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studio la primitive

slp arts zine issue 3 dec 2013


slp studio la primitive EDITOR Robyn Werkhoven CONTRIBUTORS

Mother & Child - Eric Werkhoven

Robyn Werkhoven

Laura Wilson

Josh McGregor

Ahn Wells

Helene Leane

Timelesstextiles

David Graham

Bob Bush

Eric Werkhoven

Curve Gallery

Peter Read

Hunter Arts Network

Front cover - Painting D.I.D by Josh McGregor Please do not copy articles in this magazine without written permission of the Editor. Copyright Š 2013 Studio La Primitive, All rights reserved. Issue 3 - December 2013

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INDEX Index……………………………………………………

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Editorial……………………….. Robyn Werkhoven

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Studio La Primitive Antics…….. E&R Werkhoven

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Artist interview ………………….Josh McGregor

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Essay s………………………… Eric Werkhoven

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Artist Feature………………….

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Helene Leane

Poem -Van Gogh’s Room ……..David Graham

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Artist Feature……………………..Ahn Wells

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Poem ……………………………..Bob Bush

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Artist Feature…………………….Peter Read

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Art News………………………….

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All Woman - sculpture mixed medium Katherine Sullivan

SLP would like to thank all contributors and artists. Deadline for articles - January 20th for February issue 2014 Email articles to: werkhovenr@bigpond.com Issue 3 - December 2013

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EDITORIAL Greetings

to readers of Studio La Primitive

Arts

Zine

online at - www.issuu.com This issue

will be featuring

artists’ interviews and art

related articles, poetry and art news.

The Zine features many of the Hunter Valley artists and writers, glimpses into their world of art and their creative processes. There has been a splendid response with many artists, writers and philosophers happy to contribute articles and exhibition news.

Hopefully we will have your words and

art works in future editions. It is important to have your work seen by a big audience, the first issues have had over 2000 viewers and will keep growing. Let us know about your forthcoming exhibitions or art events. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a splendid New Year 2014. DEADLINE FOR NEXT ISSUE IS 20th JANUARY 2014. Submit articles to email:

werkhovenr@bigpond.com

Regards - your editor Robyn Werkhoven

A Christmas Story - E&R Werkhoven (C)2013 Issue 3 - December 2013

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N T I C S STUDIO LA PRIMITIVE (C)2013 - ANTICS by E&R Werkhoven collaborative drawings .

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JOSH McGREGOR “In my work I explore the subject through narrative. The subjects I explore that are littered through out each work is human emotion. Anxiety, sadness, love, hatred, truth and fakery are all things we experience and are often afraid to confront. My work is ambiguous which is not always intentional but I do encourage the viewer to have their own unique understanding of each piece. I'm primarily an oil painter using some of the techniques of old masters. Combining vivid colour with dull greys and harsh black making the paint have its own conversation. Each work I do is cohesive but different, I regularly jump from one form of traditional painting to another with surreal twists. Trying not to be categorised into a single area of painting.� Secrets, Secrets - painting Josh McGregor H76 x W61cm oil on canvas Opposite page - Remain Josh McGregor

H40 x W30cm oil on canvas

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“I was born and raised in Newcastle. I attended the Newcastle Art came a

College for two years.

After art school,

period of two years, where I was uncreative and I

didn't know what direction to take in life. In 2010 after years

of anxiety I decided to start painting as a release. I fell in love with it and it quickly became an obsession, I'd find that I would become anxious if I hadn't painted for a few days. Painting is now an important therapy for me, a hide away, I don't think I'll ever not have a brush in my hand.

I see my work as surrealism I paint emotions we all experience fear, sadness and anger etc.

