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Featuring behind the scenes footage of Arts Project Australia artists in conversation with some of Australia's leading artists and arts professionals.

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Why We Love Annual Gala

Why We Love Annual Gala

🔊 Listen to this In this video, Arts Project Australia artists talk about their favourite parts of Arts Project Australia's Annual Gala. Each year, Arts Project Australia hosts an Annual Gala presenting artworks from their 150 studio artists. Not only featuring great art, Annual Gala is a community event, with artists gathering with family and friends to enjoy the exhibition and celebrate the year with live music and food. While usually held at the Northcote-based gallery, the 2020 event turns virtual following a year of highly successful online exhibition programming and artists participating in Satellite Arts, a remote studio program.  "The Virtual Gala celebrates the resilience and talent of the Arts Project artists who have continued to develop their practice and create artworks at during most of 2020," says APA Executive Director Sue Roff.  Produced by Siân Darling, the live stream event features special moments with APA artists, words from Arts Project director Sue Roff and curator Sim Luttin, and performances and guest appearances from Australian artists Paul Kelly, Moira Finucane, Claire Hooper, Trent Walter, Mama Alto, Maude Davey, Paul Cordeiro, Piera Dennerstein, Jazida and Rachel Lewindon. Audiences can access the live stream on Facebook and YouTube from 3pm Saturday 28 November 2020 (register here). An online auction and exhibition also form part of the Virtual Gala from Friday 20 November with 100% of sales paid to artists. The exhibition presents 200 artworks by 150 artists on Arts Project Australia's website, with each of these pieces offered for sale at a silent auction hosted by Leonard Joel. Reserves range between $5 and $4000 with bids closing at 6 pm Tuesday 1 December 2020. Here is what some Arts Project artists love about Annual Gala: “My favourite thing about Annual Gala is that I get to display ones of my works.” Monica Lazzari | at APA since 2006 “Meeting lots of people.” Chris Mason | at APA since 1997 “Just meeting new friends.” Nick Capaldo | at APA since 2004 “I don’t have a favourite. The artwork.” Bronwyn Hack | at APA since 2011 “ It’s a good chance to exhibit. It makes you feel really proud. It's an acknowledgment for your hard earned work.” – Mark Smith | at APA since 2007 “ I can sell stuff.” – Chris O’Brien | at APA since 2002 “ I like seeing everybody’s artwork and dressing up sorta fancy-like, seeing all my friends and being happy when they sell their work, and food!” Eden Menta | at APA since 2013

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What is it like being an artist at Arts Project Australia?

What is it like being an artist at Arts Project Australia?

In this video, Arts Project Australia artists speak on some highlights of studio life. Almost half a century ago, Arts Project Australia became the first full-time art studio in Australia for artists living with an intellectual disability. Since, the studio has flourished a supportive atmosphere, both for artistic practice and interpersonal connection. “There’s a lot of love and laughter in the studio,” says Arts Project Australia director Sue Roff. “It’s very personal, you get to know the artists very well. It’s very intimate. There’s not a lot of turnover of artists, so the relationships are long term.” Pre-COVID, artists practised in the studio six days a week, working in painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, digital photography, digital imaging, animation, 3D sculpture and professional practice. Over the last eight months, the studio turned virtual with many joining the Satellite Arts Program, which is currently continuing alongside a gradual return to the studio (due to low case numbers of the virus in Melbourne). With over 150 artists exploring their creative voice, the studio has unmatchable energy. Here is what the artists have to say on practicing in the Arts Project Australia studio: “It’s a contained, very, very controlled form of chaos.” - Mark Smith | at APA since 2007 “I like it.” - Chris O’Brien | at APA since 2002 “I’ve been an artist for a long time.”  Samantha Ashdown | at APA since 2000 “I’ve been coming here since the 14th of July 1997.” Chris Mason | at APA since 1997 “We all have different journeys, but we all have something in common. We have good materials!” Monica Lazzari | at APA since 2006 “It feels good. I’ve made a lot of friends.” Nick Capaldo | at APA since 2004 “You can be yourself. You can do art and make friends, and you always feel welcome.” Eden Menta | at APA since 2013

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MARK SMITH & DELL STEWART IN CONVERSATION

