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how I became involved

>joined this gallery 26 collective after joining redbubble

>being online for a few months, then going to an exhibition at the tap gallery

met steve, (plus others), who had just curated ‘about a woman’ there

who then came to my exhibition opening @north syd community centre on nov 10

then steve negotiated the gallery 26 space. he invited us on board.

Being the generous spirit he is
he invited us all to join him.

steve could have used the space for himself, so we’re all very grateful and it inpsired many hands of help.

>steve’s motivation:
to free himself and others of the limited gallery opportunities and
the resulting politics of that influences the winners of major art prizes in sydney.

It is also to bring art to the public and to reduce the exorbitant fees charged, (because rent of the space and commission is low) enabling the public to purchase art of reasonable prices.

Of course, opening at this time of year means those able can acquire unique art from established and emerging artists.

it has inspired the help of many, which has resulted in a youtube video a website and it’s own redbubble location

Who else do you know can get keys to a place and have it it running (with insurance, 15-20+ different artists, inc 2 international, logo, website, signs, eftpos, hanging systems, staff, ready to open) in 12 days?

>my motivation (sunset)

is to allow the art I create to see the light of day and share it with those who will treasure it.

> it’s created with the idea that it will bring peace, inspiration and a new energy to their life. I picture people coming home at the end of the day, to a welcoming lift of art that suits their desires.

>to put into practice the ideas I have.

>to earn a living doing what I love

>to create art that I would and do live with

>to reflect the inspiring connection between art, energy, culture and nature,
the energy I feel from life, the colours that revive me and wake me up.

my background
> humanitarian, artistic and science

My mother supported Amnesty International by running their wollongong group, which meant I was well aware of world wide social issues from a young age.

I was encouraged to be creative, through drawing, painting and collage. My father is an avid photographer, and my uncle, who is a professional photographer-they were excellent examples.

I got training in technical drawing at 14. One of my first pieces was a scene of Aboriginal deaths in custody. I entered it into a local Law week competition. Strangely, they didn’t seem to think this represented the law well! The artwork itself was disappeared

as an adult, after extensive art training, I did a lot of fundraising for various causes, first and foremost Amnesty, but also Greenpeace, UNHCR, Save the Children and so on.

Simultaneously, I studied a lot of alternative health practices and did a variety of meditation techniques.

This led me to believe the axiom ‘if you want peace in the world, you need to be peaceful’…and do what you love.

It made sense to know, if i wanted other people to have peaceful happy lives, and if I have peace-what do I do with it? Well, I’d be creative and I’d also share what I know-hence teaching/working with kids in various capacities. So I am!

Last year, it was performing an environmental themed show for preschool to primary (inc writing, costume design, set design and consulting with council re content)

This year is a balance of painting and photography, part time teaching and supporting parents with children.

It’s a balanced lifestyle and gives me everything I need!

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