Exhibition: Fang Lijun – Facial Recognition

Vermilion Art

is privileged to present:

This contemporary Chinese artist, who enjoys an almost rock star status in China and internationally, currently has his first solo exhibition in Australia.

The set of striking mostly large woodblock prints on show were made between 2013 and 2018.  The grinning and grimacing bald heads, a recurring theme in his work, point to the artist’s concerns for ordinary people struggling to keep hold of an individual identity in contemporary societies, both East and West.

Vermilion Art
5/16 Hickson Road
Walsh Bay  NSW 2000

21 February – 6 April,2019
Wednesday-Saturday, 11:00am – 7:00pm

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Exhibition: North Sydney Art Prize

The North Sydney Art Prize is a major biennial arts event showcasing some of the best in contemporary art by artists across Australia.  115 finalists were selected from an incredible 411 entries to exhibit paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture, installation and new media based works.

In this blog post we present works created by PPA members exhibiting across the site.  The North Sydney Art Prize website states, in part:

Selected works are exhibited in the Caretakers Cottage, Artist Studio, Workshop, Mess Hall, Platform, Tunnels 1 & 2, newly refurbished 25 Chambers, across the Coal Loader site and surrounding parklands. This unique post-industrial site accommodates the inclusion of diverse mediums with an emphasis on supporting innovative site specific art forms.

So visit the exhibition, go for a hunt and search out the many unique art pieces on display.

Louise Gilchrist

Brenda Livermore (detail)

Jennifer MacLaine Cross

Mandy Burgess (and Ro Murray)

Nathalie Hartog-Gautier (detail)

Anne Numont

Lea Kannar-Lichtenberger

The North Sydney Art Prize

The Coal Loader, 2 Balls Head Road, Waverton 2060
2-17 March 2019, 10:00am – 5:00pm

Click here for more information, to watch a video overview & to download the catalogue.

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On-line Exhibition: Ideas Intersecting

Ideas Intersecting is an online exhibition running for the duration of Sydney Design Festival.  Four videos visually document the practice of four designers and their methods, illuminating and exploring the moments in creative practice where seemingly disparate ideas intersect.

Below we show the work of Harriet Watts, one of the designers, who is a member of Primrose Paper Arts.

Online exhibition:

1st – 10th March


Launch, screening and panel discussion:
7th March, 6-8pm

The Black Box | UNSW Art & Design
Cnr Oxford St & Greens Rd
Paddington  NSW 2021

Registration is free via the Sydney Design Festival website – Click here

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Exhibition: Regeneration

The Egg & Dart
Shop 2, 1-3 Raymond Road
Thirroul, NSW 2515



6th – 30th March, 2019
Opening: Fri 8th March, 6-8pm


Image credits – clockwise from top left: A Piece Torn from the Morning (oil & encaustic on board), All Overgrown by Cunning Moss (oil & encaustic on board), Lend Me Thy Handkerchief (watercolour & encaustic on board).

Click here to see more of Lee’s work.

**Webmaster Note: We are delighted to announce that Lee will be teaching for us at Primrose Park, Cremorne in September.  Details on our workshop page coming soon.

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PPA: Latest News

We’re in!

Thanks to some very dedicated committee members who spent most of Friday at Primrose Park Arts & Crafts Centre we can announce that the venue is now open for business.  Well, almost.

Obviously there is still a lot to do; shelving to be installed, final resting places for equipment to be decided and new fittings & fixtures to be explored but, as you can see from the photos, the entire refurbishment is complete and the building has been handed over to the resident groups to settle back in – and how fabulous it looks.

However, even though we haven’t had our usual premises for quite a while we haven’t been idle and several members turned up at our recent Tips & Tricks day and social day.  To get the year started we explored what we could create with paper without using glue.  Here are a few of the outcomes:

Harriet has recently been exploring paper casting and, using some pulp made from denim jeans, she made a few samples to work bigger and more complex projects from in the future.

Janet came with a design to make origami spinning tops.  Apparently she makes them for her grandchildren to play with.  They were very popular and several people had a go (under Janet’s tutelage of course).

Claire decided to make some small notebooks using Japanese stab stitch.  With the help of an instruction book showing multiple stitch patterns (loaned by another member) she was soon underway.

These handy little booklets have covers made from some of her prints and inner pages made from cartridge paper.  As Claire has been printing for many years she has a large supply of print proofs and offcuts that look really good when used this way and, of course, each one is unique.

However, I return to Harriet.  We were all enthralled by the story of her mother’s precious silver plated jug.  Harriet borrowed this jug but neglected to tell her mother exactly why she wanted it.  She proceeded to create a cast from it and then a paper pulp replica.  I can only imagine the job it took cleaning all the fine detail on it before returning it to her family who, I understand, are still none the wiser!

So we’ve got off to a good start for the new year and with our ‘home’ revamped and beautified we’re ready to run our 2019 event program.

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The Wooden Haus: Art Studio

The Wooden Haus is an artist studio in Medlow Bath.  It is principally a works-on-paper studio nestled in a bushland setting that aims at providing professional workshops for the community.

The manager, Linda Swinfield, is an artist and art coach who taught at TAFE for 18 years in Newcastle, Western Institute and Foster.  As a contemporary artist who constructs visual narratives within her work, she incorporates elements of family history, social histories, landscape and flux.

Linda is a multi-disciplinary artist traversing a variety of media including printmaking, drawing, photographic traditions and digital media.  Her art making sits at the intersection between figuration and abstraction and she is currently using three-dimensional printmaking techniques.

Over the past twelve months she has begun teaching art workshops, recent ones being Drawing for Everyone and Introduction to contemporary printmaking.  Coming up over the next few months she is offering Art Journals:getting started and Experimental aluminium etchingClick here if you are interested in finding out more about her workshops.

She also regularly writes a blog covering many of her (and her student’s) art journeys.  Click here to view her art posts.


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Exhibition: ME Art Space

ME Art Space


Wish You Were Here –
The Secret Postcard Show


The Art of Travel –
A Celebration of Sketchbooks

As part of Sydney Art Month the Gallery will host an exhibition of artists sketchbooks and over 100 secret postcards, created by both well-known and lesser known artists.

With a donation of $25 per postcard, the public can take home their own original artwork and support this charity fund-raising event in aid of The Fred Hollows Foundation.

ME Art Space
25 Atchison Street
St. Leonards, NSW 2065

The Secret Postcard Show:
Preview 7 – 13 March
Opening 13 March 6-8pm
Until 30 March 2019

A Celebration of Sketchbooks
7 – 30 March 2019

Opening times: Wednesday – Friday 11am – 4 pm; Saturday 10am – 2pm.

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