18 January - 10 February


Art Matters

featuring artworks in various media by members of the
Red House Group Inc

This is the first exhibition for 2019, and features artwork by members of the Red House Group Inc. ‘Art Matters’ was chosen as the title, to draw attention to the passion that many artists feel.  Artists will have the opportunity to display a statement why “Art Matters” to them adjacent to their artwork.

The title/theme was prompted in part by the passionate responses shared by many members of the broader community in the latter part of 2018, regarding the future of the Marion Cultural Centre and its services. At the time, Marion Council was considering expressions of interest to develop a hotel on the site of the centre.

At the first Council meeting with the newly Elected Members on 27 November, a motion was put forward by Councillor Veliskou, and Seconded Councillor Hull that:“Council guarantees the retention of the Current Marion Cultural Centre Building and its services. However, council still has the ability to undertake any complementary renewal, enhancements and extensions (of the current Marion Cultural Centre) provided that this is undertaken with appropriate prior consultation with users and the community.” This was Carried Unanimously.

So the statements provided by members for this exhibition become even more relevant, as Gallery M now plans ahead for 2020 and beyond. In fact, the gallery and Marion Cultural Centre will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2021.

Liz Wauchope says “Art is the driving force in my life. The process of making art is a meditation for me, guaranteed to help me to relax and disengage from distraction and stress.” Anita Tang shares that “Art has been part of my life since an early age, and matters to me as inspiration and for personal expression.”  Bea Dickson states “It attracts me like all the other important communication means we mortals have to express and communicate our ideas and feelings to each other.  It gives breathe and life to emotions, feelings and dreams which can be very soothing in the world of accepted reality.”  Fatemeh Shahriari writes “No society can survive without the joyous spirit of art. It is a language to all nations: speaks affection and excitements which everyone can understand.”

The Red House Group is a not for profit, artist managed organisation that was initiated in the early 1990’s. Members work in this exhibition includes paintings in oil, watercolour & acrylic; there is photography, mixed media, textiles, printmaking, glass, and porcelain painting.

Each year members are given several opportunities to show their work in Gallery M, reaching a wide audience from visitors to the Marion Cultural Centre.

Over 1,600 artists have joined the group since its inception, with approximately 300 artists maintaining current membership in any given year. The group manages Gallery M on behalf of the City of Marion.

New members are always welcome. For information about becoming involved with the Red House Group, talk to Gallery M staff.