2009 Fantastic Grotesque – Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery – September 19-November 1

Many of the works in this exhibition were commenced while I was artist-in-residence in Broken Hill during July 2008, but I completed them later in my studio in Adelaide. The exhibition comprises digital wood engravings, artist books, prints, small bronzes and wooden panels with pokerwork and oil paints. The ideas and images in these works relate to the history of the grotesque where strangeness is more compelling than normality. These works are imagined spaces populated with curious and fantastic creatures, actual and bizarre plant forms, costumed figures, and symbols of chance and renewal.

The opening at BHRAG was great fun, with the three exhibitions attracting a large crowd. Great food and drinks, lots of conversation, and Pam Zeplin’s opening speech was especially clever, weaving together our 1983 ‘Mad Max’ road trip where we were almost run off the road by huge trucks, and comments about my exhibition. (Pictures of the opening by Craigh Marsden.)

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2009 SA Printmaking Forum

In September an exciting printmaking forum was held in South Australia, hosted by the Print Council of Australia, funding assistance from Arts SA, and held at Adelaide Centre for the Arts. A big thank you to APC staff (Damian Kelly and Sue Forster), presenters Sasha Grishin ANU, Julie Robinson AGSA, Robyn Tait ArtLab, open studios Vicki Reynolds AC Arts and Marea Atkinson SASA, speeches by John Neylon and Ingrid Kellenbach, the APC committee members (Diana Davis, Akky van Ogtrop, Jackie Hocking, Georgia Thorpe, Carolyn Canty, Susan Baren, Filomena Coppola, Noreen Graham), the Adelaide exhibition installation team (Margaret Sanders, Sandra Starkey Simon, Vicki Reynolds, Amanda Lawler, Raphaela Mazzone, Mei Wong, Susie Lockery) and Adele Boag, who hosted the APC dinner, and food preparation team (Olga Sankey, Vicki Reynolds, Dianne Longley, Sandra Starkey Simon, Margaret Sanders and Craigh Marsden). (Pictures of SA Printmaking Forum 2009 by Craigh Marsden unless attributed otherwise.)

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Dianne Longley, Convenor of the SA Printmaking Forum welcomes the enthusiastic group gathered for the Forum lectures and presentations Damian Kelly, General Manager of the Print Council of Australia, speaks about the PCA and introduces Sasha Grishin AM, FAHA, The Sir William Dobell Professor of Art History, ANU Professor Sasha Grishin gave two lectures: ‘The digital intervention: The impact of digital technologies on contemporary printmaking’ (Tuesday) and ‘The contemporary artist book: A question of identity’ (Wednesday)
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Audience for lectures and presentations on Tuesday September 15 Sue Forster, Editor of IMPRINT PCA, presentation: ‘Getting yourself into the media and staying there’ Dinner for PCA interstate committee members at Adele Boag’s home (picture Carolyn Canty PCA Tasmania)
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A Moroccan dinner prepared by Adelaide PCA committee members and Adelaide team, was a feast (picture Carolyn Canty PCA Tasmania) Flowers and strawberries for Adele and Dianne (Harvest Queens) at the end of a very happy evening (picture Adele Boag) Open Studio at AC Arts with Vicki Reynolds, Head of Printmaking
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Diana Davis, President of the PCA introduces Jackie Hocking and Akky van Ogtrop for their ‘Building Pathways’ presentations Jackie Hocking, General Manager, Port Jackson Press Australia, and committee member of PCA presenting ‘Building Pathways’ Akky van Ogtrop, Vice President of the PCA and director and manager of major arts events, presenting ‘Building Pathways’
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Lots of informal conversations at the ‘IMPRINT Launch’ and ‘Unveiling of APC Commission Prints’ (picture Sandra Starkey Simon) The ‘IMPRINT Launch’ and ‘Unveiling of APC Commission Prints’, on Level 2, Adelaide Centre for the Arts, attracted a large crowd ‘IMPRINT Launch’ – featuring focus on South Australian printmaking, by John Neylon, author, curator and art critic The Adelaide Review
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‘Unveiling APC Commission Prints’ – by Ingrid Kellenbach, Chief Executive Officer, Adelaide Central School of Art Three of the PCA Commission Prints 2009 on Level 2, Adelaide Centre for the Arts Interest in the speeches, by John Neylon and Ingrid Kellenbach (picture Sandra Starkey Simon)
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Display of ‘SA Print Survey – recent works by city and regional artists’and ‘Helpmann Academy Partner Schools’ student prints’ (picture Sandra Starkey Simon) Display of ‘SA Print Survey – recent works by city and regional artists’and ‘Helpmann Academy Partner Schools’ student prints’ (picture Sandra Starkey Simon) Display of ‘SA Print Survey – recent works by city and regional artists’and ‘Helpmann Academy Partner Schools’ student prints’ (picture Sandra Starkey Simon)