The Good Lab – Artist Residency Update

 
Last night’s exhibition opening was fantastic, and an honour to be part of this with such talented artists while we are here in Chiang Mai together.

It has been a whirlwind of a week, with all 21 artists from across the world, with artists from here in Thailand, and from Indonesia, The Philippines, Portugal, Cambodia, Spain, Taiwan, the USA and fellow Australians, all getting to know each other and our practices, sharing ideas, inspirations, and already brainstorming together ways to collaborate on outcomes for week two.

We kicked everything off with an impromptu house party with the New Burma collective, then a welcome dinner together, and I believe on day two, we had a fabulous walking tour looking at the architecture of the people by the even more fabulous professor Ajarn Phuwa of Studiophuwa, which was so fascinating.

Two panel discussions in the grounds of Wat Chomphu Temple, on the re-invention of Public space in Chiang Mai, with Phwua, and remarkable artists Wave Weeratouch Pongruengkiat, and Krai Sridee, and Art for Air, a time for reflection, looking at the issues of the pollution crisis here, with insights of the work and research by artist Som Supaparinya, Worapoth Kongngern and Sasiwimon Wongjarin, founder and director of Studio 88 artist residency, where we also met a group of environmental artists also currently on residency here in Chaing Mai, with Sasiwimon.

Lucky for me, I also got to celebrate my birthday in the middle of this residency! So, on my birthday, we went to the Loft Cafe/Golden Land Solidarity Collective (what a beautiful space! I highly recommend if you find yourself in Chiang Mai) for a creative talk and panel discussion, ‘Aren’t We All Displaced?’ where we heard from the inspirational, Hnin Yee, the co-founder of Newburma Suchart, co-founder of Titang, Ganji of Triple Edge and Breanna, the founder of Golden Land Solidarity Collective, who are all actively doing so much for their communities, to support, empower, advocate and celebrate the culture and people of Myanmar and those displaced.

We then ended the evening with a screening on a rooftop of a Sudanese film, ‘Talking About Trees’, Directed by Suhaib Gasmelbari, which was hosted by Dude Movie, a film screening collective decentralising access to moving image. This was such a fitting location to watch this film, given the topic, where the filmmakers struggled to open and screen a film in an open-air cinema for their community.

Along with another screening of documentaries on Friday night of ‘Mother and Me’, by Setthasiri Chanaradpong, for its premiere in Northern Thailand, and Captial of Mae La, by Nuankhanit Phromchanya, which was followed by talk on the topic of displaced people, with the directors and Sorayut Aiemueayut, writer of ‘Becoming Melayu’, Walai Buppha, producer of ‘Mother and Me’ and curator of ‘Heard the Unheard: Remembrance of Tak Bai 2004, Hnin the co-founder of Newburma and Nuankhanit Belle Phromchanya, Director of Capital of Maela.

I have also seen and made friends with so many street cats, walked a ridiculous amount each day, so much so that my phone is confused by the increased step count. Shared and enjoyed incredible food and drinks with artists and locals while sharing stories and experiences. Heaps of live music and late-night adventures. Followed each morning by copious amounts of coffee as we have all tried to digest the intense week we have had over week one of The Good Lab residency by Micro Galleries.

And while I am still processing much of it, and I suspect I will be for quite some time, it has already inspired so much, and I am so thankful for the experience and the connections I am making here.
Today is a quiet and slower start, which is very much needed. After our opening last night and dancing the night away at a cool underground bar, I am currently in a van heading up the mountain with everyone to experience the last night of the Shambhala festival.
I am looking forward to the final week of collaborations and working with the community to reclaim an old alleyway into a more welcoming and safe space for the community. 

 

 

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ARTiFacts: Art For The Future

𝐀𝐑𝐓𝐢𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐬: 𝐀𝐫𝐭 𝐅𝐨𝐫 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐅𝐮𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞

A group exhibition at SOME SPACE Gallery, Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Art from 17 international and local artists, live music from Triple Edge, Techinfolk, Anna Maria Olsson.
Co-curated by Micro Galleries and SOME SPACE and in partnership with Lanner, TEMPO.wav, Tomorrow.Lab, and Triple Edge, this exhibition is part of Micro Galleries’ The Good Lab program: a two-week guerrilla artist residency, knowledge-sharing, incubator, and community engagement initiative.
 
