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NEWSLETTER: DECEMBER 2017 Artwork: Clinton Carter, Detail; Untitled, Acrylic on Canvas, 35 x 35cm, 2017.
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MARKS IN MOTION Jenette Scanes, Peter Dudding, Paul Williams and Damian Showyin, Underbelly (19), 2017, acrylic on canvas, 215x249cm. Pages 16 - 19
IN THIS ISSUE
Words from the Coordinator / page 3 Curator Review / page 4 The Awards / page 5 - 13 Alter Ego / page 14 Marks in Motion / pages 16 - 19 Create + Celebrate / page 20
EXHIBITION PROFILE Natasha Hill from WA regional arts organisation, Artzability in Margaret River reflects on the Alter Ego. Pages: 14 - 15 Image: Lorraine Frost
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IT’S A WRAP What a year; what a show! Thank you all for contributing, supporting, attending, buying and being a part of the remarkable As We Are Art Awards. As my first time coordinating and attending I have been blown away by not only the incredible high calibre of diverse artistic works, but how welcomed I have been into the Arts & Disability family of Western Australia. Having met so many different artists, families and friends and having seen the brush-strokes, Above: Brian Livingstone with Birdhouse, highly commended in the 2017 AWAAA. Below: Mel Henderson and Hayley Bracknell with Hayley’s entry to AWAAA, Peacocks. Images: The Corner Shop At Chorus.
ink lines, fine details, layered acrylics and textured forms I am even more resolute in my passion to share your stories and art with the wider Western Australian and Australian arts community. In the second half of 2017 As We Are has hunkered down, focusing on internal program structure and planning for a bright 2018 and onwards. A highlight was attending Out of The Box – Supported Studios Forum, hosted at Arts Project Australia in Melbourne. With presentations from National Disability Services (NDS) and case studies from key organisations including
and TUTTI in Adelaide. It was an inspiring, challenging and thought provoking two days. A recent article on ArtsHub (www.artshub.com. au) outlining the importance of arts in NDIS
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‘Make Art A Priority in your NDIS Plan’ acts as a reminder on how we must all be advocates for art. If you’d like to read the article please email me. Until next year, that’s a wrap! Have a fun and fabulous holiday season. Mel. AS WE ARE
2017 AS WE ARE ART AWARDS Hayley Anschutz, Curator.
When As We Are first approached me to curate this exhibition I couldn’t think of a more fitting combination of my two professions. I work as the Assistant Curator for the Zig Zag Gallery in Kalamunda and, as a support worker for an organisation called One2One. It really was a perfect fit. I have been involved with many exhibitions over the years but this was by far the largest. To curate an exhibition with over 200 entries is a challenge. Considering the diversity in subject, medium, framing and scale, one must establish relationships and ensure each work communicates fluidly in a group. Art is so very important as both a means of positive creative expression and a tool to ignite conversation in the community. The works are exuberant, not a stagnant display but an ever evolving landscape of the artist’s experience, their life and their personality. This exhibition works to advance the public’s awareness of contemporary visual art alongside disability. The audience have the chance then, to consider the world around them and the lives of individuals who may experience it differently. I am thankful to As We Are, for this opportunity and I very much look forwards to next year’s exhibition. Hayley
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Aimee Dickson, Emu, 54 x 43cm Mixed Media, 2017. Winner 2017 Jabula Farm Regional Art Award Proudly sponsored by
Anthony Stainisheff, Naked Boy Leading a Horse, 80 x 60cm, Chalk Pastel, 2017. Winner 2017 David Guhl Award for Artistic Excellence Proudly sponsored by
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Martin Cahill, Birds, 100 x 70cm, Acrylic on Paper, 2017 Winner 2017 Rosalind Lewis Art Award Proudly sponsored by
Winner 2017 Victoria Park Centre for the Arts Peoples Choice Award Proudly sponsored by
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Greg Barr, The Big Friendly Giant, 61 x 91cmm, Acrylic on Canvas, 2017. Winner 2017 Tunbridge Gallerly Contemporary Art Award
Proudly sponsored by
