'Up for a Show!' new exhibition
UPspace, Opening Saturday 4th December at 2pm!
Blg 24 UP STUDIOS, Addi Rd Community Centre, 142 Addison Rd Marrickville.
Also open Sunday 5th December 11am-5pm and then private viewings by arrangement until Jan 2022.
Check in and Vaccine certificate required.
In preparing for the show we asked members of the Ultimo Project about the experiences of Covid and the lock down. Interestingly, often the things that were most difficult were also the things that brought some joy!
"Being stuck in the country is also the nicest thing about the past year. Fresh air, having a garden, wildlife, physical labour all nice things and a very pleasant change."
The gallery is open from 11am and at 2pm a gathering with artists, friends and visitors gathering to raise a glass and view the wide range of work on display. All works are for sale - contact artists individually for information.
Many people commented on the difficulty related to simply "staying sane" in times of continuing uncertainty, misinformation and people’s uncertainty of the future all together.
There was a sense of threat from the virus people were shocked and frightened, as they recognised themselves as older artist.
Others recognised changes in their relationships with others and the need for changing plans and postponing dates of exhibitions and events
Artists felt "an aimlessness sense of time expanding with no real reason to do much of anything" and missed not accessing the studio for long periods.
Some recognised that times were sometimes difficult for others"
"Compared to so many touched by loss, separation & hardship, this year has not been my most challenging. I’d rather focus on the unexpected opportunities that arose in unusual circumstances!"
... at the same time admiring of being part of the Addi Rd community efforts to distribute food and assistance to those in trouble from Covid and other situations.
...and pleased to be marking the end of lockdown and the end of the year with a group of artists who are committed to creativity and art in such a great space.