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Fri, 16 January 2015

Janice McBride Cutting Edge Art

Filed under: art — site admin @ 12:48 pm

Janice McBride, better known as founder of the iconic Aussie Bush Band The Free Selectors, has a new project: Cutting Edge Art.
Metal Art featuring Celtic, Aussie Icons and Art Deco metal artworks. Original Designs.
Look for the new website and product launch coming soon!
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Bendigo Art Gallery

Filed under: art — site admin @ 11:42 am

Remain in Light:
Photography from the MCA Collections
A selection of key photographic works from Sydney’s renowned Museum of Contemporary Art Australia opens at Bendigo Art Gallery on 21 February, 2015.
Remain in Light: Photography from the MCA Collections is a national touring exhibition that traces the development of contemporary photographic practice over the last 50 years.
Drawing on works from both the MCA Collection and the JW Power Collection, the exhibition presents Australian photographers alongside international and illustrates the story of the recent history of photography from the 1960s to present day.

Remain in Light crosses a range of media including black and white photography, artist books, photolithography and digital photography and brings together around 70 works from artists including Barbara Kruger, Mary Ellen Mark, Tracey Moffatt, Trent Parke, Patricia Piccinini, Mike Parr, Polixeni Papapetrou, Ed Ruscha and many more.
Viewed collectively, these works convey how photography has been at the centre of critical debates and themes throughout late twentieth and 21st century art. From the photo-document to mass –produced imagery, through to the rise of online platforms like Flickr and Instagram as a way of distributing images, Remain in Light looks at how traditional genres of photographic practice have been reinvigorated.
“The Bendigo collection is rich in photographic works and this medium continues to challenge and engage our visitors. We are delighted to be present this aspect of the MCA collection here in Bendigo alongside our collection as it reinforces the importance and accessibility of photography,” said Karen Quinlan, Director of Bendigo Art Gallery.

Remain in Light: Photography from the MCA Collections, February 21 – 19 April, 2015.
Laurence Aberhart, Ian Burn, Lewis Baltz, Janet Brosious, Christo, Elaine Campaner, Destiny Deacon, Rotimi Fani Kayode, Richard Hamilton, Barbara Kruger, Rosemary Laing, Suzy Lake, Mary Ellen Mark, Ricky Maynard, Tracey Moffatt, Trent Parke, Patricia Piccinini, Mike Parr, Polixeni Papapetrou, Ed Ruscha, Julia Rrap, Robert Rooney, David Stephenson, Emma White and William Yang.


Mon, 27 October 2014

Bendigo Art Gallery

Filed under: art — site admin @ 5:36 pm

Arguably one of the most revealing exhibitions to be seen in Australia for some time, Undressed: 350 years of underwear in fashion is showing at Bendigo Art Gallery until October 26.

Which means there’s just three weeks left to see these precious intimate garments, including Queen Victoria’s drawers and one of the earliest known bras.

The exhibition, a world premiere, features more than 80 garments from the V&A’s extensive collection of underwear, most not displayed before, and includes striking contemporary pieces by world famous fashion designs such as Christian Dior, Gianni Versace, Jean Paul Gaultier and Vivienne Westwood.

A highlight is the show stopping couture gown by Bottega Veneta worn by Emma Watson on the red carpet.

The exhibition includes corsets, crinolines, bustle pads, petticoats and brassieres as well as a select display of men’s undergarments and photography from the V&A’s own archive.

“Undressed offers an incredibly rare opportunity for audiences to explore the hidden aspects of fashion, from corsetry through to contemporary couture,” said Karen Quinlan, Director of Bendigo Art Gallery.

“We’ve loved the way press and audiences have responded to the show. The subject matter elicits a sense of fun, but the serious side, the historical value of the exhibition has also been noted.”

“Alongside our other current touring exhibition, The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece, which displays precious Greek and Roman antiquities from the British Museum, we have two incredible shows, both from London, both offering unique but aligned perspectives on how humanity has worked with and felt about the human form through the passage of time.”

Undressed: 350 years of Underwear in Fashion is on until 26 October, 2014.
The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece is on until 9 November, 2014.

What the press are saying about Undressed: 350 Years of Underwear in Fashion:

“…it’s the international premiere of Undressed: 350 Years of Underwear in Fashion that stitches a new seam in the gallery’s sartorial sassiness. But rather than displaying garments in chronological order, the exhibition waltzes visitors into a romantic world of themes, fabrication and technological diversity.” – Jane Rocca, The Weekly Review

“Curatorially, an exhibition about underwear might strike you as hitting below the belt. But the large show of under-garments at the Bendigo Art Gallery, rifled from the drawers of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, proves that the theme is historically valuable and aesthetically imaginative.” – Robert Nelson, The Age.