Rebecca Johnston, Untitled, 14 x 28 x 25cm, Clay, fired and glazed 2017. Winner 2017 Stephen Delower Memorial 3D Award Proudly sponsored by
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Gloria Kelly, Untitled, 91.5 x 91.5cm, Acrylic on Canvas, 2017. Winner 2017 Merenda Gallery Aborignal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award Proudly sponsored by
Behind The Brush. Born in Jigalong in 1975, Gloria is a Martu woman now working out of Spinifex Hill Studios in South Hedland. As an artist with limited eyesight, Gloria is an acrylic painter within a powerful matriarchal tradition that emerged in the Western Desert in the early 2000s. Her loose brushwork and pastel palettes have attracted critical attention for their highly affecting presence, and these artworks announce Gloria as a truly exciting contemporary abstract artist of Western Australia. Since the AWA Art Award, Gloria won a major prize at the Hedland Art Award and has been picked up by Suzanne Oâ€™Connell for a group show this month and rumours of a solo show in Perth next year. An artist to keep your eye out for! Jigalong Community is in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, approximately 165 kilometres east of the town of Newman in the Shire of East Pilbara local government area.
Gloria painting at the Spinifex Hill Studios, November 2017. Image: Spinifex Hill Studios.
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Top: Across the Bay at Point Peron, Paul Mitchell, Acrylic on Canvas, 100 x 76cm, 2017. Above Left: Untitled, Geoff Taylor-Vernon, Pen and Watercolour Pencil, 30 x 23cm, 2017. Right: Abstract Fish, Carol Myers, Fabric and Cotton, 38 x 38cm, 2017. 10
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Top: Beach Walk, Gavin McNamara, Acrylic on Canvas, 45 x 41cm, 2017. Left: Maku and Camel, Aaron Pei Pei, Acrylic on Canvas, 40 x 56cm, 2017. Below: Rainbow Tree Brent Stanley, Acrylic on Canvas, 61 x 60cm, 2017.
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Birdhouse, Brian Livingstone, Fired Clay, 15 x 40cm, 2017.
Left: 7 Cape Court, Perth Australia, Clive Collender, Pen and Crayon on Canvas, 50 x 40cm, 2017. Below: Happy, Sam Hunstman, Digital Watercolour (Printmaking Watercolour) 30 x 21cm, 2017.
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Right; Araluen - Twisting pathways, vibrant flowers and waterfalls, David Guhl, Acrylic on Canvas, 96 x 64cm, 2017. Not Pictured: The Mysterious Stream (Midland 2016), Tom Linden-Wood, Photographic Print, 40 x 50cm.
The question burning on your lips; What about the 2018 As We Are Art Awards? With building renovations scheduled in the second half of 2018 at Central Park, we are on the hunt for a new home. Weâ€™ll keep you posted on our journey, in the meantime, keep on making your bold and distinctive Western Australian Art!
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Down the coast we travel to Margaret River exploring regional art. A picture tells a thousand words.
self managed and supported
complex creative interpretations
A costume, a prop, a painted face
using the simplest materials. As
can express more of the Self
photographer, I was privileged to witness these artists in their
when words can’t or don’t come. Participants travel from up to
costumes and help them realise
Margaret River’s dynamic group
100km away (including Busselton
and frame their characters, as
Artzability staged an impressive
and Bunbury) to attend weekly
we captured them in the lens.
sessions. This gives Artzability a
Gallery from Sept 25-Oct 5.
unique placement as a regional
Nearly ten years ago the vision
program, given that people from
of several local parents was to
portraits were the final stage of
small communities in WA, as a
create a “post-school” meeting
a month long multi-arts project
rule, travel to larger regional
place for people living with a
with Busselton artist, Lorraine
centres to access services and
disability, which would foster
Artzability is a regional art group
Lorraine Frost challenged the
for adult members living with a
artists with the task of creating
Alter Ego draws from all these
disability. The organisation is
body extensions, resulting in
aspects of the ‘vision’ and brings
parent-run and not for profit,
Alter Ego costumes, born from
together elements of all the skills
“In a small town their faces and personalities are part of the fabric of the everyday; to have been embraced for the first time by a professional Gallery now sets a new precedent and has had a reciprocal benefit in raising the bar still further for all involved.”
