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Social Fabric: exciting new exhibition now on at ArtSpace at Realm

Published on 18 July 2022
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Social-Fabric-Elroy-Hendricks-Wave banner.png Elroy Hendricks, Wave (detail) 2022, acrylic on canvas

Members of the community are invited to the launch of Social Fabric, an exciting new art exhibition showcasing the talented works of local artists with lived experience of disability, now on at ArtSpace at Realm.

Social Fabric is a group exhibition of painting, textiles and prints by eight artists who work together at the supported art studio at Nadrasca Community in Mitcham.

The exhibition is on until Sunday 25 September.

Since 1967, Nadrasca has existed to give learning, living and employment opportunities to people with disability.

The exhibition brings together individual and collaborative works - from individual iconic pop art paintings and semi-abstract pieces to a collectively embroided quilt, produced during periods in lockdown.

Taken in its entirety, Social Fabric is a vibrant celebration of the idea that while artists may work independently, they need not work alone.

Nadrasca Art Studio and Program

Contemporary arts practice is fundamental to life at Nadrasca and an active studio - currently led by artist Matt Feder - has been running for over 20 years.

Nadrasca’s ‘Art for Exhibition’ program exposes participants to a range of styles, materials and techniques to support their artistic development and to assist them to build a portfolio of their work.

The creative art program was formed in the 1990s to advocate for the inclusion of artists with a disability by offering like-minded artists an opportunity to come together as a group each week to work on both collaborative and individual projects.

As someone who works closely with the artists, Matt has seen first-hand the benefits the Nadrasca art studio provides each of its member artists.

While they share a highly social workspace, Matt says that a visit to the Nadrasca art studio reveals each artist’s highly distinctive approach to medium, subject and treatment of materials.

“It’s like a bi-weekly art social club, where we critique each other’s work as a group, catch up with each other and work on individual practice. All in all, we have a laugh and make art,” says Matt.

“It’s great to be involved with the art group at Nadrasca. I love to see the dedication and commitment to art making. The artists take their work seriously and go about their practice with professional vigour, working long hours in the studio,” he says.

“This exhibition is woven together with the studio’s many patterns and threads. There is also selected older works as the artists are very prolific and each has a large unseen body of work. Ultimately, what surrounds visitors to this show at ArtSpace at Realm is a social fabric stitched from the creative energy of these eight prolific artists,” adds Matt.

About the artists

Elroy Hendrick’s paintings often feature animals and figures set within a complex matrix of colour. The philosophical titles he often gives his work reflect his humanitarian concerns.

Andrea Marchetti’s illustrations draw upon a fascination with Pop Art and popstars in equal measure and her love of television drama. These themes inspire the charming figures and scenes she produces with empowering confidence.

June Patterson’s intricate works are formed from myriad tiny strokes in one chosen medium: gel pen. June’s semi-abstract pieces take months to produce, as they transition through multiple differing compositional forms before the desired ratio of shape and colour are reached.

Bernie Milne paints large canvases and often makes reference to source books placed beside his easel. These starting points are quickly left behind as they translate into powerful painted gestures.

Janette McDonald works across a wide variety of media: painting, drawing, printmaking and textiles. No matter what the material, her ideas are depicted through the square motifs that are repeated and overlaid continuously throughout her images.

For Robyn Weston, drawing is the focus, and she is prolific; using an array of colours to describe suburban scenes and houses, highly decorated with vivid flora, fauna, and the occasional figure.

Leanne Battle has a ‘more is more’ approach to composition, pushing her colour palette to the limits with fluoro, silver and gold, and working with a determination to activate every inch of the canvas.

Kaye Balcome works in primarily textiles and embroidery. Kaye works instinctively, letting the materials dictate the outcome, often using nature as her inspiration.

Social Fabric exhibition launch

Join us to celebrate the launch of Social Fabric.

  • Date: Thursday 28 July
  • Time: 6pm to 7.30pm
  • Location: ArtSpace at Realm, 179 Maroondah Highway, Ringwood

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Realm is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm, and on weekends and most public holidays, 10am to 5pm. See public holiday operating hours

Social Fabric workshops

As part of the Social Fabric exhibition, local budding artists and residents will be taking part in an exciting series of free collaborative artmaking workshops being offered during July, August and September at ArtSpace at Realm.

Hosted by special guest artists and artists from the Nadrasca studio, artwork made at these workshops will form part of the Social Fabric exhibition, which runs through until Sunday 25 September.

Please note, all workshops are now fully booked. If you wish to, you can add your name to a waiting list and we will contact you should a spot become available.

Social Screen Printing Workshop

  • Date: Saturday 30 July
  • Time: 11am to 4pm
  • Facilitators: Christopher Doyle, Matt Feder and Nadrasca Studio artists
  • Age Group: All ages (children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult)

Book online

First impressions - Printmaking Workshop

  • Date: Saturday 27 August
  • Time: 11am to 4pm
  • Facilitators: Yoshe Gillespie and Nadrasca studio artists
  • Age Group: All ages (children aged under 12 must be accompanied by an adult)

Book online

Soft Heads Mask Making Workshop

  • Date: Saturday 3 September
  • Time: 11am to 4pm
  • Facilitators: Christina Darras and Nadrasca studio artists
  • Age group: All ages (Children aged 12 years and under must be accompanied by an adult)

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Further information

For more details on this or to explore other exhibitions and events happening in Maroondah, visit Arts in Maroondah or phone 1300 88 22 33.

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