Archive for the ‘Exhibitions I’m involved in’ Category





Every International Women’s Day, artist Sue Bessell organises a bunch of women artists to produce an exhibition. For the past few years we’ve held it at everyone’s favourite artist-run space, Project. It tends to be a good mix of well-established higher profile artists, such as Liz Jeneid and Kathryn Orton, along with younger types. (Then there’s people like me, who don’t really fit into either of those categories…)

There are  live performances and a worthwhile  Opening Speaker on Opening Night. This year ABC Open Producer Sarah Moss will be speaking.


Project Contemporary Artspace, 255 Keira Street Wollongong.


Show runs till Sunday March 15.

Opening Hours: Wed-Sun 10 till 4

Mellow in the Yellow House

This month I attended my first Residency, at South Hill Yellow House, Goulburn.

The area around Goulburn is a scenic one,  with a history of sheep grazing. It also has a fearsome reputation for extremes of weather; I think I lucked on possibly the best two weeks of the year in that sense.

Structures for a hot climate


Structures for a hot climate, acrylic & collage on canvas, 30 x 40cm


Astoundingly, despite being all over the place emotionally (my darling daughter just having moved overseas to live) I did complete some work, such as this one, above. Once upon a time the artist studio area would have been a stables, and was high celinged and made from old timbers which added a certain ambience. It also had a woodstove, which no doubt is necessary for many weeks of the year.











Studio view


If you’re confused when looking for this Residency online, that may be because the business model has changed. I was the final Artist Resident as such (it’s been going for less than a year.) The owners, Linda and Roland Gumbert, will be going back to some form of more general rental of the comfortable accommodation on offer. This only opens it out, so is a good thing I guess. Effectively you can rent out the space and there are facilities to work on your art. Perfect. There is also a Ceramic Studio on site which is currently used by local folk.


Fat lady singing











Fat lady singing, acrylic on canvas, 40 x 25cm


I don’t tend to take holidays…so it was  great to just get away from my normal routine and go 2 hours up the hill. One can easily get in holiday mode – you don’t have to travel far, just off your own beaten track. I did feel a certain imperative to ‘perform’ – not imposed by my hosts, but rather my own idea of what I should be doing. One would have to be careful of this. Paintings don’t become manifest just because you ‘have to’ produce them at a certain time. In fact in my experience the opposite tends to be true. They won’t be forced.

However I was doing yoga every day which always, always helps me to be present and go with the flow. It was this, I feel sure, that helped to make the stay a productive one in terms of work achieved.




Yellow House 1, acrylic and collage on board, 90 x 122cm


Well worth the $500 cost for the fortnight, with 3 works complete and a few others progressed. I will continue to apply for other Residencies and feel like I’m in a better position now to make the most of any future opportunities in that regard.












Andrew the peacock would walk into the studio and look around…it was lovely to have him there. Everyone’s a critic though…





‘Fruits of Uncertainty’ – Artists Talk @ Gallery Red










Martin Ison, Stone surf, 2014, fineliner pen on paper. POA


On Saturday May 17,  all five artists turn up for a discussion of our work. What makes an artist tick? A peek inside another creative person’s process can often be enlightening.

Talks kick off at 2pm, Sat May 17.

Refreshments provided; all welcome

Gallery Red is at 131- 145 Glebe Point Road Glebe. This is 500 metres up from Broadway.

With the Fruits at Gallery Red

Last night I attended the opening night of my latest show Fruits of Uncertainty at Gallery Red, Glebe.  The show also features my besties  Martin Ison, Susan Dalziel, Tom Gillan and Tracy Johnston.




 Installation shot of my pieces.

I”ve been doing this for 14 years, which I guess is adding up, but I still freak out before a show. I know I’m not alone there, although I certainly feel like I am at the time. Terrors about no-one showing up, and then those that do finding my work to be total crap, are the general visions crowding my head. Sigh. Of course that’s not what happened. People were positive and there were many kind comments. The curation of the show, courtesy of Liz McCrystal of Gallery Red, was thoughtful and lyrical.


