popupart.com.au https://www.popupart.com.au Linking artists to market Tue, 04 Jun 2019 02:03:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.2 https://www.popupart.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/PUA-Logo_Tagline_blacksquare-150x150.gif popupart.com.au https://www.popupart.com.au 32 32 Arts ACTION: Inspiring effective leadership in the arts https://www.popupart.com.au/arts-action-inspiring-effective-leadership-in-the-arts/ https://www.popupart.com.au/arts-action-inspiring-effective-leadership-in-the-arts/#comments Sun, 02 Jun 2019 02:11:10 +0000 https://www.popupart.com.au/?p=1112 We are thrilled to be a successful recipient of a Federal Government Building Better Regions grant, to deliver a new initiative: Arts ACTION. This grant will enable us to continue our work in supporting artists/creatives to be viable businesses and contribute to the growth of the Central Victorian Creative Community. It’s clear that artists and …

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We are thrilled to be a successful recipient of a Federal Government Building Better Regions grant, to deliver a new initiative: Arts ACTION. This grant will enable us to continue our work in supporting artists/creatives to be viable businesses and contribute to the growth of the Central Victorian Creative Community.

It’s clear that artists and creatives want greater opportunities for exposure. They need support in development of skills, methods and frameworks to maximise new career opportunities. Arts ACTION, an education, training and development program, will assist creatives get into action on building and fine tuning their business model, as well as expanding capability, productivity, and aspiration. This will support greater market reach and art sales.

The program consists of 3 practical components

  1. CALL to action: Online engagement and info-training

Direct educational mailers to inspire participation, sector leadership and increased professionalism for greater individual & sector productivity

  1. Action PLANNING: Training and development workshops

Topics covered include business development, being market ready, and accessing innovative creative online platforms for e-commerce marketing and sales

  1. GROWING action: Opportunities to grow business

Opportunity A Be part of a working group for artists to organise future exhibition opportunities collectively

Opportunity B Apply and participate in Deakin University’s innovative online model ‘a virtual gallery ‘ to enable ongoing artist connectivity, growth and access to new markets

More information and registration details are coming very soon. Stay tuned and join our mailing list for upcoming opportunities.

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small works from a BIG PLACE – thankyou! https://www.popupart.com.au/small-works-from-a-big-place-thankyou/ https://www.popupart.com.au/small-works-from-a-big-place-thankyou/#respond Sun, 02 Jun 2019 02:01:54 +0000 https://www.popupart.com.au/?p=1107 Many thanks to all involved with small works from a BIG PLACE This project enabled us to build a mobile art exhibit and display the artwork of 130 Central Victorian artists in six locations, providing professional development and marketing exposure to the artists involved. In addition we formalised a relationship with the 130-190 participating artists, …

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Many thanks to all involved with small works from a BIG PLACE

This project enabled us to build a mobile art exhibit and display the artwork of 130 Central Victorian artists in six locations, providing professional development and marketing exposure to the artists involved.

In addition we formalised a relationship with the 130-190 participating artists, and recorded EOI’s from 340. This paves the way to formalising a collective that supports these artists in their representation; productivity; professionalism and most importantly in their capacity to generate income growth via the selling of their work to broader audiences.

Building on our collective success we’re happy to announce:

This year Deakin University, in partnership with Pop Up Art, is building us an innovative online Virtual Art Gallery, supporting artists of Mount Alexander, Hepburn, Macedon and Bendigo.

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Buying art from the heart https://www.popupart.com.au/buying-art-from-the-heart/ https://www.popupart.com.au/buying-art-from-the-heart/#respond Wed, 19 Dec 2018 23:11:25 +0000 https://www.popupart.com.au/?p=1096 A guest blog by Helen Fraser “Buying art is a bit like falling in love.” How do we find art we love?  An artist we love?  Why do we fall in love with a particular work?  Why is it that we want to spend our hard-earned money on a particular artwork as if we can’t …

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A guest blog by Helen Fraser

“Buying art is a bit like falling in love.”

How do we find art we love?  An artist we love?  Why do we fall in love with a particular work?  Why is it that we want to spend our hard-earned money on a particular artwork as if we can’t live without it?  I’ve been pondering these questions since doing a radio interview with Derek Guille from ABC Central Victoria along with Sharon Seyd, Founder of Jumpleads Not for Profit and curator of the Small Works From a Big Place exhibition currently travelling around Central Victoria.  As a musician, photographer and artist himself, Derek asked us some thought provoking questions that I’ve been musing since.

