María Peña

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

Maria Peña’s Fachada exhibition launch

On Saturday 14 November TOP launched Fachada, an exhibition showcasing the prints, paintings, and sculptures by artist Maria Peña. Maria is one of The Ownership Project’s resident artists and has been creating work in close collaboration with printmakers Kylie Blackley and Sean Smith at TOP’s print studio over the last year.

The launch was an exciting event with a fantastic turnout. Gallery patrons on the night were estimated at a hundred, a lot to fit into our small Fitzroy showroom. Maria presented the context and significance of her artwork as well as explained the intricacies of the print making process learnt at TOP to a captivated audience. We would like to thank everyone for coming and creating such a joyous event and to congratulate Maria on her stunning new body of artwork.

Fachada: an exhibition by Maria Peña

Photo of Maria by Tamaryn Goodyear

Maria Peña joined TOP’s Artist in Residence program in early 2012 bringing a years of painting experience to her work in the print studio. Having studied fine arts in Bogotá, Colombia, Peña has continued her artistic practice living in Melbourne with a strong interest in hybrid identities and new cultures with reference to the Latin-American diaspora. Peña’s ongoing work with paint, fabric and mixed media installations assert what she describes as ‘spaces for memory’, detailing the ‘remembrances and oblivions’ of a lost home. During her residency in the TOP studio, Maria continued her exploration into memory and place, experimenting with different textural possibilities through various print mediums.

Fachada exhibition

14 November  - 2 December 2012

Here and there, Maria Peña, Reduction woodblock on Magnani paper, 2012.

Inspired by the facades of old colonial buildings in rural Columbia, Peña’s selected paintings and new print works explore the memory of place and the textured memory. Scenes of decaying walls, brittle frameworks and peeling doors invite us to imagine past lives and rustic histories while evoking the fragile and layered nature of remembering place itself.

Opening event: Wednesday 14 November, 6-8pm at The Ownership Project gallery.