Touring Through Winter
Friday June 29 2012
Winter is definitely not hibernation time here at Object touring, with our touring program back in full swing. After a quiet month or so while the exhibitions are on show around the country, it is now a ‘chock-a-block’ time for touring exhibition installations in NSW, ACT, Tasmania and WA.
Our wonderful installer Robert has just come back from Geraldton, WA, after installing Jeff Mincham: Ceramics in the regional gallery there. After a very successful showing at Bunbury Galleries, the exhibition will be at Geraldton Regional Gallery until 21 September. Then it is off to its final destination at Mornington Peninsula Regional Art Gallery in Victoria.
Menagerie: Contemporary Indigenous Sculpture has just been delivered to the National Museum of Australia in Canberra, where it will be installed in the First Australians Focus Gallery over the next 2 weeks.
Another Wet City — Robert Baines: Metal in Cairns
Wednesday April 18 2012
Sandra Brown is Object’s Touring Coordinator. Tasked with managing installs and bump-outs around the country, her travels have recently included navigating floods in Wagga Wagga.
It seems like the rain and water are following me around the country! Just back from wet and soggy Cairns, where I was installing Robert Baines: Metal, which is another touring exhibition for the Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft series.
Cairns Regional Art Gallery is a graceful old building in the heart of the city and is a very popular venue for locals and tourists alike. Object has a great relationship with this gallery, with a number of our touring shows going there. The most recent was Menagerie: Contemporary Indigenous Sculpture last year, and next year HYPERCLAY: Contemporary Ceramics will also show there.
Object-er Alex wins Emerging Australian Ceramic Award
Wednesday April 04 2012
For over ten years, the Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award has recognised outstanding talent in the field of ceramics. This bi-annual acquisitive award is presented in partnership with the Shepparton Art Museum and this year boasted an expanded prize pool of $55,000. The award is comprised of three categories — Emerging Australian, Australian and International — with each recipient receiving a significant stipend to produce a body of work for exhibition at Shepparton Art Museum in September of this year.
This year, the Emerging Australian award was won by Alexandra Standen, a fantastic young artist based in Sydney, who in her spare time can be found greeting visitors at Object Gallery!
Here, we take five minutes to ask Alex a few questions about winning the award, what it all means, and where to from here!
Object Exhibitions on the Move
Thursday March 29 2012
The Jeff Mincham: Ceramics exhibition is on a train to Bunbury, WA, and is currently somewhere in the middle of the Nullarbor. The Robert Baines: Metal exhibition is travelling north to Cairns Regional Gallery, and its travel and install will hopefully be cyclone/water free. Both exhibitions will open at the end of April.
Object’s touring exhibitions are truly national, and we certainly do support the Regional Galleries from east to west, and north to south. Closer to (our) home, don’t forget that Menagerie: Contemporary Indigenous Sculpture is currently out at Dubbo Regional Art Gallery, and HYPERCLAY: Contemporary Ceramics is showing at Watson Arts Centre, ACT.
Menagerie in Dubbo, HYPERCLAY to Canberra.
Thursday March 22 2012
What an exciting week it is for the touring exhibitions department here at Object. After all the hassle of floods around Wagga Wagga, the Menagerie: Contemporary Indigenous Sculpture exhibition has made it safely to its next stop, the Dubbo Regional Gallery at the Western Plains Cultural Centre. With an opening Friday night (23 March) everyone out there, along with Kate Ford our Exhibitions Coordinator, is working hard to get it ready for Dubbo’s audiences.
Down in Canberra, ACT, at the Watson Arts Centre, our installer Robert has been working with the staff there to install HYPERCLAY: Contemporary Ceramics. After its recent showing at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, the installation at Watson is challenging, but comments from Sara and staff down there indicate they are excited with this innovative digital exhibition.
2011 — Object’s Digital Year
Monday February 13 2012
2011 was a big year for Object. In addition to continuing a strong exhibition and touring program (as I write this there are six Object exhibitions open around the country) and developing and piloting our landmark primary education program Design Emergency, we have had some terrific achievements in the digital realm.
The first, of course, was back in February with the launch of Object magazine issue 60. After an eighteen month hiatus, the magazine returned in a digital form, published as a free iPad app. We were delighted when it appeared as a Staff Pick in Apple’s App Store, and even more delighted as the numbers of downloads soared past the printed figures — this shift to digital has seen many more people able to easily engage with contemporary design from Australia and around the world. Exciting also was the realisation that it is not just people in Australia who are reading the magazine — people from every corner of the globe are finding it and enjoying it. Last count was 65 countries and climbing.
HYPERCLAY Catalogue App Available Now
Friday December 16 2011
We’re very excited to announce that the HYPERCLAY: Contemporary Ceramics app developed as part of the touring exhibition is now available for everyone to download from the App Store in iTunes, exclusively for iPad. Divided into nine sections, the app has a profile, process, expert and student video for each of the eight artists, as well as a look at international ceramics, a word from the producer, and a look at material technology.
Designed to take the place of a traditional catalogue, the HYPERCLAY app contains over two hours of video content, some of which were included in the profiles of the HYPERCLAY artists on Object Eye over recent months. The app is free, and a great insight into the works and the artists. If you have seen the show already, you can catch up on any videos you may have missed, and if you plan on catching it over the course of the tour you can get acquainted with the exhibition before it arrives. And if it isn’t touring near you, it means you don’t miss out on all of the great information complementing the works!
Paul Wood — HYPERCLAY
Wednesday November 30 2011
Welcome to the final instalment of the HYPERCLAY: Contemporary Ceramics artist profile series. Every week for the last eight weeks we have looked at one of the artists involved in the exhibition currently on show at Object Gallery in Sydney. Click here to catch up on the rest of the series.
This week: Paul Wood.
Paul Wood graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 1998 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, before going on to attain in 2003 a Graduate Diploma from VCA also. As part of his Graduate Diploma, Wood decided that, rather than create functional objects, he would distort them, transforming them into non-functional objects in the process. You can watch a video of Wood discussing the creation of his work for HYPERCLAY in our Video & Audio Gallery here.
Pip McManus — HYPERCLAY
Wednesday November 23 2011
Welcome to the penultimate instalment in the HYPERCLAY: Contemporary Ceramics artist profile series. Every week for the last seven weeks we have been profiling the artists involved in HYPERCLAY — you can catch up on the rest of the series here.
This week: Pip McManus.
McManus was raised in Perth, where she studied French at the University of Western Australia, before she spent some years travelling through Europe and Africa. She then returned to Australia, studying ceramics full time in Adelaide in the late 1970s before relocating to Alice Springs in 1981, where she has been based ever since.
Addison Marshall — HYPERCLAY
Wednesday November 16 2011
Welcome to installment six in the HYPERCLAY: Contemporary Ceramics artist profile series. Every week we have been profiling one of the eight artists involved in HYPERCLAY — you can catch up on the series here.
This week: Addison Marshall.
You may remember Marshall from his profile in Object magazine Issue 60, with a focus on International Ceramics. If you don’t have an iPad and can’t download the issue, you can watch the video, narrated by Marshall, here or download it through iTunes U.
Marshall spent twelve years working in the fashion industry before a short course ten years ago reignited a latent passion stewing since a night course he enrolled in when he was eight or nine — joining a class where he was the only kid in a room full of adults. Now, he has been practicing ceramics for five years, drawing inspiration from the universe and the unknown — reflected generally in his work, and quite literally here.