previous exhibitions 2018

20 April - 13 May

TWO EXHIBITIONS

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Colour Streams

An exhibition of textile artworks by
Bev Bills, Gem Congdon, Margaret Harris, Jackie Pearce,
Charmain Quintrell, Lynne Radcliffe, Liz Steveson, Kaaren Temme, Yvonne Twining & Vicki Waller

The focus for this exhibition is COLOUR. These talented textile artists have created a vibrant display of wall hangings, mixed media works, and art to wear. Though they work independently, the artists exhibit together to use their diversity of expertise to explore common themes.

The artists come from different backgrounds, and work with a variety of techniques. Bev and Margaret are weavers. Charmian is a felter. Gem enjoys basketry as well as fabric and textiles. Vikki and Liz Steveson make textile and mixed media wall hangings. Yvonne is a leatherworker. Kaaren and Jackie share an interest in machine embroidery. Lynne is known for her art journal, the resource that informs her mixed media pieces.


Rita Broadway Retrospective

An exhibition to honour the London born, South Australian artist
Rita Broadway
(1948 - 2015)

The exhibition surveys Rita’s extraordinary artistic output and her truly unique vision. Rita’s work includes woodcuts, etchings, drawings and paintings in various media as well as sculpture in clay and stone. All of these were used to express her struggles, joys, passions and humour. Struggling with mental health issues for much of her life, Rita’s work is a testament to her strength, courage and faith.

A coronial inquest into Rita’s tragic death in 2015 heard her calls for medical assistance went unmet, and that she died alone and in pain two days after she was discharged from an Adelaide hospital emergency department.

In a strange twist, a series of images in this exhibition focus on the unfortunate death of a vulnerable homeless man in Adelaide’s parklands.

16 March - 15 April

WHOLE GALLERY EXHIBITION

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Retrospective x4

An exhibition of artworks in various media by
Alison Brown - 'Interpretive Journeys'
Philip David - 'Les Gens de la Terre'
Pamela Illert -
'Retro et Ante'
Stephen Skillitzi -
"Back to the Future'

Alison Brown simplifies the shapes of the landscape, moulds the forms, and romanticises the colour using glazes. In her mixed media work, the torn edge of watercolour paper provides a character of its own. Layers of torn paper combined with other specialty papers, create a rich surface on which to layer colours. This combination of medium allows her to achieve something of the richness of the textures found in the landscape.

Philip David has always enjoyed creating the human figure in the environment, either as abstract or realist, and over the course of time has gained through experimentation with differing styles, textures and various mediums the joy of the human figure with all its varieties and complexities.

Pamela Illert’s methodology is to focus on particular thoughts or concerns and slowly allow these to flow into more intuitive areas. This results in complex and abstract works which allow viewers broad ranges of possible interpretations. All such works refer to and seek to move beyond established art historical and contemporary theoretical contexts.

Stephen Skillitzi delights in challenging the status quo on many levels, with his unorthodox usage of media and technique, and his contemporary but quirky concepts for ‘the Art message’. Stephen is widely recognized for his defiance of conventional practice and is one of Australia’s most influential glass artists.

16 February - 11 March

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Natural Fabrications

An exhibition of textiles and jewellery by
Pen Morrison, Rob Morrison, Jenni Simpson and Niki Waterhouse

This exhibition of predominantly textile works features interpretations of the natural world.

Three of the artists have used traditional and modern needlework and quilting techniques to showcase some of the varied forms and diverse nature of living things.

Rob Morrison’s jewellery is made from naturally occurring materials such as gemstones, pearl shell and Casuarina fruiting ‘cones’. Some pieces feature textile-like finishes while others embody forms from nature.



Vulkathunha - Interpretation of Place

Artworks in various media relating to Grindells Hut residencies
Kathryn Hill, Ray Meandering, Barbara Palmer and Robyn Zerna-Russell

These four artists are all recipients of the Grindell’s Hut Artist Residency programme, which supports artists to live at Grindell’s Hut, about 250 kilometres north of Port Augusta. Situated in the heart of the Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges National Park the small hut with a dark history offers views over the valleys and foothills of the Illinawortina Pound and the Blue Range.

For Gallery M, the artists have selected several pieces of work which feature their unique visual response to the beautiful, dynamic, and rugged landscape they encountered.

19 January - 11 February

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Quintessence

artworks in various media by members of theRed House Group Inc

‘Quintessence’  features the work of approximately 80 Red House members. Formed in the early 1990’s with support from the City of Marion, the group continues to support artists at all levels. Since 1994 over 1570 artists have become involved, with many still maintaining their membership since those early days.

The title was chosen to encourage Red House Group artists to showcase their best work - the ‘essence’ of who they are as an artist. The subject matter is their personal choice. The ‘quintessence’ of something is the most perfect or typical example of it. It is also described as "the aspect of something regarded as the intrinsic and central constituent of its character".