Exhibiting Artists:
•⁠ Dakarai Akil (USA)
•⁠ ⁠Yuni Bening (Indonesia)
•⁠ Kristine Buenavista (Philippines)
•⁠ ⁠Marrz Capanang (Philippines)
•⁠ ⁠⁠Noel Epalan Jr. (Philippines)
•⁠ ⁠Rhiannon Hopley (Australia)
•⁠ ⁠Miguel Jeronimo (Portugal / Cambodia)
•⁠ Lee, Chun-Tsung (Taiwan)
•⁠ Luigerman (Colombia)
•⁠ ⁠MediaLegal (Indonesia)
•⁠ ⁠Catherine O’Leary (Australia)
•⁠ Mandy Schoene-Salter (Australia)
•⁠ Sarah Sculley (Australia)
•⁠ Satita Taratis (Thailand)
•⁠ ⁠Uncle Joy (Indonesia)

Opening Night – 17th February: 
6 pm – 7.30 pm: Air on the move: A talk with campaigners + Activists 
7.30 pm – 8 pm: Meet the artists
8 pm – 10 pm: live music performances and visual jams by Triple Edge, Techinfolk, and Anna Maria Olsson
 
Artifacts: 𝐀𝐫𝐭 𝐅𝐨𝐫 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐅𝐮𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞
SOME SPACE Gallery
124/4-5 Sri Poom Rd, Tambon Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
17 – 24th February 2024
6 pm – 10 pm each evening

 

Exhibition Statement:

An artifact is a tangible object, made by a person, imbued with cultural, historical, or personal significance. It’s a concrete piece of the past that tells a story, sparks curiosity, and connects us to our roots. artifacts are vital because they preserve our heritage, teach us about our ancestors, and help us understand how societies have evolved over time. They’re like time capsules, offering invaluable insights into human ingenuity, creativity, and resilience.
 
At Micro Galleries, in 2024, we are making ARTifacts. These are objects made for the future. These are not merely objects of aesthetic beauty or historical significance; they are imbued with deeper meaning, serving as conduits between the past, present, and future. At their core, ARTifacts represent the fusion of creativity and purpose, as artists draw upon the rich tapestry of human experience and knowledge to craft items that offer hope, inspiration, and guidance for future generations to remember, learn and use to create a better future.
At the heart of the ARTifacts concept lies the idea of using art as a vehicle for storytelling to the future. Each ARTifact is a tangible manifestation of our collective memories, experiences, and aspirations. They serve as imprints of our journey through time, capturing the essence of what it means to be human in an ever-changing world, and to convey information from the past while simultaneously offering glimpses of a better future.
 
ARTifacts can have a practical utility beyond their aesthetic value. They can serve as tools for education, empowerment, and social change: catalysts for transformation.
 
At the heart of this exhibition lies a profound question: How can we meet the needs of all people within the means of the living planet? This question serves as our guiding light for all our 2024 programs, drawing inspiration from the principles of Doughnut Economics and its call for balance between human prosperity and planetary health. It is a compass that directs our journey towards a more equitable, sustainable, and harmonious future.
 
These 17 artists have created ARTifacts for you to explore and be curious about. They explore a diverse range of themes and present them through an even more diverse range of practices and cultural lenses. Capturing nature through urban aesthetics, harnessing technology to explore beauty, upcycled materials and illustrations to bring joy and playfulness, Afro-futurism through assemblage, small poems and books of hope and connection, photography that poetically captures our present which has our future kinetically embedded within it and new media art + augmented reality to propel us visually forward.
 
May you find moments of beauty, joy, and connection at SOME SPACE amongst these ARTifacts. And, when you leave, amidst the challenges we face, may you go forward with a renewed sense of purpose and commitment to changing the world…in small and creative ways.

 

 

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Midnight Rice Festival, Thailand

I’m excited to announce that Project/Forward will be featured as part of the program for the three-day Midnight Rice festival in Chiang Mai.
Since its beginning during the COVID-19 lockdowns, I have been involved as the digital director/creative lead and as an artist in Project/Forward, a festival that showcases moving image projections of artists around the worldFrom Friday, 24 November, through Sunday, 26 November, join ‘Kon.Kao.Yakoo Chang Moi’: the Midnight Rice Festival 2023, a contemporary celebration of Loy Krathong and the Midnight Rice ceremony at Wat Chom Phu in Chiang Mai, Thailand.


On the night of the full moon, from November 24-26, 2023, the people of Chang Moi will come together to celebrate the Yee Peng festival with a traditional rice pudding ceremony against the backdrop of their community temple, Wat Chomphu. Juxtaposed with traditional rituals, the young generation comes together for a blend of culture; multimedia art exhibitions of visuals and sound, a community market, karaoke, live music, and more. 

This festival is a celebration of community, culture, and creativity. It is a chance to experience the best of Chiang Mai’s traditional and contemporary offerings. — The blending, mixing, and stirring of the old and the new.


