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Arts: Breaking Ground 2015, Morgan Allender: Seeing Spring

Adelaide Festival Centre will be in full bloom this winter as Morgan Allender, who is the recipient of this year’s Country Arts SA Breaking Ground Award, unveils her exhibition, Seeing Spring at Artspace Gallery from 8 July – 23 August.

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Adelaide Festival Centre will be in full bloom this winter as Morgan Allender, who is the recipient of this year’s Country Arts SA Breaking Ground Award, unveils her exhibition, Seeing Spring at Artspace Gallery from 8 July – 23 August.

In addition to Morgan Allender: Seeing Spring, Adelaide Festival Centre will also play host to its second SALA Festival Artist in  Residence, Aurelia Carbone, as well as a unique mural on our carpark wall by renowned artist Yvonne East. 

Morgan Allender’s current practice centres on large-scale paintings in oil with moody, botanical subject matter, particularly influenced by 17th Century Dutch Still Life and European and Australian landscape. In the last 12 months, her practice has expanded to explore other mediums, especially photography and fresh floral/botanical installation. Rather than existing as separate investigations, these form part of an ongoing engagement with painting, both serving as alternative viewpoints in an historical exploration that merges still life and landscape to create imagined places.

Breaking Ground is the Country Arts SA Visual Arts Professional Development Award, which each year provides the opportunity for a practicing contemporary visual artist who resides in regional South Australia to develop a body of work for an exhibition in Adelaide Festival Centre’s Artspace Gallery during the SALA Festival. The award also includes $10,000 for the winner to take their work in a new direction and $5,000 to support a mentorship opportunity so that they can continue to further their career.

Allender said of the fantastic opportunity, “The Country Arts SA Breaking Ground Award has been a wonderful and career-changing experience. The award has enabled me to move beyond my current practice to explore much larger-scale work, both painted and photographic. A key element of this award has been the opportunity to create a body of work specifically for Adelaide Festival Centre’s Artspace Gallery, with its beautifully large wall areas, generous scale and uninterrupted sightlines.”

After the success of Steven Cybulka’s exhibition as our inaugural SALA Festival Artist in Residence, we’re excited to welcome Aurelia Carbone, who will enliven the Centre with her interactive works during this year’s Festival.

Aurelia Carbone is an Adelaide-based visual artist working predominantly with site-specific installation and traditional photographic processes and also has a long history of making work that stems from the remnants box at Grandma’s house. Her practice investigates the relationship between the real and the imagined.

Carbone’s art installation practice uses an optical illusion known as anamorphosis – a distorted shape which becomes recognisable when viewed from a particular location, especially with the use of a camera. She employs this technique to create a varied dialogue with the audience and finds it especially rewarding to research and choose themes relevant to the location of the installation and its community.

Carbone will install a series of illusions in various sites around the Centre with each being temporary in nature – drawing in an audience to participate, as well as engaging regular Festival Centre goers. Her work will be on display for the public to interact with from 1 – 31 August.

Also exhibiting work here during this year’s SALA Festival will be Australian artist Yvonne East, who will present a large scale work on our carpark wall, which will be on display from 18 July – 31 August. East is based in Goolwa, South Australia and works primarily in oil on canvas, works on paper and digital multimedia.

Yvonne has said of her work for the carpark wall, “This mural is about space; thinking about our ideas of shared communal spaces and how we go about making them. This mural is also a wish to create spaces that relate to ‘being’ in the world; the generation of creative spaces in this city, that people can enjoy, feel embodied within and fulfill their artistic potential.”

Adelaide Festival Centre CEO and Artistic Director, Douglas Gautier said of the multiple exhibitions, “We are delighted to be presenting the exceptional work of these three artists and look forward to the Adelaide Festival Centre being a hub of visual arts activity during this year’s SALA Festival. It’s fitting that Yvonne East will again present her work at Adelaide Festival Centre, after having been named the inaugural recipient of the Country Arts SA Breaking Ground Award in 2011 and presenting an exhibition in our Artspace Gallery in 2012.”

There’ll be something to suit everyone’s tastes at Adelaide Festival Centre during this SALA Festival and best of all, it’s all free!

       

What

MORGAN ALLENDER: SEEING SPRING

When

8 July – 23 August 2015

Venue

Artspace Gallery, Adelaide Festival Centre

Hours

Wed – Sun 11am – 4pm

Cost

Free

Suitable

All ages

More info

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What

SALA FESTIVAL ARTIST IN RESIDENCE – AURELIA CARBONE

When

1 – 31 August 2015

Venue

Various Locations, Adelaide Festival Centre

Cost

Free

Suitable

All ages

More info

For further information adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au/whats-on/exhibitions/

Get social with them on Twitter @AdelaideFesCent or Facebook facebook.com/FestivalCentre 

 

What

YVONNE EAST CARPARK WALL MURAL

When

18 July – 23 August 2015

Venue

Carpark Wall, Adelaide Festival Centre

Hours

All

Cost

Free

Suitable

All ages

More info

For further information adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au/whats-on/exhibitions/

Get social with them on Twitter @AdelaideFesCent or Facebook facebook.com/FestivalCentre 

 

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