Chinese Painting Workshop – Traditional Chinese Flower Painting

The City of Sydney Chinese New Year Celebration Program for 2020.

About this Event

Workshop Description:

Please join us at 541 Art Space to celebrate the 2020 Luna New Year at our Chinese painting workshop. Traditional food and drinks will be available, come for a fun day with the whole family!!

This 2-hour workshop is for an intimate class to learn the basics of traditional Chinese ink brush painting, using simple but expressive brush strokes on rice paper to create beautiful Chinese paintings of an orchid flower. Students will also learn about the importance of Chinese philosophy and aesthetics in the creation of this art form. The elegant brush technique is taught in a way that is easy to understand, meditative, enjoyable and relaxing.

By the end of this workshop, students should be able to understand the basics of Chinese painting, comprehend the use of materials and equipment, master the essential brush strokes and composition, construct simple Chinese paintings and have a new understanding of this renowned classic art form.

Workshop tickets: $60 (Including materials & afternoon tea)

Family Tickets (1 Adults, 1 Children): $80 ($35 for additional family members)

Teacher’s profile:

Dr. Fan Dongwang graduated from Shanghai School of Arts and Crafts with a comprehensive training of traditional Chinese art forms (calligraphy, painting, sculpture and caving). He was a member of the professional Shanghai Artist Association and regularly exhibited in Shanghai Art Gallery, Shanghai International Art Festival, and works collected by Shanghai Art Museum. He moved to Australia in 1990 and now based in Sydney. He studied Master of Art at COFA, NSW University and completed Doctor of Creative Art at Wollongong University. He was a guest lecturer at ANU, Wollongong University and visiting fellow at Curtin University. His painting was shown in group exhibition at National Gallery of Australia and his solo exhibitions were held at Wollongong City Gallery, Drill Hall Gallery, Sydney University College of the Arts Galleries and Macquarie University Art Gallery.

He was awarded Wollongong University Postgraduate Award, Mosman Art Prize, Festival of Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, Liverpool City Art Prize; Willoughby City Art Prize; Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grant; and Art on The Rocks Prize. He was twice the finalist at the Wynne and Sulman Prizes at the AGNSW and the finalist at Moran prize. Fan was invited by the Sydney City Council to design a huge Dragon Lantern at Dawes Point, for the 2016 Chinese New Year. It was also exhibited in Circular Quay 2017. He also designed 2 large Dog lanterns in Chinatown as part of Sydney City Council Chinese New Year Lantern Exhibition in 2018 and 2019.

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Calligraphy Workshop – Learn to write your name in Chinese

The City of Sydney Chinese New Year Celebration Program for 2020.

About this Event

Workshop Description:

The City of Sydney Chinese New Year Celebration Program for 2020.

Please join us at 541 Art Space to celebrate the 2020 Luna New Year at our Chinese calligraphy workshop. Traditional food and drinks will be available, come for a fun day with the whole family!!

This 2-hour workshop is for an intimate class to learn the basics of traditional Chinese calligraphy. The techniques used are the foundation of Chinese calligraphy, making use of simple but expressive brush strokes on rice paper to create beautiful Chinese characters. Dr. Fan will help students to translate their English name into Chinese in order to create a beautiful piece of calligraphy. Through this process students will learn how to appreciate Chinese philosophy and aesthetics in relation to this art form. This workshop is taught in an easy to understand way, that is meditative, enjoyable and relaxing.

By the end of this workshop, students should be able to understand the basics of Chinese calligraphy, comprehend the use of materials and equipment, master the essential brush strokes and composition, construct simple Chinese letters and other skills necessary to be able to enjoy this classic art form at home.

Workshop tickets: $60 (Including materials & afternoon tea)

Family Tickets (1 Adults, 1 Children): $80 ($35 for additional family members)

Teacher’s profile:

Dr. Fan Dongwang graduated from Shanghai School of Arts and Crafts with a comprehensive training of traditional Chinese art forms (calligraphy, painting, sculpture and caving). He was a member of the professional Shanghai Artist Association and regularly exhibited in Shanghai Art Gallery, Shanghai International Art Festival, and works collected by Shanghai Art Museum. He moved to Australia in 1990 and now based in Sydney. He studied Master of Art at COFA, NSW University and completed Doctor of Creative Art at Wollongong University. He was a guest lecturer at ANU, Wollongong University and visiting fellow at Curtin University. His painting was shown in group exhibition at National Gallery of Australia and his solo exhibitions were held at Wollongong City Gallery, Drill Hall Gallery, Sydney University College of the Arts Galleries and Macquarie University Art Gallery.

