The ARTS Factory



10X5 Exhibition Opened by Brendan Lynch

Manager Special Volunteers - University Liaison SOCOG.
Saturday 12th September 1998



Another stunning visual art exhibition will open in the Arts Factory Gallery at the Australian Catholic University, Signadou Campus on September 12 at noon. This unique exhibition of the works of five female artists seems most appropriate in the monasterial architecture of Signadou which was originally the home of the Dominican Sisters who started a teaching college there in the early 1960s. Local and nationally famous artists are represented in this exhibition.

The luminous oils of Penny Jacobs, whose work builds on the traditions of Margaret Preston and Henri Matisse, depicts domestic genre and local landscapes viewed from the threshold. Her works contrast with the intrinsic images of fellow Canberra artist Robin Thomas. In glowing greens, orange and vivid indigo Robin Thomas uses pen and ink to put down objects from her memory and her close natural environment. Equally vivid are the colourful statements of Robijn Ong, another Canberran whose works display a joyful explosion of brilliant hues. These three Canberra artists are joined by Gwen Clarke from southern NSW and Juliana Hilton from Victoria. Gwen, a 'naive' artist paints pictures of sparkling sensual fantasy and Juliana, like Robin Thomas, works with beautifully decorative visual snippets of her studio. The Arts Factory Gallery is situated in the brightly lit hexagonal cloister space which flows into the courtyard garden of Signadou. A thematic approach is applied to the development and design of exhibition programs which provide a variety of subject matter, styles and techniques for the enjoyment of the community.

The Arts Factory Gallery works in partnership with commercial and regional galleries and exhibitions often travel to other centres in Australia and overseas. Community life at the University has been enriched through the creation of a permanent gallery to promote works of established and developing artists and opportunities have also been provided for adults and children to increase their knowledge and skills in the arts through the provision of high quality courses. The establishment of the Arts Factory at Signadou has also given the University an opportunity to provide a special service to the community and in the process has also become a focal point for community arts activities in the region.

The Arts Factory is an innovation that has grown out of the work started through the national Professional Development Program at the University and has provided ongoing support for the professional development of teachers in schools. Engagement in educational arts activities has stimulated the interests of students and staff and created further opportunities for personal expression. The Arts Factory aims to further establish links between the University and the community through the interaction of practising artists, educators, students and community members.

Above all the Arts Factory sets out to promote a sense of fun and enjoyment in learning through the Arts.

Gwen Clarke
Juliana Hilton
Penny Jacobs
Robijn Ong
Robin Thomas