Art Pharmacy Consulting are heading to Melbourne! Partnering with its sister company, Culture Scouts, Art Pharmacy Consulting is working with Caydon Properties to reintroduce Cremorne as the exciting artistic hub that it is.
Featured by The Urban List: Melbourne as one of the ‘16 Awesome Things to do in Melbourne this Weekend’, Culture Scouts will be showing curious walkers around the new Malt District:
The Urban List: “If you don't live or work in Cremorne, it's likely that the suburb doesn't even exist to you. It's one of Melbourne's greatest hidden treasures, often overshadowed by its cool big brother, Richmond. But thanks to a partnership between Culture Scouts and The Malt District, you've got the chance to explore the suburb and check out its art, design and culinary scene … You even get to visit Melbourne's iconic Nylex Clock...”
The tour will include a scouting of Cremorne’s cult cafes and foodie hot spots, street art including works by the infamous Lushsux, meetings with local artisans and artists, as well as an insight into Cremorne’s diverse history. Led by guides sharing their diverse knowledge of the area, these tours will blend art, food and history through conversation and exploration.
Where: Starts at 8 Gough Street, Cremorne
When: Every Saturday until September 9, 2pm - 4pm
For more info, click here.
Written by Louisa Tiley
The latest MCA Young Ambassadors event was much more personal than regulars are used to. Hosted by Redfern’s new kid on the block, Vandal Gallery, it was an intimate gathering of artists and art lovers - all curious about the relationship between creatives and their work.
On the night Vandal’s current selection of vibrant artists - Ariella Friend, Joi Murugavell and Marnie Ross - played an active role in a private viewing of their exhibition Somewhere Between.
It was a unique evening which endeavoured to break down the often impermeable barrier between artist and audience. To achieve this the three exhibiting artists were part of a speed-dating style session during which attendees could “ask them anything” about their practice, creative process, mentality or career.
A bell was used to signal three minute intervals, when guests rotated to the next artist. However many of the more sneaky patrons ignored it to stay for 6, 9 or 12 minutes, in order to delve further into compelling discussions.
Marnie Ross was the first artist I spoke to. Seated beneath a selection of her bright, graphic paintings, we chatted candidly about how printmaking and design inform her abstract compositions. She is closely influenced by the detail and movement inherent in nature - something strongly evident in the wooden textures of Every Night.
Ariella Friend’s work provided an interesting point of contrast, as three dimensional pieces which challenge the boundaries between painting and sculpture. I loved hearing about her sustainable approach - particularly the way she reuses discarded items alongside new materials to reflect the complexities of consumerism. This was most clear in my favourite of her works, Composition in Metallics.
Joi Murugavell completed the collection. She was wearing one of her signature outfits - a blazer, pants and hat combo printed with her own artwork. I was immediately drawn to her bold, witty paintings, with works such as Bad Art Day and A Small Plot Change cleverly playing with cultural iconography.
It’s interesting to note that all three artists began their creative careers with design backgrounds. Because of this Vandal’s exhibition subtly confronted the stigma against graphic designers which often influences contemporary art critique.
This was just one of many refreshing aspects of the night. Having honest, open conversations with artists brought up insightful questions about the future of the industry and how young artists can carve their own unique paths to success.
Art Pharmacy Consulting founder, Emilya Colliver recently worked with some of the most precocious artists Art Pharmacy has ever come across!
In partnership with Deloitte, children of a range of ages were invited to create their own artworks to be exhibited at the company’s Sydney headquarters. Having taken a disk of canvas home, the little artists came back three weeks later with a range of beautifully individual works. From fern spirals, and ships on the harbour, to more obscure (dare we say, abstract?) works, the end effort was imaginative and incredible.
Kids are incredibly creative individuals - not being obsessed by what is not possible and instead having the imagination to create outside of the status quo.
Sure we’ll be seeing these names pop up in a gallery in ten years time.
On the 1st of August Art Pharmacy attended the opening of the new, revamped Birkenhead Point. A multi-million makeover that included players such as creative agency Vandal, Sweaty Betty PR, Michael Kors, Peter's of Kensington and Zanerobe; Art Pharmacy worked to head up the art curation strategy.
Over the year, Art Pharmacy will be showcasing a selection of artists over the year from all over Australia. Each one will create bespoke work themed to our seasons whilst paying homage to what Birkenhead Point does best – premium fashion and lifestyle!
The art will sit in the giant window display and be interpreted digitally on a large screen, offering customers an almost parallel art experience using both traditional and modernised visual platforms.
