In the Front Room 
The Front Room is a small gallery/residency space at the front of the cottage available for small-scale projects and shows.

Current Exhibition


‘Open Sesame’ David Brandstater

An exhibition celebrating the freedom to create together!

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Exhibition runs:  17 June – 6 July 2022
Exhibition Opening: Tuesday 21st June 12.15pm – 1.30pm to meet the artists.

We are looking forward to this year’s Create Connect show from our artists. 
This year David Brandstater will be featured in the Front Room Space providing an opportunity to see a discrete collection of work from the artist.

Victoria Park Centre for the Arts’s Create Connect programme fosters and develops artistic work by artists with complex disabilities.

(Pictured: ‘Bus’ by David Brandstater, Drawing on paper 2022)


Upcoming Exhibitions


NAIDOC Exhibition

Exhibition runs:  8 July – 27 July 2022
Exhibition Opening: 8 July 2022, 5:30pm

Bush Blossom Gallery is a social enterprise located in Kalgoorlie-Boulder. It is a meeting place for local artists, showcasing traditional and contemporary art with a focus on supporting Indigenous and First Nation artists from the Australian Goldfields region. This exhibition showcases a selection of work from these artists. Work by Lea Taylor, a Bibbulmun Artist from the Wadandi Menang and Koreng nations will also be exhibited in this exhibition.

Sponsored by Monadelphous

(Pictured: ‘Collecting Bush Tucker’, 2021 by Regina Donaldson)


‘the ocean and me – finding serenity in uncertainty’ Robbie Roper

Exhibition runs:  19 August – 6 September 2022

I have a great love of the ocean and I have always wanted to get to know myself more deeply. Often difficult and confronting, my explorations with psychoanalytical psychotherapy can be compared to diving into the vital and rousing waves of the ocean. Connecting and overlapping, I link my inner world with this life-giving ocean swimming combined with collecting and the utilisation of seaweed to develop artworks. My mental, emotional and spiritual health is dependent on this creative flow between exploring and connecting with my vulnerable self. Using my vulnerable self, I can create; I stop, I print using the seaweed collected from the ocean, I listen, I look, I walk around, I wait and then continue to create. This is my creative way as an artist. I am continuing to evolve and find serenity in uncertainty.

(Pictured:‘Calm Within the Chaotic Flow’ by Robbie Roper, inks and watercolour pencil on canvas, 2020)


Past Exhibitions


‘Spirit in Situ’ Roz Notman

Exhibition runs: 27 May – 14 June 2022 (4pm)

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I am almost always drawn to the natural world of flora for inspiration, motivation, and connection.

The connection is spiritual; stops me in my tracks; I feel reverent within its presence and whatever.. (it)… is! …..has presence. i.e., the ancient energy of a huge Figtree growing on Magnetic Island, the stillness of a small patch of Donnybrook bush after a bushfire, the vibrant colours of the Bird of Paradise roosting in so many Aussie gardens and the wow of hidden architecture under the Dracaena foliage, growing in San Remo.  I make a humble attempt to capture some of the spirit.

(Pictured: Shy Chardonnay by Roz Notman)


‘Personality’ Early Start Australia

Exhibition runs:  7 May – 25 May 2022
Gallery hours: Monday 10am-2.30pm, Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pm

Personality. n. the enduring configuration of characteristics and behaviour that comprises an individual’s unique adjustment to life, including major traits, interests, drives, values, self-concept, abilities, and emotional patterns. (APA, Dictionary of Psychology).

Early Start Australia supports individuals with developmental disorder from early years through to adulthood. The individuals who attend the clinic have unique profiles of strengths and capacities; each with at least one component of their life that they seek to build capacity in.

The theme of the exhibition presented by Early Start Australia this year is ‘PERSONALITY’. This theme has been chosen to capture the uniqueness of each individual who has contributed to the art-show this year. As you walk around the gallery you will see dynamic artwork from individuals and groups working with the open-ended goal of “expressing themselves”.


‘Birds of a Feather’ John Warwick

Exhibition runs:  21 April – 4 May 2022 (12 noon)
Gallery hours: Monday 10am-2.30pm, Tuesday 10am-4pm, Wednesday 10am-12pm

John Warwick is known for his landscape paintings depicting scenes from his heritage in Europe and Australia. In his latest series Birds of a Feather, Warwick’s works continue to be immersed within nature by creating studies of birds from around the world. Over the years, Warwick  has taken flight and travelled extensively, experiencing every continents flavours and sights, including the wildlife. This series of a variety of birds reflects his journeys, and also his love of the beauty which is found in creation.

(Pictured work by John Warwick)


‘YODyssey – The Art of Living well with Young Onset Dementia’

Exhibition runs:  25 March – 13 April 2022
Weekday Gallery hours: Monday 10am-2.30pm, Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pm
Weekend Gallery hours during this exhibition: 10am-4pm

The Exhibition will showcase artwork by people experiencing Young Onset Dementia (<65 years of age when diagnosed). The event is designed to raise community awareness of Young Onset Dementia and to highlight diagnosis is “a bend in the road, not the end of the road”.

