“We all go down the rabbit hole from time to time but some of us stay longer to bring back the treasures we find”
Liliana Stafford is a sculptor, painter and storyteller. Her works are inspired by everyday happenings and the collision of seen and unseen worlds. Down the Rabbit Hole is the result of unrestrained thought and process, allowing intricate and intimate creations to form.
Down the Rabbit Hole is open from 10th-20th of October
at Whitespace between 10am- 4pm
Opening night Friday 11th October 6 - 9pm
Terry Cousins has been exhibiting his unique bas-relief
paintings of outback scenes since 1979.
After 40 years of success, Terry has decided to produce a final exhibition.
April 6th /6pm
Studio 281 invites you to join the artist in a celebration of
West Australia’s iconic landscapes and characters.
Collection is available for viewing and purchase
at Studio 281 from now until May 11th
Margaret River based artist Aidan Lee Smith brings his 5th Solo Art Exhibition to Fremantle. 'Obscurity' will feature around 40 new works exploring different experimental ways of obscuring the figure. Expect both huge and tiny paintings, contrasts of traditional realism and abstract mark making, intricate patterns and florals, mixed media and much more. Wines by the amazing Juniper, Margaret River, and Beer by the rad crew at Beerfarm . Live music, canapes, time-lapse video projections, and an interactive art experience that everyone can get their hands dirty with. Be there or be square.
Keep in the loop. Follow the Facebook event here.
George Howlett’s 2018 solo exhibition Terminal Lucidity presents new multimedia artworks incorporating painting, neon lighting and sculptural elements. Playing on the definition of “terminal lucidity”, his work reflects on moments of mental clarity artists experience when working alone in their studios. Humour is often a source of the dialogue in George’s work and installations.
Thanks to the generosity of sponsor Write Light Neon, George has been able to achieve a well-conceptualised body of work through custom designed lighting in combination with paint and colour. The effects are minimal and stunning. In contrast to the minimal painted works are a series of custom-made neon faces that form part of a collaborative project between Howlett and Write Light Neon.
To reinforce the ideas within his work George has created a purpose built space that truly has become the blank canvas of galleries. Through kind sponsorship from Dulux Australia and D+D Property Group, he has upgraded the existing floors and installed walls to better accommodate ambitious exhibitions. His install effort has set the scene to showcase future artists work in the newly opened Whitespace in Pakenham Street, Fremantle .
Opening at 6:30pm, 7th December 2018, guests are welcome to explore a visually bold, playful, colourful and all-encapsulating exhibition .
Exhibition continues through 21st December, 10am - 4pm daily.
THE ART OF MEMEFARE
WHITESPACE GALLERY & STUDIOS
OPENING NIGHT OCTOBER 5TH 6PM
OCT 5TH - 21ST. 10AM - 4PM EVERYDAY
“IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT LOOKING, IT’S ABOUT SEEING.”
Artists have been engaged in the art of memefare since the earliest of times. From the tribal ceremony, church, monarchies and other political power groups, to corporate businesses and product advertising, the power of the arts to create and generate memes that replicate throughout a culture have been exploited to various ends.
The majority of art works that constitute paradigms of art historical record and the coda, were and are items that support these institutional information structures and voices.
In this show the unofficial voice, the challenge to predominant memes from the personal to the institutionalised, is seen as being a major motivation, both seriously and humorously. The work engaged by the participating artists suggests a movement away from the ironic, the relative and the cynical to a knowing attitude of challenge and reconsideration.
GROUP SHOW CURATED BY JOSEPH DE TRAFFA
Featuring: Block Chain. Sara Clarke. Daniel Crossley. Patrick Doherty. Barbara Douglas. Lucid Dream. Jenny De Garis. Kevin Gillam. Vivienne Glance. Julie Lake (Jp). Primo Lux. Peter Jeffery. Egg Eye Glue. Tranxista. The Aretinos Band. Roham Ahair. Tim Burns. James Kerr.
Join prolific WA artist Peter Usher as he celebrates his latest solo exhibition with us at our newly-launched gallery, WHITESPACE, in Fremantle.
