Monday, 15 August 2016

North Sydney Art Prize


Barbara Rogers presents a contemporary approach to 
Japanese resist textiles.

10th August – 3rd Sept  2016
Barometer Gallery

13 Gurner Street

Gallery Open Wednesday – Saturday
12 – 5pm or by appointment.

Hornsby Art Prize, 2016. Call for Entries,

Dear Creative Community Member,

The 2016 Hornsby Art Prize is now calling for entries, so if you or anyone you know would love a chance to win $10,000 cash, now is the time to take part!

The Hornsby Art Prize is an annual art award and exhibition sponsored by Hornsby Shire Council and delivered in partnership with the Hornsby Art Society.
 Entries are now open and close Sunday 18th September.

 Categories include Painting, Drawing, Printmaking and Three Dimensional works

2016 will see an esteemed panel of judges adjudicating the competition. The panel includes, Nick Vickers, Jacqueline Schultze and Karen Ball.

The finalists’ entries will be on display between 17-27 November 2016 at Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre, 25 Edgeworth David Ave, Hornsby.

For more information and to enter visit  

Wishing you all the best with your entries,

Eilysh Toose
Arts/Cultural Development Officer | Community Services | Hornsby Shire Council
 02 9847 6893 
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Sunday, 14 August 2016

Exhibition: Treecycle 2016

And now for something completely different!

Don't miss the Treecycle 2016 exhibition at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, in our favourite venue, the Palm House and also in the Moore room, opposite.
Rock Pools by Holly Cope
OK, so it's wood, and we don't often talk about stuff that's not fibre.

Why is this special?

The wooden items in this exhibition are made from the prunings and felling of trees in the Gardens. Not only that, but the works that have been made by these talented artisans are just beautiful! And many of them are for sale. This is just a taster of some of the amazing items on display.

Dates: 12 - 21 August, 10am - 4pm
Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney.

Leaf by Mel Allen
photo courtesy of the artist
My personal favourites? Some absolutely stunning ukuleles from "Charlie the Uke Guy" (well, that's how he went into my phone!). No photos of these, so you'll just have to go and see. With luck, like me, you'll meet Charlie and he'll play one for you - they have amazing rich tone as well as being beautiful works of art.

And the marquetry leaves, some constructed into chandeliers and other hanging things, by the talented Mel Allen, who kindly supplied better photos of her works when I admired them. Thanks Mel!

Leaf Chandelier by Mel Allen
photo courtesy of the artist
And this stunning clock from Will Matthysen.
Clock 182 by Will Matthysen
I just stood in front of this one for ages, watching all the bits go round and the shadows move. I think my mouth may have been hanging open slightly.

And OK, here's something fibre related... just love that shape!
Yarn Boat by Leon Sadubin

So don't hang about, go now or you'll miss it!

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Short Course Weekend, Sturt Craft Centre, NSW

Range Road & Waverley Parade, Mittagong, NSW
Open Dailey 10 - 5pmSturt Short course weekend August 13th & 14th
We have limited places still available in:

  Watercolour; drawing and painting with Savva
   Ceramics: texture is everything with Byongchan Seo (our current artist-in-residence for Korea)
   Digital Crafting with Rod Bamford (come and see our Shapeshifters exhibition at the same time!)
   Knit like a Viking with Angharad Rixon

To find out more, go to our website at - you can book online
or by calling the gallery on 4860 2083, open 7 days, 10am-5pm.

Wood-fired Pizza on a Plate!

Sunday 14th August 10.30am-2.30pm

Take the opportunity to buy a beautiful hand-made plate and enjoy a serving of piping hot Pizza straight from our wood fired oven.

Be prompt - limited number of plates for sale!

Sturt’s historic pottery will be open for people to visit and have the opportunity to purchase hand-made ceramics in a fundraising event hosted by
Friends of Sturt and Sturt Pottery students.  All purchased plates come with a serving of piping hot Pizza straight from our wood-fired oven.