Latest updates

The City of Melville is home to many artists and creatives who are working in diverse artistic practices including textiles, glass, printmaking, ceramics, painting, illustration, drawing, papercut, installation, and more.

For the first time, over 24 studios, galleries, creative spaces and ARI's opened their doors over the weekend of Saturday, 2 and Sunday, 3 September 2017, showcasing works by more than 400 emerging and established artists.

What were some highlights of the Open Studios and Exhibition Art Trail weekend?

Loading Conversation

30 August 2017


Image Credit: Nikki Lundy, Passage (configuration III), dimensions variable, corrugated cardboard, Survival Blankets, builders flagging tape, disposable drop sheets

Heathcote Museum & Gallery is proud to present Heathcote Select, an exhibition of Western Australian artists selected by curator Jana Braddock, opening on Saturday, 9 September 2017.

“Heathcote Select 2017 will feature the works of seven artists, each exploring concepts and ideas informed by personal experience and interest, while assimilating common themes and disciplines,” said Ms Braddock.

Local artist Jessica Hart’s work is influenced by her interest in colonial settlement and her degree in Indigenous history and. Hart uses a variety of mediums originating from the earth, including wood, hand ground charcoals and textiles and explores the British settlement on the Swan River in 1829, aiming to encourage the viewer ‘to consider the multiple histories present at a single site.’

Matthew Pope’s work focuses on ‘our’ relationship with the Earth and invites viewers to ‘touch, interact and feel’ pieces allowing viewers to explore how the ‘human body connect with nature emotionally, physically and sexually. Pope is a multidisciplinary artist using a range of mediums including sculpture, video art, printmaking and performance to further establish intimate connections between the artist, audience and natural environment to occur.

Ellen Norrish investigates the notion of using photography as a painting tool, exploring how painting responds to the ‘vernacular photography and the digitisation of memory-making practises, while taking the pleasure and problem of personal smartphone image accumulation. Norrish aims to develop a view of a life in one artwork, where ‘life is not only imaged, but collected.’

Alexander Tandy, a local artist based in Fremantle, seeks to create a practise dependent on intuition and moments of ‘serendipity’, often working without a prior outcome in mind. Using a variety of mediums Tandy, illustrates this works origin of an intense moment of self-reflection and wants visitors to view his work simply for what it is ‘weightless pink fabric, asking for help’.

Sophie Nixon, a local, emerging artist, recently graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Curtin University works primarily with plants and textiles to create sculptures and installations. Nixon’s practise investigates processes of repair and healing, with a site-specific installation of her old rental property in Wilson and the feelings of ‘bereavement, memorialising and preservation’ incumbent within the piece.

Emily Hornum uses a 3D photo media collage as her medium to display her and her lat farthers stamp collection. Hornum and her father brought these stamps in bundles from local meets and steamed them off envelopes. ‘Embedded in these stamps are a personal narrative, but they are also cultural objects from the past that evoke collective identity, heritage and history.’

The exhibition will officially open on Friday, 8 September 2017 at 6.00pm. Members of the public wishing to attend the opening should RSVP by Tuesday, 5 September 2017 to heathcote@melville.wa.gov.au or phone 9364 5666.

The exhibition runs from Saturday, 9 September to Sunday, 15 October 2017, at Heathcote Museum & Gallery, Heathcote Cultural Centre, 58 Swan House, Duncraig Road, Applecross. The opening hours are Tuesday to Friday 10.00am to 3.00pm, Saturday and Sunday 12noon to 4.00pm.

For more information, visit www.melvillecity.com.au/heathcote or contact 1300 635 845 | 9364 0666.

Did you attend the exhibition? What did you think?

Loading Conversation

23 August 2017


Have you started to learn an instrument? Did you learn when you were young and want to get back into music as an adult?

The Leeming Area Community Bands (Inc.) is launching a Training Band to provide adults with the opportunity to rehearse in a concert band environment with like-minded beginner musicians. Instruments include all concert band brass and woodwind along with percussion, keyboard and string bass.

Limited places are available in each section and some larger instruments may be available through the band.

Music Director: Steven Harmer

Rehearsals: 10am on Saturdays during school terms at the Leeming S.H.S. Performing Arts Centre

Interested?

