It’s a Dog’s Life: Both Ends of the Leash

Tuesday 21 March to Sunday 9 April from 9.30am to 4pm

Wednesday 22 March 6pm – 8pm

The Angela Robarts-Bird Gallery

Free entry

Wheelchair Accessible

It’s a Dog’s Life

Both Ends of the Leash

Did you know that the City of Port Phillip has one of the highest rates of dog ownership in Melbourne? It’s a Dog’s Life: Both Ends of the Leash celebrates our beautiful, hairy, loyal companions through the art of Andrew Foster.

Andrew’s work captures the moments, both real and imagined, that drive our love for dogs. In ‘The Conversation’ a woman stands on a beach with her whippet, both of them wearing red coats on a cold Melbourne day. In ‘Genus Confusion’ a man wears a mask while his pet wears a hoodie, the pet is in charge of the owner.

Andrew has won Community Artist Awards, the St Kilda Festival poster design competition and the Linden Postcard Show. He says:

“By observing dogs and their owners, including my own dogs, I have come to develop an intense curiosity about the relationship we humans have with our animal companions. No other animal is as ready to watch, listen and obey us humans. Very few relationships we have with the animal world claim our hearts and mind as does that with our ‘Best Friends’.

I decided to have an exhibition about this unique and fascinating primate/canine relationship.

My biggest inspiration is the love and bonding we share with dogs.”

Andrew Foster has lived in the City of Port Phillip for over forty years. He studied Fine Art in Rome and Melbourne at RMIT and has had many exhibitions. His works have been shown at the National Gallery of Victoria, the Australian National Gallery and Heide Museum of Modern Art. This is his second exhibition with Gasworks Arts Park.

Gasworks Arts Park is popular with dog walkers for our wide open spaces and off-leash area, as well as our free access art gallery and onsite cafe.

We are tail-waggingly happy to tell you that dogs are welcome too! In fact, we’re holding a Dog Party just for them. Join us for our first ever Dog Party with artist Andrew Foster on Saturday 25 March, 2 – 4pm.

Gasworks Arts Park is proud to be a people-friendly, kid-friendly, and forever a dog-friendly community space.

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