South Coast Ceramics

South Coast Ceramics has emerged from three independent South Coast Ceramic Artists collaborating to create a central website that allows customers to choose options for classes, studio access and handmade ceramics according to their individual needs. 

They say the universe is a perfect place and in our case it was.

Almost 3 years ago, Zeynep @gerroapotterystudio set up her home studio in Gerroa and was attending the Gerringong Markets regularly to sell her work. At the beginning of 2018, Donna @crooked_river_pottery met Zeynep at the markets and told her story about not having touched clay for over 20 years. Zeynep encouraged Donna to come and create in her studio, use the facilities and just enjoy pottery again.

Fran @kiamaceramicartstudio too, had recently moved into the area and happened upon the studio to come and continue working with clay whilst she got settled. Late in 2018, when Zeynep needed major ankle surgery, both Donna and Fran agreed to keep her studio operational while she recovered.

Then as Zeynep’s ankle improved, Donna and Fran started on their own ventures to open their own studios. The beginning of 2020, saw their dream and vision to open their own independent studios come to fruition . All three of us have enjoyed working together for almost 18 months so we thought of a way to keep collaborating.

After all, isn’t that what it’s all about, women supporting women? ‘There’s enough room for all of us’ is what Zeynep’s been saying every time someone asks about competition. We just know this is the beginning of something great for the South Coast!

KIAMA, Kiama Ceramic Art Studio, Frances Smith  

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GERROA, Gerroa Pottery Studio, Zeynep Testoni 

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NORTH NOWRA, Crooked River Pottery, Donna Weatherby

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Ceramics for Experienced Artists

Expressions of Interest

We are calling for expressions of interest from three experienced 2D artists living in the Kiama region – painters, print-makers, photographers etc – who would like to experiment with artistic expression in clay. We will be running special one-on-one workshops for each of the selected artists over five half-day sessions.

Pottery teacher Fran Smith says: “I have worked with paint and print artists before, and it was very productive for them and me. Some of the artists used the surface of the ceramic as a kind of canvas, while others looked at the entire vessel – its shape, texture and form – to create interesting integrated art forms”.

The workshops will include all materials, firing and final photography of the finished work and cost $350. The pieces will be exhibited later in the year at the Firestation Gallery, but the finished works will remain the property of the artist to sell or to keep.

SeeChange 2020 Online

Vanessa Barbay. Falling (Spring Kookaburra) 2020

Making Community

Although this winter Jervis Bay and Basin Arts has not been able to stage a physical version of the SeeChange Festival due to COVID-19, we are pleased we have been able to create an online gallery to exhibit and sell work by Shoalhaven artists and makers. 

We warmly Invite you to visit SeeChange 2020 Online, view the Making Community Exhibition and vote in the People’s Choice Award. Browse and buy a wonderfully diverse range of visual art, small sculpture and crafted objects – every purchase supports local artists and makers. Vote for the work you most admire. The winner by popular vote receives $500. View until 30 September / Vote by 31 August

Visit SeeChange 2020 Online

We sincerely thank our sponsors for supporting SeeChange 2020. In particular, we would like to acknowledge Shoalhaven City Council for providing additional financial support from the Bushfire Community Resilience and Economic Recovery Fund.

Summer of Fire

Even before COVID-19 forced SeeChange 2020 into an online format this winter, our community’s arts festival had already been radically changed by the impacts of the summer’s devastating bushfires in the Shoalhaven. Unsurprisingly, the fires are a powerful and recurring theme for artists exhibiting in Making Community. Take some time to delve into the exhibition, read what the artists have to say about their work and their experiences in the summer of fire.

Christopher Jansch
This current body of work records the traumatic experiences of being directly affected by the devastating Currowan bushfires at Conjola Park on New Year’s Eve. Apart from loosing my home and everything in it, I also lost my studio and many irreplaceable artworks.

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Richard Morecroft
The Burn, 2020.
Mixed media – acrylic, bitumen, stone and aluminium on marine ply. 60cm x 90cm.

There can be a strange beauty in destruction. Fire reduces the immense complexity of a living system to the grim architecture of glowing carbon and drifting smoke. But the structural ghosts of what existed before are still implicit in whatever remains.

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Julie Cunningham
Restoria Botanica, 2020.
Limited Edition Digital Collage Print. 50cm x 72cm unframed.

After the fires I felt the need to make this work celebrating the regenerative powers of nature using photographs I have taken in the Shoalhaven.

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Creative Dialogues is now a podcast series

Episode 1 & 2 of the Creative Dialogues professional practice series are now available to listen to here!

