Events

Blue Mountains Portraits 2021
23 Jan – 7 Mar

Blue Mountains Portraits is the Cultural Centre’s annual celebration of the local community and its diverse members. The exhibiting artists portray the unique people that make up the cultural fabric of the Blue Mountains and tell the stories behind the person.
A Blue Mountains City Art Gallery exhibition.

Buried in the Garden 1 – Clare Delaney

I entered a portrait of Clare Delaney into Portraits 2021 at The Blue Mountains Cultural Centre.

I met Clare during the installation of the Occupied exhibition at the BMCC in June 2020.

I was instantly attracted to Clare’s earthy personality and artwork. The more we talked the more I saw how her life and artwork linked. Clare loves her garden and art, connecting both by burying her artwork in the garden and letting nature do its part.

Clare generously agreed to participating in an intimate project which involves me drawing her portrait and entering it in Portraits 2021. After the exhibition ends the artwork will be buried in Clare’s garden, left for nature to do its thing, then exhibited again in Portraits 2022.

Buried in the Garden 1 has been made using naturally found charcoal, ochres and sap so it is tastier for the creatures that live in Clare’s garden.

 

 

Sound Drawings

An innovative dialogue between the creative disciplines of sound and drawing.

Jody Graham & Mark Cauvin Sound Drawing Instruments.

 Jody Graham and Mark Cauvin perform a duet responding to each other’s creative practice. Mark is an improvisor and composer who will be playing the double bass and Jody is a multidisciplinary artist who will be drawing. Sound Drawing is an inspired performance that generates a unique evocative language of its own. This manifests in a rhetoric of sound and marks that explores the possibilities of performance practice between a musician and a visual artist.
Venue – BigCi – Bilpin 
Dates/times/duration
Saturday 30th January 2021 – 7.30pm – 45minutes
Sunday 31ST January 2021 – 2pm – 45minutes

I am very pleased to be a finalist in the 66th Blake Prize with my artwork – Trashed

Since 1951, The Blake Prize has engaged artists, nationally and internationally, with ideas of spirituality and religion. The prize takes its name from William Blake, the world-famous 18th Century artist, and poet who threaded the religious and artistic throughout his practice. Building on this history, The 66th Blake Prize continues to encourage contemporary artists of varied styles and religious and spiritual allegiances to create significant works of art, which engage in conversations and negotiations concerning spirituality, religion and/or belief.
Exhibition at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre – 13 February – 11th April 2021.
For more information click here.
To view entry and artist statement click here for the 66th Blake Prize catalogue
I very pleased to announce I have been awarded a four-week residency at The Old School Mt Wilson to develop my WILDfire project.
During my residency I will be connecting with people from Mt Wilson, Mt Irvine, Mt Tomah, Bilpin, Berambing, Kurrajong Heights, Blackheath, Mt Victoria, Bell and surrounding communities to help me create a faithful collection of artworks which speak of the multi layers of how wildfire touches individuals, the community and the environment.
My purpose is to conserve valuable stories and contribute creatively to the Australian bushfire history.
For more information please contact me via the contacts page on this website or click here to visit Mt Wilson and Mt Irvine website
Selected images connected to WILDfire theme.

Somewhere to Land – Artwork drawn with burnt wood from Australian bushfires in December 2019 and January 2020.
Charcoal on paper
Artwork size – 27 x 35cm
July 2020

Trashed (detail) is created from cans, plastic and glass bottles thrown out on the side of The Bells Line of Road in a 30-kilometer distance from Mt Tomah a to Browns Swamp at Lithgow. NSW
Trashed – approximately 1000 objects with dimensions.

Battered – ink, charcoal, tree sap, twine on paper. 
21 x 32cm
Artwork made to reflect damage caused from Climate Change and a desire to restore and rescue the burnt environment.

Wrens of Browns Swamp – Acrylic, ink, charcoal, twine, tree sap on paper.
Four weeks after the December 2019 fires went through the Blue Mountains NSW Australia, I visited Browns Swamp, located outside of Lithgow. The swamp was encased by severely burnt landscape with tiny glimmers of bird life.

Two works finalists in the 11th Greenway Art Prize 2020

I spend a lot of time walking and looking at birds along the Greenway corridor in the Inner West, Sydney.

Sometimes, I am fortunate enough to see an Australian Golden Whistler or Superb Fairy Wrens.

These two works are a response to urbanisation removing a lot of natural habitat for native plants and animals. Small birds like the Australain Golden Whistler and Superb Fairy Wren, are dependent on ground and shrub cover to provide shelter, food and a breeding ground. The Greenway is an important ecological corridor which helps protect the local population of birdlife. Without these green spaces, looking at images of birdlife might be all we have left.

  

11th Greenway Art Prize 2020 – exhibition dates 6 – 15th November 2020 at Art Est Art School and Gallery.

4/67-69 Lords Road  Leichhardt 2040 Email: art@artest.com.au  Phone: 02 95641519

For more information about Greenway Art Prize click here

Finalist in 2020 Gosford Art Prize with Endured.

Exhibition dates – 26 September to 29 November 2020 at Gosford Regional Art Gallery.

36 Webb St, East Gosford NSW 2250
Monday – Sunday: 9:30 am-4:00 pm

Detail – Endured, acrylic, ink, hand stitching on handmade paper, 100 x 120cm

For more information about gallery click here.

 

Four residencies for October 2020 to June 2021 have been awarded for The Old School Mt Wilson.

I am very pleased to announce I have been awarded a four week residency to develop my Wildfire project.
On Saturday 26th of October 2019, a hot, windy, stormy day brewed in the Blue Mountains. A bolt of lightning made ground at Gosper Mountain setting the Wollemi National Park on fire. The epicentre of a mega blaze that swept through the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Hunter Valley, Cudgegong, and Central Coast local government areas.
My aim while artist in residence is to connect with people from Mt Wilson, Mt Irvine, Bell, Mt Tomah, Bilpin and surrounding communities to hear about their experience dealing with the mega blaze. My purpose is to conserve valuable stories and contribute creatively to the Australian bushfire history.
For more information