Emerging Artists on the Springboard

11 July 2017

This August, you can see work by two award winning emerging artists in Belconnen Community Gallery.  Christine Appleby’s “Beauty in Imperfection” is an exhibition of textiles and ceramics.  Lydia Downe’s “Soul of Fiji” shows photographs documenting the work of a United Nations project in Fiji.

Each year, Belconnen Community Gallery engages with local arts educational institutions to provide support for emerging artists to launch an exhibition outside the educational setting.   The resulting exhibition series is called ‘Springboard’ to reflect its aim of helping to launch new artists into their post-study practice.

The gallery has a long standing relationship with the Australian National University (ANU) School of Art’s Emerging Artist Support Scheme.  Each year, staff from the gallery attend the School of Art Graduate exhibition to select artists to be part of the Springboard series.  This year we have also teamed up with the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) Photography Department to showcase winners of their collaborative competition with the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC).

Winners of the UNIC/CIT Photography competition receive a scholarship to travel to another country and document the work of United Nations projects there.  2016 winner, Lydia Downe, travelled to Fiji in February 2017 to document the United Nations Women “Markets for Change” program.  During this time Lydia discovered the soul of Fiji in the vibrant fresh food of the markets, and the determined businesswomen selling the produce.  Lydia decided to make her Springboard exhibition a fundraising project for “Markets for Change”, a program aimed at improving the safety and livelihoods of Fijian Women.

This year’s ANU Emerging Artist Support Scheme prize winner, Christine Appleby, is developing work for this exhibition while completing her honours year.

Working in both textiles and ceramics Christine explores colours, shapes, patterns and textures found in natural settings through her work. Drawing inspiration from memories of the sights and sensations of walks on the beach or through the bush, Christine’s work portrays the roughness and beauty of the natural world.

Lydia Downe’s “Soul of Fiji” will be held in Belconnen Community Gallery from July 31-August 11 with an official exhibition opening  5:30pm Wednesday August 2

photo of textile art

textile art by Christina Appleby

photo of textile art

textile art by Christina Appleby

photo of purple eggplants

photo by Lydia Downe

photo of woman in Fijian market

photo by Lydia Downe

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