The first of the 2021 John Stringer Prize artist visits is coming up. Details of where to go have been emailed to members. Please email the secretary, Evelyn, if you are not sure.
Daniel Kristjansson is a multi-disciplinary artist, teacher and former swimming pool maintenance guy now living in Midland, Western Australia. His art is a suburban perspective on the tantalising pull of natural chaos and complexity. Through photography and sculpture he creates abstracted objects or spaces that demand exploration, built from source material gathered in areas of conflict between human terraformation and the beautiful rot of natural growth. His photographic work Voidland was featured in PICA’s Hatched exhibition in 2020.
Presented in association with the John Curtin Gallery, members are invited to this special Festival event. Gallery Director Chris Malcolm will be attending.
Date: Sunday 21 March
Venue: John Curtin Gallery
Everything Is True is the largest ever assembly of sculptural work by Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, a Perth-based artist whose practice explores the different ways that memory can inhabit and emerge from domestic spaces. This exhibition presents audiences with a blend of exquisite technical virtuosity, material intrigue and a palpable presence that can be both playful and terrifying.
Drawing on the narrative capacity of animal archetypes, crafted objects and the human presence, Abdul-Rahman aims to articulate physical dialogues between the natural world, identity and the agency of culture. Working primarily in sculpture and installation, his work has been described as magicrealism, creating poetic interventions with the built environment.
Everything Is True fills the entire John Curtin Gallery for an emotionally charged journey through the memories, dreamscapes and spiritual imagination of one of Australia’s most compelling contemporary artists.
Collectors Club event at the Art Gallery of Western Australia
When: Wednesday March 10 at 5:30 pm
Parking: AGWA Foundation Carpark
Drinks will be in the Centenary Galleries prior to exhibition tour
RSVP required (check your email). This event is for members only.
Intimate after-hours tour of the AGWA’s new Indigenous gallery space, Balancing Act, with Curator of Indigenous Art Carly Lane and AGWA Director Colin Walker. Carly and Colin will discuss AGWA’s approach to Indigenous collecting moving forward including the ideological themes surrounding collecting and the power of AGWA’s vast collection to form a social, cultural and political standpoint. The space is completely refurbished and will be the largest space of Indigenous works in the state.
This is an opportunity for members to meet AGWA Director Colin Walker.
The launch of the John Stringer Prize 2021 will be held on Sunday 7 March. The Collectors Club will announce the Finalists for the 2021 Prize at the event and those artists available will be attending.
Please see the email that will be sent closer to the event date for details.
This is a private event for members of the Collectors Club and invited guests.
Tania Ferrier has two pieces, purchased in 1989 by John Stringer, in the AGWA collection as well as her Angry Underwear bought by Stefano Carboni in 2019. Currently, she has a film, Angry Underwear, at the Know My Name exhibition showing at the NGA in the ACT. Tania is currently artist in residence at the Fremantle Arts Centre.
There is live music later that afternoon at the Fremantle Arts Centre as well as a cafe for those who would like to make an afternoon of it.
The annual Show and Tell Christmas Party was held on Sunday 14 December. A fantastic turnout after a tumultuous 2020 with member turnout at a high and 38 pieces of art shown by members. Thank you to Ron Nyisztor of Nyisztor Studio for hosting the event and hanging the collectors artworks. Thank you also to the president, committee and members for contributions of Christmas party food!
In a close competition for all finalists, the 2020 John Stringer Prize has been awarded to Susan Roux for her work, I – VI. The work is showing until December 13 at the John Curtin Gallery at Curtin University along with the other finalists, Western Australian artists, Eva Fernandez, Fiona Gavino, Peggy Griffiths Madij, Curtis Taylor and Mark Tweedie.
Susan Roux is a South African born West Australian artist. Her work is a critique on and response to cultural and social change regarding gender and body politics. The work often takes specific historical events as her point of departure, conveying burdens and conflicts with precise and economical means.
The Prize Night was attended by over 100 guests of The Collectors Club and John Curtin Gallery who hosted the event. Several of the works were purchased on the night.
The prestigious John Stringer Prize, created in 2015 in honour of acclaimed curator, the late John Stringer (1945–2007), commissions six contemporary Western Australian artists to create new work from which the winning artist will be determined by a secret ballot conducted by The Collectors Club members.This year they were selected by an independent selection panel consisting of Janis Nedela, Curatorial Department, Kerry Stokes Collection, Glenn Iseger-Pilkington, Lead Consultant, Gee Consultancy and Jane King, Gallery Manager, John Curtin Gallery.
The John Stringer Prize is a non-acquisitive, annual award aimed at recognising and supporting outstanding Western Australian visual art practice and is generously supported by The Collectors Club and the Kerry Stokes Collection.
Photos L-R from top by Brad Coleman, John Curtin Gallery: Fiona Gavino, Curtis Taylor, Fiona Gavino, Peggy Madij Griffiths, Curtis Taylor, Mark Tweedie, Liz Forbes President of The Collectors Club and Christ Malcolm, Director of the John Curtin Gallery. Special thanks to the judges and Anna Louise Richardson.