ROBERTSON PARK STUDIO 2016 NEWSLETTER
2016 has been a busy and positive year. I moved into Robertson Park Studios in June and have been made to feel very welcome. I have particularly enjoyed the interaction with the other artists, something that was lacking in my previous studio.
Apart from continuing to teach Art at Hale School, I have shown regularly throughout the year. I held exhibitions in July and November/December at Harvison Gallery and for the third year running, was invited to be part of the Soroptimist International Art Exhibition and auction in June.
The Burnt Earth and Rose series sold particularly well and I received several private commissions related to this series.
This is my third and final year at Robertson Park. After a group exhibition at the 45th Beverley Art Show and a series of labyrinth paintings for our studio exhibition EPOCH, I went on to complete my Art Therapy studies followed by an auction of paintings, raising funds to attend a creative marketing course. In March 2017, I relocate to SA, where I will be caring for my father, and launching my new business ‘Soul Nurture Day Retreats’ in the beautiful Barossa Valley Wine Region.
This venture aligns all my creative passions together in one, including therapeutic art, nature-based art, intuitive painting, body wisdom (InterPlay) and contemplation. I will be promoting local arts, crafts, food and wine at the retreat days and a turf labyrinth in the field outside my new studio/gallery is in the making.
My time at Robertson Park has been instrumental in finding my soul work and I am grateful to all my fellow artists and friends for the support and guidance they have gifted to me.
If you are visiting the Barossa Valley SA, I invite you to visit my studio.
2016 was not quite as busy as 2015 with two exhibitions in Europe with Trevisan International Art curated by Paola Trevisan. One being Art Nordic held in Copenhagan Denmark from the 15th to the 18th April and the other at the Atenao Gallery Salo Prada Madrid Spain from the 18th to 31st October.
Enjoyed a workshop with T.I.A. in southern Itay in June at the Residence M3 Peschici Gargano Italy for 1 week.
I am also president of the Collage Art Group and organse community exhibitions for this group.
2017 will be exciting as I have been invited to the London Bienalle to be held in the Chelsea Town Hall from March 28th to 1st April.
2016 started with an Artist in Residence at Perth College and later with Makybe Rise Primary School.
Graham travelled to Canberra to be an external examiner for a PhD at ANU, to the US to lead a Master Class, to Argentina to exhibit in the International Biennial of Contemporary Art (1st prize: ceramics).
He featured in German and Austrian books, and is currently writing articles for Artist's Chronicle and Pyre.
Other invitations include: to give an artist talk at Paper Mountain; plus workshops at Fremantle Arts Centre (x5); Lake Joondalup Baptist College; Perth Modern School and the Singapore Clay Street group.
Graham have been invited to exhibit in Personal Structures, at the GAA Foundation / European Cultural Centre. If approved by Christine Macel (Chief Curator at the Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris) the exhibition will be a Collateral Event at the 2017 Venice Biennale.
His studio classes continue in 2017.
Frances has made some new inroads in painting methodology and pictorial outcomes.
Its been a year wherein life has has had to take precedence over art but even so, she is looking forward to a fresh and vigorous new year.
2016 for Sarah began very busy with a number of commissions off the back of the Epochs exhibition of 2015. She also donated her time and skills to her local recreation association, designing and painting chalk boards for a local market that attracted over 1000 people back in February. After an unplanned trip to the UK to say goodbye to her grandmother, Sarah was invited to exhibit at the Perth College Art Exhibition in April. The majority of the remainder of the year saw her working on illustrations for a children’s book which will hopefully be published in 2017. This return to illustration will see a new direction in her work in the coming year with plans for her own book. Her Saturday painting classes this year have seen an increase in classes and student numbers with an additional week day class planned from this coming February. The latter part of 2016 has been very quiet in terms of painting as her attention turned to moving to Perth’s far north to a tiny house set on 5 acres with beautiful inland views and possibly lots of inspiration as she and her family embrace the hobby farm life.
A regular flow of local, interstate and international visitors visited the studio.
Current and past studio students, Ai Lian Lee and Lauren Amos, met with locals and having a chat as part of Mental Health Awareness Week.
Lauren completed formal training, resigned as a Chemical Engineer, and this year established her Creative Catalyst Art Therapy and Consulting in Mt Lawley.
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