Creations in Wood.. focus on the female

Gallery Lane Cove will be hosting the Woodworkers Association of NSW annual exhibition for members, titled Creations in Wood. The Woodworkers Association of NSW promotes the appreciation of fine woodworking and encourages creativity, design and skill development for all woodworkers. It is a forum for networking, exchanging ideas and enjoying camaraderie among woodworkers. The association also represents professional woodworkers and it promotes environmental awareness, judicious use of native timber resources and sustainable harvesting of recycled and reclaimed timbers.

This year there are a number of female artists who have joined the group and will exhibit in the gallery.  Gallery Lane Cove interviewed Minky Grant to find out her fascination with wood, with a feature on artist Catherine Gorrie.

GLC: Minky, what got you started/interested in woodworking?

MG: My background is silver, gold, semi-precious stones jewellery.  I have access to beautiful Australian timber  and I could see how to include timber in my jewellery.


Minky Grant | Japanese cedar pendant, sterling silver treecycle

GLC: Can you go a little bit more in depth with the processes that are involved in the artworks you will be exhibiting?

One of the pieces has a cabochon shape formed from Japanese Cedar to imitate a gem stone set into Sterling Silver as I would set  a gem stone.  My intention is to give gemstone quality to the timber.  I love the look of silver combined with timber.  I feel it takes timber jewellery to another level.  The natural world is very important to me. I often carve cockatoos, owls etc. from Huon Pine it combines so well with pyrography.

GLC: Is there a favorite medium/process you enjoy working with?

MG: I don’t really have a favourite medium but I do love the challenge of trying new ways of making jewellery.  At the moment I am intrigued with epoxy resin.  I love the colours and it’s limitless how I can combine it with other materials.

GLC: Last question: I can see by your portfolio that you use a variety of materials. Do you enjoy mixing materials to create works? If so, why?

MG: I get bored very quickly and I have many ways of working  to choose from.  For example I am also a print maker and miniature painter and I love combining all these disciplines together for a real challenge.


Catherine Gorrie | Lidded Boxes

Woodturner and Woodworkers Association member and exhibitor Catherine Gorrie (whose work graces the cover of the exhibition invite) has been a practicing woodturner since 2010. She has always been interested in woodwork, ever since she could walk into her Dad’s workshop right behind him. He was always showing her how to use this tool or that, and whenever he was making something, he would always have to move her back a bit, for fear of damaging her face, which would be just a short distance away from his work area.

Catherine has developed some considerable skill as a Woodturner. Over time, Catherine has combined other skills with her woodturning, and is interested in a whole array of artistic pursuits. These include airbrushing, piercing and pyrography to name a few, and she has even used a chainsaw to obtain a jagged edge to the upper surface of a bowl. Catherine is just venturing into carving and has made a series of bowls with carved feet.

See more photos on our facebook site.

Eve Vonwiller Youth Art Awards 2016

Gallery Lane Cove and Centrehouse presented this years Eve Vonwiller Youth Art Awards as part of the Lane Cove Cameraygal Festival on August 24.

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Young artists between the ages of 5 and 17 years were asked to submit artworks into the 2016 Eve Vonwiller Youth Art Awards responding to the theme  ‘Cities of the Future’. There were over 50 entries of paintings, drawings, printmaking, photographs and sculptural forms.


Centrehouse Arts Centre operates an after school kids art program and an art club on Saturdays for children aged 5-11 years. Under the guidance of their teachers, artist Rhonda Pryor and Szilvia Gyorgy, the students collaborated to produce a communal sculptural installation that explored the theme of Future Cities, forming a centerpiece for the exhibition.

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We would like to congratulate all those who participated and announce the winners of the 2016 Eve Vonwiller Youth Art awards.

Commended- Lower Primary: Holly Von Behr

Commended- Upper Primary: Sofia Johansson

Highly Commended- High School: Juliet Lochrin

Highly Commended- Lower Primary: Daniel Rees

Highly Commended- Upper Primary: Will Whitear

Winner- High School: Jacqueline Berthold

Winner- Lower Primary: Eve Whitear

Winner- Upper Primary: Eloise Allen

Emerging actor, writer and journalist Izzy Stevens attended the opening night and has put together an impressive video and podcast of the event for you to view. She has interviewed the Mayor of Lane Cove, Cr. Deborah Hutchens, Cr  Soo-Tee Cheong, artist and judge, Margaret Vickers, Gallery Manager and Curator, Felicity Martin and award entrants. This online media document demonstrates the importance of these community events and their impact on peoples sense of belonging.





