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A podcast for people curious about art and the lives of artists, a conversation series produced by Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery. MPRG is the region's premier public art gallery, supported by Mornington Peninsula Shire and other partners. Transcripts for our podcasts can be read here: https://mprg.mornpen.vic.gov.au/LEARN/Podcasts/Transcripts
 
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MPRG Director Danny Lacy and artist and co-curator Rosie Weiss take us through Surreal Landscapes - a group exhibition that explores the way artists position subtle and strange, absurd and dreamlike interventions within the landscape, abstracting and shifting our reading of the landscape. Find out more about works in the show, including artists Hay…
 
Kate Gorringe-Smith sees migratory birds as a metaphor embodying human migration and the search for home and safety. She reveals how she learnt printmaking on Fred Williams’ printing press at school and went on to study printmaking at RMIT. Discover how working at BirdLife Australia influenced her art and the genesis for the Overwintering Project. …
 
As artists, how can we fill in the gaps of knowledge about our cultural histories? How can nature and country act as a connector? How can collaboration help strengthen our practice?Tai Snaith kicks off this new series by speaking with Gundijmara/ Italian/ Torres Strait islander artist LISA WAUP about her powerfully personal, shield-like work on pap…
 
What does it mean to push past perfectionism? How can feeling powerless create more power for us in the end? How do we strike a balance between depicting the absurdity of life and the serious nature of compulsion?In this episode Tai Snaith and Lily Mae Martin start by deciphering her work on paper from the MPRG collection called ‘Wrestling.’ They g…
 
How can the way in which something is painted affect the way we read it? How is the self-discipline involved in painting similar to the self-discipline of an athlete? How can we forget the cost of our materials in order to paint freely?In this episode Tai Snaith converses with Fiona McMonagle about her watercolour painting ‘Wonky’ from the MPRG col…
 
How can the overload of images in daily life be seen as a positive thing? How can we keep ideas alive over decades of practice? How do you KEEP EVERYTHING and not become a hoarder?In this conversation Tai Snaith and Elizabeth Gower discuss an early work of hers on paper called ‘Precious Life’ from the MPRG collection. They explore the practice of c…
 
As artists, how we can learn to use our megaphones to create a world we can bear to live in? Can a knife have a mind of it’s own? Can desire be an animating force?In this conversation Tai Snaith converses with Deborah Kelly about her animated paper work ‘LYING WOMEN’ from the MPRG collection and the process of making it. They talk of freeing the fe…
 
How do our gestures and bodies become part of our work? And how is the act of cutting a feminist action?Tai Snaith and Sally Smart talk about female identity and archetypes of women such as pirates, witches and more- ideas which have been present in Sally’s life and imagination since she was a child. We talk about the act of cutting and how the fem…
 
How do we access our True Selves? Tai Snaith and Katherine Hattam discuss how making and depicting space can merge the inside (mental) world with the outside (public) world of politics and ideas. Reflecting on Katherine’s interest in psychoanalysis and unconscious time vs real time and how family life can be political.Presented as part of ‘A World …
 
Annika Romeyn, the winner of the 2020 National Works on Paper, talks about her award-winning work 'Endurance 5'. After growing up in Canberra, Annika decided against studying medicine and began studying art at the ANU. Through her softball and academic achievements, she received a full scholarship to the Morgan State University, historically a blac…
 
Artist Tara Gilbee has a multidisciplinary approach to art making that incorporates solograph and pin hole photography techniques. Her work will be displayed in MPRG’s upcoming exhibition ‘Surreal Landscapes’ as well as an online exhibition of her works resulting from her time spent at the Police Point Artist in Residency, on the Mornington Peninsu…
 
Curator Danny Lacy talks to Mornington Peninsula based artist Sophie Perez about studying at the Royal College of Art in London, her inspirations and her love of colour. Sophie shares how she captures the essence of the Mornington Peninsula landscape in paint and discusses her new studio, her 9 x 10 inch commission paintings and how she promotes he…
 