Contact: Tony Louden (Secretary) at lacb.bandowner@gmail.com , 0447 869 717 or visit www.lacb.org.au for more information.

Loading Conversation

22 August 2017


Heathcote Museum & Gallery will be showcasing the artworks of six artists with the opening of Noise, a new exhibition, running from Saturday, 17 June, to Sunday, 23 July 2017.

Visitors to Noise will experience how each of the artists has reversed the notion that art galleries can be ostentatious locations, rather than to be immersed in the senses of sound, sight and emotion.

Artists, Elise Reitze, Howard Melnyczuk, Lyndon Blue, Philip Gamblen, Rebecca Orchard and Zora Kreuzer explore sound from a variety of perspectives; the behaviour of sound and its reaction within the unique Heathcote environment, the emotive and psychological, and sounds as an external force.

Gallery Curator Jana Braddock said that Heathcote’s architecture and segregated gallery space is uniquely attuned to host and truly capture the essence of this exhibition.

The Latin for noise is root nauseam, meaning noise, nausea and nautical, which assimilates itself to Heathcote’s iconic location on the Swan River, next to a pirate themed children’s playground. Heathcote is never devoid of noise, whether it is children playing, the waves crashing on the foreshore or the winter wind whipping around buildings.

Although each artist responds uniquely to the exhibition theme and space, common threads are apparent. Kreuzer, Lyndon and Reitze approach noise as a physical entity. Yet they approach it from singular perspective, the artists are united on the emphasis of the illogical behaviour of noise, colliding and merging to become something different. Visitors moving throughout the Gallery will fall in and out of pools of silence while being assaulted by sounds from every angle.

Orchard and Melnyczuk consider noise from the wider ecosphere. Orchard’s painting echoes the forms and flows of the natural world surrounding Heathcote, accompanied by sound, as if the two are intrinsically woven together. Melnyczuk brings together works in the main Gallery space by actively listening to them, assisting visitors to form a memory through sound repetition.

The exhibition will officially open on Friday, 16 June 2017 at 6.00pm. Members of the public wishing to attend the opening should RSVP by Tuesday, 13 June 2017 to heathcote@melville.wa.gov.au or phone 9364 5666.

The exhibition runs from Saturday, 17 June to Sunday, 23 July 2017, at Heathcote Museum & Gallery, Heathcote Cultural Centre, 58 Swan House, Duncraig Road, Applecross.

The opening hours are Tuesday to Friday 10.00am to 3.00pm, Saturday and Sunday 12noon to 4.00pm.

Have you visited the exhibition? Please share your thoughts.

Loading Conversation

9 June 2017


More than 150 rare and iconic sneakers are on display in Perth at the international exhibition The Rise of Sneaker Culture. It is the first exhibition to explore the complex social history and cultural significance of the footwear worn by billions of people throughout the world.

Bull Creek resident, Lee Ingram, is an avid collector or 830 pairs of sneakers which all live with him in his home. A selection of his collection will be on display at the exhibition.

ABC News recently featured him in an article which you can read here : http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-04-19/perth-sneake...

The Rise of Sneaker Culture is at the Art Gallery of Western Australia AGWA from 14 May to 4 September 2017.


Are you a sneakerhead? What makes a sneaker good?

Loading Conversation

17 May 2017


When Happiness Ruled display image

Pip & Pop is obsessed with representations of paradise, illusions and wish-fulfilment described in folktales, mythologies and cinema. Her wonderfully immersive and colour-saturated dreamscapes draw wide inspiration from the edible fantasy world of Cockaigne, platform video games and Japanese stories of spirits residing within objects and nature.

This is a long-awaited hometown solo exhibition for Pip & Pop, a Perth artist whose pleasure aesthetic has charged imaginations nationally and internationally for over a decade. Installed within the Central Galleries, the expansive body of work utilises the artist’s first-time forays into kinetic sculpture. The result is a magically animated and kaleidoscopic landscape in which mountains can move and objects become possessed.

Find out more about this exhibition

Have you attended this exhibition? What did you think?