𝐌𝐢𝐝𝐧𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐑𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐅𝐞𝐬𝐭
𝟐𝟒-𝟐𝟓-𝟐𝟔 𝐍𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟑
𝐀𝐭 𝐖𝐚𝐭 𝐂𝐡𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐡𝐮, 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠 𝐌𝐨𝐢, 𝐂𝐡𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐠 𝐌𝐚𝐢

24, 25 November from 4 pm to 10 pm
26 November, 4 pm onwards until the morning.
– Rice blessing ceremony from midnight, and rice chanting ritual from 5 am

 
 
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Un[contained] Arts Festival

The Uncontained Arts Festival is back for another three days of fun and excitement for our community.  Last year’s event attracted over 30,000 people to the heart of Kogarah and, in 2021, was nominated for Best Arts Festival in the Australian Street Art Awards.


From Friday, 23 June, to Sunday, 25 June, the Festival will feature an array of immersive art installations, live performances, and mouth-watering food trucks.
It has been an absolute pleasure to be invited to work with Georges River Council and Hurstville Art Gallery and Museum to reenvision my work, Dinner’s Past, into a multi-sensory installation artwork that will transform the large foyer of Kogarah Library that leads out into the Town Square.

Dinners Past, is an immersive installation that explores remembrance and placemaking through projection, sound, and scent. By evoking memories of lost and past moments, both abstract and lucid, fond memories of shared meals with friends and family; the noise, the discussions, the disagreements, the quaint and peaceful moments, the celebrations and milestones, the installation creates a sensory experience that invites viewers to connect with the work with a sense of familiarity and remember those who have passed and continue to make new memories with those they love, connect with new friends, and others who are yet to join us at our dinner table.

Special thanks to Jocelyn Fullerton of Cult of Scent for her incredible expertise and collaboration in creating the scent. I invite you to take a seat at the table during the festival. 

Exhibiting Artists:
Pulsing Heart // Amy Claire Mills // Aaron McGarry // Nathan Starchild // UNSW Illuminate // Rhiannon Hopley // Curious Legends // Ox King // Darren Charlwood // Tim Andrew 
 
Un[contained] Arts Festival 
Kogarah Town Square, Belgrave Street Kogarah
Friday 23 – Sunday 25th June 2023
4.30 pm – 10 pm each evening

 

 

 

 

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60th Fisher’s Ghost Art Award

I am thrilled to announce that I have been selected for the 60th Annual Fisher’s Ghost Art Award 2022, at Campbelltown Arts Centre.

The prestigious Fisher’s Ghost Art Award coincides with Campbelltown’s annual  Festival of Fisher’s Ghost. Held over 4 days, the Festival dates back to 1956 and celebrates Australia’s most famous ghost – Frederick Fisher.
 
The 60th Annual Fisher’s Ghost Art Award Opening Night & Award Announcement will be held at Campbelltown Arts Centre on Friday 4 November, from 6.30pm.

Tickets to this event are extremely limited, if you would like to come along to opening night, you can book your tickets through the Campbelltown Arts Centre here: Opening Night Tickets
 
The exhibition will be open to the public from Saturday, 29 October until Friday 9 December.


More info:
https://c-a-c.com.au/
Fisher’s Ghost Art Award 
Opening Night –  4 November
Exhibition dates –  29 October  – 9 December

 

 

 

 

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SubTerrains Bankstown Biennale

Join me for the launch of  SubTerrains Bankstown Biennale 2022
at Bankstown Arts Centre on Saturday, October 8
Exhibition 8 October – 26 November


Sub-Terrains Bankstown Biennale 2022 is a First Nations and artists’ led response to local narratives of land, water and historical truths buried within Bankstown’s landscape, co-curated by Nicole Monks and Vandana Ram.

My work will be included as part of a special screening of Juxta, which showcases 45 original sound and video works that respond to the theme of FIRE and WATER.

Biennale Artists
Abdul Abdullah, Aroha Groves, Carmen Glynn-Braun, Cigdem Aydemir, Dean Kelly, Jamie Eastwood, Jason Wing, Juxta, Kerrie Kenton, Lucy Simpson, Maddison Gibbs, Nardi Simpson, Paula do Prado, Theatre Kantanka

Opening 8 October 

11am–12.30pm 

Join artist Jamie Eastwood to add your handprint to his 20-metre mural
Sub – Terrains / Sub – Terrastratius/ Sub – Continuances.

1pm
Smoking ceremony with Matthew Doyle
Welcome to Country by Darug Elder, Aunty Lyn Martin

2-3pm
Artists Walk and Talk.