Fears we often

don't confront I tend to paint. I'm often inspired by dreams they reveal all fears, 70% of my work have been inspired by dreams. Melancholy music is

also an inspiration; this kind of music is honest and seems more real. Often when listening to music I'll have pencil and paper in hand.� Softly being Erased - Josh McGregor H83 x W66cm oil on canvas Issue 3 - December 2013

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This year my first exhibition '3 Dimensions' was held at the Newcastle Art Space. It was a group exhibition with good friends and fellow artists Peter Lewis and David McBride. They're very experienced artists which was fantastic to have for a first show. I learned a great deal from them, things that I will keep and take with me for new exhibitions. In October I was invited by Eric and Robyn Werkhoven, to show two paintings in the Nightmares Exhibition. Currently I'm working on a solo exhibition for next June 2014. The show is yet to be titled but the work is over half way completed. The exhibition will be held at the Forsight Gallery Newcastle. It's also a goal of mine to enter some of the bigger art prizes next year. Works have been started for them but still looking for a subject for the Archibald.�

Unfold II - painting Josh McGregor H61 x W47cm oil on canvas Issue 3 - December 2013

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Limbo - painting Josh McGregor

Separate - Josh McGregor

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H86 x W61cm mixed medium on paper Issue 3 - December 2013

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The Flesh is Weak - painting Josh McGregor

Morphine - painting Josh McGregor

H61 x W51cm oil on canvas

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ESSAY - Eric Werkhoven 26 June 2013 It’s what we come up with next over the coming years. Herald explain, reveal the nature of this hidden source for our love to blossom, for our love to reconnect with our dreams; these fleeting moments before waking up are crucial to regaining our balance. From these fleeting moments onwards we are all swept up in the tide, to be ushered along to our seat; in a long line of anticipation. We hear a murmur becoming a cascade of roaring sounds; as of a great wall of water is carrying everything away plummeting us into a communal anxiety and dread. We may not have personally experienced war or the Depression. We may not have personally experienced a major flood. It’s in our consciousness; we hear the future expand on its promises with fine wine we toast to its success. Let the tapestry of our dreaming infuse the above and not

The Journey - Eric Werkhoven

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Africa -

Eric Werkhoven

Odd smell from the pen. A pungent, earthly smell, released from excavation projects, when the bulldozers rip into the earth and explore the roots. From what I can remember. Africa , oh Africa, I once knew you intimately. But our paths no longer cross. So no wonder I feel sad. A street, a pathway through high, elephant grasses. Orange and yellow black birds, building their nests. A flock of small, tiny finches, hundreds of them! A bird with long tail feathers, struggling to fly. Bush babies in palm trees. Bombay wine, derived from palm trees and drumming in the distance. Raucous laughter and animated conversations.

Website: www.studiolaprimitive.com African Woman - Eric Werkhoven

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HELENE LEANE

Artic Spring - monotype

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Helene Leane “By making visual thoughts, emotions and ideas an artist shares their experiences of the world.

The traditional methods of art making,

however, compete with many other visual stimuli – especially on screens,

surrounding us at home and at work. Some artists have

embraced electronic media and use this as their main artmaking. But many others still persevere with 2

method of

and 3 dimensional

works, - painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpting. I sit in this category preferring to paint and print make.

I am not prescriptive in what I tell the viewer. I don't ask anything of them except to be immersed in the visual experience. For the most part my subject matter is landscape, but usually not any landscape. I work from a visual memory and call on the

specific collective

consciousness for the viewer to identify the landscape. It is incredible where this can lead. People clearly have attached memories to place and by recognising a familiar landscape they can cry out with joy or pain. The viewer identifies the landscape and attaches an emotion and thereby a connection. Fantastic! This to me is

one of the most powerful outcomes of creativity –

confirming how humanity connects on an unconscious level.” - Helene Leane (C)2013

Low Tide - monotype print

Helene Leane

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Escarpment II - acrylic Helene Leane

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Escarpment - acrylic

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Helene Leane

- received her BA in Fine Art & History from the

University of Sydney and her Master of Teaching in Mathematics from the University of Newcastle. She has a background in art therapy, and currently lives and works in Newcastle. Leane is a Printmaker and painter, who regularly exhibits in the Hunter, and her work has been featured nationally and in New York USA. Her main medium of expression is the monotype print; this means there is only ever one of the artwork, a unique print. “The monotypes are pulled from a gelatin plate using gouache. I use Japanese rice paper so that the subtlety of the paint infuses gently into the thin paper causing variations in tone and texture.

