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.

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Gilly Thorne [Ceramics Studio]

Gilly is a textile and ceramic artist. Her latest work in clay is new and unfolding. Having completed
her BA (hons) in Textiles in the UK, she worked as a textile designer in the commercial realm for a
number of years. Losing touch with the ‘making’ process, she craved the handmade quality of
ceramics – the very nature of clay to record the human touch and it’s associations with uniqueness,
the celebration of difference.

With this unfolding, discovery process, she feels very free. Inspired by the natural world, it’s gifts
and all of it’s beauty, her work in both ceramics and textiles is a reflection of this. It shows a
fascination and love of surface, pattern and textiles. She hopes to draw the viewer in, in an almost
mesmerising way, with layer upon layer, inviting a deeper sense of looking, and looking within
oneself. She sees her work as an offering in this way, a gift in it’s truest sense and hopes to invoke
a remembrance of the beauty inside of us all, a deeper connection to our truest self.
She produces both functional ceramics and textiles, commissions and work for exhibition.

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John Meade [Sculpture Studio]

John Meade (born Ballarat, Victoria 1956) employs rigorous geometry and soft organic forms in an intuitive way to materialise his ideas, creating tightly orchestrated pieces that explore the metaphysical, the surreal and the erotic. Meade has exhibited his work throughout Australia and internationally since 1994 and has received several significant public sculpture commissions, including, Riverside Corolla (2011) at Southgate, Melbourne. His survey exhibition Objects to Live By / The Art of John Meade toured extensively throughout regional galleries in Australia.

His work is held in distinguished public collections, as well as private and corporate collections, including Heide Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Monash University Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. Meade received the Anne and Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship in 2003 for graduate study at New York University.

With support from Asialink, Australia, he undertook a studio residency in India in 1998-99. He is represented by Sutton Gallery, Melbourne.

Image: Blue Square 2014, acrylic

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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.

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Elizabeth Milsom [Visual Arts Studio]

Elizabeth Milsom was born on King Island where she spent her first five years on a Soldier Settlement sheep farm before moving with the family to Melbourne.
As she grew up she developed a love for making things, which led on to studying a degree in Printmaking at the Victorian College of the Arts.

In 1987 she was awarded a project grant from The Visual Arts Board, Australia Council to produce a hand printed book of etchings titled ‘Maiknoen’.
One book in the edition of ten is held in the collection of The Balllieu Library, University of Melbourne.

Elizabeth changed her medium and developed a transfer printing method using a hot iron, synthetic transfer paint and the actual plant to print on to canvas. During the printing process some of the plants natural colour came through on to the canvas, creating an interest in the wondrous glow of natural colour.

Inspired by nature, plants form the catalyst of her most recent mark making.

Ink is made from eucalyptus leaves and applied to silk using a wide range of methods; such as painting with a Chinese brush, steaming, dip dye (Shibori) and ice dyeing.

Elizabeth has worked over 30 years as a practising artist exhibiting in solo and group shows around Australia and internationally.

She also teaches art in the community, facilitating classes in centres around The City of Port Phillip.

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Leah Jackson [Ceramics Studio]

Leah Jackson is a Melbourne based ceramicist. She completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Hons)
with a major in Ceramics at the ANU School of Art in 2003. Recent solo exhibitions include:
Interiors , Mr Kitly Gallery, Melbourne; An Epic Romance , Craft, Melbourne. Select recent group
exhibitions include: Aesthetics Room , curated by Kim Brockett at Mr Kitly Gallery, Melbourne;
Chinatown: the sequel , curated by Liv Barrett at ltd los angeles, Los Angeles; and Rock Solid ,
curated by Meredith Turnbull at Pieces of Eight Gallery, Melbourne. Jackson’s practice
encompasses both the functional and the sculptural, and includes a bespoke range of work
produced in her Melbourne based studio available from independent retailers. The domestic
space is a continuing influence in her work.
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Tanja George [Sculpture Studio]

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.

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Arthur Ted Powell [Visual Arts Studio]

Arthur (Ted) Powell is a British-born contemporary landscape/cityscape artist, printmaker, urban sketcher and advertising art director living in Melbourne Australia. He studied fine art and advertising design at Ealing College of Art in London and had an international career as an advertising art director, winning many awards for his commercial work, before venturing into painting full time.

Ted has lived and painted in major cities around the world, but it is his adopted hometown of Melbourne and the interior of Australia that are major themes in his work. His large vibrant landscapes/cityscapes painted in oil or acrylic on canvas weave cartography, geography, topography, art and history together and embody a particular way of seeing and thinking about place.

Small-scale works in pencil, crayon, charcoal, watercolour and gouache paint on paper and in concertina sketchbooks pick out details of local interest at street level. Installation, portraiture and limited edition prints on paper using traditional printmaking techniques are included in his oeuvre.

Ted has participated in over thirty solo and group exhibitions. His work is held in public and private collections in Australia and overseas, including the State Library of Victoria and City of Port Phillip collections.

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Tricia Sabey [Visual Arts Studio]

Tricia Sabey is a landscape artist who reflects the abstract qualities of land, sea and sky in relation to the horizon line. Through the changing patterns of colour, form and texture, her works convey psychological, emotional and visual space. Tricia paints in oil on recycled plywood.

Over 25 years Tricia has had numerous solo exhibitions, and participated in many group shows. She won the Two Dimensional award at the 2005 Williamstown Contemporary Art Exhibition. She has a B.A. Dip Ed. And commenced a Masters in Fine Art at Monash University. Tricia majored in Art History and taught for 25 years at Victoria University. Her work is in private collections in Australia, the U.k. Germany and the Netherlands.

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Ursula Dutkiewicz [Ceramics Studio]

Ursula is a ceramic artist with a long history of creating sculpture, murals, community art projects, commissioned works and residencies.

She is a passionate facilitator of creativity and has extensive experience working, teaching and running workshops with in communities, schools and with people of all ages and abilities.

Her love of nature and recently photography has seen her art changing reflecting her concern over environmental issues facing the planet.

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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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