This is a lithograph of my partner before we broke up. Lithography is a printmaking technique using a stone, wax, ink, and water - plus some other chemicals that aid the process. Angela and I have been learning from a master printmaker - Jill O’Sullivan. The finished image above is only a proof. We did the final on nice paper :P I made an edition of 4 in black, and an edition of 3 in red. I had planned to give one to him and his family. I’m not sure now.
Here’s my special report on the Arts Hub rally today in Townsville.
Today Townsville’s arts community demonstrated a unified voice and direction in a public rally for an arts hub in the old TAFE building in the city. The TAFE building, currently owned by the Queensland Government is unoccupied and at risk of falling into disrepair. At the same time, many small arts organisations are looking for spaces to have their studios, galleries, markets and more. Many of the TAFE Building rooms are purpose built for arts and crafts, and the land has a significant courtyard for outdoor events and entertainment.
The community recognises the City Council’s long term plan for a cultural precinct, knowing this will take a long time to plan and bring the dream to life. The Arts community are proposing that the empty TAFE building be used as an interim arts hub right now, promising to look after it, not letting it fall into ruin.
Today’s Rally brought creatives from many disciplines, Visual Art, Craft, Design, Music, New Media, Performance, Textile, Sculpture and more. The demographics were also widely spread with young, middle-aged, and older people all represented. The Rally was organised in approximately 36 hours with over 50 people in attendance, many with large signs and banners, proving their dedication and support for this movement. Councillors and media were all present too, sharing and amplifying the message.
So Studio2 has recently had to leave their current premises on Flinders St, Townsville. This is a sad occasion for me personally, and for the arts community in general. Studio2 have an amazing story of their rise to glory. They started out as a small artist collective who would transform a disused city space into an exhibition space for themselves and other emerging artists.
18 Solo exhibitions for emerging artists …
4 Charity fundraising Exhibitions
15 Group Exhibitions
5 Student Exhibitions
That’s what they’ve done for the community (and a whole lot more, they run workshops for children, have retail space, and taken art outside of their studio to schools, museums, and the public arena).
For me personally… I was in one of their first student shows “Raw & Ready” when I was studying Bachelor of New Media Arts at JCU. Near the end of my degree, I had to do work experience placement. I chose Studio2 and learned a lot about how they operated and what the day to day runnings of the gallery were like. At the end of my placement, I was offered a permanent place at the gallery as a resident artist!