Julius Bright Sackey

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.





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

TOP at Koskela

TOP at Koskela 2
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.

TOP launches first Artist in Residence exhibition – Julius Bright Sackey

Sackey, close up

Last Saturday The Ownership Project launched Akwantu, a new exhibition of prints by our first Artist in Residence Julius Bright Sackey. The title of the show Akwantu means Departure in Fanti and reflects Sackey’s personal journey from Ghana to Australia. It also mirrors his departure from his starting inspiration, Adinkra symbols, into his more contemporary play with pattern and colour.

Officially opening the event was Claudia Abakah, President of the Ghana Association of Victoria. We would like to extend a very big thank you to Claudia for making the time to open the show.

Congratulations to Julius Bright Sackey on his stunning new print collection.

Akwantu will be on display till the 15th April at The Ownership Project gallery in Fitzroy.

Julius Sackey working on two new prints

Sackey’s print in progress
Sackey hard at work cutting his woodblock

Sackey hard at work cutting his woodblock

Ghanaian born Julius Sackey, who has previously printed fabric with The Ownership Project, has made his first foray into printmaking. Over a week he has taken time out of his busy work schedule to create two prints. These two prints will be the first in a series which we hope to exhibit in late October when we will host Sackey’s first solo exhibition.

Local member of the Ghanaian community murals our front entrance

Julius Sackey

Julius Sackey

Julius Sackey, local member of the Ghanaian community, has been working tirelessly to create a striking mural on our front wall. After designing the mural in our studio the day before, Sackey chalked up the design and was painting within 24 hours.

The response from the community has been great with numerous Fitzroy residents complimenting the painter and expressing a love of the design and colours. Since completing the mural, Julius is keen to maintain a working relationship with The Ownership Project by becoming our first resident artist. We hope to have a range of hand-printed fabric designs on display soon as well as a series of prints on paper.

Julius moved to the UK from Ghana in 2008. After two years in London he migrated to Australia and settled in Melbourne only last year. Although he hasn’t been practicing as a painter for long he has been influenced by his father’s work who is a respected painter in Ghana. Aside from his talent for visual arts, Julius is also a practicing musician as the drummer for two bands (one Ghanaian and one Afro-funk) that perform regularly in and around Melbourne. What’s more, he is an incredible and highly regarded African dance performer and instructor. All in all, Julius holds a passion for the arts which is clear not only when considering his aptitude but also his enthusiastic dedication to anything through which he can express himself creatively.

If anyone is keen to contact Julius regarding his art please contact The Ownership Project.