In the Front Room
The Front Room is a small gallery space at the front of the cottage available for small-scale projects and shows, as well as residencies.
‘Back Home’ Richie Jasper
Exhibition runs: 24 March – 12 April 2023
This body of work reflects on Richie’s childhood memories of “back home on the farm”.
Richie finds his style somewhere between the real and the unreal, a folk art feel mixed with memory driven imaginations. A tractor working the field shares the canvas with surreal creatures of the sky and underworld, allowing the viewer to find their own meaning amongst the colourful chaos.
Richie’s paintings are created with layers of acrylic paint, charcoal, chalk pastels, oil pastels and posca pen. Often each layer of paint conveys a different layer of memory associated with the scene, communicating the repetitive nature of farming seen differently through the seasons but also as one grows older and nostalgia takes hold.
This exhibition follows a massive loss of works in a studio fire, so there is a sense of grief and letting go embedded in these new works.
‘Transformation’ Pam Nichols
Exhibition runs: 14 April – 3 May 2023
Local artist, Pam Nichols, presents ‘Transformation.’
Pam’s work is experimental, exploratory, and process focused across 2D and 3D forms. Her work is in collections in the USA. In this exhibition and residency Pam will be developing the work throughout the exhibition period. You are invited to join Pam in transforming trash into art. All materials will be provided.
‘Occupy the Spaces Between’ Luke Morgan
Exhibition runs: 20 October – 8 November 2022
These works examine themes of social control, mindfulness and mental health awareness. By exploring the external small everyday forms of social control, such as street signs and traffic lights that shape the way that we move throughout our day, the work aims to draw parallels with how we internally impose restrictions upon ourselves and our thoughts.
‘Those Tarps’ Sete Tele
Exhibition runs: 29 September – 18 October 2022
Artist available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Gallery opens weekends: Saturday 8 October, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm | Sunday 9 October, 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Those Tarps project is a workshop program where participants will work with Sete Tele to develop a series of self-portraits that convey their respective sense of themselves in that place at that point in time. Over the holiday period, there will be various activities that allow each person to explore ways of articulating their view of the world.
Those Tarps project has invited young members of our community who have shared their uncertainty, and their anxiousness about a range of issues, to join an intimate group of participants and share their concerns in a non-judgmental environment. At the same time, their respective art works created during this program will underpin their voice, their narrative.
The blue tarpaulins will be the initial surfaces for our young artists to convey their sense of self.
‘Connections’ Adrianna Wasinska Fabian
Exhibition runs: 8 September – 27 September 2022
For thousands of years, people built mental and physical walls between humans and nature. Nature—especially horses—became the inspiration behind the artist’s practice in Europe and Australia. Reflecting upon and redefining them as a subject, Adrianna transforms the formal and traditional representation of horses. An award-winning artist and a highly trained equestrian, Adrianna has been combining the two through her practice since 2017.
‘the ocean and me—finding serenity in uncertainty’ Robbie Roper
Exhibition runs: 18 August – 5 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)
Members’ Exhibition 2022
Exhibition runs: 29 July – 16 August 2022
Showcasing a wide range of subjects, styles, media, and techniques, the Victoria Park Centre for the Arts Members’ Exhibition celebrates the creativity and innovation of artists within our community. It is also an excellent opportunity to expand our engagement and awareness of the vibrant local art scene. Printmakers will be holding their own exhibition in August/September.
NAIDOC 2022 Exhibition ‘Danjoo Koodjool Boodja’ Two Countries Together
Exhibition runs: 8 July – 27 July 2022
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)
‘Open Sesame’ David Brandstater
An exhibition celebrating the freedom to create together!
Exhibition runs: 17 June – 6 July 2022
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)
‘Spirit in Situ’ Roz Notman
Exhibition runs: 27 May – 14 June 2022 (4:00 pm)
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 (12:00 pm)
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 (12:00 pm)
Gallery opens weekdays: Monday 10:00 am – 2:30 pm, Tuesday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Wednesday 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
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
Gallery opens weekends: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
If you missed the opening event, here is the video.
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 and Found’ Rachel Riggs
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: ‘Do You Want a Dream Figure?’, mixed media femmage, tray series 2021 by Rachel Riggs)
‘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 and 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 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
‘Resurgence’ Nola Gasmier
Exhibition runs: 27 May – 8 June 2021
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
Exhibition runs: 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
Exhibition runs: 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
Exhibition runs: 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