Installation shot of Tracy Johnston’s lucious triptych, ‘Rain-goose.’

Next thing will be the Artists’ Talk event, on Saturday May 17 @ 2pm. We’ll all be cool as cucumbers, pretending we can talk eloquently about our process. Haha! We’ll see about that.


Installation shot of Martin Ison’s pieces – an absurdist blend of Ancient Egypt meets contemporary Surf Culture.

Upcoming workshop on abstract art-making

Over the Summer I’ve been delighted to be part of Local: current, now showing at Wollongong Art Gallery (previously Wollongong City Gallery.) I’m in excellent company with this show, thoughtfully curated by Louise Brand. As part of the show I’ll be conducting a workshop on abstract art-making. I see it as an opportunity to perhaps open some doors with regard to abstract art, which continues to be mysterious to many. Details below…




Five ways of seeing – a human thing

The past week has been a blur, as I’ve been involved in the exhibition Five ways of seeing, at Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Camperdown with four of my besties.

The show was only up for  5 days total,  so the Bump in /Opening /  Bump out process was scorchingly rapid-fire.

It was a good experience though, with various positive comments made about our work. Some people really engaged…and what more could any artist ask?

I said a few words at the Opening about ‘art being a human endeavour.’ The audience is an essential ingredient in that meaning-making.  For those that came along,  I am truly grateful.

I made myself a canny purchase, too. Tracy Johnston’s work is crazily cheap – for now. Don’t say you weren’t warned.

Flour sifter with broken handle, silkscreen and oil on canvas, 2012.



Wealth of art in the Greater West

Attended the Blacktown Art Prize opening last night.  The Arts Centre at Blacktown is a good-looking, well-lit  and accessible venue  and hosts a varied and dynamic program throughout the year.

These days the Art Prize exhibition has a high profile attracts people from all over the state. There was some cracking art there last night, and I was very pleased to have our collaborative piece hung this year. (See the piece here.)

Personal favourites included Gary Foye (one of his pieces heads this entry.)  His palette and texture is satisfying to view. ..I could live with one of his works. (More on the talented Mr Foye here.)

Liz Shreeve is another consistent performer. Her hard-edged abstract pieces appear to breathe colour… always quietly arresting.














I also enjoyed Vrej Matossian’s sculpture, Retiarius. Had to google that one…a retiarius was an ancient Greek fighter, who uses a weighted net to fight with.

Ok so the sculpture looked like a guy in a boat, and the net below him really reminded me not of a net, but of the depth and movement of the sea beneath him. There is precious little online about this interesting sculptor, and no image of his beautiful piece.

As always it is an honour to be  hung with such great artists.





We do love to be beside the Seaside….

Oh, yes we do. It’s that time of year again – Thirroul Seaside & Arts festival is taking the Northern Illawarra by storm. This annual event, held over this coming weekend  April 2 & 3, is conducted by the Lions Club and is a major fundraiser.

There is more art than you know what to do with. The major exhibition this year will be at Thirroul Community Centre & Library, with the Opening night on Fri April 1 @ 6.30pm. Heaps to see and do, all weekend and all for a great cause.



Goulburn Art Award

This annual exhibition has come up in the world lately, now offering a $10,000 First Prize. It’s on at Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, cnr Bourke & Church Sts,  Goulburn NSW

Opening: Thurs March 31 @ 6pm. Running: Tues March 29 – Saturday April 9.

Hours: Mon-Fri 10-5; Sat 1-4pm. Free entry.

My piece:

History Fragment No. 2 - mixed media on Arches paper, 25cm x 29cm









History Fragment No 2, mixed media on Arches paper, 25cm x 29cm, 2011

Colour & Movement in Bowral

An exhibition worth seeing in Bowral at present is the Wingecarribie Works on Paper Prize.  Some good solid work, including Alannah Dreise’s prizewinning piece ‘Fashion Police 3’ and a great piece by Kerry McInnis.

It’s at the

BDAS Gallery

1 Short St Bowral.

Show runs March 3 – 20 and is open every day 10am – 4pm.

My piece: