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May Newsletter | Aspire Gallery

Aspire Gallery Newsletter

May 2019

WHAT’S ON

  • Current Exhibition:
    • SNAP19 Photography Competition, 24 April – 4 May
    • See the Online Catalogue of Works here

  • Upcoming Exhibitions:
    • ‘Landscapes, Seascapes & Streetscapes’, 8 May – 18 May
    • ‘In Focus’, 29 May – 8 June
    • See all our upcoming exhibitions here

  • Applications Now Open For:
    • ‘In Focus’ Group Exhibition, details found here

  • Applications Opening Soon:
    • ‘Foot Square’ Small Works Competition

  • Next Monthly Life Drawing Session:
    • Sunday 5 May – Cancelled due to low numbers!

LATEST NEWS

  • Aspects Art Show
    • Robin Wilson walked away with a Highly Commended in the Human Form section
    • Ash McFarlane was awarded the Namoi Cotton Australia Acquisition Award

  • Rotary Art Spectacular
    • A number of our artists have been chosen as Finalists in the upcoming Rotary Art Spectacular, including: Robin Wilson, Jade Thompson, Julie Stirling, Catherine Carolan, Daniel Goodman, Karen Knight, Andrew Sewell and Cam Power!

SNAP19 PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION

This month, Aspire Gallery hosted its annual SNAP Competition. The SNAP Competition at Aspire Gallery is our way to encourage the growth of photography in Australia. We encourage exhibitors to take advantage of exhibiting in an art gallery and use the exhibition as a chance to promote their artwork to the wider public.This year’s Judges’ Choice Prize was awarded to Sue Gordon for her three stunning cyanotype works. A big thank you to our sponsors for this year’s competion, Streets Imaging Services and Brisbane Digital Images, and congratulations to the three artists who walked away with their prizes: Ash McFarlane, Roger Bartlett and Rory O’Chee.For the full Catalogue of Works, click here.

Image Featured: Sue Gordon’s three winning cyanotypes


FEATURED ARTIST: BRYAN SHEPHARD

Bryan Shephard (or Sheppo to his friends) is a sculptor and 2D artist who breaks down barriers to artwork, making it accessible to the common man. He aims to provide a blue collared insight into the accepted.His 2018/2019 body of work explores the issue of plastic waste. But whilst raising awareness of the bigger issue at hand, Bryan is trying to focus on one small part of the problem that is often forgotten – plastic offcuts.
Throughout his work you will notice the use of these plastic offcuts to remind you that even non-plastic products can create plastic waste during the manufacturing process! 

To see more of Bryan’s brilliant work, click here.

But be sure to follow his Instagram page here to learn all about the thoughts behind his work!

Image Featured: Hunting the Bait School | 112 x 91 cm | $550


MONTHLY LIFE DRAWING

Join us for life drawing classes, held at the gallery on the first Sunday of every month, 4-6pm.

Our Life Drawing sessions are atmospherically social and relaxed, with wine and friendly banter. Truly a perfect way to relax on a Sunday. Open to everybody, artists and beginners alike.

$15 for the public, $13 for Aspirant members.

Drawing materials not supplied. Easels available upon request.

Bookings can be made via email here, or by calling us on 07 3368 1514. 

Be sure to join Aspire’s Life Drawing Facebook Group to stay up to date with everything Life Drawing related at Aspire!


APPLY TO EXHIBIT

IN FOCUS GROUP EXHIBITION

For our next group exhibition, we are looking for work that focuses on: portraiture, still-life, flora and/or fauna. Read: No scenes allowed!

Abstract and Sculptural artists may wish to explore this theme conceptually. If you are unsure whether your work fits the theme, feel free to email info@aspiregallery.com.au.

Exhibition Dates: 29 May – 8 June 2019
Applications close 20 May (midnight)!

For all the details, click here.


