Harbour Pools // Marina Bishop

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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.

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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.”

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

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