Sculpture in Focus 2023

‘Sculpture in Focus’ 2023

The Sculpture Society annual exhibition.

EXHIBITION VENUE: INCINERATOR ART SPACE – 2 SMALL STREET, WILLOUGHBY 2068
WEDNESDAY 9 AUGUST – SUNDAY 27 AUGUST 2023

Exhibition opening hours: Tues – Sun, 9.30 am – 4 pm

Opening: Saturday 12th August 2 – 4 pm


Finalist - 2023 Environmental Art and Design Award

Over 450 entries were received and just over 160 finalists have been selected across the seven Open sub-categories. Wilderness in Flourishing Mutiny was selected as a finalist for the 2023 Northern Beaches Environmental Art & Design Prize – Open Category.

Exhibition dates & times - 4 – 27 August, 10am – 5pm, Tues – Sun

Manly Gallery and Museum

On my neighborhood walk, I pass a brick wall built to give privacy to the house behind it. As with most urban streets, the wilderness is tamed by planting pretty flowers and neighbor approved trees. However, this brick wall has a mutiny of wilderness. Flourishing in the smallest of crevasses, the patchwork of green sprouts grow into miniature trees alongside beautiful green weeds. ‘Wilderness in Mutiny’ offers the idea that while we have impacted vast areas of wilderness and replaced it with sprawling urban areas, the renegade plants have prevailed and if you choose to see, the concrete jungles are in fact flourishing with wild urban plants. In the landscapes of contemporary cities, these plants provide real ecological benefits, and are the overlooked backbone of an emergent green infrastructure.

Materials: Recycled copper electrical wire, smilax vine

 

 


Finalist - National Capitial Art Prize

Thrilled to say that ‘Resilience in the Nest’ has been selected as a finalist in the National Capital Art Prize.

 

Urbanisation has dramatically reduced natural habitat and impacts nesting opportunities for birds at a critical stage of breeding. While watching the CCTV of the Peregrine Falcons in a nest on the rooftop of 367 Collins Street in Melbourne, it struck me that birds living in cities face huge challenges but for resilient bird species, the urban environment can also provide excellent living opportunities. Using a variety of nesting strategies like nesting on human architecture means the birds survive in an urban environment. The key is adaptation. Absolutely something humans will need to learn from these birds to survive climate change.

Dimensions 134h x 84 w 80d (cm)
Medium Sculpture – recycled steel, foraged Hardenberger, recycled copper electrical wire

To purchase it please click here.

Public exhibition:

When: 16 September – 8 October 2023
Time: 10am – 4pm | Monday – Sunday
Where: Aarwun Gallery, 11 Federation Square, Gold Creek


She Flew Beyond - Mosman 2088 exhibition

 

She Flew Beyond has been selected for the Artists of Mosman 2088 - a survey exhibition of the region's thriving artistic community. It has been the home of artists for tens of thousands of years. The exceptional natural beauty of the area has inspired artists of the Borogegal and Carmmeraigal People, then those who formed the Curlew Artist Camps at Sirius Cove in the late 19th century, and countless artists since.

17 March - 23 April 2023.

Random Woven using indigenous Smilax vine.

 

 

 


Weekend Basketry Weaving Retreat 29-30 April

 

 

WEEKEND WEAVING RETREAT – Mosman, Sydney

29-30 April 2023 – Book here

Learn my favourite 4 basketry techniques in 2 days. 

You will be learning and exploring my favourite basketry techniques with materials you can easily access after the class so you can keep on weaving:

  • random weaving with cane + inclusions
  • random weaving with long leafy plants
  • twining with jute with a pattern
  • looping with paper string

By the end of this course you will be confident in multiple basketry techniques.

Tapping into your creativity, like all of my workshops, it is so much more than just learning techniques, it’s an opportunity to tap into powerful creativity that is ready to surface.

Learning at your own pace, in this hands on, practical workshop is all about exploration and experimentation not perfection. While learning basketry techniques, you will be reconnecting with your imagination and creativity.

It’s a small class so you get hands-on tuition from expert weaver, Catriona Pollard.

Suitable for beginners, or weavers who are looking to learn these techniques If you’ve never done weaving before – perfect! You’ll love it and leave with finished basketry sculptures and the confidence to do more.

