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Zara Sully ‘Duck Duck Duck’ Exhibition,

Opening Event: Thursday 2nd May, 6 – 8pm
Date: 2nd of May – 16th of May

If you were me, you’d understand.
Duck Duck Duck is a navigation into the skewed perceptions of truth. The dictation of a lens that is false.

communication of thought by words; talk; conversation:
a formal discussion of a subject in speech or writing, as a dissertation, treatise, sermon, etc.

to any of numerous wild or domesticated web-footed swimming birds of the family Anatidae, especially of the genus Anas and allied genera, characterized by abroad, flat bill, short legs, and depressed body.:
to avoid or evade a blow

Duck Discourse
Avoiding communication of thought by words
A formal discussion of the genus anas featuring a depressed body.

Zara Sullivan is a multidisciplinary artist who engages with intersectional feminist theory. Works include installation, photography, audio visual media, self portraiture and sculpture.

In 2018 Zara was shortlisted for both the Blake Prize and the Majlis travelling scholarship. Recent shows include I Want to Believe at Trocadero Art Space and the VCA graduate exhibition where they were awarded the Majlis encouragement award. Zara is currently studying their Honours year in Fine Art at Monash University.

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Schoolhouse Studios acknowledges the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land on which Schoolhouse Studios resides, and respectfully acknowledges Elders, both past, present and future of the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nation. Sovereignty was never ceded.

‘Dear Future;’ Exhibition, Erica Chung, Francis de Bono, and Juan Rodriguez, Curated by Rachel Pakula

Opening: 2nd of May 6-8pm
Dates: 2nd of May- 16th of May

Dear Future;
Chung, Erica (Singapore)
Francis de Bono (Australia)
Juan Rodriguez (Guatemala)
Curated by Rachel Pakula (Australia

‘Dear Future’ explores and extends School House Studios’ site through the anthology of time, space and communication. Inspired by the journey of NASA’s Voyager 1, Chung (Singapore), Rodriguez (Guatemala) and de Bono (Australia) began an exploration of scale and communication, returning the grandeur of interstellar communication to locality.

By adopting the gestures of the probe, and transferring colossal scale to visceral space, ‘Dear Future’ simplifies the act of interstellar exchange, granting recognition of all interpersonal connection to be of gratifying significance.

The opening party establishes the content and progression of the conversation – particularly in focus is the notion of the inaugurator as isolated from and unaware of the recipient and point of delivery. In the fractures between the origin and arrival of a message are moments of transience, held in semi-stasis to deconstruct the communicative act.

Chung, is a Singaporean Melbourne based artist who works primarily in the field of print media. Growing up in Singapore has provided her with valuable insight into social movement and justice (or injustice). Her fervor to push the boundaries of social structure and norms through imagery and text is a vital part of her art.

De Bono is a Melbourne based, Australian artist. His works exist as repetitive and exaggerated representations of a spatial condition. Exploring notions of the peripheral and the unseen, de Bono’s works rely on duration to instill in audiences a sense of familiarity to a
subject largely unrecognized yet ever-present. Encouraging an active engagement with daily spatial phenomena, de Bono’s work’s reveals the consequential absurdities of a spatially aware life.

Rodriguez is a Guatemalan born, Australian multidisciplinary artist, working and based in Melbourne. His work explores and documents the ideologies of locality, existence, transnationalism, immigration, metaphysics, and preservation. Working from archaeological,
pantological and astronomical methodologies, he works with an array of earth, found, every day and recycled materials, and contemporary technologies, Juan’s practice is quite investigative and experimental. He often finds himself creating fictional spaces or working on once existent spaces that have now become distant and are somewhat fictional.

Pakula’s writing and publishing practice revolves around walking as a methodology for place-making and a site-specific mode of thinking. Holding group walks at Yarra Bend Park, Pakula hopes to share a site with fellow walkers, forming a bond with a site through research and repeated exposure and experience walking along a waterway. Pakula’s practice also focuses on the sensations and effects on the body within a site and the encouragement of a
positive relationship with the body outside of the methods employed by modern ruins and urban society intended to control the body.

‘Dear Future’ will take part at School House Studios, Collingwood, Victoria on the Land of the Wurundjeri People, whom we pay our respects as visitors towards their elders past and present.

Edwina Atkins, ‘A Quarter Acre’ exhibition

Schoolhouse Studios presents:

‘A Quarter Acre’ by Edwina Atkins

Thursday 14th February 2019 – Thursday 7th March 2019

Opening event: Thursday 14th February 6pm – 8pm 

Exhibition open Mon – Fri 9am to 3pm daily

The subject matter of my paintings is Australian suburban backyards. The idea behind the show is to highlight the simple beauty and colour in ‘still’ suburban backyards. The bigger picture is focused on how much space is sitting idle while Melbourne has an increasing homelessness issue. The Australian Dream of owning a backyard is now unrealistic for most people. The idea behind this show is that you can own a painting of a backyard to put on the wall of your rented apartment and feel what it might be like own a backyard whilst improving the lives of those who don’t have a safe space to rest. All profits will be donated to ASRC and YWCA women’s shelter organisation. 

Edie Atkins is an illustrator, painter and art teacher from Parkville, Melbourne. She uses pathos and humour to playfully respond to contemporary Australian culture. From simple line drawings to oil painting, Edie works between mediums to portray the human condition as seen through her somewhat rose coloured glasses. Edie has always admired the simple beauty of suburban backyards. She has worked as an illustrator with creative director Glen Walton for Playable Streets and for Realm Gallery, Ringwood. She designs cover art for bands and designs tattoos. Edie has taught creative arts across Australia and Japan with a strong focus on integrating the arts into education. She is currently the art teacher at Northcote Primary School. This is her first solo exhibition. 

Schoolhouse Studios acknowledges the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land on which Schoolhouse Studios resides, and respectfully acknowledges Elders, both past, present and future of the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nation. Sovereignty was never ceded.