He was awarded Wollongong University Postgraduate Award, Mosman Art Prize, Festival of Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, Liverpool City Art Prize; Willoughby City Art Prize; Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grant; and Art on The Rocks Prize. He was twice the finalist at the Wynne and Sulman Prizes at the AGNSW and the finalist at Moran prize. Fan was invited by the Sydney City Council to design a huge Dragon Lantern at Dawes Point, for the 2016 Chinese New Year. It was also exhibited in Circular Quay 2017. He also designed 2 large Dog lanterns in Chinatown as part of Sydney City Council Chinese New Year Lantern Exhibition in 2018 and 2019.

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS

The team at 541 Art Space would like to wish you a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year.
We would like to thank everyone for their generous support and patronage over 2019.

We look forward to seeing you in the New Year!

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PAST EXHIBITIONS

INCLINATIONS

A group of 5 artists early work explored the residues of Chinese cultural constraints, this time, their research focused on Australia, ranging from its landscape, history and community, to incorporate the city’s features in their artwork for fusion/hybrid elements of cross-cultural and cross-temporal associations. Moreover, allowing audiences to look back at their life experiences and reflect on the workings of remembrance.

Time & Location

03 Dec, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
541 Art Space, 541 Kent St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
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Exhibition Opening – Last Farewell – Omar Viglino

541 Art Space presents the work of artist Omar Viglino in the exhibition, Last Farewell.

For all of us, there will come a moment in which we must offer “The Last Farewell”. A moment in which we must acknowledge the existential emptiness that was once filled by a person dear to us. A person who has represented an important part of our lives, who has accompanied us in important moments, in the good and in the evil, and that now we are lacking.

These are both foreseen and unforeseeable moments as time passes and a once concrete existence succumbs to the “disappearance” of those who were previously were and are now no longer. Those who can be forgotten through the flood of generations. Those who we allow to enter the human myth that contains our sacred explanation of ‘why?’.

Show Run: 5th -16th November 2019
Opening: 6-8pm, Friday 8th November, 2019

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Exhibition Opening – Change – Robert Ewing

541 Art Space presents the work of painter Robert Ewing in the exhibition, Change.

The local bushland and farming areas of Pinjarra and the Darling Range of Western Australia remain the primary source of content referenced within Ewing’s work.

Intimate places within this environ are observed and studied to formulate multi-faceted landscape compositions. Ewing combines personal iconographies with contrasting pictorial elements, inviting us to explore a fractured, disrupted landscape shaped by implied and natural activity.

The artworks present an expansive interpretation of a landscape/garden setting, evoking an atmosphere of intrigue and provide a doorway to a tantalisingly familiar yet alien place. His highly stylised use of line, colour and light combine to create a place of contrasting visual elements, a place of dramatic undertones, where the real and imagined exist within a landscape of expectation and uncertainty.

The artworks are manifestations of an evocative place, inhabited and isolated, where the vision of the garden remains beautiful and serene, a place somewhere between our memory and imaginings.

Hazelhurst Arts Centre on 20th September announced Robert Ewing as the winner of the Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award 2019.

For more information, please visit: Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award 2019

Meanwhile, his artwork ‘ Pearl And Lionel Hoped Their Garden Would Endure The Coming Storm’ has been chosen as finalists for the Paddington Art Prize 2019.

