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Through Skin

April 21 - May 28

Responding to her experiences living in Darwin from 2005-13, Kennedy’s drawings and soft sculptures are at once sensual, mysterious and darkly beautiful. Using the meditative repetition of her drawing and sculptural processes, Kennedy creates glistening, organic forms that hint at desire and fear.

Opening Launch: 6pm Friday 21 April 2017


Suburban Wildlife, The Great Bowerbird

April 21 - May 28

Laura Castell highlights the beauty of this bird and connection with humans as providers of ‘beautiful’ waste. This exhibition uses printmaking techniques to create two dimensional artwork, an artist book and sculptural work.

Opening Launch: 6pm Friday 21 April 2017



April 21 - May 28

This exhibition by Katya Venter explores ideas of women's psyche, intuition, mobility and ritualistic use of dolls as a guidance.

Opening Launch: 6pm Friday 21 April 2017


Wearable Art Townsville: Cultural Wearable Art Workshop

May 6 @ 9:00 am - May 7 @ 4:00 pm

9am - 4pm both days
Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 May 2017

Be part of a collaborative team to create a wearable art garment for the Wearable Art Townsville show.

Work collaboratively with other participants, under the guidance of an Indigenous artist Grace Lillian Lee, to create a wearable art piece out of natural/organic materials. The final garment will be showcased on the runway at the WAT event on Friday 26th May as part of the Townsville Fashion Festival.

Participants will gain valuable knowledge of traditional skills and techniques to create wearable art, as well as material selections.

This workshop is ideal for experienced and budding artists wanting to learn new skills and be inspired to turn ideas into reality using natural fibres to create wearable art garments.

Suitable for ages 15 Years - Adult


Linocut Printmaking Basics with Laura Castell

May 7 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

In this workshop you will learn the basics of linocut printing, from the tools used and how to carve the block, to the process of inking and printing the image on paper.  We will practice techniques to add multiple layers to the image by using multiple blocks,  the reduction method and collage.

The cost of this workshop includes all specialist materials and equipment.

Members Price: $85 - Log in to receive this discount

Mothers Heart with Artist MR

Elements of Paper Sculpture for the Serious Artist

May 27 @ 10:00 am - May 28 @ 4:00 pm

10am - 4pm both days Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 May 2017
Members price: $140. Please log in to receive this discount.

Ray Besserdin is the owner of Australia's only Paper Sculpture artist gallery in Black Rock, Victoria. As part of the Townsville Artist in Residence (AIR) program, Ray will be travelling to Townsville for a week long residency and deliver a two day workshop for local artists. Ray will conduct a skill development workshop for artists wanting explore the endless potentials of paper as a serious art medium.

Day 1
The program will begin with an introduction to understanding paper types, some methods of production, and origins from around the world. By examining samples artists will learn to recognise the difference between machine made, cold pressed, hot pressed; wood fibre, cotton fibre, rag and mulberry to mention a few. A word has to be said about paper chemistry and a proper understanding of the term “acid free” as it applies to choosing right and wrong material combinations for archival outcomes. (Adjunct to this will be a mention of adhesives chemistry).

The program then enters into some basic exercises on the mechanical characteristics of paper that determine its behaviour in folding or curving. This is fundamental to understanding how to construct with paper.

Working with paper to achieve surface effects with pressure and destructive techniques (distorting, tearing and stretching) is the next exercise and as part of that will be required to make a “forming board” that will be used in learning moulding techniques. Exploring the use of tools beyond basic cutting will be a process that continues throughout the two day exercises.

Artists will next be shown templating. This is an essential skill for the accurate reproduction of any concept that begins from a 2D drawing. “How do you convert a drawing into a 3D sculpture?” The principles are answered in this exercise.

Cutting and forming paper pieces so they take a 3D form, and the process of assembling is last part before we begin with constructing an actual sculpture.

Day 2
The day will begin with a brief revision of Day 1 principles and then we launch into a full day of applying the learned exercises by building a copy of a prototype design provided. A brief introduction and the artists will then work at their own pace through the steps with my individual guidance as required.

From a flat sheet of paper, artists will finish the day with a free standing, abstract form paper sculpture. They will have the principles to enable them to continue developing their works having an understanding from the ground up of what paper is and how to work with it to create works of art that last.


What to bring: (as close as possible from the suppliers available)

  • 30 - 50cm steel ruler
  • A pack of cotton make-up remover pads
  • Swann-Morton #3 Scalpel handle and 6 -10 #11 blades to fit
  • A small “snap blade” cutting knife like Olfa or Stanley
  • HB pencil and white vinyl eraser like Staedtler (Do not use a cheap no brand eraser as they are inclined to smudge)
  • A3 cutting mat
  • UHU glue stick
  • UHU Universal Adhesive in the yellow tube (125ml tube if possible)
  • Helmar or Craftsmart Acid Free “white glue”, 125ml
  • Norton Bear Brand or 3M roll of 35 mm general purpose masking tape
  • A small squeezable bottle for water, preferably with a pointy tipped nozzle.
    (Its purpose is to administer small amounts of water to the cotton pads, but not to soak them, so alternative water dispensing handy devices are also OK)

Other specialist materials will be provided and are included in the cost of this workshop.

Ray Besserdin Short Bio
Conceiving his art in 1989, Ray combines his academic background in science to ensure his art has the archival qualities to last for the enjoyment of many generations into the future, whilst also proving to be a trustworthy investment. His impressive career includes corporate clients such as Macquarie Bank, the Northern Territory Government of Australia, and Amcor. Also a number of private commissions currently hang in London, New York, Germany, Sweden and New Zealand.

See Ray's work:

Wal (Two of Tagai's Crew)

Ad Wer: Story of the Stars from Eastern Torres Strait @ Charters Towers Regional Gallery

May 29 - June 27

Ad Wer: Story of the Stars from Eastern Torres Strait is a body of linocut print artworks by Tommy Pau based on the constellations and the science of astronomy used by eastern Torres Strait Islanders.

This exhibition is touring Queensland during 2017 and 2018.

Wasteland 2014 Zoe Porter


June 2 - July 9

Zoe Porter’s practice spans drawing, painting, performance and projection, creating engaging and expansive experiences through collaborations with dancers, circus performers and musicians.

Opening Launch: 6pm Friday 2 June 2017



June 2 - July 9

Featuring: Adam Cusack, Nic Plowman, Louisa Ennis-Thomas, Julie Poulsen, Daniel Butterworth and Joel Rea

These six artists explore the ideas, motifs and images from influential Australian artists, such as George Lambert, Ian Fairweather, Sydney Nolan and Albert Tucker, singling out works they feel they have a relationship with, examining them according to their own artistic practices.

Opening Launch: 6pm Friday 2 June 2017


Song, Steam and Stone

June 2 - July 9

Charcoal drawings by Tony Fitzsimmons convey a sense of individual identity and passion for seemingly ordinary occupations, be they musicians, mechanics, singers or bellringers. This body of work commenced during the artists’ 2015 summer Aberystwyth Art Centre residency in Wales.

Opening Launch: 6pm Friday 2 June 2017

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