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Maryann Talia Pau

Saturday 21–Sunday 22 November 2015

Maryann Talia Pau attended a weekend residency at the gallery, introducing her interactive installation in the happyness exhibition and demonstrating how to weave stars. Central to the show, Maryann’s project also continued contributions to an even greater purpose. Stars produced at the gallery joined thousands of others in her 1 Million Stars to End Violence project (www.onemillionstars.net), which has inspired many people into action. Members of the Hunter-based branch of the project, working with Timeless Textiles, are conducting workshops throughout the year for those who want to contribute on an ongoing basis.

[image right] Maryann Talia Pau's stars installation in the gallery during the happyness exhibition.

Photo: Peter Lankas in the sculpture park

Dino Consalvo, Jennie Finnie and Peter Lankas

Saturday 21–Sunday 22 November 2015

Visitors were invited to work alongside, observe, or talk to three established Hunter-based artists working in the sculpture park throughout this fantastic weekend in November. The beautiful lake views provided ample material for the two days of companionable en plein air artmaking.

[image right] Peter Lankas working en plein air in the sculpture park.

Photo: Peter Lankas in the sculpture park

Lottie Consalvo and James Drinkwater

Saturday 28–Sunday 29 September 2013

Bringing their combined international and local experiences, artists Lottie Consalvo and James Drinkwater created a large-scale installation in the gallery’s sculpture park. Over one weekend, the artists worked in response to Christo: John Kaldor Family Collection Artist Room, an Art Gallery of New South Wales touring exhibition showing in the gallery. Visitors were encouraged to interact with the artwork by walking through the sculptural installation and observing Consalvo and Drinkwater at work.

[image right] James Drinkwater in the sculpture park installing Figures in the Landscape 2013.

Photo:  James Drinkwater in the sculpture park

Ron Baer, Luke Beezley and Paul Maher

Friday 18–Sunday 20 January 2013

Three Hunter-based artists Ron Baer, Luke Beezley and Paul Maher were invited to set up temporary ‘studios’ at the gallery to make paintings of the view through the gallery’s large windows for the project Three Artists, Three Days, One View...Using the gallery’s Education Room as a makeshift studio space in full view of the public, the artists talked to visitors about painting as discipline in general, and their work processes and practices in particular. This residency program was designed to enhance visitors’ understanding of the exhibition Big Scope: painting and place.

[image right] Ron Baer, Paul Maher and Luke Beezley in their temporary 'studio' in the gallery's Education Room.

Photo:  three artists in the gallery

Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan

Thursday 8–Friday 16 August 2013

In-Habit artists Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan work with local schools and the community to construct small houses using recycled cardboard boxes and tape. Installed on scaffolding, the houses contribute to a growing community of dwellings, resembling a sprawling construction site continuously evolving and always in transition. Groups will need to book!

[image right, detail] Alfredo + Isabel Aquilizan In-Habit: Project Another Country (detail) 2012, used transport cardboard boxes, packing tape, handcrafted cardboard houses, makeshift drums and sound, single channel video projection plus 5 LCD screen installation. Installation view, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney. Photo: Jacob Ring. Commissioned by Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation 2012.

Photo: In-Habit project at the gallery

Suzanne Archer: Skulls, Bones and Insects

Sunday 5 May 2013

Suzanne Archer's work was featured in the exhibition Contemporary Australian Drawing: 20 years of the Dobell Prize for Drawing which was on display at the gallery during April-early May 2013.

Archer conducted a masterclass in drawing, where participants used objects from the natural world to develop observation and new skills.

[image right] Suzanne Archer at the gallery

Photo: Suzanne Archer conducting a masterclass at the gallery

David Fairbairn: A Distorted Point of View

Saturday 4 May 2013

David Fairbairn's work also featured in the touring exhibition Contemporary Australian Drawing: 20 years of the Dobell Prize for Drawing which showed during April-early May 2013.