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that these artists have developed
has had a reciprocal benefit in
throughout their journey with
raising the bar still further for
photographs speak to the local community,
as citizen becomes
The parents’ vision is real. Can’t
‘celebrity’. In a small town their
wait to experience what the
faces and personalities are part
unstoppable Artzability family do
of the fabric of the everyday; to
in their tenth year.
Natasha Hill Facilitator, Artzability Margaret River Lorraine Frost
have been embraced for the first time by a professional Gallery
Alter Ego Exhibition, Margaret
now sets a new precedent and
River Gallery 25 September 5 October 2017.
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MARKS IN MOTION As We Are heads out of state again, this time to be inspired by the large scale artworks of Studio A artists in Sydney, NSW.
This year, artists from Studio
disability, the success highlights
closely with artists, they tackle
A in Sydney saw major success
something much bigger, much
the barriers faced in accessing
in their part of the Underbelly
Contemporary Arts Festival with
with intellectual disabilities and
their work, Marks in Motion. The
the work they produce can and
success is a formidable feat for
is successful when exposed to a
needed to be a successful visual
any artist navigating their way
times fickle art world. But for
Having operated for four years,
Studio A artists, all of which
Studio A works with artists with
are artists with an intellectual
a range of disabilities. In working
through the complicated and at
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a force to be reckoned with.
Peter Dudding is a Studio A
intellectual disabilities can range
The unique model in which they
artist working largely with bold,
from literacy to the complex and
work with is bespoke to each
brave and beautiful colours that
somewhat subtle market analysis
artist and allows a layered and
seem to dance before you. He is
of an intricate industry that has
meaningful relationship to be
a painter, drawer, master mark
its own language.
fostered. With inspiration drawn
maker and a ceramicist.
and internationally, Studio A’s
Gabrielle describes his style as
opportunities that are out there
approach is sophisticated and
can be difficult,” she said.
abstract” and speaks with an
“The critical element (of Studio
finding the right platforms as well
A) is to provide that bridge
as linking artists with mentors or
mentions he has work held in
between the artwork and the
art world. That is the service we provide”.
And in fact, it’s this ability to
But there is much more beyond
think big and outside the square
Three years ago, Peter was
the navigation of industry that
that began the ball rolling for this
linked up with a likeminded arts
allows Studio A to be seen as
year’s Marks in Motion project.
practitioner, Paul Williams who works in a similar style. Working
Left; Mathew Clark in his Perth home. A bright, welcoming family home, where walls are adorned with Mathew’s vibrant artworks. Diptych Seven Tribes of Flying Islands, Acrylic on Canvas. This detailed artwork hangs alongside Roman Head, a sculpture completed at Leederville Tafe.
alongside each other, the pair
Right; Detail, Bower Snow, 2016, Acrylic on Canvas.