Artist and avid collector Patrick Pound talks about his MPRG exhibition 'A Collection of Stranger Things'. Pound delved into the MPRG Collection and drew out works that he recontexualised alongside his own collections of found photographs and objects. Patrick Pound is well known for his collections-based artworks, where he collects thousands of pho…
 
Three generations of artists from the same family - Christine Lloyd, Michael Favaloro and Merryn Lloyd - talk to curator Danny Lacy about their work in a recent exhibition at MPRG. In the Valley was an exhibition that highlighted the beauty and fragility of our natural environment and was presented as part of CLIMARTE’s ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019 fest…
 
Juan Ford examines the human figure and its relationship to the environment. He has consistently been engaged with opening up new possibilities for realism in painting. Find out more about how exhibiting in artist-run spaces helped develop his practice. He also talks about his artistic process and still life constructions and why his work is often …
 
A special episode of practical and inspirational advice for artists by artists featured in MPRG's 2018 exhibition program and podcast series.We asked artists what they wish they knew when they were just starting out. Hear advice from 14 Australian artists, including Raafat Ishak, Jon Campbell, Andrew Hazewinkel, Kylie Stillman, James Tylor, Laura W…
 
Christian Capurro's 'Another Misspent Portrait of Etienne de Silhouette' is a September 1986 issue of Vogue Hommes magazine that has been carefully erased by over 260 people. The participants inscribed the time taken to erase the page with its monetary value according to their current income. Discover how Capurro is interested in the idea of how er…
 
Chris Bond’s practice involves the invention and embodiment of fictional artists and writers. In his painting practice, this is often realised in imagined books, magazines and correspondence. Bond’s new series of four small watercolours for the Obsession: Devil in the detail exhibition continue his chimerical alter-ego of Martin Meeks, a Boston-bas…
 
Vipoo Srivilasa is a ceramic artist who was born in Thailand. He creates contemporary porcelain sculptures and vessels that transmit a universal message about cross-cultural experiences. In this podcast, Vipoo talks about how he works with artisans around the world to make his iconic creatures and how his patience series was a reaction to the distr…
 
Natasha Bieniek’s works shrink the everyday down into microcosms. Her tiniest paintings are only 4 x 5 centimetres. Natasha talks about how she is reviving the tradition of miniature painting and why she has shifted from portraiture to landscape painting.A conversation with MPRG curator Danny Lacy.Our 2018 podcast program is supported by the Gordon…
 
Artist Catherine Truman talks about her JamFactory touring exhibition No Surface Holds. Truman's practice incorporates contemporary jewellery, objects, digital image and film installation with a focus upon the parallels between artistic process and scientific method. Discover how Truman co-founded the Gray Street Workshop, about her residencies ove…
 
Danica Chappell explores the malleability of analogue photography to create unique abstract works. Hear about the process and challenges behind the work she makes and her defining research at the Bauhaus museum after receiving a Jim Marks Postgraduate Scholarship.A conversation with MPRG curator Danny Lacy.Our 2018 podcast program is supported by t…
 
Katherine Hattam who has been a finalist in the National Works on Paper eleven times. Katherine talks about her two stage process of making work, her repeating motif of the table covered in everyday objects and why she is fascinated by the William Buckley story, featured in her 2018 National Works on Paper work He Forgot How To Speak English.A conv…
 
Rosie Weiss is a Mornington Peninsula based artist and educator. In 1992 she won the Moet & Chandon Australian art Fellowship. Rosie's work Two Banksias Holding On was acquired for the MPRG collection in the 2018 National Works on Paper.Rosie talks about her diaristic approach to her work, her interest in the environment and how she makes sense of …
 
Curator Danny Lacy talks to James Tylor and Laura Wills, winners of the $15,000 Mornington Peninsula Shire / Beleura - The Tallis Foundation major acquisitive award in the 2018 National Works on Paper.Their award-winning work The Forgotten Wars 2017 was based on town and mining maps from the British Parliamentary papers and Commissioners’ reports o…
 
Kylie Stillman is best known for her book sculptures and woodcarvings. She uses scalpel blades, jigsaws, sewing materials and drills to alter objects and create negative spaces that depict ‘signs of life’. Kylie talks to curator Danny Lacy about the defiance of creativity, the genesis of her book carvings and the idea behind her National Works on P…
 
