2015 Marie Ellis OAM Prize for Drawing Finalists Announced!

Thank you to all those who entered and supported this year’s Marie Ellis OAM Prize for Drawing.

Please note: All finalists will be contacted within 24 – 48 hours with all competition information.

Kind Regards,
Creative Director
Holly Riding

Jugglers Art Space Director
Peter Breen

Jugglers 01/07/15

Through a Glass Darkly - An exhibition by Belinda Sinclair and Clairy Laurence

Exhibition of new and recent works by Belinda Sinclair and Clairy Laurence Please join us for opening drinks on Friday 3rd July, 6 – 9pm Exhibition runs from Thursday 2nd July to Tuesday 7th July

Belinda Sinclair and Clairy Laurence explore the persistent shadow of myth and fable that reflects across infinity. Fascinated by fragments of folklore that bleed through time and space, their work is an evocative response to the world seen through the veil of superstition, folk beliefs, the occult and manifestations of the space between life and death.

Belinda Sinclair is an interdisciplinary artist working in Print, Sculpture and Mixed Media. Her current work has evolved from personal reflections on mortality and reflects an interest in the pervasiveness of memory and nostalgia in response to contemporary realities. A finalist in National Art Prizes in recent years including the Churchie National Art Prize, Ex Libris Artist Book Awards, CPA National Print Award and the Wilson Art Prize, Belinda has a long history of community arts involvement and teaches Printmaking at Brisbane Institute of Art and Brisbane TAFE.

Clairy Laurence is a Brisbane based ceramicist who works using both hand building and wheel throwing techniques to create sculptural forms. Laurence’s sculptural forms are often figurative and whimsical; depicting otherworldly children and their environment to create her own myth and folklore. Laurence has been working as a ceramicist/potter since 1983, when she under took an apprenticeship with Locust Pottery, then in 1988 she graduated from TAFE in studio ceramics. She went on to study Art therapy at MIECAT in 2003 and worked as a ceramic studio supervisor at a community based organization for almost 10 years , leaving this role in 2013 to pursue her art practice full time.

Jugglers 01/07/15

Marie Ellis Feature Artist - Caroline Walls

Caroline Walls, Melbourne
- There has been a real return to and appreciation for craftsmanship – people are looking for a sense of authenticity and traditional, drawing offers that.

Where are you based?
My studio is in Collingwood, Melbourne. I love the area.

Tell us a bit about yourself and your work
I am an artist and designer working across a number of mediums such as drawing, oil painting and soft sculpture. The female form is a key area of exploration with sexuality and the fluidity of this being underlying themes of my work. I guess I’m really interested in the construction and complexity of the female identity and the distinction between the private and the public self.
Although I am now based in Melbourne I spent five years living in London and New York so was able to immerse myself in the international art scene. I wasn’t really involved in my own practice apart from sketching every now and then but since returning to Australia I have enjoyed picking up the tools and creating a larger body of work.

How would you compare the traditional practice of drawing to the digital approach?
I work in graphic design so I employ both approaches on a regular basis – I think that they can happily coexist given they play such different roles, especially in the commercial sphere. I have just recently done a series of hand-pulled screen prints of figurative forms that I used the computer to build for instance, so I think each have their good qualities. Personally though, stepping away from the computer and working on something by hand is so much richer and rewarding, where as there is a certain aspect of disposability to digital. I love that traditional hand drawing is so pure – take a pencil and a piece of paper and you are off.

How do you feel the practice of drawing evolved over the past 10 years?
I think 10-15 years ago there was still a buzz around digital technology and the internet, so many people jumped on that because it was a fairly new way to create, but today there has been a real return to and appreciation for craftsmanship. People are looking for a sense of authenticity and traditional drawing offers that.

Why are competitions like the Marie Ellis OAM Prize for Drawing important within Australian Arts culture?
Competitions like this are important to continue a dialogue around traditional artistry – drawing has expressive and educational value and these competitions encourage and engage with this.

Why is the practice of drawing important to you?
Drawing has a meditative effect on me – whether it is one of my quick sketches or a larger, detailed piece they both offer me a moment of quiet that I don’t find from anything else.


Jugglers 29/06/15

'Wild Tasmania' - An exhibition by Arwen Dyer and Wolfgang Glowacki

Opening night Event: Friday 26th June from 6-9pm. Exhibition continues to Monday 29th June.