There is an

element of chance which makes this technique very exciting.�

www.heleneleane.moonfruit.com

Falling Time - Gouache Monotype print Helene Leane Issue 3 - December 2013

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New Growth - monotype print

Debris - monotype print

Helene Leane

Helene Leane

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Van Gogh’s Room

by poet David Graham

His yellow bed bulges forward and the walls have an irregular perspective with portraits of family, landscapes and notes hung on them. Between those walls, on that pompous bed he tossed and threw himself within his mind. Seeing in the floorboards bitter greens and ghastly yellows remembering the betrayal of Gauguin. From out the window, he saw Saint Rémy on a starry night, painting its child wonder.

There are two chairs, that object he obsessed over, sitting empty and unused – silently they mourn the vacancy of the room. I am drawn to the little table with the jug of water and a bible, tattered and faded, with a mark where he rested his hand searching for younger years. Then to the single draw and what may lie within.

It could have been paintbrushes, letters from Theo, Japanese prints or that gun, oiled and wrapped in a cloth. It waits, hidden, singing a silent song into the artist’s heart who closes his eyes and clutches at the red blanket. - David Graham(C)2013 Issue 3 - December 2013

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Room at Arles - Vincent Van Gogh Vincent Van Gogh (1853 - 1890) generally considered the greatest Dutch painter and draughtsman since Rembrandt. One of the greatest of Post-Impressionist artists. He strongly influenced the movement of Expressionism in modern art. His work, is noted for its striking rich colour, coarse brushwork, and contoured forms . David Graham - poet and Editor of WORD HURL ANTI - SLAM Magazine To subscribe email: wordhurl.antislam@hotmail.com Issue 3 - December 2013

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AHN WELLS Issue 3 - December 2013

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AHN WELLS ON PAPER Exhibition at Timelesstextiles 2014 By Laura Wilson Like the book used to make the work in ON PAPER, the inspiration is a story of friendship, love, love lost, of life and death, and how these feelings are portrayed through art. Artists seek inspiration and validation from those who understand. Peter Speight and Ahn Wells were not only friends and companions, but artists who have successfully collaborated on projects by understanding the other's fundamental inspirations, aspirations and aesthetic sensibilities. In supporting and nourishing Speight's art practice, Wells purchased a book, Mummies, Tombs and Treasure: Secrets of Ancient Egypt that would appeal to his interest in Mummies and the afterlife. As fate would have it, Peter was transported there before he received it. The book is experiencing a new life, recontextualised as strips of material, sewn together by hand. The process may have been therapeutic as with each stitch a memory. Perhaps the mending expands beyond the physical work. While the results are typical of Wells' work in their contemplative elegance, feelings of pain and loss are replaced by fond memories and appreciation for time spent together and inspiration still being received after-life. These small, delicate, textiles made from pages of books are powerful windows into the soul.

Blue - Ahn Wells Mixed media on Stonehenge 50x 50cm

Laura Wilson Š November 2013 Teacher (Art Theory), Newcastle Art School, NSW, Australia Issue 3 - December 2013

