Grandparents and Grandchildren’s Collage Workshops


On Friday 20th October Gallery Lane Cove in partnership with Lane Cove Council held a free Grandparents and Grandchildren’s (between the ages of 2 and 4 years) collage workshop with artist Jo Williams directing the activity.


Participants took part in a 1 and a half hour workshop exploring the collage medium using black paper as canvases and coloured paper as the collaging material. The artworks were designed to focus on pattern and colour and were open to simple or complex themes, an exercise which proved to be thoroughly enjoyed by both generations. Participants were required to create artworks no bigger than 20 x 10cm in response to Gallery Lane Cove’s October exhibition East Meets West, a collection of artworks of miniature dimensions by the Miniatures Society.


The workshop provided the ideal opportunity for Grandparents to spend time with their grand kids in an educational, creative and productive environment amoungst the backdrop of Gallery Lane Cove’s current exhibitions.



David Pavich – local tutor to exhibit landscapes


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Image: Studio documentation of David Pavich’s 2017 Gallery Lane Cove artist residency.

David Pavich has been teaching painting and drawing classes at Centrehouse Arts Centre for over 10 years and takes other classes all over Sydney. One of his students, Lavinia Foote-Morid talks about her experiences as a student with David.

“I have studied art under David Pavich for many years with the utmost enjoyment and learning. David, being a fully professional artist is quick to solve the most intricate painting technical challenges and colour blending issues. His experience and depth of knowledge of painting is elemental to being able to paint the full range of subjects chosen. David is also a great personality, being great fun to paint with and always kindly encouraging.”

An exhibiting artist, David has had many solo shows and featured in significant group exhibitions throughout Australia. Having worked as an artist in residence for Gallery Lane Cove, we are very pleased to be able to host his upcoming exhibition, Harbour and Beyond. David has a passion for landscape painting, he travels widely to capture the environment in all it’s guises. With a focus on the harbour foreshores surrounding Lane Cove along through to Lavender Bay and Middle Head, this exhibition will feature  spectacular views of the Sydney Harbour.

David’s 2017 Gallery Lane Cove artist residency provided the perfect location to explore his preoccupation with Sydney Harbour, a subject matter the artist has had close attachment to since childhood. Observing the changing light and colour on the Harbour through the seasons, as well as all the energy of boating activities has always provided a joyful experience. “As a painter” he says, “it is invigorating to watch these changes in the landscape and be constantly challenged by capturing its presence at a given time on canvas. Hopefully these feelings of beauty and pleasure are conveyed to the viewer from these painting subjects of some of our most iconic locations.”

Having been selected for the prestigious residency at the Tweed Regional Galleries Nancy Fairfax Studio in 2015, the exhibition also includes rural scenes from the landscape surrounding Murwillumbah, in particular the reoccurring image of Mount Warning serenely located outside his studio window. Mount Warning is a sacred mountain to the aboriginal people of Bundjalong and is the site of particular ceremonies. ‘Wollumbin’ the original aboriginal title of Mount Warning which translates to the ‘Cloud Gatherer’. Its monumental form dominates the landscape from most locations around Murwillumbah, making it a most desirable painting subject.


Sydney Harbour Middle Head, 2016, oil on poly cotton, 40 x 60cm, $1800

Approaching Storm (Snowy River), 2014, Oil on Poly Cotton, 76x102cm, $3800withtone

Approaching storm (Snowy River), 2014, oil on poly cotton, 76cmx102cm $3800

David Pavich 'A Clear Day(Murwillumbah)' 2015 Oil on Poly Cotton, 102x77cm, $3800_withtone

A clear day (Murwillumbah), 2015, oil on poly cotton, 102cm x 77cm $3800

Mosman Bay Ferry 2015 Acrylic on Paper 21x30cm(Unframed) $100withtone

Mosman Bay ferry, 2015, acrylic on paper, 21cm x 30cm $100

The Sugar Mill Murwillumbah(Study), April 2015, Acrylic on paper, 21x30cm, (Unframed), $100_withtone

The sugar mill (study), 2015, acrylic on paper 21cm x 30 cm (unframed) $100

Towards Kingscliff from Murwillumbah(Study), April 2015, Acrylic on paper, 21x30cm, (Unframed), $100_tone

Towards Kingcliffe from Murwillumbah (study) 2015, acrylic on paper 21cm x 30 cm (unframed) $100

Scale has been an interesting exploration for David and the exhibition will feature both small scale intimate oil paintings with his larger format works. There will be some beautiful acrylic on paper works that have a great energy and immediacy and are very affordable.

Please join the team at Gallery Lane Cove and artist David Pavich on Wednesday October 4th 6 – 8pm for the opening of Harbour and Beyond.

The exhibition runs until October 28th, 2017.

David will speak about his exhibition and process on Saturday 14 October from 11am. Please bring your friends and family as this is a free event.



Exhibit in Gallery Lane Cove’s Public Art Sculpture Plinth for FREE!
An exciting opportunity exists for artists working in 3D mediums to exhibit their work at no cost with Gallery Lane Cove.