Fairbairn conducted a masterclass at the gallery where participants were encouraged to look more inventively at the self portrait and mentored through the process of creating one themselves.

[image right] David Fairbairn sharing his skills in his masterclass at the gallery

Photo: David conducting a masterclass at the gallery

Three artists, three days, one view...

18-20 January 2013

Ronald Baer, Luke Beezley and Paul Maher displayed their own particular styles and techniques while completing a painting of the Lake Macquarie landscape over three days at the gallery.

The three Hunter-based artists set up their materials by the windows of the gallery and rendered the same view in their different ways.

Visitors were encouraged to ask the artists questions and compare their ideas of the view with theirs!

[image right] Ronald Baer sketching in the gallery grounds near Marmong Point

Photo: Ron Baer sketching in the gallery grounds

Niomi Sands

2-4 November 2012

Well-known installation artist Niomi Sands has strong ties to the Hunter region, having lived here most of her life and completed her Visual Arts degree at The University of Newcastle.

Sands set up a studio and worked for a weekend in the gallery during the exhibition Look closely now, for which her work was selected.

In line with the theme of the exhibition, Sands' work challenged the viewer’s expectations. Inspired by family collections of linen and mismatched fine bone china teasets, her translucent artworks were carved out of Pears soap.

[image right] Niomi Sands take some more tea II (detail) 2011-12, Pears soap, synthetic polymer paint, tables, dimensions variable, image courtesy the artist

Photo: detail of Niomi Sands' installation take some more tea II (2011-12)

Mandy Gunn

October 2012

During Look closely now, exhibition artist Mandy Gunn conducted two hands-on workshops for students and teachers from TAFE, university and secondary schools.

Monoprints were produced on Friday 26 October.

Paper Construction techniques were discused on Monday 29 October.

[image right] from the exhibition Look closely now Mandy Gunn's White Bureaucracy (detail) 2004/05, office documents from Aurukun Aboriginal Community on Cape York
shredded and woven on cotton, ribbon, 36 x 550cm (unfolded). image courtesy the artist.

Photo: installation detail of White Bureaucracy by Mandy Gunn

Mini Graff with Jason Wing

25 March - 11 June 2012

Acclaimed street artist Mini Graff worked in the gallery four days per week over a six-week period.

A key component of the residency was a series of workshops with local Aboriginal artists. Together with Aboriginal street artist Jason Wing, Mini Graff mentored them through the process and aesthetics of stencil and street art. The workshops took place each weekend for the duration of the residency. All of the participating artists' works are on exhibition until 21 October 2012.

Mini Graff also conducted practical stencil art workshops for secondary students and presented at a teacher’s day in conjunction with the gallery’s First Class 11 exhibition.

The Artist & Curator in Residence Grant Program is supported by the Copyright Agency Limited’s Cultural Fund, and is managed by Museums & Galleries NSW

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Photo: Artist Mini Graff preparing a stencil

GhostNets Australia

30 - 31 March 2012

GhostNets Australia is an alliance of 30 Indigenous communities from coastal regions of the Northern Territory and Queensland. As a group they work on many projects that protect marine life, particularly from fishing nets abandoned at sea either accidentally or deliberately, that wreak havoc on all marine life. One of the innovative solutions to this dilemma utilises a large network of renowned fibre artists, facilitating workshops that marry traditional weaving and fibre techniques with the nets.

As guest artists in the Life in Your Hands project, members of GhostNets Australia.

Angela Torenbeek and Dujion Newie, from the Torres Strait Island of Moa, worked in the gallery. Visitors were welcomed into the gallery to talk to the artists about weaving techniques and the worthwhile and creative work they do.

Angela Torenbeek now has a range of woven turtle brooches available in the gallery shop as a result of her connection with the gallery and the local community.

A gallery project developed to support Life in Your Hands: art from solastalgia

Photo: Members of GhostNets Australia, Angela Torenbeek and Dujion Newie, from the Torres Strait Island of Moa, working in the gallery