Bankstown Arts Centre
SubTerrains Bankstown Biennale 
– 5 Olympic Parade, Bankstown NSW 2200
8 October – 26 November
 


For more information: cb.city/biennale

 

 

 

 

 

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DASS Design Week Jakarta

DASS M Block Design Week October 2022 – Jakarta

4 – 16 October 2022

I am thrilled to announce that my video work, Resurgence, has been selected as one of 30 artworks from over 400 for a special DASS Design Week screening at M Block in Jakarta, Indonesia, supported by Connected Art Platform and Media Art Globale. 

About my work, Resurgence,
Technology and advancement cannot erase the deeply embedded purpose of nature: to survive at all costs. All of our futile attempts to destroy something so stunningly complex and beautiful will instead only destroy us. As we look for answers in all the wrong places, nature is learning how to reinvent itself, to revive and reform into its beautiful, delicate and resilient purpose.

It was originally created for Project/Forward: 2048 and recently exhibited at Sydney Fringe Festival in the Rocks, Sydney and the original month-long DASS exhibition back in April-May.

4 – 16 October 2022
Mbloc  – Jl Panglima Polim Raya No.37, Melawai, Kec. Kby. Baru, Kota Jakarta Selatan, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 12160

For more information: mediaartglobale.com

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Glitch – EDGE Sydenham

Dinners Past

I was invited to exhibit and had so much fun creating a new artwork for Glitch: a playground for the apocalypse. 
Dinners Past, 2022, a video projection installation piece that occupied a shipping container in the middle of the festival at Sydenham Green, creating a fun and engaging installation that invited guests to sit at the table and watch the video as it projected down onto the all-white setting.

Dinners Past explored the concept of remembrance of lost and past moments, both abstract and lucid of fond memories
of enjoying a meal with friends and family, the noise, the discussions, the arguments, the quaint and peaceful moments, the celebrations and milestones and ones that will remain as only memories and eventually be forgotten.

Another shipping container projected my video work, Resurgence.

Exhibiting Artists:
Dillon MacEwan, Alien Proof Construction, Jasmine Poole, Paul Irving, Rhiannon Hopley, H Morgan-Harris, Justin Harvey, Rod Nash, Rudy Grak, Finton Mahony, Casnard + Maybolt, Pete Strong, CULT OF EVERYTHING, Lu Campbell-Smith, BUNKWAA, LukeSnarl, Tassio Guichard, Ika Vantiani, Brian Luque Marcos.

Performers:
Christa Hughes, TOYDEATH, Grumblemorph featuring John Jacobs, Subway Monk, Marlena Dali, Empress Stah, Outrageous Entertainment, Marble Circus Band, Rod Nash
 

GLITCH – EDGE Sydenham | Inner West Sydney 
Sydenham Green NSW 2044

20 August 2022 
Events from 10 am, with Glitch beginning from 4 pm – 8 pm.

 

Top image: Resurgence, 2021, Single-channel video with sound,
Bottom image:  Dinners Past, 2022, Single-channel video with sound projected onto a dining
table and chairs, dinner wear, cutlery, glassware, painted fruit, and suspend mannequin hands 

 

 

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DASS Jakarta

DASS 2022 – Jakarta

9 April – 9 May 2022

I am excited to announce that my video work Resurgence has been selected for DASS 2022, a month-long exhibition in the incredible Mbloc Space in Jakarta, supported by Connected Art Platform and Media Art Globale. 

About my work, Resurgence,
Technology and advancement cannot erase the deeply embedded purpose of nature: to survive at all costs. All of our futile attempts to destroy something so stunningly complex and beautiful, will instead only destroy us. As we look for answers in all the wrong places, nature is learning how to reinvent itself; to revive and reform into its beautiful, delicate and resilient purpose.

It was originally created for Project/Forward: 2048, and recently exhibited at Sydney Fringe Festival in the Rocks, Sydney.

9 April – 9 May 2022
Mbloc  – Jl Panglima Polim Raya No.37, Melawai, Kec. Kby. Baru, Kota Jakarta Selatan, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 12160

For more information: mediaartglobale.com

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NEXUS – Juxta Jam, Bankstown Art Centre

NEXUS – Juxta Jam
 Saturday 9 April 2022 // 3 – 9 pm

Join me for the premiere of Juxta Jam on Saturday, 9 April, as part of NEXUS: Youth Arts Festival at Bankstown Arts Centre.

