July School Holidays 1st-11th July
Kere 0424 604 603 or email firstname.lastname@example.org (or hit reply)
- Rachel Carrol class begins TONIGHT term 3
- Integrative Yoga with Zoe
- Loobylou – Finders Keepers Fri 6th – Saturday 7th June
- Kid’s Art Classes / Lessons
Go on, give yourself the gift of creative space this Christmas!
We have TWO studios avaialbe within the dynamic underground ARTspace. Spots come up very rarely – particularly on this side! Can be double or two singles.
There’s something really special about being a part of a group of creative people, a wealth of information – and a glorious space to boot.
Call us ASAP to arrange a viewing. 0424 604 603
SO WHAT IS THE ARTSPACE?
Simply, a space for the ARTS. A destination/location/platform set up by Kere M Baker of Red Olive Studios (retail and design). In an effort to provide affordable Studio and Exhibition space, somewhere for local creatives to, well, create…the underground ARTspace was founded.
Initially ARTspace flew under the Red Olive Studios banner, however the ARTspace itself has been the core of it all,the constant, a continuing.
Our goals and plans for the New Year are to continue to educate, create and become more of a collective. We are looking at hosting kids and Adults Creative classes, both with our own Artists network, and with others coming in to host their own – so there’ll be lots of opportunities and perspectives.
WHAT OF THE ARTSPACE…
t’s a great little ‘underground’ spot at 294 Sydney Road, Balgowlah which we’ve turned into Studio and Gallery space for local Artists. It’s been a LONG process – lots of learning along the way, but I’m really stoked about all of it – including the Artists and creative folk you’re surrounded by on your own creative journey.
It’s an Underground space, which is quite special – there’s a kind of exclusive, boutique feel about it. It’s raw and industrial, and pretty unique really. There’s also an incredible backyard which has seen many days with easels and paint on sunny days, bubbles and tealight candles on opening nights…Something for everyone! We’ve had the studios running since Easter 2010, and the Gallery part of the space officially opened with astounding success on August 5th 2010 with the group show ‘Editors Pic(k)s’.
It’s a really wonderful space, with kitchen and full bathroom facilities, an incredible leafy and inspiring backyard and in the company of some beautiful and talented like minded people.
Even if you’re not looking for a Studio or Exhibition space, you might be wanting to run workshops or seminars or host lectures or functions or hold Art classes, – all of which we’re really open to having a chat about. I’m personally wanting someone to do some hebel sculpting lessons – that’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time…Watch this space!
I had to share this with you, so inspired and excited am I by our recent little escapade to Canberra. A random last minute trip, but I didn’t hesitate, knowing it was a chance to see this Exhibition. My good friend and photographer Cade Turner is an HUGE fan of Turners work (if you ask me, a modern day reincarnation using a different medium – but Cade love is another blog for another day) and he raved about it.
I’m not hugely familiar with J.M.W Turner, but what little I did know included that the man was a master of light. That’s a pretty big call, not always true when people say it – but in this case, it’s the understatement of the century. I’m not going to waffle on too much (for a change), but simply share one of the first things that happened as we entered the Exhibition , and a few of my favourite images. (As an aside, I couldn’t believe how many people there were taking photographs, but mine are a bit crap as I still felt like a naughty school kid with a contraband iPhone!) Ok, so we walk in – and I was immediately struck by the depth of one piece – the light (obv.) the moodiness, the technique….and then my daughter Lanya (age 11) says to me, “Wow Mum, that painting is only a few years after Australia was ‘discovered.’
And it took my breath away, made me open my eyes in a completely different and proofed way. She was right, these pieces were beyond our accepted definition here of ‘historical.’ I wasn’t even a twinkle in the eye of my Great great great greats … you get me? It was a snapshot of how I imagine I’ll feel when I walk the ground of Chartres Cathedral, or feel the Mayan ruins. We think we’re so clever with our savvy technology and our ‘innivative’ techniques and materials. We’re simply re-runs of a long long line before us…The collective consciousness of Creativity I often waffle about…here was a lynch pin among it.
Anywho, I digress and I waffle – I’ve made a career of it, but I will go and share my images with you. I was going to write a bit about each piece, what it meant, how I felt – but I won’t. I’ll let you have your own experience. Hopefully I’ve shared enough that you will want to see if for yourself. Do go if you get a chance. I’ll be posting soon about the trip to the National Portrait Gallery – it’s worthy of it’s own post..
About the exhibition (THE OFFICIAL STUFF)
J. M. W. Turner (1775–1851) is one of Britain’s greatest artists, a key figure of the Romantic generation. He is celebrated as a highly modern painter, his work much admired for its experimental character.
Turner’s paintings and watercolours are highly coveted by museums and collectors, and widely dispersed internationally. Only at the Tate can we gain a full sense of Turner’s aims and achievements. The artist’s gift to the British nation was originally limited to the finished paintings exhibited in his lifetime, many of which he retained or re-acquired with a view to his donation to the national collection. The larger settlement, after the artist’s death, meant these paintings were supplemented by the contents of his house and studio.
Turner from the Tate reflects the diversity of this unique collection. It provides a comprehensive overview of Turner and his artistic development, while offering extraordinary insights into his working life and practices. The exhibition consists of 40 oils complemented by 70 works on paper, from large watercolours to intimate sketches. Elsewhere in the exhibition we see how Turner set himself up as the heir to the European landscape tradition. Featuring remarkable paintings of Turner’s late career including the exquisite Venice, the Bridge of Sighs 1840, the exhibition culminates with powerful seascapes.
As well as many of Turner’s most famous paintings, Turner from the Tate highlights works never shown previously. The exhibition offers fresh perspectives on an artist who was valued as a master in his own time and whose impact was felt as far away as Australia.
Turner from the Tate: The Making of a Master is organised by Tate in association with Art Exhibitions Australia, Art Gallery of South Australia and National Gallery of Australia.
You didn’t REALLY think by winding up the retail space, I’d lay low did you?
Some of you are aware of this, others will be hearing for the first time now! My kid and I have been getting our creative and colour on, and have come up with ‘louie & I’ handmade and homemade jewellery.
The idea kind of cemented itself when she didn’t get in to Mosman High – as a distraction, and a reminder that she was a valid creative kid and her ideas were pretty fab! I’m pretty stoked with our results so far… Hope you enjoy browsing our Etsy shop 🙂
THANK YOU for browsing, and remember you are not just supporting Handmade, or even Homemade; you are supporting family – and that’s kind of cool on any level.
There are no corporations or entities here – simply a Mum and her girl trying to live a hardworking, creative life. Thanks for continuing to make that possible, and believing WE CAN DO IT.
Live your dreams 🙂