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Elusive Practice: the art of Nola Farman

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Still creating art at 80 years of age, Nola Farman ‘s career has spanned 60 years and made a major contribution to the Australian art scene.

Hailing from Perth she now resides near the beaches of Sydney.

A fundraiser is happening for the creation of a monograph which will showcase Nola’s lifetime of work.

We received a letter from Dr Permangelo E. Regularis outlining their excitement for the project:

I’m very excited about Nola Farman’s new project and I hope you will be too! For many years I have been encouraging (indeed urging) her to produce a monograph of her work. At last my patience is rewarded and she is doing just that.

 Although I am giving her all the support I can (from my rather remote location in Portugal) she still needs funds to produce what will be a beautiful illustrated tome covering her life’s work.  

 Nola is afraid that everyone in West Australia will have forgotten her by now. But I say how could they?

 Nola has been talking with some wonderful writers and a book designer who have agreed to contribute. In her usual generous way she has offered to pay each one them at a good rate.

 Once again she feels it is not her place or at least it is awkward for her to ask for donations. Even though she has launched a campaign with the Australian Cultural Fund and any donation over $2 will give a donor a tax refund, she still finds it difficult to approach people.

 Of course that is not a problem for me, I am very experienced and enjoy this sort of thing. I think Nola would too if only she could bring herself to do it.

 So on her behalf, I invite (if not urge) each and every one of you to make a donation via https://australianculturalfund.org.au/projects/elusive-practise-nola-farman

 I remain her devoted agent and mentor, and as with all of us, I live in hope.

 Yours truly,

Dr Permangelo E. Regularis

You can see more about Nola in our previous blog posts here, here and here.

Interview with Amber Moffat

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Would you dangle the moon? We would!

Perth’s very own Amber Moffat has written a children’s book about doing just that – ‘I Would Dangle the Moon’ launches this Saturday afternoon at Paper Bird in Fremantle. All welcome!

We were lucky enough to chat with Amber about the creation of this very special story.

Firstly, how did this book come about? Have you always had moon dangling thoughts?

Hmm that’s a tough one! I think the idea for this picture book just popped into my head one day a few years ago, but I think it probably came from my childhood thoughts and daydreams originally.

How did you create the illustrations – were they done digitally?

The illustrations are hand-painted, with a little bit of collage. I do paint some elements separately and scan them so I can play with the composition digitally. I also adjust the colour and make layers digitally.

You’re originally from Dunedin in NZ and you just launched your book there last week. Are there any NZ threads in the story that we can look out for?

I think the mountains that feature in the book are definitely related to me growing up in the South Island of NZ. My dad is a keen climber and my childhood cat was called Mountain, so mountains have always loomed large in my imagination.

The book will be launching here on Saturday in Fremantle, tell us about what will be happening on the day?

There will be art activities for kids, piñata-smashing and cake-eating! I will be signing copies of the book too. My dear friend and mentor, Perth author/illustrator Briony Stewart is launching I Would Dangle the Moon.

Lastly what were your favourite books as a youngster?

There are so many, but right now the top four that come to mind are: The Bunyip of Berkley’s Creek by Jenny Wagner and Ron Brooks; The Lion in the Meadow by Margaret Many and Jenny Williams; The Hunter and His Dog by Brian Wildsmith and Dogger by Shirley Hughes.

You can find all the details about Amber’s launch right here.

Centre for Stories

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Centre for Stories is a really special place. A literary arts and cultural organisation located on Aberdeen St in the heart of Northbridge, they produce and share stories to encourage a more inclusive society.

Their new website is a place for them to publish and share all their stories in both text and audio format.

Tickets to their literary inspired events are also available through the new site.

You can see the real thing right here.

CURATE publik

Websites

Collaborating with the crew from CURATE publik on their new website was just so nice. As artists themselves they came to us with a fully formed website design, then we helped their vision come to life on the interwebz.

With the perfect team combo of artist, architect and installation manager they’re sure to make a space for themselves in the Perth public art scene.

Revealed

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We snuck in bright and early before the crowds this morning to check out Revealed at the Fremantle Art Centre. Indigenous artists have travelled from distant corners of the state to sell their creations for one day only. Freo local Tyrown Waigana from Crawlin Crocodile was among the artists making their talent accessible to the public.

Art history: Renaissance art and Aboriginal rock painting

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How could western painting ever be compared with Aboriginal rock art – aren’t they just too different?

Tomorrow March 7 at AH Bracks Library + Creative Space in Melville, Emeritus Professor Richard Read will be discussing just that.

The talk begins with some of the disastrous consequences that arise from the framing habits of Europeans when they first encountered the glories of Aboriginal art.

You can buy the very reasonably priced tickets ($5) right here. Morning tea is also provided (yum!).

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

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Seasons greetings from the very merry team at Super Minimal.  We look forward to 2019 and all the good stuff it will bring.

We’re back on the 14th Jan – until then happy holidays!

This Friday night

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Opening this Friday night at Whitespace Fremantle is George Howlett’s show TERMINAL LUCIDITY.

Also showing in the basement will be a collaborative project between George Aitken and George Howlett called, I’ll stay until the wind changes.

The show opens this Friday night @ 6.30pm ?

Cool Beans

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It was a fun morning spent at the photoshoot for the upcoming ‘Cool Beans Campers’ website with the VERY talented Songy Knox at the VERY stylin’ Fridays Studio.

* Watch this space – website coming soon!

– B – A – R – Paul Moncrieff

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– B – A – R – commemorates 100 years of the Armistice of World War I with large scale paintings that reference the 3 Gang Medal Ribbon Bar that all Australian troops were issued with to denote their inclusion and attendance in the major theatres of the war. This exhibition was commissioned by the Vancouver Arts Centre as part of a series marking the Armistice Centenary.

Paul Moncrieff has been exhibiting since 1978 and his work is held by a considerable number of major public and private Australian collections. In this time he has held more than 20 solo, 10 shared and innumerable group exhibitions. He has curated several thematic exhibitions. Until 2007 he was the coordinator of the Painting and Drawing programme at Edith Cowan University, Western Australia. Moncrieff’s studio work evolves directly from observed and experienced incidents which metamorphose in the studio into designed and made art objects. Recently, his practice has been non objective – formal juxtapositions of shaped and painted industrial surfaces. He lives at Kent River on the south coast of WA., where he has built and designed his house, studio, and workshop. He continues to develop and evolve his art practice.

* You can check out Paul’s website made by Super Minimal right here.

Opening night Friday 5 October 2018 6pm

Vancouver Arts Centre

85 Vancouver Street, Albany

Exhibition runs until Friday 2 November 2018