Loading Conversation

7 December 2016


INAUGURAL KALEIDOSCOPE FESTIVAL TO LIGHT UP JOONDALUP

For its electrifying inaugural year, KALEIDOSCOPE, Western Australia’s first festival of illumination, will light up the Joondalup City Centre from 10 November to 13 November.

Transforming the fast-growing capital of the North West growth corridor into an extraordinary wonderland of illumination, Kaleidoscope will shine a light on some of Australia’s most dynamic creatives and give them the opportunity to realise their most exciting ideas.

Commencing each evening at 5:30pm, the free event will see the Joondalup City Centre become an interactive living, breathing museum exploring the theme of the ‘City of the Future’, through an exciting multidisciplinary cultural program boasting 3D architectural transformations (live buildings), projection performance, virtual reality, augmented reality, workshops, and intimate and interactive and immersive curated spaces.

Learn more: http://www.kaleidoscopefestival.com.au/about

Attended this event? Share your experiences below!

Loading Conversation

9 November 2016


CowParade Perth 2016 will feature 40 life-sized fiberglass cows, painted and styled by some of Western Australia’s most exciting artists and creatives. The cows will be exhibited for six weeks from 31 October in malls, parks, iconic buildings and precincts, with some auctioned at the 2016 Lexus Ball for Telethon, raising money to support child health research.

  • Find out more about CowParade Perth here or by visiting the links below.
  • Artists (and a sneak peek of their cows)
  • Map

Attended this event? Share your experiences below!

Loading Conversation

9 November 2016


Fine art photography and an historical glimpse of beautiful Western Australian flowers come together in Botanica, an exhibition by John. E. Maloney hosted at Wireless Hill Museum.

The free exhibition, which opens Saturday, 24 September, brings to life flowers first collected from the Australian coast in the late 18th and 19th centuries, using contemporary digital photography and printing.

City of Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey said the exhibition had a natural synergy with Wireless Hill Park, which is home to many rare plant species across 40 hectares of natural bushland.

“John Maloney’s striking and colourful photographs showcase the rich and diverse history of Australian flora in the early days of our country’s exploration,” said Mayor Aubrey.

“The images take us back to the early 1770s when botanists Robert Brown, who explored WA, and Joseph Banks first landed on Australian soil and collected samples of previously unknown plant species.”

John. E. Maloney lives and works in Perth and Albany, and Botanica has been exhibited in the USA, Italy and Sydney and now has returned to Western Australia for a state-wide tour.

The tour of this exhibition is managed by ART ON THE MOVE, through the Exhibition Touring Program.

ART ON THE MOVE is supported by the State Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts, and is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Smarter than Smoking Education Events (Artist on the Move and ArtBus) are sponsored by Healthway.

Botanica opens Saturday, 24 September 2016 and runs until Sunday, 18 December 2016 at the Wireless Hill Museum, Telefunken Drive, Ardross from 10.00am to 5.00pm daily.

For further information please contact the Wireless Hill Museum on 9364 0158, www.melvillecity.com.au/wirelesshill or wireless.hill@melville.wa.gov.au.

Attended this exhibition? What did you think?

Loading Conversation

30 August 2016


Life takes us on a journey, and in Pascal Proteau’s exhibition Stigma, the audience is asked to draw from the rich tapestry of life experience, reflect and grow from it. Stigma opens at Heathcote Museum & Gallery on Saturday, 20 August 2016.

Life takes us on a journey, and in Pascal Proteau’s exhibition Stigma, the audience is asked to draw from the rich tapestry of life experience, reflect and grow from it. Stigma opens at Heathcote Museum & Gallery on Saturday, 20 August 2016.

Pascal’s work is created with a selection of salvaged timbers and old obsolete tools that explore force, motion and process as the artist allows himself to work through his personal experiences of mental instability.

Heathcote Museum & Gallery Curator Jana Braddock said the exhibit includes works that speak loudly of the artist’s challenging internal experiences.

“Pascal allows his art to explore emotions and experiences otherwise difficult to articulate, transforming the imperfections and vulnerability of materials into clever and strong finished forms,”

“Through his sculptural processes he brings out the beauty of the object, inviting you to look deeper at the detail – explore it, contemplate it and start a conversation about it.”