Sun, 21 September 2014

Sara Thorn and Colin Sheppard Pop Up/exhibition

Filed under: art, Exhibitions — site admin @ 8:57 am

Mixed Prints is a collaborative Pop Up/exhibition over 4 days between two Melbourne design icons - Sara Thorn and Colin Sheppard.
Opening Wed 8th - Sunday 12 October at Fort Delta in the Captiol Arcade, 113 Swanston Street, Melbourne. Featuring hand made prints with a eclectic eye for hybrid influences.
Part exhibition, showing screen print & batik processes and a pop up shop offering limited edition clothing/home wares to purchase in an art house context.
Mixed Prints POP Up/Exhibtion will present different print techniques for cloth and fashion exploring screen print, batik and its interface with fashion.
it will feature the processes of print as captured through the screen prints of doitbaby by Colin Sheppard and the Sara Thorn Project.
doitbaby factory label are Colin Sheppard and Brett Gillespie.
Colin has a history of hand painted sign writing and scenic art for both the home and the workplace. He works with Melbourne Theatre Company, painting sets and props in their scenic art dept. Brett has a Masters degree in Fine Arts - Printmaking.

doitbaby Factory is hand designed and hand screen printed. It is not mass produced, and does not threaten the environment, using 100% non toxic inks that are printed onto 100% certified organic cotton.
Every limited edition screen print is a unique wearable piece of art. Every procedure in the making of these garments is carried out locally in Melbourne

Sara Thorn draws influence from her earlier work in the eighties with Galaxy & Abyss. Bold , graphic themes are juxtaposed with hand written spells and drawings of poodles with wings in a eclectic mix of custom tshirts, leggings and easy wear pieces.

Sara will be celebrating the launch of UNIQUE BATIK - hand made batik mens shirts,cushions and silk crinkle scarf…Prepare for the batik Revival c/o textile nomad Sara Thorn!
Find this event on Facebook here: www.facebook.com/events/696417697099070/

Kambarang – South West Aboriginal Gourmet Experience

Filed under: art, contemporary art, Exhibitions, General — site admin @ 8:42 am

Kambarang – South West Aboriginal Gourmet Experience
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Introducing a feast of bush flavours with contemporary international cuisine to tempt your senses with internationally renowned Aboriginal Chef Mark Olive aka ‘The Black Olive’ and Josh Whiteland from award winning local South West business Koomal Dreaming.
Supported by Aboriginal hospitality students from various High Schools as well as the Outback Academy apprentices and students, you’ll have a cultural culinary experience surrounded by the Noongar Art Exhibition as well as the music from Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse who are able to capture the hearts and imagination of an audience through song.

We will be taking you on a journey that you won’t get anywhere else and will leave you with an experience you are not likely to forget.
This event is proudly brought to you by Outback Academy, WA Indigenous Tourism Operators Council, South West Institute of Technology, Black Olive and Koomal Dreaming.
All proceeds will go towards the Outback Academy Hospitality Program – encouraging Aboriginal people to consider a career in hospitality, tourism and events.
Venue: South West Institute of Technology, Margaret River Campus, Lot 272 Bussell Highway, Margaret River WA 6285

Bendigo Art Gallery 2015

Filed under: art, Festivals & Major Events — site admin @ 8:26 am

Art, music and dance from morning until night Launch of the new contemporary wing at Bendigo Art Gallery
Bendigo’s much-loved Chinese Lion Dancers will kick off a day of celebrations on Saturday 15th March, when the new $8.5 million expansion of Bendigo Art Gallery is opened to the public.
The dancers’ colourful (and noisy) blessing to the new wing will be the first in a day-long program of activities designed to celebrate this major new milestone in Bendigo Art Gallery’s long and rich history.
The new $8.5 wing, funded by the City of Greater Bendigo, the Victorian Government and the Bendigo Art Gallery Foundation and designed by architects Fender Katsalidis, offers twice the exhibition space, which means greater flexibility and scope for the Gallery and more opportunities to display the Gallery’s growing collection.
The launch, a day-long program of free events for all ages, is the first opportunity for the public to view the new extension, as well as recent acquisitions from the collection.

Mon, 1 September 2014


Filed under: art, Exhibitions — site admin @ 11:12 am

Arts Project Australia in partnership with The University of Melbourne present
Exhibitions running from September 2014 to February 2015
A FREE international conference with associated exhibitions, film screenings, lectures and events across Melbourne from September 2014
Forty years after the term Outsider Art was coined to encompass works by untrained and unschooled artists who work outside the established
art-world, Contemporary Outsider Art asks “Is Out, the new in?”
Artist: Julian Martin
Exhibition: Everyday Imagining: New Perspectives on Outsider Art
1 October - February 2014 at Ian Potter Museum of Art
Outsider Art includes the work of artists who are self-taught and untrained and is often used to describe the work of artists who have had experience of marginalisation, disability or mental illness. However contemporary practices are diverse and challenge definition, including found art, craft, performance, graffiti, street art and much more.


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