Finding art and artists is a bit like falling in love.  It can be love at first site or happen gradually over time but the physical and emotional reactions can feel similar.  Knowing an artwork is for you can be an intense emotional, physical and spiritual experience.  As an artist, psychologist and budding art collector myself I wonder whether I am attracted to certain works at a moment or stage in my life because the work reflects some potential within me that I need or want to develop and express.  Or maybe it is embodying a feeling I don’t want to consciously face.  The unconscious within all of us is very powerful.  In my experience it has a strong part to play in the enjoyment of and purchasing of art.  And it wants us to grow and develop.  Its main purpose is to help us move towards wholeness and joy no matter what is happening consciously or in our external world.  I believe it is worth trusting so I’ve learnt to tune in to my body’s signals when viewing art.

Try to sidestep your analytic mind and go deeper.  What piece do I keep going back to?  Does it keep coming back into my mind when I am away from it?  Which work leaves me feeling hopeful or joyous or exquisitely sad at a profoundly peaceful level?  Does the work leave me feeling curious and uncomfortable? Ultimately don’t think too much.  Go with what your body and gut tell you.  Don’t get caught up in what other like or have but stay true to yourself.  Art is about relationships including the relationship with yourself.  I cannot stress enough how important it is to buy art you personally love even if it will be a gift.  It is a reflection of the deeper you and this is a gift in itself.

To find an artist you love, I encourage the process of playful exploration. Visit new spaces in your local area.  Scour the newspapers for art events.  In my region of the Macedon Ranges there are several Open Studio programs to explore.  Visit small and large galleries.  Borrow or buy art books. Go to your local art festival.  Where ever you go, stay present to your feelings and bodily reactions when you stumble across art.  They will be your best guide. Is your heart racing?  Do you feel excited?  Do you suddenly hold your breath in awe of the colour, the skill of the artist, curious about how they created the piece or what it could mean?  Does it take you to a time of meaning and connection in your life?  Are you moved to tears or anger?  Even more negative emotions could mean you need to live with a certain artwork.  Feelings like envy or hatred can often be triggered when we love an artwork.  It is common to feel dismay when we envy another yet envy can be a healthy road map to our true selves or our untapped potential.  If we can notice it, ask ourselves what it is telling us, then we can grow and move forward.

By supporting local artists – any artist in fact – we are honouring ourselves indirectly.  By celebrating the success of another we overcome the power of the ego and connect with our truly loving potential.  And artists love and need your support.  When I witness someone falling in love with my artwork I feel grateful and privileged.  It is so moving to watch.  Being in the position to facilitate this type of deep connection is a great honour as an artist as I know it has the potential to heal and transform that person.  Buying local art also financially supports the artist to buy materials and supports them to take up opportunities to enhance their practice.  To me art is a practice and I will do it even when the art isn’t selling.  I do it every day, it is what I do and who I am.  But knowing my practice is supporting and nurturing others fuels and inspires me to continue making art.

Art matters.  It makes a difference.  From my experience as both an artist and psychoanalytic psychotherapist, art starts conversations that otherwise would not have happened.  It connects us more deeply to ourselves and others.  It is a bridge for our unconscious which wants the best for us.  It may even have big things in store without our knowledge.  So why not start the heartfelt process of finding the art and artists you love?  Take the leap. Trust me, you won’t regret it.

To follow my artmaking process and purchase artwork on-line go to www.helenfraser.net.au or Instagram @helenfraserartist.  Email helenfraserartist@bigpond.com for enquiries, commissions, custom artworks and collaborations.

Helen Fraser is a participating artist in our ‘small works from a BIG PLACE’ exhibition. Find more local artists in the exhibition catalogue here: popupart.com.au/artists

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Introducing Local Artists https://www.popupart.com.au/introducing-some-of-our-artists/ https://www.popupart.com.au/introducing-some-of-our-artists/#respond Wed, 19 Dec 2018 05:36:46 +0000 https://www.popupart.com.au/?p=1057 Jessica Murtagh, Bendigo multimedia artist “I consciously want to keep my practice experimental. This allows for me to explore the role of an artist as explorer or inventor. A strong focus in my practice is combining hand and machine techniques to create works on paper” www.jessicamurtagh.org Paul Cox, Macedon Ranges “I was born in Hobart, …

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Jessica Murtagh, Bendigo multimedia artist

“I consciously want to keep my practice experimental. This allows for me to explore the role of an artist as explorer or inventor. A strong focus in my practice is combining hand and machine techniques to create works on paper”

www.jessicamurtagh.org

Paul Cox, Macedon Ranges

I was born in Hobart, Tasmania and like most people, had a love for drawing from a very young age. Taking every opportunity to sketch whether it be drawing freehand or copying the latest Andy Capp, Obelix and Asterix cartoons or the daily sketches of football and cricket players in the Hobart Mercury Newspaper.

