Resident Artists

Benjamin Storch [Sculpture Studio]

Benjamin Storch’s work stems from a fascination with fluid, dynamic motion, whether witnessed in nature, human motion or computer-aided visualisations in the sciences. Plottings of the behaviour of pendulums, imagery of surfaces being drawn into ‘fields of attraction’, strange attractor point clouds and fluid dynamics are all a major influence on Benjamin’s sculptural work.

To achieve a dynamic quality in metal Benjamin spent years researching techniques to form sheet metal into surfaces of negative, anticlastic curvature. Achieving this in steel relies on a sensitive manual control of specialised machinery as well as traditional hammering techniques, which gives Benjamin’s work a unique tactile quality. While casting might be an option, the sheet metal process leaves a visible, tangible trace of the inherent tensile forces and thus reflects the intention behind the work. Some pieces more literally embody mathematical principles associated with topology, dynamical systems and surface curvature while others are the artists impressions of some of these systems.

Benjamin has an extensive client base and exhibition track record internationally. Recent projects include a number of commissions for hotels such as The Ritz Carlton in Hong Kong and the Shangri-la at The Shard in London. Alongside these he has been making work for exhibition at Sculpture by the Sea, the McClelland Sculpture Survey and Brenda May Gallery.

John Meade [Sculpture Studio]

John Meade (born, Ballarat, 1956) is a sculptor who has participated in regular individual and group exhibitions with commercial and public galleries and museums in Australia and internationally. His public sculpture commissions include Mean Yellow (2000) in the Victorian Arts Centre forecourt for the Melbourne International Festival and Aqualung (2006) at Victoria Harbour, Docklands, Melbourne. His awards include the 2003 Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Art Scholarship, an Asialink residency in India in 1999, and grants from The Australia Council, Cinemedia, Arts Victoria and the Besen Family Foundation His academic achievements include an MA by research from RMIT University (2000) and an MA in Studio Art from New York University (2004).

John Meade’s work is held in the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Monash University Collection and the Heide Museum of Modern Art.

John is represented by Sutton Gallery, Melbourne.

Kris Coad [Ceramics Studio]

Kris Coad is a ceramic artist who produces pieces for exhibition, a translucent porcelain tableware range for retail, and pieces for commission. She has been a practicing ceramicist for over 20 years, dividing her time between her studio practiceand being an educator.In 2002 Kris was awarded a Masters of Fine Art by Research RMIT. During the same year she was the only Australian honoured at the Sydney Myer Fund International Ceramic Award Shepparton Art Gallery.

Kris has exhibited in over 60 exhibitions including the third World Ceramic Biennale in Korea, Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Manly Museum and Art Gallery and Craft Victoria. Her work has featured in many magazines and journals including Ceramics Art and Perception International, The Journal of Australian Ceramics, Ceramics Monthly USA, Hand Made in Melbourne, Donna Hay, Vogue Living, Vogue Entertaining and Travel and Gourmet USA.Her work has been acquired for public collections including Icheon World Ceramic Centre (Korea), Parliament House (Canberra), Shepparton Art Gallery, Manly Museum and Art Gallery as well as private collections in Australia and overseas.

Michal Anela [Ceramics Studio]

Michal Anela was born in 1978 in Warsaw and finally reached Australia in 2010 in order to study. Michal now presents his internal conversation with ceramics.
An artist’s perspective expresses his subjective perceptions of reality incorporating a dreamlike state. The line between the real and dream states can be very fine.

“My artwork is about a dialogue between the metaphysical and the physical, or in other words between myself and the world; it is my contribution to the universe. My work is created through observations of the external world, translated through my perspective and interpretations, made into original and physical concepts. I find nature to be the most inspiring ceramic artist in the universe. Rocks, stones, fossils; all made by nature. I take inspiration from these sources
Most recently I have been drawing inspiration from Coral which can be seen in my two collections; Coral Consciousness and Coral Coincidence.”
Michal Anela – Ceramics Studio Resident

Tanja George

Tanja was born in Vienna, Austria but grew up in Germany where she worked as a journalist for Esquire magazine.
In 1989 she moved to Australia where she studied Fine Art, encompassing various subjects from photography and film making to painting and sculpture. In addition, she completed a Bachelor of Film and Television at the Victorian College of the Arts film school in 1995.
Tanja made several short films which were screened at film festivals all over the world. Her TV documentary Death and Passion was filmed on location in Spain. Tanja also travelled 9000 kilometres throughout Australia to direct a travel documentary for German television.
In recent years, Tanja’s creativity has returned to sculpture. She has exhibited in various exhibitions throughout Australia, won first prize at the INSPIRED Art Award and several of her sculptures were ‘highly commended”. She also completed a commission of 16 sculptures for the Sydney Park Hyatt Hotel.

