Nancy’s Lockdown Silver Lining

Nancy’s Lockdown Silver Lining

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Not everything about Covid was doom and gloom. I found a silver lining in creating images in drawers for a solo exhibition. We were in lockdown, so writer Flora Sciarra had to interview me by Zoom. The North and West Melbourne News published her article in the Summer 2021 issue on page 9. Flora's main focus was my exhibition planned for the City Library Gallery in December 2021. After the article's publication, the library asked me to extend the exhibition for an additional two months, to 9 March 2022. This I was very pleased to do. (Click on the photo or title to view the article.)
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The New Greening

The New Greening

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The Institute for Art and Innovation in Berlin holds an online exhibition annually as part of their Social Art Awards. In 2021, the exhibition had the theme 'Can Art Catalyze Change Towards a New Greening?'. I entered my work City Reimagined and was chosen as one of the top 100 artists. The Institute published works by the selected artists in the book The New Greening. It was launched at the Zero Waste Berlin Festival in September 2021. Information about my work is on pages 166-67. (Click on the photo or title to view the article.)
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Antique Nails Tell a New Story in Nancy’s Brooches

Antique Nails Tell a New Story in Nancy’s Brooches

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I was thrilled when a friend offered me some original nails from the roof of her 1870s home that was being repaired. I used the nails in brooches I created for the 2021 Australian National Brooch Show. The local North and West Melbourne News published the story in the Winter 2021 issue, page 7. The story was written by Annette McQuarrie. (Click on the photo or title to view the article.)
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Revolving Doors – Reflecting on the Year

Revolving Doors – Reflecting on the Year

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I exhibited my work Reach for the Moon in the online exhibition Planetary Limits in October 2020. The exhibition was curated by Michele Guieu from the participative arts project What’s Next for Earth. This project has been developed by the Millenium Alliance for Humanity and the Biosphere at Stanford University. Following my participation in the exhibition, I was asked to write an article for their Covid-19 Diaries Series. In this series, artists share their thoughts and artwork inspired by the disruption caused by Covid and the unusual time in which we are living. I wrote about my Covid experience, which brought some unexpected opportunities despite having to endure the Melbourne lockdown. More importantly, however, I focused on my reactions to the Australian bushfires, the most devastating on record, and the…
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Reader Reflections: Looking Ahead – Part II (from Art Almanac e-newsletter)

Reader Reflections: Looking Ahead – Part II (from Art Almanac e-newsletter)

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5 November 2020 | Art Almanac This article was previously published in the 5 November 2020 Art Almanac e-newsletter, along with reflections from a number of other artists, art administrators and gallery owners. Hindsight is 20/20. So, we asked artists and people working in the arts how this year has fractured or evolved their approach to creative life and what they would like to see change for the better in the arts. Reflecting on the year that is, brings us into the present to plan for the future. Artist - Nancy Lane Cliché as it sounds, this year has led to doors closing, but new doors opening. An exhibition planned for May with Creativity Cluster, a group of nine women artists that I facilitate, was postponed when Melbourne went into…
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Creativity Flows Freely in This Group

Creativity Flows Freely in This Group

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Creativity Cluster, the group I facilitate, was featured in a news article prior to our exhibition 'De-Construction/Re-Construction'. The exhibition was held in the Dirty Dozen display cases in the underpass to the train station below Flinders Street. The article appeared in the 3 October 2020 issue, Victorian edition of The Senior, on page 9. (Click on the photo or title to view the article.)
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Rivers Run Free – Dirty Dozen exhibition with River Studios

Rivers Run Free – Dirty Dozen exhibition with River Studios

Exhibitions, Past Events
This February I participated in the art exhibition Rivers Run Free at the Dirty Dozen with artists from River Studios. The exhibition ran from 4 - 29 February 2020. The Dirty Dozen is an unusual gallery - a series of 12 display cases in the below-ground entrance to Flinders Street Station. The display cases are located in Campbell Arcade. The rollerdoor entrance is on Flinders Street between Elizabeth and Degraves streets. The other artists participating were all resident artists from River Studios. They include screen printers, fabric designers, illustrators, glass bead makers, photographers and painters. Then there's me, a found object assemblage sculptor. We were each allocated one display case for our own works, then a second display case to share with a partner. I shared with Lin Tobias. She…
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River Studios Christmas Market and Exhibition

River Studios Christmas Market and Exhibition

Exhibitions, Latest News, Past Events
Once again, River Studios resident artists worked together to hold an outstanding exhibition and market in the lead-up to Christmas. For the first time, we had access to a large function area on the ground level. It is located just around the corner from the studios, and it proved a great venue. A new space for Creative Spaces This function area was formerly occupied by Gather and Tailor. Creative Spaces has now taken over management of this area for the City of Melbourne. A huge thank you goes to Michael Carr, who is responsible for developing this space. Creative Spaces arranged for a special hanging system along the back wall to accommodate the art exhibition. Michael was there in the lead-up, as well as on the day, to provide support.…
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From the Streets of Vientiane

From the Streets of Vientiane

Exhibitions, General, Past Events
In September 2019, I worked with a cultural group and a wine bar in Vientiane, Laos, to run an art benefit. This is how it all came about. The trash of Vientiane I lived and worked as a volunteer in Vientiane, Laos, from May to September 2019. While I was there, I selectively picked up trash from the streets, as I always do, in order to create wall sculptures. The trash in Vientiane comprises plastic, plastic and more plastic. Drink bottles, cups, straws and bags proliferate in the gutters and on the footpaths. However, amongst this real trash were some treasures. This included unusually shaped pieces of both shiny and rusted metal. I also found some interesting, though small, backing materials. These included ceramic tiles, varnished ply, metal sheeting and…
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Australian Artist Makes a Mark with Recycled Art

Australian Artist Makes a Mark with Recycled Art

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This article reported on the launch of my solo exhibition ‘From the Streets of Vientiane’. It was held at The Secret Art and Wine Bar in Vientiane, Laos. The Australian Ambassador to Laos, His Excellency Mr Jean-Bernard Carrasco, launched the exhibition. The exhibition was run as a benefit. Proceeds from sales were donated to the Cultural Studies Series project - the Big Brother Mouse publication of a book by Lao young adults for Lao young adults called The Pen Reflects My Life. The article by Visith Teppalath appeared in the Vientiane Times on 19 September 2019, p. 8, in the Entertainment section. The Vientiane Times is the major English-language newspaper in Laos. Vientiane Times (Click on the photo or title to view the article.)
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