April: Rebecca Jensen and Sophie La Maitre
ECU graduates Jensen and La Maitre have collaborated over time, most recently in a 2020 Curtin Fine Art Residency, where they produced an edition of 10 artists books compiled of etchings, drypoints, collagraphs and hand set text. They also produced lithograph editions of 20 in Curtin’s lithography studio.
Rebecca Jensen’s practice is multidisciplinary and often employs text, using language to explore the everyday through humorous & often cynical haikus. In its more serious iterations her work investigates social phenomenon in both the Australian and Chinese contexts.
Her work incorporates slow processes such as traditional handset letterpress and makes use of analogue modes of production in direct contrast to the immediacy of the digital age.
In 2016 Jensen was awarded an Australian Government New Colombo Grant to participate in overseas study and concluded an eight-month research project on Shanghai’s Blind Date Corner culminating in her second solo exhibition Heaven Won’t Throw You a Meat Pie 天上不会掉馅饼。
La Maitre’s multidisciplinary practice finds inspiration in the overlooked elements of our surroundings: the tiny ecosystems under rocks, abandoned yards, or industrial zones. Through observation and documentation of these patient realities, La Maitre creates an archive of source material that is reflected through colours, forms, and abstracted compositions. These elements then take root in the form of paintings, drawings, and print.
Their intention is to further develop their lithography and letterpress combined with ceramics.
“Through the marriage of ceramics, printmaking and haiku, we aim to develop a body of work which ruminates on the current state of the mundane, as both keenly present and simultaneously evasive. We are interested in turning our attention inward toward the mundane within domestic spaces for this residency.
March: Canberra based artist Elizabeth Kelly
Elizabeth Kelly is the lead artist in on REvolution (March 2-26) at TAFE’s Gallery Central, an exhibition that heroes salvaged materials and poses the question, “Can artists be sustainable?”.
She is an invited artist at Sculpture By The Sea, Cottesloe from 5 March after a dash by road from east to west coast skirting Covid hotspots and border closures.
Kelly has an MA in Visual Arts (1997) from Sydney College of the Arts and was Head of Glass workshop at the Jam Factory Adelaide before setting up Studio Tangerine in Canberra – a glass design and sculpture studio.
For ON revolution, she focusses entirely on sculpture using salvaged materials, such as off-cuts of brass sheeting or Corian, usually a benchtop surface. Liz challenges other artists to embrace found and upcycled materials, asking “what can we do to minimise the environmental impact of the artwork we make or consume?” in a stand against the habits of plastic waste, fossil fuel dependence and pollution.
February: Dr Leonie Ngahuia Mansbridge
Leonie Is a NMTAFE grad (2003) who went on to obtain a PhD. Her research and artwork are born from her experience as Māori, living a life of being colonised through assimilation. She engages with postcolonial dialogues around wider social political concerns.
Ned Reilly and Chloe Clements
Nov 19 – Our final art angels Helen Britton and David Bielander
a great way to end a long term collab with Turner Galleries
Alana Hunt with PICA
Simon Pericich with PICA
Dennis Golding for Hatched with PICA
Anita Cummins for Hatched with PICA
Jennifer Goodman with Turner Galleries Art Angels
Nicole Monks with Sculpture By the Sea
Kate McIntosh with Festival of Perth and the amazing Worktable experience. Image of reconstructed clock c K Mackintosh
Drew Pettifer November December in collaboration with PICA
Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts and NMTAFE have got together to provide better opportunities for visiting artists with a studio at PICA and a home at TAFE.
Dr Drew Pettifer is our first artist. Drew is an artist and academic who currently lectures in Art History and Theory and the Honours Program at RMIT University. Drew’s art practice explores themes of intimacy, gender, sexuality and the politics of desire using photography, video, installation and performance. His doctorate in Fine Art (Photography) focused on contemporary representations of masculinity and the queer gaze. Drew hosts the contemporary art podcast FIELD WORK and works from time to time as an independent curator and writer.
