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Current Exhibition

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.