Please join us for the opening of ‘Wild Tasmania’ on Friday 26th June from 6-9pm, to be opened by Bob Brown, environmentalist and former leader of the Australian Greens Political Party.

Wild Tasmania features photographs by two of Tasmania’s finest nature photographers, Wolfgang Glowacki and Arwen Dyer. Arwen and Wolfgang portray the stunning Tasmanian wilderness through their macro, landscape and night photography. They depict Tasmania’s most iconic and treasured places, such as Cradle Mountain, Freycinet Peninsula, Flinders Island and the Tarkine, bringing you lush rainforests, dramatic mountains, wild rivers, stunning skies, ragged coastlines and unique vegetation. Both artists regularly contribute to important conservation efforts, such as Tarkine in Motion, a multi-modal art project focused on protecting the Tarkine region. Thus, Wild Tasmania is not only an exquisite representation of the unique beauty of Tasmania, but a reminder of the fragility of the natural environment and its need for protection.

For more information, please visit the artist’s facebook pages or websites.

Jugglers 19/06/15

In Depth an exhibition of glass works by Joanna Bone with accompanying photo exhibition by Aaron Micallef

Opening night event: Friday 12th June from 6-9pm. Exhibition Continues: Friday 12th June to Wednesday 17th June 2015

Inspired by found objects from the seashore, including seagrasses, sand dollars and other marine creatures, glass artist Joanna Bone has revisited her childhood love of pattern and repetition in this new body of work. The sense of depth and layers within the surface of the pieces engage the viewer and invite intimate observation and quiet contemplation.

Joanna Bone is one of Queensland’s foremost glass artists and an artist-in-residence with Jugglers Art Space. Her work is internationally recognised and can be found in various collections around the world. Joanna is the only Queensland based artist to have won the prestigious Ranamok Glass Prize.

While photographically documenting the creation of Joanna’s “In Depth” collection, Aaron Micallef was fascinated by the detail and intricate pattern that was established and manipulated in each piece. From the initial creation of glass cane, through the various hot and cold working processes, to the finished exhibition pieces, pattern was continually created, adapted and transformed.

In the collection of images exhibited, Aaron has moved beyond pure documentation and reinterpreted the collection through both the camera lens and the lens of Joanna’s original inspiration – the marine environment.

Joanna Bone will present an artist talk in the gallery on Saturday 13th June from 3:30-4:30pm.

Joanna Bone & Jugglers Art Space Inc’s activities are supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

Jugglers 27/05/15

Marie Ellis Feature Artist - Leona Fietz

Leona Fietz, Brisbane
- Drawing allows me to express myself, while exploring and pushing the treatment of letters within the rules of type anatomy.

Where are you based?
Living and drawing in East Brisbane.

Tell us a bit about yourself and your work
I’m a designer, illustrator and typographer. I’ve spent the last two years since graduating teaching myself the foundations of typography and experimenting with different treatments and tools through workshops and a lot of reading and practicing. I split my time between personal and professional work, as well as exhibiting in group shows. So, my work ranges from illustrated lettering, experimental typography and digital logotypes.

How would you compare the traditional practice of drawing to the digital approach?
You can digitally mimic hand done effects, a worn texture, splatter drips or a dry brush, but it’s just not the same. I’d rather use the tool in real life, find the right paper texture, and leave room for the unexpected; you can decide to not draw up a baseline, grid or angle guide, or follow them loosely and get a really unique result. For example: I love the way a hand painted sign ages due to its environment! This gives it a story and a history. A vinyl sign would just peel off eventually; where’s the charm in that!

How do you feel the practice of drawing evolved over the past 10 years?
Craftsmanship and creative trades have become more appreciated and valued, and it shows, with more companies desiring a human touch reflected within their brand and/or products, embracing the flaws and imperfection that come with a hand rendered effect. Products like Wacom tablets and Cintiqs have sped up the creative process for illustrators, making their work more commercially viable.

Why are competitions like the Marie Ellis OAM Prize for Drawing important within Australian Arts culture?
It encourages artists to strive and work hard towards a deadline and to be seen by a wider audience.

Why is the practice of drawing important to you?
Type based illustration is the crossover between design and art for me. It allows me to express myself, while exploring and pushing the treatment of letters within the rules of type anatomy.