Raising the Zeewijk is the working title for his project is based on the shipwreck of the Dutch ship the Zeewijk off the coast of Geraldton on Gun Island in 1727. While they were marooned on the island, two young Dutch men aged 18 and 23 were sentenced to death for sodomy in one of the first judicial acts on Australian soil. The captain formed a jury of the ship’s mates and sat as the judge hearing the case. To carry out the sentence the two young men were left on two nearby deserted islands without rations to die.
Drew will be furthering his research into this early queer historical narrative spending some time in local archives, interviewing experts of local shipwrecks, law and queer histories, visiting Geraldton and Gun Island to produce photographs, video and audio recordings.
He has an exhibition at the Geraldton Regional Art Gallery in 2019. It is anticipated that these exhibitions will use photography, video, sound and installation in an archival mode of exhibition display.
Inner Artists, CECAT from Graylands celebrates 30 years with a big inclusive bash. View 15-21 Nov
October Bonnie Lane – osculating between Perth, Melbourne and USA this year, Bonnie has camped over with us while making art from the kitchen table and bedroom. Catch her performance at Paper Mountain for Fringe 2019 – How to be a Better Man in 2019 – a lesson in gender relations.
2 students shows rocked the space- Diplomas and Certificate students used the space to learn how to present their works in a coherent exhibition.
Eric Schneider solo exhibition in October by our Product Design Lecturer tested out some art theories
DANI MARTI 15 October – 12 November 2018 Turner Galleries Art Angel
Marti combines video and textiles to create portraits which reflect upon encounters with family, lovers and strangers. His works raise poignant questions about sexuality, intimacy, the efficacy of relationships and the sharing stories. Each work constitutes an intimate portrait of an encounter, challenging conventions around portraiture and making reference to portraiture & sexuality in Modernism, Minimalism & Geometric Abstraction.
Oscillating between hopefulness and failure, Dani Marti’s work is hinged to a representational paradox. For on the one hand it presupposes belief in the act of portrayal, and on the other hand it tacitly admits portraiture’s inevitable failure to accurately capture.
Since 1998, Marti has held over 30 solo exhibitions including Black Sun at Fremantle for Perth Festival (2016), Adelaide Biennial (2014); Marti also creates public art works.
30 AUGUST – 27 SEPT
Charlotte Bergmann from Denmark
Danish artist Charlotte Bergmann Johansen will continue work on her Sømanden /The Mariner alter ego inspired by the poem “The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner” by ST Coleridge and by tales of her father’s seamanship in the 1950s and 60s.The Mariner represents freedom, courage, escape, adventure, and longing.In 2017 The Mariner embarked on the journey “Langfart” to the remote island Tristan Da Cunha in the South Atlantic Ocean for a two month long performance. Tristan is the remotest island in the world that is still inhabited.
She says, To run away to the sea presents an opportunity to escape from rules and expectations on shore – at sea you relate to other written and unwritten codes. At sea you are governed by the wind and the ocean. The ocean can wipe away the past and you can choose to change, deny, repress, and tone down your origin, your sexuality, and your gender.
Charlotte presented her work at Sculpture by the Sea in Cottesloe in 2016.
AUGUST 13 – 25
Creative Connections: Artists with disabilities & poets working together facilitated by NULSEN
RICHARD GIBLETT – Turner Galleries Art Angel JULY 2018
Richard Giblett’s artwork imagery is concerned with systems, networks and the visual appearance of built environments and the connections that occur within these phenomena. He creates artworks using a range of methods that involve detailed model making to spray painted works on glass, meticulously hand painted large scale gouache paintings and collage on paper. Formerly a West Australian artist with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) from Curtin University in Perth, Richard spent the last decade in Melbourne. A fine man and a talented artist Richard passed away in 2018 after a long illness. he is sadly missed but we are glad we got to connect with him one last time. www.richardgiblett.com
In 2018 we continue our Artist in Residency relationship with Turner Galleries Art Angels. Their innovative Artist in Residence Programme, designed to provide practical support to artists in Australia, provides financial support to artists and builds artistic networks between Perth and the rest of the art world.