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Aspire Gallery
53 Kennedy Terrace, Paddington QLD 4064
(07) 3368 1514
info@aspiregallery.com.au
www.aspiregallery.com.au

April Newsletter | Aspire Gallery

Aspire Gallery Newsletter

April 2019

WHAT’S ON

  • Next Exhibition:
    • SNAP19 Photography Competition, 24 April – 4 May
    • See all our upcoming exhibitions here.
  • Currently on Display:
    • A selection of works by artists managed by Aspire Gallery
    • Open Saturdays 10:30am – 4:30pm, or Wed – Friday via appoinment only!
  • Applications Now Open For:
    • ‘SNAP19’ Photography Competition
    • ‘Landscapes, Seascapes & Streetscapes’ Group Exhibition
    • ‘In Focus’ Group Exhibition
  • Applications Opening Soon:
    • ‘Foot Square’ Small Works Competition
  • Next Monthly Life Drawing Session:
    • Sunday 7 April, 4 – 6pm (please book by Friday 5pm)

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LATEST NEWS

  • Featured in Councillor Peter Matic’s Window!
    • The Paddington themed works of two of our fabulous artists, Jade Thompson & Michael Cawdrey, are currently featured in local Paddington Councillor, Peter Matic’s, windows.
    • Jade’s work in particular is a little ‘sneak’ peek of what’s to expect in his solo exhibition later this year! Make sure to save the date – 6 – 16 November 2019.
  • Ash McFarlane
    • A big congratulations to Ash who sold both exhibiting works at the Toowoomba Grammar Art Show. In addition, a third piece is now off to Sydney – what a week!
  • New Instagrams – Follow Our Artists
    • Last month’s featured artist, Robin Wilson, is now on Instagram! Follow @robinwilsonart or click here to see more.
    • Into classic cars or the racing industry? Be sure to check out our newly signed artist, Cam Power, and all of his stunning renderings. Follow @campower_art or click here to see more. 

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FEATURED ARTIST: ASH MCFARLANE

Ash McFarlane is a Brisbane based New Media Artist, and her work is a poetic combination of photographic images, comprised of her surroundings and incorporates an aspect of digital painting.  Layers of artworks are combined into a single entity depicting experiences, fragments of memories, and a record of what has passed.

The artworks are created through a natural organic process, something that isn’t contrived or forced, but as a ‘go with the flow’ approach, leaving the viewer with an interpretation of everyday life as the artist has experienced it.

Ash McFarlane’s work is a contemporary and colourful rendition of the world around her.

To see more of Ash’s brilliant work, click here.

Image Featured: A Fragrance Story of Magic & Inspiration | 80 x 80 cm | $1500


MONTHLY LIFE DRAWING

Join us for life drawing classes, held at the gallery on the first Sunday of every month, 4-6pm.

Our Life Drawing sessions are atmospherically social and relaxed, with wine and friendly banter. Truly a perfect way to relax on a Sunday. Open to everybody, artists and beginners alike.

$15 for the public, $13 for Aspirant members.

Drawing materials not supplied. Easels available upon request.

Bookings can be made via email here or by calling us on 07 3368 1514. 

Be sure to join Aspire’s Life Drawing Facebook Group to stay up to date with everything Life Drawing related at Aspire!


APPLY TO EXHIBIT

SNAP19 PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION

Applications for Aspire Gallery’s annual photography competition will close in just under two weeks!
‘SNAP’ is open theme and the only requirement is that a camera needs to have been incorporated sometime before the work is submitted. This means that a landscape photographer or portrait photographer, as well as a digital artist or mixed media artist are all welcome to enter!

Some great sponsored prizes are now on offer too, including two vouchers from ‘Brisbane Digital Images’ located at Milton!

Exhibition Dates: 24 April – 4 May 2019
Applications close 15 April (midnight)!

For all the details, click here.

UPCOMING GROUP EXHIBITIONS

Aspire will be hosting two open call group exhibitions in 2019:

  • Landscapes, Seascapes & Streetscapes: 8 – 18 May 2019 (applications close: 29 April)
  • In Focus: 29 May – 8 June 2019 (applications close 20 May)

For more details, click here.


Copyright (c) Aspire Gallery. All Rights Reserved.

Aspire Gallery
53 Kennedy Terrace, Paddington QLD 4064
(07) 3368 1514
info@aspiregallery.com.au
www.aspiregallery.com.au

Change in Hours for 2019 | Aspire Gallery

Aspire Gallery

(If you’re a professional or aspiring Artist and want to receive our Artist Newsletter, contact info@aspiregallery.com.au)

WE’RE OPEN FOR 2019!

