sabbia gallery

Ceramics, Glass + Fibre

Main Gallery   17 March - 10 April 2021

The Study

To welcome the new year, we have invited all of our Sabbia artists to submit one work around the idea of 'The Study'. A time honoured device used by artists to plan for larger works, a study is a smaller work that allows the artists to explore the elements of the piece so that they are able to finesse the work at the planning stage. Our Sabbia artists have been asked to create or release a smaller scale study piece for this exhibition, and this is a great chance to see works that show the process of an artists practice, whilst also being on a smaller scale.

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Gallery Two   17 March - 10 April 2021

Carlene Thompson – Kalaya Tjukurpa

Kalaya Tjukurpa is the long awaited solo exhibition by Carlene Thompson from Ernabella Arts. Carlene creates innovative, new work that alludes to her Father’s Country, Kanpi, in which the creation being is ‘Kalaya’, or emu. Her pieces encompass the cultural richness that Carlene possesses as a proud Pitjantjatjara/Yankunytjatjara woman. The inter generational transfer of Indigenous and cultural knowledge is a priority for Carlene, particularly the passing of knowledge down to her daughters and her artwork often features families. She utilises the sgraffito technique to inscribe her stories, showing the clay body underneath and enhances the artwork with bold glazes.

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Main Gallery   21 April - 15 May 2021

Emma Varga – Forces of Nature

“Usually I first have a vision of the finished object and then I look for the specific method necessary, though the way that I create pâte de verre elements leads to both providing and expressing the narrative. There is something magical involved with making thousands of small elements – even just piling them on the table bursts my imagination and leads to creating ‘stories.’ We do this work, we learn this craft, we push, we integrate, we branch out and narrow in, and once in a while, there is a piece that stands up and matters.  For me, «Rage and Revival» has that punch and cathartic, healing life force. Bushfires RAGE in Australia, destroying the landscape, but forces of nature bring the REVIVAL. Hence the inseparable duo of objects, offering hope after destruction.” Emma Varga 2021

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Gallery Two   21 April - 15 May 2021

Janet DeBoos – Erasures

"The way in which we develop a sense of place is often predicated on a consistency in the way we experience things. Memories we might have had of playing on endless beaches as kids become corrupted by revisiting that changed seaside village- now become a commercial strip, and in the same way, old friendships become coloured by experience. We can control to some extent the fixedness of memories and beliefs by not revisiting the past, but sometimes we have change foisted on us by external events- like pandemics". Janet DeBoos presents a newly imagined direction in which she erases some of her recognisable motifs from her close connection with China, and sees a future that is local, unfixed and eclectic. It is populated with her memories and draws on her time spent closer to home in 2020 and the Australian bush.

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Main Gallery   26 May - 19 June 2021

Ted Secombe – Walking a Simple Path

Walking a simple path – ain't so simple! The works in this exhibition are gentle forms and soft glazes in the main. They are quiet pots that have meditative qualities. There are some works that diverge from this ideal and are a result of an exhausting testing program and are an attempt to reproduce works that change mood depending on ambient light. All works are made in porcelain sourced in Australia and Japan and are high fired.

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Gallery Two   4 - 28 August 2021

Maricelle Olivier

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Main Gallery   4 September - 02 October 2021

Honor Freeman – New Work

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Gallery Two   4 September - 02 October 2021

Christine Cathie – New Work

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Main Gallery   13 October - 06 November 2021

Matthew Curtis – New Work

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