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They Sought Refuge


Finally complete after many hours stitching with both hand and machine. And now submitted for the Moreland Summer Show – Factivism at Counihan Gallery.  Fingers crossed 🙂

This work represents the plight of refugees and asylum seekers who are locked up, with no freedom, inside detention centres due to our two major political parties and the media lying about the facts or putting spin on them using statements like: illegal maritime arrivalOperation Sovereign Borders, illegal maritime arrival.

TheySoughtRefuge2Who are ‘boat people’? They are asylum seekers who arrive without a valid visa or other authorization seeking protection because they fear persecution in their home country

Is Australia obligated to help them? Yes. Australia has a legal obligation to assist as we signed the Refugee Convention.


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Takahiko Sugawara – Repetitive Nature

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Opening Saturday 21 May, 2-5pm

Japanese sculptor Takahiko Sugawara has been based in Melbourne since 2012. For Repetitive Nature, his second exhibition with Tinning Street, he will be presenting a major work taking up almost the entire length of the gallery, and wholly made  from matchsticks. Sugawara makes use of simple geometric forms, which he repeats en masse to form intricate large-scale sculptures. The organic hand-building of individual structural layers brings an entrancing tactile quality to the otherwise austere sculptures.

These ideas of repetition, form, and discipline are rooted in Sugawara’s teenage years where he was in Japan’s number one high school marching band.  The band practised for six hours a day, every day, walking in formation, making lines and shapes whilst playing their instruments . A gap, an empty space, made by a band member’s absence, combined with repetition and the shapes they made, have directly influenced Sugawara’s ideas of form, layering, overlap and repetition.dbd91349-03f0-4cf6-8c55-c77e3a6a6cd2

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Smallworks 2016 Art Prize


10th Year Anniversary, 15th May – 4th June

Opening Event 20th May, 6pm-9pm

What’s On

It’s time – the tenth anniversary of SmallWorks 2016 is upon us and we’d love for you to help us celebrate by attending the opening event on the 20th of May. See further details about the exhibition below.
Annual open call art prize

BSG’s annual open call art prize, SmallWorks 2016, presents work from a large range of artists, with all artwork entered exhibited for the duration of the show, the only criteria being that the work must be smaller than 30x30x30cm. We offer amazing prizes for our artists and support work from all different mediums and levels of experience.

This year we celebrate the 10th year anniversary of the exhibition with an opening event and the announcement of prizes on the 20th May, from 6-9pm. However, the show is open to view from the 15th of May until the 4th of June.



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