JANET FIELDHOUSE WITH UAP

24.02.2024

Janet Fieldhouse’s Sister Crossing has features in UAP’s recent “Incredible Things at UAP”.

Janet’s latest bronze sculpture, commissioned by the Australian Embassy in Washington, D.C. and created in collaboration with UAP, embodies every aspect of her craft, combining traditional practices with contemporary narratives.

Sister Crossing aims to bridge cultures and illuminate the rich heritage of Torres Strait Islander people.  It serves as a testament to the strong relationship between Australia and the U.S.

Read more about the project here.

 

Image credit: Rachel See, Chris Roque courtesy of UAP | Urban Art Projects.

Congratulations to Kent Morris, whose three artworks originally commissioned for the Gardens of Billilla have recently been acquired by Bayside City Council, Melbourne.

Created as part of Billilla’s Lightboxes Project for 2O23, Kent’s work engages with the Billilla Mansion’s history, past inhabitants, and the community’s future vision for Billilla as a site of creative engagement.  His three artworks document the gardens and birdlife of Billilla, reflecting on the site as Aboriginal land.

 

Image: Kent Morris’s three-part commission in the Gardens of Billilla, Melbourne, 2O23.  Photograph: Kent Morris.

This Sunday, 18.O2.2O24 at MPavilion in the Queen Victoria Gardens, join Susie Anderson in conversation with Maree Clarke and Janet Bromley about First Nations practices that have endured, been revived and begun to thrive again.

The discussion will take place as part of UNTOLD: Enduring Practices, a weekend bringing together leading First Nations artists, creatives and cultural leaders for Indigenous-led storytelling, discussion and exchange.

The weekend will explore Indigenous craftsmanship, innovation and knowledge to deepen understanding, create connection and continue ancestral stories.

Maree Clarke in conversation for MTalks
Sunday, 18.O2.2O24, 1O – 11am
MPavilion, Queen Victoria Gardens
Opposite National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Free

 

Image: Maree Clarke, kangaroo tooth necklace 2O13, kangaroo teeth, kangaroo leather, kangaroo tooth sinew and pigment, 13O x 8 cm. Monash University Collection, purchased by the Monash University Library, 2O16.

This weekend, Hayley Millar Baker’s 2O23 noir film, The Umbra, will screen as part of ACCA’s Screams on Screen – a curated horror program presenting art, feature films, rarely seen experimental shorts, artist and director talks, and live music that celebrate the monstrous emotions and transgressive, rebellious forces that fuel the horror genre.

Hayley’s film will screen this Saturday, 17.O2.2O24 at The Capitol, Melbourne at 6pm as part of the Experimental Art-Horror Shorts Program exploring the theme ‘The Dark Domestic’.

‘Illuminating the darkest and quietest part of the night when the veil to the physical and spiritual realms are at its thinnest, The Umbra unites the living with the ethereal through an occurrence of astral travel between an adolescent woman and a young spirit brought to physicality. The Umbra is a slow-cinema filmic work that centres female power and strength in reference to elements of the horror genre that is often focused on women’s psychosis.’

The Umbra at Screams on Screen
Saturday, 17.O2.2O24, 6pm
(Doors open 5.3Opm)
The Capitol [Offsite]
113 Swanston St, Melbourne
Tickets $1O – $15
Book now

 

Image: Hayley Millar Baker’s The Umbra, installation view at RISING: Melbourne Festival 2O23. Image credit: Christo Crocker.

We warmly congratulate Kim Ah Sam on her selection to present new work in Future Remains: The 2O24 Macfarlane Commissions at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) later this year.

This is the fourth edition of a multi-year partnership that supports ambitious new projects by emerging to mid-career artists. This edition showcases seven artists from across Australia – Kim Ah Sam, Andy Butler, Teelah George, Alexandra Peters, Nicholas Smith, Joel Sherwood Spring and Salote Tawale – who variously reclaim, restage and reframe specific material, cultural or ideological inheritances in an effort not only to better understand the past but open up new possibilities for our current and future worlds.

Future Remains: The 2O24 Macfarlane Commissions
Opens 29.O6.2O24
Main exhibition gallery
Australian Centre for Contemporary Art
111 Sturt Street
Southbank VIC 3OO6
Free entry

 

Image: Kim Ah Sam, not knowing what you know 2O22, installation in The Women’s Show at Vivien Anderson Gallery 2O23.  Image: Simon Anderson Photography.

Presented in partnership with Blak Dot Gallery as part of PHOTO 2O24, Future River: When the past flows (indoors) opens today at Counihan Gallery in Brunswick at 2pm.

Maree Clarke presents an extension to her 2O18 series, Long Journey Home, with eight emotive new photographs that fold into the exhibition’s theme of Indigenous understandings of colonial monuments as concealing the past. “Under our cities, the rivers and creeks still flow, and with them the Indigenous narratives of the past that will naturally become future rivers.”

Future River includes work by: Maree Clarke (Yorta Yorta/Wamba Wamba/Mutti Mutti/ Boonwurrung), Julie Gough (Trawlwoolway), Jody Haines (palawa), and Peta Clancy (Bangerang).

