Astra Parker Exhibition Now Open • Glam Adelaide

Astra Parker Exhibition Now Open

An exhibition of striking steel sculptures that explores fragmentation, change and perpetuity is now open, adjacent to Adelaide City Council’s Customer Centre in Pirie Street.

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An exhibition of striking steel sculptures that explores fragmentation, change and perpetuity is now open, adjacent to Adelaide City Council’s Customer Centre in Pirie Street.

Astra Parker’s Constancy explores the process of change in natural structures. Astra creates organic forms using steel, taking her inspiration from nature.

“Adelaide City Council is a proud supporter of the arts and is committed to providing financial backing,” Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood said.

Council supports artists through a strategic partnership with the Helpmann Academy for the Visual & Performing Arts, a registered not-for-profit organisation established to assist the careers of emerging South Australian artists.

In 2010, Astra Parker was the recipient of The City of Adelaide Visual Arts Exhibition Award at the Helpmann Academy Graduates Exhibition for her steel sculpture Cell Formation.

The award provides funding for an artist to deliver an exhibition in the city. The judging panel included Councillors Clearihan and Wilkinson and Council Public Art Officer, Janice Lally.

Since 1999, Council has actively supported The Helpmann Academy through the provision of an annual grant to fund four awards and in 2011/2012, funding has increased to include support of a new event – the Classical Music Awards to be held in the Town Hall.

Astra is an Adelaide sculptor whose work focuses on the parallels of change and interconnection in physical and social environments.

From her studio at Thebarton, she creates sculptures for exhibitions for Adelaide and interstate.

“I work in a variety of materials and my current work is predominantly welded steel. I make my sculptures through a process of separation and reconstruction of multiple forms to create a new whole,” Astra said.

Stephen said, “This Award is about getting artists’ work out there and into the public eye.

“Council is thrilled that we have been able to help Astra exhibit this amazing body of work which has taken so much time and effort. I urge you to come for a wander and have a look.”

The exhibition will run until 30th November 2011.

For more information visit www.cityofadelaide.com.au

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