I find inspiration from many of the old master artists such as: Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Caravaggio, Salvador Dali, John Singer Sargent as well as a number of more contemporary artists such Norman Rockwell, Odd Nerdrum (who I also count as an old master), Catherine Abel, Jandamarra Cadd, Sergey Gusev, Yupari, Greg “Crayola Simkins and Todd Scherr just to name a few.

I’m currently focused on portraiture and surrealism using mostly oil paint.”

www.facebook.com/PaulCoxArt  paulcoxart.wixsite.com/paulcoxart

Elissa Sadgrove, iconography and graphic artist

“Drawing on my interest in graphic design, I create works of whimsical and idiosyncratic symbols. These symbols are analytical and playful responses to our visually loaded urban environments. With autobiographical themes and a sleek commercial appearance, my symbols revel in the styles, colours and meanings of commercial and information graphics”.

www.elissasadgrove.com

Beth Parnaby

“I have always had an interest in the healing potential of the creative arts. Experience has taught me that they provide a positive way of expressing feelings, and can lead to individual awareness of the power of the imagination. My belief that there is a spiritual dimension to the human experience defines my practice. There is an endlessly dynamic interaction between my inner reality and my day to day life.”

https://instagram.com/bethcparnaby

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small works from a BIG PLACE – December update https://www.popupart.com.au/small-works-december-update/ https://www.popupart.com.au/small-works-december-update/#respond Sun, 02 Dec 2018 06:16:26 +0000 https://www.popupart.com.au/?p=1046 We have had an overwhelming response by artists to participate in the small works from a BIG PLACE exhibition – receiving in excess of 380 pieces of work [from 130+ artists]. From these 249 pieces were selected. Artwork selection was based on theme, style and how work from different artists could be exhibited to compliment …

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We have had an overwhelming response by artists to participate in the small works from a BIG PLACE exhibition – receiving in excess of 380 pieces of work [from 130+ artists]. From these 249 pieces were selected.

Artwork selection was based on theme, style and how work from different artists could be exhibited to compliment one another.

A minimum of 1 piece to a maximum of 3 from each artist has taken its place within the exhibition [see the online catalogue here]

This inaugural exhibition combines a variety of styles, themes and expertise – as was directed and outlined by artistic communities [of Macedon, Hepburn, Mount Alexander and Hepburn] in previous consultations.

A basic facility now exists for future shows and future exhibition themes may be up for discussion in 2019 – depending on what’s possible for us, moving forward.

The exhibition has so far successfully been placed at Riddells Creek Railway Station and Castlemaine Railway Station. The recent Community Gathering in Castlemaine attracted 100 + artists and supporters to celebrate the achievements of this project so far. This also provided a moment to acknowledge what’s possible for these communities now and looking forward, and how direct support makes a difference.

The next stop for the exhibition is Bendigo Railway Station, on show from 1st December to 10th December. Visit the exhibition and spread the word, with an emphasis on buying art to strengthen artists and our creative communities and enhance the ripple effect in this.

More information and links to share:
Project Media Release Article: https://www.popupart.com.au/find-your-art/
Project Information Page: https://www.popupart.com.au/small-works/
Artists Catalogue: https://www.popupart.com.au/artists/
Pop Up Art FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/popupart.jumpleads

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Get REAL for Christmas https://www.popupart.com.au/get-real-for-christmas/ https://www.popupart.com.au/get-real-for-christmas/#respond Tue, 27 Nov 2018 11:05:12 +0000 https://www.popupart.com.au/?p=1033 Take the opportunity this Christmas to buy real and handmade work from your local artists with these 5 easy steps: 1. Find the art you like Visit the small works from a Big Place exhibition [find out when and where to visit the exhibition here]. Take note of the number on the art you like …

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Take the opportunity this Christmas to buy real and handmade work from your local artists with these 5 easy steps:

1. Find the art you like
Visit the small works from a Big Place exhibition [find out when and where to visit the exhibition here]. Take note of the number on the art you like and locate the artwork number in the catalogue here.

2. Find the artist who made it
Find the artist contact details from the catalogue and link directly to the artist contact page.

3. Make a purchase you love
Contact the artist directly to purchase the art you like.

4. Frame it
Buy a frame yourself, or take it to a framer.

5. Keep it or gift it
Give it to your friends or family as a special Christmas gift. You might like it so much, you want to keep it for yourself!

