A THOUSAND WORDS | ARTS PROJECT AUSTRALIA

0 Comments

Photography and words by Alli Harper

 

In the middle of Northcote at 24 High Street, you will discover a unique art gallery and studio that celebrated its fortieth anniversary last year.  The resident artists are passionate about the creative process and enjoy the camaraderie found in this beautiful, light filled space.

 

The gallery operates as a commercial enterprise but what makes Arts Project Australia special is that it was developed to develop and represent artists with an intellectual disability. Its underpinning principle is to represent the artist and not the disability.

 

Having the opportunity to create this photo essay has provided me/the photographer with the truly special experience of getting to know some wonderful individuals and to see the creative process at work.”

 

Artists pursue what they are interested in and work independently. The studio is filled with books and reference materials and artists draw inspiration from a huge range of influences – popular culture, music, TV and even works by the old Masters in the mediums of painting, drawing, print making, 3D, digital artwork and photography.

 

Staff, artists themselves, mentor and facilitate. Talking to them, it is evident they consider it a privilege to work there. Having the opportunity to create this photo essay has provided me/the photographer with the truly special experience of getting to know some wonderful individuals and to see the creative process at work.

 

Arts Project Australia provides a great opportunity for art lovers to discover accessible and beautiful works of art and to support this unique Northside initiative.

 

It is a free fun event for the community celebrating the work of more than 100 artists who work in the studio.”

 

The highlight of the end of year calendar will be the Annual Gala from 28 November to 19 December which opens on 28 November from 3-6 pm. 

 

It is a free fun event for the community celebrating the work of more than 100 artists who work in the studio.

 

You can simply wander around the gallery and enjoy it or purchase small items like calendars and cards.

 

Original artworks are available from $50 to $1,000.  Music will be provided by local artist Pamela, ice cream from Whippy Kiosks, hamburgers from Mr Burger food trucks.

 

Arts_Project_A_Harper--2

Pictured:  Alan Constable.  Alan is an award winning painter and ceramicist.  At the age of eight he started making replicas of cameras using cereal boxes and he continues to make sculptures of old cameras today using ceramics.  Appropriately, his last solo exhibition was called Viewfinder. He has won awards for his art and exhibited in Australia and overseas.   He and Julian Mason are both represented by the American gallery Fleisher Ollman in Chicago.

Arts_Project_A_Harper--3

Arts_Project_A_Harper--4

Arts_Project_A_Harper--5

Pictured: Valerio Ciccone.  Valerio has been with the Studio since the beginning.  He works a lot with pastels and does print making and digital imaging.

Arts_Project_A_Harper--6

Arts_Project_A_Harper--7

Pictured at right Paul Hodges.  Paul creates works of art using painting, drawing and ceramics and has recently been exploring soft sculpture.  Paul says that a recent influence on his latest work has been the Jean Paul Gautier exhibition which he really loved.  He is interested in art history and loves the work of the old Masters, most recently focusing on the Dutch school of painting.

Arts_Project_A_Harper--8

Pictured:  Rebecca Scibilia.  Rebecca favours bold texta paints and her work reflects her personality, bursting with colour and life.

Arts_Project_A_Harper--9

Pictured:  Chris Mason.  From a very early age Chris showed talent at drawing, he commits as much time to his work at home as he does in the studio.  Currently his work is focused on amazingly detailed small scale sculptures using modelling clay. His work can be found in the collections of the National Gallery and State Library of Victoria.

Arts_Project_A_Harper--10

Pictured:  Suzie and Bronwyn Hack.  The staff at Arts Project Australia are qualified artists in their own right.  Suzie is a talented painter and drawer.  Bronwyn loves drawing animals of all kinds and is very interested in finding out about people’s pets.  She has also been working on some embroidered pieces.

Arts_Project_A_Harper--11

Arts_Project_A_Harper--12

Pictured:  Peter Cave.  Peter loves all things Australian and heritage related.  He is very interested in history and likes to paint or draw characters like Ned Kelly as well as old townships, and pastoral scenes.

Arts_Project_A_Harper-

Arts_Project_A_Harper-0540

Pictured:  Eden Menta.  Eden is interested in the unusual and macabre and does incredibly intricate drawings using a loop.  She is currently collaborating with artist Richard Lewer for the Next Wave Festival.

Arts_Project_A_Harper-0681

Arts_Project_A_Harper-0719

Arts_Project_A_Harper-9054

Arts_Project_A_Harper-9112

 

The gallery is open from 9-5 from Monday to Friday and from 10-5 on Saturdays.

To find out more about Arts Project Australia, visit http://www.artsproject.org.au or you will find them on Facebook and Instagram.

Something to say..? Leave your comments here.

Stay up to date via TwitterStay up to date via TwitterStay up to date via TwitterStay up to date via Twitter