The art studio at Edith Cowan University (ECU), Bunbury Campus, was humming on Monday, June 8. A group of 21 participants gathered to try their hands at creating 9 x 5 inch panels. The workshop was led by the artistic duo of Helen Seiver and Marina Troitsky, and was funded by ECU and the Art Partners Community Inclusion and Participation Grant from the Disability Services Commission.
Optional outcomes for participants include the opportunity to have their panels exhibited at the Bunbury Regional Art Galleries and ultimately auctioned to benefit Art Partners.
A Bit of Panel History
The 9 x 5 legacy began way back in 1889 when several artists of the Heidelberg School held a 9 x 5 Impressionist Exhibition in the Melbourne Town Hall. Most of the 183 works included in the exhibition were painted on 9 x 5 inch cigar-box panels sourced from local tobacconists.
This is the third year that Art Partners has had the honour of collaborating with ECU on a 9 x 5 inch panel project in which works are created, exhibited and auctioned. To have a peek at what happened at last year’s workshop, click here. This is a sample of the 86 works (in 83 lots) that were created and auctioned in 2014.
It is also the second year in which Art Partners will be the primary beneficiary of funds raised by the auction.
Amazing Array of Works Created
The ECU workshop on June 8, which included print-making demonstrations, made available a variety of quality materials to encourage participants to get stuck in.
Using a considered and restricted colour pallet, Amanda produced a vivid, contemporary abstract.
Taisha Thiel created Outback, a delicate watercolour-pencil drawing.
Julie Leeder busied herself with two panels. One panel, Up Where We Belong, is a mixed media creation of sheet music, acrylic paint and wax. The result is an encaustic, poetic composition.
Using a peacock feather for inspiration, Kiri Aroha Wicks created a multi-layered, mixed media work.
Chris Harris, with support from brother Mike and mentor Ric Stacey, experimented with printmaking techniques, acrylic paint and wax. The symbolism and international cultural influences are evident in his works. We would be remiss if we didn’t mention that one of the most successful prints was created by brother Mike, and was the preliminary work done for The Phantom panel.
Carensa Watts was kept very busy creating panels and documenting the workshop with her camera (thanks Carensa!). For two of her panels, she used lace and acrylic paint to create a lyrical, metaphorical landscape for Meadow and Meadow II.
Billie Griffiths, who worked with Tracey Bastian in the workshop, created a mystical landscape on her panel: pictured here is the work in progress.
Mitchell Avery, who teamed up with mentor Hannah Harper, chose a Mediterranean colour pallet that is evocative of Southern Europe. The name of his gorgeous panel (our feature image) is Spain.
There was an eclectic range of works created and experiments carried out. Here we see two completed works by Eliza Daebler (Waiting and Feathers, Lace and Glitter), Hummingbird by Brian Cheek – with support from mentor Beryl Cuxson – and preliminary experiments with printmaking by Apikara McQuillan.
A good workshop is always better with the provision of technical services. On June 8 we had one of our favourite artist/engineers on duty for just that. Here Ric Stacey is seen gluing a creation on to a 9 x 5 inch panel. In one photo he’s using a baren: a disk-like device with a flat bottom, with which he’s burnishing the creation (with a protective sheet) evenly on to the panel.
Big thanks to ECU for hosting the workshop, to ECU and our Community Inclusion and Participation Grant (Disability Services Commission) for funding, to Helen Seiver and Marina Troitsky for facilitating, to all the participants, to Carensa Watts for most of the photos used to illustrate this post, to Helen for some of the prose for this post, and to Sarah Mills for mobilising participation from the ECU community.
What Happens Now?
The next phase in the project will be a second community workshop on Wednesday, June 24 at ECU led by Helen Seiver and Marina Troitsky. Following that will be an exhibition of selected panels on the ‘Wall’ of the Bunbury Regional Art Galleries, and then the auction at ECU on Sunday, August 23.
Let us know what you think of the panels created on June 8, and if you’d be interested in joining us for the workshop on Wednesday, June 24. We have a few spots available, and you would be most welcome!