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The Elliott Eyes art collection: an extraordinary private treasure goes public in Erskineville

SMH
18 February 2017
Jacqui Taffel

The collection of mainly Australian and New Zealand works – 291 to be precise – has been assembled over 20 years. Now Elliott and Eyes have decided to open it to the public, showing small groups through the house by appointment. ...more


The Quarterly 3.1


Special Edition
MAY SPACE

Information about the launch of MAY SPACE and our relocation to 409b George Street, Waterloo. ...more


Books Unbound

Imprint
December 2016
Megan Fizell

In 2011, American academic Garrett Stewart surveyed artists using books as a sculptural medium in Bookwork: Medium to Object to Concept to Art. In this text, he identifies 'bookworkers' as a group of artists who 'set about reworking a found volume rather than fashioning a new one for publication or display'. This essay will sample four contemporary 'bookworkers' engaging with bound books in involved, process- heavy methods. Whether it is through deconstruction and collage, tangible language mapping, physical alterations of the actual pages, or painstaking duplication, these artists ask us to reconsider the boundaries of the printed and bound book. ...more


The Planner/Yeah. Cheers. Thanks a lot

SMH
26-27 November 2016
Katie Milton

After more than three decades since it was first established and 15 years at its current site, Brenda May Gallery says goodbye. See a retrospective of the artists who have exhibited under its roof, including Nicole Welch's Tondo #4 (pictured) ...more


Newcastle Club Painting Prize 2016: The winner of the city's newest major art prize

Newcastle Herald
18 November 2016
John Barnes

Newcastle's newest major prize for painting, donated by the Newcastle Club Foundation, has been awarded to well-known local artists Andy Devine and Peter Tilley for their collaborative work, Response #35.

Their work was chosen from a very high quality group of eleven finalists selected from over 70 entries by the former director of the Newcastle Art Gallery, Ron Ramsey, and his fellow judges after many hours of deliberation. ...more


House art opens doors

Penrith Press
10 November 2016
Isabell Petrinic

A charcoal almost-to-scale drawing of an early 1960s fibro home in the Housing Commission Green Valley estate is among artworks on display at the Art Gallery of NSW.
Inhabited Space, by Glenbrook artist Catherine O'Donnell, explores the emotional impact of the way we build, which was also a focus of her Masters thesis. ...more


Dobell Biennial Install

Look
October 2016

Installing this edition of the biennial took the efforts of many. Sydney artist Catherine O'Donnell is pictured realising her large-scale charcoal and pencil wall drawing Inhabited space, Jumaadi is arranging his work Halfway to the light, halfway through the night and Richard Lewer's nine drawing series makes its way onto the wall, while a young Gallery visitor approaches O'Donnell's finished work. ...more


Catherine drawn to home

Daily Telegraph
29 September 2016
Elizabeth Fortescue

Catherine O'Donnell doesn't argue when people comment that her near life-size charcoal drawing, Inhabited Space, is just "an ugly Western Sydney house". "Yes. It is. But other tings attach to (these houses) for," O'Donnell says at Art Gallery of NSW, where the work hangs in the Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial. ...more


Highlight

Textiel Plus
#237
Dorothé Swinkels

Als jong meisje leerde Melinda Le Guay breien. Ze blies deze vaardigheid nieuw leven in door het maken van een serie bijzondere jurkjes, getiteld Con ict. Voor dit project bestu- deerde de kunstenaar het proces van het breien om meer te weten te komen over de arbeidsintensieve herhaling die ook dit 'vrouwenwerk' kenmerkt. Ze breide haar delicate, transparante sculpturen van ijzerdraad in plaats van de gebruike- lijke zachte materialen. Het verbeeldt een con ict tussen enerzijds bescherming van de fysieke en psychische gevoeligheid van vrouwen en anderzijds de blootstelling ervan. In de schijnbaar gewone, mooie jurkjes brengt ze met het gebruik van een 'mannelijk' mate- riaal de bescherming van het kwetsbare en fragiele in beeld. ...more


In The Studio: James Guppy

Byron Arts Magazine
Spring 2016
Alana Wilson

Originally from England, James Guppy emigrated to Australia over 30 years ago and settled in the Northern Rivers. He has been awarded the Border Art Prize and Blake Prize for Religious Art, among others, and has exhibited twice in the Archibald Prize. ...more


Drawing on experience

SMH (Spectrum), p.16-17
10-11 September 2016
John McDonald

In its first incarnation, the Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial concentrated on landscape. For the second biennial, subtitled Close to Home, curator Anne Ryan has come up with something much cooler, namely "narrative based on memory and experience". ...more


20 things to see, hear. Art | Seven Rules for Raising your Siren

SMH, p.2
26 August 2016
Sharne Wolff

A member of the order Sirenia, the vulnerable dugong is an herbivorous aquatic mammal and a siren of the sea. Via works on paper, sculptures and a beautifully hand-drawn animated video, artist Todd Fuller's latest show dispenses handy tips on how to care for a stray dugong if you're lucky enough to catch one falling from the sky. Fuller's refreshingly sensitive story of love and imagination will appeal to the child in everyone. ...more


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PROPOSALS

MAY SPACE is in recess. We will start accepting proposals again from March 2017, from professional artists from Australia and NZ for exhibitions and group shows ... learn more

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