31 July – 23 AUG 2018
TAIWAN artistic and curator
exchange in collaboration with PICA and Turner.
full program is here: https://rexptp.com/participants/
20-22 JULY Drew Armstrong, Elsie Lapelerie and Paul Hardie
Searching for the Spot – a show in the shopfront by our Lecturer Drew Armstrong and his very talented buddies.
10 – 23 April
Yuthika Addina from Indonesia (image to the right)
25 April – 1 May
DIRECTOR CHU: Changu Museum
TAIWAN artistic and curatorial exchange in collaboration with PICA and Turner Galleries
12 May – 17 June
PICA Hatched artist
Kate Bohunnis from South Australia
JUNE 18 – 29
WAFTA in the shopfront
WA Fibre Textiles Association artists take up residence – Liz Arnold, Marie Mitchell and Jennie Abbott
Lunchtime talks with soup on Thursdays or pop in any old time
12 March – 9 April 2018 Angela Valamanesh plus Hossein Valamanesh Turner Galleries’ Art Angel
Primarily known for her ceramic works, Angela Valamanesh also makes works on paper and mixed media. Her recent works consist of simple forms that often make links between plant, human and animal. She is interested in imagery that is ambiguous, that has a certain familiarity to but is not completely or easily recognisable.For Angela Valamanesh, the natural world is a source of seemingly endless fascination. Inspired by the great diversity of forms found within nature, as well as the underlying similarities and patterns that emerge from their careful study, she creates work that offers a uniquely poetic insight into aspects of the surrounding world.Valamanesh holds a PhD from the University of South Australia (2012). Angela also works occasionally in collaboration with her partner Hossein on large public art projects such as Adelaide Botanic Garden’s Ginkgo Gate and occasionally on studio based works.http://gagprojects.com/index.php/artists/angela-valamanesh/
BANJAWARN by CHRISTOPHER CHARLES Jan/Feb 2018
Presented in association with Perth Festival
Christopher stayed with us mid Jan to early March and showed in Gallery Central: 9 Feb – 3 March
Charles delves into the mystery surrounding the activities of the Japanese doomsday-cult group Aum Shinrikyo at Banjawarn station, WA, incorporating found propaganda such as animated cartoons & recruitment videos, alongside a display of artefacts from the site and hand-made photographs, presenting a chilling yet fascinating expedition into the mythology of a cult.
2017 Residencies and exhibitions
Martine Perret stayed with us in February to prepare her wonderful exhibition for our main gallery – Ngala Wongga – cultural significance of languages in the Goldfields – an immersive and multi-sensorial installation of sound and image drawing attention to the need to preserve at-risk Indigenous languages in the Goldfields of WA
Anne Zahalka is one of Australia’s most highly regarded photo-media artists, having exhibited extensively 30 years. Her work has often explored cultural stereotyping – she deconstructs familiar images and re-presents them to allow other figures and stories to be told that reflect on cultural diversity, gender and difference within Australian society. The images from her exhibition wild life depict dioramas from the American Natural History Museum with contemporary elements introduced digitally to disrupt these preserved pristine worlds.While in Perth, Zahalka started to gather images and memories related to the photographs commonly taken in the CBD by street photographers thru the early and mid-20th century. Turner Galleries’ Art Angel
Neil Emmerson, a NZ based Australian artist, travelled from Dunedin School of Art at Otago Polytechnic to prepare and install his exhibition Flight in our gallery. Emmerson’s printmaking engages with the expanded field of sculptural and installation. His subject matter is political with a critical focus directed towards aspects of contemporary life. Flight was our best show of 2017!! Neil stayed 20 April – 6 May.