NEXUS is an eclectic mix of installations, exhibitions, music, and workshops. NEXUS runs from 3 pm to 8 pm, with Juxta Jam featuring in the theatre from 5 pm to 8 pm. You can find out more about NEXUS here: cb.city/nexus

Juxta Jam is a club-style installation where V/Djs mix sound and images to create new narratives and emotional states. Juxta Jam features 45 video and sound works created by 44 artists. These works will be mixed live by our special guest V/DJs – Marlene Cummins and Isaiah Kennedy.

Juxta Jam showcases 45 original sound and video works that respond to the theme of FIRE and WATER.

Juxta FIRE artists are (in no particular order): Lucy Simpson, Arun Neelakandan, Chrysoulla Markoulli, Emma Harlock, Feras Shaheen, Isabella Rahme, Gabriela Green Olea, Nick Atkins, Joseph Tabua, Tala Issaoui, Kim Pham, Rhiannon Hopley, Mohammad Awad, Satiu Studios, Tamara Lee Bailey, Bruce Koussaba, Vincent Tay, and Liliana Occhiuto.

Juxta WATER artists are (in no particular order): Mohammad Awad, Joseph Brown, Grace Chow, Frank Dwyer, Fadle El-Harris, Bernadette Fam, Scarlett Gibson-Williams, Gabriela Green, Hal Goulding, Me-Lee Hay, Kittu Hoyne, Peter Kennard, Bedelia Lowrencev, Chrysoulla Markoulli, Laura McInnes, Pru Montin, Arun Neelakandan, Sheila Ngoc Pham, Sean O’Keeffe, Naomi Oliver, Audrey Ormella, Peggy Polias, Kailesh Reitmans, Jayden Selvakumaraswamy, My Le Thi and Kevin Tran.


Juxta is co-produced by Felix Cross and Katrina Douglas. Our Tech Guru is Fadle El-Harris, and WSU
Intern is Nrupa Sangdhore is documenting the event.

Juxta Jam is proudly supported by Bankstown Arts Centre, Create NSW, The House That Dan Built
and Canterbury Bankstown Council.


Bankstown Arts Centre
NEXUS – Juxta Jam  
– 5 Olympic Parade, Bankstown NSW 2200
9 April 2022
 


For more information: cb.city/nexus

 

 

 

 

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Sydney Fringe Festival – The Rocks


SYDNEY FRINGE FESTIVAL – The Rocks 
HUE + CRY / LIMINAL – February 25th – March 6th 2022

This exhibition was a wonderful whirlwind, I was commissioned by Tortuga Studios and Sydney Fringe Festival to create a work that resonated with the space of The Old Coroners Court in The Rocks Sydney. 

With just over a month’s lead time, I worked with a perfume artist to create a scent for the space, Q station Manly to research and film within their morgue, laboratory and hospital, to create a new video installation, Death Rituals, that explored rituals surrounding death. 
As well as building upon four existing works to create an immersive experience within the waiting rooms of the coroners’ court, the gallery space and the garden space for the festival. 

‘Just as when weaving
One reaches the end
With fine threads woven throughout,
So is the life of humans.’

–       Buddha

 
Death Rituals is a meditative piece exploring the connection of personal items and rituals surrounding death. death practice, and celebration and remembrance of life. Within western society, we are often removed and sheltered from the death of loved ones. It becomes a distanced and clinical process. We turn to personal items for a sense of connection. 

The commercialised funeral industry changed the way we care for our dead and, therefore, how we process our associated grief. Bodies are rushed away within an hour of dying, removing the opportunity for care and consideration for our loved ones, which is associated with many rituals surrounding death in cultures worldwide, often resulting in a removed and strange celebration of life. Phrases like ‘they have passed’ or ‘they are in a better place’ echo with a sense of not knowing what to say, how to comfort.
 
Death Rituals, looks at the different religious and cultural traditions of death and dying, overlapping these with the medical associations. To find connection, and understanding with the hope of creating a discussion on how we can begin talking about death openly.
 
With thanks to Jocelyn of Cult of Scent, for her incredible expertise and collaboration in creating the scent, and Q Station, Manly, for providing site access to their Morgue, Laboratory and Hospital.  


SYDNEY FRINGE FESTIVAL – HUE + CRY and LIMINAL 
The Old Coroners Court, The Gallery and Terraces, The Rocks, Sydney. 

 

 

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Ballarat International Foto Biennale ’21

It’s an honour to be selected for Ballarat International Foto Biennale’s exhibition Number One – Gudinski.

The exhibition is an ode to Michael Gudinski, widely recognised as the most powerful and influential figure in the Australian music industry.
The exhibition celebrates his advocacy for the arts and lasting impact, showcasing the remarkable talent of top music photographers around Australia and the talented musicians who worked alongside Gudinski under the Mushroom Group and Frontier Touring banners.

