Mothers & Ink

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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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

Mothers & Ink launch – HRAFF

The Ownership Project will be launching the Mothers & Ink exhibition as part of the 2013 Human Rights Arts and Film Festival.

Join us in the gallery on Friday 17 May, 6 – 8pm to celebrate an exciting printmaking collaboration between The Ownership Project and women from the Horn of Africa community living in Carlton.

Artists: Nadia Ahmed, Almaz Desta, Yirgalem Frezghi, Roxana Fuentes, Khanya Ibrahim, Sarah Nega and Letay Tesfay.

Location: Level 1, 110 Johnston Street, Fitzroy. (Please note, the only access to the gallery is via stairs)

The exhibition will run 16 May – 2 June.

Partners: The Church of All Nations Community Support Program, the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival, the RE Ross Trust.

 Artist Khanya Ibrahim and Printmaker Shaun Duggan in the studio. Photography by Tamaryn Goodyear

Artist Khanya Ibrahim and Printmaker Shaun Duggan in the studio. Photography by Tamaryn Goodyear

Mothers & Ink workshops

 Artist Khanya Ibrahim. Photography by Tamaryn Goodyear

Artist Khanya Ibrahim. Photography by Tamaryn Goodyear

 Artists Nadia Ahmed. Photography by Tamaryn Goodyear

Artists Nadia Ahmed. Photography by Tamaryn Goodyear

In true neighborhood collaboration, TOP has been running print workshops with women from the Horn of Africa community at the Carlton Housing Estate.

From February to April 2013, TOP printmakers made a weekly excursion down Johnston Street, setting up a makeshift studio in the Church of All Nations Community Drop-In Centre.

Held next to the Horn of Africa homework club, the workshops were established with mothers in the local community to provide an introduction to printmaking while their children received tutoring.

Beginning with the broad theme of ‘pattern and design’, the workshops became industrious afternoons of conversation, rapid design work and experimentation with different print techniques by hand.

Seven keen artists continued the project into its second phase, using the press in the TOP Studio to refine their work in preparation for exhibition.

While presenting each artist’s distinct individual style, the collective work details East African rituals and vibrant pattern work including henna design, illustrative harvest and food imagery, and traditional motifs in a playful and poetic series of prints.

These limited-edition prints will be exhibited as part of the 2013 Human Right Arts and Film Festival in The Ownership Project Gallery from 16 May to 2 June 2013.

Thank you to everyone who joined the workshops and our fantastic project partners; The Church of All Nations Community Support Program, the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival, and the R.E. Ross Trust.