Each week two artists will be on site in the Mining Exchange creating large scale projects which will take the forms of drawing, painting or sculptural installation. Visitors will be encouraged to contribute to, and participate in, these projects. Each artist will be provided with materials and assistance to make this possible. The completed projects will remain on site and build a story of engagement throughout the six weeks of BOAA.
12 completed large scale projects will be showcased over the Melbourne Cup weekend, with all those who have contributed encouraged to return to celebrate. Art therapy principals will be the core of our Art Camp projects. Creative engagement allows participants to meet new people, talk freely and feel comfortable within the creative space.
10:00 - 3:00 daily
The Mining Exchange
Aly de Groot and Peter Burke
22 - 28 Sept
Part time mermaid, full time fibre artist, Aly de Groot weaves the tragic tale of sea-life in the plastic age. A passionate and prolific maker, she relishes any opportunity to share her love for weaving along with the strong environmental message firmly embedded within her creative ethos.
Stamp. Press. Scrape. Pull. Stretch. Drag. Scratch. Tug. Oscillate. Roll. Unwind. Repeat. What Goes Around Comes Around is a never-ending installation in the making. Its continuous surface is both a palette and a canvas with only one side and only one edge. The inside becomes the outside and the front becomes the back.
Melinda Muscat and Kat Pengelly
29 Sept - 5 Oct
A multi platform 2D and 3D artist, always with a Surrealist sensibility. My main focuses are colour and the beauty of the natural world. These are recreated into dreamlike imagery. The freedom to create without regard to the boundaries of fine art, illustration, craft and street art. Art is art regardless of where it fits in or doesn’t and by doing so, one often creates work that is accessible to a greater audience.
In Kat’s view, fashion is a covert instrument for exposing people to art. Many may not wish to walk into a gallery, but you can don an artistic creation, take a stroll down the street and unbeknown to passersby; provide them with an artistic experience.
The ‘Don’t Touch’ tag that comes with a lot of art can be joyfully discarded as one climbs into wearable art.
Melinda and Kat’s creations will be on show in The Living Sculpture Fashion Parade, Saturday, 6th October.
Carolyn Cardinet and Angela Robinson
6 - 12 Oct
Carolyn’s aim is to present the transformational potential of waste materials in order to explore the relationships that exist between humans, consumerism and plastic packaging. The five tall works are made of societys' discards such as single-use plastic packaging assembled with organic materials collected and gathered from her Melbourne studio surroundings.
Angela Robinson primarily works in paint, including water based media on paper and oil on canvas and linen.
She draws from a wide variety of material and subjects from meditation to new media arts and an in depth study of nature, geography, landscape, maps, sound and movement.
Albin Mullner and Shoso Shimbo
13 - 19 Oct
Albin has been working on series of drawings based on the bush surrounds where he lives in Lal Lal using tree, bark, rock, soil, kangaroo bones. He is also am influenced by modern everyday surrounds using computer circuitry, human wrinkles and portraits.
Shoso’s work focuses on the issue of plastic pollution. The installation, made of plastic waste, invites viewers to interact with the work and was inspired by the Tainai Kuguri (passing through the womb) in Japan. Tainai Kuguri is a rite of passage through a site such as a cave or the interior of a Buddhist statue symbolising rebirth.
Catherine Bailey and Aldona Kmiec
20 - 26 Oct
Catherine Bailey is a multi-form artist whose work responds to place. Since graduating from the National Art School in Sydney, Catherine has been the recipient of three major art awards, Emerging Artist on the Rocks, Sydney (2006), The Waverly Art Prize (2007) and a residency at the Onslow Storrier Studio at the Cite Des Arts International Paris (2008) through the National Art School.
Aldona Kmiec’s photographic portraits seek to capture the personalities of her artistic friends against the inner world of dreams. What she is seeking is more than just an image, it is a keyhole which leads to another world
Forest Keegel and SUPERPLEASED
27 Oct - 2 Nov
Forest Keegel invites people to join her in gilding twigs and sticks with 23 Karat Gold Leaf. Over the course of a week a golden arbour will be created with the sticks, as they are suspended from the ceiling of the Mining Exchange. After BOAA they will be returned to bushland that has been mined.
Lost and Found is a project by SUPERPLEASED which will engage the public by proposing a re-thinking and re-working of handmade garments.
Bring out your hand-knitted jumpers, scarves and . . . made by someone for you or perhaps handed down to you. Something that you’ve grown out of, haven’t worn for ages or was never quite your colour….Lost for a while.
Tell us about it and let us …….transform, rework it, put a little magic in…..so that it rediscovered by you and Found again.