Episode 1: New Media & Creative Technologies is for traditional arts practitioners wanting to upskill, or science / engineering / education specialists who are keen to bridge the creative gap.

We talk to Virtual Reality content producer, Jane Venegas, Creative Technologist, Abhiruchi Chhikara and Dr Jo Law and Dr Agnieszka Golda, the artists behind the Spinning World project at the Powerhouse Museum (part of UOW’s Global Challenges).

Episode 2: For Joy & Mess we managed to snaffle the hugely entertaining The Listies, artist and educator, Jill Talbot and the Early Start Discovery Space’s Martha Johnson. This is a ‘must listen’ for creatives working with, or thinking of working with young children.  

Episode 3 The State of Dance is available soon and is with Shaun Parker & Company’s Artistic Director Shaun Parker, Austinmer Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director Michelle Forte and Dancer & Choreographers Emma Saunders and Amrita Hepi.

We’ll be posting more of the Creative Dialogue podcasts from the Creative Wollongong Facebook page in the coming weeks so keep your ears tuned!

More information here

Curio Gallery Celebrating NAIDOC 2020

Exhibition Dates: Now until 3 August 2020

Artworks currently on exhibition in Curio Gallery include local celebrated and emerging Aboriginal artists.

A beautiful artwork called ‘Goanna’ by Tynan Lenihan from Coomaditchie United Artists and Screen prints created, as part of a project called MIDDEN, by young Aboriginal children and their families at Bellambi are also on display.

The Midden Project is coordinated by Nin & Nate, a creative collaboration between Linda Kennedy (Yuin) and Nathan Leslie (Gamilaraay).

The Community Industry Group liaised with Aboriginal artists including Catherine Moyle, Linda Kennedy and Coomaditchie Artists to present this NAIDOC exhibition.  
 
Image 1 – 3 x artworks by Coomaditchie United Artists
* Dance of the Brolga by Alison Day
* Dragonflies by Lorraine Brown and Narelle Thomas
* Frogs by Lorraine Brown and Narelle Thomas

Image 2 – 1 x artwork
* Survival and Homecoming by Catherine Moyle 

Curio is a ‘large display windows’ gallery located on Church Street in Crown St Mall, Wollongong 

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST – CURIO GALLERY

Artists are invited to apply for ‘6 week’ exhibition opportunities at Curio Gallery between now and June 2021. Curio is a ‘large display windows’ gallery located on Church Street in Crown St Mall, Wollongong 

More information about how to apply here
Deadline for submissions is 5pm on Monday 3 August 2020

Please send all Expressions of Interest marked 
Private & Confidential to:
‘Curio Gallery’
Cultural Development
Locked Bag 8821
WOLLONGONG DC NSW 2500
Or
Email Submissions to: culturaldevelopment@wollongong.nsw.gov.au 
For further information call Sue Bessell on 4227 7599

Kiama Art Workshops

How wonderful that COVID-19 restrictions are finally being eased and a very big welcome back to you all!  We have been busy rescheduling our workshops and all our new dates are listed on our website. You can now book online paying by credit card or PayPal. To ensure the safety of all our teachers and students, we will be taking precautions recommended by NSW Health COVID-19 guidelines in all our workshops.

To kickstart our return, we have a weekend with the lovely Michele Elliot and her “Fragments and Threads” workshop on Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th July.  If you like the idea of slow stitching and using up remnants of fabric you have had forever, as well as learning some new skills along with good conversation, then this is the workshop for you. Michele will guide you through a series of exercises incorporating basic drawing, collage and composition along with the Bengali technique of kantha to produce a series of small fabric works and samples.  Oh and you don’t have to be able to draw, that part is just for ideas!  This will be a nice and relaxing weekend to be enjoyed by all, hope you can join us.  For bookings click here.

August is a busy month with Magdalena Pillai returning for our Silver Jewellery workshop, followed by Flowers in Oils with Megan Seres and finishing with Botanical Watercolours with Sarah Cole.  These classes are filling up quickly, so don’t miss out!  We hope to see you soon!

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Artist in Focus

Rose Jewellery Designs

Rose Jewellery Designs was started in the Shire studying with Hazelhurst Gallery and Etelage. I focus on bending in crystals, pearls, shell and European. The jewellery is handmade in Kiama, I work in repair, revamp and new designs. I work with beading; She’ll, crystal, gemstones, glass, European, etc.
I am also part of the Kiama Arts Trail.

