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Current Exhibition

Anna Fiedler ‘Security Blanket’ Exhibition

Schoolhouse Studios presents:

‘’Security Blanket’ by Anna Fiedler

Thursday 11th April 2019 – Thursday 25th April 2019

Opening event: Thursday 11th April 6pm – 8pm

Exhibition open Mon – Fri 9am to 3pm daily

By preserving these weavings I am freezing moments of making. My textiles become encapsulated and protected from the outside world. I do not rely on the strength of the cloth but quite the opposite, the work indulges in the spaces between the woven threads, lose functionality and become fragile, as something to be looked at but not used. They are tactile as you can see the handiwork and imperfections in every row of thread, the labour is made beautiful in it’s repetition. There is nothing to hide as the process, the mistakes, the gaps, the threads, all become one. These visual shields accentuate the fragile form by turning these frail pieces into strong structures. They are frozen in time, comfortable in the past and the present.

Anna’s practice utilises the process of weaving to remove the boundaries surrounding traditional craft making. Objects are created to become something no longer recognisable as a classic weaving; attempting to re-deduce their fixity between both craft and new materialism.

Through an expanded fibre practice, her works also address how women are seen through their practice of making. In size, the works often respond to the loom they were made on. This idea of a relationship between woman and loom is substantiated through the melodic and calming process of making the weavings. These works find their criticality within this process, softening differences between process and outcome. Her fragile works explore preservation and to encapsulate their history and ancient methods. By using stocking thread, a material which, aside from its connection to women’s fashion, has a material quality of a second skin or a visual shield. To re-use this veiling material, her weavings consider an artificiality or unnaturalness.

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.


Christopher Hill, ‘LOOSE PICKLES’ exhibition

Schoolhouse Studios presents:

‘’LOOSE PICKLES’ by Christopher Hill

Thursday 11th April 2019 – Thursday 25th April 2019

Opening event: Thursday 11th April 6pm – 8pm

Exhibition open Mon – Fri 9am to 3pm daily

LOOSE PICKLES: is a selection of drawings made during 2018, they act like a visual diary of 12 months exploring an experimentation and abstraction of minimal primitivism through playful cartoon like sketches.

The drawings are pickles (problems or problematic) and pickled, then set loose like pickles escaping from a jar. Rather than some long winded esoteric explanation of process and contemporary conceptualism, the source of this idea was inspired by a picture I found on Instagram. A simple picture of a bunch of pickles scattered on the grass near a wire fence that was titled ‘loose pickles’… like pickles escaping from prison. Their is no further explanation. These
drawings are escaped pickles.

Christopher Hill is a multidisciplinary artist working in film, photography, painting and drawing. His work walks a delicate balance of the absurd and the dramatic which is heightened by an extreme dualism of the highly technical and slick to the minimal and crude. He is best known for his work as a music video, short film and advertising director and his work has been showcased in a number of festivals world wide. His drawing practice is at the basis of all his work and exemplifies his sense of play and humour as a vessel for deeper narratives.

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.


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.