2015 Ryde Women’s Art Prize

The yellow king, Sharon Kitching

Went to the opening of the Ryde Women’s Art Prize last night. I was a finalist in the Open category, and they had a Community and Youth category as well. Lovely opening,  busy with lots of people, snacks, speeches and wine. Got there just as they where announcing the Open winner – so good timing. And the Winners!

Opening held at See Street Gallery at Meadowbank TAFE, Ryde.

Show runs form Friday 29 May to Saturday 13 June
Gallery open days: Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 4pm.

Opening night

Winner of the Open category

Winner: Patricia Concha – Electra Safari
Highly Commended: Danielle Golding – Self Portrait No. 15
Highly Commended: Jayanto Damanik – Conversation With Clara I and II
Commended: Sandra Winkworth – Surefit
Commended: Pamela Honeyfield – Playground

Patricia Concha Electra Safari

The winner of the Open.

Highly commended

Pamela Honeyfield Playground

Playground – Pamela Honeyfield

My picks from the show  – Sadami, is the 2nd along in the shot – it’s a beautiful drawing, with a real warmth to the face. The painting closest is by Madeleine Pfull Double Trouble, who I’ve been following on Instagram

installation shot
Madeleine Pfull, Double Trouble – installation shot

Sadami Konchi  Publisher Helen Chamberlin Has Revolutionised Australian Publishing Industry

Full list of finalists in the Open (PDF)


Kassandra Boswell
Kassandra Boswell
Punters at the opening
Punters at the opening
Lovely felt sculpture
Busy night – lots of punters
Blue women sculpture
Blue women sculpture
token male
Exhibiting male artist spotted

Sydney art blogs – roundup

I’m endlessly searching for blogs that reflect what’s going in the Australian art scene – and it’s always hard to find them. So just a quick roundup of places I go to find exhibition openings, and bit of chitter chatter.

Any suggestions are more than welcome!

The Art Life – reviews, commentary and bits and pieces from around Sydney (mainly). I like their New Work Fridays when artists send in stuff they are working on/ about to exhibit. They also have a list of art media and publications online


Das Platforms – they will even seen you a monthly print version!


Art Guide


Art Asia


Strobed – who where around a fair bit for a year, but seem to have dropped off lately, although I did spot one out and about at an opening recently. They do a Facebook-generated exhibition calendar by inviting them to yr event and it auto-generates to their openings calendar.


Six to eight– local openings around Sydney, and lately up the blue mountains and up the coast! Often does a quick video which if you can’t make it to a show helps visualise the work in the space.


The Countess cause women count in the art world (i love this, from my sheer love of data and my sense of righteous indignation all rolled into one). CoUNTess is a blog that presents data and reviews on gender representation in the Australian Contemporary art-world.




Cricket sketches. Hands now freezing #oneplus2studios #sportyscribbles

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Some new work from the studio. I was listening to the Q&A Rosie Batty broadcast  and drawing cricketers, which seems a strange response. I’ve been meaning to try and persuade a willing friend to dress up as a cricketer for some life drawing. I have to find someone with some cricket gear. Am suspecting it might be easier to go hang around a local cricket game.

I was trying to keep a limited palette. Particularly fond of the acid yellow. It makes the image below quite a zing on the eyeballs.  It’s a little more acid than it comes across in the photo.

Little fella #cricket #painting #sketch #oneplus2studios

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News – Finalist in the Ryde Women’s Art Prize

The yellow king, Oil on canvas paper, A1 2014
The yellow king, Oil on canvas paper, A1 2014

Chuffed to see my painting  ‘the yellow king‘  was selected as a finalist in the City of Ryde 5th annual Women’s Art Prize. The exhibition showcases artworks that connect to any themes surrounding women, and is open to all Australian artists.The exhibition’s theme is inspired by the 2015 International Women’s Day theme Make It Happen. The City of Ryde Women’s Art Prize is part of the Hungry for Art Festival staged from 7 May to 13 June 2015.

Full list of finalists in the open category, and congratulations to my fellow artist at Oneplus 2 Studios in Rozelle, Pamela Honeyfield who is also exhibiting!

Make It Happen is the 2015 theme for our internationalwomensday.com global hub, encouraging effective action for advancing and recognising women. Usually celebrated on March 8th worldwide.