Storytelling with your iPad or Smartphone


|| Storytelling with your iPad or Smartphone ||

Friday 8 April

8 local Lane Cove seniors took part in an interactive workshop with an expert film maker and 9 local Riverview students learning how to utilise the movie function on their iPads and smartphones.

Using the backdrop of Gallery Lane Cove’s soft sculpture exhibition The Charged Object participants got the opportunity to develop skills in filming, simple editing techniques, downloading apps and uploading videos onto YouTube.

|| Grandparents and Grandchildren’s soft sculpture workshop |


Wednesday 13 April

32 grandparents and grandchildren took part in morning and afternoon workshops introducing participants to the soft sculpture medium. The workshop took place in partnership with Lane Cove Council’s seniors week program and in conjunction with Gallery Lane Cove’s The Charged Object soft sculpture exhibition.


Despite the generational gap participants came together in creating innovative and decorative sculpture gloves using a variety of fabric and soft sculpture materials. Grandparents were able to take the opportunity to teach their grandchildren valuable sewing and stitching techniques which made for a very fun and informative school holiday activity.

Sally Aplin | Bags


Bags, enameled copper and concrete, Sally Aplin

Introducing April’s sculpture plinth local artist Sally Aplin.

The small bags are constructed from thin copper, coated in vitreous enamel and kiln fired.


The large bags are made from concrete cast in a mold with synthetic handles. These bags are made from unlikely, contrary materials for a receptacle. The copper bags are lightweight and fragile, the concrete are heavy and solid.


During 35 years of art practice Sally Aplin has focused on similar themes, carry bags, trees, seedpods, decay, the body and ageing. Her work has an emphasis on surface and tactility which she has explored extensively in her university dissertations covering topics such as materials and making of sculpture, as well as looking and touching, investigating response to surface.

Gallery Lane Cove is always on the hunt for 3D artists to exhibit in our sculpture plinth. If you are interested in showing your artwork free of charge please visit our website or send us an email at




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         The gaze #2
Oil on canvas
45 x 45 cm

PAS DE DEUX || 22 March – 23 April, 2016

Pas de Deux explores what would happen if we actually inhabited works of art rather than just observe them passively from a distance.

Images from daily life are playfully paired with works ranging in origin from Pompeii wall paintings to Titian and Caravaggio- echoing the synergy of ballet dancers in a pas de deux.

The paintings interrogate different aspects of personhood, and raise the tantalizing prospect of transforming the pattern of our own small steps into a glorious art of the Dance.

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                   Dance Memory #1                                    
Oil on linen
51 x 41 cm

Ian McGilvray

Born: Sydney, NSW

Lives: Wentworth Falls, NSW

Art Education

Master of Art (COFA 2013)

Solo Shows

‘Introducing Ian McGilvray’ exhibition, 2013 at Wallarobba Art & Cultural Centre, Hornsby NSW.

Group Shows

-Jenny Birt Award finalist, COFA, Paddington NSW

-‘Feat, Pray, Love: Food & Spirituality’ exhibition, 2013 at Collins Street Baptist Church, Melbourne


-2012 Hornsby Shire Emerging artist award

The Charged Object: soft sculpture and the aesthetics of touch



Margarita Sampson | Michelle Cawthorn | Yarrenyty Arltere | Brett Alexander | Paula Do Prado | Anne Graham | Nicole Monks | John Brooks

Gallery Lane Cove // 9 March – 9 April, 2016

The charged object is an exhibition that explores the ‘aesthetics of touch’ and the use of nontraditional and tactile materials in the artworks of contemporary non-indigenous and indigenous Australian artists.

The exhibition aims to explore how the fundamental shift in thinking about sculpture in the 1960’s has informed contemporary works in soft sculpture and anti-form. There will be a particular focus on works made with fibres, cloth and plastics with traditional textile techniques (weaving, sewing, wrapping, crochet, knitting, beading) and how these methods have been interpreted through contemporary installations, sculpture and animations.


Yarrenyty Altere Art, Goanna, Grandma, Grandpa, little Dingi, little Dingi’s friend, dyed blankets, thread, wool feathers and fabric, 2012

It is this idea of `feeling objects’ that the exhibition endeavours to explore and communicate to the audience. The use of these soft, tactile and universally recognisable materials are accessible, yet when presented in the gallery environment become charged with meaning and fascination. The works selected embody this relationship between the materiality of the work and the body, ‘both in the way the viewer’s body is engaged by materials and how the materials themselves can be used as bodily metaphors’.