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Ahn Wells - Artist Statement “My work is normally void of any personal meanings or hidden innuendo. I like it to be about what is seen, not what is underlying. I chose to focus on manipulating surface texture and exploiting materiality. I prefer to play with colour, form and scale. However, while making this series of work, I have found myself leaning towards feelings of loss, pain and even regrets. ON PAPER is made from discarded library books, the first book that started this series was Mummies, Tombs and Treasure: Secrets of Ancient Egypt, which I had been keeping for my partner Peter Speight, who died suddenly in September 2012. For me, these works aren't sad, even though I was feeling that way when I started making them, nor are they therapeutic, as many people may rightly assume. The process of cutting up and sewing back together isn't new to me; I've been making works this way for years. Instead, it's the use of the discarded library books that is new and has found its way into my art practice because of the time I spent with Peter. I'm thankful for that. I work in public libraries, and Peter loved books, so I was always borrowing and buying discard books on subjects that I

knew or thought he'd be interested in. When he died, I had yet to give him the Mummies... book.

I'm sure, discarded library books would

have filtered into my art practice eventually, but it was because of Peter

Thirty - Ahn Wells Mixed media on Stonehenge paper 50 x 50cm

and circumstance that ON PAPER is made from them.� - Ahn Wells(C)2013

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AHN WELLS ON PAPER Exhibition at Timelesstextiles 7 Beaumont St Islington, Newcastle. Exhibition Dates: 23rd Jan - 16th Feb 2014

Official Opening: Thurs 23rd Jan 6 - 8pm all are welcome to attend.

Visit: http://ncac.org.au/ahn-wells/ for further details about the artist. Between the Lines - Ahn Wells Mixed media on Stonehenge paper 50 x 50cm

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WHY WE LIVE HERE - POET BOB BUSH We are continually asked “where is Vacy” and why would you want to live way out there? Such questions inspired me to write this poem – hopefully it explains the reasons!

It allows appreciation of the that abound, The kangaroos and birdlife roaming freely all wildlife around. Plus out here in the country where the air is pure and clean,

He sought from of me the reason why we’re living where we do

The night sky shines and sparkles and the stars are clearly seen.

And said that I should write it down to share it all with you! His question was, where do we live, then asked the reason why?

If you need to do your shopping, there’s a pub and general store

Well our home is here in Vacy, it’s where we chose to buy.

And now we have a restaurant, that we never had before. We have our local produce, on which to drink or dine

I remember well that very day, back in ninety nine, Our attention was diverted to a newly painted sign.

There’s an olive grove and vineyard, where you can taste their wine.

Hanging on the fence out front, I recall now what it said – “For Private Sale - A Home & Land – Includes A Farmer’s Shed”.

The beach is just an hour away, should you choose to go, Or wait until the Winter comes and go and see the snow.

A walk around the boundary took our interest straight away

There are mountain views and rivers, to fill your hearts desire.

‘Cause the price was in the ballpark of what we thought to pay.

It’s just a bloody pity, it all sits in Dungog shire!

Within eight weeks the deal was done – the move in was complete, Now 12 years on and we’re still here – it’s now called “Bush Retreat”! The reason why we live here is real easy to explain If you drive down to the city then come back home again. Vacy has no traffic snarls or lights that flash and blink, The lifestyle here is more layback and gives you time to think.

With every place that’s good and great there’s a downside there as well, The roads we have are similar, to what they have in hell. While some will live in town – with a lifestyle fast and racy Our choice is living here in the serenity of Vacy. - Bob Bush(C)2013

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Kooka - watercolour Bev Cozad Bush Issue 3 - December 2013

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PETER READ Sculpture - Crusty Peter Read Issue 3 - December 2013

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HEADS & CLAWS AN EXHIBITION OF SCULPTURE AND DRAWING 22nd NOVEMBER – 8th DECEMBER 2013