This course is for you if:

  • You want to learn multiple basketry techniques.
  • You don’t have any experience or want to further develop your weaving.
  • You’re looking for a fun, relaxing creative outlet, and an enjoyable way to spend your downtime.
  • You deserve the gift of a weekend of dedicated weaving with a group of lovely people.

Saturday 29 –  Sunday 30 April 2023 10am – 4pm daily. 

Cost: $460 includes all materials

Where: Mosman , Sydney

Limited spots –  BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL

 Book here

“Thanks so much for an awesome weekend of weaving! It was wonderful to learn a range of weaving styles and enjoy great company.” Jane

“A fantastic workshop.” Jenny


Interview: International Art Textile Biennale 2023

Take a listen to my conversation with Brittany White, Learning Coordinator, East Gippsland Art Gallery about my work and practice in relation to my selection in the International Art Textile Biennale 2023.

Galleries where IATB23 will be shown:

East Gippsland Art Gallery, Bairnsdale Vic                20 January – 18 March 2023

Emu Park Art Gallery, Emu Park, Queensland             15 April – 10 June 2023

Toowoomba Regional Gallery, Queensland              8 July – 26 August 2023

Kyogle Gallery, Kyogle, New South Wales                23 September – 11 November 2023

Moonah Art Centre, Moonah, Tasmania                    9 December 2023- 20 January 2024

Design Centre Sydney, Darlinghurst, NSW               2 February – 22 March 2024

Geelong Art Space, Geelong, Victoria                       5 April – 18 May 2024

 


Random weave basketry sculptures workshops

 

RANDOM WEAVE SCULPTURES WORKSHOPS

Sunday 3 March and Sunday 2 April 2023 (individual workshops)

Time: 10am – 3:00pm

Where: The Barn, Mosman Bay, 3c Avenue Road Mosman. (Free all day parking, next to the Mosman Bay Ferry Wharf).

Cost: $195 inc GST and materials

Bookings:

Click here: Sunday 3 March 2023

Click here: Sunday 2 April 2023

See my instagram for sculptures students have made: click:  https://www.instagram.com/p/CoRKhA3voau/

A full day workshop so you can make and finish a beautiful work of art!

By the end of this course, not only will you have gorgeous baskets or wall sculpture, but you will be confident in this basketry technique.

Join this fun filled all day workshop with weaving expert Catriona Pollard and learn the random weave basketry technique using the wonderful Bangalow Palm inflorescence. The basketry workshop is all about exploration and play – not perfection. Experience and explore sculptural basketry techniques and learn how to create something from found organic material just using your hands and imagination.

It’s a small class so you get hands-on tuition from expert weaver, Catriona Pollard. Materials included, but if you have access to Bangalow Palm inflorescence then bring it along. Once booked, I’ll give you preparation notes.

Suitable for beginners, or intermediate weavers. If you’ve never done weaving before – perfect! You’ll love it and leave with finished a basket or sculpture.

This course is for you if:

  • You want to learn the ancient basketry technique of random weaving, but don’t know where to start.
  • You don’t have any experience or want to further develop your weaving.
  • You’re looking for a fun, relaxing creative outlet, and an enjoyable way to spend your downtime.

COVID safe practices in place. Masks are no longer compulsory, however it is your choice if you wear a mask during the workshop.  If you have a cold/flu or cough please wear a mask.

“A joyous experience. I highly recommend it. Thank you for your kindness, care, instruction, guidance and creativity. Such a wonderful day.” Lynne

“Thank you for your fantastic workshop on Sunday. I have been fortunate enough to find myself collecting and connecting to nature yesterday and this morning. May it stay that way. I love looking at my little sculptural ‘basket’ – it’s colours are changing and it’s just magical – it makes me happy. I feel more centered. Such a gift – thank you again. Kim

“I had a wonderful day creating, learning new skills, using natural elements and sitting chatting with like-minded women.  What a gift to be able to take time out with Catriona guiding us enthusiastically and nurturing our new skills and self-belief.  Thanks heaps Catriona.” Robin

 

Catriona Pollard – Basketry artist and teacher

Catriona Pollard is a contemporary artist who uses traditional basketry techniques to transform foraged plant fibres into organic sculptural works. Her unique sculptural work offers glimpses of shapeshifting natural forms, from unnoticed branches, leaves and seedpods into works that investigate human’s personal connection with the natural world. Engaging audiences to build creative connection with the natural world is a fundamental part of her art practice and her teaching.  By transforming organic material into sculptures, she presents an opportunity to be enchanted by the natural world and the stories it shares.