Join us for a conversation with award-winning artist Robert Ewing

Exhibtion Dates: 4th – 30th October 2019
Exhibition Opening: Friday 4th October 2019

More information: whatson.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/events/robert-ewing-change

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In September 541 Art Space will feature “The Magic”, the 6th iteration of Love Letter. Founder and curator Yves Lee describes Love Letter as a platform for emerging artists to expand their practices, fostering a supportive community of people grounded in art. For her, Love Letter is a commitment she holds to the people surrounding her, bringing them together, whether it be in the form of an idea, a gathering, or an art exhibition.
This year will showcase 13 artists working in varying artistic mediums. Featuring: Toni Paul, Canbora Bayraktar, Anna Battersby, Javier Baez, Photobe Kim, Fiona Henderson, Clache Raong, Stine Storaas, Paul Cooper, Jessica Thallmaier, Kasane Low, Sue Seymore, Carol Liu.

Opening: Friday 6 September 2019, 6pm – 8pm
Show Run: 6 – 28 September 2019  ( Monday – Friday:  11AM-5PM, Saturday: 11AM – 3:30PM )

Address: Level 1, 541 Kent Street, Sydney 2000

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Beyond the Light / 光之上

This is a contemporary art exhibition that blends life and nature, east and west, philosophy and belief.

“What is light? When light shines into reality, there comes colour, when it shines into the heart, there
comes hope. Light is like a belief that can sanctify life. Beyond the Light refers to an existing supreme
and abstract state that transcends sanctification and solemnisation” the painter attempts from this
perspective to examine the world and search for the truth of art and life.

He Zige’s brush effortlessly brings onto canvas gorgeous and elegant colour fusions and skilfully
blends the abstractions from contemporary western art and traditional oriental art, making his artwork
unique. With a sincere and innocent heart, he expresses deep emotions for life on canvas, which also
reflects his thoughts on Chán (the Chinese precursor of Zen Buddhism).

“I wish to travel through the painting with audience together” said He, hence we are invited to this art
feast to absorb ourselves in his canvas and find our inner “light”.

Opening night – RSVP ONLY

Show Run: 28 June – 9 July 2019
Opening:  RSVP ONLY

Trading  Hours: 
Monday – Friday: 11:00 am-5:00 pm
Saturday: 11:00 am-3:30 pm

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541 Art Space presents the work of painter Alexandra Karpin in the exhibition, In my Mind’s Eye. This unique show aims to interrogate a moment in time, portraying Karpin’s experience of memories and their associated emotions in relation to public and private spaces. These themes are addressed in the environment of her paintings through her use of colours, patterns and textures.

Based in Sydney, Karpin has completed two Bachelors in Fine Arts and Arts, majoring in Painting, Screen Printing, Political Science and History. She then went on to achieve a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of New South Wales, and a Graduate Diploma of Education. She has exhibited in group and solo shows, and was awarded the Moyra Dyring Studio Scholarship in Paris.

Within this exhibition she uses her paintings to examine the human condition of age and mortality, examining the extent to which these environments of awareness become increasingly oppressive and cloistered for an individual as time passes. She uses her works as vehicles to recapture the depth of beauty that can be found in her changing perception, looking at her memory through the lens of experience.

She stated that “I cannot simply view these environments as physical but rather as elements that I impact and which impact me in return”.

Show Run: 23 May – 6 June 2019
Opening: Wednesday 24 May, 6-8pm

More information: whatson.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/events/alexandra-karpin-in-my-minds-eye

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AddOn

AddOn is a non-competitive, anonymous, photographic exhibition curated by Charles McKean and Festival Director Moshe Rosenzveig.

One of the core events of Head On Photo Festival, AddOn showcases a diverse and exciting range of square images, taken by more than 100 photographers spanning professionals, artists, enthusiasts, celebrities and politicians.

Shown without any titles or photographer credits, viewers interpret the images at face value and bring their own meanings to them.

After the exhibition, every participant will receive one print at random from the exhibition posted to them.

All funds received through the entry fees go towards staging the exhibition, and the vast range of free activities Head On Photo Festival mounts annually.

Taken
The Taken exhibition, produced by Belinda Mason, uses photography to create photographic, sculptural and 3D works that are ‘internal’ portraits of the project participants. The power of this project lies within the stories shared by the fifteen participants from across our nation. For them the project provides recognition that they are not isolated in their experiences.

