chosen this year include, Natasha Benten, Sue Bessell, Robert William Reid, Kate Stehr, Vyvian Wilson.
The show opens on Friday 22nd November, 6 for 6.30pm
I will also be giving an artist talk on my own works for this show on Saturday 23rd November at 1.30pm.
'IAVA New Members' Show - November 2013
I am excited to be a part of an exhibition showing the diversity of Illawarra Association of Visual Artists (IAVA) members practice, held at Project Contemporary Artspace in December 2013.
Exhibiting artists include: Damian Bancks, Natasha Benten, Julie Donnelly, Peter James Hewitt, Kendal Heyes, Katrina O’Brien, Peter O’Brien, Lara Seresin, Sue Smalkowski, Greer Taylor and myself.
The exhibition opens at 6pm at Project, with Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery speaking, and all welcome.
'Quibble' Solo Exhibition - September 2013
I am pleased to announce a solo exhibition of assemblage works to be held at the Hanging Space Gallery in Woonona.
Entitled 'Quibble' the exhibition features an array of mixed media assemblages.
All are welcome on the opening night, food and refreshments available.
Anita Larkin As Mentor for Clitheroe
As part of the Clitheroe Emerging Sculptor Program I have been asked to select an mentor artist.
I have received the acceptance of sculptor Anita Larkin for this role, and I'm extremely excited about what this mentoring relationship will bring over the next 12 months.
I encourage you to go and view some of the amazing mixed media works created by Larkin if you are yet to see her works.
Winner of Clitheroe Emerging Sculptor Prize
As part of the 2012 Bondi Sculpture by the Sea I have recently been selected as a recipient of the Clitheroe Merging Sculptor Prize.
In 2006, the Clitheroe Foundation and Sculpture by the Sea established The Clitheroe Foundation Emerging Sculptor Mentorship Program, awarding $10,000 each to 3 selected artists. The mentor program aims to encourage professional and meaningful fellowships between emerging sculptors and established practitioners. In benefit of Sculpture by the Sea's established organisational framework, the program facilitates a skills exchange between the emerging artists and their mentors and provides a forum for the professional and technical development of the emerging sculptors.
I am extremely excited to say the least, at this amazing opportunity.
Selection as a Finalist in Sculpture by the Sea 2012
My work 'The Drogue' from my current 'Voyage' series has been selected to be a part of this years Sculpture by the Sea at Bondi.
Sculpture by the Sea is an outdoor sculpture exhibition that runs from Bondi to Tamarama Beach.
It features over 100 sculptures by artists from Australia and across the world and is one of the world's largest free to the public events.
My work will be situated on one of the rock platforms on the walk between Bondi and Tamarama.
What: Bondi Sculpture by the Sea SculpturebytheSea
Where: Coastal Walk, Bondi Beach to Tamarama Beach
When: Thursday 18 October - Sunday 4 November 2012