In Studio A, six Sydney-based neurodiverse artists tackle important creative and professional milestones while challenging expectations of people with intellectual disabilities.
Meet incredible artists Greg Sindel, Emily Crockford, Daniel Kim, Meagan Pelham, Lisa Scott and Thom Roberts on ABC iview from 22 JUNE 2019.
"Sometimes if people enjoy your stories and they say how much they love you and your talents then your self doubts have gone away. Sometimes fear is a great motivator." - Artist Greg Sindel, Studio A
In Studio A, six Sydney-based neurodiverse artists tackle important creative and professional milestones while challenging expectations of people with intellectual disabilities.
Step into the Oddysee universe and discover the creatures and clans that live within it. Dreamt up by Studio A’s Skye Saxon.
Skye Saxon is a performance artist, and creator of mystic characters, drawings and stories with a magical capacity for manifesting the intangible. Dreams, memories and metaphysical worlds form the substance of Skye’s work.
Migrating birds frequently visit Auburn’s Botanic Gardens. In Winter 2019 a flock of artists from Studio A joined the migration.
From June to August 2019 seven Studio A artists will take inspiration from the gardens to develop new work for exhibition at Peacock Gallery titled Crows Nesting.
Inspired by the magic that can happen when diverse minds and hands meet, Studio A will also work directly with Cumberland Council’s local community to collaboratively produce a new installation known as Peacock Wallaby.
Join us for the exhibition opening on Saturday, August 10th at 1:30pm until 3pm.
Please join Studio A artists, Makers Circle and the Peacock Gallery team to create a collaborative community artwork installation called Peacock Wallaby for exhibition at the Peacock Gallery from 10 August to 9 September 2019.
"Migrating birds frequently visit Auburn’s Botanic Gardens. In Winter 2019 a flock of artists from Studio A will join the migration.”
From June to August 2019 six Studio A artists will take inspiration from the Auburn Botanic Gardens to develop new work for exhibition at Peacock Gallery.
The National 2019: New Australian Art presents the latest ideas and forms in contemporary Australian art, curated across three of Sydney's premier cultural institutions: the Art Gallery of NSW, Carriageworks and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. A six-year initiative over three editions in 2017, 2019 and 2021, the curatorial vision for the exhibition represents a mix of emerging, mid-career and established artists drawn from around the country and Australian artists practicing overseas.
Studio A artist, Thom Roberts, has been selected to exhibit work at Carriageworks.
29 March - 23 June.
Hand stitching and journal writing embody a rhythm, a steady pace that can imbue calm into rough waters and tumultuous times. Studio A artist Lisa Scott is a writer, graphic and textile artist for whom the pattern of text and stitch has brought insight and stability.
Lisa first brought her extensive library of personal journals to Studio A in 2017. Her journals contain some truimphs, but many struggles. Lisa was driven to translate her life story into a visual artwork.
Please join us at the Australian Design Centre to celebrate this creative journey. For one night only you are invited to an intimate showing of Lisa's very personal work. A delicate textile and text based dress inspired by the artists' lifetime of journal writing. Encompassing Lisa's vulnerability and courage, the work juxtaposes her fairytale dreams with the often unsettling reality of lived experience.
Opened by Lisa Cahill, ADC CEO and Artistic Director
Guest Speaker, Stella Rosa McDonald, Artist and Mentor to Lisa Scott
Boutique outdoor market part of the Sydney Design Festival.
Alongside the major touring exhibition Steel: Art Design Architecture, from Adelaide’s JamFactory, this makers market features more than 20 local Sydney artists that have been selected for their exceptional work. Handmade, designed and collectible pieces including textiles, jewellery, ceramics and homewares will be for sale by the makers. Studio A will be showcasing their design product as well as the work of Adam Mandarano and Lisa Scott who will both be attending the market and practicing their art alongside the stall.
Come and enjoy the market atmosphere under the big marquee as we invite Sydney’s most talented creators to showcase their work.
To celebrate Children's Week 2018 North Sydney Council has put together fun-filled activities across the area, culminating in a day of creativity and fun at the North Sydney Children's Festival on Saturday 27 October.