In the fabrication of her sculptures she uses a vast variety of materials from bronze to industrial/mechanical components and from photographs to packaging material. She like to misappropriate everyday functional objects and put them into a new context and an aesthetic, creative realm that is challenging to her and the viewer.

More than wishing to supply answers, she wants to pose questions. She would like to inspire the viewers to have their own thoughts on the universe, our relationship with it and human nature.

Ted Powell [Visual Arts Studio]

Englishman Arthur Edward Powell was schooled in the same British art tradition that produced a generation of creative luminaries such as David Hockney, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Keith Moon and Roger Daltry in the sixties.

He studied Fine Art at Ealing College of Art, London, before embarking on a career in advertising. This led to senior positions with the JWT agency in London, Detroit, Melbourne, Auckland, Taipei and Bangkok in a career that spanned over thirty years and achieved many national and international awards.

Painting, while set aside for many years, was always his first love. In 1989 a trip to the Kimberley Ranges in Western Australia with one of Australia’s best loved artists, Clifton Pugh, re-ignited the flame. Under the tutelage of Pugh, Arthur began to explore the full extent of his artistic potential in the unique landscapes of Outback Australia and later the cityscapes of Australia.

The current exhibition at the Angela Robarts-Bird gallery at the Gasworks is his 5th solo exhibition. His work appears in private collections in the USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Singapore, Taiwan, South Africa, Germany, Greece and Japan.

Tricia Sabey [Visual Arts Studio]

Tricia Sabey is a visual artist whose work reflects her interest in the abstract qualities of the land and the sea in relation to the horizon line. Tricia likes to use plywood because of its timber grain and its reference back to the land. Tricia is the winner of 2 dimensional art category at the Williamstown Tattersall’s Contemporary Art Awards 2005.

Ursula Dutkiewicz [Ceramics Studio]

Ursula Dutkiewicz creates a diverse array of works including ceramic paintings, sculptures, functional wares and murals. Ursula has been a professional ceramic artist since completing a Bachelor of Fine Art at the Victorian College of the Arts in 1993. She has been commissioned to produce artworks for various organisations including City of Port Phillip, Women’s Circus and Kensington Management Company. Ursula has implemented many Community Arts Projects including the tile project at Footscray Community Arts Centre and has designed workshops for people of all ages and abilities.

Ursula has also been an Artist in Residence at the Brighton University School of Health Professions (UK) and at a number of schools in Australia. In 2007 she was invited to participate in a conference and exhibition at the University of East London (UK).
Although her work is often abstract and vibrant, Ursula’s involvement with so many varied and interesting projects constantly informs her work and leads her to develop in new and exciting directions.

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Scott Selkirk [Sculpture Studio]

Scott is a sculptor working in both traditional techniques and new technology.

He applies the insights and approaches gathered from over a decade of carving timber to resin, clay and 3D printing in order to extend and evolve his investigation and captivation of flow in form. Much like the natural processes that forge the landscapes around us his process is iterative, continually working the elements and convergences of a piece until they settle comfortably into place, blending and synchronising into a convincing sense of flow.

Scott believes people are intrinsically connected to flow. As eyes and hands trace the ridges, valleys and open plains of a sculpture their hearts and minds are drawn into a kinesthetic engagement that fosters a deeper more lasting experience with the work. For this reason Scott believes sculpture is a medium that should be enjoyed both visually and physically, that touch is an important element of its appreciation.

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Wen Shobbrook [Visual Arts Studio]

Wen Shobbrook is an artist motivated by a love of materials. Inspired by traditional painting techniques, she works to better understand the interplay of light and pigment in order to achieve luminous paint surfaces and harmony of colour. With an eye for detail, Wen recently began making paintbrushes from individual cat whiskers because she found that commercial varieties were all too thick to paint a single human hair. The act of painting for Wen is an act of celebration – a recognition of beauty or importance in a person, place, plant or animal. Portraiture features predominately in her work because of this, in appreciation of our individual human idiosyncrasies.

Wen first exhibited as a teenager as part of a Gasworks youth art competition. Since then, she has studied philosophy and art history at university, as well as law, chemistry, and most recently mathematics. Wen has found that an art practice is the most rewarding way to synthesise such diverse interests, and now exhibits in various galleries in Melbourne and its suburbs. In 2015 she completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours at RMIT University.

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