25 August 2011

Opening at artisan tonight - Thursday 25th August

Image: Peter Walker, Spitting, 2010. Synthetic polymer paint on Paulownia. 6'6". Artwork by Phil Hayes. Photo: Grant Hancock.
Tonight (Thursday 25 August) from 6–8pm at artisan we have two brilliant exhibitions opening. In the main gallery, superbly crafted wooden surfboards ride the wave from sport and recreation into art and design in One True Religion: Peter Walker Surfboards

Meanwhile in the Crucible gallery space we have Matt Dabrowski and the Many Hands of Glamour bringing us the captivating Crystal Grinder.


Both shows continue until Friday the 23rd of September 2011. A slightly shorter display time on these shows so don't miss out! See you at artisan soon!

23 August 2011

Opportunity: Artists to Learn the Art of Arts Business

Artists who want to be successful in business have the opportunity to participate in a series of business development workshops over the next few months to be run by Flying Arts and Artworkers Alliance.

Director of Artworkers Kevin Wilson said that the business workshops will be beneficial for emerging and practicing artists in Brisbane, providing an opportunity to gain arts business skills and develop pathways towards a sustainable career.

The first workshop 'How to - plan and manage an arts project' is supported by Art Shed Brisbane and will be held on Sunday 18 September at Circle Gallery, 274 Montague Rd West End from 10am - 4pm.

Other workshops in the series to be held in Brisbane over the next few months include: 'How to - set up & run your arts business'; 'How to - plan and facilitate an arts workshop'; and 'How to - write about, document and present your art'.

The cost of each workshop is $40 for members or $50 for non members. Bookings and payments must be made in advance to ensure a place is available.

For more information about the workshops, or to make a booking go to www.flyingarts.org.au/brisbaneworkshops or call Flying Arts on 3844 7211.

18 August 2011

Exhibition Opening Friday 19th August 2011 - The Sixth Extinction: Our Postcolonial Ecology

The Sixth Extinction: Our Postcolonial Ecology

Works in Silver by Bibi Locke, Candidate for Master of Visual Arts

August 15th - 20th 2011

Opening: 6-8pm Friday 19 August

POP Gallery - 12 Ipswich Road Woolloongabba

The Sixth Extinction: Our Postcolonial Ecology is an exhibition of small scale sculptural works and jewellery created during Locke's Master of Visual Arts Candidacy. Extending the field of contemporary jewellery and small object practice, Locke visualises aspects of Australia's postcolonial ecoloy, including the direct impact of invasive introduced species on native flora and fauna, and the connection between everyday food products we consume and the endangerment of native species through land clearing for agriculture. Using traditional techniques of hand engraving and fine saw piercing. Locke's delicate depictions communicate compelling visual arguments; the small scale and intricate detail of the works invites us to carefully consider our relationship to the altered ecology of postcolonial Australia.

16 August 2011

Applications Now Open - Laughing Waters Artist-in-Residence Program 2012

Applications are now open for the 2012 Laughing Waters Artist-in-Residence Program.

Nillumbik Shire Council, in partnership with Parks Victoria, invites contemporary artists working in any medium to apply for a residency of up to four months during 2012. This is an exciting opportunity for artists to develop their practice in one of two properties located in an inspiring natural setting on protected Eltham bushland, approximately 30 kilometres north-east of Melbourne.

Artists selected for residencies are required to devise and deliver a community project with support from Council Officers.

The Artist-in Residence program is designed to:
  • contribute to cultural development within the Shire by providing the local community with access to high quality arts activities, and local artists with professional development opportunities
  • provide an opportunity for contemporary artists to make a deep inquiry into their practice in an inspiring natural and cultural environment
  • provide an opportunity for contemporary artists to be part of the rich heritage of art-making in Nillumbik
  • raise awareness of the residency site and its significance on a local, national and international level
  • help conserve the environmental and cultural values of the residency site
  • profile the Shire of Nillumbik as a leading arts location in Victoria

Entries must be received by 4pm, Friday 7th October 2011.

Application forms and guidelines are available to download from http://www.nillumbik.vic.gov.au/

For more information please phone: +61 3 9433 3359 or email: artsinfo@nillumbik.vic.gov.au

Opportunity: Vitrify Alcorso Ceramic Award

Entries are now open for the 2012 Vitrify Alcorso Ceramic Award.

The Vitrify Alcorso Ceramic Award is a $10 000 annual prize for ceramics.

The award is open to artists nationally and is non-acquisitive.

Entries must be received by Friday 7th October 2011.

More information and entry guidelines can be found on the website: http://www.vitrify.com.au/

15 August 2011

Opportunity: Clayton Utz Art Award

Clayton Utz is one of Australia's largest and most successful law firms and is proud to support the Arts through the Clayton Utz "LAUNCH" Art Award.