‘Metaphor’ is Peter Usher's tenth solo show within a decade. This milestone mid-career retrospective showcases a large body of new work alongside an array of key paintings drawn from his formative artistic periods. ‘Metaphor’ is an exhibition that connects multiple threads that run through Usher's career to date.
Known for capturing iconic landscapes in WA , Usher breathes life into his art through his creative use of paint and mediums. With a passion and love for nature, Usher's art practice involves a delicate treatment of light and colour, playing with subtle shifts in hues that result in vivid, yet calm and luminous landscapes.
Complimenting his refined brushwork, Usher often incorporates a sculptural aesthetic to his paint; the works can exude a palpable atmosphere that draws and holds the viewer with strength and depth.
With paintings that are visually beautiful and conceptually strong, Usher's artworks are a dialogue addressing his ongoing and deepening relationship to the natural environment within which he lives and works.
As one of WA's most established artists, Usher's art is at home in many prestigious collections around the world.
The exhibition will be Usher's first mid career retrospective and not only display a large body of new work, but an array of key paintings drawn from his formative artistic periods. Many of those works have never been previously exhibited.
This milestone event is Usher's 10th solo show within a decade and commemorates Studio 281's own growth and success with Whitespace. We will be delighted to have you join us.
Artist talk: 8th of September (1pm - 3pm)
Opening night: 4th of August @ 6PM
4th - 26th August (10am - 4pm)
Our Grand opening includes a gallery show of the countries best artists. Artists from around the country were invited to show and collaborate with Whitespace Gallery and the results will all be on show!
Art By Destroy
Jesse Lee Johns
& Many more!
“Encapsulating the beauty of the male form, Richard Matias is an accomplished photographer from Perth that has works in the Top 50 category for the Photographer of the year 2017 and have also been featured in publications for DNA magazine and swimwear companies like Marcuse- to name a few.
Showcasing handsome, sculpted models, Matias depicts the very essence of pristine male masculinity. Through his photographs, Matias captures the youthful resplendence of his subjects, preserving the natural, transient beauty they have.
Having established a strong following, and support from the LGBT community (?), Matias recently launched Liberated- Perth's first book of male nude photography that supports the WA AIDS Council's Freedom Centre. Liberated will be available for purchase at Studio 281.
Matias' first solo exhibition with Studio 281 is a dialogue that embraces a liberation from societal and sexual norms as well as an expression of his own personal experiences and insights. The show will not only commemorate the legalisation of gay marriage in Australia but also puts forth support for the LGBT community.
Indulge in a visual retrospect that is beautiful, erotic and sensual for the official opening on the Saturday 14th July, 5:30pm.
Richard Matias is a Perth based photographer specialising in the male form. In 2017 Australian Photography Magazine ranked Richard’s photo “Calm reflection” in the top 50 photos of the year. Richard’s work has appeared in DNA magazine in print and online and he continues to be regularly commissioned by swimwear companies such as Marcuse and a range of commercial brands. 2017 also saw the publication and launch in Perth and Sydney of Liberated- the first book of male nudes by a WA photographer. All proceeds of the book have gone to the WAAC and the Freedom Centre supporting LGBTQI youth in WA. Liberated and auction pieces from Liberated have already raised in excess of $30,000 for WAAC. Richard will have his first solo exhibition in Perth in July 2018.
OPENING EVENT: 7TH OF JULY (6PM - 9PM)
WHITESPACE GALLERY & STUDIOS
1 Pakenham Street, Fremantle, WA
MERAKI Vol. VI is a collaborative exhibition featuring talented emerging artists. Join us on Saturday evening and view a multitude of works across a variety of mediums, beautifully curated in our brand new Fremantle gallery, WHITESPACE.
Come and see work from artist's including:
Caroline Biggins, Melissa Boughey, Stjepan Vidovic, Alysha Anema, Miss Spic, ACN Seymour, Melissa Bentley , Kerry Muller, Donna Woodhouse, Desiree Crossing, Liliana Stafford, Garry Hyde, Holly Maclean, Robert Hitchcock, Elle Santirelli, Alastair Taylor, Karen Chappelow, Amy LeFleur, Chris Bailey...
