Ku-ring-gai Sculpture Trail

 

Thrilled to be selected for the Ku-ring-gai Sculpture Trail for my woven installation work  ‘Seeds of Hope’. It runs from 3 September - 3 October at the Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden St Ives. Opens daily 9am-4pm.

While you are there take the time to walk around the trails. There are so many beautiful wildflowers out.
krg.nsw.gov.au/sculpturetrail


Spring Show + Open Studio

Pop in and see me at my open studio Spring Show this weekend. Come along to my Spring Show at my Mosman studio where I will have selected works at great prices. 1 - 4 September 2022, 10am - 4pm.

I recently moved to my new studio at Gunshot Alley, Headland Park in Mosman overlooking the bush and the harbour. A move and Spring is the perfect time to do a little spring cleaning to make room for new artworks. Don't miss this opportunity to get some beautiful sculptures at great prices.

Thursday 1- Sunday 4 September 2022, 10am - 4pm.

Suite 1 (corner Suite), 58 Suakin Drive, Gunshot Alley Mosman. It's the last building before Gunners Barracks. Free parking. (Please note, it's not the Headland Park Artist precinct)


Finalist in National Capital Art Prize

 

Thrilled to say that ‘She Finds Her Wings Within Her Cocoon’ has been selected as a finalist in the National Capital Art Prize.

It’s online now for sale and will be part of the 2022 National Capital Art Prize Finalist Public Exhibition will be held at the Fitters’ Workshop in Canberra in from 22 September to 13 October.

Surrounded by thorned vines, just like the overwhelming rhetoric of climate change, she finds wings within her cocoon that gives her hope. Woven using Smilax, a thorny Australian endemic vine, she looks beyond the thorns, to the sweet leaves that can be eaten straight from the vine or boiled and used as tea or medicinal tonic. Shifting her focus – finding her wings – gives her the ability to see how her actions, even if they are small, can be impactful. She takes responsibility for conserving nature and recognising the interdependence between the welfare of humans and the natural world.

100cm x 45cm x 33cms  - woven from Smilax vine.

To purchase it please click here. 


Artist Talk - The Silence of Beauty

 

Click on the image above to listen to my artist talk about my solo exhibition The Silence of Beauty.


WEEKEND BASKETRY WEAVING RETREAT – Mosman, Sydney 27-28 August 2022

Learn my favourite 4 basketry techniques in 2 days in this weekend workshop

Saturday 27 –  Sunday 28 August 10am – 4pm daily. 

Cost: $460 includes all materials

Where: The Barn, Mosman Bay, Sydney

Limited spots –  BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL

 More Info & BOOK HERE

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.

“I was lucky enough to attend Catriona’s workshop. It was truly a blessing to have full days of creativity being guided and taught by someone who is so talented and inspiring.  I learnt a lot, laughed a lot and it felt so good to be part of such a like minded and creative group. It was a special experieince that I will not forget in a hurry.” Allison
________

“This workshop had boosted my confidence and creativity and had taught me practical techniques that I can apply in a myriad of ways. My basketry skills have escalated since doing your workshop! I loved the way you scaffolded each skill we learnt with your teaching style this made the progress smooth and achievable!  Thank you also for your encouragement, reassurance and support.”  Lea
_________

“Led by the dynamic and richly talented Catriona, we mastered new techniques and learned so so so much more about the creative process. It is not always that the practitioner can teach, but despite her own high level of skill, Catriona knew that we needed to learn the elements of the craft before letting loose our imaginations; understood, also, how difficult twining and cording, weaving and binding is for newbies. Patiently she demonstrated and repeated (again and again!) until our hesitant fingers danced to newly mastered rhythms. Her rich imagination and her technical skills together with a profound understanding of the inspiration to be found in natural plant materials enabled us to twine our souls into an exhilarating world of creativity.” Sarah
_________

“I had a wonderful time 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

 BOOK HERE


Awarded in Environmental Art & Design Award

 

Super excited that Deep in the Forest the Faeries Sleep has been awarded Highly Commended in the 2022 Environmental Art & Design Prize.