Yves Lee, ‘être-là (fleur)’, 2017, ceramics

The Lane Cove Council has provided a sculpture plinth in the middle of a busy public thorough fare outside the Lane Cove Library, to give artists the opportunity to exhibit their artworks in a public domain. If you would like to exhibit your sculpture, ceramics, wood work or installation, please send in an application to Gallery Lane Cove.



Sally Aplin, Bags, enamelled copper, concrete, Varying sizes

Exhibition spaces are open for the remainder of the year.
Applications can be downloaded from here:

A quick chat with Kirtika Kain the winner of the 2017 Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Awards

Gallery Lane Cove would like to congratulate Kirtika Kain on winning the 2017 Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Awards. Kain’s winning artwork 5 is a beautiful example of the printmaking process, a stunning text based work silk screen on 3 layers of Japanese rice paper fused together by paraffin wax.

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Image: artist and 2017 winner Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Awards Kirtika Kain and her artwork 5.

Kain is a Sydney based artist, born in India and currently completing her Masters at National Art School. Her practice explores two divergent cultural systems, unraveling the contradictions and complexities of a global identity. Utilising the processes and aesthetics of the printmaking process her textured text pieces draw upon political writings from the archives of India’s history, screen printed and etched upon linoleum through toxic and corrosive chemical reactions. In an attempt to parallel meaning with the means of production, Kain’s experimentation with the alchemy of print is suffused with themes of language and the politics of identity.


Kirtika Kain, Pariah ll, 2016, silk screened image on etched linoleum

Gallery Lane Cove caught up with Kirtika after winning the Lloyd Rees Art Awards to ask a few quick questions about her practice; how the printmaking process is used to explore and depict the themes developed within her practice and to find out what she plans to do with her prize money.

  1. Congratulations on winning the 2017 Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Awards! Your winning work 5 is a stunning example of the printmaking process, can you give us an insight into the processes you did to create the artwork?

Thank you! Printmaking to me is alchemy; just like a science experiment, once you learn the method you can change all the variables. For this work, instead of traditional inks, I screen print my composition with loose black pigment over three sheets of rice paper. I then take this work over to a hotplate where I apply wax. This seals all three sheets and shifts the pigment in unexpected ways. I assure you, it comes at a high failure rate!

  1. Culture and identity play a key role in your printmaking practice, can you talk a little bit about why these themes are important to you and why the printmaking process has been your chosen medium to explore these ideas?

These themes define the experience of many Australians that exist between two entirely different cultures. I was born into the lowest caste group known as the Untouchables in India yet I was raised in Sydney with no idea of the implications of this. Screenprinting is the work of the labour class within textile industries in India yet I use it as a fine art medium. I often screen print with iron filings, silicon carbide and other heavy waste materials yet create refined prints to deal with this idea of pollution and filth associated with the Untouchables. Art is my way to challenge identity and printmaking is the means for this transformation of meaning.

  1. Text is depicted throughout much of your practice, would you be able to explain why?

The text I use was published in a historic essay that articulates the 15 rules and 5 duties to define the life of an Untouchable. My work is about redefining, re imagining and recasting the implications of this language. Sometimes I obliterate, layer, conceal and play with the text. I haven’t grown up in India so these rules form my only knowledge of caste as an outsider.

  1. The two artworks you submitted into the 2017 Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Awards were both prints but were interestingly displayed on two different canvases. Your winning piece was printed on Japanese rice paper and your other artwork on etched linoleum, these are really interesting canvas choices, can you explain why you chose those materials and if that decision had any relationship with the themes you are exploring in the work.

When I’m working in the studio, my choice of material is not an intellectual decision. It’s only in hindsight that I consider the qualities of these surfaces to be fragile, to be flesh like. I heat the rice paper and when etching linoleum, I print with bitumen, pour corrosive caustic soda and scrub away at its surface to acquire the raised text. Both surfaces are so delicate yet the treatment of them is harsh and laborious. The Untouchables are relegated to cleaning and the disposal of waste. For me the meaning of the work becomes embodied in the process of scrubbing and working with these surfaces. Also, because caste is contextual, I focus on the process to encourage people to reflect on wider themes of power and subjugation.

  1. One part of winning the 2017 Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Awards is a solo show in 2 years’ time and the other was winning $5000.00, how are you planning to utilizing that money towards your practice?

This prize is an extraordinary gift for any emerging artist. At the moment, I’m completing my Masters of Fine Art at the National Art School. The funds will see me through and the solo show will be a platform to showcase my works. I hope to see you there!


Kirtika Kain, Pariah lll (detail image), 2016, silk screened chalk dust on Fabriano Artistico 300 gsm

If you would like to check out more of Kirtika’s work her website is

Gallery Lane Cove would also like to thank all the participants of this years Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Awards, what a fantastic selection of emerging artists from around Australia and we look forward to doing it all again in 2019.

Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Awards 2017

Wednesday 23rd August 2017 marked the opening of the 2017 Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Awards held at Gallery Lane Cove.