Draft Gallery, a leading platform
developed a working relationship and began to learn from one another,
this partnership, Paul curated a show of Peter’s work at the First for emerging artists in Sydney, notorious
nature. “It was the first show at First Draft (which has been operating for thirty years) of an artist with an intellectual disability,” Gabrielle said. The
Image details: Left: Artist, Damian Showyin, and Studio A CEO, Gabrielle Mordy, during the Marks In Motion workshop at the Underbelly Arts Festival, 2017. Photograph by Tim da-Rin. Right: Jenette Scanes, Peter Dudding, Paul Williams and Damian Showyin, Underbelly (20) – Installation shot, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 215x249cm. Photograph by Tim da-Rin AS WE ARE
of work that sold, which was impressively triumph
was a playful comradery that developed between the artists and a stunning body of work was made through the residency
stick itself to the ball that was now rolling with an increased momentum. Paul and Peter continued to work together, adding another two Studio A artists, Jenette Scanes and Damian Showyin to the mix. Gabrielle explained that despite the limited space Studio A has to offer, Paul would continue to work alongside the artists. All the while, the Studio A staff were thinking of where this could go, how it could grow. “We an
experimenting and working in a focused space,” she said.
This spurred the application for
crazy’, Marks in Motion began.
this year’s Underbelly Festival, a bi annual contemporary arts
The artists were pushed from
festival held in Sydney.
their comfort zone, like all good
artists need to be, and the
outcome was beyond what was
artwork,” Gabrielle said.
expected. While Studio A artists
“It’s where curators look for the
next up and coming artists”.
worked consecutively for ten
days, here they were. And while And thus, with a successful
the experience may have been
proposal for artists to take over a
daunting for not only the artists
space at the National Art School
but their families as well, the
with the aim of going ‘painting
proof was in the pudding- as the saying goes. Playing with process, the artists began painting in different ways, with brushes that were several metres long and in an enlarged, physical way. Gabrielle explained the artists flourished in the opportunity and became more immersed in the work, while also becoming more willing to take creative risks. “There was a playful comradery that
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element that wasn’t expected and completely organic. Marks in Motion was shown in the Underbelly Festival, receiving fantastic feedback and is now being pitched to galleries for shows in 2018. This is the second time Studio A artists have been shown in the Underbelly Festival, the first of which marked the first occasion artists with intellectual disabilities were represented. These
opportunities to open for Studio A
platform. Further for the artists, a well deserved boost in confidence and a sense of pride that can be shared. Artist, Damien Showyin was
the opening, proud to see his family there enjoying the art he produced. When asked if anyone had said anything to him at the opening, Damien replied, “Yes, they said the paintings looked nice and
Image details: Left: Artist’s working in the Underbelly Lab, 2017. Photograph by Paul Williams. Above: The Underbelly Arts in front of their installation, Marks in Motion, at the Underbelly Arts Festival, 2017. Photograph by Gabrielle Mordy
that I’m a good painter”. According
“A lot of people had most likely
profound sense of pride was
never imagined their children
shared amongst the families, all
would be so applauded for a
of which attended the opening.
overwhelmed with what their
As for the artists, they keep
children had produced and the
asking when they can work with
interest it had generated,” she
Paul again. There’s no doubt the
next Studio A project will be one
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CREATE + CELEBRATE
The As We Are creative artists workshop series has popped-up with a pop-up in Victoria Park Central, wrapping up the Create + Celebrate project for 2017. The Create + Celebrate project has sought to provide inspired opportunities for people with an intellectual disability during the project through a two-sided approach. ‘Create’, a series of 3 different art skill development workshops; photography, animation and relief-printmaking and ‘Celebrate’, a public exhibition and event that showcases new skills and work to the wider community. The result, a contemporary exhibition accessible to new audiences and artists walking away confident in their new skillsets and ready to learn more!
Top, Photography: Image by Rian Hronsky. Left, Print-Making: Artist John Verjans in the Create + Celebrate Pop-Up Exhibition with his relief-prints on paper. Right, Animation: Facilitator, Steven Aiton, Artist Grace Panaia and Giovina D’Alessandro from Ability Centre, all smiles as they animate Grace’s Cat. Create + Celebrate is a Community Arts Network Catalyst Arts Funded Project. Thank you to our sponsors and in-kind supporters. And finally, a big thank you to all our contributors for this newsletter edition! 20
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The Art Award Edition! December 2017