At 2 m high, I wove her freehand using foraged Muehlenbeckia. (Needless to say my hands took along time to recover!)

I am one of 212 finalists selected from across Australia to exhibit in the annual Environmental Art & Design Prize Exhibition.

Finalists were selected from over 640 artists and designers from across Australia, who submitted works across nine categories

The exhibition is at Manly Art Gallery & Museum and runs across three Northern Beaches venues from Friday 5 August to Sunday 28 August. The exhibition entry is free

 


Solo exhibition - The Silence of Beauty

 

You are invited to my eighth solo exhibition ‘The Silence of Beauty’ at Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf.

‘The Silence of Beauty’ explores our spiritual connection to nature using sculpture to access the visceral and organic landscapes of spirit within nature.

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 exhibition explores how the invisible, non-material realm can uncover the psyche of our place in the landscape, with the objective of reaching beyond the human narrative.

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.

Exhibition details:

When: 13 July - 7 August 2022

Where: Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf, 548 New South Head Rd, Double Bay NSW 2028

Opening night: 6pm, 13 July 2022

Artist talk: 2pm, Saturday 16 July

Opening Hours: Wednesday - Friday    10:00am-6:00pm, Saturday and Sunday  10:00am-5:00pm

Free Admission

All works are for sale: To purchase and see the catalogue click here. 

Here is a walk through of the exhibition:

 


Finalist in North Sydney Art Prize

I'm thrilled to announce that I've been selected as a finalist in the North Sydney Art Prize for my work "Seeds of Hope". A series of them will be installed in the Casuarina grove near the bottom tunnel.

One Sunday I watched (and listened) to small black cockatoos very cleverly eat virtually every nut on a casuarina tree. It took them entire day and they paid no notice to the human standing in awe under them. This led me to undertake research on the birds to understand the species as well as their habitat, and why they were such dedicated munchers of the nuts on this particular tree.

Listed as endangered species, the glossy black cockatoos feed almost exclusively on the seeds of the she-oak cones (Casuarina and Allocasuarina). Humans have had a devastating impact on this beautiful bird species. Their main food source has been decimated due to land clearing for development and farming as well as impacted by human induced climate change.

Due to dedicated revegetation projects by farming groups, government agencies and environmental bodies – humans are working to undo their impact on this species by planting more she-oaks. It’s starting to make a difference, with more sightings reported. This gives me hope – for the glossies as well as humans.

The ‘Seeds of Hope’ sculptures are a representation of the seeds of the she-oak cone using recycled electrical copper.

The North Sydney Art Prize is a major biennial arts event showcasing some of the best in contemporary art from across Australia. This year’s exhibition features over 110 artworks to be displayed across the grounds of the historic Coal Loader site. The 2022 curatorial theme encourages artists to consider the overarching principles of the Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability. In response to the curatorial theme, selected artworks explore sustainability and the environment with many addressing the impacts of climate change and consumerism, as well as responding to the inspiring natural and industrial elements of the site and surrounds.

Exhibition 14 - 29 May 2022 Open Daily 10am-4pm

Venue Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability, 2 Balls Head Drive, Waverton

More information: www.northsydney.nsw.gov.au/artprize


Sticks and Stones exhibition

 

Sticks & Stones - Eramboo Studio Artists’ Group Exhibition

Eramboo Artist Environment
304 McCarrs Creek Road, Terrey Hills

1-3 April 2022 10am - 4pm
Opening celebration: 2 April 2-4pm

Taking inspiration from the bushland environment on Garigal country, the collective of artists at Eramboo are holding a multidisciplinary group exhibition that will showcase a broad range of art styles and creative forms.  Each artist explores and responds to their environment, culture and personal stories in unique ways with many inextricably linked to the landscape and social messaging. Through the selected works, the exhibition will spark dialogue and there will be an opportunity to talk to the artists during the exhibition. Sticks & Stones will showcase unique stone sculptures, fibre art, paintings and digital art by outstanding emerging Australian artists including Catriona Pollard, Ross Halfacree, Paul Cooper, Brett Green, Alyson Bell and Claire Brown.