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A blog about my artful life and creative events that may happen. May include details of my haircut at the time and what clothes I was wearing. Not really, but it’s more personal than professional. Never the less, you could learn a lot!

Projects and End of Traineeship!

I’ve now been working at Umbrella Studio for 2 years! Just last week I handed in my last assignment as part of my business administration certificate 4 course, and I received a call to say I’m qualified this week. The

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Studio2 and the Arts Hub

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So Studio2 has recently had to leave their current premises on Flinders St, Townsville. This is a sad occasion for me personally, and for the arts community in general. Studio2 have an amazing story of their rise to glory. They

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Teaching Sumi-e

Last weekend I facilitated a workshop at Umbrella Studio. We have a Chinese exhibition on at the gallery, and it was Chinese new year, so we decided to hold a public program where people could come in and learn asian

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Lecture at JCU: Reflecting on Design

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This morning I gave a presentation to Dr David Salisbury’s class about reflecting on design. The lecture focused on the design process and learning from your past work, or others. I used the 2012 exhibition program as a case study

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Panelist for Crowdfunding seminar

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On Thursday 4th October (2012), I joined Terri Brabon, Jeanette Hutchison, Garth Jankovic and Fiona Maxwell on the panel for Crowdfunding and you organised by ArtsNQ inc: A seminar held at Umbrella Studio on how to go about raising money through the

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Young Critics Award

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UPDATE: I got runner-up! You can read my review on artgaze magazine’s website. Today I’m in the newspaper (Print & Online) for the Young Critics Award by the Townsville Bulletin and Australian Festival of Chamber Music. I hope I win!

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Arts Matters!

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  Today I attended “Arts Matters”, a workshops series aimed at building regional creativity, by ARTSLINK QLD; Hosted in Townsville’s C2 Conference venue at the Civic Theatre. The ever-eloquent Shannon Chadwick (TCC) opened the workshops, followed by key speakers like

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Lost-Spaces | ABC Open – Now & Then

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  Tonight we had the Lost-Spaces launch at Umbrella Studio. The RADF Funded project looks at some of Townsville’s empty, stagnant spaces, and imagines how they might be turned into something the community can benefit from. Vicki Salisbury, Director of Umbrella

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Arts Awards 2012

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Wow. Last night I had the pleasure of attending the 2012 Townsville City Council Arts Awards as a nominee. I was nominated in the limelight category for outstanding contribution to the Arts in Townsville. The night was quite glamourous! I

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Life is good

Things are going well lately. I’ve seen some great exhibitions at Perc Tucker Gallery and I know we’ve got some brilliant ones coming up at Umbrella Studio too. I’m really pleased with what I’ve been able to bring to the

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UP Magazine & Umbrella

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  Well the exciting news is I’ve been published in Townsville & Queensland’s UP Magazine. The magazine is dedicated to showcasing up and coming artists, photographers, and graphic designers from the region. You can find an electronic copy of the

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Breast Cancer Cards for GNI

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A friend of mine asked me to do some hand made cards for Girls Night in 2011. It’s to raise awareness about breast cancer. My website is written on the back of the cards, so in the chance that visitors come

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Strand Ephemera 2011

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Every two years in Townsville, the strand is transformed from it’s usual park-meets-beach state into a open exhibition of modern public art. This year was the biggest yet, including 36 artworks from many artists. If you’re behind on the terminology,

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Exciting News! (Job!)

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While I’ve been at Studio2 Gallery, I was hearing news about a traineeship being offered at the member’s gallery next door: Umbrella Studio. I applied for the position which was advertised in the local newspaper and through emails and web.

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Resident Artist @ Studio2

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I have some exciting news Last friday I became  a resident artist at Studio2. It means I can come to the studio any time and work on my projects or art, and conduct workshops, and sell work there too. I’ve

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Welcome

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Welcome to my new portfolio site. Here you can see my artwork folio and projects I’ve worked on. There’s also a blog, an about page, and contact page. Thanks for visiting. I’m still getting settled in at the moment, deciding

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Reversing Forward with Friends

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If you’re someone who enjoys an exhibition that’s interactive, bright, colourful and fun, then get yourself in to Studio 2! In her exhibition “Reversing Forward with Friends” artist Selena Smith invites viewers to bring their own creativity to the gallery.

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In the Japanese Manner: Australian Prints from 1900-1940

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The exhibition upstairs at the Perc Tucker Regional gallery right now is something rare and not to be missed. The travelling exhibition organised & curated by the National Gallery of Australia. It features early prints by Australian artists who had

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Zookini: Not a tomato exhibition!

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It only dawned on me that the title of this exhibition was a play on the words “Zoo” and “Zucchini” when I was explaining to a friend that I was going to visit it at the Perc Tucker Regional Gallery.

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Elle Graham: “Woods” Album Launch

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On Friday night I attended the launch of Elle Graham’s new album: “Woods”. It was held at the trendy, new, art space: Cereal Box. $5 entry was a small price to pay for the performance and effort that went into

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Artist Review: Alan Junior (by Jessica Denison)

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For a change, Jessica Denison has actually written a review about my humble self. So I said I’d post it here, and true to my word, it follows below: Sumi-e, also known as ink and wash painting, is an East

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Mousai: 2st Century Muse

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I received an email invite to the exhibition early from the School of Creative Arts at JCU to attend the honours exhibition by Angeline Ignatius. Mousai: 21st Century Muse. The invite spoke of mysticism and the Greek muses so it

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WEAVE

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WEAVE was a large collaborative project for “Creative Exchange” at JCU. WEAVE is a virtual warehouse of creatives based in Townsville, who specialise in the production of editorial and advertisement material for the fashion industry. Each of our artists, or the

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Introspect: JCU New Media Arts Grad Exhibition

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On Friday night (26th November) Perc Tucker Regional Gallery opened their doors to the public of Townsville to display the hard work of James Cook University’s New Media Arts graduates. The exhibition culminates 3 years of study in the various

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Transverse Exhibition

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On Friday I visited “Transverse” at Pinnacles Gallery, Riverway. I heard good things about it, and the gallery invite was… inviting!   The transverse exhibition binds together artists from all over the world into a hot pot of new media

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Screengrab 2010

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I have a unique opportunity to visit the eMerge Media Space gallery at James Cook University quite often, due to the convenience of it being located right next to where a lot of my classes are held. Every year the

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“3″ Launch Party at ArtSpaced

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What? A launch party for Creative Exchange arts projects. Who? James Cook University New Media Arts students. When? Friday 12th November, 7pm Where? ArtSpaced, Townsville At the launch party, three groups had their creative talent on display, as well has

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Critical Review of “Okami”

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Technical Details Title: Okami Format: Video Game for Wii Genre: Adventure Publisher: Capcom (2008) Developers: Clover Studio & Ready At Dawn Okami means literally “Great God” in Japanese. As off-putting as that sounds to a western audience, in fact it’s

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