Brendan Van Hek and Consuelo Cavaniglia stayed with us 19 June – 13 JulyVan Hek is Turner Galleries’ Art Angel while Cavaniglia tests our perception of space with new works using light and plastics in her own Turner show. Both participate in the City of Perth Winter Arts Season with commissioned interventions into CBD public spaces – empty shops in Plaza and Piccadilly Arcade
Elaine Reynolds stayed 17-31 JulyReynolds, PICA artist in residence from the UK is in Perth to develop work spanning moving image, historical photographic processes and sculptural installation from research that examines cycles of migration from Ireland to WA, as well as the impact of the extractive industries in the region.1-30 September Erica Huang Taipei Curatorial exchange, Turner Galleries
2-15 Oct Lucas Grogan showing with art angels, Turner GalleriesThen we have PICA artist Clare Milledge.
Jaana Lönnroos stopped in from Finland. She is a Finnish artist and free-lance curator curating a Western Australian art exhibition to Finland. The exhibition will be shown in Lapland, in the Rovaniemi Art Museum (www.korundi.fi), January 2018 portraying the Western Australia landscape with art from the central desert, from a group of Warlayirti artists from Balgo, and photographers Jaqueline Ball, Graham Miller, Kevin Ballantine, Juha Tolonen, Mike Gray and Brad Rimmer. She also runs an artist residency in Finland and will act as a facilitator to connect Australian artists to the art scene in Finland and to the other Nordic countries.
To end 2017 we have Jennie Newman – graduate of TAFE and ECU, based now in Denmark, WA. Jennie works with photogram techniques and stitching. Her focus is on bush materials and eco practice but the urban space of Northbridge is proving to be a huge influence. She is there to chat about where nature and culture meet at the Shopfront 2-5pm Sunday 3 to Thursday 7 December
Bonnie Lane is doing a residency at PICA over Xmas and will stay with us for a few weeks. She is a US based Australian artist whose work explores images found online, as well as social interventions, performance based works looking into the fictional narratives of self-identity fabricated via digital platforms. Go find her at PICA. And we hope she will be back with us in 2018 for stage 2.
NON RESIDENTIAL – Others with shopfront shows or installations were ……
We started 2017 with two recent Graduates-in–Residence working in the studios, Luke Kelleher and Leona Hilz. Both graduated from TAFE Visual Art in 2016 and took the opportunity to keep up the momentum achieved during their studies. For Leona that meant investigating the connection between memory and physical form using found objects as anchors and triggers for emotional recollection.
In March, French born WA based Christophe Canato moved in for 3 weeks to use the studio to develop his new body of work researching the place of the male gender in contemporary western countries within diverse contexts such as politics, religion, science or sexual orientation.Canato brings a background in fashion and commercial photography to his work as an artist in photomedia. His photographs are not portraits but portrayals. It is not biography that they unfold so much as a state of being.https://www.christophecanato.comhttp://christophecanato.blogspot.com.au
Confluence by Boris Milas and Natalie Blom showed in April – photography navigating WA from two contrasting perspectives. Blom was born and raised in a small Wheatbelt community, while Milas was in born in Bosnia, immigrating to Australia as a teenager. Both artists favour the external medium of landscape photography as an exploration of self and selfhood.
In May we welcomed Bruno Booth.Booth is a graduate and lecturer of graphic design at TAFE, as well as a multi-disciplinary artist whose work bounces between 2 and 3D. His bold, vibrating colours, applied as a refined gradient, reinforce the physicality and craftsmanship of his large, graphic structures, distorted by a subtle anamorphic perspective. This residency leads to Bruno’s solo show at gallery central, Trying to be social.
Super Nature by Ned Reilly and Sharon White showed 8 – 17 June
Exploring the mechanics of the Anthropocene and our expectations of the natural world – Ned repurposes imagery while Sharon has collected insect samples and field recordings. These two also graduated from TAFE in recent years.
Paintings by Drew Armstrong and works on paper by Elsie Lapelerie in NOWHEREISPERFECT. Is here perfect now or is nowhere perfect? Big questions to contemplate.20 July – 4 Aug.
WAFTA 7 – 25 AugustWA Fibre Textile Association’s place textile women into our studios with lunchtime talks – this year we had the pleasure of getting to know Liz Arnold and Robi Szalay and their works.
