2020 Program 2020 Program

31 January - 8 March 2020


The Wallace House Quilters: A Life In Patches

The stories of lives lived in the company of stitching. Woven into each patch-worker’s story is another; the story of the Wallace House Quilters. The largest group under the auspices of the Noosa Arts and Crafts Association, Wallace House Quilters has 55 members, some of whom feature within the 29 quilts, photographic portraits and conversations on show.

"You might remember Loani Prior as the Queen of the Tea Cosies and author of four best-selling Tea Cosy books. But in 2017, Loani went to the dark side and began playing with fabric in the company of the Wallace House Quilters. She found their welcome warm and inclusive.

Soon enough, in the company of 55 boisterous, creative women, Loani was imagining this exhibition, A Life in Patches, modelled on a previous collaboration with photographer Mark Crocker; Portraits of a Tea Cosy. (2013-2015 touring exhibition.) 

Loani sat down to tea with 29 women and recorded the stories of their quilts. Mark photographed the women in their happy place, the rooms and verandahs of Wallace House. And now, the women share their quilts and themselves with you.

Come! Stand in the midst of lives, suspended in fabric. Listen to the whispers of mothers across the generations. Touch the sadness at the death of a child and feel the force of special friendships. Every single patchwork quilt - a celebration of life." - Loani Prior

Image: Jill O'Brien. Photo: Mark Crocker.



Davida Allen: The Autobiography of Vicki Meyers: Close To The Bone 

from the John McCrea Collection

In Davida Allen's novel, the Autobiography of Vicki Meyers: Close to the Bone, the main character Vicki Meyers declares; "When my fingers hold a paintbrush, they desperately want to assort the various pieces of my domestic life into some sort of clear resolution. The agony of being an artist and having another me, a domestic me, watching me be an artist..."

This portfolio includes 14 original lithographs and 10 original etchings created by Davida Allen and hand printed at the Australian Print Workshop.

Image: Davida Allen, The Unbearable Luxury of Freedom 1991, lithograph, 28 x 38cm.



Official Opening

 Friday 31 January 2020

6 - 8pm

Free event. Cash bar available.



RSVP appreciated



13 March - 26 April 2020

Mary Macqueen - A Retrospective

Drawn from both private and public collections Australia-wide, this retrospective exhibition surveys the life and works of modern Australian artist, Mary Macqueen.

Born in Melbourne in 1912, Mary Macqueen became widely appreciated for her expressive, gestural and experimental style in drawing, painting and printmaking. 

After working primarily in isolation following brief stints of study at Swinburne Technical College, Macqueen's celebrated figurative style developed deeply after attending George Bell's art classes in 1944. 

Her fascination with French Fauvist painter Raoul Dufy's 'rapid calligraphic draughtsmanship and light-hearted decorative style' continued to intensify into her later years, revealing 'not only a great graphic skill but a sensitive and vital response to the world around her.' - adapted from the Biography of Mary Macqueen, Charles Nodrum Gallery

Image: Mary Macqueen, Giraffe 1972, charcoal, 68 x 50cm framed.

Rosie Lloyd-Giblett: The spaces between the trees

The flow of water, Mother Earth, family connections and the necessity to create in response to life experience is what defines Rosie Lloyd-Giblett's artistic identity.

Her deep concern for climate change and love of natural landscape is evidenced within her colourful, expressive works. Responsive to the natural environment, Rosie's energetic works invite the viewer in; "I want the viewer to smell the foliage, view the colour pathway and hear the tune of the natural world."  

Image: Rosie Lloyd-Giblett, Hush 2, acrylic on board, 121 x 91cm. Courtesy the artist.





Yanni Van Zijl: CASUISTRY 

'The resolving of moral problems by the application of theoretical rules to particular instances.'

Photographer, sculptor, installation and ephemeral artist Yanni Van Zijl's work is often a conduit for discussion about climate change and the environment.

States the artist, "In the latest Intergovernmental Panel on climate change we were warned that we have 12 years to act in order to limit global warming to no more than 1.5C In Australia, Fire, Flood, and Drought are more prevalent than ever before. We are currently in a climate emergency, Australia has just experienced nine out of ten of the highest temperatures since 2005."