Pascal wishes to encourage open conversations about feelings - to diffuse the shame and loneliness of mental instability and propagate human connectedness.

The artist has grown immensely though facing and dealing with his own mental instability, requiring much personal courage to find a place of peace and strength, and it is from this strength he encourages his audience to participate in creating a mentally healthy community – where an awareness and life without stigma or shame, where respect, compassion and honour is possible for each and every one of us.

The exhibition will be officially opened by Judith Hugo on Friday, 19 August 2016 at 6.00pm. To attend please RSVP to heathcote@melville.wa.gov.au or call 9364 5666 by Tuesday, 16 August 2016.

The exhibition will run from Saturday, 20 August to Sunday, 25 September 2016 at Heathcote Museum & Gallery, Heathcote Cultural Precinct, Swan House, 58 Duncraig Road, Applecross. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Friday 10.00am to 3.00pm, Saturday and Sunday 12 noon to 4.00pm. Entry is free.

For more information please visit www.melvillecity.com.au/heathcote or call 9364 5666.

Have you seen this exhibition? What did you think?

Loading Conversation

30 August 2016


From Sandy Duncan to Serena Williams, this engaging speaker helps us examine where and how we identify artists in our communities and how we can foster community development that drives our creativity as well as our local economies.

Jamie Bennett is Executive Director of ArtPlace America, the first major public-private partnership to position art and culture as the core components of community planning and development, a practice called “creative place making.” ArtPlace cultivates programs that engage the arts in an effort to shape the social, physical, and economic future of given communities. To date, they have invested $56.8 million through 189 grants in communities of all sizes across the United States. Prior to ArtPlace, Jamie was Chief of Staff and Director of Public Affairs at the National Endowment for the Arts, Chief of Staff at the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs during Mayor Bloomberg’s administration, and has held leadership positions at the Agnes Gund Foundation, the Museum of Modern Art, Art21, HERE Arts Center, Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation, and Studio in a School.

Can you imagine your life without the contribution the arts have made to improve the aesthetics and usability of objects, real and virtual, all around us? What would such a world look like?

Loading Conversation

11 August 2016


What would we look like if we were designed to survive car accidents?

It's a question few of us would give much thought to, but Transport Accident Commission of Victoria didn't just think about it - they went one step further and designed Graham.

Science tells us to up your chances of surviving a car accident, you would need a number of unique design features.

It would help if your ultra-thick ribcage was lined with sacs that served as natural airbags; if your face was flattened, your skull much larger, your skin thicker and your knees able to move in all directions.

There’s only one “human” in the world who possesses all these unnatural characteristics and more.

Meet Graham.

Some of Graham’s features include a flattened face to absorb the energy of an impact and a larger skull with more cerebrospinal fluid and ligaments to better protect his brain.

Graham is even able to avoid injury while on foot: He has hoof-like legs with added joints and knees that bend in all directions to quickly move out of the way of oncoming traffic.

All of Graham’s unique features can be explored at meetgraham.com.au, a 360-degree interactive tool.

Source: http://fox8.com/2016/07/25/meet-graham-a-human-des...


Graham has been designed with bodily features that might be present in humans if they had evolved to withstand the forces involved in crashes.

"Meet Graham" is a great example of a project that, through the power of art, presents an important safety message in an interactive and engaging way. What are some other examples of cross-disciplinary art projects you thought were effective?

Loading Conversation

26 July 2016


Western Australia have begun their response to the National Arts and Health Framework by creating an Arts and Health Consortium Reference Group and setting up a first project focusing on current and future arts and health collaborations in WA hospitals.

The Consortium members are thrilled that the Director General of Health, the Director General of Culture and the Arts, the Group CEO of SJGHC and the LotteryWest Board have co-funded this critical research.

The project consultants, Kim Gibson and Liesbeth Goedhart will map what’s already happening in our WA Hospitals in order to acknowledge and showcase the many arts and health collaborations that occur within our hospitals. They will also recommend further innovative arts and health collaborations and projects that will contribute to arts and health priorities and that are most likely to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of patients, their families and visitors and staff in hospitals.

Source and read more: http://www.instituteforcreativehealth.org.au/news-...

What role do you see the arts having in our hospitals?

Loading Conversation

18 July 2016