Aspire Gallery is now officially re-opened for 2019.
Our first exhibition of the year, ‘Petite Pieces’, will be open to the public from 13 February – 2 March 2019, Wednesday – Saturdays.

~ IMPORTANT NOTICE ~

Moving forward, our opening hours for the public and general viewing have slightly changed to compliment our thriving Agency program.

1. During Exhibitions:
Wednesdays – Saturdays, 10:30am – 4:30pm: the Gallery will be open to the public.
Please check our Website or Facebook for Exhibition Periods.

2. Outside Exhibition Periods:
Saturdays 10:30am – 4:30pm: the Gallery is open to the public for general viewing and enquiries.
Wednesday – Friday 10:30am – 4:30pm: any visit will require an Appointment.

You can make an appointment by sending us an email at info@aspiregallery.com.au or calling on (07) 3368 1514.
Any questions can also be emailed to Irene at info@aspiregallery.com.au.


 Copyright (c) Aspire Gallery. All Rights Reserved.

Aspire Gallery
53 Kennedy Terrace, Paddington QLD 4064
(07) 3368 1514
info@aspiregallery.com.au
www.aspiregallery.com.au

Seasons Greetings | Aspire Gallery

Aspire Gallery

(If you’re a professional or aspiring Artist and want to receive our Artist Newsletter, contact info@aspiregallery.com.au)

SEASONS GREETINGS

From all the team at Aspire, we would like to thank you for your fantastic support over the past year. We wish you a very Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year and look forward to seeing you in 2019!

CHRISTMAS / NEW YEAR CLOSURE

Aspire Gallery is now closed for the Christmas and New Year period.
We will re-open Wednesday, 30 January 2019.

During this time we will be available for purchases, collections or other matters via. appointment only. Please contact Irene on info@aspiregallery.com.au.

2019 EXHIBITIONS 

During the New Year we will be sharing our calendar for 2019. In the meantime, be sure to mark the date for our first exhibition of the year, ‘Petite Pieces’, that will open on Wednesday, 13 February 2019.

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Aspire Gallery
53 Kennedy Terrace, Paddington QLD 4064
(07) 3368 1514
info@aspiregallery.com.au
www.aspiregallery.com.au

November Newsletter | Aspire Gallery

Aspire Gallery Newsletter

November 2018

(If you’re a professional or aspiring Artist and want to recieve our Artist Newsletter, contact info@aspiregallery.com.au)

 Please note, Aspire Gallery will be closed between 21 November and 1 December, before we open for our final exhibition of the year ‘The Untouched Canyon‘.

COLLECTOR’S SHOWCASE


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BRYAN SHEPHARD

At first glance, Bryan Shephard appears to be just like any other Aussie bloke – laid-back, doesn’t one one (or a few) beers, and loves his fishing on the weekend. But underneath this cliche, Bryan (or Sheppo to his friends) is a sculptor who breaks down barriers to artwork, making is accessible to the common man.

One of things that makes Bryan’s work so appealing, especially to his tradie mates, is his ability to combine his background as a tradie and manual arts teacher to both construct and inform his work. “All my mates are tradies and most of them aren’t interested in art but what they find most interesting about my work is that they can understand and see the processes I’ve taken to create the work,” Bryan said.

Last month, Bryan explored a very popular topic at the moment, the predatory nature of plastic waste, in his latest solo exhibition, ‘Top of the Ocean’. With fishing being a key focal point within his current body of work, Bryan used his hobbies and experiences to not only make his work relatable to the everyday Australian man and woman but also as a way to encourage more thoughtful conversation about his work and what’s behind it.

Read more about Bryan here.

To view the work from his latest exhibition, ‘Top of the Ocean’, click here.


EXHIBITIONS

DREAMSCAPES

A Solo Exhibition by Sean Leahy

Veteran Courier-Mail political cartoonist Sean Leahy has traded the pencil for the paintbrush for the DREAMSCAPES, Broome to Brisbane exhibition in November.

