NEWS + EVENTS BLOG
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
The SWICH Contemporary Art Space is pleased to announce our annual end of year group exhibition, Size Matters II, boasting over 50 original artworks from 24 participating artists from Ipswich, Toowoomba, Brisbane and Melbourne.
All artworks in this exhibition are 12”x12” and priced $150 and under, making original art accessible and affordable. The exhibition is comprised of artworks across a range of mediums including painting, photography, drawing, digital, mixed media and video installation.
The exhibition runs from 29 November and concludes on 23 December, 2011 at 2pm.
Normal gallery hours: Tue-Fri 9am-4pm and Saturday 9am-2pm
Extended trading leading up to Christmas will include Friday nights until 8pm and Sundays 10am-1pm throughout December.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Scott is currently studying visual arts at the Bremer Institute of TAFE and has exhibited in a number of group exhibitions. This is Scott's first solo exhibition, comprised of mixed media artworks exploring war, religion and political satire featuring Australian Prime Ministers and American Presidents.
The exhibition begins today and concludes on Saturday 26 November, 2011 at 2pm
All artworks are for sale and we have layby and eftpos facilities.
Gallery hours: Tue-Fri 9am-4pm Sat 9am-2pm
Extended hours for November: Friday nights until 8pm
Friday, November 4, 2011
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Abkin, originally from California, completed his Bachelor of Fine Art in painting at the San Francisco Art Institute. He established his art career in California before exhibiting widely across the US over the last 10 years. Now based in Ipswich Abkin has created a new series working primarily in oils on canvas. Also on display are projections of his sketches.
Abkin’s work speaks from a new consciousness to transcend what we know to be real yet references the familiar in our landscapes. Abkin describes these new work as “a sense of place during a moment of being” and as “a look behind the eyes”.
This exhibition opened to the public on Tuesday 4 October and has been extended until the end of October - now concluding on Saturday 29 October at 2pm.
All artworks are original and are available to purchase, including the sketches. We have eftpos facilities and accept layby.
Friday, September 30, 2011
Thursday, September 8, 2011
RESISTANCE IS FUTILE explores the key concepts and underlying effects of Information Technology and Cyber Culture on the way we live.
The artists' response to this theme are varied and include comment on the use of technology in war as well as in the everyday domestic environment. A number of the artworks express concerns of becoming overwhelmed and controlled by technology, where others revisit the the 'big bang' of computer technology and offer a new perspective on obsolete technology.
Artists from Ipswich, Brisbane and Melbourne have participated in this exhibition using a range of mediums from painting and mixed media to digital graphics and installation.
Through this exhibition we also welcome 3 new artists to the Ipswich Contemporary Arts Network:
Shannan Kingwell, Graphic designer
Michael Munt, Installation artist
Doug Nemeth, Mixed media sculptor
Exhibition opened to the public on Tuesday 6 September and will conclude at 2pm on Saturday 1 October.
Gallery hours: Mon-Fri 9am-4pm and Sat 9am-2pm
T. 07 32819192 for more info
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
I'm pleased to announce that I have been granted a Regional Arts Development Fund grant to assist with staging the Ipswich Emerging Artists Solo Series at the SWICH Contemporary Art Space. This series provides the opportunity for 6 emerging contemporary artists based in Ipswich to receive mentoring in creating a new series of work, culminating in a 2 week solo exhibition for each artist. As a major part of this program I will mentor the artists to guide them through the process of creating, presenting and promoting a new body of work.
These 6 exhibitions will allow access by the wider community to a diverse selection of emerging artists work which in turn affects a greater understanding of the role of contemporary art in our community and how art can change our perceptions of ourselves and our local environment.
After a two month selection process the final artists selected are:
Allan Saunderson - Painting/graphic design
Ben Leadbetter - Art photography
John Grassi - Painting
Donna Dobbs - Millinery/sculpture
Annamaria Mays - Mixed media
Kylie Stevens - Mixed media
Congratulations to all the successful artists! I look forward to working with all of the artists and staging the exhibitions beginning in October 2011 and concluding in May 2012. Visit our Art Gallery Schedule page to stay updated on all of our upcoming exhibitions.
the SWICH Contemporary Art Space
The Regional Arts Development Fund is a Queensland Government and Ipswich City Council partnership to support local arts and culture
Monday, August 15, 2011
Since our first opening in August, 2010 we have staged 15 art exhibitions, 10 ARTalk Philosophy Cafes plus a number of community arts projects including the ART Relay at Rockton Artist Bazaar, ART for Ipswich (Flood charity art auction), Animated Spaces: Alive with music, theatre, poetry and visual arts at the Top of Town and the launch of SAVED a THAT Production production.
