Australia Talks

I have 3 fantastic speakers during the festival:
Sunday May 20th, 7.30pm
Professor Sam Smiles, Emeritus Professor of Art History at Plymouth University and Tate Research Fellow will be speaking on ‘Light on the Land – 200 years of painting Australia, looking at the artists’ responses to the Australian landscape, offering a general survey of that history from the First Fleet onwards, but concentrating particularly on the idea of Australian nationhood from the end of the 19c and the more recent realisation that Aboriginal understandings of the land needed to be incorporated, too.
Professor Smiles recently curated the hugely successful ‘Into the Light’ exhibition at the newly re-opened RAMM museum in Exeter.  Tickets are going fast – £3, booking essential through www.naomihart.info or 07763 148619
Thursday May 24th, 7.30pm
Dr Jenny Pickerill, Reader in Environmental Geography at Leicester University (http://www.jennypickerill.info/) will be speaking on ‘Why should we care? Australian Indigenous Environmental politics’. Land is a fundamental part of Australian Aboriginal culture and art and the Kimberley region of Australia is facing huge changes with a proposed Gas plant just north of Broome.  Jenny interviewed many of the key players in the local environmental groups and her work looks at alternatives to mining and gas exploration for the Australian economy.
Saturday May 26th, 7.30pm
Film ‘Jila – painted waters of the Great Sandy Desert’ about the giant communal canvas painted by artists of the Great Sandy Desert as part of their Native Title Claim for their ancestral land to the Australian Government.  Stunning images and moving interviews, followed by
Jane Pedersen, of Bristol University, speaking on ‘Living Waters – Australia through the eyes of the artists’.  Jane has lived and worked in North Western Australia and has intimate links with the artists and people of the region. In summer 2011 she worked in Broome as a research assistant, on a Cultural Management Plan, with the Aboriginal corporation, ‘Nyamba Buru Yawuru’ (NBY) (This is Yawuru Country).

Australia Workshops

Monday May 21st 10am – 1pm  £15/£12 concession
Monday May 21st 7pm – 9pm £12/£10concession
Dotpainting workshop – hands-on, all abilities welcome, no experience needed.  Discover the symbols and signs used by many Australian Aboriginal artists and their meanings and make your own Dreaming painting.  Using ready-mixed paints or colours mixed from natural pigments.  All materials provided.

Wednesday May 23rd 10am – 1pm £15/£12 concession

Wednesday May 23rd 7pm – 9pm £12/£10 concession

Draw, paint, write! See examples of travel sketchbook journals and using paints, pencils, pens, photos, materials, glue and your imagination learn to make your own travel journal.  You might remember a favourite holiday or a journey you love to make, or a walk on Dartmoor.  Naomi will guide you in layout, drawing, writing about your experiences so that next time you travel you can keep your own sketchbook journal.
All abilities welcome, no experience necessary. All materials provided.
Friday May 25th 10am – 3pm £30.  Bring lunch
Bookbinding workshop with Jude Freeman – All abilities welcome, no experience necessary.  Jude will show you basic bookbinding methods and teach you techniques to make your own sketchbook in a day.  Jude’s sketchbooks have been tested in the harshest conditions – the ones she made for Naomi survived 3 months in the outback!
All materials provided

Booking is essential for all workshops – go to the contact page

BBC Radio Devon

I’ll be on BBC Radio Devon chatting to Judi on Thursday 17th May about the Art of Australia festival and the whole road trip last year – crocs, river crossings, local artists, and the red red soil of the Kimberley

Northcott exhibition

I’ll be exhibiting with other Devon Artist Network members at the Northcott Theatre from March 13th to May 18th (the day Art of Australia opens at Hope Hall).

ART OF AUSTRALIA

May 18th – 27th 2012

Hope Hall, Hope Road, Exeter EX2 5HS

Art of Australia – an exhibition  of my new work from the research trip to the Kimberley last year and festival of talks, workshops, films and readings.

18th – opening 6pm- 8pm

19th exhibition open from 10am to 6pm

20th 10am – 6pm.

7.30pm Talk by Professor Sam Smiles, Emeritus Professor of Art History at Plymouth University and Tate Research Fellow

21st 10am – 6pm.

10am – 1pm Australian Aboriginal painting styles workshop led by Naomi Hart,

Dotpainting workshop – hands-on, all abilities welcome, no experience needed.  Discover the symbols and signs used by many Australian Aboriginal artists and their meanings and make your own Dreaming painting.  Using ready-mixed paints or colours mixed from natural pigments.  All materials provided.

£15/£12 concession

7pm – 9pm Australian Aboriginal painting workshop.  Dotpainting workshop – hands-on, all abilities welcome, no experience needed.  Discover the symbols and signs used by many Australian Aboriginal artists and their meanings and make your own Dreaming painting.  Using ready-mixed paints or colours mixed from natural pigments.  All materials provided.   £12/10

22nd 10am – 6pm.

23rd 10am – 6pm.

10am – 1pm Paint, draw, write! Sketchbook journal workshop led by Naomi Hart.  See examples of Naomi’s journals from travels around the world and learn to fill your own. A journey you have made,  a journey you love like a walk on Dartmoor, an imaginary journey to a country you’ve never visited.. materials, photos, paint, paper all provided to let your imagination travel freely.  £15/£12 conc materials included

7pm – 9pm Sketchbook journal workshop £12/10

24th 10am – 6pm.

7.30 pm Talk by Dr Jenny Pickerill, Reader in Environmental Geography at Leicester University: ‘Why should we care? Australian Indigenous environmental politics’

25th 10am – 6pm.

10am – 3pm Bookbinding workshop led by Jude Freeman.  Make your own sketchbook.  All abilities welcome, no experience necessary.  Jude will show you basic bookbinding methods and teach you techniques to make your own sketchbook in a day.  Jude’s sketchbooks have been tested in the harshest conditions – the ones she made for Naomi survived 3 months in the outback!   £30 materials included

26th 10am – 6pm.

7.30pm Film ‘Jila – Painted waters of the Great Sandy Desert’  followed by

Talk by Jane Pedersen  ‘Living waters – Australia through the eyes of the artists’

27th 10am – 6pm.

4pm  – 6pm Closing of exhibition.

Drawing at Hope Hall

More drawing workshops on Saturdays:  April  21st and 28th and May 5th and 12th.  10am to 1pm, coffee and biscuits and materials included, but bring your own if you want.  You can come to one or all, but booking is essential and places are going fast!

Hope Hall

This Saturday is fully booked, but still a couple of places left for some of the other weeks… get in touch soon to book your place.  £15 for 3 hours and coffee and biscuits!

Drawing at Hope Hall

I’ll be leading some more drawing workshops at Hope Hall in Exeter in the New Year.  6 sessions starting on Saturday January 21st at 10am till 1pm, coffee and biscuits and materials including in the £15 price.  All abilities welcome – send me a message to book or enquire.

Pictures at the Picturehouse

I’ve got a couple of pictures in the Picturehouse Exeter Christmas Show… have a look for them if you are in for a film.

Derriford Hospital Plymouth

I’ve just got home from hanging a show on the 7th floor of Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.  In a way, I hope you don’t get to see it, as that might mean you are ill or visiting someone, but if you are there, it’s a pretty good retrospective of the last 8 years of my dot paintings.  I had some really positive comments while hanging it.  All thanks to Simon Ripley who has been working as artist in residence there and was a huge help in hanging and getting it all straight.  The paintings will be up until 24th November.

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