Gallery hours: Friday to Sunday 12- 4pm. Director, Colin Lawson. Ph: 0431 853 60

www.art-systems-wickham.com

Art Systems Wickham Gallery, 40 Annie St. Wickham Newcastle

Rarely has the natural world not featured in the work of Peter Read over the years. This new body of work includes drawings and sculptures that are derived from observations and interpretations of birds, marine creatures and more. Read pays homage to the influence of two of his former art teachers, Jan Brown, with her knowledge and dedication to birds, obvious in all dimensions of her art and Bernard Meadow’s drawings and sculptures based on crustaceans. Read’s technical approach employs materials and techniques that were introduced to him during this period, modelling and casting, and direct application of plaster over metal armatures. Peter Read has had a long career as an art teacher in sculpture with the TAFE system at East Sydney Technical College, The Caulfield Institute of Technology and The Newcastle Art School, and has been a practicing artist for over 20 years. Read has had numerous Group and Solo exhibitions of Sculpture and Drawing over that period. His work is represented in public and private collections in Australia and overseas.

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ART NEWS If you do only one study course in 2014, make it this one at Continuing Education at Sydney University

Art and Philosophy of the Spirit Our contemporary definition of ‘spirit’ is based on the convergence of three streams of knowledge: the impact of Eastern spiritual systems on

the West in the 19th century and the parallel re-emergence of the Western stream of esoteric

knowledge; followed by a 20th century global culture shaped by Internet technology. In separating ‘the spiritual’ from ‘the religious’, this ground breaking course investigates a global, culturally inclusive interpretation of contemporary spirituality. All participants will benefit from an unbiased, non-denominational presentation of this sensitive domain. The narrow focus of spiritual systems will be defined, and the art of spiritual practices and spiritual philosophies interpreted".

Janis Lander—President of Portrait Artists’ Australia.

Tuesday evenings during February 2014. http://cce.sydney.edu.au/class/apsp-3

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ART NEWS

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Three day workshop with Jill Berry (USA): Mapping Your Life (in 3 days) Humans have making maps for thousands of years: it is an urge some of us can't resist. Using collage, paint, paper and other mixed media, we will create "maps" of our life experience. These maps of the imagination can record our journeys of the past, future, backyards, hopes, dreams, and mythological places. We will make these maps by layering papers, paints, fabrics and more and keeping in mind colour, and composition and the tales we wish to tell. We will add stitching and discuss the historical and contemporary treatments of maps and mapmaking. No experience is necessary, in either mapmaking or painting, just a sense of exploration and curiosity about the stories that unfold. Students would need to have basic knowledge of working with a sewing machine.

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Date: 5-7 April 2014 (9.30 am - 4.30pm) Venue: Newcastle Community Arts Centre 246 Parry St, Newcastle West (free parking at back of centre) Cost: $460 (including delicious morning tea and lunch) Estimated materials fee of $30 per person Register now as places are filling quickly to read more about Jill website: http://jillberrydesign.com/ Art Blog: http://jillberrydesign.com/blog/ Map Blog: http://personal-geographies.com/ Check out Jill's book

Personal Geographies: Explorations in Mixed-Media Mapmaking http://tinyurl.com/3wb6mlw TEXTures stencils: http://www.artistcellar.com/ stampstencil/acSignatureSeries.html Issue 3 - December 2013

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CURVE CHRISTMAS Take-Away 37 Watt Street Newcastle OPENING NIGHT: Friday 29th November 5 – 8PM Exhibition Dates: 30th November – 15th December 2013 Opening Hours: Thursday – Saturday 1 – 7pm OPEN LATE on Friday Nights till 8PM Curve GALLERY & SHOP will feature affordable Art & Design for Christmas in the City. Be inspired by contemporary Art & Design and support talented local & international Artists. Curve SHOP will be extended into the gallery space to highlight new products with an opportunity to purchase original art that includes limited edition screen prints, ceramics, sculpture, T-Shirts, collage, paintings, artists books & zines. Exhibiting Artists include Rachel Milne, Jamee Speering, Miguel Gonzalez, Gavin Vitullo, Peter Tilley, Helene Leane, Paul Maher, Helen Dunkerley, Eleanor Jane Robinson, Guillermo Solo, Luke Beezley, Peter Lankas, Marlene Houston, Robyn Werkhoven, Lezlie Tilley, Christine Bruderlin, Shan Turner-Carroll, Sally Walker and many more! Enjoy this Festive Celebration with new City Evolution Projections of local Artist’s images, outside Curve Gallery, lighting up the buildings on Watt Street. www.curvegallery.com Issue 3 - December 2013