The Biennale has new dates just announced, to open this week Sept 15th and has been extended until January 

More info:
https://ballaratfoto.org/

BIFB Sept 15th – Jan 9th

 

 

 

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Collaboration – Art Mask Studio

Launching a recent collaboration with Art Mask Studio, with Limited Edition art masks and eye masks.
This collection is an extension of an ongoing series of mine, that explores the places around us, and considers the changes that can transform the appearance and familiarity of places we remember.
Looking at the changes we are experiencing collectively since the start of 2020, revisiting past works from my Discovering Locations series, in this way felt fitting for this collection for Art Mask Studio.

Each mask is signed, numbered and now available on the Art Mask Studio website until sold out. 

 

 

 

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Queer- A Celebration of Art and Activism Exhibition in Nepal

Happy to share a new series of work currently on display in Nepal for @kaalo.101: Queer – A Celebration of Art and Activism.
The series is has been put up around the streets of Kathmandu, as wheatpaste’s and installations contributing to the cityscape in an accessible exhibition for observers.
While the exhibition cannot be within Kaalos gallery space, works will be displayed online. Once the pandemic is over, there will be a showcase in Kaalo.101 gallery as well.

Check out all the breathtaking works on their Instagram for this month-long initiative for Pride Month.

About the work;
my partner and I identify as queer, we are both bi-sexual/pansexual, and my partner is non-binary.
I came out relatively young, but it took many years to discover (and more accurately accept) that I am pan-sexual/bisexual. I often felt that my queerness correlated with who my partner was at the time rather than my own identity.
It doesn’t, and it shouldn’t; sexuality is fluid to me. If you identify as queer, no one has the right to tell you otherwise.

This series of poster-style works express the fragmented and blurred forms of that fluidity and the very un-black and white definitions of queerness with words that resonate with both of us.

 

 

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International Women’s Day Exhibition

Excited to have my work featured in this exhibition at ANU, Canberra alongside a collection of incredible women. 
These works first feature in Loud and Luminous 2019, celebrating female photographers, all of the works are a representation of ‘power’, how we see that within female identity. 

The exhibition will be on display in The Kambri Centre, at Australian National University, Canberra for the whole month of March in celebration of International Women’s Day and female power. 

 

 

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Project / Forward : 2047

I have been invited to be a creative lead, host and artist for Project / Forward : 2047.

December 11 – 13

Project / Forward: 2047. A weekend-long global projection art festival featured in Kenya, Nepal, Colombia, Indonesia, Peru and Jordan, and echoed in Hong Kong, Austria, Italy, Spain and Australia. Over 45 artworks from across the world will be beamed onto unexpected spaces in places we need to be in the spotlight, proving that not only will COVID not stop us from creating, it’s giving us the fuel to create the world we want.

CONCEPT: The leaders have messed it all up, and our artists have been offered the unique opportunity to create what the year 2047 will look like. Our artists have been informed they are the new global leaders, creating the blueprint for 2047. They are sketching what values people will have, how will they spend their time, what does the cultural landscape look like, what do we all do all day, what is our environment, how do we live?

Building on the past, on the data we have, on those who went before us to be brave enough to envision a different, better world – what will they create?
They are Imagineers who can build a better tomorrow, forging possibility and alternatives, where no one believes there is any.

 

“The future is up for grabs. It belongs to any and all who will take the risk and accept the responsibility of consciously creating the future they want.”
Robert Anton Wilson

 

The Australian edition of Project / Forward : 2047 will be held across two venues:
107, Joynton Avenue Creative Centre on the 11th
and behind Tortuga Studios on the 12th.

Screening from Sundown to 10 pm each night. 

 

 

 

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Virtual Exhibition : palimpsest: palɪm(p)sɛst – a landscape of memory

 

After exhibiting the photographic works from palimpsest: palɪm(p)sɛst – a landscape of memory with Toby Penny at Penny Contemporary, Hobart Tasmaina, in 2019. 
I had been looking forward to exhibiting these works along with the video installation piece, Ante-mortem that I had always intended on showing together in 2020. 
With the current changes due to restrictions caused by the global pandemic, I have created a virtual exhibition, that can be viewed from the comfort and safety of your own home, until I am able to do this exhibition in person. 

Follow the link to experience the virtual exhibition palimpsest: palɪm(p)sɛst – a landscape of memory

 

https://www.artsteps.com/view/5ec5b3750297350b17d994d9

 

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Art Cards for Health Carers – Covid Response

It is a pleasure to announce and share the outcomes of Art Cards For Health Carers.