Jugglers 26/05/15

"Imagine Being Attractive" A solo exhibition by Emily McGuire

*Exhibition Opens: Thursday 11th June from 6-9pm
Exhibition Continues till Wednesday 17th June.*

Emily McGuire’s exhibition, “Imagine Being Attractive” explores the complex relationship between Tumblr blogging, fashion, and female identity.

“Imagine Being Attractive” considers how fashionable female identity is performed through found images and anonymity on Tumblr blogs. From her perspective as a participant observer on Tumblr, Emily’s practice examines the ways in which Tumblr blogs are a kind of surface on which fashionable female identity is articulated as a performative act, playing out as a ceaseless process of becoming. “Imagine Being Attractive” also brings together questions of how Emily’s experiences with Tumblr are in some ways indicative of a generational engagement with social media as a means to articulate identity and negotiate the flow of images in our increasingly visual world.

Emily’s creative practice applies the materials and processes of garment making to explore the relationship between fashion and digital culture. She primarily experiments with textiles, garment making processes, fabric printing, and text. This is her first solo exhibition in Jugglers’ Upstairs Gallery.

Jugglers 25/05/15

Diploma of Visual Art Exhibition by students of TAFE Queensland, Southbank Campus

Jugglers Art Space is proud to host an exhibition by students from the Diploma of Visual Art, TAFE Queensland Brisbane, Southbank Campus. The show is themed around the idea of ecology.

In an effort to explore this theme students will be exploring a diverse range of visual mediums and engage in various approaches in an effort to explore their interactions with the environment.

This exhibition forms a major part of each student’s assessment and we look forward to seeing you there.

Exhibition runs from Friday the 22nd of May until Sunday 24th.
Opening night: Friday 22nd May from 6pm to 9pm
Opening times: Friday – Sunday 9am – 5pm

Jugglers 14/05/15

Marie Ellis Feature Artist - Peter Kozak

Peter Kozak, Brisbane
- Personally I like things that are handmade. I like to see people’s hands in the work.

Tell us a bit about yourself and your work
I’m 31-years-old. I originally trained in drawing at the Tasmanian School of Art in Hobart, but now work mainly in video and installation. My current practice is concerned with representations of trauma and perceptions of the body.

How would you compare the traditional practice of drawing to the digital approach?
I don’t have much experience with digital drawing. I think the results can be quite similar. I have friends who work mostly digitally, when they show me pictures of their work I often have to ask “is this hand drawn or drawn on a computer?” Personally I like things that are handmade. I like to see people’s hands in the work.

How do you feel the practice of drawing evolved over the past 10 years?
I think how an image reproduces digitally has become a bigger concern for artists working in drawing and other traditional mediums over the last 10 years, with the rise of the internet audience. An example of this, I have a friend who started using thicker outlines in his drawings when he realised that they reproduced better digitally, as it’s more likely that people will view his work online than in real life. For myself also, to document my latest series of drawings I decided to have them digitally scanned because the light pencil marks didn’t translate well photographically.

Why are competitions like the Marie Ellis OAM Prize for Drawing important within Australian Arts culture?
I think more than anything else prizes like the Marie Ellis OAM Prize for Drawing are important for giving artists encouragement to continue with their practice. I got a huge lift from winning the prize in 2012, when at the time I was feeling kind of insecure about my practice.

Why is the practice of drawing important to you?
Even though my practice has evolved more into video work it is still definitely informed by my background in drawing. The first piece of video art that I made, which showed a vapour trail being made and then fading away, is an example of what I would call ‘expanded drawing’ in its use of line, spatiality and temporality.

In what ways did winning the Marie Ellis OAM Prize for Drawing affect your drawing practice?
It gave me more confidence in my work and has helped facilitate a closer relationship with Jugglers.


Jugglers 04/05/15

Cache Collective presents 'Personal Space'

Opening Night – Friday 15th May 6pm – 9pm
Exhibition Open daily from Wednesday 13th to Tuesday 19th May form 10am to 5pm.

Personal Space’ features artwork by: Deborah Gallagher, Sarah Haigh, Natasha Milovanovic, Kate Parrott, Clay Smith and Anna Yum.

The collective of artists will present a series of works on the physical, emotional and metaphysical perceptions of personal space. Artists will reside in the space daily from 13th to 19th May from 10am to 5pm.

For more information please visit to the Cache Collective Facebook Page .

Jugglers 28/04/15