Monthly Archives: May 2016

Visions of Africa
by Alison Campion

Exhibition runs from 24th May to 5th June 2016.

Opening Reception: 6-8pm Thursday 26th May

This series of paintings by artist Alison Campion has created a visual ode to African textiles by exploring the diversity and beauty of patterns depicted in both contemporary and traditional African textiles. Driven by the idea that the possibilities of creating different patterns is infinite, the designs depicted on the textiles in these paintings have been uniquely created drawing inspiration from forms in nature as well as patterns and symbols depicted in African textiles. The slow and entrancing process of painting repetitive motifs is conducive to a meditative mindset that allows Campion to reflect further on the idea of infinity in pattern designs and how the abstract concept of infinity is a truth that extends through different realms of life. With this in mind, the paintings explore ways in which textiles are used by African women to create beauty, celebrate life through their personal adornment of textiles and jewellery, and in the way they participate  and connect deeply with cultural traditions.

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“I’m Here” by Candy Goldsmith;
“Raw” by Vanessa Van Houten

As part of the Head On Photo Festival, Candy Goldsmith and Vanessa Van Houten present “I’m Here” and “Raw” respectively.

Both exhibitions will occupy Gauge Gallery from 10th-22nd May 2016.

Opening Night: 6-11pm Tuesday 10th May
Artists Talks from 7.30pm

Tuesday-Saturday: 10am-9pm
Sunday: 1pm-5pm

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by Candy Goldsmith

A series of 11 images photographed in Perth Western Australia in 2015. The work features Bonnie, a 7 year old girl who has two brothers with special needs. The work aims to show both the strength and fragility in being a young carer.

”You have to listen harder, because you have to think and see what is happening. You have to be more aware because he can get sensitive more quickly and you have to figure out if it’s hard for him and when you know that he is in pain or something you just go straight to him, you don’t wait you just go. Pain is an example of feelings, when he is upset, in pain, anxious. You can think about it but when you are sure you just go to him and he just needs a pat on the shoulder or a hug and fifteen minutes because of OCD it’s a disorder, you can be really sensitive you can’t control it. You try and stop it and you can’t, and it takes a long time and autism well, it’s close to OCD but there’s no cure. So it’s like, it’s hard to get up and go to them and look after them but it’s good because they are nice people and I like them. I would rather they be the way they are than like other kids……. It’s like a tattoo….you want it and once you get it, it doesn’t go away but if you got it covered up it would never be the same kind of beautiful because it wouldn’t have the same meaning.”

by Vanessa Van Houten

A series of 71 portraits photographed 2015 in Jakarta, Indonesia, as people revisit a moment of loss from their past, which is presented alongside their written thoughts on the personal loss.

“Each person I photographed has become the person they are, or still is becoming the person they will be, through what they have lost and been through in their lives. Meeting and hearing their stories, feeling and seeing their vulnerability touches my heart. It is the moment when people are lost in their thoughts and by themselves, when I fall in love, when I see beauty.”

RAW is also being published into a book by an Indonesian publisher AfterHours Books in February 2016 (