8 - 24 MAY 2015Nowra CBD / Australia
From 8 – 24 May, 2015 parts of Nowra were reclaimed by the local community and over 40 stunning artists from the Shoalhaven, wider Australia and around the world. This Shoalhaven unsung hero was made into a fresh new canvas of social inquiry, fun, inquisitive playfulness and startling visual, sound, performance and installation that will hopefully bring the local community and beyond into the Nowra CBD to celebrate being a pretty cool town.
MG worked closely with Nowra to prove how a community can re-frame how they view their environment and their cultural offering to the local community and the world, as well as demonstrate that everyone can appreciate and enjoy art if they are provided the opportunity to do so – Nowra certainly helped prove our theory!
Pop-up space, symposiums, performance installations, sounds drops, new interdisciplinary work, walls upon walls of pastings and a couple of cheeky pot hole gardens and Nowra will never be the same again!
There were seven free tours led by performance artists, a pop-up arts space, live performance and hundreds of participants took part in one creative way or another. It’s all still there so when you’re free download a map, see some art and frequent some of the awesome local coffee shops, boutique shops and a gazillion Op-Shops!!!
Artist and activist in exile, he is living and working in Paris since 2009. He gives educational lectures in the colleges and universities since 2010. Kianoush’s editorial cartoons appears regularly in Courrier International French magazine and other national and International media in France and other countries. He chose “Cartooning: The Art of Danger” for his TEDx talk in 2014, months before the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack. He has been curating and directing International cartoon expos since 2011 in Europe [France, Sweden, Germany etc. ], and is the founder President of the United Sketches International Association supporting freedom of expression and Cartoonists in Exile.
Deborah Kelly is a Sydney-based artist whose works have been shown around Australia, and in the Singapore, Sydney and Venice Biennales. Most recently she has been conducting collage workshops as durational process-based artworks in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Leipzig, Istanbul… and in 2015, NOWRA. Deborah’s project for MG (Nowra) is facilitated by Bundanon Trust.
A multi-disciplinary designer who likes colours and find beauty in most things.
A theatre-maker, physical performer and writer, her work has been seen in Australia, UK and the USA
This native Austrian is, one could say, a sucker for sound; fascinated by certain natural and artificial sounds and how they can be used in new and unexpected ways.
Erin is a collaborative theatre artist who is driven to bring new work, to new audiences.
A fine art photographer, has been documenting humanity for the past 25 years. André’s work has appeared in publications including the Sunday Times Magazine, Royal Geographical Magazine, Wanderlust, Vogue and W Magazine.
From the school of abstract expressionism, part time collagist, procrastinator, see-er of beauty in decay & domestic curator. Bonnie is also the Artistic Producer of Micro Galleries (Nowra)
This wonderful area of Shoalhaven inspires my acrylic landscapes and seascapes, the birds and creatures in my garden inspire my watercolours, but what is the inspiration for my cheeky emus – the series I call “Emusing”? They take their titles from lines from classic movies, but which came first?
Jessica is a writer, explorer and text-based installation artist.
Director of Studio Number 61, Alex draws, paints, designs and daydreams art which grows community connections… her art is of whimsical half people creatures, flying animals, entwined lovers… always about love and connection with each other, nature and a higher wisdom
Kat creatively leads the global arts initiative Micro Galleries, is a Director of Sydney alternative arts space, The Red Rattler, is an Advisor for French-based global arts initiative United Sketch Freedom, is co-founder and creative collaborator with arts collective Rue de la Rocket, was named as one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence for Culture, and was shortlisted for the University of Sydney Alumni Awards. Kat is currently based between Hong Kong and Australia, and works as an urban disruptor and creator of public art interventions that focus on positive social change.
A Photographer who is concerned with more than just producing a good photos but to also raise awareness about humanities and make small changes through photography.
A 3D digital artist and proudly of the Weiwan and Gomeroi peoples, Weridjerong and Gamilaraay language groups of NSW, but now living down in the Shoalhave within the Yuin nation on the South Coast of NSW.
A writer and adult educator, focusing for Micro Galleries on Ekphrasis and Locative Literature, as part of the LITTLE LITERATURE project.
Art is the window into our brains that allows us to share what we see! I love messing with ideas, colour, light, shadows and running with lines to capture the lyrical poetry of life.
Squid Studio is an Artist Run Initiative and Culture Hub project in conjunction with Renew Australia and Stockland Spaces. Squid caters for both resident and exhibiting artists as well as music, performance and digital arts projects.
Jen Saunders, AKA Vennsquidin is exploring the linkages between story and landscape; past, hidden and unseen inhabitants; names, naming and words attached to landscape.
Elissa‘s art plays with the unwritten laws of every day life and explores the hidden structures behind western life style. Her artworks can be found out on the streets as well as inside galleries
I’m a gleaner…I search and extract unsung views from our urban environment and use them as the subject of my photographic explorations.
The rich and varied medium of textiles satisfies my tactile approach to understanding and responding to the world around me. Collecting, collating, journalling, sampling, stitching, mark making, weaving, dyeing and printing are all techniques that are pivotal to my work.
Enjoys drawing animals and weird creatures, some with black-humor messages about our planet
We are Brodie and Daniel Jones; we met at the University of Wollongong in a Media Arts class which we shared on our way to acquiring our respective Bachelors of Creative Arts. We both have a Diploma of Education and teach Visual Arts and TAS (Technical and Applied Science) at Nowra Anglican College. We have a history of exhibiting separately and together in a variety of media.
Karena is an accomplished improviser and theatre maker. She is co founder of the artist collective Rue de la Rocket.
People fascinate me. I often keep quiet and observe connections and subcultures with a sense of curiosity of what their story might be: the lives of the underground. I love to catch those moments that tell a story through my camera in a way that avoids the mainstream ‘norm’ of every day life. My work generally has a message about acceptance and raising awareness.
liina is environmental artist using colour-bomb techniques to blow your visual radar. Saturated rivers and rainbows coax you into a surreal dream, only for you to discover that they are created from rubbish.
Jim’s artworks bring together mathematics, algorithmic design and storytelling. His images and animations use complex geometric structures to create abstract and emotional worlds.
I enlarge small creatures so we can better appreciate their value and modify our behaviour to protect their habitats.
From documenting tribal anthropology in Irian Jaya to Black & White photography on the Tibetan Plateau, Noel has created unique projects with exceptional film crews from Scotland to New York, Geneva & Tokyo, China & Thailand. “I highlight the human spirit and share the rich diversity of our world’s cultural identities in positive flows. Just so you know, this is how I roll”
My work considers the small, everyday faiths that sustain us; love, dogs, flowers, words, colour. I combine drawing, paint, found objects, cardboard and sewing to connect us all.
Teacher of creativity, communication and self-discovery through Mail Art using various mediums, primarily collage. Collage is her medium, and the postal system is how she shares it.An active member of the International Union of Mail Artists, which connects her with people throughout the world.
Art should always ensure audience accessibility and strive to provide a positive contribution to the community.
Zena likes to think her art form is in removing the jargon and fluff around marketing, turning it into an easy to understand, practical tool that anyone can use. She has also been to known to throw impromptu performances during business meetings, especially when they are boring. Zena is Micro Galleries Marketing Strategic Lead for the Global Team.
I have been making art all my life, studying various art practices and now work in a variety of mediums including painting, printmaking and assemblage.
Visual artist using photography and installation. Works explore people managing their environment. Growth, change and elements of place.
Lover of hidden treasures and grassroots projects, a creator, collector, curator, writer, searcher and observer, collectively described as an artist, Rebecca is the Production Manager of Micro Galleries (Nowra).