Artist Bio:

Director of Blur Projects, Belinda Mason, has over 25 years of experience in both the arts and commercial photography sectors. She has conceptualised, produced and presented high-quality socio-cultural engaged art exhibitions, workshops and events for national and international audiences. Belinda has been invited to speak at professional conferences and events such as the United Nations Commission of the Status of Women in New York 2016 and 2018 at the United Nations Commission on the Rights of Persons with Disability in Geneva 2016 and World Conference on Indigenous Persons in New York in 2014, United Nations Human Council in Geneva 2013. In 2008 Belinda was the winner of the Moran, Kodak Salon and Human Rights Photography awards.

Untitled and Unfinished

“You’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with” – Jim Rohn.

You’ve heard it more times than you can count, but is there any truth in it?

Many photographers work in isolation and miss out on feedback in a relaxed and supportive environment. We started in 2010 as a mutual support group for personal photo-based projects in progress. We met monthly at a Sydney pub to talk photography and look at prints over a few drinks.

Developed together is only the second time we have been able to exhibit alongside each other. We all have our own unique artistic voice, but we would not have been able to develop this voice without each other.

Artists:

Brent Winstone, Derby Chang, Dillon Mak, Franky Tsang, Gerrit Fokkema, Godelieve Mols, Lyndal Irons, Michaela Skovranova, Stephanie Simcox, Stephen Godfrey and Timothy Harland.

EXHIBITION SPACE
541 Artspace
541 Kent St
2000 Sydney , NSW
Australia
New South Wales AU

DATES AND TIMES
04 May 2019 to 19 May 2019

Official Opening:
Wed 08 May 2019, 6:00PM to 8:00PM

Opening Hours:
Monday – Friday: 11:00 am-5:00 pm
Saturday: 11:00 am-3:30 pm

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Collectors’ Space 2019
07.03.19 – 30.03.19

Art Month Sydney is again bringing audiences perennial favourite the Collectors’ Space exhibition for its fifth year. Sharing work from some of Sydney’s most exciting private collections, Collectors’ Space offers a glimpse into the knowledge and passions of those critical members of the art community that aren’t often in the public eye – collectors.

Curated by Georgia Hobbs, 2019 showcases works from the private collections of some of Sydney’s most dynamic creative duos — Amanda Joe & Douglas Lance Gibson; Sarah Edmondson & Rod Denson; Genevieve Felix Reynolds & Belem Lett; Mariam Arcilla & Mason Kimber.

Exhibition duration : 07/03/2019 – 30/03/2019

Mon-Friday: 11:00AM – 5:00PM

Sat: 11:00AM – 3:30PM

China: Moments in Time
An epic photographic journey across China showcasing its diverse people and culture.

China: Moments in Time is a journey in images across more than 20 Chinese cities.

Featuring 40 very large scale prints and multi-media installations by photo journalist Marcus Reubenstein.

It is a very personal interpretation of a people and culture whose history spans more than 5,000 years. From the ancient through to the cutting edge of modernity upon which much of the world’s most populous nation today thrives.

The collection is a series of mainly candid shots of ordinary people, mostly either young or old.

The artist’s hope is to capture their humanity and create a body of work that shows the life of a people whose image outside their borders is often overrun by the sheer scale of modern day China.

A truly unique insight into China and a must see festival event.

Exhibition duration : 01/02/2019 – 10/02/2019

Mon-Friday: 11:00AM – 5:00PM

Sat: 11:00AM – 3:30PM

An associate event of City of Sydney Lunar Festival 2019

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541 Art Space News | Where are they now

 Where are they now?

541 Art Space artist Liu Shuyong will be showing at the Art Gallery of New South Wales as part of exhibition Glorious from 25 August – 6 January 2019. Back in October 2017, Liu Shuyong, better known for his pen name Lao Shu had a seminal show with us that offered a new perspective on life to ease the stresses of modern living.  | Exhibition Info Link |

Congratulations to Fan Dongwang and Katya Petetskaya for being chosen as finalists for the Paddington Art Prize 2018.

Fan Dongwang had a solo exhibition with us titled Icons of Identity in February 2017. Katya showed in an exhibition Inhabitation of Violence in October of last year.

The Paddington Art Prize is on from Saturday 15th September until Saturday 22nd September.

We look forward to seeing what other achievements our artists will have over the coming years.