31 Mar DUO Collaboration Project
The DUO Art Program is a fantastic initiative by Lismore Regional Gallery.
The project pairs 6 local artists with 6 young people in the community, to offer them the experience of working with a practicing artist whilst collaborating in the process of making work for exhibition later in the year at the Gallery. The Gallery also runs an incredibly (cool) and successful kids art appreciation program led by the personality that is Peggy PopArt!
The artists pairing up with other young people in the community are; Christine Willcocks, Michelle Dawson, Jesse Mackintosh, Michael Moynihan, and Charlie Caldwell.
I was invited to be a part of DUO and have been paired with Audrey, age 11. We have been working now for a number of weeks, together, with me doing a bit in the background! Our collaboration has emerged from a shared love of pattern, geometry, symmetry, shapes and nature but primarily from our IMAGINATIONS and enjoyment of COLOUR! We are working with the title “Neon Imaginarium” to reflect this riot of experimentation.
Here’s an article the Northern Star ran about our collaboration & the DUO project.
And a wee video from the launch at the Gallery
I work with screen printing and my work is very graphic in nature so we have been working with handmade marks and screen printing process, both on paper and onto fabric. We are also working with 3D forms (fabric) and collage as well. So far we are progressing well with a lot of work already!
So far it’s been a great experience, we’re both having a lot of fun, and collaboration always takes me new places with my work. It’s amazing how working creatively with this bright creative spark has given me a new perspective on my own practice and made me think about my work in new and different ways, opening up all sorts of new ideas as a result..! Looking forward to seeing the other DUO pairs and what they’ve been making on their journey of collaboration.
I’ve included a gallery of images from our work so far, but I guess you’ll just have to stay tuned to see exactly how the ‘neon imaginarium’ takes shape! Our group exhibition at the Lismore Regional Gallery is in May so I’ll post details as I know them!