ConVerge is a touring exhibition showcasing the work of the finest ceramic artists, both emerging and established, from the Northern Rivers region of NSW.
It will be launched in Brisbane at Verge, the 2006 National Ceramic Conference in July 2006.
ConVerge brings together a collection of ceramic work that draws on an incredibly diverse range of cultural references, influences and styles. This is exemplified by the work of selected artists including emerging Indigenous artist Garth Lena who combines abstract organic forms in porcelain with timber, which powerfully transmits his sense of cultural heritage; to the work of Avital Sheffer whose stunning vessels are infused with the language, symbols and architecture of her own Middle Eastern heritage. The ceramic traditions of Persia are reflected in the masterful lustre glazes of Bob Connery, and of China in the wood fired porcelain work of Geoff Crispin.
Organised by Arts Northern Rivers, the exhibition will be accompanied by a full colour catalogue, featuring essays by ceramic expert Grace Cochrane, ceramic artist Kerry Selwood and exhibiting artist Liz Stops, that will give a national, regional and practitioner response to ceramics from this region. A public program has been developed by Tweed River Art Gallery, which includes floor talks and demonstrations by artists.
A travelling exhibition developed by Arts Northern Rivers Inc. This exhibition is supported by Visions of Australia, an Australian Government Program supporting touring exhibitions by providing funding assistance for the development and touring of cultural material across Australia. ConVerge is generously supported by the Gordon Darling Foundation.
Tour Dates 2006
Victor Mace Gallery, Brisbane: 1 July - 31 July
Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery: 8 September - 3 October
Tweed River Art Gallery, Murwillumbah: 26 October - 10 December
Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery: 20 December - 21 January 2007
Tour Dates 2007
Grafton Regional Gallery: 31 January - 4 March
Port Macquarie Hastings Regional Gallery: 7 March - 15 April
Coffs Harbour City Gallery: 4 May - 10 June
New England Regional Art Museum, Armidale: 15 June- 28 July
Outback Regional Gallery, Winton: 6 August - 7 September
Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum: 14 September - 3 November
Tour Dates 2008
Lismore Regional Gallery: 25 January - 1 March
Caloundra Regional Art Gallery: 5 March - 13 April
Cairns Regional Gallery: 9 May - 15 June
Bundaberg Arts Centre: 2 July - 3 August
Northern Rivers Community Gallery, Ballina