Studio A will be there presenting Bird Love Colour Wheel. Relax and enter the Bird Love Colour Wheel where Studio A artists Thom Roberts, Greg Sindel and Meagan Pelham will tilt your perspective of the world. Enter a pedestrian and leave transformed a superhero. Discover the creature living atop of your head as Thom Roberts deciphers your crown, channel and meet your inner super hero as Greg Sindel draws your alter ego and fall in love with Studio A’s very own Owl Love bride Meagan Pelham as she predicts your romantic fortune. And finally relax with our Studio A’s master of colour Emily Crockford. Join Emily tocomplete a giant colouring in pattern.
As part of the North Sydney Children’s Festival Studio A are hosting a creative workshop at the studio.
In ‘Imagined Emojis’ Studio A artists will guide participants to identify and manifest potential emotions using pen, paint and paper. The workshop is guaranteed to be a fun adventure into your emotional and creative life, leaving you with images you can use to craft your very own emojis.
Age Bracket: 4 - 7 years
When: Tuesday 23 October, 1 - 3pm
Where: Studio A, Level 4, Crows Nest Community Centre, 2 - 20 Ernest St, Crows Nest
As part of Comic Con-versation 2018 at Ashfield Library, between 5:00pm-8:00pm come and be interviewed by artist Greg Sindel from Studio A.
Based on the information gathered, Greg will create a drawing based on your alter-ego or superhero. Guests are free to take the drawings with them.
Greg will down pens at 7:15pm to perform a 30 minute reading from his most recent graphic novel ‘The Pruning’, produced by Leigh Rigozzi.
conscious range that supports both local artists living with intellectual disability and communities of women in India and South Africa.
Original artworks by Studio A artists have been reimagined using the traditional artisan skills of hand weaving and embroidery to create unique pieces that are rich in texture and story.
The limited edition range launches on July 5th, both online and with an eclectic 3 week pop up store located in the Darlinghurst creative precinct, at 21 Foley Street.
In late 2017 Studio A-supported artist, Daniel Kim, was commissioned to paint the portrait of Minister for Disability, Ray Williams.
Minister Williams will attend a morning tea at Studio A to receive his portrait at 10am on Tuesday 3 July. Local media are invited to attend the event.
In celebration of Firstdraft’s current exhibition Paired, curated by Harriet Body, Studio A presents Co-Lab.
Studio A Co-Lab with special guests, Hack Sounds, is an experimental activation of the gallery space that involves much more than just looking at art. See Studio A artists at work, work with Studio A artists and become part of the work itself.
Prepare to be uploaded as Thom Roberts digitally remasters your face into an emoji, fall under the spell of hopeless romantic Meagan Pelham as she guides guests in an ‘Owl Love’ drawing workshop and discover your comic alter ego as Greg Sindel draws out your inner super hero.
Ringmaster and roaming performer Skye Saxon will be on hand to keep everyone in line as kooky koala collaborators, Rosie Deacon & Emily Crockford create chaos. And when the interaction gets all too much, kick back with a sausage sizzle and enjoy live painting by Peter Dudding and Paul Williams.
From 2pm special guests, Hack Sounds, a community-based and collaborative electronic music outfit for people of all abilities, will be offering up some sweet beats for your listening pleasure.
Paired is an exhibition curated by artist and arts worker, Harriet Body that showcases eight collaborative projects between artists living with and without intellectual/developmental disability or cognitive difference from across Australia plus one project from the UK. Harriet’s research examines the intricacies of these collaborations including how communication, friendship, and mutual education/mentorship develops between such artist pairs.
Exhibiting collaborators include Thom & Angelmouse, Rosie Deacon & Emily Crockford, Arunan Dharmalingam & Jessica Hodgkinson, Glenn Barkley & John and Glenda Havilah (all NSW), Henry Jock Walker & Scott Pyle (SA), Dion Beasley & Johanna Bell (NT), Catherine Bell & Cathy Staughton (VIC), and Kate Adams & Paul Colley (UK).
The Salon des Refusés was initiated by the S.H.Ervin Gallery in 1992 in response to the large number of works entered into the Archibald Prize which were not selected for display in the official exhibition. The Archibald Prize is one of Australia’s most high profile and respected awards which attractshundreds of entries each year and the S.H. Ervin Gallery’s ‘alternative’ selection has become a much anticipated feature of the Sydney scene.
