Warwick Art Gallery is delighted to present the work of CPL’s (Choice, Passion, Life) Artel artists in their first-ever touring exhibition Reasonable & Necessary: prints and artist books by Artel Artists.
Supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, this inspiring touring exhibition showcases the work of 33 professional artists, some of whom possess complex and profound disabilities.
The artists are:
Christine Baillie, Jonathon Baldwin, Jacob Bradshaw, James Clark, Kristi Cochrane, Bevon Diver, Michael Doust, Cara Dunstan, Jennifer Duperouzel, Robert Gallagher, Anne Higginson, Tonia Hoffman, William Hunt, Nathan Langdown, Justin Lavender, Reece Lockrey, Kim Marshall, Liam McMahon, Robert Oakman, Jeff Parkinson, Christopher Paul, Peter Phillips, Christopher Pitot, Jeremy Ruckels, Elizabeth Saunders, Vanessa Spagna, Beverley Stack, Scott Stanton, Daniel Swart, Christine Tweedale, Richard Uil, Genice Wolski and Sara Wyatt.
Speaking about the touring exhibition, Artel artist Nathan Langdown said, ‘Fantastic! It is amazing. Queensland is going to get a big surprise when they see all our artwork! Their eyes will be opened. The tour will be a good tool for teaching people who don’t understand what I can do with my disability.’
The title for this exhibition is taken from National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) criteria. With the uncertainty surrounding the NDIS, Artel creative industries studio is not just reasonable and necessary, but essential, providing real career prospects for artists.
Rhys Kennedy, Chief Executive Officer, CPL said, ‘What our artists achieve at Artel is remarkable and we are thrilled to be partnering with Museums & Galleries Queensland to share their work with regional Queenslanders.’
Museums & Galleries Queensland’s Executive Director, Rebekah Butler said, ‘This exhibition tour and supporting public programs will provide valuable professional development and profile-raising opportunities for the artists involved. It will also benefit regional communities like insert your community here, who will have opportunities to learn about the support methods, studio practices and adapted tools, unique to the Artel studio.’
Museums & Galleries Queensland has been pleased to work with accomplished Curator Lynne Seear in the development of this exhibition. Lynne has worked as a senior curator for 30 years, including 16 years at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art in management roles. For the past six years, she has worked on a multifaceted Arts Program for the Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service, as Manager Arts-In-Health.
Lynne said, ‘With a range of artworks in familiar genres – portraits, landscapes, still-life, abstracts, the exhibition showcases Artel’s use of a visual language that is contemporary, distinctive and undeniably their own…The works are both refreshingly unpretentious and exceedingly skilled.’
Artel, CPL’s creative industries studio supports the development of a positive and participatory cultural identity for people with profound and complex disabilities. The studio offers space, instruction and an environment in which this particular community of individuals has been able, over many years, to express themselves as a dynamic artistic movement.
Redcliffe filmmaker and CPL support worker, Jeremy Ruckels has created an insightful documentary about Artel, which will be screened as part of the touring exhibition. A preview of the film can be viewed HERE.
The exhibition is on at Warwick Art Gallery from 10 December 2020 until 16 January 2021 and is supported by a talk by exhibition curator Lynne Seear and Denise Wyatt (Artist Sara Wyatt’s mum) on Saturday 16 January at 11am. For COVID19 Safety you must have a (free) ticket to attend the talk. Click HERE to go to the ticketing page.
The collection of twelve oil paintings in Beebo Blues were painted en plein air at the family property in Beebo located in the Goondiwindi Shire. Julie uses a homemade go-cart “the Buggy” which helps her to location-scout and doubles as her easel when painting.
For Julie, every glimpse of the pale blue of the sky, water or man-made structure reminds her of her grandfather’s pale blue overalls and inspired the title of the exhibition. The paintings in this exhibition honour her family’s roots in the land. A tangible recollection of the family tree plantation are the bespoke frames made for her paintings from tree stakes.
Image: Water Marker Julie Purcell Oil on salvaged board