The exhibition will feature an eclectic collection of paintings and mixed digital media exploring themes from Celtic Mythology and spirituality to politics, poetry and Indigenous issues inspired by Leahy’s life. It features motifs from his childhood, his insights covering politics for over 40 years, as well as his personal journey.

Exhibition DatesWednesday 7 November – Saturday 17 November 2018

To read more, click here.


THE UNTOUCHED CANYON

A Solo Exhibition by Rory O’Chee

Aspire Hallery is excited to announce the inaugural exhibition of Rory O’Chee, an incredibly gifted nineteen year old photographer.

Recently a finalist in the 2018 Stanthorpe Art Prize, Rory captures his audience’s attention through his untouched vivid photos of the Australian Outback.

Exhibition DatesWednesday 5 December – Saturday 15 December 2018

More Information Coming Soon


LIFE DRAWING

LIFE DRAWING SESSIONS

Some Sunday Afternoon fun…

Do you like Life Drawing? Do you want to practice your Life Drawing? Aspire hosts regular monthly Sunday sessions for Life Drawing, between 4:00pm – 6:00pm.

Our Life Drawing sessions are atmospherically social and relaxed, with wine and friendly banter. Truly a perfect way to relax on a Sunday.

WHEN
Life Drawing sessions are run on the first Sunday of every month.

COST
The cost of the 2 hour life drawing session is $15 for the public or $13 for Aspirant members.

TO BOOK
If you are interested in booking a place in our next session, give us a call on (07) 3368 1514 or email us at info@aspiregallery.com.au.

Bookings also helps us to confirm numbers in case we require a second model!

FACEBOOK GROUP
Make sure you join Aspire’s Life Drawing Facebook Group to stay up to date with everything Life Drawing related at Aspire!


 Copyright (c) Aspire Gallery. All Rights Reserved.

Aspire Gallery
53 Kennedy Terrace, Paddington QLD 4064
(07) 3368 1514
info@aspiregallery.com.au
www.aspiregallery.com.au

Foot Square Conditions of Entry

 

1.

Entry by the Exhibitor into the Exhibition is deemed as Acceptance of the Group & Competition Terms & Conditions available at www.aspiregallery.com.au/legal and these Conditions of Entry between the Exhibitor (“Artist”) and Aspire Gallery (“Aspire”).

 
  1. Definitions and interpretations can be found on the Group & Competition Terms & Conditions.
   
  GENERAL
2.

Entries by the Artist must include the artists contact details, artwork details, and a JPEG image of the work. JPEG images should be no larger than 1000 x 1000px.

3.

Artwork must be the original work of the Artist

4.

Entries must be submitted via:-

 
  1. Online form; or
  2. Offline form (provided via request only)
   by midnight of the Entry Deadline, stipulated by the Information Pack of the given year.
5.

The competition is open to all forms of 2D and 3D artwork including, but not limited to, acrylics, oils, watercolour, sculptural, glass, textile, wood and metal.

6.

The size of two dimensional Entries must not exceed 30 cm by 30 cm. The size of three dimensional Entries must not exceed 30 cm x 30 cm x 30cm.

 
  1. The size of Entries do not include framing but framing deemed as excessive (over 5 cm) will not be hung.
7.

Entries will not be considered until the non-refundable entry fee has been received. A receipt is available upon request.

8.

All Entries sold during the competition will incur a 30% commission in the event of the work being sold.

 
  1. Subject to 8(b), payment of sold work will be processed within two weeks.
  2. Payment to the Artist will only be processed if there is no outstanding balance by the Purchaser.
   
  JUDGING
9.

There are two rounds of judging:-

 
  1. The first round is a pre-selection round where Entries will be selected as either a Online Finalist or Gallery Finalist.
  2. The second round is the finalist round where the First Prize winner will be determined.
10. Artists will be notified of their status as a Online Finalist or Gallery Finalist through a Formal Acceptance Email by the Acceptance Date stipulated in the Information Pack for the given year.
 
  1. All unsuccessful Artists will also be notified by the date above.
11. The Finalist Entries will be judged by a panel of judges. Judging criteria is based on technical skills, originality, commerciality and creativity. Aspire respects the privacy of judges and will not divulge contact information.
12. All judgements are final and not open to negotiation.
13.

