Manus Island Residency: In 2016 I went to Manus Island and stayed in a village to surf and write. This project is the passion of artist Leo Cremonese. The words I wrote while on Manus were part of 2017 exhibition, BOARD at Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery and in a feature I wrote for the Newcastle Herald.

BOARD  curated by Meryl Ryan: “With an eye to fresh takes, relevance and multidisciplinary practice, and in line with the outdoors character of the concurrent season, this exhibition recognises the board as a ubiquitous feature of Australian life and consequently fertile ground for the visual arts. The selected artists mine board-based subcultures – specifically surfing and skateboarding – for their dynamic imagery and performance potential as well as metaphysical and narrative associations. In so doing, they draw the audience into a worldview, and not simply the ‘ride’, to challenge stereotypes and describe survival, ethical concerns or emotional conditions. These artists also broach questions about the creative act, and art in our present-day world. Features works by Vernon Ah Kee, Gerry Bobsien, Shaun Gladwell, Nancy Kilgour, Brett McMahon, Tracey Moffatt, Nell, John Turier (with emerging artists from Hunter St TAFE), Gerry Wedd, John Witzig, Jud Wimhurst, Anne Zahalka and vintage surfboard loans from collector Tony Brown.”

BOARD curated by Meryl Ryan: “With an eye to fresh takes, relevance and multidisciplinary practice, and in line with the outdoors character of the concurrent season, this exhibition recognises the board as a ubiquitous feature of Australian life and consequently fertile ground for the visual arts. The selected artists mine board-based subcultures – specifically surfing and skateboarding – for their dynamic imagery and performance potential as well as metaphysical and narrative associations. In so doing, they draw the audience into a worldview, and not simply the ‘ride’, to challenge stereotypes and describe survival, ethical concerns or emotional conditions. These artists also broach questions about the creative act, and art in our present-day world. Features works by Vernon Ah Kee, Gerry Bobsien, Shaun Gladwell, Nancy Kilgour, Brett McMahon, Tracey Moffatt, Nell, John Turier (with emerging artists from Hunter St TAFE), Gerry Wedd, John Witzig, Jud Wimhurst, Anne Zahalka and vintage surfboard loans from collector Tony Brown.”

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The Lock-Up in partnership with Blacktown Arts Centre and the Whitlam Institute, Western Sydney University presents IT’S TIMELY TOO, an exhibition of new artworks framed by the two iconic speeches Gough Whitlam delivered in Blacktown in 1972 and 1974. Read it here.

Brought to Light
I curated an exhibition related to three hidden sites located throughout Newcastle, NSW. The project hinged around the collaboration of artists Darren Siwes and Matthew Tome and poet Mark Treddinick. Check out the catalogue here.

Human Viewpoint - Perspective No 1,  Darren Siwes, 2010, courtesy of Greenaway Art Gallery

Human Viewpoint - Perspective No 1, Darren Siwes, 2010, courtesy of Greenaway Art Gallery

The Star 
The Star was an exhibition of images, stories and people who lived, worked and rioted at the Star Hotel, Newcastle. Local artists Tom Kearney, Chris Brown and Charlotte Weight were also invited to throw their own version of rock n' roll madness into the mix.

Note to Self
MATTHEW CROOKES, PATRICK JONES, RICHARD TIPPING, LIBBY TULIP 
Note to Self was an opportunity to present works by four very different artists all engaged in some way with word and image. Check out the catalogue here.

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The Forgotten Beach
Series of poems commissioned by Surfing World Magazine with lush winter images. Check it out here. 

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