In this new work, Van Zijl has created an immersive solo sensory experience inclusive of sound, film and installation. Aiming to create an experience about mankind’s accountability for the environment, Casuistry creates an opportunity of engagement, allerting audiences to the relationship between actions and the events that are of consequence.

Image: Yanni Van Zijl, Mine, 2020. Photo: Courtesy the artist.


1 May - 14 June 2020

Elysha Rei

​​Elysha Rei is a Japanese-Australian visual artist whose work draws upon her mixed heritage and lived experiences between places, cultures and communities. Her works are created from personal and historical archives which embed narrative and symbolism within a Japanese design aesthetic. Works include portraits, patterns and paper cutting which have been translated into large-scale murals and installation commissions. Since completing a Bachelor of Visual Arts in 2008, Rei has created and exhibited work, curated exhibitions and managed cultural spaces across Australia, Japan, Thailand, New Zealand and the US. - Biography of Elysha Rei (Source: http://www.elysharei.com)

"Paper-cutting is a contemporary art medium of expression that I favour for both its folklore quality and its unforgiving, yet satisfying, nature. Without the ability to erase lines or paint over a mistake, cutting paper forces me to trust my decisions. It makes me invest in my designs with conviction. I relish the challenge of creating artworks through paper-cutting that are visually captivating as well as structurally refined" - Elysha Rei

Image: Elysha Rei, 2017. Photo: Theresa Hall.


Daniel Agdag

“I am trying to create my own world, rather than replicate the one I see around me” – Daniel Agdad

Melbourne artist and filmmaker Daniel Agdag's practice sits at the nexus of sculpture and motionography.

Primarily working by hand with cardboard, Agdag’s fantastical sculptures of machines, gears and technological structures are symbolic self-analysis; ''the mechanical manifestations of his thoughts and ideas in relation to the world around him'. (http://publicoffice.com.au/internal)

Explains the artist, “It’s really details that intrigue me, both as a curiosity of what they do and why they were designed to look in such a certain way. The details never get old, they are the strongest driver of my ideas and my questioning of their logic is what creates my narratives.”

Inspired by the overlooked, concealed mechanisms and systems that enable the industrialised world to function, Agdag explores the playful, fantastical realms of invention and imagination. His detailed sculptural pieces are architectural in form, whimsically antiquated in nature and inconceivably intricate.  adapted from the artists' website  (http://publicoffice.com.au/internal)

Image: Daniel Agdad, The Pilot 2015, cardboard, trace paper, mounted on wooden base with hand-blown glass dome, 58.5 x 30.5cm.


20 June - 12 July 2020


Imaginate 2019 is a 3 week creative arts festival designed for children and young people to discover, play and create their own experience through art. Offering a full program of exhibitions, activities and workshops, Imaginate aims to ignite and fuel the creativity of children through art- their creativity limited only by their imagination. 



17 July - 23 August 2020


FEM-aFFINITY brings together female artists from Arts Project Australia and wider Victoria whose work shares an affinity of subject and process. Curated by Associate Professor, Dr. Catherine Bell, Australian Catholic University, FEM-aFFINITY uncovers related variations of female identity and perspectives on historical feminist concepts that materialise in distinctive and uncanny ways.

By situating female Arts Project Australia studio artists alongside female contemporary artists from Australia, the exhibition uncovers shared perspectives on female identity. Drawing upon interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches and understanding artworks as a complex and nuanced way of thinking about embodied knowledge, the exhibition reveals how feminism materialises in distinctive and uncanny ways. 

Artists: Fulli Andrinopoulos / Jane Trengove, Dorothy Berry / Jill Orr, Wendy Dawson / Helga Groves, Bronwyn Hack / Heather Shimmen, Eden Menta / Janelle Low, Cathy Staughton / Prudence Flint, Lisa Reid / Yvette Coppersmith.


Image: Cathy Staughton, Catherine Bel Love Ann Baby Same 2019, gouache and marker on paper, 28.5 x 38cm. Courtesy the artist, represented by Arts Project Australia.


FEM-aFFINITY is a NETS Victoria and Arts Project Australia touring exhibition.




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This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts its arts funding and advisory body, as well as receiving development assistance from NETS Victoria's Exhibition Development Fund 2018, supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.