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IAVA Art Sale at Clifton School of Arts


Lovely to be exhibiting at Clifton School of Arts in the summer time. It’s a fabulous venue, with that sparkling ocean view from all windows. This weekend there are cut-throat prices on everything. I’m showing with Lara Seresin, Mary Wingrave, Judy Bourke, Gillian Day, Alannah Dreise, Julie Donnelly, Sue Smalkowski, Mel Ritchie, Arja Välimäki and Jennifer Jackson.

We’ve taken spaces and set them up as little booths, just like the Sydney Art Fair. So it’s busy – a true feast for the senses. Come on down!

IAVA Art Sale

Clifton School of Arts (immediately south of Seacliff Bridge, Clifton)

Fri 6 Dec / Sat 7 Dec / Sun 8 Dec

10am till 4pm

Drinks with the artists 2pm on Saturday 7 Dec.



After planning for most of the year, finally it’s time to invite you all over. I’m holding an Open Studio and Art Sale…


It’s basically a little solo show, but I’ve raided the store room (now THAT was scary) and pulled out lots of older works, available for – as they say –  crazy prices.

I’ve also created a whole lot of tiny pieces for a tiny price, so everyone can have a little piece of Moira in their life…

Yes there will be champagne. Yes there will be nibbles.

Come on down!


Sat 9th Nov & Sun 10th Nov, 9 till 4.

32a Squires Crescent Coledale 2515

cash or card | prices from $20 | original artworks

Need wheelchair access? Give me a call or text first so I can make sure the driveway is free….0400374362


Community in action: Scarborough Art Show 2019

This is a fabulous annual fundraiser for Scarborough Public School. The Scarborough Art Show makes a whole heap of money by doing a whole heap of hard work.

Everyone enters work in the show, and thousands of people go through over the weekend. There’s also live music and contributions from the pupils of the school. I’m always delighted to be involved with a show that is so professionally run… all power to them.

Scarborough Art Show

Oct 12+13, 10 till 4

Scarborough Public School, Lawrence Hargrave Drive Scarborough


One of my entries for this year:


Memories of machines

2018, mixed media on paper, 56 x 76cm



Winter exhibition at Camden


Well, this is nice. A new opportunity has arisen for me through Nan Howard at Camden Fine Art Gallery. The Gallery doesn’t have a permanent shop front any more: rather, Nan conducts ‘pop-up’ style shows throughout the year at Camden Civic Centre.

Apart from my own work, you have the chance to see work by my award-winning compadre Jennifer Jackson who has been exhibiting with Nan for many years.

One of my little darlings:


Buttons in the city

2019, mixed media on A4 paper

Upcoming exhibition at Port Kembla



YAY! We do love a show.

Liz Trujillo and myself are looking forward very much to showing together at Red Point Gallery. It’s a neat little (accessible) space and the Red Point Artists  are a dynamic group who run courses, workshops and exhibitions regularly. There is a courtyard full of artists’ studios adjacent to the Gallery space. Come on down!


…finding a way through…

Exhibition by Liz Trujillo & Moira Kirkwood

Red Point Gallery

100 Wentworth Street Port Kembla

8-10 April, 10am till 4pm

Opening Saturday 9 April @ 2pm  by artist Richard Claremont.

Refreshments Provided. All welcome.





Upcoming celebration of International Women’s Day


It’s that time again. International Women’s Day (does everyone else find that apostrophe problematic?) is almost upon us and it’s sad to think we still need it.

Here in the well-fed and relatively secure West, there are still problems and parity (equality in pay) is one of them, hence this year’s theme.

However the annual International Women’s Day Exhibition here in Wollongong is hardly laserbeam focussed on the 2016 theme. It is more of a celebration of creative endeavour. There is always a great variety of work shown by women from a broad spectrum of ages and stages.

International Women’s Day Exhibition

March 2-20

Project Contemporary Artspace

255 Keira Street Wollongong

Opening Event Friday 4 March @ 6pm

To be opened by Jenny Briscoe-Hough

Live performances TBA


In this liminal, pre-exhibition week, it’s births and deaths

It’s a strange, strange space you’re in, working up to the installation of a show. I’ve been doing it for 15 years now and it seems I’ll never get used to it.

