Saturday, 17 March 2018

Exhibition: The Red Project

In celebration of International Women's Day, North Sydney Council invited 74 women artists to participate in a series of exhibitions to be held at six Council venues throughout the month of March. Both emerging and established artists have been showcased including artists from Primrose Paper Arts, Basketry NSW, the Iranian Women Visual Artist Collective, Bridget Kennedy Project Space, Coal Loader Artists Studio Programme and category winners of the North Sydney Art prize among others.

The artists have developed works in response to the colour 'red' as a colour associated with the earth, energy, strength, power, action, determination, passion, desire and love. Artists have responded to the curatorial theme with great imagination exploiting a range of media including installation, sculpture, new media, mixed media, printmaking, textiles, basketry, paper making and contemporary jewellery.

This significant cultural event provides a broad view of contemporary visual practice whilst celebrating women's resilience, creativity and ingenuity.

Venue 1: March 3-18
Underground Wonderland - Tunnel Chambers 1-24
The Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability
Open 10am - 5pm

Artist - Meri Peach
A curated group of 24 artists who have responded with inventiveness and insight to create an 'underground wonderland' which has transformed the chambers into a series of intriguing and interactive spaces.

Venue 2: March 3-18
Shades of Red - Coal Loader Platform
The Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability
Open 10am - 5pm

A collaborative site specific installation of 32 umbrellas by 23 artists from Basketry NSW. A variety of basketry styles, techniques, materials and fibres have powerfully interwoven the concept that women are resilient, string, passionate individuals who can provide and gain protection, courage and strength thorough togetherness.

Venue 3: March 3-18
The Red Tent - Coal Loader Artist Studio
The Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability
Open 10am - 5pm

A collaborative installation by 14 members from Primrose Paper Arts who have worked together to produce large handmade sheets of paper and unique objects for this extraordinary immersive experience. The concept was inspired by Anita Diamant's book 'The Red Tent' and celebrates important aspects of women's lives.

Venue 4: March 1-24
Sanguine - Bridget Kennedy Project Space
53 Ridge St, North Sydney
Wednesday to Saturday 11am - 5pm

Artist - Jenny Pollak
A group exhibition of new media, found objects and textiles by contemporary artists Anita Larkin, Jenny Pollak and Margarita Sampson, in response to the idea of the 'Sanguine'. Anchored in the body, their work is thoughtful, incisive and transcendent.

Red - its more than a colour - Bridget Kennedy Project Space
53 Ridge St, North Sydney
Wednesday to Saturday 11am - 5pm

Artist - Melinda Young
A group collection of red inspired jewellery by female Project Space artists.

Venue 5: March 1 - April 8
Anahita's Dream - inTransit Art Space
Council Chambers - 200 Miller St, North Sydney
Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm

5 Artists from the Iranian Women Visual Artists Collective have developed work celebrating the ancient Persian Goddess Anahita. She is considered the patron of women, goddess of fertility, protector of the waters, animals and goddess of war. She represents life and death - the mother, lover, protector and destroyer. The exhibition coincides with the Persian New Year celebration. 

Venue 6: March 1 - April 15
Fluidity, Power, Strength - Inside Outside Sculpture Plinth
Civic Park, 200 Miller St, North Sydney
Open daily

A symbolic installation by Ridge Street Artist in Residence Bridget Kennedy referencing ideations of 'woman' using sterling silver, nickel silver, steel, threads, various found and donated beads.

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