The Salon des Refusés exhibition at the S.H. Ervin Gallery has established an excellent reputation that rivals the selections in the ‘official’ exhibition, with works selected for quality, diversity, humour and experimentation, and which examine contemporary art practices, different approaches to portraiture and responses to the landscape.
Greg Sindel will be joining some of the best visual story-tellers from Sydney and greater Australia in the next Read To Me event at Knox Bar in Chippendale on 8 May, 7:30pm-9:30pm.
There will be singing. There will be music. There will be beer and food. And, as always, as usual, there will be great stories!
The night will feature stories by Thomas Campi, Meg O'shea, Greg Sindel, Sarah Firth, Jin Lau, Scott Wrigg and Keppie Coutts (w/ musicians Sister Ursuline and Ben Romalis, and drawings by Fionn McCabe).
Come early and have some dinner, seats fill up fast.
Join our Project Space artists Rosie Deacon and Studio A’s Emily Crockford in a Free public workshop that invites you to throw aside a boring image of the burbs.
Taking place inside their immersive mixed media installation Tree Top Tweety Bird Pop Egg Design Living, Deacon and Crockford will work side by side with participants to reimagine everyday life in hyper-colour fabrics, paints, sequins, and all sorts of paraphernalia.
Bring your kids or just bring out the kid inside - this workshop is for anyone who loves a no-rules approach to colour, textiles and painting; anyone who loves birds and koalas; and everyone who loves just having a plain old cooltime.
Limited Numbers-RSVP Essential
Cement Fondu is hosting collaborators, Emily Crockford and Rosie Deacon in their project space for 2 months. Emily and Rosie will create an immersive installation for the launch of Cement Fondu's inaugural exhibition, Suburbia.
Image: Emily Crockford, Pop Up Fireworks, acrylic and posca marker on canvas
Victoria Atkinson will be the Resident Maker at the Australian Design Centre's Object Gallery in February as a part of ADC's celebrations of Mardi Gras. Victoria will be showing off her 'Wrestling Wearables' in a Meet The Maker session on Saturday 24 February.
Image: Victoria Atkinson, WWE, 2016, texta and watercolour on paper, 70x50cm
Inhale the smoky perfume of a cocktail love dragon, step inside our sweetheart selfie booth, and fall into the arms of a Studio A artist…
In the spirit of St Valentine come share the love and join us in celebrating the launch of our new studio.
You'll be sipping champagne, nibbling canapes and feeling the occasional pang of Cupid's arrow surrounded by decorations and performances from our very own Props Collective.
The night will also launch our Studio A: 50/50 fundraiser. Any donation made will be worth more than you realise thanks to Creative Partnerships Australia's Plus1 program that will match all donations made to our campaign – ultimately doubling your cash and impact! 😍😍
Dress for romance and brace yourselves for glitter.
Image: Nadia Lolas, Imogen and Josh, 2015, gouache and posca on paper, 76x51cm
Studio A artists Adam Mandarano and Damian Showyin are working to keep Sydneysiders warm in winter, producing woven wraps, loop scarves and sometimes even contemporary cushion covers. These blokes are never happier than when they’re at the loom. On Friday 13 October Adam and Damian will be weaving in store, offering first-hand experience of how their textile works are produced. Come along to see the artists in action and stay for a chat as both Adam and Damian are keen to take questions.
The Big Anxiety’s ambitious program includes over 60 events across Greater Sydney, bringing together leading national and international artists, scientists, thinkers, and the community to talk about and re-imagine the state of mental health in the 21st century.
Visitors will experience immersive environments, exhibitions, theatre shows, intimate performances and interactive media events across an extended season that proudly showcases a diverse range of voices.
Underbelly Arts develops and presents work from the boldest new voices in Australian art. They present visual art, performance, theatre, live art, music, sound, dance, digital practice and ideas, with a focus on emerging artists and experimentation. By creating large-scale events in non-traditional spaces, they bring audiences and artists together for new art experiences unlike any other.
Bird Fox Monster, 2017 is a collaboration between Studio A represented artists, Meagan Pelham, Thom Roberts, and Skye Saxon with Erth Visual and Physical director, Scott Wright, sound artist, James Brown and digital artist, Elias Nohra, artist support by Gabrielle Mordy and Emma Johnston.