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Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Awards 2017

Gallery Lane Cove

An outstanding crowd of art lovers descended on Gallery Lane Cove to support all the emerging artists who entered this years show and to be present for the announcement of the Commended, Highly Commended and winner of the 2017 Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Awards. Sharing the Gallery that night was the joint winner of the 2015 Lloyd Rees Art Awards Max Berry who presented a breathtaking collection of paintings in his solo show titled Vehicle. The exhibition is a selection of recent works, a kind of documentary of a rudimentary narrative, the works encourage a moment pause and introspection.

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From far left Highly Commended winner Ashley Zhurawel, Winner Kirtika Kain, Mayor of Lane Cove Deborah Hutchens, Commended winner Kristone Capistrano, Judge Guy Warren AM and Judge Katrina Cashman.

This year, the judges Guy Warren AM, Ann Cape and Katrina Cashman had the hard task of awarding 3 artists with the Commended, Highly Commended and Winner of the 2017 Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Awards. Officially opened by the Mayor of Lane Cove, Deborah Hutchens, the audience was treated to an enthusiastic and supportive introduction by Katrina Cashman, one of this year’s judges and Senior Curator & Assistant Director of Mosman Art Gallery.

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Gallery goers attending the 2017 Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Awards 2017

Thanks to our sponsors and supporters, Gallery Lane Cove, Lane Cove Council and the Lane Cove Art Society.

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Entries in the Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Awards 2017

More photos from the Opening night can be viewed in the below link:

Photos from opening night Lloyd Rees


Congratulations to all the artists who exhibited. The following awards for 2017 went to:

 Acquisitive Awards: $5,000 plus solo exhibitions – Kirtika Kain with her work 5.

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Winner of 2017 Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Awards Kirtika Kain and her artwork 5

Kirtika Kain
Silk screened pigment and paraffin wax on Japanese rice paper
77 x 60cm
Price on application

Highly Commended: $1,500 sponsored by the Lane Cove Art Society, Ashley Zhurawel with her work Lost on the River Thames

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Highly Commended winner Ashley Zhurawel and her artwork Lost on the River Thames

Lost on the River Thames
Ashley Zhurawel
Linocut, hand coloured
72 x 88cm

Commended: $1000 sponsored by Gallery Lane Cove and Centrehouse Arts Centre, Kristone Capistrano with his work The Newborn


Commended winner Kristone Capistrano with his work The Newborn

The Newborn
Kristone Capistrano
Charcoal on Paper
131 x 128cm

Artworks are for sale in the Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Awards, Gallery Lane Cove would be more than happy to help out with any queries buyers may have about artworks included in the exhibition. To contact Gallery Lane Cove call us on 9428 4898, or email us at

The exhibition runs at Gallery Lane Cove from 24 August and ends 2 September.

Catching up with Max Berry our 2015 winner of the Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Awards


Cill Rialaig Cottage II
Acrylic and oil on canvas
20cm x 20cm, 2016

Max Berry won the 2015 Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Awards with his impressive painterly depictions of landscapes, and Gallery Lane Cove caught up with Berry just before the install of his solo show Vehicle opening 23 August, 2017.

Since winning the Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Awards in 2015 can you tell us briefly about how your art practice has progressed since then?

I continue to work out of Sydney and supplement my studio practice with excursions locally and interstate. Whilst traveling I can collect a library of source material; photographs, drawings and objects which can be developed upon my return. At the moment I’m becoming more interested in the urban environment and documenting simple still life compositions.


Black Cat
Acrylic and oil on canvas
38cm x 38cm, 2017


How did the prize money help support your art practice?

The prize has been essential to my art practice and came at a particularly fortuitous time, I managed to apply it to both my time spent in Ireland as part of the Cill Rialaig Artist Residency and in the preparation for my 2016 solo exhibition ‘A Return to Slow’.

You received a solo exhibition as part of your prize in 2015 which is about to open, what can we expect from your upcoming exhibition at Gallery Lane Cove?

The upcoming exhibition entitled ‘Vehicle’ is a selection of recent works, a kind of documentary of a rudimentary narrative. I hope that these works can encourage a moment pause and introspection.


Acrylic and oil on canvas
122cm x 186cm, 2017

Through my research I can see that you have two threads to your practice, one being your paintings and another being your publications. Can you tell us more about that?

I’m very interested in making books and am in the habit of producing them alongside exhibitions. As if they were a companion, having an additional gateway into the thoughts and development of the works on display.


Egg and Sausage
Acrylic and oil on canvas
76cm x 122cm, 2017


Where do you see the trajectory of your art practice going in the future?

I  hope to continue as I am, a slow build of more works, new mediums, new places etc. I feel very lucky to be able to show these works and humbled by those that view them.

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Image of artist Max Berry at the Opening of his solo exhibition Vehicle

To view the online catalogue for Max Berry’s solo show Vehicle please click the link below:

All artworks are for sale Gallery Lane Cove would be more than happy to help out with any queries buyers may have about all artworks included in the exhibition. To contact Gallery Lane Cove call us on 9428 4898, or email us at

The exhibition runs at Gallery Lane Cove from 24 August and ends 9 September.


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


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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.