First up to the plate is Sydney based paper artist, Jo Neville, who this week showcased a stunning bespoke paper floral installation, incorporating blooms and foliage inspired by a palette of muted pastels and dark colours. With her work often at scales exceeding 1,200cm per individual bloom, Jo will certainly open the project with a bang.
The inspiration behind Jo’s dark floral installation is the transition from Winter into Spring. The fashion seasons just as nature ebbs and flows - the once leafless trees burst their glossy buds into flower. Jo’s artwork tells the story of trans-seasonal Sydney in both fashion and florals, a bare branch mounted with tiny paper buds that transform into giant burgeoning petals. The dresses evolve along the wall and the dark romantic tones are highlighted with glimpses of honest and sweet pastels. Made entirely from paper, this artwork is representative of the fervour and ever transient phenomena that is fashion, art and nature.
In addition, the new entry statement on Roseby Street showcases an impressive glass window display and state-of-the-art digital screen technology by Vandal.
As the year progresses, we will announce the four other artists set to work their magic at Birkenhead Point.
The letters created by the Green Square community along with artist Elyssa Sykes-Smith at the workshop have now been put up, and they look fantastic!
Jane Gillings will be the latest artist to lead an art-based children’s workshop at Green Square. Open to the public - kids (and parents) welcome!
Jane’s workshops incorporate found objects; educating kids on how to use recyclable objects in creative ways. Her reluctance to throw anything away has developed into fantastic workshops that have enabled her to explore the possibilities of plastic as a sculptural material.
In an attempt to limit landfill, she collects our discards and fills her studio with them. Materials are meticulously sorted and examined for sculptural potential, eventually being cut, shaped, melted, wired, glued and presented as something else. Something that is unlikely to be discarded.
At the ‘Waste to Art’ workshop, Jane will be teaching children how to create art from found objects - creating works that they can then take home. Considering that children are so much more creative than adults () we’re really excited to see what they come up with!
As well as exhibiting her smaller works in both public and commercial galleries, Gillings is regularly selected for a number of major outdoor sculpture exhibitions including, Sculpture at Scenic World, Sawmillers, Sculpture in the Vineyards, Willoughby Sculpture prize North Sydney Art Prize, and Sculpture by The Sea, where she exhibited for the tenth year in 2016.
Art Pharmacy Consulting is excited to work with Mirvac and UrbanGrowth NSW to be part of the strengthening of the local community at Green Square through art and collaboration.
When: Saturday 5th August: 12-2pm
Where: The Social Corner, 30 Ebsworth Street, Zetland NSW 2017
This school holiday, local Sydney artist Elyssa Sykes-Smith, graduate of NAS and Sculpture By The Sea prize winner, will be leading workshops in East Village Shopping Centre for some artists in miniature (alongside their parents).
The arts and crafts activity will involve the creation of designs on timber letters, to later be installed on Mirvac and UrbanGrowth NSW’s hoarding at Green Square Town Centre. Mini artists and parents are invited to come see their handiwork once the artwork has been installed and grab a free hot drink from The Social Corner.
Why are kids so great to work as an artist?
I think the biggest reason why kids are so fun to work with is that they’re not controlled by what is wrong, and what is right, and they’ll join together dots that we would sometimes stop ourselves doing as adults. So they can come up with amazing , creative combinations and ideas that just flow so naturally. And you can see that just with the artworks they made today. They approach it completely differently than I would and it’s really refreshing.
Do you try and incorporate this approach into your practice?
I think the more you’re around something, the more it rubs off. So that approach means I’m learning from it and it's an exchange. I think people often get too trapped into thinking we’re teaching kids things - but really we facilitate experiences for children and then we learn from them.
Any breakthrough creative moments when working with children?
Sometimes. Sometimes we’re just having a little chat about something and I’ll suggest they draw something - like a flower. And they’ll be like , “What?! Flowers? That’s so yesterday”. Or they make the flower into something else that we were talking about, like a dragon, and they go on a creative journey.
Alongside the renowned creatives behind Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Vogue Australia, Frida Las Vegas, and many more, we explained why meaningful collaboration between creatives and other industries is so important for Sydney, and wider NSW.
In today's hyper-connected world the capacity to iterate and develop new ideas and products is key.
There is a strong link between creativity, innovation and growth. The CIKH, set to launch in mid-July, is an exciting new Knowledge Exchange for creative practitioners focus don the Business of Creative Enterprise.
