The Telling Tree Story Book Launches at Hares & Hyenas

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Join us this Friday at Hares & Hyenas for the launch of The Telling Tree Story Book.

The Telling Tree project, a City of Yarra initiative, celebrates the stories and artworks of local young people, culminating in a book about gender and sexuality. Over two workshops participants collaborated with TOP Studio Coordinator, Sean Smith, gaining an introduction to etching. Images produced now accompany personal writing and reflections on wellbeing within the publication.

Presented by Yarra Youth Services, The Drum, Minus18 and The Ownership Project, we hope that the stories shared will be a moment in time, from which more stories may grow, evolve, and lead to other tales of greener pastures.

Time and Date: 5:30pm Friday 26 Febuary

Location: Hares & Hyenas

63 Johnston St

Fitzroy

3065

This event is open to all ages


It Came From Over There

Untitled by Helen Sheferaw, etching on Hahnemühle paper, 2015

Untitled by Helen Sheferaw, etching on Hahnemühle paper, 2015

With diverse backgrounds, including Colombian, Chilean, Ethiopian, Ghanaian and Gunditjmara, It Came From Over There presents a range of limited edition art prints exploring personal themes of cultural and spiritual identity. Etchings include a variety of inspirations including West African Adinkra symbols, illustrated Pentecostal bible excerpts and the deconstruction of memory.

Artists: María Peña, Helen Sheferaw, Roxana Fuentes, Julius Bright Sackey, and Shakara Montalto.


OPENING 6-8pm Friday 25 September

CURRENT 26 September – 3 October in the Melbourne Fringe Festival 2015


The Ownership Project

Level 1, 110 Johnston St

Fitzroy, Wurundjeri Country


This exhibition was supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, and the City of Yarra.

 

 

 

 

My Culture - Opening Night

The My Culture exhibition of new etchings and woodblock prints by Artur Brata Laras, Chico dos Santos and Amos Wainggai opened on 21 August and runs until 12 September 2015 as part of the Craft Cubed Festival. The opening was joyous, warm and filled with many communities meeting. Artur made offerings to all ancestors, and sought blessings of harmony in the gathering. Chico sang to his ancestors in the gallery in keeping with cultural protocols. Amos called the warriors to action in a moving song. Ronny Kareni and the West Papuan community members who responded with singing and percussion were joined by Colombian musicians, with the opening flowing into the night by song, dance, food and conversation.

My Culture was supported by the City of Yarra.

My Culture - Artur Brata Laras, Chico dos Santos, Amos Wainggai

Untitled by Amos Wainggai, woodblock print on Magnani paper, 20 x 30cm, 2014

Untitled by Amos Wainggai, woodblock print on Magnani paper, 20 x 30cm, 2014

TETUN Badinas-nain husi dalan arte-nian husi Rai Papua-Oeste, Ilha Bali, no Timor-Leste, hamutuk hodi hatutan ba ita hotu Hau Rain. Artur Brata Laras, Chico dos Santos, no Amos Wainggai, kria ona liman etun badinas-nian nebe limitado hodi pinta ho risku furak iha Ai-kabelak no besi tahan nia leten hamutuk ho uma-arte Projekto Ita Nian Rasik. Sa-mak sei hatutan iha Hau Rain mak hanesan: konta hodi hanoin fali tempu sei labarik-oan, ilas kultura no lisan no moedas Bei-ala nian, no mos istoria libertasaun, moris nia lalaok no espiritu forte hodi Hadiak-dalan nudar Nasaun rasik-Hamrik Mesak!

BALINESE Seniman saking Papua Barat, Pulau Bali lan Timor-Leste sareng-sareng mapupul ngarincikan acara sane mawasta My Country. Artur Brata Laras, Chico dos Santos lan Amos Wainggai sampun ngardi pakaryan sane mapatok inggih punika kayu sane matakeh lan etsa sane kakaryanin ring studio The Ownership Project. Ring sajeroning My Country pacang kalaksanyang kilasan kenangan sadaweg alit, rancangan niskala lan wangsa, rauh ring pikayunan-pikayunan sane mabuat indik kebebasan lan penentuan jalan hidup.

