I’m really enjoying my residency at The Artery.
I breakfast with the birds each morning, book by my side, ready for reading.
Today I made my version of Phil’s version of someone else’s version of Arped’s original picture that started the SECAN Chinese Whispers project. I’m on the team that will be hanging the exhibition in the gate 6 Gallery ready for our Christmas breakup event. I’m not showing you the picture because it’s a secret, like the children’s game where the secret is passed on from one to the next, getting distorted along the way.
Then time for a cuppa and catching up on my communications. I’ve had some great messages since I got here. The result of one of my Arts applications has been signed off by the CEO and YES! I’m pleased to say I’ve been successful with the Small Change Grant. This will pay for the delivery of one of the exhibition workshops during the January holidays.
Another email contained a confirmation that Mayor Cr Brett Owen will launch my exhibition and book at 7pm on Wednesday 8 May 2017, at the Cardinia Cultural Centre. Starting to look good! The touring project with its community engagement is coming together nicely.
By lunchtime my morning’s art was dry, but a bit buckled. So I set it to flatten under a pile of books and set off to Warrnambool Art Gallery to see Shawn Tan’s ‘Somewhere Nowhere’ exhibition of paintings and drawings,
and Jenny Noyes’ sculpture exhibition, ‘Performance on an Egg’. The two shows complimented each other with references to birds and eggs and delicate ecosystems upon life’s spheres.
On my return, I wandered down The Artery garden and stepped down into the garden next door, where I found sandstone sculptures decorating the rambling beds, and the sculptor, Merran, and her apprentice, Karen, happily hammering and filing on the back porch