I guess I am better than I used to be, but there is a disruption in the pit of my stomach and everything is amplified along my nerve pathways.


Industrial scape with pink stacks

Industrial scape with pink stacks, 2015, mixed media on paper, 80 x 90 cm, AUD $600 framed


What precisely am I anxious about?

It’s a cliche among art folk that it’s because you’re putting  a piece of your soul out there for the world to shrug at.  I’m not so sure. Isn’t it more about the exposure of your decisions; your judgements? You’re only exhibiting the work you consider fully resolved, i.e. finished. Will your audience agree?

I look at art all the time and it’s a constant judgement thing. It’s not that you judge the artist personally, but you are considering the decisions they’ve made about colour, values, composition. Those who are interested enough will be doing the same to me. In some weird way I want that; but at the same time I’m horrified by the thought.



In the green night, 2016, 15 x 28cm, mixed media on paper, AUD $190

In this week of the great loss of David Bowie, I just need to proceed, in his honour if I can’t manage anything else. What a shining example of unapologetic originality. Thanks David… I’ll be imagining you’re coming along to the show. That would be great.






SIDE BY SIDE II – new works by Martin Ison & Moira Kirkwood





It’s taken 5 years, but at last the two of us are exhibiting again to show our contemporary art pieces. We’re getting excited about it now…there’s nothing like having a body of work up on the wall to see, all together. It provides a different perspective  that way.

There will be no Opening Event as such but we’ll be making (leaf) tea and (plunger) coffee along with sweet treats during the whole 5 days of the show. Drop in and say hi!


The divine order

The divine order, 2015, fineliner pen on paper, 39 x 27cm, AUD $300 framed

Martin’s work couldn’t be more different from mine in approach, generally comprising beautifully observed  figures drawn with fineliner permanent markers. He will be showing some delightful nudes as well as new works in his ongoing ‘Renaissance Rip-offs’ series. These are works not necessarily from the Renaissance at all, but well known and recognised masterworks from any century which are appropriated for his own fell purposes.


Structures for a hot climate

Structures for a hot climate, 2014, acrylic & collage on canvas, AUD $400 framed

By contrast, my pieces are intuitive and quasi-figurative. They often seem to contain structures of some kind and are frequently reminiscent of some sort of city or a map of a place. They suggest rather than describe.


“Thread”: upcoming group show at The Depot Gallery, Danks St Waterloo



We’ve been looking forward to this all year ! Finally it’s arrived…we bump in tomorrow.

Danks Street is a lovely complex: wheelchair accessible and always with something good to see. Myself along with friends Pamela King, Gail Wistow, Liz Trujillo, Julie Brockenshire and Anne-Marie Hayes have been hard at it and I reckon the result will be worth checking out.

THREAD….6 artists from out of town

The Depot Gallery, 2 Danks Street Waterloo

Opening Event Saturday Dec 5 @ 3pm

To be opened by Auguste Blackman. Refreshments provided; all welcome.

Show runs Dec 1 – 12. Gallery hours Tues – Sat 11 till 6pm


TRILOGY: Advanced Diploma Visual Arts Grad Show


This year, there are only three people graduating from the Advanced Diploma class at West Wollongong TAFE. It’s a sign of the times, with a single year at TAFE now costing more than a Bachelor Degree at Uni. Yes, you read that correctly. Not only that, but there is no sculpture, printmaking or photography offered.

It’s a sad state of affairs and I reckon there is money being made by someone, somewhere.

Despite all that, there has been some truly interesting work created by our three Graduates and I’m proud to be associated with the show.


Advanced Diploma Visual Arts Graduation Show

Project Contemporary Artspace

255 Keira St Wollongong

Opening Event: Fri 27 Nov @ 6.30pm, to be opened by Nik Uzunovski.

Free entry, refreshments provided.


Show runs Wed Nov 25 – Sun Dec 6

Wed-Sun 10 till 4pm