An initiative of Belconnen Arts Centre, IGNITE: 7 is an exhibition program presented in collaboration with partnering venues over a variety of sites across Canberra. IGNITE: 7 features work by artists with disabilities and demonstrates how art enriches our spaces and lives. Being able to develop to one’s fullest potential is a basic human right that Belconnen Arts Centre applauds. IGNITE: 7 exhibitions position artists and celebrate their practices as integral to the creative vibrancy of this region. Please note that works are displayed in frames, with the specific number of works and sizes varying, depending on the location. Works on paper are preferred.
Foyer, Bldg 24, University of Canberra, University Drive South, Bruce ACT
Lorraine O’Hara draws inspiration for her works from absolutely everywhere! She references everything from firemen to flowers in her works and is well known for her huge and elaborate designs.
Lorraine lives and works in the rural NSW town of Temora and she has exhibited in various exhibitions around the Riverina. She is working towards a solo exhibition in 2020 and is a member of The Art Factory, a supported studio based in Wagga Wagga. The Art Factory is part of the national Supported Studio Network that provides a framework for visual arts studios that support the professional development of artists with disability. The studio is a nurturing environment where each artist can be themselves and have autonomy. The Art Factory provides artists with support, guidance, mentoring, networks and career paths to assist in further establishing and maintaining a contemporary arts practice. The studio is non-directive and artists are encouraged to develop their own visual language using a range of mediums and styles.
Foyer, 23 Brindabella Circuit, Canberra Airport ACT
This is Jimalyn Lawless’ second solo exhibition and she has worked at a larger size than usual. She has been making art for forty years and has finally come to the conclusion that art should be fun. She loves colour and movement and sees art in all things. Her art has become an important vehicle for self-expression and for this exhibition, she has worked on paper using soft pastels. The medium has enabled her to explore expressive mark-making using a loose drawing style. The works were created at Belconnen Community Centre during Open Art sessions.
Jimalyn says, “it was difficult, but I did manage the A1 size and realized it can be freeing. I have been able to use my whole body to express my art.”
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2 Phillip Law Street, NewActon ACT
Life Abounding explores self-awareness in the life of artist Vijaya Sen. A graduate of the Canberra School of Art, Printmaking and Graphic Investigation Workshop, this is her 13th solo show and second with IGNITE: 7 supported by Belconnen Arts Centre. In this series of works, Vijaya has depicted herself in a variety of guises to express different moods, states of being and to expound on her life and experiences through visual narrative means. She says, “I’m hoping a theme of self-expression and inner awareness will be fulfilled with this show. The figurative element is, I feel, spiritual, physical and emotionally imaginative. I’ve found some clarity and enriching awareness in the process of exploring the ideas that have inspired Life Abounding.”
Foyer, 212 Northbourne Ave, Braddon ACT
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Our Place: Landscape
Wayne Emerson, Steven O’Hara and Nyulla Safi
Our Place: Landscape reflects the artists’ personal experiences, their sense of identity and their feelings about place and belonging. Artists Wayne Emerson and Steven O’Hara have an affinity for referencing nature in their works. For this show, they have discussed mirroring colours and themes to tie their landscapes together. Steven is a painter based in Temora in rural NSW and his works are heavily influenced by his life in the country.
Steven’s interest is in the plant world and he has made compositions featuring trees and shrubs, while Wayne has selected images of Australia’s beaches and mountains as a starting point. Wayne’s practice has spanned 30 years and he has exhibited extensively in Wagga Wagga. Melbourne based Nyulla Safi has been drawn to the environment as her subject matter through an intuitive, art therapy-based approach. Painting gives her great comfort and allows her to express herself.
An army veteran, Nyulla began to paint and draw as a therapy for PTSD in July 2019. She works intuitively and is surprised by what appears as her hands move and her mind is immersed in the moment. This is a place where she can be perfectly happy; a place for reflection; her own interior landscape. She is currently experimenting with acrylic paint and especially enjoys working with pallet knives. This exhibition has given her the opportunity to feel enthusiastic about continuing to make art and she intends to pursue it as more than just a hobby.
Wayne and Steven work in the Art Factory, a supported studio in Wagga Wagga, which offers mentoring to artists with disability and assists them to establish and maintain contemporary arts practices. The studio is non-directive and artists are encouraged to develop their own visual language using a range of mediums and styles. The Art Factory in Wagga Wagga is part of the national Supported Studio Network that provides a framework for visual arts studios that support the professional development of artists with disability.