I was the creative lead, for this was a huge month-long project. Together with Micro Galleries, we called out to artists around the world to create an original artwork to send to someone on the front line of COVID-19 care. It’s a small gift from our industry to theirs, to say we see you, and thank you for protecting and helping us all.

Here is the video exhibition I created that shares all the handmade cards, stories of thanks and some of the responses from Healthcare workers around the world.

 

 

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Words In Windows

 

Words in Windows is a global initiative by Micro Galleries.
Creatives from across the globe placed our ideas, poetry, positive protest, message of love, hope, resilience, questions, imaginings for a post-COVID society in windows for friends, family, neighbours – anyone!

The idea is that no matter how small our audience, how tiny the window, how small the impact, we litter our windows with words that make our buildings artworks, inject something wonderful into the lives of passers-by, and build a new literary narrative for the future. We had creatives from Nairobi to Jakarta to Hong Kong to Sydney who wrote their messages out for the world to respond to.

People greater than Money,
Through isolation and lockdown across the world, I’ve seen extraordinary acts of kindness and strength in communities grow.
I wanted to make a statement with this work about our PM here in Australia, and many other countries. Who are not focusing on its people during this time, instead, demonstrating that they are more concerned about the money in their pockets and the economy than the health and well-being of the people they should be leading.

PEOPLE > MONEY. 

18 – 25 May, 2020 

Installed in the front window at Tortuga Studios 
31 Princes Hwy, St Peters

 

 

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Witching Hour – Mothership Studios

 

Witching Hour at Mothership Studios
Curated by Susannah Boothroyd.

Featuring, Natalie Kula, Maddy Wolfe, James Redman-Ascough, Katharine Hawkins, Rhiannon Hopley, Shannon Johnson, Venus Vamp, Kat Allport, Gab Bates, Claire Conroy, Gillian Wednesday, Alana Optic Refraction, Wendy Yu, Ivana Jovanovic, and Susannah Boothroyd. 

Opening night 30th 6 pm – 10 pm 

Exhibition Oct 30th – Nov 4th




Image: detail of Ante-Mortem, video projection installation – Rhiannon Hopley

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Featured in Art Guide Australia’s Top 5 Exhibitions to see this week!

Art Guide Australia featured my exhibition palimpsest: palɪm(p)sɛst – a landscape of memory with Toby Penny at Penny Contemporary, Hobart Tasmaina, in their Top Five Exhibitions to see this week!

ART GUIDE AUSTRALIA
Our top five exhibitions to see this week:

Kaylene Whiskey’s ‘Wonder Woman’ at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney. @roslynoxley9 
Image: Kaylene Whiskey, ‘Tina’, 2019, acrylic on linen, 67 × 91cm. Image courtesy the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery.



‘Place Makers’ at The Australian Tapestry Workshop, Melbourne. @austapestry @sepiasiren
Image: Paula do Prado, ‘El Grito’, 2018, cotton, wool, hemp, linen, raffia, Bobbiny cotton rope, twine, paper covered wire, wire, glass seed beads, wooden beads, açai seed beads. 110 x 60 x 5cm. Photo by Document Photography.



Andy Butler’s ‘All-in-One Solution for Glowing Fairness’ at Bus Projects, Melbourne. @busprojects @andyray87
Image: All-in-One Solution for Glowing Fairness, Andy Butler. Image courtesy of Bus Projects and the artist.



Rhiannon Hopley and Toby Penney’s ‘palimpsest: palim (p) sest—a landscape of memory’ at Penny Contemporary, Hobart. @pennycontemporary @rhiannonhopley
Image: Rhiannon Hopley, Antithesis, 2017
Courtesy of Penny Contemporary.

Antithesis, 2017 Pigment Print on Fine Art Cotton Rag Edition 1 of 3 + 2 AP 80 x 53 cm

 


‘Open House: 3rd Tamworth Textile Triennial’ at JamFactory Seppeltsfield. @jamfactoryau @ema.shin
Image: Ema Shin, ‘Devoted Body’, detail, 2017. Photo courtesy of Oleksandr Pogorilyi.

 

 

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palimpsest: palɪm(p)sɛst a landscape of memory

Excited to announce a duo exhibition with Toby Penney (USA) in September at Penny Contemporary in Hobart. 

We will be showcasing work we created during our residency together at Chateau Orquevaux, France. 
The exhibition, palimpsest: palɪm(p)sɛst a landscape of memory, explores the rich layers of cultural identity and physical form.

