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September Community Month!


Neon Parlour is very pleased to announce our first official community month this September 2018!

 We are welcoming four community groups to exhibit a week long show over the month of September, accompanied by a program of workshops, talks and performances with the goal to educate and engage with the students, organisers and mentors of these outreach programs and encourage further connection with the winder arts community and beyond.

A strong part of our ethos is  to foster a rich, diverse and inclusive community and be supporters of the individuals and organisations which work towards positive social change. 

Community is such an important part of the Gallery and its focus of engaging community at a local level,  Although the program thus far has had a healthy input and inclusion of community, in 2018 Neon Parlour has decided to devote an entire Month of the programming to celebrate the Community, hence Neon Parlour Community Month 2018 starts this September.

 The four groups Neon Parlour will be working with represent a beautiful cross section of the community in Art Access AustraliaVACCA, NCAT and Strathmore Secondary College.
Look out for the September newsletter for full details. Through the exhibitions and workshops during our community month we aim to give each and every individual involved valuable skills and opportunity through mentoring, and hands on experience.


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The first exhibition, Picture in My Head running September 5th - 9th 2018, comes from the students at Art Access Victoria.

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Arts Access Victoria operates ten SRS studio art programs across the Northern and Western suburbs of Melbourne. Over 50 local artists regularly attend our workshops throughout the year. Our workshops are a model of inclusive arts practice, where artists work collaboratively to explore, develop and produce new work. Established in 1974, Arts Access Victoria is the peak body for disability in the arts. It is the mission of AAV to advocate for all artists who have lived experience of disability and mental health to be included in the arts. Our studio program is supported by funding from the Australian and Victorian Governments HACC and CHSP program.

‘Picture in my head’is a group exhibition that showcases the work of artists from the Arts Access Victoria SRS Studio Arts Program. This exhibition brings together a unique and idiosyncratic collection of portraits, sculpture, abstract paintings, sound and film.

 

Arts Access Victoria operates ten SRS studio art programs across the Northern and Western suburbs of Melbourne. Over 50 local artists regularly attend our workshops throughout the year. Our workshops are a model of inclusive arts practice, where artists work collaboratively to explore, develop and produce new work. Established in 1974, Arts Access Victoria is the peak body for disability in the arts. It is the mission of AAV to advocate for all artists who have lived experience of disability and mental health to be included in the arts. Our studio program is supported by funding from the Australian and Victorian Governments HACC and CHSP program.

OPENING NIGHT: Thursday 6th September 1:30 -4pm

 


MAJOR ARCANA

From Strathmore Secondary College

Second to exhibit for community month is Strathmore Secondary College, with their exhibition Major Arcana, showing 12th - 16th September 2018 and opening on Friday the 14th 6 - 9pm. Strathmore Secondary Collage is a large high school in Melbourne’s inner-northern suburbs. Since 1996, in a co-operative venture between students, teachers, parents and the wider school community, it has provided a launching pad for its senior students as they contemplate careers or further their studies in the arts.

There is an annual external exhibition of the students’ works that now has a history of 22 years and proves a mainstay event in the school’s calendar. It highlights and celebrates the students’ hard work and gains them vital experience in the art scene. This entry point into the arts builds confidence in the students and drives the school’s inspiring teaching staff to a unifying and rewarding experience.

A rare opportunity to exhibit and perform brings together arts practice from all areas in the school, with the celebration night directly engaging the community of which it is a part. This year’s guest speaker will be Godwin Bradbeer, distinguished artist and past student of Strathmore Secondary College.

EXHIBTION: 12th - 16th September 2018

OPENING NIGHT: Friday 14th September 6 - 9pm.

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NCAT Folio Preparation

Exhibition runs 19th - 23rd September

Opening on Wed 19th 6 - 8pm

Led by an experienced staff of dedicated artists and designers, NCAT Folio Preparation is widely respected across the creative industries in supporting adult students with portfolio guidance and a proven pathway for entry into tertiary courses. NCAT Folio Preparation sits alongside the NCAT Create program as part of the post-secondary offerings at NCAT, and offers a supportive, encouraging and impactful opportunity for individuals pursuing careers in the creative industries. The program has been operating for 30 years and in that time has built an outstanding reputation in Arts  education. This has been duly rewarded with recognition from Universities and TAFEs, in the form of scholarship programs and formal MOU’s, giving NCAT Folio Preparation students preferred entry pathways across the visual arts and design fields.

After a year of specialised and dedicated learning, students graduate with excellent skills and portfolios. This exhibition will prove a vibrant and compelling showcase of local emerging artists and designers.

 

Exhibition: 19th - 23rd September

Opening:  Wed 19thSeptember 6 - 8pm


Official Opening - Heritage Program

Heritage by Art celebrates the work of six young people exploring their cultural knowledge and identity through various art mediums. This exhibition is open from Wednesday 26 September through to Saturday 29 September. 

You are invited to our opening night event on Thursday 27 September from 6pm - 9pm. Light refreshments and snacks are available. 

RSVP by 20 September for catering purposes to 9287 8806 or brettl@vacca.org

Heritage by Art celebrates the work of six young people exploring their cultural knowledge and identity through various art mediums. Inspired and mentored by teh stories, experiences and practices of Artists' Maree Clarke (Muti Mutti / Yorta and Boon Wurrung / Wemba Wemba), Peter Waples Crowe (Ngarigio) and James Henry (Yorta Yorta and Kamilaroi), the young people have created a body of work that expresses their personal cultural journey. Heritage by Art is proudly presented by the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency as an outcome of their 2018 Art Mentoring Program.

