What’s on at the gallery, November 25, 2016

MELLOW YELLOW: Mikkali Rowe, Cotton Road 2016, digital photograph.

MELLOW YELLOW: Mikkali Rowe, Cotton Road 2016, digital photograph.

WAGGA Art Gallery is delighted to welcome the next exciting generation of Australian photographers in bespoken, the ninth graduation exhibition by students from the Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (Photography) degree at the Wagga campus of Charles Sturt University. 

Artists participating in bespoken include: Samantha Cheater, Sara Krahe, Brent Logan, Tayla Martin, Robert Myers, Hannah Nichols, Kyrah Pollock, Mikkali Rowe, Glen Simmons and Joshua Thomas (Honours).

THE gallery is proud to present the talented artists of Wagga’s very first Supported Studio, The Art Factory, in their new exhibition in the E3 art space.

HARDWORK: Kellie Hulm, Paris 2016, acrylic on canvas. Picture: James Farley

HARDWORK: Kellie Hulm, Paris 2016, acrylic on canvas. Picture: James Farley

Throughout 2016, these seven artists with disability from Wagga, Narrandera, Junee and Temora have worked with local colleagues, supported by the Riverina Community College to develop their own innovative and creative arts practice.

The Art Factory showcases the work of artists Layla Bacayo, Wayne Emerson, Dani Flory, Kellie Hulm, Scott Lea, Jacko Meyers, and Steven O’Hara in painting, drawing and printmaking.

All of these artists are well-known across the Riverina’s vibrant arts scene, and have been creating and exhibition for many years in local exhibitions and performances.

The Supported Studio program of The Art Factory provides artists with intellectual disability with a sustained creative environment that supports their individual artistic practice.

Participants receive professional career development through mentoring and networking, alongside technical support and audience promotion, with a commitment to producing and presenting artworks of the highest quality.

The Supported Studio has also marked a new direction this year for the Riverina Community College, a training facility specialising in providing quality education and community programs.

Led by passionate arts and disability supporter Leanne Dyer as program coordinator, the artists of The Art Factory have been assisted by Sarah McEwan as artistic manager and James Farley as studio supervisor.

The Art Factory exhibition is the culmination of a year’s hard work, passion and commitment by these talented local artists.

Visitors are invited to hear them tell their stories and reveal their journeys at the artist talk presentation in the E3 art space on Saturday, November 26 from noon to 1pm.

The presentation will be followed by the official exhibition launch by Kristina Tito, arts development manager at Accessible Arts, from 1pm to 2pm.