Dr Tanya Scharaschkin SEPT 25 - OCT 15 2019 Tanya Scharaschkin is a freelance botanist and artist based in Tasmania. She was a full-time academic involved in research and teaching in Queensland until mid 2017. Her research and teaching focuses on the structure and evolutionary history of plants. Tanya’s artwork reflects her artistic and scientific interest in natural history. She uses images of her artwork, plant cells and Australian flora, fauna and landscapes to create unique and unusual designs.
Simone Eisler SEPT 15 - 24, 2019 Simone Eisler is a Brisbane and Sunshine Coast based artist whose work is focused on space, time, form and structure. She has a diverse practice ranging from small-scale sculptures to performative photographs and large-scale installations. Her practice investigates concepts of physical transformation, species evolution and biodiversity within the overarching notion of a changing technological and natural world. Simone is well known for her wide range of public art works and she has exhibited widely throughout Australia and internationally. Simone has extensive experience in running workshops.
Brisbane seed artist Sophie MUNNS opens her residency with us on Friday, July 26 with an exhibition of her collected studio works.
A fine art graduate, Sophie has works held in international galleries and collections as a seed specialist, worldwide. Her passion and knowledge for seeds continues to see her travelling and connecting with communities all over the world. Sophie’s undertaken Artist Residencies at places like PLANTBANK at the Australian Botanic Gardens; Kew Gardens Millennium Seedbank in West Sussex, UK; The Institute for Molecular Bio-science at Queensland University in Brisbane; and the Cairns Botanic Gardens.
COME and meet Sophie during SeedDRAW Saturday, drop in anytime from 11am , $10 gives you a seat at the Seed table and access to ink, paper, Sophie and her amazing seed collection. Cash only.
Sophie's masterclass is booked out for SUN. August 11, but you can jump on the wait list for a return masterclass in the new year, here.
Sophie's also got works available for purchase, ranging in price from $40 to large framed originals in the $1500-range.
July 01 - 26, 2019
UNLOCKED: behind the door. JULY 16 - 21, 2019
FOUR LGBTI artists share their stories of living through the changing cultural attitudes since the ‘70s.
A final outcome for an 8-week story-crafting project with LGBTI elders led by Peripheral Arts ( in partnership with LGBTI CAN), 'UNLOCKED" is a week-long exhibition of works created over the course of a 3-weeks residency onsite.
Using a multi-modal approach to creative expression, the exhibition week + closing party is an invitation towards building a more respectful and inclusive community for all.
MAY - JUNE 2019
PINCH Cherry Logar JUNE 22 - 24, 2019
TWO-day pop up exhibition of works made onsite over 3-weeks, ‘PINCH’ is an invitation to consider the role 'touch' and sensuality have in our experienced humanity.
Artist Cherry Logar juxtaposes these 'adult themes' with her childlike material choices.
'PINCH' is an invitation to reconsider taboos around touch and solo-sensuality.
"While there is no substitute for the soothing power of a hug or a caress, touch and different textures can soothe the spirit or ignite the imagination, " Logar said.
'PINCH" shows how children’s modern obsession toys like Squishies, Slime and Orbeez, that are aggressively cute and highly tactile - offer satisfaction and stimulation with each squeeze.
With these, Logar offers an experience of solo-sensuality in 'PINCH'.
Her choice of these highly tactile materials simulate, perhaps, the touch of another person.
Using various sculptural processes and material recipes, these works are made in the spirit of those children’s toys, but with a sensual, erotic intention.
They invite you to consider solo-pleasure as something of value that can also offer that sense of existential significance.
ABOUT THE ARTIST CHERRY LOGAR
Pushing the boundaries of societal norms and taboos, feeling comfortable where others are not and imagining future technologies that have endless outcomes are recurring themes in my practice.
Since my adolescent years, I have loved reading and watching films that delve into the possibilities of the future.
Cherry is completing BA Visual Arts through the University of Canberra, majoring in Sculpture. She’s previously exhibited across the Sunshine Coast, in Sydney and was named ‘Most Outstanding Student’ while studying a Diploma of Visual Arts, at Nepean Arts + Design Centre (2016).
SPECIAL THANKS to sculptor PHIL WILLY for his role as unofficial mentor during this residency. The Hinterland sculptor generously shared technical skills and material knowledge. Find more of his work, here.
JAN - APR 2019
- IMMERSE YOURSELF - Netty Pukall + Wrenna Hubbard JAN 17 - APRIL 04
'Immerse Yourself' is two artists diving into their practice over six weeks in the studio, for an 4-week exhibition. Netty Pukall's travels through Outback Australia inspired an exploration of space, place, empty landscapes and our use/ sense of ownership over them. She began her enquiries with abstract renditions of landscapes she experienced. Then she invited models in to become the canvas, and juxtaposed the two pieces in digital photographs.
While movement artist and water lover, Wrenna Hubbard shifted her attention to our region's waterbodies with ceramic works, paintings and 'headpieces'. With intentions of conservation and inviting fresh perspectives on the role these lakes and dams have in the day-to-day. Wrenna's work nods towards future wearable art explorations.
Debut resident: 2018
- FLOW - Doug Walker NOV 30 - JAN 15
EXPERIENCE the first solo exhibition for debut Kaya Sulc Studio Resident, Doug Walker.
- FLOW - was the culmination of Doug Walker's three-month residency onsite at BFAC during 2018.
His first solo exhibition and our debut resident, '-FLOW -' invited us in on liquid colour; expressions of freedom and restriction; light and dark. This exhibition really highlighted the artists' explorations of contrast, in his practice.
'-FLOW-" was push and pull between the light and the dark; liquid sheer and rough texture; freedom and expectation.
A self-taught artist inspired towards colour and creation during his career as a house-painter, Doug began imagining brilliant coloured works on all the white walls he was painting. Dreaming of colour: dreaming of freedom.
Often times surpassing the confines of the frame, Doug's work oozes outside the box. His techniques for sensuous illumination are all the more striking for the contrasting underlayers, resting just below the surface.
It was on show from November 30, 2018 - January 15, 2019.