Exhibition is open from 26 September through to 29 September 2018 from 10am - 6pm



WORKSHOPS


As part of community month we will be running FREE and ticketed workshops, tutored by three highly skilled local artists.


Free Workshop #1

Introduction to Oil Painting - With Travis Vella

 Learn the essentials of painting with oil paints as Travis makes it safe and easy for all levels. This workshop breaks down the daunting barriers and shows simple techniques to make painting with oils a wonderful experience. This is an entry point or refresher for anyone wishing to know where to start.  Travis will show you his practice and why oil painting is so interesting and wonderful. You will go on to cover safe practice, differences between oils and acrylics, working   with mediums (what to paint to paint with), viscosity (paint mixing) and grounds (what to paint on).   This workshop will allow you to go home or return to the studio with a confident understanding of the   fundamentals to start painting with oils.  WHEN: Thurs 20th September 11 - 2pm  WHERE: Neon Parlour 791 - 793 High St, Thornbury.   The Gallery will be open so feel free to come early and check out the NCAT exhibition. Once the workshop has begun please use the back entrance/exit.   WHAT to bring: Materials are provided, wear appropriate clothing you don’t mind getting messy. Covered shoes. Snacks if you think you'll get hungry - we’ll have a 15 min   break with tea and coffee available.     Skills you will gain:   IMPORTANT SAFE practice around oil paints  HOW to mix oil paint and mediums 1,2 and 3.  WHAT to paint on and HOW to prepare at least one type of ground  HOW to clean up after using oil paint.  WHERE to look for further resources.     What you will take home:   sample of medium 1  sample of 3 grounds  Info and fact SHEET handout outlining WHAT is covered.  This is a free workshop.  Please email us at neonpalour@gmail.com to make a booking.

Learn the essentials of painting with oil paints as Travis makes it safe and easy for all levels. This workshop breaks down the daunting barriers and shows simple techniques to make painting with oils a wonderful experience. This is an entry point or refresher for anyone wishing to know where to start.

Travis will show you his practice and why oil painting is so interesting and wonderful. You will go on to cover safe practice, differences between oils and acrylics, working with mediums (what to paint to paint with), viscosity (paint mixing) and grounds (what to paint on). This workshop will allow you to go home or return to the studio with a confident understanding of the fundamentals to start painting with oils.

WHEN: Thurs 20th September 11 - 2pm

WHERE: Neon Parlour 791 - 793 High St, Thornbury. The Gallery will be open so feel free to come early and check out the NCAT exhibition. Once the workshop has begun please use the back entrance/exit.


WHAT to bring: Materials are provided, wear appropriate clothing you don’t mind getting messy. Covered shoes. Snacks if you think you'll get hungry - we’ll have a 15 min break with tea and coffee available.

Skills you will gain:

IMPORTANT SAFE practice around oil paints

HOW to mix oil paint and mediums 1,2 and 3.

WHAT to paint on and HOW to prepare at least one type of ground

HOW to clean up after using oil paint.

WHERE to look for further resources.

What you will take home:

sample of medium 1

sample of 3 grounds

Info and fact SHEET handout outlining WHAT is covered.

This is a free workshop.

Please email us at neonpalour@gmail.com to make a booking.


Free Workshop #2

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Beginners Life Drawing Skills

With a little direction and some inspiration, drawing in a friendly environment becomes a relaxing skill to build on. Tutor, Travis Vella, gently guides the class through a series of exercises to enhance and build confidence in drawing with different mediums and allows an entry point to all skill levels. Students find a starting point to develop from and encouragement to keep improving as they find enjoyment in its exercise.

WHEN: Friday 21st September 1 - 4pm

WHERE: Neon Parlour 791 - 793 High St, Thornbury. The Gallery will be open so feel free to come early and check out the NCAT exhibition. Once the workshop has begun please use the back entrance/exit.


WHAT to bring: Materials are provided, wear appropriate clothing you don’t mind getting messy. Covered shoes.  Snacks if you think you'll get hungry - we’ll have a 15 min break with tea and coffee available.

This is a free workshop.

Please email us at neonpalour@gmail.com to make a booking.


Ticketed Workshops are available to the public with reserved places for some of the mentors.


Sunday 16th September 11 - 2pm

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Ceramics Workshop

With Eva Giannoulidis

from Ceramica Mechanica

In this 3hr workshop students will learn a variety of clay making techniques, including pinch pot making, slab forming and coil building. Experienced artists and tutor Eva Gainnoulidis will demonstrate joining and assembly, decorative and mark making methods, appropriate tool use as well as painting and sculpting. This is the entry point for new comers and an inspiration for those who have returned. Eva will run through the essentials and guide students to have fun developing their own piece to take home.

WHEN: Sunday 16th September 11 - 2pm.

WHERE: Neon Parlour Project Space 791 - 793 High St Thornbury. The Gallery will be open, so feel free to stroll through gallery and check out the exhibition Major Arcana. Please come via the back door once the workshop has started.

WHAT to bring: All materials are provided, just wear something you don't mind getting a little messy. You're welcome to bring snacks, tea and coffee is provided.

WHAT you will take home: Eva will take your ceramics pieces to be kiln fired, and we will contact you when they are ready to pick up from Neon Parlour - Approx 1 month.


Special thanks to our supporters...

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Almighty organic juice for supplying yummy drinks to all of the openings and events in community month.

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Almighty

doesn't only make good organic juice, they do good things too! You can check out some of their sweet projects, like their kids school gardens, HERE

And to Mintueman Press

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Earlier Event: August 22
Paper - A Group Exhibition
Later Event: October 3
Shamanic Rehab II