IGNITE: In Studio

IGNITE participants at Megalo Print Studio in 2017.

IGNITE participants at Megalo Print Studio in 2017.

IGNITE: In Studio

This professional development series provides face to face encounters with established and professional emerging artists and makers. It is an opportunity to learn about the artists’ individual practices and to see their studio environments. Participants will be able to ask questions about medium specific equipment and materials, how the artists came to establish their studios, how their businesses operate and about their working processes. (Program of 6 studio visits).

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20 June:

Paul Dumetz and Maryke Henderson
Paul and Maryke have been working together in a mentoring relationship since 2015, meeting every Wednesday in Maryke’s backyard ceramic studio. Maryke is an honours graduate of the ANU School of Art & Design and has been teaching ceramics for over thirty years. She is highly regarded as a soda firing specialist and has supported Paul to develop a distinctive body of functional ceramics for On the Table, showing at Belconnen Arts Centre 1 June – 2 August 2018. Paul has a Diploma in ceramics from ANU and works as a studio assistant for the Canberra Potters Society at Watson Arts Centre.


25 July:

Julie Ryder
Julie Ryder is an established Canberra-based textile artist, designer and educator. Originally trained in science, Julie retrained in textiles at Melbourne Institute of Textiles and started her own design studio focusing on designing and hand-printing fabrics for homewares, fashion and interiors. Her hybrid practice combines her knowledge of science with her love of textiles, and she uses nature as both muse and collaborator. Natural materials are used for dyes and as materials for paper-based artworks. Julie has undertaken a number of residencies including at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, CSIRO, the National Museum of Australia, Hill End, Bundanon and overseas at Rimbun Dahan.


22 August:

Julie Bradley
Using the techniques of stencilling, collage and drawing, Julie Bradley creates works on paper which investigate the idea of connectedness and states of being. She works with observational line drawings of plant forms and stencilled outlines of animals made using washes of gouache. These are combined with collaged cutouts of hand-made papers to make multi-layered images that play with shallow illusions of space.


22 September:

Kensuke Todo
Kensuke Todo first came to Australia as part of an exchange program with Kyoto Seika University and the ANU School of Art & Design in 1999. He returned to complete a Master of Visual Arts in Sculpture and has remained here ever since. His aim has been to understand the difference between a western and a Japanese conception of space. Working in mild steel, Todo’s scaled-down stairs and carriageways speak clearly of transit; of being between, in a moment of stillness.


20 October:

Mariana Del Castillo
Marianna Del Castillo migrated from Ecuador in 1972 and moved to Canberra to study at the ANU School of Art & Design in the early 1980’s. Over the past 25 years she has exhibited locally and nationally, worked in community art projects and with kids at risk while exploring cathartic ways in which community arts help build resilience in young people and the community at large. At the heart of her practice is a commitment to recycling, up-cycling and transforming, everyday found objects. This ethos was central to her upbringing in Ecuador and stands in contrast to her experience of Sydney’s 1970′s and 1980’s throw-away consumer culture.


8 December:

Jeremy Lepisto
After graduating from Alfred University in New York with majors in Glass and Metal, Jeremy Lepisto was hired to be the production manager apprentice at the Bullseye Glass Company. This role allowed him to work in every facet of the factory’s glass production as well as with visiting artists. He was also engaged in teaching and in researching new glass chemistries and processes. More recently he has established an independent glass studio (Studio Level) in Queanbeyan and he is working on a body of practice-led research for a PhD in Sculpture at ANU.

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All materials will be provided.

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If you have not previously attended any IGNITE programs, please register using the Expression of Interest form below, or contact IGNITE Project Coordinator, Penny Pollard. Penny is Deaf, so get in touch via email on ignite@belconnenartscentre.com.au or text on 0406 921 304.

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Please contact Belconnen Arts Centre via email, or phone (02) 6173 3300.