Central Victoria hosts ‘small works from a BIG PLACE’: a visual arts exhibition that is a travelling feast of miniature art works, from a collective of 130+ Central Victorian artists.
Curated and presented to a high standard, this exhibition is showcasing the work of over 100 artists. It will ‘pop up’ at different destinations along the historical railway line from Melbourne to Bendigo from 8th November to the 10th December and then again in the first quarter of 2019 in Bendigo and Castlemaine.
As part of the exhibition, organisers are running a “Find Your Art, Find Your Artist” campaign
“We’re taking art to people where they live, to broaden awareness of the local artistic talent and encourage the buying of local art,” says local organiser Karen Corr. “With Christmas ahead, it’s an opportunity to buy real and handmade.”
The general public are encouraged to “find your art find your artist” by visiting the exhibition, finding the artwork they like, and contacting local artists via https://popupart.com.au/artists.
Artists represented cover a broad range of backgrounds and art forms:
Mari B-Li Donni is a multi-disciplined visual artist and art project co-ordinator who works predominantly in ceramics, but also alternates between photography, painting, sculpture and installation work.
“I spent many years working with community groups in creating projects that focused on self-expression and inclusion while at the same time extending the ‘art vibe’ outside of the City of Greater Bendigo. My drive and passion is to see the outcome of what can eventuate from pushing the boundaries whilst striving for uniqueness.”
Stephen Korp is a proud Wemba Wemba man and has been painting for 2 years now. One of his recent paintings “The Black Saturday painting” was inspired by the devastating events of Saturday 7th February 2009. He describes his experience in the fires:
“During this time, I was employed as a firefighter and was travelling home after a week away fighting fires in North East Victoria and was redirected to Redesdale. For the next month after, I (along with many others) tirelessly worked on the fires.”
“The project is made possible by support from great partners” says Karen Corr. They are: the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund; City of Greater Bendigo and Macedon Ranges Shire Council. It is also supported by many other local organisations including V/Line, Mount Alexander Shire, La Trobe University and Bendigo Marketplace.
“Many artists would like opportunities to sell more work and grow their arts business practice” says Sharon Seyd, Project Director at Jumpleads NFP. “That’s why we created Pop Up Art; it supports artists to leverage individual effort into collective initiatives that share resources for exhibition, presentation, marketing, communications, and distribution of their work.”
Senator Jane Hume, who will be attending the community gathering at Castlemaine Station 6.30pm November 23rd to celebrate the exhibition and visual artists says: “We are pleased to support this innovative project that helps build the capacity of the local creative industries sector. I encourage everyone to visit the exhibition and engage with the local artistic talent of the Central Victorian region.”
small works from a BIG PLACE | Exhibition & Tour Dates
2018 Exhibition viewing:
Riddells Creek Station
Thursday 8th – Monday 19th November
Wednesday 21st – Thursday 29th November
Saturday 1st – Monday 10th December
2019 Exhibition viewing:
Tuesday 15th January – Tuesday 12th February
116-120 Mitchell St | Bendigo
Arnold Street Gallery
Thursday 14th February – Tuesday 19th March
189 Arnold Street | North Bendigo
Castlemaine State Festival | Open Studios Program
Thursday 21st March – Monday 1st April
Castlemaine VLine Station | Castlemaine