What a great first year we have had! Still growing with more to come but this is what we have achieved……. a lot!
Completion of Stage One Facilities
Whilst there is always ongoing work to build the facilities at SPA, the access to Screenprinting, Intaglio & Relief printing, Lithography and darkroom facilities are fully operational and are being used by our members. Adrian Spurr is putting the final touches to the restoration of the Albion Press he acquired in early 2018 and it will be available for use shortly. Letterpress and the Photo plate maker in the Darkroom have also been activated and are available for use.
Approximately 12 new members have joined, taking us to a total of 19 paid members – always happy to have more so go to the website to sign up.
Inaugural Art Auction
The inaugural art auction was held on May 5 and was a considerable success with over 100 artworks on offer and approximately 70 artists contributing. It was a mammoth effort leading up to and on the big day by the COM team and volunteers. It is estimated that 200 people attended the event and we successfully raised much-needed funds to get SPA going.
Workshop Launch – Open Day
The inaugural workshop launch was presented at an Open Day event on August 25, 2018.
Due to the great efforts of our COM member and key media co-ordinator Christine White, we received extensive media coverage with articles appearing in both the Age Newspaper and the local Star Weekly. Approximately 150 people attended and were very enthusiastic and attentive to the demonstrations on offer.
Incinerator Gallery Exhibition – Moonee Valley Council
Through the efforts of Adrian Spurr, SPA artists; Adrian Spurr, Julia Raath, Julia Boros and Phillip Doggett-Williams were invited to exhibit in a major Print Exhibition at the Incinerator Gallery, Moonee Ponds. The Exhibition titled ‘Printing as Process,’ explored the collaborative nature of art production in the printmaking studio, The exhibition featured works created in collaboration with over 50 artists from across Australia and aimed to reassert the idea that art production can be a social enterprise. Participating master printmakers and print studios included Editions Tremblay, Larry Rawling Print Workshop, Megalo Print Studio and Gallery, Lancaster Press and Sunshine Print Artspace.
Special thanks to Boe-Lin Bastion Exhibition Program Office and Richard Ennis.
Sunshine Print Artspace was nominated in the culture, Arts and Tourism Award category in the 2018 ‘We Are Brimbank Awards.’ 4 COM members attendee a Gala evening at the St Albans Community Centre on October 5 and had the opportunity to network first hand with an extensive crowd of local professions, council officials and other Not for Profit groups and representatives.
RMIT Open Bite Graduate Award 2018:
In collaboration with RMIT University, the directors of Sunshine Print Artspace were proud to offer the winner of the RMIT Open Bite Graduate Award 2018, a five-day studio residency working with a master printmaker from the SPA team. Deputy President Adrian Spurr presented the award and spruiked the attributes of SPA at the graduate exhibition.
RMIT Textile Design and Development Cert IV, 2018 Encouragement Award:
Initiated by our Committee of Management member, Julia Raath, SPA was delighted to offer an Encouragement Award to Tessa Graham, a Cert IV Graduate from RMIT Textile Design and Development Course. The award offers Tessa one free access to SPA facilities.
COM member Julia Raath was successful in her application on behalf of SPA for a $2000 Brimbank City Council Establishment Grant. The grant will assist with the production of OHS Induction Manuals, Policies and Procedures will also assist to promote our activities to our members, community-based organisations, art schools, arts studios and also cover our public liability insurance for the 2019-2020 year. Thank you, Brimbank Council
- Expanded Workshop Program across all mediums at SPA for Primary and Secondary Schools, Tertiary Educations with particular emphasis to Art Graduates.
- Identify and implement cultural even programs aligned to local Brimbank community and other major events such as Open Studios and Craft Cubed.
We are delighted to announce that SPA has been approved to receive donations under the deductible gift recipient (DGR) program. This means anytime you decide you would like to donate to our prgrma it is Tax deductable. Now theres a nother good reason to consider supporting SPA. DGR Status approved
We cannot do what we do without the extraordinary support for lots of people.
For assistance with our fundraiser
Cameron McIndoe, not only for his generous support sponsoring SPA in the premises of Fundere Foundry but for the work done in the lead up to the event and the hundred pizzas he cooked in the wood fired oven to feed the masses.
Anne Crawford, for her efforts in setting up and managing the payment system for the event.
Christine White, Julia Raath and Adrian Spurr, for their great contributions to the success of the night.
Andrew Egan (from Egans Asset Management and Wise furniture co.) our auctioneer stepped in with only 4 day’s notice to conduct the auction with consummate professionalism and efficiency.
Rupert Bruns, our MC for the night who warmed the audience with charm and wit.
Marina Perkovich who assisted with welcoming guests as they arrived.
Alby Jay Band – Thomas Doggett-Williams, Jeb Costin, Callum Marriott and Jarred Pagels.
Special thanks to Joseph Doggett-Williams and his crew of young friends (Louis Ryan, Ryan Mueller, Eadie Rule, Lola Lynch, Sarah Hutchinson and Darcy Long) who traveled down from Geelong to attend to the bar and ferry the multitude of artworks to and from auction area and wrapping room.
John Callamatta’s fantastic Latin band, Mango Juice.
Evan Lowenstein – Lowensteins Arts Management. SPA could not have reached our current milestone without the efforts of Evan Lowenstein. Evan has been the guiding hand in all things administrative and his generous support is sincerely appreciated.
Malcolm Thompson Julia Boros and John Barcham for the work on the Committee of Management
Richard Grace – Northern Exposure Framing
Merry Christmas and all the best for the new year.
THANK YOU AND WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO 2019-