Opening of America painting a nation, Art Gallery of NSW

painting a nation


What makes Americans American?

See the art that defined a nation in the most ambitious survey of American painting ever seen in Australia.

With many masterpieces shown here for the first time, the exhibition brings together over 90 works from major artists, such as James Whistler, Edward Hopper, Mark Rothko, Georgia O’Keeffe and Jackson Pollock.

Encounter the epic stories and dark chapters in American history, the sublime poetry and drama of the land, the ambition and optimism of the country’s pioneers, and the challenges of the frontier. Share the intimacy of family life and the gritty realism of the modern metropolis in this vivid account of the American experience.

With all-American theme nights, a huge Thanksgiving party, a greasy spoon diner, kids’ activities, films, boot scootin’, live bluegrass, hands-on workshops, pop-up bar and so much more, the Gallery turns red, white and blue. Join us as we breathe life into history and celebrate the good, the bad and the ugly in American culture, food and politics.

This exhibition is in collaboration with Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Terra Foundation for American Art.


Opening Night



‘America’, the next day, outside the front of the Art Gallery of NSW

Newtown Festival, Sunday 10th November, 2013


About The Festival

Presented by: The Newtown Festival is the principal fundraiser for the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre (NNC) which aims to build an inclusive, resilient, self-reliant and creative community. All monies raised by the Festival are returned to the Centre to provide community support services to the local community and in particular the disadvantaged groups such as the aged, people with disabilities, people who are homeless, people with mental illness, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and people on low incomes. NNC lives by its motto striving for “A just community that includes and acts

Newtown Festival is passionate about sustainability. The festival has a ‘no plastic water bottle sales’ policy at the event, so remember to bring your own water bottles on the day. Take the pledge to drink tap today…

A great day at the annual Newtown festival

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A garden in the back streets of Newtown


Street art in Newtown

Art Studio Trail, Southern Highlands

Part of the Southern Highlands Arts Festival is the Art Studio Trail

2nd & 3rd November and the 9th & 10th of November 2013

Once again the feature event of SHAF is the annual Southern Highlands Art Studio Trail, when artists open their studio doors and allow visitors inside to explore their creative habitats across the first two weekends of November, 2013.

This year 22 studio doors are opening for the Art Studio Trail, so visitors will be able to meet the artists, see their work in the place it was created and purchase directly from the studio door.

A few examples from the day;

 The outdoor wood fire Burry box kiln

The outdoor wood fire Burry box kiln
Studio 2: Hillside Pottery
Ann and Peter Schmid
Creating functional ceramic wares at their Hillside Farm for over 22 years, using both a studio gas kiln and their wood fired Burry box kiln.
Studio 4: Heidigarden Art
Heidi McGeoch and Sam Larwill
A rambling sculpture garden with sculptures in steel and ceramics – garden gates, benches, fire braziers and water fountains.
The vegetable garden at the back

The vegetable garden at the back


Studio 22: Cloud Farm
Ceramist Celeste Coucke and composer/image maker Stephen Fearnley
A great studio, designed by Celeste Coucke

A great studio, designed by Celeste Coucke

Interior with work by Julie Krone

Interior with work by Julie Krone

Interior with ceramics by Celeste Coucke


The surrounding landscape, on top of the ridge, looking out to the coast line.

The surrounding landscape, on top of the ridge, looking out to the coast line.

Clovelly Road, Better Block

Clovelly Road Better Block

27th October 2013, Between Arden and Beach Streets

The local community is making Clovelly Road better for a day. We’re adding trees, plants, tables, chairs, art, music, slowing car speeds, and creating better, safer conditions for everyone – including kids, seniors, and people walking and cycling.

The aim is to bring the community together, to encourage everyone to re-imagine the streets, and build momentum for permanent improvements.

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A great day and it’s a great initiative.

Artisans in the Gardens

Artisans in the Gardens

I had my work in this years exhibition, with six ceramics and two paintings.

Saturday 19 – Sunday 27 October at the Lion Gate Lodge, Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney.

“The popular Artisans in the Gardens exhibition returns, in 2013, for its thirteenth year. In keeping with its iconic location the exhibition will showcase the work of some of Australia’s leading contemporary artists and craftspeople along with Indigenous Australian artists.

The exhibition will feature the works of artists from around Australia including emerging and established contemporary jewellers, ceramicists, glass makers, textile artists, weavers and sculptors.

This annual spring exhibition, presented by Foundation & Friends of the Botanic Gardens, brings together some of the country’s most innovative and exciting artisans whose inspiration for their outstanding work is drawn from the beauty and complexity of nature.”



My artist statement;

The ceramic work and paintings are inspired by the Australian landscape ensuing from a recent residency at The Art Vault, in Mildura, Victoria and painting trips to regional NSW.

A conversation between clay and paint culminating in totemic symbols of the landscape; the river, the trees, the rocks and the broader special vistas. The stoneware ceramic vessels are hand built, a direct and tactile link to the earth. Painterly marks are applied with glaze, transformed in the heat of the kiln, iron oxide bleeds through the ceramic surface to create an alchemy of glaze, gestural marks and clay.

In recent times floods and rainfall have transformed the fragile semi arid landscape of inland Australia. This tension between the arid and abundant, layered histories, echoing past stories with unearthed relics, the cyclical nature of the environment with its destruction and renewal, are mirrored by the resilience and fortitude needed in life itself.

Other works;

The ceramic artist, Jenny Orchard


The ceramic artist, Sarah O’Sullivan


Textiles by Injalat Art & Craft Association



This was the first year there was also the accompanying Artisans Sculpture Walk in the Botanical Gardens itself.

“For a new perspective on the Garden take a stroll along the Artisans Sculpture Walk. This inaugural exhibition opens on Saturday 12 October and will see the addition of 12  stunning new sculptures to the Garden. It will feature a diverse range of contemporary artists working in both ephemeral and traditional mediums. These installations of steel, bamboo, timber, plastic and wire will adress the instinsic beauty of nature, the changing Australian landscape,  botany and contemporary environment concerns. The works set in the Garden will create a rich and playful dialogue between the artists and the viewer.”

Rae Bolotin, ‘Seed Form 5’


Kevin Draper, ‘Threshold’


Also the Botanical Garden itself became an installation in itself!