Workshops and Events

Traces of Transience | Belinda Eckermann

Belinda Eckermann, Flight, 2017, digital print

Traces of Transience | Belinda Eckermann
7th November – 18th November 2017
Launch – Saturday 11th November, 2017 2-4pm

A chance encounter with the mysterious habitat of the Bardi Grub sparked curiosity about their tiny and transient homes. The small yet perfectly cylindrical hole inhabited by the Bardi Grub lead Eckermann on an artistic enquiry into their life cycle, using the traces they left behind as part of her art making process. This body of work explores their propensity to burrow, construct and transform, revealed through drawings, photographs and animation.

Belinda Eckermann lives and works in Victoria’s Mallee Region. Her current practice is intrinsically tied to her local environment. In 2013 she undertook her Masters in Visual Arts, during which she developed an interest in genetics and notions of the hybrid into an exploration of the invasive white snail, commonly encountered in her agricultural community. Her work with the snail shifted her practice toward drawing and a focus on drawing as installation, culminating in her use of the snails as medium. She is currently investigating the native Bardi Grub and Ghost Moth and modes of incorporating their natural interventions with their environment into her creative practice. Eckermann has exhibited regularly throughout regional Victoria since 2009 and was shortlisted for the People’s Choice Award at the 2016 Mission to Seafarers exhibition in Melbourne, where she was also awarded the Bendigo Emerging Artists Judge’s Special Commendation. Eckermann’s practice is concerned with layering, drawing as installation and the immersion of audience. She aims to broaden societal perspectives through her work.

Art and Philosophy with Dr. Terry Eyssens

Image from “Zero Landscapes in the Time of Hyperobjects” by Timothy Morton in GAM 07; Ice island calves at the coast of the Petermann Glacier, provided courtesy of the NASA EO-1 team and the United States Geological Survey

From The Sublime to the Apocalypse 

Saturday 18th November 2017, 4.30 – 5.30pm
Arnold Street Gallery | 189 Arnold Street| Bendigo

Art Ecology Philosophy

In this session we will explore just a few of the many engagements of Art, Ecology and Philosophy. This exploration will traverse the abyss between the Romantic and the Apocalyptic Sublime, and consider the vexed transition from t he idea of a representable Nature to our present day confrontation with unrepresentable Ecology. Drinks and Nibbles available Cost $4.00

Dr. Terry Eyssens

Dr. Terry Eyssens is a tutor and lecturer at La Trobe University, Australia and has a PhD in Philosophy from Federation University, Australia (2011). He works in post-Enlightenment ecological and political philosophy and is writing a book called The Ecological Comportment of Voss.

$4.00 Admission
Drinks and Nibbles provided

One Day Mosaic Workshop with Kirsten Asche

Mosaic by Kirsten Asche

One Day Mosaic Workshop with Kirsten Asche

Sunday 26th November 2017, 10am – 5pm
Arnold Street Gallery | 189 Arnold Street| Bendigo

Workshop Outline

In this one-day workshop, we will create a beautiful Christmas decoration as an introduction to the unique craft of mosaic. An exploration of colour and design will be covered as well as techniques such as cutting, assembling and grouting.

What to Bring

Lunch

What we supply

Materials and afternoon tea.
Cost: $158
Please book on the Bendigo Tourism Website

Kirsten Asche

Kirsten Asche considers herself to be a modern artisan. Her path towards her current practice has been through various forms of study and mentoring, interwoven with other pursuits, and honed by years of visual observation and response. Mosaic is her current focus, using glass tiles, recycled crockery and beads as well semi-precious stones in order to create rich patterns and capture narrative. Her teaching experience includes working with a variety of students in community Arts programs, teaching children at Art Encounters in Melbourne as well as running her own “Mosaic of Paradise” workshops for the post five and half years from her St. Kilda studio.

Two Day Plein Air Workshop with Jeff Woodger
 

Jeff Woodger, Plein Air Landscape, 2017, Oil on Board

Two Day Plien Air Workshop with Jeff Woodger

Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd December 10am-4pm
Arnold Street Gallery | 189 Arnold Street| Bendigo

Workshop Outline

Over two days on Saturday December 2 & Sunday December 3 at Lake Weeroona learn how to paint the landscape in pein air using oil paints with Jeff Woodger.

What to Bring 

Lunch

What we supply

Materials and afternoon tea.
Cost: $275
Jeff Woodger

Jeff Woodger’s passion to paint post romantic landscapes in the classical style. His majestic panoramic works are deeply inspired by many of the seventeenth century greats such as Claude Lorraine and Salvator Rosa. However, while Woodger’s interests lie in tradition and cultural history, he actively reconfigures these majestic places superimposing his own newly revised contemporary reality. In the early 1990s whilst undertaking his Masters studies in Fine Art Woodger started to paint classical and romantic landscapes in the style of 19th century French Barbizon School artists, inspired by specific works selected from Bendigo Art Gallery’s Permanent Collection. Here he painted his first in-situ work on masonite inspired by a painting by the French Barbizon School artist Theodore Rousseau. The experience of working in-situ from paintings in museums is one which has held great appeal for Woodger, who at a young age during a trip to Spain, was deeply inspired by the experience of witnessing an artist copying an El Greco painting in the El Greco Museum, Toldeo, Spain.

Collage Portraiture Workshop with Joan Harris

Joan Harris, Collage Portraiture, 2017, Hand Painted Paper

Collage Portraiture Workshop with Joan Harris

Sunday 10th December, 2017, 10am – 4pm
Arnold Street Gallery | 189 Arnold Street| Bendigo

Workshop Outline

This workshop will focus on various head studies worked from the model as well as photographic references. Planes of tone and form will be investigated initially through charcoal the medium of collage. Participants will prepare their own paper for the collage using a limited range of warm and cool colours.

What to Bring 

Lunch

What we supply

Materials and afternoon tea.
Cost: $138,50
Please book on the Bendigo Tourism Website
Joan Harris
Joan Harris is a practicing artist and arts educator. She completed a Ph.D. at Monash University, Caufield. Her work centres on transcription, a genre of art devoted to reinventing and recasting works of art that already exists. She draws on the Italian Masters works including Pollaiuolo. One painting of particular interst to Harris is his depiction Faith in a series of The Seven Virtues which is housed in the Uffizi Museum in Florence. Utilising photography and collage, Harris’ response to Pollaiuolo’s Faith reflects her interst in representations of mythological archetypes and symbolism in an historic  context and ways in which this imagery may be represented in contemporary culture. Harris has experience in teaching life drawing, portraiture and working with artists with a disability.