MARK SMITH & DELL STEWART IN CONVERSATION

From March–June 2020, Mark Smith undertook a residency at the ATW where he was joined by 2014 Artist in Residence Dell Stewart. Mark and Dell came together in artistic collaboration to create an artwork especially for the Tamworth Textile Triennial Tension 2020. The resulting Love mobile was created in the spirit of learning and working together, and celebrating the complications and tensions implicit in any relationship. The work tour Australia with the Tamworth Textile Triennial Tension 2020 over the next three years. Love mobile uses soft hand-stitched forms, oversized stuffed letters and sculptural fabric elements linked through a complex web of handmade ropes to represent connections, networks and relationships. Smith and Stewart were interested in the motif of the heart as a metaphor for the vast range of possibilities for showing love, from the sentimental to the unfathomably complex. The work takes the form of an oversized mobile; continually moving and changing, it embodies the role of chance in encounters, understandings and the formation of connections between people. Love mobile was created during the Melbourne COVID-19 lockdown, and the collaboration took place online and in person. The work is a tribute to the vital support and care shown through the mundane daily acts of love, including those heightened by the pandemic: eye contact, conversation, sending a message, liking an image. This process gave Smith and Stewart an appreciation of connection and of being present, building on shared experiences and listening carefully for stronger relationships, to people and the community. Working across painting, ceramics, mixed media, video and soft sculpture, Mark Smith’s primarily figurative works are concerned with how the physicality of the body relates to human nature and the human condition. Smith considers the body a nonnegotiable starting point for existence, using the primitive vessel to explore the truly distinctive characteristics of being human. Within this framework Smith addresses the experiences and complexities of the individual and of humanity as a whole, as well as examining the ‘language’ of a subtle movement or position. Working purely from feeling or emotion rather than a model or image, Smith’s works possess an intrinsic nature or indispensable quality that imbues them with a deep sense of character. Smith has been attending the Arts Project Australia studio since 2007, and had his first solo exhibition Words Are… at Jarmbi Gallery Upstairs, Upwey, Victoria. He has exhibited in multiple group exhibitions at Spring 1883, Robin Gibson Gallery, No Vacancy Gallery, c3 Contemporary and The Substation. Dell Stewart was an ATW artist in residence in 2014 - you can read about her practice here. Video produced by Australian Tapestry Workshop in collaboration with Tamworth Textile Triennial Tension 2020. 

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FEM-aFFINITY Video Launches to Support National Tour

FEM-aFFINITY Video Launches to Support National Tour

  To support the exhibition FEM-aFFINITY when it tours regionally and nationally in 2020 and 2021, we've co-created a wonderful video threading the ideas, thoughts and art that propel the exhibition. FEM-aFFINITY brings together female artists from Arts Project and wider Victoria whose work share an affinity of subject and process. In this video curator Catherine Bell, alongside exhibiting artists, talks through the affinities, processes and synergies found throughout the exhibition, showing how by situating female Arts Project studio artists alongside other female contemporary artists, the exhibition seeks to uncover shared perspectives and variations on female identity. Featuring works by: Fulli Andrinopoulos, Dorothy Berry, Yvette Coppersmith, Wendy Dawson, Prudence Flint, Helga Groves, Bronwyn Hack, Janelle Low, Eden Menta, Jill Orr, Lisa Reid, Heather Shimmen, Cathy Staughton and Jane Trengove. FEM-aFFINITY is showing at Arts Project Australia until 20 July 2019. The show will also travel Australia, including: Devonport Regional Gallery 25 January - 15 March 2020 Benalla Art Gallery 19 April - 28 June 2020 Bunjil Place 06 March - 25 April 2021 Further dates will be announced. FEM-aFFINITY is a NETS Victoria and Arts Project Australia touring exhibition. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.This video is generously supported by NETS Victoria, Arts Project Australia, Australia Council for the Arts, Limb Family Foundation, Exhibition Development Fund, The Jack Brockhoff Foundation and MediaLink.

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COVID-19 UPDATE: ARTS PROJECT IS CURRENTLY CLOSED. WE CONTINUE TO OPERATE ONLINE AND SALES WILL BE PROCESSED ONCE A WEEK.