To celebrate this milestone we are now hosting 'One'- a 3 week group exhibition of artists from the Ipswich Contemporary Arts Network who have supported us throughout our first year, Live Action Mural Painting (Spark|Abkin|Davis) Saturday 20 August from 9am and our Birthday party, Thursday 25 August from 6pm including live musical performance and giveaways.
Artist lineup: Andrew Spark, Gary Abkin, Leanne Walker, Glen Smith, Craig Amos, Kylie Stevens, Sharon McKenzie, Claudia Manion, Kate Roberts, Wade Tuck and Todd Manion.
Exhibition dates - 16 August - 3 September, 2011
The SWICH Team would sincerely like to thank everyone who has supported us in various ways throughout our first year including the artists, community partners, local business and the general community. We have an exciting exhibition schedule planned for the duration of 2011 and well into 2012 and we look forward to sharing these events with you.
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Monday, June 6, 2011
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Due to weather conditions tonight's ARTalk Philosophy Cafe at Bon Laneway has been cancelled.
We will re-schedule Sandy Horneman-Wren's talk on 'When art flourishes, communities benefit and business prospers'. You will be notified soon of changes to the program.
Thank you for supporting ARTalk Philosophy Cafe and we hope to see you at the next event.
the SWICH Contemporary Art Space
191 Brisbane Street
Ipswich, Q. 4305
Tel: 07 3281 9192
Tel (international): +61 7 3281 9192
We are pleased to announce that our new exhibition, High Voltage: music inspired art, opens to the public today. This exhibition explores music from the 20th Century and beyond through the mediums of painting, photography, mixed media,video and installation. The exhibition runs from 10 May until 4 June, 2011 and features artists from the Ipswich Contemporary Arts Network and artists from outside of Ipswich including: John Grassi, Ivan Lord, DEADMIKE, Leanne Walker, Kylie Stevens, Kate Roberts, Craig Amos, Allan Saunderson, Glen Smith, LeAnne Vincent and featuring installation art by Bud Beckett.
For more information phone 07 3281 9192 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, May 6, 2011
We look forward to working with Elyssa on our projects and to offering further internships in the future.
Monday, April 25, 2011
the SWICH Contemporary Art Space (a Transforming Spaces project)
Animated Spaces: Alive with Music, Theatre, Poetry & Visual Art
Featuring a program of unique experiences (21-28 May)
Abkin + Spark: live action painting | collaborative Indigenous artwork | poster Art | sculpture | video + more
Urchins Gutter Band | Shoot! The Piano Player | Live Jazz & Blues + more
An interactive living installation of performance, movement & dance
Fractal Theatre Productions
@ 201 BRISBANE STREET, IPSWICH
PLUS other arts events you don’t want to miss!
> Window Dressing: reduce, reuse, upcycle arts project (12-28 May)
> Artisans Pop-up Shop (22-28 May)
> High Voltage: music inspired art (10 May - 4 June)
> ARTalk Philosophy Cafe (19 May)
@ TOP OF TOWN
> Bringin’ Some Rock & Punk Culture to Ipswich
Ipswich bands 1.1.1, Mum's Tennis Friends, Celebrity Stalkers, 1 cursed 1, Benny Cash and the Loose Change, and special guests French band Harmonic Generator on their 'Le Downside Up Tour' - Caladonia Hotel (28 May)
@ BELL STREET
ALL EVENTS ARE DURING THE IPSWICH FESTIVAL 18-29 MAY
A Collaborative interactive art space proudly supported by ...
