The Arkaba Hotel, in partnership with the Adelaide Central School of Art, has announced the unveiling of the 2015 Arkaba Commission by recent Bachelor of Visual Art graduate Alison Thomas. The $5,000 commission was presented to Alison at the Arkaba Commission Gala Dinner and Auction held on 23 April 2015.
The Arkaba commission was established to provide funding for a recent graduate from the School to produce a work in response to the Arkaba Hotel. Funds allow an emerging artist to resolve the design and fabrication of a large scale site-specific commission. Proceeds from the sale of the work support a $7500 Bachelor of Visual Art (Honours) scholarship at the School. This scholarship provides a contribution toward study related expenses for the successful applicant.
Alison’s sculptural works, titled Geometric Nostalgia, were inspired by the iconic geometry of the Arkaba Hotel’s interior, designed in 1963 by Dickson and Platten architects. Alison’s work abstracts elements from the space, reconfiguring the look, feel and energy of the Hotel. Her playful mash-up of disco balls, carpet patterns, and 1970s glamour will be be unveiled at a special function for media and invited guests at the Arkaba Hotel on 17 September 6 – 8 pm. Alison’s works will stay on display in the lead up to next year’s Arkaba Commission Gala Dinner and Auction in April.
Jenny Hurley from the Arkaba Hotel states: ‘The Arkaba Commission provides an opportunity for us to support a graduate of the School and enhance customer experience at the Arkaba Hotel. We’re excited to present Alison’s work after the success of last year’s commission by Kate Kurucz. It’s great to again be working with the School and we’re particularly happy to know we are laying the foundations for emerging artists in South Australia by supporting the Honours scholarship.’
Ingrid Kellenbach, CEO of the School says, ‘The School is situated in the heart of the Glenside Cultural Precinct and the opportunity to collaborate with neighbouring organisations and businesses will help grow the reputation of everyone involved. I’m proud to see graduates of the School like Kate and Alison rise to the occasion, producing works, which are sophisticated, elegant and sensitive to this unique creative brief. Jenny and Peter Hurley are generous supporters of the arts and have helped the School secure a scholarship for future Honours students. The scholarship will allow a high achieving applicant thrive in this exciting phase of their tertiary education.’
For further information on the unveiling please contact Jackie Newton at the Arkaba Hotel on
08 8338 1100 or email [email protected]. For further information on the BVA (Hons) Scholarship contact Anna O’Loughlin at Adelaide Central School of Art (08) 8299 7300 or email [email protected].