Calling All Sunshine Coast Artists
Artist Michael Ciavarella is calling on fellow artists and potters across the Sunshine Coast to create ceramic pieces that are small enough to fit inside a matchbox. His goal is to fill 5000 matchboxes that will travel the world.
Artworks submitted will be featured in a forthcoming exhibition at Noosa Regional Gallery called UP IN SMOKE (showing 28 April -- 5 June), and will also become part of an ongoing travelling exhibition called THE MATCHBOX SHOW.
"Artists can create their works independently or come along to free ceramic workshops in the weeks ahead," Michael says.
With the assistance of RADF (Regional Arts Development Fund) funding, Michael will facilitate the workshops along with artist Sophy Blake. The workshops will be held at the Cooroy Butter Factory on Saturday 29 January from 10am -- 12noon or 1pm -- 3pm, and also at the Noosa Regional Gallery on Saturday 5 February from 10am -- 12noon or 1pm - 3pm.
"The workshops are open to all creative types," he says. "And there's no limitation in what goes in the box ... as long as it is has some ceramic element and fits in the box!"
"The aim is for the collection to grow -- with the visual spectacle becoming more dramatic as ceramicists add to the collection. It will be an exhibition that really puts ceramics on the map," he says.
The idea began at Australia's premier ceramic conference 'Clay Energy' in 2010 in Gulgong, NSW. The response was encouraging, yielding 150 pieces created by ceramic artists from across Australia and as far away as Finland.
The initial collection from Clay Energy has since been exhibited at The Gallery Eumundi, and at Federation Square in Melbourne.
Following the UP IN SMOKE exhibition at Noosa Regional Gallery, the ever-growing exhibition will go on to tour at a state, national (touring in 2012/13) and ultimately, international level (Finland in 2014 for the 14th International Ceramics Conference, Sweden and beyond).
All of the works will also be displayed on the Matchbox Show website www.matchboxshow.com
Michael has 20 years experience as a ceramic artist and has been teaching ceramics with the Sunshine Coast TAFE for 15 years. He has also exhibited in solo and group shows; has been commissioned to create public art; has hosted ceramic art workshops; and developed The Paving Project for the Visual Arts department of the Woodford Folk Festival.
Noosa Regional Gallery, Tewantin
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