Art Pharmacy Consulting recently worked with a private client to create a bespoke artwork for their home.
For this project we worked with a four week deadline, and were able to work with the client efficiently to come up with a creative brief based on their personal tastes, as well as the space itself. From there, we were able to connect the client with various artists, before deciding on the work of a bold, mixed media artist.
Drawing on her background in fashion illustration, the artist was able to create a striking piece using Pantone colours. As stylish as it is humorous, the piece subverts traditional fashion illustration tropes, using unconventional materials and the artist's signature wit to full effect.
The end result is a thoroughly unique piece which will bring joy and vibrancy to the home for many years to come.
March 15, 2017
Recently, Art Pharmacy worked with the Sydney branch of Canadian Pension Plan – one of the biggest pension plan funds in the world. We collaborated together to find pieces for here rooms in their Sydney office. These works were to echo their Canadian roots whilst reflecting their Australian surrounds; symbolizing the global approach of their organization.
The first works, a bright etching series created by a local Australian artist, were placed in the office. These works featured typical yet beautiful scenes from Sydney life. They are decidedly evocative and reminiscent; highlighting structured, shapes and details of familiar yet forgotten objects.
The other spaces of the meeting room and office space featured artworks by a Canadian artist. These large-scale photographs featured large swathes of the expansive blues of Canadian water, reminding onlookers of the immeasurable relationship between humanity and nature.
March 10, 2017
Art Pharmacy Consulting worked with Tourism NZ and artist Gabby Malpas in a commission of 4 postcards to create sketches of iconic New Zealand locations for you to unleash your creativity onto. The North and South Island images include a couple exploring Waiheke Island, Cathedral Cove, Hobbiton™ Movie Set and Milford Sound.
March 1, 2017
Deloitte has long understood the rapidly changing nature of the workforce to be an opportunity to grow and develop as an organisation. As a company, they have gone to great lengths to understand the changes that are occurring, and working to develop a diverse and modern workforce.
One of the changes that they company has observed is the influence of the ageing population on organisations. They have found that increasing numbers of mature employees are less likely to retire, and see this as an opportunity to capitalise on skills accumulated over long careers.
They enlisted the help of Art Pharmacy to curate and install the Art of Ageing exhibition, created by photographer Louise Hawson, of 52 Suburbs fame. The series, much like Deloitte, aims to reframe the public’s perceptions of ageing by presenting a series of large scale portraits that give insight into the experiences of a diverse range of mature aged Australians.
Displayed in the foyer of Deloitte’s CBD office space, each portrait is accompanied by a short interview with each subject, discussing their lives, careers and the impact (or lack thereof) that ageing has had on their outlook.
Working with Deloitte and the Department of Family and Community Services, Art Pharmacy arranged for the series to be transported to the Deloitte offices, and curated the photographs, highlighting the features modern, carefully designed space, as well as presenting employees and clients with a striking and fascinating story about the complexities and changing face of ageing.
February 23, 2017
Creative marketing agency, Step Change collaborated with Art Pharmacy to create two murals for the Strategy and Library rooms in their CBD office space. The two works reflect the company’s commitment to creativity and innovation, as well as their business acumen, functioning as pieces that are both decorative and functional.
The first work, located in the Strategy Room was large scale, yet subtle piece. We worked with a mural artist to develop the piece, which used soft, grey tones to create a sprawling, graphic depiction of the creative process. The artist’s use of fine, almost transparent line work, gives the mural a three dimensional quality, again, reflecting the complexities and depth of Step Change’s work.
For the library, Step Change was eager to incorporate typography into the piece. The result was another large scale, graphic mural which similarly reflected both the functionality and creativity that characterises the company. The quote, which reads, ‘The secret to life is to keep living’, is in keeping with the tone of the room, which is one of quiet contemplation, research and creativity.
February 12, 2017
Art Pharmacy was recently commissioned to curate the artworks for a newly renovated private home.
The abundance of natural light lent itself perfectly to Gillian Hughes’ contemporary interpretation of Australian nature. She, along with John Scott created bespoke pieces, specifically for the space.
Meanwhile, downstairs in the games room Art Pharmacy was able to arrange for artist Luv Sic to work in the home to create a striking mural for the games room. The expansive piece spans two walls, and took two days to complete, imbuing the games room with a bold colours and a sense of vivacity.
January 31, 2017
In the build up to Chinese New Year, shoppers at Mirvac owned shopping center, Broadway Sydney, had the unique opportunity to observe acclaimed figurative sculptor Elyssa Sykes-Smith constructing a giant rooster in celebration of the Year of the Rooster.