The First Prize winner and any subsequent prizes will be announced at the Award Night.

14.

Artists permanently represented by Aspire are not eligible for the First Prize.

15. All Gallery Finalists will be eligible for the Voters’ Choice Prize.
 
  1. This prize is determined by votes placed by the public.
  2. Voting is open for the duration of the exhibition with the winner announced at the closure of the exhibition.
   
  DELIVERY & COLLECTION
16.

All Gallery Finalist Entries must be delivered to Aspire Gallery, 53 Kennedy Terrace, Paddington, Queensland during the Delivery Times stipulated in the Information Pack for the given year.

 
  1. Finalist work not delivered by the Delivery Time, unless discussed prior with Aspire, will not be included in the exhibition.
  2. At the time of delivery, the Artist must ensure that the work is dry and ready to be hung (if two dimenstional).
  3. D-rings and/or wire on the back of the work is required for hanging, unless an alternative method of hanging has been discussed prior with Aspire. 
  4. Aspire reserves the right to refuse to hang a work if it’s condition is unsuitable for hanging. 
17.

At the conclusion of the Exhibition all unsold work must be collected from Aspire Gallery, 53 Kennedy Terrace, Paddington, Queensland during the Collection Times stipulated in the Information Pack for the given year, unless discussed prior with Aspire.

18. Finalist work not collected by the Collection Times will be held for one month, unless discussed prior with Aspire, before the property will vest to Aspire and may be sold or disposed at its discretion.
   
  LIABILITY
19.

Reasonable care will be taken by Aspire in handling, hosting and hanging the artwork, however, neither the gallery, staff or hanging staff are responsible for any loss or damage whatsoever caused to any of the work whilst in the possession of Aspire.

 
  1. It is the responsible of the Artist to maintain suitable insurance to, from and during the exhibition.

SNAP Conditions of Entry

 

1.

Entry by the Exhibitor into the Exhibition is deemed as Acceptance of the Group & Competition Terms & Conditions available at www.aspiregallery.com.au/legal and these Conditions of Entry between the Exhibitor (“Artist”) and Aspire Gallery (“Aspire”).

 
  1. Definitions and interpretations can be found on the Group & Competition Terms & Conditions.
   
  GENERAL
2. Entries by the Artist must include the artists contact details, artwork details, and a JPEG image of the work. JPEG images should be no larger than 1000 x 1000px.
3. Artwork must be the original work of the Artist
4. Entries must be submitted via:-
 
  1. Online form; or
  2. Offline form (provided via request only)
   by midnight of the Entry Deadline, stipulated by the Information Pack of the given year.
5. The competition is open to all forms of artwork that incorporates a camera during some stage of creation. 
6. There is no limitation on sizing, with the size of entries used to determine the entry fee.
7. Details on the Cost of Entry and the Entry Fee Structure is stipulated by the Information Pack of the given year.
8. All Entries sold during the competition will incur a 30% commission in the event of the work being sold.
 
  1. Payment of sold work will be processed by the Payment Date.
   
  JUDGING
9. There are two rounds of judging:-
 
  1. The first round is a pre-selection round where Entries will be selected as either a Online Finalist or Gallery Finalist.
  2. The second round is the finalist round where the First Prize winner will be determined.
10. Artists will be notified of their status as a Online Finalist or Gallery Finalist through a Formal Acceptance Email by the Acceptance Date stipulated in the Information Pack for the given year.
 
  1. All unsuccessful Artists will also be notified by the date above.
11. The Finalist Entries will be judged by a panel of judges. Judging criteria is based on technical skills, originality, commerciality and creativity. Aspire respects the privacy of judges and will not divulge contact information.
12. All judgements are final and not open to negotiation.
13. The First Prize winner and any subsequent prizes will be announced at the Award Night.
14. Artists permanently represented by Aspire are not eligible for the First Prize.
15. All Gallery Finalists will be eligible for the Voters’ Choice Prize.
 
  1. This prize is determined by votes placed by the public.
  2. Voting is open for the duration of the exhibition with the winner announced at the closure of the exhibition.
   