Gary Parris, an art graduate of ours from 2016 heavily immersed in the art of photography set up studio to sculpt, document light and look at visual perception for September.
Then: Denmark (WA) based Jennie Newman, explores photogram techniques 15 Nov – 8 Dec.
In April, Sheyi Bankale from London was here as a PICA resident, working on feasibility of producing a special Perth theme edition of the journal Next Level, promoting Perth’s artistic talent and visual art events.Next Level launched in 2002 and has gone on to become one of Europe’s leading art photography journals. Sheyi Bankale’s work through Next Level focuses on important distinctions in local identity as the building blocks served to characterise the impact of contemporary photography, and to engage new audiences. As artist-as-editor, Sheyi Bankale designed Next Level to shape a new photographic landscape exploring the complex paradigms of the local through artworks, so that others discover and through engagement address existing aesthetic and cultural situations.
In May TURNER GALLERY artangel Robert Hague was our guest.October – we welcomed David Rosetzky as TURNER GALLERY artangel.
Zora Kreuzer was the Basel artist in 2014 at artsource, back in Perth temporarily, and stayed with us.August and September brought TAFE graduate, the talented Mr Ian Strange, visual artist, video artist, street artist, back to town to complete some research towards a book and a series of ABC iview docos, http://iview.abc.net.au/programs/art-bites-home-the-art-of-ian-strange/AC1525W001S00
In November, Yi-Wen Liu was living and showing with us. Wenny was one of the outstanding TAFE grads of 2015. She returned to present Belongingness, where she explored what it is to belong, and how that struggle can bind as well as liberate in her sculptural and live works.
21 Nov to 31 Dec – Tom Blake was a PICA visiting artist, and we can’t wait to see him back in 2017.Others with shopfront shows or installations were water collecting in Carry Me with Dr Perdita Phillips; staff member Rhett Jones knocking a few planks together; Chris Cobilis created Ghost Of Record Store, a sound installation artwork commissioned by the Perth Public Art Foundation; Toygetherness – Telling Perth’s toy stories by ECU PhD candidate photographer DeeDee Noon – a photobooth research project; Animate Objects by Emily ten Raa featuring native wildlife as icons, Glory Hole by Brent Harrison and Shannon McCulloch explored male archetypes, including a nausea inducing video work (with wine cask); Interface subverted the traditionally feminine form of textiles with contributions from Carla Adams, Anna Dunnill, Kate Power, Mariaan Pugh, Jessica Tan, Gemma Weston and Melissa McGrath for 2016 Fringe World Festival; BLEND 43 – new work by James Cooper; Jess Boyce, Jazmin Mckechnie and writer Sarah Wood collaborated on a touch show; Kristen Brownfield interrogated the space in Teeter;
Grad Cherish Marrington’s first solo show of erotic drawings, Unclean & Hateful Birds, was a sensation and a sell out; cocomanonxkotai by Talia Teoh & Anna Kotai comprised large scale macrame pieces and hand stitched textiles and WAFTA’s textile women set up shop with lunchtime talks that included Louise Wells, Anne Williams, Margaret Ford, Joyce Tasma, Rowan Rovere, Pauline White, Lyn Brown, Pauline O’Brien, Patricia Newman-Bruton with residencies as well by Julia Sutton & Jayne Argent – weaving on & off the loom and Kerrie Argent & Annette Nykiel book-binding & stitching/eco-dyeing & basketry – they will also be back in 2017.What a great year!
October Christian Thompson art angel for Turner Galleries
October TARSH BATES for SYMBIOTCA
The unsettling eros of contact zones, and other stories
PhD candidate, SymbioticA, School of Anatomy, Physiology & Human Biology, University of WA explores what it means to be human when we recognise our bodies as multi-species ecologies, with a particular focus on the relationships between Homo sapiens and Candida albicans. Tarsh uses scientific and artistic methodologies to explore physical, emotional, cultural and political relationships between humans and Candida. Works comprise sculptural, photographic and filmic works, as well as organisms.
