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‘Hanging Towel’ Exhibition by Lucas Golding

Join us at Scoolhouse Studios for ‘Hanging Towel’ by Lucas Golding

Opening: Thursday 23rd of May, 6 – 8pm
Dates: Thursday 23rd May – Thursday 6th June
Schoolhouse Gallery is open Monday – Friday, 9am – 3pm

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‘Hanging Towel’ is a continued exploration into non traditional materials as a canvas for painting. Using spray paint I am able to move colour around the textured / patterned material freely and quickly. This ease of application fosters much experimentation and spontaneity.

Lucas Golding is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Melbourne. His recent solo shows include ‘Bombing, Splashing and Squealing’, c3 Contemporary Artspace, Melbourne. ‘National Velvet’, Lon Gallery, Melbourne and ‘Ich Liebe Spass’, Bus Projects, Melbourne.

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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.


‘Interior Assembly’ Exhibition – Haruka Sawa & Freda Davies


Haruka Sawa , Service at 6, Oil on Canvas, 2018

Join us at Scoolhouse Studios for ‘Interior Assembly’ an exhibition by Haruka Sawa and Freda Davies.

Opening: Thursday 23rd of May, 6 – 8pm
Dates: Thursday 23rd May – Thursday 6th June
Schoolhouse Gallery is open Monday – Friday, 9am – 3pm

Internal thoughts and experiences are quiet but they hold strength. Art making allows a unique opportunity to explore ideas that are not often consciously considered or openly discussed in our ‘day to day’.
Freda Davies and Haruka Sawa are both interested in breaking from the daily ‘norm’ to explore an interior space, however each artist interprets this in a very different way.

Haruka Sawa is interested in mortality. Immigrating at sixteen she has experienced a disconnect of her two realities – Australia and Japan. By emulating her own funeral service she attempts to merge this sense of displacement into one space. A shrine of sorts, she considers her identity and mourns the symbolic death of her past life. The subject of death is considered taboo in our daily lives, however, Sawa sees this as a celebration of life, worthy of exploration.

Freda Davies is also interested in the celebration of life. Born in country Queensland, she has always placed importance on connecting to the natural world. Now living in the city she regularly takes long walks to visit her favourite Eucalyptus trees. These works attempt to celebrate the feelings of beauty and peace that visiting these trees bring her. A break from our daily lives in the city and from our electronic devices, she hopes that each artwork, in its own way, will bring the same joy to the viewer as the Eucalypts do to the artist.

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Freda Davies is a Queensland born artist currently based in Melbourne. After completing a First Class Honours degree in 2014 she regularly exhibits her paintings in commercial, public and artist run institutions.

Davies’ practice focuses on two central themes. Firstly, the depiction of the female body from a woman’s perspective and secondly, abstractions that explore feelings of internal peace through colour and pattern.

She is currently producing work out of her studio in Northcote and will be exhibiting in a group show at MARS gallery later in 2019.

Haruka Sawa predominantly works with ideas of mortality and the everyday through various mediums including painting, installation, photography and sculpture. She was born in Japan and moved to Australia at sixteen. She has exhibited in galleries including Bus Projects, The Wandering Room, Boxcopy, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane Emerging Art Festival, Powerhouse and has been the recipient of the Clayton Utz award. She lives and works in Melbourne.

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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.