|| 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 http://www.gallerylanecove.com.au or send us an email at centrehouse@bigpond.com




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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 

– See more at: http://artguide.com.au/articles-page/show/thechargedobject/#sthash.SsNWBpGB.dpuf

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.

Introducing new Artist in Residence | Tony Belobrajdic

Gallery Lane Cove and Centrehouse are proud to announce our new Artist in Residence Tony Belobrajdic.

Tony is a local artist, who was born, grew up and studied Architecture and engineering in Croatia. Belobrajdic has been living and working in Sydney as a freelance illustrator since 1989.

His studio Perspectiva has provided architectural perspective photomontages and concept design services for the last 20 years locally and abroad, covering a wise variety of projects. He is a self taught artist working mainly with watercolours and acrylics.

Tony travels and paints overseas regularly and teaches water based mediums and conducts workshops for beginners to advanced levels at several Sydney art schools.


Sydney Fish Market | Tony Belobrajdic

2014 Awards (four entries)

-50th Annual Open Art Awards, 2014

-49th Annual Art Awards Exhibition, 2014

– The Coal & Allied Singleton Art Prize, 2014

-54th Ryde Art Exhibition, 2014


Three Horses | Tony Belobrajdic

Ebb+ // Chloe Ferres


Local emerging artist Chloe Ferres’ exhibition Ebb+ is a dynamic photographic exploration of infinitely shifting pools. Within the 10 exhibited instant print digital photographs the artist reflects upon the flux of the sea which as she explains, “remains constant in a world of perpetual change”. Ferres’ series is inspired by the hallowed benefits of bathing in saltwater and the array of harbour pools Sydney has to offer, this experimental project exposes surreal fluid and fleeting forms.

Lining both walls are Ferres’ framed instant prints capturing the movement and environment of Sydney’s picturesque oceans. Uniting both walls is a double layered projection inviting the audiences to a more immersive experience into the infinitely shifting nature of water. Proof of Ferres’ hands on engagement with her subject matter can be seen in her collection of site materials which include rocks, drift wood, leaves, fishing wire and glass fragments displayed in an archival like fashion.

Ebb+ will be on display at Gallery Lane Cove until 27th of February, 2016.

Link to Chloe Ferres book: http://au.blurb.com/b/6835465-ebb-the-prints



Awards for emerging artists

Last Friday, 21 August Gallery Lane Cove opened the Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Awards exhibition and announced the awards for outstanding emerging art works. There was a fantastic crowd of visitors who packed into the gallery and were also able to see Loique Allain’s solo exhibition, Souvenirs. Loique was the winner of the award back in 2013 and has spent the last two years, putting an incredible body of work together. Her exhibition was opened by artist Neil Frazer who is represented by Martin Browne Contemporary and he gave us an intimate insight into Loiques background and influences.


Neil Frazer

Loique Allains, Souvenirs exhibition


This year, the judges Guy Warren AOM, Denis Clarke and Rhonda Davis were hard pressed to come up with just one winner and instead the Lane Cove Council decided to support two acquisitive awards of $5,000 this year. A fantastic result for the Lane Cove Municipal Collection and the artists. The award attracted over 70 applications from artists in South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and the ACT and with Loique Allain originally from Adelaide, the opening had visitors from all over Australia. Officially opened by the Mayor of Lane Cove, Crl David Brooks-Horne, the audience was treated to an impassioned introduction by Rhonda Davis, one of this year’s judges and Senior Curator at Macquarie University Gallery. Rhonda highlighted the struggles of artists working in an environment of reduced government funding and congratulated the Lane Cove Council on their generosity and foresight into encouraging a young creative culture, not just in Lane Cove but across Australia.