WHITESPACE Gallery open:
Friday - Sunday (10am - 4pm)
On the 2nd June, Join us again for MERAKI volume 5- a collaborative exhibition featuring a group of amazing new artists! The night will feature a multitude of works across a variety of mediums, beautifully curated to showcase the unique identities of each individual artist.
Karen Chappelow "An Artist's Journey"
Katey Cunliffe Artist
Sofia Sofia Spirtovas
Zee Van G @underthezee
Exhibition runs till 30th June
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1113683422108208/
Join Studio 281 with an exhibition alongside artist Candy Love as she shares her story of overcoming her fight against depression and anxiety through the exploration of creativity and abstract art .
Candy's oeuvre of art is an open dialogue that portrays her inner-journey from her very first painting through to the large vibrant and uplifting canvas she uses to express her soul and her emotions.
The series is a retrospect that reveals Candy's growth as a person and artist, while also sharing a powerful message for others, especially those who are going through hard times, the importance of self acceptance, self love and living an inspired life.
Event starts at 7pm with drinks and nibbles provided. Hear Candy Love share her story at 7:30pm.
About the Artist:
Candy is a self taught abstract artist who began painting in July 2015 as a way to deal with depression and anxiety as a result of unexplained seizures. She used painting as a way to connect to herself on a deeper layer, as a form of meditation and therapy. She has continued to paint ever since and with time her paintings have evolved in the message they each share to uplift and inspire others to connect to themselves and their creativity. She uses acrylic on large canvas with bright striking colours and loves that each person can interpret and see something completely different in each painting. In a time when she felt out of control in her life, abstract painting enabled her a safe space to not have to try and control anything, to connect to the brush and let her soul express what she was feeling and to let it move through her. This exhibition has been a vision of hers for more then 12 months and is a timeline of her paintings and the journey she has been on from the very first painting she did nearly three years ago, to one she is working on leading up to the exhibition. This is more then a exhibition, this is a story of transformation, self acceptance and finding yourself through creativity.
On the 28th April, Join us again for another volume of MERAKI- a collaborative exhibition featuring a group of amazing new artists! The night will feature a multitude of works across a variety of mediums, beautifully curated to showcase the unique identities of each individual artist.
Exhibition runs till 10th May
• Karen Chappelow "An Artist's Journey"
• Hannah Goggs AKA Moody Rabbit
• Brett Mcpherson
• Caroline Biggins Instagram @carolinebigginsart
• Imogen Kotsoglo Instagram @i.kotsoglo www.imogenkotsoglo.com
• Carol Anne Cassidy www.carolannecassidy.com
• Harrison See
• Rainer Goh rightasrainart.com
• Razin Ibrahim
• Benn Francis Benn Francis - Artist Instagram @bennfrancisartist
• Andrew Truscott @whisperingwoodsculptures
Watch this space for more exciting news!!
Vic Park Arts Season & Studio 281 bring you an engaging art exhibition in our backyard garden on Sunday April 22nd!
The event features five fantastic local artists including Daek William, Patrick Doherty, Pippa McManus, Mike Shime & Jodee Knowles.
Doors open at 11am
Original art available to purchase on the day
Free to attend
Plus, $8 Gage Roads pints all day!
~ ARTISTS INFO ~
On the 24th February, Join us again for another volume of MERAKI- a collaborative exhibition featuring 20 artists. The night will feature a multitude of works across a variety of mediums, beautifully curated to showcase the unique identities of each individual artist.
Exhibition runs till 10th March
Featuring the amazing works of:
Carol Anne Cassidy
"A uniquely lavish romantic dinner occasion for this Valentine's Day. Limited
tables. Book your tickets today!
Date: Wed. 14/2/2018
Start time: 6.30pm
Venue: Ferguson Foundry, Ferguson St, Maylands (behind Studio 281)
Ticket price: $100 for Two (2)
Inspired by the beautiful artwork of special guest artist Pippa McManus.