Opening 6pm Friday September 27th
Penny Contemporary – 187 Liverpool Street. Hobart Tasmania.

27th September – 21st October 

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Awarded – Gosford Art Prize 2015

Very excited to announce that I was commended for my work ‘Witching Hour’ at last nights opening at Gosford Regional Gallery.

Judge’s Comments
“I enjoyed the filmic, brooding qualities of this image, very Australian Gothic in its suggested malevolence and the play between light and shadow.”

Exhibition is on until 29 November.

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Discovering Locations Exhibition

Join us for opening drinks for Rhiannon Hopley’s first solo exhibition ‘Discovering Locations’
A Series of photographs : The Lost and Forgotten Locations of Sydney and surrounds.

OPENING
12 AUGUST 6 – 8PM

EXHIBITION
12 – 23 AUGUST

“Exploring the often-disconnected relationship between nature, the urban landscape and the human condition.
Hopley photographs abandoned and forgotten urban sites, documenting the effects of nature and the elements on these places over time. While her work is often absent of a person or figure, there is an emotional human undertone as she tries to convey the deep emotional state of nostalgia and the profound melancholy associated with longing for someone, or something. The locations and shadowy scenes correlate with our emotional selves, mirroring feelings of isolation, emptiness and sorrow through absence and stillness.
Drawing on humanity’s fascination and obsession with apocalyptic theory and mythology, Hopley captures these abandoned urban sites as poetic symbols of a hypothetical post-apocalyptic wasteland. All that remains in these worlds is a vague trace of human existence and a picturesque melancholia that stays with the viewer long after leaving the gallery.”
FB Event: RH Photography & Design

Chrissie Cotter Gallery
Pidcock Street, Camperdown, NSW 2050

The gallery will be open Thursday – Sunday 11am – 4pm
(Monday – Wednesday available by appointment only)

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Central Coast Express Advocate

 

Focusing on life through the lens
Latest display captures creative talent

Photographer Rhiannon Hopley’s Sydney exhibition captures essence of live music scene.

From the cacophony of dingy rock clubs to the relative calm of North Gosford Hospital maternity ward, photographer Rhiannon Hopley has focused her lens on all aspects of life.

But the 27-year-old fine art and music snapper, who grew up in Koolewong, says she’s most happy photographing musicians onstage.

“At one point early on in my career I was going from jobs in grungy clubs until the early hours of the morning, straight to photographing newborn babies at North Gosford Hospital. Now I shoot mainly gigs and also night photography, and I love the technical challenge of photographing in lowlight situations,” Ms Hopley said.

Ms Hopley, winner of last year’s Gosford Art Prize photography category is part of a group exhibition in Chippendale called The Accredited, an exhibition that brings together some of Sydney’s finest live events, music and performance photographers.

“Music has always been a big thing in my family and I love progressive rock and heavier stuff,” said Ms Hopley, who started photographing live gigs when she was 17.

“I love capturing the emotions that come through in music.”

She said one of her career highlights so far was getting feedback from Tex Perkins, who she photographed at The Gaelic Club in Sydney.

“A fan threw her boots on stage and Tex cut them up on stage and then duct taped them to his arms. Then he went crowd surfing. I got it all on camera and when Tex saw the pictures, he said to his own photographer, “Oh wow these are incredible’, (then holding the prints up to his photographer) he said, ‘How did she get these shots!’”

Ms Hopley, who is now based in Newtown, said the trick to getting great photos at a gig was being discreet.

“There are also the technical challenges of shooting in lowlight without a flash, but I also like to blend in and not be noticed so I can get more natural shots,” she said.

She is looking forward to Bob Dylan’s upcoming Australian tour in September. “I would love to photograph him at either the State Theatre or the Opera House – I’ve never photographed anyone there before.”
GERALDINE CARDOZO
CENTRAL COAST GOSFORD EXPRESS ADVOCATE
AUGUST 01, 2014

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The Accredited

Launch Night/Drinks : JULY 31 – 6pm to 8pm

Live performance experiences can only be witnessed and lived once and with every new gig, concert or festival it is an absolutely fresh and different journey; it is up to the image makers to capture and share these special moments with the punters so they get to keep, remember and reminiscenceit all. This is what “The Accredited” do every night covering all local and international gigs, performances and festivals.

The Accredited is an exhibition that brings together Sydney’s dirtiest live events and performance photographers, showcasing the photographic work by the 20 talented local lens slingers.

@ 10X8 Gallery – Level 3 , Central, Central Park, 28 Broadway, Chippendale

Viewing Dates : 30 July – 10 August
Viewing Hours : 11am to 5pm

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