The art will be accompanied by posters, pamphlets, videos and workshops to educate the community about Young Onset Dementia while celebrating the quality of their artwork.

(Pictured (Left to Right): Linda Gordon, Robert Anson, Kevin Clarke)


‘Dark Feminine-What Lies Beneath Lost & Found’ Rachel Riggs

Exhibition opening: Friday 4 March 2022, 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Exhibition runs:  4 March – 23 March 2022

Riggs will be presenting wall sculptures and collage artworks, created out of found materials and domestic ephemera, artworks created in exploration of the confined home environment. Part of normal life for many women in different cultures, behind the net curtains, past and now very much present in our Covid world. Extending on the traditions of ‘feminine’ crafts and subverting their form to see what lies beneath.

(Pictured: RRiggs, Do you want a dream figure, mixed media femmage, tray series 2021)


‘Stay’ Kelsey Diamond

Exhibition runs: 10 February – 2 March 2022

Kelsey is a multidisciplinary artist living and working here in Boorloo. She is interested in impermanence, unsteadiness and the passage of time. Aging found objects are central to her work. During her time at Kent Street Gallery, she will be exploring these ideas through with found object installation, drawing and writing.

‘Stay’ will include a short residence, followed by an exhibition in the front room, and a closing performance in collaboration with a local experimental musician.


‘RED’ Matteo Sullivan

Exhibition runs: 20 January – 8 February 2022

Matteo Sullivan’s ‘RED’ project focuses on unprofessional models with red hair painted from life in Milan, Italy. This ongoing series has stretched from 1996 to 2017.

Matteo’s interest was anthropological, the genes of people with red hair derive from Celtic and Neanderthal lineage. Works from this series were exhibited at ‘Studio Panigati’ art gallery in Milan.


Images of Jirdarup 2021 Photography Competition and Exhibition’

Exhibition runs: 18 November – 8 December 2021

For the second year in a row, the award-winning Friends of Jirdarup Bushland are organising the ‘Images of Jirdarup Photography Competition & Exhibition’. Featuring the new category ‘Black Cockatoos’ and with 60 images in five unique categories, the exhibition promises to showcase the natural beauty of Vic Park’s very own Jirdarup Bushland Precinct, whilst demonstrating the extraordinary level of photographic talent in our local community.

Details and photo entries via the website www.fojb.org.au

‘Totem’ Tom Cork

Exhibition runs: 28 October – 9 November 2021

A Totem is a tool that represents something greater. In this project Tom Cork explores how we create modern Totems and how our experiences crystallise in the things around us. The exhibition is a collection of paintings in which the artist depicts how his own beliefs, interests, emotions and memories are represented in objects and concepts.


‘Duality of the Mind’ Mark Stevens
as part of Mental Health Week 2021

Exhibition runs: 7 October – 24 October 2021

Mark’s work investigates the nature of the opposites that exist within our minds and emotions, and how they interact with each other.

Supported by the Office of Ms Hannah Beazley, MLA, Member for Victoria Park and GROW, WA.


‘Resurence’ Nola Gasmier

27 May – 8 June 2021
Read review by Naomi Segal here.

The studio practice for this exhibition is based on lived experience, images and spaces being a springboard for memory integrating the past with the present. In these works, Nola investigates images and spaces in relation to memory. They are figurative with strong mark making and expressive qualities. In an autobiographical context they explore painting, memory, home, toys from childhood and nostalgia in a lyrical and narrative manner.


‘Trash Pixel’ Darcy Crudeli and Megan Shaw

13 May – 25 May 2021

Be willingly led into sensory purgatory. Utilizing capitalist aesthetics to elicit contemporary euphoria. Space choking with discarded materials and intangible pixels.

The separate art practices of Crudeli and Shaw are being combined for ‘Trash Pixel,’ an experience of superficial embodiment and coded reality.

There is no room for under stimulation in the colourful, three dimensional and digital cacophony, the audience experiences a landscape of hyper-proximity of emptiness.


‘Land and Sea’ Henry Wood

29 April – 11 May 2021

Henry Wood has lived and painted on three continents and has attempted to capture the essence and light which varies tremendously from place to place. The focus in his realist landscapes has been on light, shade and the subtleties of distance and atmosphere.
Through his paintings, the artist wants the viewer to feel the heat and the rocks of Northern Australia or feel like they can experience the sea spray, waterfall mist, mountain coolness or rainforest creeks.


‘Tectonic’ Sete Tele

23 March – 30 March 2021

Abstract landscapes via an internal monologue whilst standing on a shaking island. Tectonic is the motion of bodies, the interactions, the conversations between these bodies as they chaotically promulgate an awareness of what is occurring within and without. Tectonics are all around us. Sete is a multi-award winning performer/ choreographer/ educator, whose primary method of artistic articulation is the motion of the body through space. This has evolved to include digital storytelling, via sound and photography

 

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