Thursday, May 27, 2010

Painted Veils by John Ashcroft

John Ashcroft Blue Veils

(John Ashcroft, Blue Veil, mixed media, 2010)

Coming up next at Town Hall Gallery is the solo exhibition Painted Veils by John Ashcroft. The exhibition begins on Wednesday 2 June.
Working with fibreglass, Perspex, high-gloss automotive paint and motifs found in the discarded garments of op-shops and used-car yards, John creates vibrant low-relief sculptures, which are both elusive and hauntingly familiar. There is a post modernist and deconstructive quality with a sense of foreboding, poetic metaphors for the fragility of life.

Like Russian dolls, the painted veils of our outer skins, what we wear and what we drive, expresses something about ourselves. When we find a garment that we like to wear or a car we like to drive they survive with us in their own way and become our second and third skins. However, the use-by-date is a solemn reminder that beneath these outer veils, we are merely players on the world’s stage with our entrances and our exits.

Now in his 80s, this is the second exhibition John Ashcroft has held at Town Hall Gallery, proving that age is no barrier in creating innovative and thought provoking works.

Town Hall Gallery Curator Mardi Nowak stated, "we are incredibly excited to host this solo exhibition by John Ashcroft. It has been fascinating to see the progression in his works from his last exhibition two years ago. I am amazed at his dedication to create these highly conceptual and original works. Really there is no one out there doing anything like what he is doing."

Painted Veils will be open to the public from Wednesday 2 June until Saturday 26 June.

Visitors can discover more about the processes used in creating these works and the concepts behind them during In Conversation with John Ashcroft on Saturday 19 June from 2pm to 3pm. This public program is free to attend.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Last chance to see some great mosaics!

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(Article above is from the Progress Leader, 25 May, 2010.)

This week is your last opportunity to visit Art From the Heart, presented by the Mosaic Association of Australia and New Zealand, Victorian branch. We will be closing the doors at 5pm on Saturday 29th May.
We are still taking votes for the People's Choice Award as well. The winner will be announced on this blog the following week and the winner gets a voucher. So you still have some time to come in and vote for your favourite work!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Winning works from Art from the Heart...

Seeing we have had a few interstate and also international mosaic lovers wanting to know the outcomes of the judging of the current exhibition, Art From the Heart, we thought we would give you a quick run down!

Judges of the exhibition were Dr. Ray Hearn, a well respected ceramicist and Pam Pilgrim, artist and teacher. I was in the gallery while they were undertaking the judging process and I didn't envy them! There are so many fantastic works that the decision was very difficult.

First prize went to Rachel Bremner for her piece Sunflowers (smalti and unglazed ceramic)...

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Second prize went to Helen Harman for her work Made in Australia (crockery and mirror)

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Third Prize went to Julie Stevens for This Guy (orsoni smalit, cinca porcelain)

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There were two Highly Commended pieces... Pat Judd for her bag Head in the Sand...

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and Sandy Gorski for her Hooting Off the Wall!

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Do you have a favourite that didn't win a prize? Well if you come in to see the exhibition, you can vote for your favourite mosaic artwork as part of the People's Choice Award. The votes will be tallied at the end of the exhibition and not only does the winner get a small gift (not to mention the people's accolade!) but we will also post who won on the blog.

Get voting!!!!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Do you want to learn more about mosaic?

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You can get inspired with our two (yes, two!) public programs that are being held in conjunction with our current Art from the Heart, contemporary mosaic exhibition.
This Saturday 15th May, will see three exhibiting artists who come from very diverse backgrounds, talk about their love of mosaic, what inspires them and the variety of techniques that they use. This program will be held in the gallery from 2pm to 3pm. Light refreshments will be served at the end of the talk and it is free to attend.
The following Saturday 22nd May, many of the Mosaic Association of Australia and New Zealand members will be taking part in the Mosaic Madness workshop from 1pm to 5pm. This workshop is being held in the Community Arts Space (adjacent to the gallery) and any one can come along and try their hand at mosaic, under the skilled and watchful eyes of mosaic artists. The workshop costs $5 and a small materials pack can be purchased on the day for approximately $15.
For more information on these programs, please contact the gallery.
We look forward to seeing you at these two fascinating mosaic programs.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

We Want to Hear About Your Exhibition Idea!

call for entries

Click here to get your application form to exhibit as part of the 2011 Town Hall Gallery program. While you're thinking about what you are going to do, keep an eye out for our postcards that look like the image above! Pop it on your fridge as a reminder to get your application in!
Deadline is 30 June, 2010....

Monday, May 3, 2010

Contemporary Mosaic exhibition opens this week!

Art from the Heart presented by the Mosaic Association of Australia & New Zealand: Victorian Branch opens this week at Town Hall Gallery.

Art from the Heart supports and encourages individual mosaic artists to reflect on their personal inspiration and explore both the medium and form. The exhibition allows the public to learn and appreciate mosaic as an art form, and provides access to a variety of technical and creative aspects. The exhibition also acts as a platform for emerging mosaic artists to develop their art practice.

Several local artists will also be on display in the exhibition, all of which have come from a diverse background to mosaic. Some are mosaic studio teachers, hobbyists and professional mosaic artists; however all have embraced the high degree of skill needed to create these works.

Also included in this exhibition is the 30:30 Vision travelling exhibition. Viewers will be amazed by what these artisans have come up with in a 30 cm square space on the theme of Crusty Oceania.

"This is the second time Town Hall Gallery has hosted this exhibition and we are always wowed by the skill, innovation and imagination of these artists. I guarantee that viewers will be as well". Mardi Nowak, Gallery Curator.

There are two wonderful public programs held in conjunction with this exhibition:

In Conversation: join members of the Victorian branch of MAANZ through a guided tour of the exhibition and learn more about the materials and techniques used in contemporary mosaic.
When? Saturday 15 May 2pm to 3pm.

Mosaic Madness with MAANZ: join experienced mosaic artists and members of MAANZ and try your hand at a variety of mosaic techniques. Please wear appropriate studio clothing to participate. Cost of $5 plus $15 for materials on the day.
When? Saturday 22 May 1pm to 5pm.

For more information about MAANZ visit