AMBAI Inontarai ewe ewonomi na nu Papua nu Bali foi tuti nu Timor Leste ame. Gandhi amea we kariri nu ameneng foi. Artur Brata Laras, Chico dos Santos, tutu Amos Wainggai, amenari fi waworu ame tainawi mahikai amewe arikang pa toiri o kaiwasa mano etoa siaiyam posa.

ENGLISH Artists from West Papua, Pulau Bali, and Timor-Leste come together to present My Culture. Artur Brata Laras, Chico dos Santos, and Amos Wainggai have created new limited edition woodblock prints and etchings in The Ownership Project’s print studio. Presented in My Culture are snapshots of childhood memory, spiritual and tribal designs, as well as notions of freedom and self-determination.

 

OPENING 6-8pm Friday 21 August

CURRENT 22 August – 12 September 2015 in Craft Cubed Festival

GALLERY Level 1, 110 Johnston St, Fitzroy

This arts project was supported by the City of Yarra

 


Etch This!

The Young Artists' Residency exhibition, Etch This!, opened on 18 June and ran until 4 July 2015 as part of the Emerge Festival. Here are a few highlights of the evening's celebration of the beautiful artistry by Guled Abdulwasi, Ayel Akot, and Souma Ahmadi who were mentored by printmakers Sean Smith and Minela Krupic.

Etch This!, part of Emerge in Yarra, was produced by The Ownership Project in partnership with Multicultural Arts Victoria and supported by Creative Victoria, the City of Yarra and the Professional Pathways Scholarship of the Faculty of VCA and MCM, University of Melbourne.

Iwantja Arts visit The Ownership Project

The Ownership Project artists and staff were treated to a visit by Iwantja Arts, South Australia. Artists David Frank, Eric Barney, Kaylene Whiskey, Rene Sundown, and art centre manager Beth Conway popped into the studio this Saturday for an afternoon of tea and scones. Two TOP artists got to meet the visiting artists and printmakers, sharing insights, stories and culture.

Later in the afternoon the visiting artists made their way to David Frank's solo exhibition launch, Nganana Wararakatinyi Ngura (We Are Jumping) at Alcaston Gallery.  David Frank's exhibition is current till the 6th of June. If you would like to know more about Frank's exhibition at Alcaston Gallery please click here. 

Iwantja Arts has a simultaneous exhibition titled Ngura Wangkanyi (Talking About Country) at PG Printmaker Gallery showcasing limited edition woodblock prints. Exploring the artists' powerful connection to country, these prints are the result of a collaboration between Iwantja artists and master printmaker, Basil Hall, and will be on display till the 12th June.

The Ownership Project would like to congratulate both David Frank on his solo exhibition, Nganana Wararakatinyi Ngura (We Are Jumping), and all the artists part of Ngura Wangkanyi (Talking About Country). We very much look forward to seeing you all next time you are in Melbourne.

TOP Launches Fundraising Campaign for Young Artist Residency

Guled Abdulwasi spending a morning working in our print studio

Guled Abdulwasi spending a morning working in our print studio

The Ownership Project has partnered with Multicultural Arts Victoria to offer a twelve week residency for three young emerging artists from East African and Iranian communities.  We are seeking your help to fully realise this wonderful project.

The three young artists are working with industry printmaking tutors on a series of new artworks that will culminate in an exhibition at The Ownership Project, titled Etch This, as part of the Emerge in Yarra Festival from 14 – 20 June 2015.

The overall cost of the residency and associated exhibition is $5,000.  This includes industry printmaking tutors, art materials, studio and gallery space, marketing and administration costs. The Ownership Project is seeking the final $2,000 to realise the project outcomes.

 

 

To Support: If you would like to contribute to this project please visit our Australian Cultural Fund campaign by clicking here. All contributions are welcome.