- Specially created 3-course set menu by Amore Mio, including 2x pasta main
- Complimentary champagne on arrival
- Hand-chosen wine list
- Walls adorned by Pippa’s artwork
- Artist conversations with the Pippa
- Pippa’s artwork available to purchase
Please let us know of any special dietary requirements and your choice of
main (please see menu below from Amore Mio.)
Ph: 9271 0922/ 0413 233 578
Book online: http://studio281.com.au/shop/
Valentine’s Day Set Menu:
Antipasto platter with diced Roma tomato bruschetta mix, mild sopressa
salami, premium Canadian leg ham, fresh fior di latte mozzarella, grilled
zucchini pickle, Kalamata & Cerignola olives. Served with a side of freshly
baked herb focaccia bread.
Beef meatball red sauce served with pasta & finished with DOP grana Padano
parmesan & fresh basil.
Creamy 5 mix mushroom, black truffle & fresh cream sauce with linguine pasta
& finished with DOP pecorino Sardo.
Tiramisu della casa with fresh mascarpone cheese, Savoiardi biscuits, eggs,
marsala, cocoa powder & espresso coffee served with fresh strawberries &
SALES CLOSE SUNDAY 11/02/18
On Saturday the 3rd February 6:00pm-8:30pm, join us for our first group exhibition this year
COSMIC TERRA is a group exhibition featuring a oeuvre of beautifully sensual, and thought-evoking works. The exhibition will showcase a collective of portraits, textiles, and abstracts - promising a visual journey that beautifully transitions from medium to medium.
featuring the works of talented artists:
Curtin Illustration graduation show - 15th December 6:30pm-9pm (Ferguson Foundry)
Join us for the Opening Night of the Into the Wild Grad Show!
Showcasing the work of Curtin Illustration and Graphic Design students.
The exhibition will also be on display between the 11th - 17th of December for viewing.
Kathryn Gallagher, November 25th.
Sydney based Pop artist and Studio 281 fan favourite, Kathryn Gallagher is back with an evolution of her sold-out solo exhibition, "We Can be Heroes" .
"Cinematic", opening on November 25th at Studio 281 features a brand new collection of Pop Realist paintings featuring some of cinemas greatest Icons.
On the 25th November, Join us for a collective exhibition by 20 artists on a visual journey. The night will feature a body of work across different genres and will also showcase the unique identities of each and every artist in the show-
Natalie Briney Artist / @Louise mustard / Hayley Kruger Artist /
Katey Cunliffe Artist / @ann hutchinson / Liliana Stafford / Glass Metal Resin Elle Dunn
Jeremy Passmore / Renia Edwards / Kelly Muller / Susan Roux / David Ayre /
Leo Flavel / Renita Mroz / Chris Desira / Laura Sykes / Matt Wright /
Beauchamp Paine / Harrison See / Louise Joesbury
Artworks by: Louise Mustard and Ann Hutchinson
Fashion and textile artist Elle Campbell joins us for her solo exhibition featuring expressive abstracts on silk. Campbell's works encompasses a genuine authenticity in its intensely intimate developments to arrive at a result that is both larger-than-life, and sensitive in nature.
Keep a look out on this page for further updates on the works she'll be showcasing with us on this page!
On October 14th, 6pm, witness a one-of-a-kind exhibition showcasing the secret double-life of a gallery owner with a creative flair for art and business.
Art gallery director Leonardo Flavel will reveal all with his collection of original paintings and poetry that he has been working on since the age of 12. This life time body of work highlights the pinnacle moments of his journey, narrating a timeline of inspirational events that lead up to the success of the Studio 281 gallery.
From Watercolours to Graffiti, and then to Framing and Curation, see for yourself the influence and experience that allows Leonardo to apply this wealth of knowledge to his creative practice, as well as every other aspect in his business and personal projects.
With 20 substantial years of experience in framing and visual presentation, This will be a show that would inspire and alter future curatorial dialogue.