  DELIVERY & COLLECTION
16. All Gallery Finalist Entries must be delivered to Aspire Gallery, 53 Kennedy Terrace, Paddington, Queensland during the Delivery Times stipulated in the Information Pack for the given year.
 
  1. Finalist work not delivered by the Delivery Time, unless discussed prior with Aspire, will not be included in the exhibition.
17. At the conclusion of the Exhibition all unsold work must be collected from Aspire Gallery, 53 Kennedy Terrace, Paddington, Queensland during the Collection Times stipulated in the Information Pack for the given year, unless discussed prior with Aspire.
18. Finalist work not collected by the Collection Times will be held for one month, unless discussed prior with Aspire, before the property will vest to Aspire and may be sold or disposed at its discretion.
   
  LIABILITY
19. Reasonable care will be taken by Aspire in handling, hosting and hanging the artwork, however, neither the gallery, staff or hanging staff are responsible for any loss or damage whatsoever caused to any of the work whilst in the possession of Aspire.
 
  1. It is the responsible of the Artist to maintain suitable insurance to, from and during the exhibition.

Petite Pieces Conditions of Entry

 

1.

Entry by the Exhibitor into the Exhibition is deemed as Acceptance of the Group & Competition Terms & Conditions available at www.aspiregallery.com.au/legal and these Conditions of Entry between the Exhibitor (“Artist”) and Aspire Gallery (“Aspire”).

  1. Definitions and interpretations can be found on the Group & Competition Terms & Conditions.
GENERAL
2.

Entries by the Artist must include the artists contact details, artwork details, and a JPEG image of the work. JPEG images should be no larger than 1000 x 1000px.

3.

Artwork must be the original work of the Artist

4.

Entries must be submitted via:-

  1. Online form; or
  2. Offline form (provided via request only)
 by midnight of the Entry Deadline, stipulated by the Information Pack of the given year.
5.

The competition is open to all forms of 2D and 3D artwork including, but not limited to, acrylics, oils, watercolour, sculptural, glass, textile, wood and metal.

6.

The size of two dimensional Entries must not exceed 50 cm by 50 cm. The size of three dimensional Entries must not exceed 50 cm x 50 cm x 50cm.

  1. The size of Entries do not include framing but framing deemed as excessive (over 5 cm) will not be hung.
7.

Entries will not be considered until the non-refundable entry fee has been received. A receipt is available upon request.

8.

All Entries sold during the competition will incur a 30% commission in the event of the work being sold.

  1. Payment of sold work will be processed by the Payment Date.
JUDGING
9.

There are two rounds of judging:-

  1. The first round is a pre-selection round where Entries will be selected as either a Online Finalist or Gallery Finalist.
  2. The second round is the finalist round where the First Prize winner will be determined.
10. Artists will be notified of their status as a Online Finalist or Gallery Finalist through a Formal Acceptance Email by the Acceptance Date stipulated in the Information Pack for the given year.
  1. All unsuccessful Artists will also be notified by the date above.
11. The Finalist Entries will be judged by a panel of judges. Judging criteria is based on technical skills, originality, commerciality and creativity. Aspire respects the privacy of judges and will not divulge contact information.
12. All judgements are final and not open to negotiation.
13.

The First Prize winner and any subsequent prizes will be announced at the Award Night.

14.

Artists permanently represented by Aspire are not eligible for the First Prize.

15. All Gallery Finalists will be eligible for the Voters’ Choice Prize.
  1. This prize is determined by votes placed by the public.
  2. Voting is open for the duration of the exhibition with the winner announced at the closure of the exhibition.
DELIVERY & COLLECTION
16.

All Gallery Finalist Entries must be delivered to Aspire Gallery, 53 Kennedy Terrace, Paddington, Queensland during the Delivery Times stipulated in the Information Pack for the given year.

 
  1. Finalist work not delivered by the Delivery Time, unless discussed prior with Aspire, will not be included in the exhibition.
17.

At the conclusion of the Exhibition all unsold work must be collected from Aspire Gallery, 53 Kennedy Terrace, Paddington, Queensland during the Collection Times stipulated in the Information Pack for the given year, unless discussed prior with Aspire.