Resident Artists: Guled Abdulwasi, Ayel Akot, and Souma Ahmadi

Residency Facilitators: Sean Smith and Minela Krupic

Young artist Ayel Akot working on her first print work

Young artist Ayel Akot working on her first print work

Crecimiento - Roxana Fuentes

Image: Untitled, Roxana Fuentes, reduction lino print on Magnani paper, 30 x 24cm  

Image: Untitled, Roxana Fuentes, reduction lino print on Magnani paper, 30 x 24cm

 

Crecimiento (Growth) will take the viewer on a metaphoric journey exploring growth and renewal that come from cross cultural navigations and the passage of time, delving into the artists spiritual ancestry, the first peoples of Chile. 

In Roxana Fuentesʼ first solo exhibition with The Ownership Project she explores the theme of personal growth and the cementing of power within self. Colourful and detailed prints and playful sculptures draw on the artistʼs own childhood, having spent much of her youth illustrating with pencils, pens and highlighters.

Opening: 6-8pm, Friday 20 March

Exhibition dates: 19 March - 4 April

This arts project was supported by the City of Yarra

Offcuts

Image: Untitled, Roxana Fuentes, drypoint etching on Hahnemühle paper, 20 x 15cm, 2014          

Image: Untitled, Roxana Fuentes, drypoint etching on Hahnemühle paper, 20 x 15cm, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

In February, TOP launched a new series of limited edition prints. Over the holiday break our studio remained active with resident artists invited to work with printmaker, Sean Smith, to create a small series of new dry-point etchings utilising offcut etching plates.

The resultant series explores themes as diverse as personal growth and hardship, beloved pets, self-portraiture, and decorative pattern. Artists Hamed Rayat, Maria Peña, Ghazal Shokrollahi, Roxana Fuentes, and print tutor Sean Smith will be exhibiting these new limited edition prints at TOP’s exhibition space in Fitzroy.

Exhibition Dates: 20 February – 14 March 2015
 

TOP 2014 Retrospective

As its fourth year comes to a close, the TOP Retrospective features a selection of handmade prints and installations by artists creating work in The Ownership Project’s Artists in Residence and Creative Capacity programs.

The retrospective exhibition celebrates significant moments in this complex visual cultural narrative by East African, Ghanaian, Colombian, Chilean, Iranian, Timorese, West Papuan and Aboriginal communities here in Kulin Country.

Come help us celebrate this comprehensive exhibition with good food, great company, and stunning artwork. 


2014 Retrospective Celebration: Saturday 13 Dec, 4 - 6pm
Exhibition Dates: 5 - 21 Dec 2014

Hamed Rayat Preview - Boat People

  Hamed Rayat at the preview of his Boat People series of etchings. Photo: Sean Smith  

 

Hamed Rayat at the preview of his Boat People series of etchings. Photo: Sean Smith

 

A preview to Iranian artist Hamed Rayat’s ongoing etching series, Boat People, was held on Saturday 13 December.

"When I see my friends, those who are refugees and asylum seekers, they have had a difficult life, they have and still have a lot of problems. When I see them, I can see deep lines in their faces. They are different to other people- I can see their sadness, their anger. I wanted to show this." - Hamed Rayat.

These portraits of the artist's friends show the physical and emotional toll on those forced to flee. These prints also serve as a self-representation of the refugee experience, something lacking in Australia's contemporary political and media landscape.

Preview event: Saturday 13 Dec, 4 - 6pm
Exhibition Dates: 5 - 21 Dec 2014
 

Total Eclipse

Helen Sheferaw, About the Moon #2, monotype on Hahnemühle paper (2014)

TOTAL ECLIPSE OPENING IN MELBOURNE FRINGE FESTIVAL

Total Eclipse is an exhibition of new prints by TOP artists in residence. Working in relief and intaglio printmaking, these artists draw on lived experience, aesthetics and cultural memory spanning Colombia, Ethiopia, Chile, Iran, Gunditjmara Country, and cosmopolitan Melbourne more broadly.
Collectively the works range in material influences, from colonial architecture, timeworn neighbourhoods, flights of spirituality and fancy, and portraiture, to ancestral motif repertoires, etched still life, as well as the sounds and contours of the sun, moon and stars.
Compelling stories and individual sensibilities for texture, colour, and pattern. The works voice personal histories of movement and home, marking connections to place and to the interstitial emotional territories.
The Ownership Project is supported by the City of Yarra through the Creative Yarra triennial funding program.

