Monday, 16 August 2010

Want to rent a studio but can't afford it? Then read on....

Today, Aida and I have been contacted by the Australia Council for the Arts! They are coming to Colour City Creative Artspace to talk about funding and grants!

If you have graduated from TAFE or university within the last 3-4 years and you want to kick start your arts career, then this is the day out for you! Please come along on September 9 or 10, we'll let you know the details as they come to hand! Meet with the Australia Council to talk about how you can rent your space, fund your portfolio and a journey to Sydney galleries to introduce yourself and many other ways that you can start to become the artist you were meant to be!

Sigh! If only I was young again......but then it's also for the older artists, you just need to be just out of TAFE or Uni. This would be just what I would love to do! However, I'm not.....I'm the senior artist in the group so I'll be there to help you write those proposals and talk with you how you might go about this!

Aida will be back by then, so let's see if we can get together and get some of you funded and started!

Just email Aida and let her know you will be coming along on the day.....

See you there!

Monday, 2 August 2010

Sculptures in the Spring and other times.....

I watched with complete and profound interest yesterday, the ABC documentary on Gaudi's Sagrado Familia in Barcelona. The discussions on how the current architects and builders are uncovering the mathematical workings and natural instincts of Gaudi was extraordinary. So this morning as it was snowing outside, I took some time to Google Earth the Sagrado and look at many of the amazing photos there.What other way is there to spend a winter's day?

I'm quite inclined to get a couple of blocks and have a bit of a go myself. In my younger days, I wanted first to be a sculptor but the vagaries of one's life left me with 'flat' art instead. Not that I mind really as I enjoy flat art and have quite a lengthy practice now behind me. But the urge is still there......

With my interest in sculptures, last year I helped in setting up a sculpture event in town but this only brought home to me how much harder it is for a sculptor than a flat artist to get these large and heavy works around to venues and find sales. So this year, I am helping to set up a 3 month event out at Jayes Gallery in Molong in their purpose built sculpture garden. Entry Forms available from the gallery on 63669093.

This will allow sculptors a space to display there works for several weeks and as we sold most of the sculptures that we removed from the site and set in place at the gallery's garden space, we feel this year's event will give people a chance to exhibit and sell their works.

Taste Canowindra likewise has a permanent venue for sculptors and several of the galleries that I know are looking for sculptures as well. With all this in mind, don't be surprised if you see me in a cloud of marble dust, with hobnailed boots and dungarees on!

Oh, and we are expecting to have sculptures at the CCArtspace too! So pick up those tools and get into it!

J