18. Finalist work not collected by the Collection Times will be held for one month, unless discussed prior with Aspire, before the property will vest to Aspire and may be sold or disposed at its discretion.
   
  LIABILITY
19.

Reasonable care will be taken by Aspire in handling, hosting and hanging the artwork, however, neither the gallery, staff or hanging staff are responsible for any loss or damage whatsoever caused to any of the work whilst in the possession of Aspire.

 
  1. It is the responsible of the Artist to maintain suitable insurance to, from and during the exhibition.

Abstract


 ‘Abstract’

6 – 16 June 2018
Wednesdays – Saturdays, 10:30am – 4:30pm

Often artists are encouraged to seek perfection and clarity in their work through the use of realism. The opposite was asked for Aspire Gallery’s 2018 Abstract Exhibition, where artists sought to create the same desired result in their work but through the use of colours, shapes and textures instead.

From sculptural work inspired from a Picasco painting, to acrylic work exploring the subconscious mind – the creativity and experimentation of the artists exhibiting this month is truly fabulous. Attendees may find themselves getting lost in works as they trying to decipher shapes or be caught by the vivid colours that line Aspire’s wall. Yet the beauty with abstract work, specifically each and every work on show in this exhibition, is the range of interpretations, emotions and ideas one work may evoke. So step into Aspire Gallery during the start of June to explore the nontraditional, and what it may mean for you

You are invited to attend the Official Opening of ‘Abstract’, Saturday 9 June from 4:30 – 6:30pm. 

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Regeneration

Regeneration
The inaugural Aspirant Collection Showcase
Wednesday 20 June – Saturday 30 June
Opening Night: Saturday 23 June, 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Much like the concept of regeneration, Anne Collins, Aaron Micallef, Catherine Carolan, Corrinne Russell, Jennifer Bell, Ruby Purple, Rose Van Oyen and Kathy Sullivan are distinctly different. Whether that be their age, personality or style of art. Anne, for example, has been impacted by her long life.

“I am fortunate to have lived in this wonderful world for 94 years, so have seen many changes,” Anne said. “Mans’ ability to adapt and create new ideas never ceases to amaze me. But more importantly I wanted to ask what will we do next as a civilisation? Destroy ourselves with our ability to tamper too much? Or will we use this ability for regenerating the Earth we use?”

Aaron, similarly asks viewers to consider the regeneration of their everyday items. “For the Regeneration exhibition I have focussed on my work with upcycled glass. These pieces are created from discarded containerware – mainly beverage bottles – which are destined for conventional recycling (at best) or landfill,” he said. “In my practice of cutting, heating and transforming the form and surface of these bottles, they are regenerated, creating new functional and visually-pleasing objects.”

Rose and Catherine instead delve into the cyclical process of life. For Rose, her ceramic work explores erosion and decay – a process in the cycle of life; of breaking down and falling apart, entering a new phase of existence. Catherine similarly connects the cycles of nature, but instead uses the recurring patterns, lines, colours and shapes she sees in the water, earth and sky to slow down, relax and reconnect with nature.

Another artist, Jennifer Bell, has also highlighted the commonality of patterns seen in nature and the reoccurring designs that follow a pattern of regeneration in her work focussed on the Australian outback from an aerial perspective.

Ruby has also focussed on nature, but instead explores the preservation and management of the environment by humanity. “I used mixed media in layers to reflect the regeneration of our environment along with colour and vibrancy in an aim to awaken the viewer, allow a connection, and to showcase the beauty in their surroundings,” she said.

Kathy Sullivan in contrast has used the theme to regenerate fond memories of her youth through small shop scenes created using recycled materials. “I grew up in the East End of London. I remember, as a kid, always wanting to help mum and I was happy when she sent me on an errand to the local shops to buy groceries.” she said. “I enjoyed the feeling of trust and the independence that these small tasks afforded me.” Kathy said.

Whilst the eight artists have come together under one theme, each is connected in a much more important way. All eight individuals in the Aspirant Collection represent some of Queensland’s best emerging artists, but each have come together as part of the collection, and in this exhibition, to refocus and regenerate their artistic career to the next chapter.

 

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