12 December 2011

Greenies on the airwaves

Curator Kirsten Fitzpatrick talked to Tony Arthur about being green on ABC Local - Overnights on Sunday morning. Be sure to check out our current exhibition 'Green Nation' at gallery artisan to see our talented group of greenies in action before it closes on the 21st of December.

To listen to the show visit: http://www.abc.net.au/overnights/

02 December 2011

Desert Psychedelia hits Horsham Regional Art Gallery

Artisan travelling exhibition 'Jimmy Pike: Desert Psychedelic' opened early November at Horsham Regional Art Gallery to the great delight of visitors. As curator Alison Eggleton notes: 'All visitors have responded to the Desert Psychedelic exhibition with excitement and delight. The bright colours and vivid designs have transformed our gallery into a joyful space.'

One local councillor made Horsham Regional Art Gallery staff Jimmy Pike badges for the opening from Jimmy Pike fabric they had, ensuring everyone got into the desert psychedelic spirit.

The exhibition closes at Horsham Regional Art Gallery on the 18th of December 2011.

Image Credit: Curator Alison Eggleton, and Mrs Loloma Puls in her handmade dress from Jimmy Pike Fabric. Photograph from Horsham Regional Art Gallery.


Artisan Annual Patrons Christmas Party

Artisan celebrated the end of another successful year at the Annual Patrons Christmas Party. Artisan's most Honoured Patron Her Excellency the Governor of Queensland, Ms Penelope Wensley AC officially opened the event which was attended by artisan's Corporate Patrons, Champions of Design and Government Representatives.

Antonio Mendes & Tamlyn Mills

Chris Douglas & David Thomas

Katie Maclennan & Yvonne Rantzeu

Tasha Finn, Lisa Nobes, Kevin Moreland

Lisa Nobes, Mathilde Dyjardin, Gerowyn Lyons

Artisan Chairman Gavan Ranger

Artisan CEO Liana Heath

Artisan Patrons

Artisan CEO Liana Heath

Artisan Chairman Gavan Ranger, Her Excellency the Governor of Queensland, Ms Penelope Wensley AC, artisan CEO Liana Heath

David Thomas, Her Excellency the Governor of Queensland, Ms Penelope Wensley AC, artisan Chairman Gavan Ranger
Robin Daw, Her Excellency the Governor of Queensland, Ms Penelope Wensley AC, Eliza Tee
Jane & David Thomas

Malcolm Snow, Bruce Medele, Rob Allan

Chetana Andary, Rob Allan, Dylys Bertelsen

30 November 2011

Expressions of Interest - 11th Festival of Pacific Arts

CLOSING DATE: 5pm, Monday 5 December 2011

The Australia Council in partnership with State and Territory Arts Agencies invites expressions of interest from Indigenous artists and groups to be a part of the Australian delegation attending the 11th Festival of Pacific Arts to be held in Honiara, the Solomon Islands from 1 to 14 July 2012.

Expressions of interest are sought from Indigenous artists and groups who have experience in the areas of traditional and contemporary dance, music, theatre, literature, visual arts, crafts, filmmaking and digital media. The final delegation will be limited to a maximum of 30 delegates from across Australia. Under the guidance of the Curatorial Team, the delegation will be required to participate in a program of events across 14 days, which will include performances, presentations, forums and advocacy events.

Expressions of interest will be selected that demonstrate the following criteria:
• Experience in international/national touring, and/or working as a part of a team
• Understanding the cultural responsibility of indigenous artists and/or organizations as ambassadors of Indigenous culture
• Excellent artistic skills and product/material that is export-ready
• Highly motivated and dedicated

To be eligible for selection, delegates will be required to:
• Possess or obtain a current Australian passport
• Provide confirmation of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander identity provided y an organization registered under the Aboriginal Councils and Associations Act 1976 or other relevant legislation, as requested by ATSIAB
• Submit examples of work on DVD or USB, including high quality digital imagery where appropriate.

Lara Croydon, Indigenous Program Officer: Queensland Theatre Company
Ph: 07 3010 7600
Fax: 07 3010 7699


The Australian delegation attending the Festival of Pacific Arts is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts

29 November 2011

Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor on the Bush Telegraph

Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor hit radio waves again, with Michael Mackenzie interviewing curator Kirsten Fitzpatrick and historian Dorothy Erickson, for the Bush Telegraph this morning.

You can listen to the interview on the ABC Rural website here.

25 November 2011

Botanica 2011 Exhibition

Queensland Ceramicist Virginia Jones, will be exhibiting her installation work as part of her Artist-in-Residence at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha.

The exhibition Botanica 2011 will be on display from Friday the 2nd of December to Sunday 4th December from 10am-4pm at the Queensland Herbarium - Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha, Mt Coot-tha Road, Toowong.

Information and works by participating artists can be seen at http://www.botanicalartqld.com.au/

To see more work by Virginia Jones visit http://www.virginia-jones.blogspot.com/

23 November 2011

Save Craft Australia

On Thursday, 12 October, Craft Australia was officially notified that it had been 'defunded': it will receive no more triennial funding from the Australia Council for the Arts beyond the end of 2011.

While Craft Australia and the broad constituencies it represents and supports would dispute this decision, the result effectively means the organisation has no funds to operate beyond 31 December 2011. This decision comes at a point when the sector is poised to make some significant developments in relation to craft, design, innovation and the creative industries, and in which Craft Australia has played and would have continued to play a significant role.

Your help
Craft Australia and artisan would greatly appreciate your support and assistance to get Craft Australia refunded for a further period so that it can ensure that the key tasks carried out by Craft Australia are continued.  Craft Australia has 14 working days before they close the doors on this chapter of activity, and all the projects that have gone along with it.

You can show your support by signing the petition. This will greatly benefit the Australian craft and design sector, particularly in requesting further funding for Craft Australia to wind up responsibly. Please see the Craft Australia website for more details - http://www.craftaustralia.org.au/

22 November 2011

Green Nation, Carpette & Cherish Opening Night Pictures

Artisan was blooming last Thursday night with the opening of 'Green Nation' and 'Carpette', and the launch of the Cherish Christmas Retail Showcase.

14 November 2011

The Lightness Matrix 2: SPACE : Glen Henderson at Federation Square

FROM 17 October  to the End of December Federation Square Screens will be enlivened by a new sort of puppet theatre week nights from dusk until 9pm.
Glen Henderson, exhibits Matrix 2 as part two of a three part Project developed as Artist in Residence at Creative Industries  Queensland University of Technology.
With SPACE as its theme the second work in the Matrix story harnesses the organic patterns of microscopic life that energises her work to explore the nature of spatiality in both its physical and spiritual guises.

In a search for mastery of some kind at the risk of metaphorically crashing to the ground, Henderson employs transitions reminiscent of puppet theatre.  In introducing each scene, her characters are more like scaled up figurines than puppets as they command centre stage before flying off to sit within the props to watch.
This unfolding story creates the impression of a new sort of puppet show and selling ones sole for knowledge and skill ensues until the curtains are drawn to a close and the story unfolds again.
Writers of stories, films and operas have reinterpreted this legend through stories appropriate to their own time.

For more information visit: 
www.fedsquare.com/events and click on big screen

11 November 2011

KEA Event

The Kiwi Expat Association (KEA) enjoyed an evening of fine wine and cheese this week at gallery artisan. With a backdrop of the current 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor' exhibition, KEA members sampled produce from New Zealand's top Cheese and Wine Maker's.