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

Congratulations to all the artists who exhibited. The following awards for 2015 went to:

Acquisitive Awards: $5,000 plus solo exhibitions –Max Berry & Martin Claydon,  both from Sydney
Highly Commended: $1,500 sponsored by the Lane Cove Art Society, Jessica Kellar from Newcastle
Commended: $1000 sponsored by Gallery Lane Cove and Centrehouse Arts Centre, Lizzie Nagy also from Sydney
Awards presentation

Awards presentation above in Gallery Lane Cove


Rhonda Davis presenting the awards

Above: Rhonda Davis presenting the awards: from left, Lizze Nagy, Jessica Kellar, Max Berry, Martin Claydon, John Heffernan (Treasurer Lane Cove Art Society) Crl David Brooks-Horn (Mayor of Lane Cove), Felicity Martin (Manager and Curator, Gallery Lane Cove) Rhonda Davis (Senior Curator, Macquarie University Gallery). Below: Crl David Brooks-Horne (Mayor of Lane Cove), Martin Clayton, Denise Clarke (artist and judge for 2015) Rhonda Davis (Senior Curator, Macquarie University Gallery) Further Below: Max Berry, Denise Clarke, Crl David Brookes-Horne and Rhonda Davis.



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Catching up with Loique Allan our 2013 winner of Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Award

Loique Allain won the 2013 Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Awards with her large format linocut, and we are catching up with her to hear what she has been up to since the prize in 2013.

Loique Allain, Bull Creek Rd, lino cut, 2013

Bull Creek Road, linocut, Loique Allain

You won the Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Award Prize 2013, how did the prize money help support your art practice?

The prize money contributed to my residency and travel to France. At the end of 2013 I participated in a three month residency at Atelier Countrepoint in Paris. Reflecting on this residency, I believe it was a very important experience for me as an emerging artist. The prize money allowed me to experience and further my artistic development with a unique printmaking technique. The residency provided opportunities, to immerse myself in the creative processes and activities with the support of peers.  This prize money was a valued contribution to my project. I am grateful to the Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Award Prize.

Cape Heart Kangaroo Island, copper engraving, 70 x 50cm, 2013

Cape Heart, Copper engraving, Loique Allain

Since 2013 I see that you have travelled to Europe to participate in artist residencies, can you tell us a bit about your time abroad and give us an idea how your work has progressed from these experiences?

As a result of this residency, I was able to network not only with the artists working at Atelier Contrepoint but other artists in France. New opportunities and relationships developed during my residency. By the end of my residency I decided to stay in France for 2014 to travel, work and explore more of the country. During the residency I was able to continue to learn French and connect with my French heritage. These experiences of working with other artists, learning new techniques, traveling and immersing myself in the culture and language my work progressed visually, technically and conceptually. In February 2014 I had a successful exhibition at Atelier 4 in Nantes with another French printmaker, Gregoire Aillet. This exhibition included new works I created in Paris and three large-scale lino prints. While residing in Paris I met Astrid de la Forest another French Printmaker. Astrid invited me to work in her studio at Thomery in the Forest of Fountainbleu. I worked in her studio for ten days in Feburary 2014. During my stay at Thomery I created new linocuts in response to the Forest of Fontainebleau.

Cape Heart Kangaroo Island, linocut, 140 x 95cm

Cape Heart ,Kangaroo Island, Linocut, Loique Allain

You received a solo exhibition as part of your prize in 2013, what can we expect from your upcoming exhibition in August at Gallery Lane Cove?

I will be showing my colour engraving prints, that I worked on at Atelier Countrepoint in Paris and other works from France. I will also be showing prints that I am currently working on and some from previous years. These are mainly large-scale lino prints that are about my immersion into place.

Corrugated Shed Kangaroo Island #2, copper engraving, 70 x 50cm, 2013

Corrugated Shed, Kangaroo Island #2, Copper engraving, Loique Allain

What’s next for you and do you have any projects planned for the future?

I am currently undertaking my Honours year at the University of Tasmania, which has been a very challenging and inspiring time. I am planning to do some residencies next year hopefully in the Torres Strait and another one on the main land.

Thanks Loique for letting us know how the award has lead to some exciting opportunities. It’s great to see that the award money has helped Loique continue her journey in art making. 

The Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Awards 2015 is coming up soon in August so get working on your entries. Entries are due: 1st August 2015

LR 2015 A4 Poster web

Download your entry forms from the Gallery website.