Through her sculptures, she uses nature as a way to connect with people that goes beyond physical beauty, but touches them in a personal and profound way. Ultimately aiming to reignite people’s relationship with nature for the wellbeing of both the human and more than human worlds.

She exhibits extensively in solo exhibitions, selected and group exhibitions. She has been a finalist in many art awards including 2023 International Art Textile Biennale, National Capital Art Prize, Environmental Art & Design Award (Awarded Highly Commended 2022), North Sydney Art Prize, Australian Fibre Arts Award, Ravenswood Women’s Art Prize, Northern Beaches Art Prize Emerging Artist of the Year Craft NSW and Mosman Art Gallery.

Her artwork is profiled across major art and design media and is featured nationally in galleries, high end design spaces and private collections. Watch her talk about her art at ABC TV and Gardening Australia and read in the feature in Good Weekend, SMH/The Age.  She is profiled in the Book: Woven Together: Weavers and Their Stories (Gingko Press). See the new section for more talks and media.

As a dedicated professional educator, she holds sold out sculptural basketry weaving workshops in Australia and internationally and teaches for design and craft centres. She holds demonstrations for organisations including Museums, and gives artist talks at galleries and community groups. She also established the online SchoolofBasketryArt.com with students from around the world.

Read more about at www.theartofweaving.com.au/about

Refund policy: Refunds up to 14 days before the event.


Exhibition: Composing Earth and Sky

 

 

Exhibition: Composing Earth and Sky

25 March – 2 April 2023

Composing Earth and Sky brings together woven and ceramic sculptural works that explore concepts inspired by natural environments and our personal connection to them.

The sculptures of foraged vines and recycled metal wire references the ancient basketry technique of looping that has been used across human cultures for tens of thousands of years. The looping creates patterns and harmonious rhythms that I witnesses in nature. The sculptures are created in spiritual conversation and meditation with the artist’s natural surroundings, and explore the liminal state between observing with sight and sound and observing with spirit.

By sharing dialogue with the materials and allowing them to inform the narrative of the artwork, it means that stories are formed and shared from the landscape in transformational ways – in a language that provides new meanings and relationships with spirit, nature, humans and the landscape – and the interconnectedness of all.

Concerned with humankind’s detachment from the natural world, the artists use materials that are formed in the earth and grow towards the sky to embody this dilemma.  With their hands and hearts, they work with their material’s innate qualities to co-create forms that respond to their own environment and personal stories.  These are inextricably linked to their landscape - both earth and sky.

By building new foundations and exploring alternative possibilities the artists compose forms that express respect for the tenacity of nature and inevitability of change. Combining human influence with natural processes, the works highlight we are connected by our existence and experience of living together on this planet. By relinquishing control of nature, we move towards harmony between earth and sky.

 

25 March – 2 April 2023

Opening: Saturday 25 March, 2-4pm

Open 10-4pm every day

Barometer Gallery, 14 Gurner St Paddington


Selected for International Art Textile Biennale 2023

So extraordinarily thrilled to be selected for the International Art Textile Biennale 2023.

"The selected works in this award push previously held notions of textile/fibre art, opening a dialogue about what it is to be a textile artist that makes an expression and commentary on content and concept in the 21st Century.”

This Biennale is managed and produced by Fibre Arts Australia and Curated by Glenys Mann. Over 270 entries were submitted from 167 artists from 25 countries including Australia.

Listen to my interview with East Gippsland Art Gallery about my work and processes.

Galleries where IATB23 will be shown:

East Gippsland Art Gallery, Bairnsdale Vic                20 January – 18 March 2023

Emu Park Art Gallery, Emu Park, Queensland             15 April – 10 June 2023

Toowoomba Regional Gallery, Queensland              8 July – 26 August 2023

Kyogle Gallery, Kyogle, New South Wales                23 September – 11 November 2023

Moonah Art Centre, Moonah, Tasmania                    9 December 2023- 20 January 2024

Design Centre Sydney, Darlinghurst, NSW               2 February – 22 March 2024

Geelong Art Space, Geelong, Victoria                       5 April – 18 May 2024