Thursday, October 24, 2013

Of light

I went to the opening of 'Of light: reflections on colour' exhibition to celebrate the 2013 Banyule Award for Works on Paper last night at Hatch Contemporary Arts Space in Ivanhoe which was opened by my colleague and fellow public art committee member Artistic Director Dr Vincent Alessi from LUMA - La Trobe University Museum of Art and Councillor Jenny Mulholland.
Image via Banyule Council website
It's a beautiful, colourful and interesting exhibition of finalists' work and the calibre this year is really outstanding.  The winner, Tai Snaith, was announced by the Banyule Mayor Councillor Wayne Phillips for her work featuring the humble old polaroid camera.  There are a number of high profile artists on show including Eolo Paul Bottaro, Ellie Malin and local Ivanhoe artist Wayne Viney amongst them.
Banyule Award winner - 'Fistful of Wishes' 2013 by Tai Snaith
Gouache, watercolour and ink on paper 105cm x 75cm
It must have been the day to highlight art in the area as The Heidelberg Art School Foundation breakfast with Professor Geoffrey Blainey AC and art historian Dr Gerard Vaughan was held in the morning at The Old England Hotel in Heidelberg.  The owner, Tom Payne, also heads up the foundation as part of his involvement with Rotary and has been pushing for a gallery celebrating The Heidelberg School of artists for some years now.  It looks like the proposed Impressionist Lab may become something more of a reality given the article in The Age online from yesterday and in fact, it is something I hope to see happen in my lifetime.  I was watching Edmund Capon on ABC's The Art of Australia who also spoke about The Heidelberg School in the first of the three part series on Tuesday night and it's hard to fathom that there is currently no gallery in what is considered to be the birthplace of Australian art.

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