Find out more by listening to the ABC Central Victorian radio interview, with radio presenter Derek Guille, Project Director Sharon Seyd and Central Victorian artist Helen Fraser:

 

Find out more at www.popupart.com.au/artists

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Find your art, find your artist https://www.popupart.com.au/find-your-art/ https://www.popupart.com.au/find-your-art/#comments Fri, 09 Nov 2018 02:56:27 +0000 https://www.popupart.com.au/?p=1003 Central Victoria hosts ‘small works from a BIG PLACE’: a visual arts exhibition that is a travelling feast of miniature art works, from a collective of 130+ Central Victorian artists. Curated and presented to a high standard, this exhibition is showcasing the work of over 100 artists. It will ‘pop up’ at different destinations along …

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Central Victoria hosts ‘small works from a BIG PLACE’: a visual arts exhibition that is a travelling feast of miniature art works, from a collective of 130+ Central Victorian artists.

Curated and presented to a high standard, this exhibition is showcasing the work of over 100 artists. It will ‘pop up’ at different destinations along the historical railway line from Melbourne to Bendigo from 8th November to the 10th December and then again in the first quarter of 2019 in Bendigo and Castlemaine.

As part of the exhibition, organisers are running a “Find Your Art, Find Your Artist” campaign

“We’re taking art to people where they live, to broaden awareness of the local artistic talent and encourage the buying of local art,” says local organiser Karen Corr. “With Christmas ahead, it’s an opportunity to buy real and handmade.”

The general public are encouraged to “find your art find your artist” by visiting the exhibition, finding the artwork they like, and contacting local artists via https://www.popupart.com.au/artists.

Artists represented cover a broad range of backgrounds and art forms:

Mari B-Li Donni is a multi-disciplined visual artist and art project co-ordinator who works predominantly in ceramics, but also alternates between photography, painting, sculpture and installation work.

“I spent many years working with community groups in creating projects that focused on self-expression and inclusion while at the same time extending the ‘art vibe’ outside of the City of Greater Bendigo. My drive and passion is to see the outcome of what can eventuate from pushing the boundaries whilst striving for uniqueness.”

Stephen Korp is a proud Wemba Wemba man and has been painting for 2 years now.  One of his recent paintings “The Black Saturday painting” was inspired by the devastating events of Saturday 7th February 2009. He describes his experience in the fires:

“During this time, I was employed as a firefighter and was travelling home after a week away fighting fires in North East Victoria and was redirected to Redesdale. For the next month after, I (along with many others) tirelessly worked on the fires.”

“The project is made possible by support from great partners” says Karen Corr. They are: the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund; City of Greater Bendigo and Macedon Ranges Shire Council. It is also supported by many other local organisations including V/Line, Mount Alexander Shire, La Trobe University and Bendigo Marketplace.

“Many artists would like opportunities to sell more work and grow their arts business practice” says Sharon Seyd, Project Director at Jumpleads NFP. “That’s why we created Pop Up Art; it supports artists to leverage individual effort into collective initiatives that share resources for exhibition, presentation, marketing, communications, and distribution of their work.”

Senator Jane Hume, who will be attending the community gathering at Castlemaine Station 6.30pm November 23rd to celebrate the exhibition and visual artists says: “We are pleased to support this innovative project that helps build the capacity of the local creative industries sector. I encourage everyone to visit the exhibition and engage with the local artistic talent of the Central Victorian region.”

 

small works from a BIG PLACE | Exhibition & Tour Dates

2018 Exhibition viewing:

Riddells Creek Station
Thursday 8th – Monday 19th November

Castlemaine Station
Wednesday 21st – Thursday 29th November

Bendigo Station
Saturday 1st – Monday 10th December

2019 Exhibition viewing:

Bendigo Marketplace

Tuesday 15th January – Tuesday 12th February

116-120 Mitchell St | Bendigo

 

Arnold Street Gallery

Thursday 14th February – Tuesday 19th March

189 Arnold Street | North Bendigo

 

Castlemaine State Festival | Open Studios Program

Thursday 21st March – Monday 1st April

Castlemaine VLine Station | Castlemaine

 

More information can be found at: www.popupart.com.au/small-works
For media inquiries contact Karen Corr: 0419 006 243 or karenc@makeachange.org.au

 

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small works from a BIG PLACE | September Update https://www.popupart.com.au/small-works-update/ https://www.popupart.com.au/small-works-update/#respond Sat, 22 Sep 2018 13:35:51 +0000 https://www.popupart.com.au/?p=926 A quick update from us to you! Applications have now closed for small works from a BIG place. The response has been beyond exciting: We’ve had 320+ EOIs – including 190+ artists, who have completed applications to exhibit. All this was received in just under 30 days! Over and above this, 63% have said they …

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A quick update from us to you!
Applications have now closed for
small works from a BIG place.

