Saturday 23 July
AirSpace Projects and Ashfield Library
Due to circumstances beyond our control, the July exhibitions have been rescheduled to open on Friday 8 July 6-8pm. We ask you to join us to welcome Ajay Sharma and Stephanie Snider to Sydney and to view what are going to be three wonderful exhibitions.
After the Puja ceremony, exhibitions will be opened by
Dr. Vinod Bahade, Deputy Consul General of India, 6.30pm
Ajay Sharma, master miniature painter, returns to Sydney from Jaipur to share his observations of the changing role and status of women in India. He will also be exhibiting a Ragamala and others works in the tradition of Indian miniature painting.
Stephanie Snider, artist and academic at Pennsylvania State University, presents her latest collages and undertakes a collaborative project with Ajay Sharma at Thirning Villa, Ashfield.
We are excited to present Vinita Sharma’s first solo exhibition. Her miniature paintings depict architectural forms and intimate domestic scenes.
Ajay Sharma and Stephanie Snider will be the Artists-In-Residence at Thirning Villa, Ashfield from 17 June – 29 July.
Keep an eye out for their workshops on the Thirning Villa website
Thirning Villa is supported by Inner West Council
Come and join us for Qigong.
Good for the body and good for the soul!
For more information click on the link below
Unravel is an exhibition of drawings and sculptures. This body of work continues Martini’s interest in ideas of belonging, loss, displacement, migration, travel and home. It is a response both to the uncertainties of our time as well as a personal narrative, one that is yet to fully unravel.
The works in Site Seeing are models assembled from found, toy-building blocks and sampled fragments of film. They are constructed impressions of cities, their nightly romantic spectacle and their mortgage belts and housing bubbles.
Fiona Hooton is a Canberra-based artist who is currently the artist-in-residence at Thirning Villa, Ashfield until 16 June.
It Speaks of Others is a collaborative exhibition that will explore the unexpected and abstracted relationships between the human voice and it’s emotive, communicative force. Kate and Tom have both discovered a fascination in the human voice through their musical backgrounds and experiences as artists working with sound. By transforming the gallery into a living organ, the artists will inscribe the space through a vocal performance from 6pm – 7pm on the opening night.
Memory Catchers is an investigation into how memory can be carried or stored within the materiality of an object. The work grows from an inquiry into the physicality of painting and using colour as a device to trigger memories of past places, times and events.
Join artists Michelle Heldon, Yiorgo Yiannopoulos, Amy Claire Mills and Uri Auerbach for art talks, cake and tea. Engage in conversation about art inspired by cold climates; sites of queer resistance activated by a glance; the secret life of collaboration and meditations on displacement.
Image above: Detail of Kath Fries work from the Beguile i-vii series, 2015, archival photographic print on cotton rag paper, 43x43cm, edition 1/3. Image: AirSpace Projects
Canberra artist Fiona Hooton will be taking up a one month residency at Ashfield Council’s Thirning Villa from 17 May to 16 June to coincide with her exhibition Site Seeing at AirSpace Projects. During the residency Fiona will be undertaking projects in the Ashfield Council Area.
Read on to find out more about Fiona Hooton’s events and activities:
Exhibition, 3-18 June
Opening Friday 3 June, 6-8pm. All Welcome!
AirSpace Projects, 10 Junction Street, Marrickville
New works by Fiona Hooton, Site Seeing includes models and maps of cities assembled from found, building blocks and sampled fragments of film. These assemblages investigate our conflicted relationship with cities, their public sites and private spaces.
Stories about place not only enhance local community belonging but also give outsiders insights into the values and connections within the local community. Stories put us in touch with others, our surroundings and with ourselves.
Fiona is seeking volunteers to assist with telling digital stories about Ashfield, people, places and events. If you are interested email:
7.15pm, Wednesday 15 June
Thirning Villa, 40 Arthur Street, Ashfield
Come along to hear speakers, channel stories (5 mins each) about spirited people, places and events linked to Ashfield’s past and present.
Held in association with Ashfield locals and community groups.
Suitable for all ages
Free, bookings recommended
10−12.30am, Sunday 12 June
Thirning Villa, 40 Arthur Street, Ashfield
Explore what’s extraordinary about the spaces and places you live, in this hands on workshop. Re-shape your neighbourhood by tearing up past and present maps and combining them with your imagination. Investigate ideas of what a ‘model’ city might be and build your own version using recycled materials.
Suitable for ages eight and up.
Free, booking recommended
Out of Time traces the artists’ personal engagements with place and time during their residencies in Greenland, Iceland and Finland. Their works range from drawings and sculptures to videos, photographs and installations, conveying felt experiences and responses to the pull of the magical, inner power of the landscapes, icebergs, forests, lava fields, cultures and story-telling traditions of the far north.
Sites that facilitate queer and homosexual erotic encounters are diverse. Clustered throughout the city, toilets, bathhouses, parks and the streets themselves are sites of queer sexual resistance which, when they lay dormant, can be activated with a single glance.
Collusions explores collaboration as a secretive and private act between two people, when we make we make together. The work is only ever discussed between the collaborators and evolves not only through their connection, but also through the exclusion of the outside world.
Inspired by recent developments in Australian immigration policy, as well as the artist’s family history as exiles, refugees and immigrants, Dune is a meditation on territory and identity: a contemplation of borders, belonging, displacement and mutation.
Shalini Jardin, Ainsley Wilcock and Janette Gay will discuss the ideas underpinning their exhibitions from 2.00pm. Join us and navigate encounters with the ‘other’, the action of ‘grotesquing’ and altered perceptions of space. Conversation and lashing of tea until the closing of the April exhibitions at 5pm.
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