The Award available to Queensland-based artists or artist with a strong connection to Queensland, offers  a $10 000 winner's prize and exhibition space for the finalists.

The competition is open to all mediums, however the artwork must be wall-mountable and fit within dimensions of 1.5m in width x 2m in height.

Entries close on the 2nd of September 2011.

For full details and online entry visit http://www.claytonutzartaward.com.au/ 

12 August 2011

Artisan official welcome for new CEO Liana Heath

Artisan officially welcomed new CEO Liana Heath last night at a function at gallery artisan.

Here are some photos from the event.

11 August 2011

Opportunity - Studio and Office Workspace available for rent in Fairfield

Studio and office workspace is available for rent in Fairfield. The 90 sqm space is located in a unique timber character building and is suited to a wide range of uses with open plan areas, a covered outdoor breakout deck, meeting room, offices, private entries, bathroom, kitchen and air conditioning. The property is located one minute from the Fairfield railway station, and four minutes from Fairfield Gardens Shopping Centre and Bus.

For more information on this negotiable lease, contact Henk Mulder on 0419 726 717.

10 August 2011

Opportunity: Cultivating arts and disability

Cultivate is a new professional development fund for Australian artists with disability, offered through Art Access Australia.

Cultivate will provide seed funding to artists who want to further develop their professional artistic practice with the aim of being better placed to pursue a professional artistic career and to compete for funding in general arts funding programs.

Grants of up to $8000 are available for the costs associated with developing a professional practice as an artist. This could include specific skills or professional development opportunities including mentoring.

Applicants are encouraged to contact Arts Access Australia prior to submitting your application. Art Access Australia can help answer questions about your application or support material and give you information on how to put together an effective application.

Email: info@artsaccessaustralia.org
Phone: 0419 201 338 (voice/text)
Skype: artsaccessaustralia2

To apply, you must send a completed Application Form and your support material to Arts Access Australia by Monday the 12th of September 2011. Applications must be received by 10am.

Please send your application to:
Email: info@artsaccessaustralia.org (preferred)
Post: Arts Access Australia, 222 Bank Street, South Melbourne, VIC 3031

Further information about Cultivate, including application forms can be found here.

Artisan at the Ekka

Artisan went to the Ekka last week to install some showtime energy into the Errol Barnes Dining Room.

The images installed capture the essence of Ekka time and are complimented by the witty haiku's of Queensland Poet Graham Nunn.

Be sure to drop by during the Ekka to view this showtime exhibit!

08 August 2011

Artisan Tribute to Nancy Wake

Artisan is sad to hear that inspirational Australian, Nancy Wake, passed away on Sunday aged 98. Known as 'the White Mouse', Nancy Wake was the Allied Forces' most-decorated servicewoman of World War 2 and topped the Gestapo's most-wanted list for her covert operations.

In 1940 Nancy joined the resistance movement in Europe and first worked as a courier smuggling messages and food to underground groups in southern France. Over time she helped more than 1000 people flee. By 1942 she had a price of five-million-francs on her head! In 1944 she was put in charge of an army of 7000 Maquis troops, and during the war she performed many heroic acts, including cycling 500km over 71hrs behind enemy lines in order to provide new radio codes.

Artisan will be honouring 'the White Mouse' in an upcoming exhibition Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor: 100 women, 100 stories, 100 brooches. The exhibition features 100 female jewellers responding to 100 inspirational Australian women, through the creation of 100 brooches.

As a tribute to Nancy Wake's extraordinary life, we are providing a sneak peak of her brooch produced by the artist Tracy Pateman. Tracy explains "I am interested in the contrasts between Nancy's unswerving values and desire to take action, and the inertia around ethical issues and human rights in Australia today. The brooch is intended to represent the clarity of purpose that sustained Nancy during the war and afterwards. It also refers to the mountains of central France where she fought behind enemy lines."

Tracey Pateman, Nancy Wake, 2011. Titanium and 925 silver. 78 x 104 x 20mm.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor will be on display at gallery artisan from 29 September to 12 November 2011, before touring nationally in 2012-2013.

01 August 2011

This month at (m)art design store

It’s August and along with those Winter winds whistling through the city, it’s the time of year when a little bit of country comes to Brisbane city. It’s Ekka time! Fairy floss, show bags, cattle parades, show jumping, home made cakes, dog shows and fashion shows – all the colours, smells, tastes and temptations that we love about this time of year. 

This month artisan has been inspired by all things country. Come in and see a wide variety of new designer products on display in our South Bank and Fortitude Valley stores or shop on-line.