The response has been beyond exciting:

  • We’ve had 320+ EOIs – including 190+ artists, who have completed applications to exhibit. All this was received in just under 30 days!
  • Over and above this, 63% have said they would like to be part of an ongoing professional collective, while 23% would also like to contribute to the management of this collective.

All Central Victorian communities are well represented in the applications, with a few ring-ins as far afield as Torquay. Quality of artists – pretty darn good overall, with some amazing and heartwarming stories in the mix.

  • Applications closed at midnight Friday 21st September
  • Selection is on Monday/Tuesday 24th and 25th September
  • Applicants will be notified soon after – by Friday 28th September latest.

More soon, or we’ll see you at the exhibitions!
Cheers
Sharon & the Pop Up Art team

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Professional, practising and emerging visual artists are invited to participate in a group exhibition “small works from a BIG PLACE”.

“We’re working to broaden awareness and expand potential to sell artwork from this region to new markets” says local organiser Karen Corr.

Artist applications are being requested now and will be open until 21st September. “The project team is hoping to receive and select 100-200 small art works” says Kevin Pierce, who will be designing and building a special purpose facility to showcase the works.

small works from a BIG PLACE will be a travelling feast of miniature artworks from a collective of Central Victorian artists. Curated and presented to a high standard, this exhibition will ‘pop up’ at different destinations along the historical railway line from Melbourne to Bendigo in November and December this year.

Project Director, Sharon Seyd of Jumpleads NFP, says “artists will be selected according to curatorial policy, developed via community consultation, with the aim of building a professional arts marketing cooperative.”

“This model allows local artists to leverage individual effort into collective group initiatives, sharing resources for exhibition, presentation, marketing, communications, and distribution of their work.”

The project is made possible via an Australian Government Building Better Regions Fund Community Investment grant, and partnerships with the City of Greater Bendigo and Macedon Ranges Shire. It’s also supported by many other local organisations including V/Line, Mount Alexander Shire, La Trobe University and Bendigo Marketplace.

Maree Tonkin from the City of Greater Bendigo, says “visual artists are based all over Central Victoria and many artists would like opportunities to sell more work and grow their arts business practice.”

“We are pleased to support this project, as this group show is taking art to the people, allowing broad public interaction with local art and arts practice.”

To participate, artists need to submit an expression of interest by 21st September.
More information can be found at: www.popupart.com.au/small-works
Artist application and guidelines can be found at: www.popupart.com.au/artist-eoi

For media inquiries contact Karen Corr:

0419 006 243 or karenc@makeachange.org.au

Interviews, quotes, high resolution and additional images are available on request.

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The project

“small works from a BIG PLACE” is a travelling feast of miniature art works from a collective of Central Victorian artists.

Small art works, curated and presented to a high standard, will ‘pop up’ at different destinations along the historical railway line from Melbourne to Bendigo. This group show is taking art to people, allowing broad public interaction with local art and arts practice.

Creativity at the heart

Creativity and innovation are essential to the viability of regional towns. Supporting practicing artists provides a cornerstone for the development of creative communities. Showcasing art gives the audience fertile stimulus for thought, activates interaction and encourages imagination.

“small works from a BIG PLACE” aims to grow audiences and encourage local communities to invest in local art and artists.

Long term aim

Pop Up Art aims to coordinate and consolidate an arts collective of 200 Central Victorian Professional Visual Artists.

The works will be selected according to criteria developed via community consultations in 2013 + 2014. Participation, including council and community support, has been confirmed by the three neighbouring Shires of Macedon, Mount Alexander and Greater Bendigo.

Based in effective arts business practice, artists will be organised under one strong ‘brand’ that is linked to the destination of Central Victoria. This provides an opportunity for greater exposure for artists and the townships of this region, effectively telling the story of the diverse creative communities that enrich the region.

Beneficiaries and building capacity

“Small works from a BIG place” will contribute to collective foundations in order to equip the future delivery of new programs, initiatives and exhibitions. This can create the potential for ongoing opportunities to build upon creativity and innovation within local communities.

By providing business frameworks for best practice, this initiative will assist in building the capability of individual artists to become market ready.

“small works from a BIG PLACE” will strengthen amenity, connectivity, local interaction and create a community hub atmosphere at the V/Line stations, as well as actively support the regions arts community as a whole.

Get involved here…

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