“The object feels. This is the great discovery that Claes Oldenburg has introduced to Modern Art.  Oldenberg intertwines the organic and inorganic in his sculpture, conjoining human feeling and the physical properties of objects. These new feeling objects, presented as art, can no longer be under stood as detached and impersonal rather, they have been imbued with sensuality and sexuality.” (Celant 1995). [1]

[1] Cevant, Gervano (1995) ‘Claes Oldenburg and the Feeling of Things’, in Claes Oldenburg: an anthology, Claes Oldenburg, New York, N.Y. : Guggenheim Museum : Hardcover ed. distributed by Abrams, 1995: 13


RE POST:Art Guide Australia article

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Maragrita Sampson, Pussy Galore, altered and gilded chair with textile.

The Charged Object: soft sculpture and the aesthetics of touch

Naomi Gall  |  Posted 11 Mar 2016

Everyone has a favourite jumper. It’s snuggly, warm, comforting and familiar. Through soft sculpture installations, The Charged Object takes these feelings out of the domestic space and into the gallery context. Exhibition curator Felicity Martin comments, “We’re familiar with a knit jumper, for example, it’s worn, it is a textile used within a domestic environment so we’re very comfortable with it, we understand it within that environment. But when you put it in a gallery it totally changes the way we experience the jumper.” This exhibition explores the way in which tactile materials can become charged with meaning and significance when placed within an art gallery.

The artists in The Charged Object: Margarita Sampson, Michelle Cawthorn, Brett Alexander, Paulo do Prado, Anne Graham, Nicole Monks, John Brooks and the Yarrenyty Arltere group utilise knitting, felting, weaving and various other textiles techniques to create works that are predominantly large scale installations, some of which incorporate media projections and animations. When selecting the artists Martin had a strong desire to include both Indigenous and non-Indigenous work and she fell in love with the handmade soft sculptures of the Yarrenyty Arltere artists. The curator also turned to the book Soft Sculpture and Beyond: An International Perspective by artist Jutta Fedderson as a starting point for the exhibition. Along with fellow curator and exhibiting artist Paula Do Prado, she selected a diverse group of artists “I think it’s going to be really interesting,” she says, “because there is a range of different works and different types of materials, and each work carries its own memory and associations as well.”

Although there are serious aspects to some of the works, Martin is quick to point out the humour in the show and the seemingly inevitable sense of fun which surrounds the objects. Laughing, she admits that presenting a gallery full of soft, sensuous, incredibly ‘touchable’ materials, but not allowing anyone to touch anything might be a bit mean. So the curator has a plan.

“We’re working on the idea of a sculpture made by the community out of gloves called Don’t Touch. And she explains that, despite the title, “people will be able to touch that particular piece. The gloves will be decorated through sewing, applique and different techniques.” Martin admits that she considered how children in particular might experience the exhibition when she thought of this addition.

The Charged Object showcases textiles, textile techniques and the tactile power of the soft sculpture.

The Charged Object: soft sculpture and the aesthetics of touch
Gallery Lane Cove
9 March – 9 April 

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Harbour Pools // Marina Bishop


Marina Bishop lives in Lane Cove and was the Artist in Residence at Centrehouse Arts Centre during the winter of 2015. During this time Marina worked on a number of lino cut prints inspired by the iconic prints by the much loved artist, Margaret Preston. Marina has hand coloured her images of places like the Greenwich Baths, Manly Harbour pool, Balmoral Baths and Neilsen Park baths. Exhibiting alongside these landscapes will be works on paper that capture the minutia details of such places, narrowing her focus from the larger landscape to the micro spaces within.

With a number of prizes from the Lane Cove Art Awards under her belt, Marina’s solo show will be an exciting celebration of many months of research and work that looks at the local as well as the greater Sydney harbour pools and coastlines.


Marina held an artist talk during her month long exhibition giving enthusiastic locals and baths enthusiasts an insight into the history and significance of Sydney’s harbour pools, as well as an understanding of her artistic practice. Alongside the artists talks Gallery Lane Cove in partnership with Lane Cove Library hosted a talk about the history and significance of tidal baths in the Lane Cove area. Gallery Lane Cove is currently collecting any images of or stories about these special places so feel free to contact us if you have any to share.

Marina, in her interview with local artist Mark Vickers explains that she was pleasantly surprised with the positive feedback she received throughout the exhibition, as well as the positive comments made regarding her artist workshop which gave gallery goers are further insight into her practice and processes. Bishop goes on to say that the artist in residency program was important in her future artistic endeavors saying, “entering competitions is good, but it is usually limited to showing 2 or 3 pieces. I found to have a theme, and to cover it from different angles, and to explore that subject in depth – this was truly rewarding.”


The exhibition, Harbour Pools of Sydney, opens on 20 January and running until the 27th of February.