Meg Viney-Bell Fibre Arts Fellowship for Gippsland artists. Updated 1/8/19
May
26
to 1 Oct.

Meg Viney-Bell Fibre Arts Fellowship for Gippsland artists. Updated 1/8/19

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Announcing the Meg Viney-Bell Fibre Arts Fellowship for Gippsland artists

1st August 2019

The Meg Viney-Bell Fibre Arts Fellowship for Gippsland Artists is Open!!

One of the absolute highlights of my year was receiving a phone call in January from Gippsland Artist, Meg Viney - Bell. I've known Meg for a number of years, having worked with her on a project in Yarram around 8 years ago.

Meg rang for a chat and also to see if Regional Arts Victoria

would like to support a gift from her of $10,000 to establish a Gippsland scholarship for Fibre Artists. Meg wanted to give some of her savings to allow Gippsland Fibre artists to have some of the opportunities she had early in her career. I was blown away with her generosity. But Regional Arts Victoria hadn't developed a scholarship before...

My manager, Liz, very excitedly and promptly said yes. Our CEO, Joe, said yes and we set about learning how to put this all together.

In May at our AGM at The Stratford Courthouse we officially launched the Meg Viney-Bell Fellowship for Gippsland artists.

There have been so many tears of happiness along the way and we are so thrilled to be working with Meg, Simon and Erin from Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale and our amazing team at Regional Arts Victoria to bring this generous and beautiful opportunity to Gippsland.

And today the applications are officially open!

Saturday 25 May

Regional Arts Victoria and Meg Viney-Bell are pleased to announce the inaugural Meg Viney-Bell Fibre Arts Fellowship for Gippsland artists wishing to grow their practice, explore their work, and develop new skills.

The intention of the $10,000 Fellowship is to revive fibrearts as an art form in the region supporting artists towards public presentation through exhibitions, artists’ talks or workshops.

The Fellowship was announced by Viney-Bell in Stratford today as part of the Regional Arts Victoria Annual General Meeting and Member Celebration.

As a fibre artist, Meg Viney-Bell concerns herself with the ‘nature of containment’ and what that means for emotional, spiritual and physical security. Her sculptures suggest that all life comes from a vessel, as something that holds and nurtures lifeforms from gestation to emergence – be it an egg, a cocoon, a uterus, a bud, a seedpod, a shell – the reality is Universal. Her work visits this central theme throughout her arts practice.

“The beauty in fibreart is of the physical and personal process of the artist. It is a rich cultural skill to work with natural materials in developing works of art that prioritise aesthetic value over utility. When artists come to me for mentorship or guidance, what grows is their authenticity and integrity of practise. It is a wonderful method of artmaking that is unique to the individual and their own cultural connection.” says Viney-Bell.

Administered by Regional Arts Victoria, the Fellowship opens on Thursday 1 Augustfor artists residing across Gippsland who have a minimum two years’ experience in fibrearts.

”This is a wonderful opportunity for Gippsland artists, and an extraordinary gesture by a local practitioner,” says Joe Toohey, Regional Arts Victoria Executive Director. “We’re thrilled to be supporting Meg in realising her ambition to see fibrearts thrive in the East of our state.”


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Limited exhibition space available for 2020. Book NOW!!!
Jul.
15
to 15 Dec.

Limited exhibition space available for 2020. Book NOW!!!

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Hi everyone,

Following dates are free if you would like to book an exhibition for 2020:

  • July 1 - July 28

  • August 26 - September 22

  • September 23 - October 20

  • December 16 for four weeks


Both Individual and Group exhibitions are encouraged. We do have a couple of artists who may like to share an exhibition if anyone is interested.

Let me know as soon as possible if you would like to reserved a spot.


Kind Regards,

Karen Rogers

President, Yarram Courthouse Gallery, Inc.

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Port Albert Water Tower Project
Jul.
31
to 1 Oct.

Port Albert Water Tower Project

Port Albert Water Tower Project

Port Albert, are seeking submissions of concept designs by September the 30th 2019

Port Albert is a historical town on the coast of south East Gippsland. They have a water tower that is a blank canvas. They are looking for expressions of interest from artists to paint their tower. The tower is 27.6 metres high and 20 metres circumference. 

It is seen from land and sea which is unique. Port Albert want to make this great big canvas (the water tower) an attraction that will engage locals and tourists, they want locals to smile as they drive past, and to be proud of their town and their history, to stop and look at the images depicted. Port Albert want tourists to come to town to see the art and to get an understanding of the important history of Port Albert. 

Once the designs have been submitted the community will make a decision and choose the final design. 

Some of the aspects of Port Albert that they would like to include in the design
* GunaiKurnai creation story 
* including local flora and fauna.
* Local History ie The Clonmel shipwreck, Fishing industry.
*Colours need to blend in with the surroundings of the tower
ie. no really bright colours. 

Please send expressions of interest to :

portalbertwatertowerproject@gmail.com

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ABC Gippsland Facebook Post on "The Yarram Archies 2019"
Aug.
22
to 1 Sep.

ABC Gippsland Facebook Post on "The Yarram Archies 2019"

There are still a couple of days left to catch the Yarram Archies at the Courthouse Gallery, Yarram's annual answer the Archibald Prize portraiture competiion!

This year's exhibition features a diverse range of artists working with paint, photography, ceramics and metal work. The influence of photography and the modern 'selfie' is evident in the composition of some of the works, as are poignant depictions of artists and subjects living with mental health conditions and disabilities.

The exhibition which is open to artists of all ages and received 57 entries this year from across the region and as far as Melbourne.

As a collection, the exhibition paints a complex portrait of humanity, perhaps grappling with personal struggles and the uncertainties of modern life.

There are moments or joy and candid frivolity in the mix, the colourful abstract work from young children adds fun and the exquisite sculptural busts which reference antiquities, add a unique dimension to representing 'a real person, past or present'.

The Yarram Archies are on display until 27th August, 2019.

To see the post, including photos, click here.

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Royal Agricultural Show (Melbourne): Art, Craft & Cookery Competition 2019
Jul.
24
to 14 Aug.

Royal Agricultural Show (Melbourne): Art, Craft & Cookery Competition 2019

There’s plenty of opportunity this year for artists at the upcoming Royal Melbourne Show with the organisers now allowing artists to list the artworks they have entered into the various competition categories for sale to the general public. With an average 450,000 visitors to the show, can you afford NOT to enter?

For Competition details:

https://www.rasv.com.au/media/3581/35-2019-rms-art-craft-and-cookery-schedule.pdf

To enter:

https://my.rasv.com.au/User/Login?ReturnUrl=%2FEntries%2FACC

For more information about the Royal Melbourne Show 2019:

https://www.rasv.com.au

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Membership Subscriptions due now.
Jul.
7
to 8 Aug.

Membership Subscriptions due now.

Hello everyone,

Gallery membership is now due. Thank you to those who have already paid their 2019/20 membership fees - receipts will be issued when our Treasurer returns from holidays. Otherwise, for those who are still needing to, you can download a membership form here.

Kind Regards,

Karen Rogers

President, Yarram Courthouse Gallery, Inc.

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