I have known Robyn for many years, living close by and belonging to a number of printmaking groups, we often shared rides to go to meetings. I admired her sense of purpose, the certainty and consistency with which she approached her work. She was a very private person but also generous and empathetic. Her artist’s statements were brief, bared back to essentials, unwavering in the certainty of her vision. She was always restrained and not given to self promotion.
In 2016 we had a joint exhibition at the Hazelhurst Arts Centre. Ruth Burgess opened the exhibition and in her beautifully expressed opening speech she referred to a comment on Robyn’s work made by Sasha Grishin, that it ‘was noted for a tragic dimension and a sense of loss and absence’.
She then went on to say ‘Using the subject of the Australian bushfires as the origins of her work, Robyn found that while flame is necessary for some species for regrowth, hope is expressed by the white lines and spaces symbolising regeneration and healing, (so much in keeping with Robyn’s own life as a nursing sister).’
Robyn qualified for an Honours degree in printmaking at the SCA. Her studies led her to the use of rich black relief prints. The sense of space these produced found its way into diverse books and images to become the central fugue in her work, tearing apart the conventional view of landscape.
We worked together on a print for the Sydney Printmakers exhibition ‘Collaboration’ in 2005, which, when I last saw it, was hanging in her home. I’m proud to have had the opportunity to have had that close contact with her and that, in that work, our mark making will always be linked.
Laura Stark Oct. 2020
14 – 31 October
Northern Perspectives is designed to provide insights into the current practices of artists living and working North of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
To Enter, go here.
The Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award is Australia’s premier showcase of prints and artists’ books. The award and exhibition, which have been running for more than 40 years, boast a national judging panel and $22,000 in prize money. The FAC Print Award presents the best works from established, emerging and cross-disciplinary artists.
First Prize $16,000 | Work acquired for the City of Fremantle Art Collection, WA’s largest municipal collection
Second Prize $6,000
Entries are now open for the 2021 Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award.
Entries close 5pm Fri 4 Dec 2020.
The winner will be announced at the exhibition opening Friday 28 May 2021.
The 2021 FAC Print Award exhibition will be open from Saturday 29 May – Sunday 18 July 2021.
If you have any questions relating to entering, please contact FAC Print Award Coordinator Emma Buswell.
The film Creative Responses to the Holocaust by Sarita Gold has been selected For several film awards and has been successful. The film features Thea Weiss’ 96 year old mother in law Lotte’s story of her internment in Auschwitz for 2.5 years, and Thea’s artistic response to it. You can watch the film on Thea’s website, here.
There will be an online presentation from the Sydney Jewish Museum at 7pm on Sunday 1st November in which Thea will talk about her role with the producer/director of the film, Sarita Gold, as well as the film being shown. https://sydneyjewishmuseum.com.au/shop/webinars/public/my-two-lives/
The Museum of Art and Culture Lake Macquarie is thrilled to announce the Lake Art Prize, a new biennial National Acquisitive Prize for Contemporary Australian Art – valued at $25,000.
Australian artists, aged 18 years and over, are invited to submit works which reflect on the theme ‘Where there is Water’.
There is a total acquisitive prize pool of $25,000 (ex GST), with the funding made available by the generosity and support of Lake Macquarie City Council.
Contending artworks will be across all media and can take any form, including sculpture, painting, drawing, photomedia, installation, sound, and a single piece or multi-piece artwork.
The prize culminates with selected artworks being displayed in a finalist exhibition at MAC. The inaugural Prize Exhibition will take place between 12 December 2020 – 7 February 2021.
The prize includes a People’s Choice Award – valued at $2,000 (ex GST) – a non-acquisitive award to the artwork with the highest number of audience votes over the period of the finalist exhibition.
Voters will also go into the draw to win MAC Packs and Sculpture park café vouchers.
For further information and to enter, go here.
Janet Parker Smith is a finalist in this award. Congratulations, Janet!
Artists were invited to create works that respond to Meroogal and its sense of place. In their selection of finalists from hundreds of entries, our judges looked for artworks that cast new light on the stories of the people who lived here, and the house’s rich and diverse collection of treasures.
The work of the 40 finalists will be exhibited in the historic house of Meroogal from 19 September 2020 to 17 April 2021.
Winners will be announced on 23 September 2020.