On the 23rd September, Join us for an exhibition with two amazing emerging artists, George Howlett and Alex Tandy at the Ferguson Foundry gallery. The night will feature the unique identities and visual language of each artist with a dazzling display of light and sculpture, alongside good music and refreshments!
"The term “Knockout” Is a confusing one.
Does it mean that you knocked someone out? Or not?
Or is it that you’ve been knocked out?
I had a dream last night that I tried to catch my friend from falling I dropped him and he got knocked out.
I’m a Knockout! AT 2K17"
Alexander Tandy is an emerging visual artist working in Fremantle, Western Australia. Having graduated from North Metropolitan Tafe in 2016, Tandy has continued to develop a practise dependent upon intuition. The motivation behind much of Tandy’s work is what he terms ‘proof of life’; essentially a non-objective language derived from living. Due to this ‘constant sentence’ style of working, and the serendipitous reliance of his work, Tandy is not confined to rigid media, choosing instead to engage with anything he comes into contact with. Treating everything as a moment, Tandy places emphasis on process, believing that every movement from before the work has taken place through to its fruition acts as the material language.
George is a multi-disciplinary artist that uses light, color and form to create bold and striking compositions. Sourcing materials from sale racks, deserted offices and closed down delis, for the past 3 years his medium of choice has been recycled industrial and commercial lighting products. George makes expert use of the rampant detritus of capitalism, repurposing discarded and found materials in increasingly inventive ways.
TRILOGY- A group exhibition by Ann Steer, Julie Sutherland and Karla Freitag
Join us for the Opening on the 15th September 5:30pm - 8:30pm at the Ferguson Foundry gallery! Refreshments will be provided.
The Rituals is an exhibition that explores sacred and personal forms of ritualism and the affects that these rituals have upon the human psyche as well as the physical body. The exhibition showcases the works of four multi-disciplinary West Australian artists - Circus Carnis, Marijke Loosjes, Matthew Pope and Frater Sorath.
Rituals are a key element in society, religion and cultural events. It is their obsessive and repetitive nature that scores the actions, gestures and words heavily into the self - this drives the need to perform them regardless of the positive or negative effects for the individual. This exhibition looks specifically at the impacts of rituals on the physical body and the psyche, showing how far they can be pushed before the thresholds break.
Artist duo Circus Carnis present the body as a piece of meat, a spectacle of the ritual, to be manipulated and the psychological and physical strengths tested. Using the body as an object Matthew Pope explores ritualised marking and the relationship with the materiality of the tools that scar. Marijke Loosjes presents the various stages of the grief-stricken mind and in a cathartic process dismantles it for the viewer. Through evocation Frater Sorath jars the psyche and transfers the audience to an altered state of consciousness.
The opening night is a ticketed event which will exhibit each artist presenting one off live performances that are extensions of the fixed works shown. The performances focus on the physical body as the subject matter, using it as as the medium.
Tickets for admission are $20+bf and available here
Exhibition opens at 6pm and runs till 9pm.
First live performance starts at 7pm.
The Rituals exhibition runs until the 9th September at the Ferguson Foundry, 281 Guildford Road, Maylands.
Gallery is open Monday to Friday 9-5pm and Saturday 10-4pm, admission on these days are free.
After a two year hiatus, established artist Jodee Knowles is back to take you through an intimate and revealing journey via a solo exhibition at Studio 281's "Ferguson Foundry" exhibition space.
Subsequent to touring twice with Anthony Lister through Volcom and Underdogs Gallery, Knowles has created a body of work that reflects her personal experiences. The current oeuvre of work delves into her inner-reality, and explores the importance of compassion and empathy as part of the human condition. Knowles touches on issues such as self worth and the struggles that come with being kind in today's society. The series plays on a mixture of Knowle's own strength and weaknesses as an artist and a human being, and juxtaposes them to create a unique visual language that still feels familiar to her audience.
Knowles concurrently works on the Father Superior Project which involves having her favourite artists hand paint onto vintage jackets from her collection. The intention of this project is to create a collection of fashionable garments that are also works of art. Eco-friendly designer Estelle huijer, will be contributing to the project by reworking the jackets once the artworks are painted, and the finalised designs will be available for viewing during the exhibition.