An Animated Spaces Initiative supported by CREATIVE GENERATOR SEQ & Queensland Arts Council | Top of Town | Ipswich Festival
Andrew Spark: advertising + marketing consultant | Alive in Oz | Elders Real Estate (Ipswich) | ARTtime | Warigo Wines | Paint Place | David Becket carpenter & home maintenance | LeAnne Vincent Photography
Ipswich Contemporary Arts Network | inRetrospect Films | Fractal Theatre Productions | Soulful Stomp Productions | Little Brown Dog | i|DANCE | SiA - Sculptors in Action Inc | Shoot! The Piano Player |Little Bird | Solidarity iKulture Club! | 1.1.1 | THAT Production Company | Bremer TAFE
Monday, April 18, 2011
Steve and Gail Browne from Bardon Studios have just completed their latest art documentary that was shot on location in Ipswich at the beginning of 2010. Photographer and Social Activist, LeAnne Vincent, is interviewed about her art and the town she lives in - Ipswich!
Thank you to Steve and Gail from Bardon Studios for their expertise, professionalism and patience!
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Ladies and Gentleman
It is with a great deal of pleasure that I say few words about Brett’s latest poetic release.
Brett is a rare individual. He possesses a vast knowledge of the world, its history, geography, cultures and its mythologies and he combines this knowledge in his poetry with a fanatical obsession of a diverse range of subjects that include: Steve Irwin, Astro Boy, other extinct species, Victoria Cross winners, the US Space Program, the Bremer River, American kidnappers and He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. All of these things, and more, have been grist for the mill of Brett’s pencil. A pencil he grips tightly in his left hand and through some alchemist’s art is able to transubstantiate words into poetry. Very bloody good poetry.
The knowledge and the obsessions in this work, The Negativity Bin, that have come together in some process of liquefaction, are a disparate band of individuals in a Job Search Training scheme and the 1974 documentary series, “The Ascent of Man”. Those of you who are as old or older than me will remember Jacob Bronowski, the presenter in the series, who walked the audience through the phases of homo sapiens’ intellectual development. These phases became the 13 episodes of his series. The titles of these episodes have been taken by Brett as thematic headings in The Negativity Bin.
Bronowski describes evolution, man’s socialisation, his discovery of fire and agriculture through to the burgeoning fields of Mathematics, Astronomy and Physics – hundreds of thousands of years of progress. The irony is that for Brett, Bronowski's “The Ascent of Man” template fits neatly over a small slither of our world. There are many of us who are still proto-apes, foragers, tool makers and a rare few, at the top of our ascent, who are visionary artists and scientists.
Jacob Bronowski's heroes in “The Ascent of Man” were radical physicists who believed passionately in their theories in the face of controversy and violent attacks by conservative elements in the Scientific world. Bronowski says the ascent of man is entirely dependent upon these people of passion, who devote their lives to enlightening the non-believers. Poets too enlighten the non-believers, they reveal truths to us that are at times unpopular and force us to alter our view of the world.
In his last reflection on the program Bronowski doesn’t look to Science but to poetry to articulate the vision of his heroes. He finds in William Blake’s, Auguries of Innocence, the language to express their vision:
To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.
So it is the great achievement of modern science that has led us to our knowledge of the physical world.
It is however the great challenge of poetry to make us understand the worlds within the world.
Bronowski and Dionysius have wed Science and Poetry.
Jacob Bronowski said that “Cultural evolution is a constant growing and widening of the human imagination.” Brett asks us to grow and widen our imaginations. He asks us to see “The Ascent of Man” superimposed on the lives of a group of Job Seekers.
And more than that – he gives to us social observation in accelerated montage, a flickering collage of suburban narratives, historical artefacts of the then and now pasted onto a fast moving mirror ball – If you know Brett’s work, you’ll know, “he's plugged into the galaxy! He's got the power cosmic!”
Brett, congratulations. And with that I am very happy to launch the good ship, The Negativity Bin.
Head of English
Ipswich Grammar School
Monday, March 28, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
NEW EXHIBITION OPENS TODAY AT THE SWICH - COHESION: visual artists from the Ipswich Contemporary Arts Network
COHESION - an exhibition of photography, painting, mixed media, millinery, installation and film.
Featuring eight visual artists from the Ipswich Contemporary Arts Network (ICAN):
Starts: Tuesday 15 February
Finishes: Saturday 19 March 2011
Friday, February 11, 2011
All artworks are available online for viewing HERE.