Sign up and join the Weave Artist Directory for free. Need help signing up, contact your relevant Council Cultural Development Officer:

Live Stream Extravaganza w/ 19-Twenty, Roshani & Brandon Dodd

20th June – 8.30pm AEST

19-Twenty have teamed up with THE BEST ‘streamers’ yes that’s a word, in the business, Pluto Entertainment, and are bringing you over 2 hours of good vibes DIRECT to you in your home!

Best thing is you can pay what you want!! WOOHOO! Also playing a set are the Incredible Roshani & Brandon Dodd (Grizzlee Train, Kasey Chambers) ! It’s sure to be an absolute cracker! Get your tickets below.. So proud of this lineup and super psyched for us to join you in your loungeroom!

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Brandon Dodd

‘Brandon Dodd writes songs using the timeless ingredients of simplicity, honesty and rawness. ’ – Bernard Fanning


From a simple upbringing in a little Australian beach town in NSW to travelling the world on stage after joining Kasey Chambers band at just 19 years old as her guitar player, Brandon Dodd, now 24, has already experienced more than most musicians dream of in a lifetime.

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Roshani

From dirt poor beginnings in Sri Lanka to explosive multi-instrumental powerhouse, ROSHANI’s music is as captivating and uplifting as her life story.

Her father the village drummer, her mother the singer, impoverished and with no hope, had to give ROSHANI up for adoption. At 6 weeks old fate led her to the other side of the world, to a musical family living in music capital Tamworth.

ROSHANI’s music defies pigeonhole, timelessly crossing genre. Using loop pedals to lay down guitar, harmonica, keys, percussion and a voice that gives you goosebumps, ROSHANI developed her one-woman show while living in her van, busking on the streets and travelling wherever the wind took her.

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Dissecting Award Winning Shots: Landscapes – Vol1

I have released my new eBook: Dissecting Award-Winning Shots: Landscapes at a special launching price of US$39.90

Click here to view ebook

With 20 articles and 150 pages in total,  there is a lot of valuable information to gain from this book.
Foreword by Paul Hoelen Master of Photog. II Commentaries by Peter Eastway Grand Master of Photography

I hope you have enjoyed my 10 Ingredients of Composition Mastery eBook and I also hope you enjoyed the Dissecting Award Winning Shot Articles that I have been sending to you in the past few weeks.

Much time, thought, and consideration has gone into its creation and how best to condense 23 years of experience and hard-earned knowledge into an engaging platform that offers dashes of both inspiration and education.

If you enjoy my work, please purchase a copy of my new eBook here.

If you can’t afford to buy at this time, a great way to support me would be to share this with your photography friends and family. I would really appreciate it!

Meroogal Women’s Art Prize 2020

Entries are now open for the Meroogal Women’s Art Prize 2020, with a prize pool of over $10,000. 

Female artists from across NSW are invited to submit works, in any medium, that respond toMeroogal, an 1880s house museum located in Nowra. Selected artworks will be displayed and photographed throughout the property, throwing new light on the personal stories of the people who once lived there.

This year, SLM is waiving the artist entry fee to make the prize as accessible as possible at a time when support and kindness are most needed.

Entries close 3 August 2020.

Further details are available on our website at https://slm.is/meroogalartprize

Joe Mungovan

I’ve been busy creating videos with some friends of mine for the past few months.  Here is the first of them – a live stripped back version of my single ‘Be With You’ with a guitar, two microphones and a loop pedal.

I will post another video in the coming weeks, so if you want to keep up to date with it all, you can subscribe to my youtube channel here – https://www.youtube.com/user/Mrjoejoejoe36

Regional Arts Boost Fund

Immediate, mid and long term funding for individuals and organisations strengthening the fabric of the creative ecosystem in regional, rural and remote Australia.

Regional Arts Australia are proud to announce The Recovery Boost — a one-off targeted investment provided by the Australian Government. The funding recognises that the creative industries are central to thriving and healthy communities across regional, rural and remote Australia and that arts and culture activities are vital in the recovery and renewal process. 

The Recovery Boost grant program will be implemented in three stages moving from Relief to Recovery and Renewal.
 
RAF Relief
Relief grants are designed to assist regional artists, arts organisations and communities to meet their immediate needs. This could include asset replacement or purchase, support for arts practice (including self-directed residency/research and development), small projects and professional development opportunities.
 
RAF Recovery
Recovery grants are designed to meet the medium-term recovery needs of artists, organisations and communities. Projects in this program should focus on activities that assist in recovery from bushfire, drought, and/or the impacts of COVID-19.
 
Project activities could include creative recovery projects, training programs, operational recovery plans, asset purchase or replacement (up to $5000) and the development of risk plans and emergency operating procedures and responses.
 