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Do you want to be on this fantastic television show which promotes arts and education across Australia? The TV series & website Put Some Colour In Your Life, began three years ago, & brings Art, Education and the Environment into Australian living rooms, promoting Artists via television and the web. The series goes to air Sundays at 7.00pm, on the 4ME channel.

Put Some Colour in Your Life

Colour In Your Life is always looking for new artists to be on the show & Hunter Arts Network would like to alert Hunter based artisans about this opportunity & encourage to apply. If you would like to take your career as an artist to the next level, and market yourself to a national audience, then this is how.

A Colour In Your Life episode takes one day to film, on location at your studio (alternative arrangements can be made if the artist wishes to travel to meet the team). The show centres around finding artists around Australia, documenting where they work and the techniques used to create their amazing pieces. A recent show presented Madeliene Ekeblad of Macleay Island, who founded the Onward Motivational School for Artists. Madeleine was only too eager to participate, saying “it was one of the best things I have ever done, and already I am getting results.�

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The weekly show links to the Colour In Your Life website. The website hosts artist information, works, blogs, and educational sessions, and is FREE to anyone to join up.

How to raise funds to appear on the show Approach local businesses with a sponsorship proposal emphasizing that the artwork you are selling will contribute to funding your appearance on one episode of Colour in Your Life, dedicated

Artists of Australia are finding it harder to market their work these days,

to showcasing yourself & your work, & in return the business’

with over 40% of galleries having closed in the last four years. To

name will be included in the Colour in Your Life TV show closing

address this, artist Graeme Stevenson has created an all new Art

credits, & a link on the Sponsors page on the Colour in Your Life

Show for national TV called ‘Put Some Colour In Your Life’.

website. The artist will be responsible for obtaining the sponsor/s

Nothing like this has been done before in Australia. Most artists just

details & supplying this to Colour in Your Life.

don’t know how to make people aware of what they’re doing. Colour In

For assisting Colour in Your Life find artists for their series, they

Your Life will change that. They’re creating a library of the minds and

have agreed to include Hunter Arts Network as a sponsor so don’t

talents of Artists and enabling investors, educators, students, teachers

forget to mention Hunter Arts Network as one of your sponsors!

and people all over the world to have access to the enormous creative

Please let us know if this is something you will be embarking on &

energy that is part of the minds of right brained people.

keep us updated with your progress, -

The costs involved in being on the show vary depending on the

email publicity@hunterartsnetwork.org Contact Colour In

distance the team needs to travel. If you’re within an hour of Murwillumbah, situated just south of the NSW/QLD border, the cost for an episode is $4,400.00. For the team to fly out, the cost is $4,800.00. This is to cover accommodation, flights, and any necessary vehicles to travel to and from the artists home. All Artists are required to sign a contract with Colour In Your Life, which includes a Talent, Location and Release deed.

Your Life on any of the links below, and make sure you put some colour in your life!

http://www.colourinyourlife.com.au/tv-show/be-on -the-show admin@colourinyourlife.com.au

These contracts are available for viewing upon request. Issue 3 - December 2013

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NANSHE - STUDIO I GALLERY I SHOP 4th December to 4th January Exclusive Opening 6pm Thursday 5th December 148b Beaumont St. Hamilton Issue 3 - December 2013

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Sunrise Patterns - monotype print by Helene Leane

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Arts zine issue 3 dec 2013  

Art and literary magazine, featuring artists' interviews, exhibitions, poetry & essays.

Arts zine issue 3 dec 2013  

Art and literary magazine, featuring artists' interviews, exhibitions, poetry & essays.