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Fitzroy & Collingwood
Thurs 27 - Sun 30 March

Explore the studios &
independent art spaces

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Meet the Makers of Fitzroy and Collingwood over a weekend of inspiring educational art events. Bookings are essential as places are limited.

Thursday

Opening night with artist Sarah Duyshart

Venue 1:
Strange Neighbour
Ground floor,
395–397 Gore St, Fitzroy
Time:
6–8pm Thurs 27 March
RSVP:
info@strangeneighbour.com

Strange Neighbour gallery is a curator-led space with a unique program of multi-disciplinary exhibitions encompassing cross-generational artists. The gallery model is innovative, sitting between a commercial gallery and an artist-run space. Share the opening of Meet the Makers 2014 with exhibiting artist Sarah Duyshart.

Friday

Learn the art of iPad drawings with Rebecca Jones

Venue 2:
Redbox Studio
53 Langridge St, Collingwood
(buzz Rebecca at the red door)
Time:
6–7pm, Fri 28 March
RSVP:
rebecca@rebeccajones.com.au

Rebecca Jones has completed studies with The New York Studio School of Painting. Rebecca draws on her iPad using a range of apps. These various apps provide the opportunity to work directly onto the touch screen, creating a digital canvas to produce considered and logical mark making in an energetic and spontaneous manner. Join Rebecca for a workshop in the studio. BYO iPad.

Friday

Learn the art of weaving — meet Ryan F Kennedy in the project space

Venue 3:
Fehily Contemporary
3a Glasshouse Rd, Collingwood
Time:
7–8pm Fri 28 March
RSVP:
ask@fehilycontemporary.com.au

Fehily Contemporary is a unique commercial gallery in the Collingwood art scene representing innovative and challenging contemporary artists. Ryan F Kennedy is based in New York and has had numerous residencies internationally and in Australia. Ryan has been working with textiles since his degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology in 2005. Using found materials to entwine his environments Ryan’s woven installations are a meditative expression. Sit in the woven room with Ryan and chat about the weaving process.

Saturday

Meet the artists at the market

Venue 4:
Slopes
9 Smith St, Fitzroy
Time:
12–2pm Sat 29 March
RSVP:
info@slopesprojects.org

SLOPES is a non-profit, curator-run contemporary art space in Collingwood. The gallery presents the work of Australian artists and curators alongside the work of international artists. SLOPES will be occupied by market stalls run by artists and collectives curated by Jared Davis. Pop in to meet the artists at the market.

Saturday

Meet Gertrude Contemporary studio resident — chat with Jess Johnson in studio 12

Venue 5:
Gertrude Contemporary
200 Gertrude St, Fitzroy
Time:
2–3pm, Sat 29 March
RSVP:
info@gertrude.org.au

Gertrude Contemporary is valued nationally and respected internationally as a dynamic centre for the production and presentation of contemporary art. Gertrude Contemporary fosters a culture of risk, collaboration and critical-thinking to generate innovative programs that engage audiences in a creative exchange. Visit studio twelve and chat with visual artist Jess Johnson.

Saturday

Learn the art of ceramics at Porcelain Bear

Venue 6:
Porcelain Bear
23–25 Derby St, Collingwood
Time:
5–6pm, Sat 29 March
RSVP:
info@bonasera.com.au

Gregory Bonasera established Porcelain Bear in 2010 as a label under which he could release his highly finished, Australian made functional porcelain ware. In the same year he was joined by industrial designer Anthony Raymond and the two now run Porcelain Bear from their busy studio in Collingwood's architect, design and gallery precinct. Porcelain Bear has recently exhibited wares at Thailand Design Week, Design-Tide Tokyo and the creative duo were selected in 2013 for 100% Design London. Porcelain Bear is proud of and committed to the hand-made; their high level of finish, durability and quality marries seamlessly with a strong sense of history and timeless style.

Enjoy an hour of cheese and wine at the porcelain table that was featured in Melbourne Design Now at The Ian Potter Centre, NGV Australia, Melbourne.

Sunday

Meet the artist
– Chloe Vallance

Venue 7:
Chloe Vallance’s Studio
14 Islington St, Collingwood
Time:
2–3pm, Sun 30 March
RSVP:
chloe_vallance@hotmail.com

Chloe Vallance is currently completing her Masters by Research in Fine Art at RMIT University. Chloe has recently received a scholarship to study painting and drawing in Rome. Chloe paints with watercolours, gouache and ink, and draws with colour pencils on paper, plywood and recycled objects. Her portraiture work is an archive of intimate engagements, documents of a daily practice. Meet Chloe in her studio and chat about drawing.

Sunday

Learn the art of stenciling with Haha

Venue 8:
Second Story Studios
159 Sackville St, Collingwood
(walk through car park; go down the lane on the right and up the stairs)
Time:
3–4pm, Sun 30 March
RSVP:
regan@regantamanui.com

Haha is a self-taught artist who started off by spray painting stencils on the street. He has since graduated to the gallery and is represented by three commercial galleries across Australia. His work can be found in the collection of the National Gallery of Australia, BHP Billiton, State Library of Victoria, City of Melbourne, Artbank and private collections across Australia, NZ, UK and USA.

By using multi-layered stencils of up to 40 layers Haha’s work is a reflection of popular culture. Haha’s images are taken directly from printed media and without the aid of a computer; his cutting technique produces lifelike imagery. Visit Haha in his studio and learn the art of stenciling.

Saturday

Learn the process of installation — chat with artist Sarah Duyshart

Venue 1:
Strange Neighbour
Ground floor,
395–397 Gore St, Fitzroy
Time:
4–5pm, Sun 30 March
RSVP:
info@strangeneighbour.com

Sarah Duyshart is a Sound and Installation artist currently based in Melbourne. She completed her Bachelor of Art (Fine Arts) at RMIT University in 2008 and Honors at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) in 2013. Articulating the liminal threshold between what we see and don’t see, she typically harnesses vibration to generate suspended meditative kinetic installations. Working site-responsively, her current body of work sees a subtle tense line nervously piercing and mapping its personal trajectory through space. Learn the art of installation with Sarah at Strange Neighbour.