George Johnson is a New Zealand born, Melbourne based artist who has focused on Geometric Abstraction since the 1950s. George talks about teaching at Footscray Technical School and what he taught students about the most important elements of art.George’s large abstract painting from 1969, Big Blue, was featured in an exhibition of abstract works fr…
 
Andrew Hazewinkel talks about his exhibition What the sea never told. This project takes as its starting point the 1892 Mornington football club tragedy where fifteen young men from Mornington drowned whilst returning from playing a game of football against the township of Mordialloc. Andrew talks candidly about this ambitious project that he devel…
 
Jon Campbell talks about his exhibition Ball Yeah, a selection of his works from the past 15 years that reference aspects of our passionate sporting culture. Discover more about Campbell’s sporting background, his iconic ‘yeah’ flag and what it meant for him to win the $100,000 Basil Sellers Art Prize.A conversation with MPRG curator Danny Lacy.Our…
 
Artist Megan Cope talks about her work for the exhibition Coast: The artists’ retreat. We are also joined by Aunty Carolyn Briggs an elder of the Boon wurrung nation, cultural advisor and historian. Megan Cope’s art investigates mapping practices, concepts of ownership and power, colonisation and the legal implications of occupation. Megan describe…
 
Euan Macleod talks about his work for the exhibition Coast: The artists’ retreat. Euan spent time at the Police Point Artist in Residence cottage in 2016 and found the location to be sinister, eerie and unsettling. Curator Danny Lacy and Euan talk about the coastal landscape of the Mornington Peninsula and the fortifications, military history and q…
 
GW Bot drew inspiration from the landscape of Point Nepean and Sorrento back beach, translating the landscape into a symbolic language of glyphs for her works in Coast: The artists' retreat. GW talks about the development of her work, her memories of the peninsula and how she learnt to draw in the shadows of the coastal cliffs.A conversation with M…
 
Raafat Ishak responds to Nicholas Chevalier’s painting of Pulpit Rock in the exhibition Coast: The artists' retreat. Raaf talks about his development as an artist and the many influences on his art practice. Raaf was an artist in residence at Police Point in 2017 and found the area to be loaded with significant historical material. Hear how he host…
 
Kerrie Poliness talks about founding Store 5, an artist-run space focusing on abstraction, having a DIY attitude to her work and how her trademark diamond landscape paintings began. A conversation with MPRG curator Danny Lacy, recorded at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne. Our 2018 podcast program is supported by the Gordon Darling Found…
 
Tom Polo talks about researching the MPRG Collection, winning the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship and how working in public demystifies the artist’s process.Recorded with a live audience at MPRG for conversation series with MPRG curator Danny Lacy.Introduction by Nathan Schroeder, Music courtesy of The Basics…
 
Gosia Wlodarczak's work explores the fragility of life and celebrates the present moment. Find out more about her 10-day drawing performance at MPRG and how her practice has developed over time.Recorded with a live audience at MPRG for conversation series with MPRG curator Danny Lacy.Introduction by Nathan Schroeder, Music courtesy of The BasicsIma…
 
Artist Minna Gilligan talks about her collage works, her love for all things retro and how she became an Instagram superstar. We also discover more about her love of fashion and colour and she gives her advice for artists just starting out.Recorded with a live audience at MPRG for conversation series with MPRG curator Danny Lacy.Introduction by Nat…
 
Lucilla Wyborn d’Abrera talks about her mother Constance Stokes and the retrospective at MPRG. Constance Stokes was one of the leading artists of her generation. In this podcast Lucilla reveals memories of her mother and how she balanced her desire to be an artist with the realities of domestic life.Recorded with a live audience at MPRG for monthly…
 
Artist Zoe Croggon talks about her exhibition at MPRG Deep Cuts. Croggon’s artwork splices together the human body with the natural landscape and built environment, seamlessly integrating dancers and athletes with details of modern architecture. She works with sculpture, video, drawing and collage and draws on her personal experiences of studying b…
 
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