Access Gallery presents: Clay at Firbank
25 November to 18 December 2017
This exhibition showcased the high quality ceramic based work produced by Firbank Grammar students over the years. Clay at Firbank presented a survey of student work, from learning the foundations of clay construction to masterfully using clay to convey their conceptual ideas in their final VCE folios.
Shannon Smiley: Out of Order
11 November to 18 December 2017
In Out of Order Shannon Smiley, former Bayside Artist in Residence (AIR) at Billilla Mansion, finds beauty in the everyday. Through his works, Smiley explores landscape; his practice is a response to both a predilection for the tradition of landscape painting and a questioning of the inherent values within it.
Balnhdhurr: A Lasting Impression
23 September to 5 November 2017
An Artback NT National Touring Exhibition 2017–2019 produced in association with Buku-Larrngay Mulka Arts Centre. Balnhdhurr – A Lasting Impression celebrates twenty years of onsite print production at Yirrkala Print Space in the Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre in Northeast Arnhem Land.
A diverse array of work showcases the Yolngu respect for clan and country, highlighting the importance of kinship with many prints relating to the creation stories and Law as passed on by their ancestors.
Midwinter Masters: Fictitious Realities
1 July to 3 September 2017
Curated by Robert Lindsay, this exhibition was an exploration of unusual and captivating realities which play with scale. The intricate and realistic detail and miniature scale of the works create a fictitious but plausible other world.
The exhibition featured works by Daniel Agdag, Tom Arthur, Simon Finn, Sam Jinks, Michael C McMillen, Richard Giblett, Colin Suggett, Cyrus Tang, Mark Hilton, Aki Inomata and Liu Zhuoquan.
Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize
7 May to 26 June 2017
The Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize (BAAP) showcases the best of Australian painting with an overall prize pool of $19,000 including the Acquisitive Prize of $15,000, a Local Art Prize of $3000 and the $1000 People's Choice Prize.
Major prize: Michael Vale for Snow (2016), oil on linen, 122 x 92cm.
Local art prize: Jennifer Goodman for Zephyr (2016), oil on linen, 120 x 200cm.
People's choice prize: Gina Kalabishis for Arete no.3 (2016), oil on linen, 152 x 91cm
Finalists: Annabelle ARONICA, Lynne BOYD, Claire BRIDGE, Andrew BROWNE, Matt BUTTERWORTH, Isobel CLEMENT, Jesse DAYAN, Ann DEBONO, Joni DENNIS, Mark DOBER, James DODD, Nanou DUPUIS, Carla EDGERTON, Phil EDWARDS, Robert FENTON, Brett FERRY, Louise FORTHUN & Stewart RUSSELL, Malcolm GARTSIDE, Jennifer GOODMAN, Julia GORMAN, Dana HARRIS, Linda JUDGE, Gina KALABISHIS, Robert KELLY, Robyn KINSELA, Harley MANIFOLD, Jarrad MARTYN, Yuria OKAMURA, Steven RENDALL, Jordan RICHARDSON, Julian AUBREY SMITH, Mignon STEELE, Danielle TOOLEY, Datsun TRAN, Michael VALE, Deborah WALKER, Victoria WATTS, Alice WORMALD, and Daniel WORTH.
Please visit the BAAP website to view the finalists' works.
Access Gallery presents Anna Louise Richardson: Gift Horse
1 April to 23 April 2017
Anna Louise Richardson presented a solo exhibition of large-scale drawing and installation exploring the significance of Phar Lap in the Australian public imagination. Gift Horse dissected the anatomy and career of Phar Lap to discuss the considerable cultural investment in the legend since his mysterious death in 1932.
Gift Horse was supported by the Government of Western Australia Department of Culture and the Arts.
Access Gallery presents James Phoenix: Trans palette painting
18 March to 23 April 2017
James Phoenix investigated the strange visual logic that emerged as he explored two seemingly disparate modes of image-making.
The distinction between considered and detailed still life and quick, spontaneous abstract works blur as their relationship converges across the painting of palette in James Phoenix's body of work. Stacks of bones, sinuous jelly snakes and snow-laden trees existed alongside works with loose free-flowing brush marks to create a mysterious tableau and an ambiguous dialogue between representation and abstraction.
Focused: Photomedia works from the Ten Cubed Collection
11 February to 26 March 2017
Surreal layered images, poignant portraits, production stills, process documentation, quirky collage and traditional photography were all presented as a small snapshot of an ever-growing and evolving private collection.
The exhibition featured works by Pat Brassington, Michael Cook, Rosemary Laing, Alasdair McLuckie, David Rosetzky, Tim Silver, Daniel Von Sturmer and David Wadelton and was curated by Gina Lee.
Bayside Art and Design Graduates: Target
13 January to 12 March 2017
Target was a celebration of the skill and diversity of the art, design, textiles and media created by some of Bayside's talented 2016 VCE and IB art, design, textile and media graduates.
Schools that took part in this exhibition included Brighton Grammar School, Brighton Secondary Collge, Firbank Grammar School, Sandringham College, St Leonard's College and Star of the Sea College.
Access Gallery presents Nanou Dupuis: Level of awareness, conscious, preconscious, unconscious
11 January to 5 February 2017
Nanou Dupuis explored the act of contemporary abstract painting through the concept of preconsciousness as stated by Sigmund Freud: 'Preconscious are thoughts which are unconscious at the particular moment in question, but which are not repressed and therefore available for recall and capable of becoming conscious'.
Dupuis creates a painted environment that defies traditional perspective to expand the two-dimensional static aspect of painting and encourage the reading of the artworks by feeling rather than image recognition.