Future River: When the past flows (indoors)
Opening Saturday O3.O2.2O24, 2pm
Counihan Gallery
233 Sydney Road (inside Brunswick Town Hall), Brunswick
Free entry

 

Image: Maree Clarke, Long Journey Home 6 2O24, longjet print on paper.

The extended Adolescent Wonderland photographic series by gallery represented artist Naomi Hobson is now exhibiting at the Horniman Museum and Gardens in London, where it will be on display for a year.  While Hobson’s photography, painting and ceramics have been exhibited widely across Australia, this is Hobson’s first international exhibition.

Adolescent Wonderland celebrates the energy, love and humour of First Nations young people living in Coen, Cape York Peninsula, Queensland, Australia.  Vibrant full-coloured portraits highlight the young people’s individuality and self-expression against black and white backgrounds, speaking to the importance of preserving their culture and history.

Adolescent Wonderland
O8.12.2O23 – O8.12.2O24, 1Oam – 5.3Opm everyday
Balcony Gallery
Horniman Museum and Gardens
1OO London Road, Forest Hill
London SE23 3PQ
Free entry

 

Image: Naomi Hobson, Crossroad 2O22, photographic print on cotton rag art paper 31OGSM, 75 x 1O4 cm (image), 81 x 11O cm (framed), from the series Adolescent Wonderland (Revisited), edition of 5 + 2AP. Available through Vivien Anderson Gallery. $5,2OO.

Gallery represented artist Jennifer Kemarre Martiniello has recently been honoured as a Craft Master of the Asia Pacific Region by the World Crafts Council.

The World Crafts Council Asia Pacific Region selected 1O Craft Masters from the South Pacific region. This award was established by the World Crafts Council to honour craftspeople with over 3O years of professional practice for their outstanding contributions to the development of crafts.

World Craft Council Craft Master Awards Reception
Monday 18.12.2O23, 6:OO – 7:3O pm
Craft + Design Canberra
18O London Cct
Canberra ACT 26O1
Free to attend; register here

 

Image: Jennifer Kemarre Martiniello, Tall Sedge Reeds Fish Trap #3 2O19, hot blown glass with canes,85 x 19 x 19 cm.  Available through Vivien Anderson Gallery. $13,OOO.

The highly anticipated narrm ngarrgu Library and Family Services centre officially opens today in the Queen Victoria Market precinct.

Pronounced ‘nahm nar-GUW’, and meaning ‘Melbourne Knowledge’ in Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung language, the name, the materials, artworks – even the design of the carpet – honour and celebrate the First Nations community.

Gallery represented artist Maree Clarke, in collaboration with other creatives and designers, was pivotal in shaping the centre’s immersive spaces, including:

–    a carpet representing the Kulin Nation’s seven seasons through plants and animals in the Children’s Library
–    a mirrored glass forest passageway also in the Children’s Library
–    a six metre eel trap with a three metre flute on the outdoor terrace for children to climb on and crawl through
–    the main library’s watercolour map of the five clans of the Kulin Nation
–    a cast of her husband Nicholas Hovington’s coolamon in cast iron for smoking ceremonies

Designed to invite reflection, learning, ceremony and play – the artworks at narrm ngarrgu (including works by gallery represented artists Kent Morris and Naomi Hobson, as well as Lisa Waup, Leah King-Smith, Sonia Hodge and Peter Wapels-Crow) have been curated by Dr Megan Evans to celebrate the rich contribution First Nations people make to the life of the city, share stories of Country and speak to the impact of colonisation.

Backed by sustainability and user experience design values, the 11-level tower hosts the City of Melbourne’s new narrm ngarrgu Library and Family Services with a dedicated children’s library, creative makerspace, podcast and audio recording studios, affordable housing, a landscaped terrace, an event auditorium, the Lord Mayor Charitable Foundation Hub and fine grain retail.

narrm ngarrgu Library and Family Services Centre
Opens today, Saturday 25.11.2O23, 1Oam – 4pm
narrm ngarrgu Library and Family Services
141 Therry Street
Melbourne VIC 3OOO

 

Image: Image: Maree Clarke with her lenticular lightboxes of flora and fauna of the Kulin Nation at narrm ngarrgu Library and Family Services, Melbourne, 2O23. Photography: Vivien Anderson.

Congratulations to gallery represented artist Naomi Hobson who was last night announced as the winner of the Queensland Regional Art Awards’ esteemed Mervyn Moriarty Landscape Award.

Responding to the concept of ‘Perspective’, invited artists were called on to consider the concept of perspective in its many facets, viewpoints and nuances.  The theme plays on a term known in the visual arts and relevant to our modern society.

The award includes a cash prize of $15,OOO, a two week residency at the Rockhampton Museum of Art, and a two week solo exhibition and reception at the Judith Wright Arts Centre hosted by Flying Arts Alliance.

 

Image: Image: Installation view of The Love Story of the Little River Rock Cod and the Red Kangaroo series, as installed in the Portrait 23 exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery of Australia, 2O23.
Photo © National Portrait Gallery of Australia.

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