The chance to travel to Melbourne to see your work in an exhibition? Well, that’s exactly what happened to Janine Egan and Wanda Ariano. With financial support from Enable Southwest and the South West Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre, Janine and Wanda flew to Melbourne for the opening of the 2013 Rob McNamara Exhibition at the Collingwood Gallery. This annual exhibition is organised by Melbourne-based field (furthering inclusive learning and development).
4 Fridays 4 Conversations
Janine and Wanda had been part of a collaborative project with mentors Judi McGuigan and Ann Simpson. The foursome – under the guidance of SW artist Helen Seiver – created a four-panel work entitled 4 Fridays 4 Conversations which responded to the theme of ‘Righting/Writing the Direction.’ Art Partners was one of 34 successful applicants from over 150 submissions. Although 4 Fridays 4 Conversations presents four individual journeys, the canvasses are unified by the use of similar media, complimentary colours and thematic elements. Read Josh Zimmerman’s Bunbury Herald article (accompanied by Jon Gellweiler’s photo) about the creation of the Art Partners work and its selection for the exhibition.
When Janine, accompanied by her sister Carlene, and Wanda arrived at the opening at the Collingwood Gallery on Friday, August 9, it was a chance to see beautiful and intriguing artworks, enjoy live music and meet friends and acquaintances, both old and new.
Meeting the field Team
Although Wanda had been to the Rob McNamara Exhibition the year before with a group of Art Partners, this was Janine’s first time, and she had some people to meet. Janine was introduced to Steph Tout from field who was the Exhibition’s Curator. There was a touch of sadness in the air given that Steph, who had curated all of field’s art exhibitions, was in her last day on the job. Steph did promise to stay in touch as she moves on to spend more time exploring the world beyond field.
Janine and Wanda also met field Project Coordinator and blogger Maree Ireland. Maree blogged on the Art Partners 2012 artistic process and trip to the exhibition on her Self Directed Approaches Blog. Maree wanted to know where 4 Fridays 4 Conversations was hanging. Janine and Wanda were able to communicate with Maree verbally and with support from her communications device.
Encounters with Artists and Arts Workers
Carlene struck up a conversation with artist Rachel McBride and her husband Jonathan. Rachel’s stunning abstract work Erratic Shore Triptych (acrylic on canvas) is a significant work, and Rachel and Jonathan stuck close by the painting in order to provide very interesting animation throughout the evening.
Artist Anna Eden recognised Wanda as the two had worked together at DADAA in Fremantle. Anna is now an arts worker with Wearable Arts Alkira and their work Live Up Life (wearable art and photographs) was featured in the exhibition.
If you would like to see more works from the 2013 Rob McNamara Exhibition, stay in touch with field’s website where the images will eventually be uploaded. In the meantime, you can enjoy images from the 2012 Exhibition including Daniel’s Journey by the Art Partners.
Thanks to field for a wonderful evening, and once again to Enable Southwest and the South West Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre for financial support for Janine and Wanda’s trip to Melbourne. Helen Seiver, Judi McGuigan and Ann Simpson, who were participants in the creation of 4 Fridays 4 Conversations, were unable to make the trip to the opening. They were dearly missed. The gorgeous photos for this blog posting were taken (mostly) by Carlene Egan.