Collectively, the show itself is intended to be more than stylised works of art, sculpture and fashion. Beneath the deceptively simple aesthetics, Knowles evokes in us, feelings, messages and narratives with her sophisticated use of gesture and symbolism.
Through this exhibition, Knowles plans to transform the exhibition space into a moment in time; a feeling you can’t shake, using her new collection of works. Studio 281 and Jodee Knowles will be jointly organising a preview of this new collection exclusively for VIP guests before the opening night.
Six Zero Five One aims to present a unique stage for the development of contemporary arts in Maylands through unrestricted cultural expression, and is a unique opportunity for audiences to broaden their ideas about contemporary art and its possibilities, and experience it all in the heart of Maylands!
This exhibition is a collaboration between Studio 281, the many talented local artists involved, as well as local WA artist and curator Alex Maciver.
Leonardo Flavel Daek William
Kyle Hughes-Odgers Josh Rowdon
Laura Sikes Chris de Sira
Ill Withers Michael Heap
Eva Fernandez Slade Jones
Jaidip Singh Matt McVeigh
Britt Mikkelsen Alex Maciver
Nick Mahony Miik Green
Alina Tang Marnie Richardson
Lois Moir Ben Francis
Our team at Studio 281 are exceptionally proud to present the next solo exhibition: Perception of Depth. Join us on Saturday, 10th June 5:30pm to view a retrospect of works from WA based artist Nathan Lovick!
The night will showcase a oeuvre of paintings that not only pleases aesthetically with its pristine symmetrical shapes, but also allows one to ponder about the different perspectives of the human experience.
Lovick's deceptively simple paintings come with a complexity that gives the viewer a substantial experience when the works are observed and questioned. Each individual painting seeks to provide the viewer with a unique message- a different experience, and angle on relationships, communities, and ultimately what it means to live and be human.
" I am always looking to examine the psychology and sociology of society and of human beings as individuals. There has never been a more exciting time to be living and despite all of our differences we have never been more connected or had so much in common. So the world around us becomes a matter of perspective. "
On the 13th May, Join us for a collective exhibition where we take you on a visual journey presenting a vast variety of works from up and coming artists in WA. The night will feature a body of work across different genres and will also showcase the unique identities of each and every artist in the show- featuring:
Kelly Barker Adam Craemer
Ann Hutchinson Naomi Grant
Jeremy Passmore Kate Andrews
Alan Miles Natalie Briney
Sally Mundy Melissa Lui Yuen
Shane Newton Justin Burford
Katey Cunliffe Tahnee Kelland
Louise Mustard Emma Blyth
Hayley Kruger Irene Osborne
Boris Horion Stacy Gardoll
The Opening night starts at 6:30pm Saturday 13th May, and is proudly sponsored by Young Henry's
Join us on the 22nd April for a solo exhibition with established artist Jos Coufreur! Known for his expressively spontaneous painting technique, Jos Coufreur breathes life into his subject matter of landscapes, people and animals with the use of vivid colours. His paintings showcase a distinct vibrancy through the wide spectrum of colours he uses, and embodies his unique style which he classifies as "Spontaneous Realism". The night on the 22nd will feature a oeuvre of all his original paintings on canvas at our new gallery, the Ferguson Foundry.
This event is also proudly sponsored by our main supplier- Young Henry's-
RSVP with us
Jeweller and artist Chris Bailey will be running an exclusive one day only exhibition here at the Ferguson Foundry gallery on Tuesday the 11th April, 6:30pm- 9:30pm.
The exhibition will be a retrospect of Bailey's journey as an artist and jeweler from the past few years. Having connected with renowned artist and sculptor Alfredo Araujo Santoyo, Bailey spent a year under his tutelage in Colombia, Bogota. Through this, Bailey wishes to share his experiences, growth and insights of his time spent in Bogata through a combination his works- consisting of jewellry, painting and sculpture. This event will also commemorate the creation of C3 Studios located in Mt Lawley.