RAF Renewal
Renewal grants will provide up to three years of funding to support projects that have strong partnerships and demonstrated long-term outcomes, with a sustainable future-positioning focus.
 
These projects will be strategic in nature. Collaborations across State and Territory borders will be encouraged. The projects can be process-driven and provide an opportunity to think beyond ‘snap back’ and to consider renewed arts practice and learning processes.
 
Project activities could include partnership projects, community events or programs, First Nations-led renewal and wages for workers (First Nations worker positions will be encouraged).
 
Applying to the RAF Recovery Boost
The Recovery Boost funds will be delivered through the mechanisms of the Regional Arts Fund. This is a place based program that is designed to meet the needs of each jurisdiction and best practice recovery and responsiveness.
 
Please check your relevant Regional Program Administrator’s website for further information towards the end of June.
 
The RAF Recovery Boost program aims to strengthen the fabric of the creative ecosystem across regional Australia with sustainable, long-term support that can inform and strengthen a robust creative sector.

Fern Street Gallery

Fern Street Gallery – The South Coast Destination for Art Lovers, reopened on Friday 5th June 2020. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 10am-4pm. They have also created a beautiful video from the gallery (credit to Resident Artist, Jon Harris Photography), feel free to share it far and wide:

Who’s in the Window?

This fortnight the new display in the gallery window is by Resident Artist Vanessa Anderson.

Meet Resident Artist Vanessa Anderson

Having been born in South Africa and immigrating to Australia 20 years ago, Vanessa’s artworks draw on a personal history of experiences and imagery that are inspired and informed by both these countries, their distinctive landscapes and creatures. Her unique blend of symbolic imagery, still-life and surreal landscapes are significantly influenced by what she sees and feels in the world, striving to create a unique, authentic voice.

“When I start a piece I never quite know what I want to say but then a visual conversation begins and it evolves into a fantastic, quirky dialogue of beauty, fragility, loss and hope. This gives me joy. When this conversation resonates with someone else, the viewer, I am truely grateful. Presently I am creating a series of works on paper. Small and intimate, they have been the perfect medium to work with during recent social distancing restrictions and best support my internal processes and reflections of Isolation and COVID19. It is evident that I am repeatedly drawn to landscapes and creatures, particularly the South Coast because they are a fantastic colourful metaphoric language and when used in an unusual context they create a meaningful dialogue for the soul.”

Vanessa Anderson

Artworks by Vanessa Anderson

“Ring a Ring o’ Roses” by Vanessa Anderson
Acrylic and Ink on Paper
46.5cm x 61.5cm (Framed)
$550

When talk of a worldwide pandemic first started circulating in the media and there was widespread panic toilet paper buying, this work surfaced. I work with children and one of the nursery rhymes we sing is Ring-a-ring o’ roses. I have always been fascinated by nursery rhymes and how dark they can actually be. Sung to a bright tune they touch on societies dangers, suffering and loss; they can be a cheerful warning system that is passed on from generation to generation. Amazingly here it was, a nursery rhyme sung into reality “A-tishoo, A-tishoo we all fall down”.  Similarly, my artwork explores the prospects of a plague in an equally dark, beautiful and serene manner.

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“I Know I’ll Be Stronger” by Vanessa Anderson
Acrylic and Ink on Paper
47.5xcm x 61.5cm (Framed)
$550

This is essentially a picture of freedom and hope; a belief that the dark ultimately leads to the light and the fish that was once confined is literally set free. This is a recurring theme for me and although I am playing on current events such as the ending of
isolation and a plague (depicted by flies); this work really speaks to a wider theme of liberation after suffering.

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“Easter 2020” by Vanessa Anderson
Acrylic and Ink on Paper 
63cm x 50cm (Framed)
$550

This work was literally born out of the restrictions imposed during the Easter long weekend. I was based in Newtown at the time and prevented from travelling to Kiama or spending time on Sydney beaches; there was nothing about 2020 that had been normal so far and I had time on my hands. In my desire to mark this unprecedented event, perhaps a once in a lifetime pandemic, and its
worldwide repercussions, Easter 2020 came to life.

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Want to see more artworks by Vanessa Anderson?

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Current Exhibition

FErn Street Gallery follow all required Covid-19 Government guidelines for galleries – please don’t let that stop you from supporting us. Please sign in when you visit (details only for the  Health Authorities to track Covid-19 cases in case of outbreaks. Your details will be kept safe, not shared and will be destroyed after 28 days). Please keep at least 1.5m apart from other people at all times. Please use the hand sanitiser provided, before and after artwork purchases. Thank you for keeping our artists, community and yourself safe.