Opening: 6pm Friday 19 September

Current: 19 September-5 October in Melbourne Fringe Festival

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Horn of Plenty

HORN OF PLENTY OPENING 8 AUGUST IN CRAFT CUBED FESTIVAL

Horn of Plenty is an exhibition of new prints by local East African artists, the culmination of two years of workshops. Industrious neighbourhood afternoons weave conversation with vibrant pattern work, encompassing daily rituals, henna work, seasonal harvests, and playful objects.
Adept at storytelling, the artists have individual sensibilities for texture, colour, and pattern. The works voice personal histories of movement and home, marking connections to place and to times past and to come.
Horn of Plenty is a satellite exhibition in the Craft Cubed Festival: The Art of Handmade, running 1-31 August 2014. In the trio of exhibitions it follows Harvest (2014) and Mothers and Ink (2013). This project is supported by the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria.

Opening: 6pm Friday 8 August

Current: 8-24 August in Craft Cubed Festival

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Harvest celebration

Daddabile, relief print on Magnani paper by Nadia Y Sharit at The Ownership Project, 2013.

The Ownership Project invites you to Harvest, a celebration of new prints by local East African artists. Industrious neighbourhood afternoons continue to weave conversation with vibrant pattern work, encompassing daily rituals, henna work, seasonal harvests, and playful objects.

Adept at storytelling, the artists have individual sensibilities for texture, colour, and pattern. The works voice personal histories of movement and home, marking connections to place and to times past and to come. Join us to celebrate the works and connections made to date in the Arts Victoria-supported Mothers and Ink Project II, part of our Creative Capacity Program here in Kulin Country.

HARVEST
Celebration 6-8pm Friday 9 May 2014
Current to 25 May 2014
 

Call for new Board members

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The Ownership Project (TOP) is seeking three-four enthusiastic board members to compliment its current board. TOP is looking for individuals with an interest in the visual arts as well as a commitment to social cohesion for newly arrived, refugee, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

TOP board members will be expected to contribute in a hands-on manner, assisting in their area of expertise. The organisation seeks individuals with knowledge in the visual arts/arts management, tax and accounting/MYOB, marketing and fundraising/philanthropy, as well as board governance.

ABOUT TOP

The Ownership Project is a non-profit studio and gallery promoting creative capacity and cultural expression of refugee, migrant, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. The studio is the heart of TOP, a place of belonging, welcome and respect, where artists and printmakers create prints. The gallery hosts exhibitions from our community engagement projects, residence program and remote arts initiatives. TOP’s connections to art and design organisations link resident artists with further career progression opportunities.

The Artists in Residence and Creative Capacity programs provide training in various printmedia under industry professional staff and an opportunity for participants to share their stories and aesthetics with the public. Artists are identified through various referral organisations working with newly arrived, refugee, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

APPLY NOW

If you have the skills and time to assist as an active member of The Ownership Project’s Board, please contact Sean Smith at sean@theownershipproject.com.au

In your expression of interest, please include a brief CV and statement on how you have skills in one of the identified areas of need: tax and accounting/MYOB, visual arts/arts management, marketing and fundraising/philanthropy, and board governance. Alternatively, if you feel you can contribute in another meaningful way, please outline this in your application.

The Yuta Project Success in the USA

Mikey Gurruwiwi, ‘Ngarra’, 2012, screenprint. Image courtesy the artist and Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre

A selection of screen prints from The Yuta Project have been exhibited at Harvey Arts Project, Idaho, USA. TOP would like to congratulate the young artists, printmakers Ruby Alderton, Annie Studd, and Sean Smith, as well as Buku-Larrnggay Mulka on yet another incredible outcome for The Yuta Project.

