Helen Sheferaw

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.





Total Eclipse

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


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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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

2013 Silent Print Auction

The Ownership Project’s Silent Print Auction 

Wed 20 March,  2013, 6-8pm.

Raising funds for The Ownership Project’s Studio and cultural development projects.

With prints donated by

Kylie Blackley, Rhea Degrenis, Shaun Duggen, Yoshe Guillespie, Craig Henry, Aerin Langworthy, Alexandra Lee, Edwina Lee, Chelsea O’Brien, Lani Pinnington, Pithbull, Cathy Robinson, Helen Sheferaw, Ben Silver, Jordan Wood and more…..

Please join us for live music, drinks, an opportunity to bid on a wonderful variety of donated print works and an exhibition of work made in TOP’s projects and programs.

The Ownership Project Gallery, Level 1, 110 Johnston Street, Fitzroy.

Cathy Robinson, untitled, reduction woodblock on Magnani paper, 2012.

TOP at Koskela

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TOP at Koskela

As part of their All Things Print month, Koskela are exhibiting a small range of The Ownership Project prints in their incredible showroom in Rosebury, Sydney, until 21 October 2012. Stalwarts in quality Australian-made furniture and design products, Koskela is celebrating the wonderful art of printmaking with a range of print workshops and exhibitions, and TOP is thrilled to be involved in their program.

Featuring woodblock reduction prints made in TOP’s Artist in Residence program by artists Ruby Djikarra Alderton, Julius Bright Sackey and Helen Sheferaw, the works show the artists’ collective attention to contemporary color and design while drawing on their respective traditional cultural design elements. All prints are available for sale .

Sean from The Ownership Project will be running two public workshops in the Koskela showroom that will be fun, easy and open to any skill level.

Reduction woodblock print workshop: Saturday 13 Oct, 2 – 4.30pm.

Hand printing lino workshop: Sunday 14 Oct, 1.30 – 4pm.

For more information and bookings, please visit the Koskela workshops page.

A Friend Loveth Always exhibition

The Ownership Project is excited to launch the first print exhibition of Helen Sheferaw on Thursday 16 August 2012 in our Fitzroy gallery, 6 – 8pm. Please join us for a drink and some Ethiopian finger food to celebrate Helen’s A Friend Loveth Always exhibition.

Helen joined the Artist in Residence program in early 2012. Having worked solidly in the studio with TOP’s printmakers, Helen has produced a wonderfully quirky body of work that pays heed her background in the fashion industry through her use of colour and design, bringing her energetic style into an exploration of narrative across different print forms.

Sheferaw’s print series encounters matters of the heart and spirit, from illustrative interpretations of key biblical readings to joyful and eclectic images drawn from the artist’s everyday world. A transformative exhibition of vivid spirituality merged with vibrant and industrious design.

Exhibition launch: Thursday 16 August, 2012, 6 – 8pm.  A Friend Loveth Always will run from August 16 until September 9, 2012, at The Ownership Project gallery, level1/110 Johnston Street, Fitzroy. 

Helen printing in the studio, photo by Tamaryn Goodyear, 2012.