This exhibition will be part of the program for NeoLife, the inaugural conference for the Society for Literature, Science and the Arts, Rest of the World, and the National Experimental Arts Forum, both being organised by SymbioticA.
August Phillip Hunter and Vera Moller, art angels for Turner Galleries
July HYPO by Mathew Dickson
Graduating from Central in 2013, Mathew Dickson’s multimedia practice is grounded in Bruno Latour’s scientific theory of Blackboxing in which technology, through its ongoing success, renders itself invisible.
Mathew examined the symbiotic relationship between technology and the uncanny. Drawing upon parapsychology and everyday technological objects to inform his work, Mathew’s resulting installation summons technology to reveal its supernatural nature. photo by Max Kordyl. RIP Matt.
July Laura Potter and Norman Cherry
UK jewellers exhibiting TRANSPLANTATION at Gallery Central + workshops
June CECILE WILLIAMS exhibiting TRAPPED at Gallery Central
May Gianni Denitto
In collaboration with the Italian Consul, Italian saxophonist Gianni Denitto was in residence for 2 weeks. He spent 2 days with our students, he performed here for Italian National Day and he composed a work for us. As well he featured in the Perth Jazz Festival
March Kate Shaw art angel for Turner GalleriesJanuary February Ian Strange a residency over the summer by our Graduate Ian Strange towards a new body of work using film,photo and interventions into suburban houses. http://www.form.net.au/2015/04/ian-strange-shadow-exhibition-opening
FLEUR ELISE NOBLE WORKING WITH PERTH THEATRE COMPANY AND TINA TORABI
performance outcomes at PICA happening in 2015
F WORD artist Stuart MacFarlane
Joan Ross Turner Galleries Art Angel
Bronek Kozka came back to show at PCP and conducted a lighting workshop and create another image in the series shot in the shopfront, disguised as an office and and using some of our stylish pre-loved residency furniture.
three minutes to five; it’s time by Bronek KOZKA 2012
Lauren Broom, Rose Barrett, Max Newport, Angela Nie Central graduates used the studio
-Isms by Pablo Hughes photos from Vietnam that challenges traditional notions of beauty.
Marcel Cousins Turner Galleries Art Angel
Ting-Chun Chen – City of Perth artist exchange with Taipei Artist in Residence
The Yok and Sheryo with Turner Galleries Art Angels
Danielle Freakley – PICA artist in RES
Linda Banazis – exhibition
OPERATION ZEBRA Fleur Elise Noble working with Perth Theatre Company
YUHSIN U CHANG – WHITE MYSTERY Taipei and Perth Sister City Artist Exchange
Yuhsin U Chang’s sculpture work is often ephemeral employing material such as dust or charcoal to mimic natural forms. Each year the City of Perth either sends a Perth artist to Taipei Artist Village or hosts a Taiwanese artist for 2 months in collaboration with Central. http://www.yuhsinuchang.com/
Sophia Szilagyi – 2013 TURNER GALLERIES ART ANGEL
Perthume as part of Transart – Grace Gamage and Olivia O’Donnell
studio spaces for DADAA artists
Maia Marinelli from USA for Sculpture by the Sea
18 Feb to 2 March PIAF
My Name Is Raj by Srinivas Krishna
A photo-media installation with family photos from early 20th century India and a digital photo booth. Based on the Bollywood feature films directed and starring Raj Kapoor, Awara (1951) and Shree 420 (1955), this show invites the viewer to participate. Presented by the Perth International Arts Festival.
photo work: Kyle Grey and Andrew Winter; courtesy of Divani Films Inc.
The Drawing Room by Oliver Stretton-Pow
The Uncanny Edge by Bridget Nicholson
Visiting artist Bridget Nicholson invites people to allow her to wrap their feet in clay while they tell their story and reflect on their emotional relationship to the land. www.touchthisearthlightly.com
in collaboration with Turner Galleries and FotoFreo, Melbourne artist Bronek Kozka stayed with us