Sykes-Smith's work, which has previously has been featured in Sculptures by the Sea, is often site specific and this piece is no different. Making full use of the expansive shopping center, the rooster stands at almost 3 meters high. Her signature, innovative use of recycled materials was similarly well suited to the project. Invoking ideas of regeneration, and renewal, her choice of materials perfectly captured the sentiment of Chinese New Year.
However, the community element of this piece was new ground for Sykes-Smith. She recalls, ‘I was trying to think of different ways to do that so I could still have compositional control of the project, while also incorporating the kids work’. In the end, she cut-up hundreds of pieces of timber, which children can paint on site, which were then incorporated into the structure of the rooster.
This community involvement resulted in an enchanting space, set up in the shadow of the Rooster, illuminated by fairy lights and cherry blossoms, where children could enthusiastically sit, talk and create. Their work reflects the wonderful diversity of Broadway Sydney, with children writing in Indonesian, Chinese, Japanese and many more.
The interactive element of the project proved to be fertile ground for Sykes-Smith. She explains, ‘Usually it’s more showing it to the community, whereas now they’re having some direct artistic influence, which is really nice...it’s nice not to have complete control over something’. Her young collaborators seem to be equally inspired, she noted that, ‘they like the idea of it, that they can write their name of a bit of wood, paint it, and it’s going to be part of something bigger’.
Not wanting to deprive participants of a souvenir, Sykes-Smith has also had miniature roosters laser cut, which children could take home.
January 19 – February 12, 2017
In celebration of the Year of The Rooster, the QVB commissioned the creation of a bespoke public art piece curated by Art Pharmacy Consulting. The result is a unique large scale installation of a rooster that combines the work of innovative Sydney artists, designers and makers.
The QVB Rooster stands proudly underneath the centre’s historic dome at over 4 metres high. It is constructed of an elaborate metal framework, with the body hand-wrapped in fine fabrics, and the head, wattle and tail adorned with intricate paper details. The QVB Rooster faces the direction of the sun rise in the east, alluding to the rooster as a sign of dawn and awakening.
The artists’ collaboration in creating the QVB Rooster encapsulates the traits of the tenth animal in the Chinese Zodiac – Hardworking, Resourceful and Talented.
View the installation from every level and delight in the design, scale and unique interpretation of this Lunar New Year’s zodiac animal.
January 24, 2017
After recently relocating, this corporate client sought the help of Art Pharmacy Consulting to reframe their enviable collection of photography and art to reflect their contemporary new offices.
Art Pharmacy Consulting Director Emilya Colliver worked with the client to create a sleek new design for the framed artworks that line the walls of this innovative workspace. The result is a workspace that feels modern, while also retaining a sense of history and character.
January 2, 2017
Art Pharmacy Consulting recently completed an exciting new project with Chubb. As the international insurance firm moved into their new Australian Head Office, Art Pharmacy Consulting developed their contemporary art permanent collection. Residing on Level 38 of the Harry Seidler & Associates designed Grosvenor Place, in Sydney, the new collection focuses on the unique beauty and diversity of the Australian landscape.
Working closely with the insurance firm, Art Pharmacy Consulting director Emilya Colliver said she was given a lot of freedom, ‘ Chubb were great to work with, they had a strong idea of what they wanted - Australian landscapes - but also gave me a lot of freedom in choosing artists and artworks for their new permanent collection.’
The collection consists of magenta-filled skies around Uluru, as captured by Scott Leggo, camels on Broome’s Cable Beach, photographed by Jarrad Seng, Dave Gleeson’s images of Noosa, and stunning images of Snow Gums at Falls Creek, Mount Buller and Bogong High Plains, as shot by Tom Psomotragos.
There are further artworks by the acclaimed Ilya Genkin, Andrew Pavlidis, Elise Hassey and Sophie Argiriou of landscapes as diverse as South Australia, the Great Barrier Reef and the Victorian coastline.
‘The project was a big one,’ Emilya Colliver said. ‘Building a new permanent collection is always a huge, but exciting, task and it’s terrific that Chubb are actively supporting Australian artists through developing such a locally driven collection.’
Exhibition Dates: Thursday 16th May - Sunday 26th May 2013
Brief: Contemporary Urbanism engaged with young emerging artists to select artworks that interact with the street conceptually, thematically and aesthetically.
Where: Oxford Street, Darlinghurst