Commissioned by Carriageworks for the New Normal National Arts and Disability Strategy, the first stage of Bird Fox Monster was revealed during an intimate, invitation only, multi-sensory dining experience that included performance, video projection and installation, at Carriageworks on 2 September 2016.
Bird Fox Monster has evolved via a number of intensive residencies at Carriageworks, Bundanon Artist Residency and Mud Australia.
Studio A will be showcasing work by Arunan Dharmalingam and Thom Roberts at the 2017 Sydney Contemporary art fair.
Sydney Contemporary is Australasia's premier international art fair. It returns to Sydney in 2017 with the country's largest and most diverse gathering of local and international galleries.
Taking place from the 7-10 September 2017 [VIP Preview 6 September, Opening Night 7 September] throughout Carriageworks, the third edition celebrates five days of curated exhibitions and ambitious programming appealing to the serious collector, art lover and those curious about contemporary art.
Skye Saxon and Thom Roberts will be exhibiting new participatory and performance based installations at Cementa17.
Cementa17 is four days and nights of performance, sound, cabaret, interactive and electronic arts, video, installation and ceramics presented in more than twenty venues across the post industrial town of Kandos NSW. Situated in some of the most stunning countryside in New South Wales, Kandos sits on the side of Coombermelon Mountain, overlooking the surrounding landscape. This brilliant little town provides the background against which over 60 artists will make, exhibit and perform work relating to the social, historical, or environmental context of the town and the region around it.
The Props Collective will be providing the ambiance at the launch event of Art Month Sydney at Cake Wines Cellar Door in Redfern with new decorative artworks and performance.
Studio A presents: Bird Fox Monster, a collaboration between Studio A represented artists, Meagan Pelham, Robert 'Thom' Smith, and Skye Saxon with Erth Visual and Physical Theatre director, Scott Wright, sound artist, James Brown and digital artist, Elias Nohra.
Supported by Carriageworks' 2016 In Development program, the first stage of Bird Fox Monster will be revealed during an intimate, invitation only, multi-sensory dining experience that will include performance, video projection and installation, at Carriageworks on 2 September 2016.
Bird Fox Monster has evolved via a number of intensive residencies at Carriageworks, Bundanon Artist Residency and MUD Australia. The 2016 showcase will inform a larger, ticketed production in 2017.
Please join us on Thursday 1 September, 5:30 - 7:30pm at the Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick for the opening of the Spring Art Exhibitions featuring the work of Studio A represented artists, Annette Galstaun, Arunan Dharmalingham and a collaborative painting between Nadia Lolas and Studio A guest artist, Laura Jones.
The exhibition is all a part of the Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation's Art Program, which aims to use the visual arts to "engage, inspire, and improve the lives of our young patients, their families and carers".
Continuing until 24 November at 1 High St, Randwick, NSW.
Studio A represented artists, Emily Crockford, Damian Showyin, Declan O'Connor, Rachelle Rodriguez and Jeanette Scanes have created new textile-based artworks that will appear on selected garments in the Soto Smith and Spunky Bruiser line. The designers say: "The Studio A artist's artwork have been the anchor point and drive in Spunky Bruiser and Soto Smith label makers' design process - to honor the artists original vision in the artworks and develop the pieces into something completely new and wearable!"
One-of-a-kind, hand-made pieces will be available for purchase, such as the Bomber Jacket pictured above featuring handwoven sleeve design and hand stitched back panel by Damian Showyin. Limited edition garments featuring digitally printed designs on fabric inspired by Studio A artists' paintings, will also be available.
Studio A will be exhibiting work at Sydney College of The Arts as a part of Art Month. 'Studio A: Flying High' will show a collection of bird inspired art works including sculptural pieces and work on paper. The exhibition will also feature a re-vamped Studio A favourite, 'The Bird' – a large suspended centrepiece created by Studio A's Artisan Props Collective. The exhibition will open on Tuesday 15 March.
Meagan Pelham will be teaching an owl making workshop for the Museum of Contemporary Art's Gennext program on Sunday 6 March. The workshop will be a part of Gennext's exploration of Grayson Perry's current exhibition, 'My Pretty Little Art Career'. Gennext is a free program run by the MCA for young people between the ages of 12 and 18 that offers the space and freedom for these people to engage and experiment with creativity and contemporary art.