The Yuta Project was a youth-driven series of workshops held at Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Arts, Yirrkala, Northern Territory. The workshops resulted in a series of prints produced by young Yolngu artists. This engagement project empowered the individuals in the community, without boundaries or judgment, providing a safe space where young Yolngu can express themselves artistically.

These bold, contemporary, and sophisticated artworks are a reflection of what these young artists find important in their daily lives and are a powerful insight into issues facing Indigenous youth in Yirrkala. They are also a testament to the immense talent the next generation of artists in the region hold. TOP also commends the progress of three participants in The Yuta Project who have become new staff members at Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Print Space.

Please click here to see the selection of Yuta Prints on display at Harvey Arts Project, USA.

Please click here to see Djuwakan 2 (DJ) Marika’s print, Mari (2012), currently on display in String Theory, a national touring exhibition currently on display at the Museum and Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT).

Djuwakan 2 (DJ) Marika, Mari, 2012, screenprint. Image courtesy the artist and Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre

Mikey Guyanya Gurruwiwi, Petrol Sniffer, 2012, screenprint. Image courtesy the artist and Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre

Of Water and Will opening

This is an exhibition of new prints by The Ownership Project’s resident artists.

Adept at storytelling, the artists have individual sensibilities for texture, colour, and pattern. The works voice personal histories of movement and home, marking connections to place and to times past and to come.

Opening 6-8pm
Friday 14 March

 

Current to 9 April

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This arts project was supported by the City of Yarra.

Shakara Montalto featured in Whittlesea Leader Newspaper

Untitled, Shakara Montalto, etching on Hahnemühle paper, 25 x 25cm.

The Ownership Project artist Shakara Montalto is featured in an article in the Whittlesea Leader, which you can read here

Shakara Montalto joined The Ownership Projects (TOP) Indigenous Artist in Residence Program in late 2013. She has created a large body of delicate line etchings and bold woodblocks exploring personal themes of loss and identity. Her work is available for viewing at TOP’s Fitzroy gallery.

TOP would like to congratulate Montalto on her achievements this year and express how excited we are to continue working together in 2014.

2013 Retrospective

Featuring a selection of handmade prints and installations by TOP’s resident artists Helen Sheferaw, Ghazaleh Shokrollahi, Khue Nguyen, María Peña, Julius Bright Sackey, Ruby Djikarra Alderton.

The retrospective celebrates significant moments in the complex visual cultural narrative of The Ownership Project, from The Yuta Project screenprints by young artists from Yirrkala (NT), depictions of Yolŋgu culture and clan designs from Elcho Island (NT), to the Mothers and Ink prints by women from Horn of Africa communities (VIC), and the Clan and Country prints and installations from local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities (VIC).

Join us to celebrate the works and connections made to date, and the exciting future ahead for TOP’s Creative Capacity and Artists in Residence programs in Kulin Country.

 

Opening event: 6-8pm Thursday 12 December

Exhibition dates: 12 – 22 December 2013

Gallery: Level 1/110 Johnston St, Fitzroy

Installation by Helen Sheferaw

by Helen Sheferaw

Pinapple by Nadia Ahmed

Clan and Country

Shakara Montalto (close up of etching)

Star of Dennis, Dennis Thorpe, woodblock on Magnani paper

An exhibition of new installation, etching, and relief works by Aboriginal artists Shakara Montalto (Gunditjmara) and Dennis Thorpe (Muruwari). 2013 has been an introduction to printmaking for these artists. The works created are brief excursions on the surface of the complexities of existence. The dynamics of symbolism, representation, drug use in society, cultural identity and sustainability are shifting. Bright pop colours, found objects and the power of language are icons across the spectrum of culture represented in this exhibition.

 

30 November – 8 December 2013

Opening event: Saturday 30 November, 2-4pm

Location: Level 1, 110 Johnston St, Fitzroy

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Special thanks to City of Yarra for their ongoing support.