Hannah Surtees won the major art prize, together with her partner Mark, at this year’s Sculpture at Scenic World exhibition, and has a solo exhibition of new work coming up at Platform Gallery. Join Hannah for her Unblocking Creativity workshop, where she will take participants through the exercises and techniques she used to overcome her own creative block and rediscover her flow.
This workshop is for anyone experiencing a creative block – whether you want to write, draw, paint, play music or practice any form of creativity. No specific creative skills are needed, just an open mind and willingness to let go and follow the process.
Hannah is an experienced teacher who has developed effective tools, exercises and processes for tapping into creativity, breaking through blocks and finding your flow. All materials and afternoon tea provided.
12-4pm Sunday 1 July. Book now.
Jess de Wahls is our first visiting international artist, coming all the way from London for her Big Swinging Ovaries exhibition and workshops. Here is some of the press coverage of Jess' show:
In June, our very first international artist is heading to Platform all the way from London for her debut Australian exhibition and a series of workshops.
Join Jess de Wahls - known as the 'enfant terrible of British textile arts' - for two amazing feminist embroidery workshops.
Saturday 2nd June - Big Swinging Ovaries embroidery workshop. BOOK HERE.
Sunday 3rd June - Vagestic Mandala embroidery workshop. BOOK HERE.
You'll be guided through embroidery basics to help create your own feminist memento which you can take home at the end of the day.
Step by step instructions will be provided, as well as all necessary materials, patterns, hoops, fabric, needles, pencils, scissors and a selection of colourful embroidery floss.
You don't need to be a seasoned stitcher to take part in this workshop. What's absolutely needed is an open mind to a contemporary approach to an old craft, and a little patience since embroidery is a time-intensive art form.
Each workshop is limited to 10 places so early booking is advised.
Blue Mountains artist Adam James K was a world-renowned photographer before he went back to art school to learn new ways to bring stories to life. Adam has spent the past four years creating over 300 artworks in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, and we are deeply honoured to be exhibiting this work at Platform.
Join us for the opening of Adam's exhibition, Public Stoning of a Pedophile Priest, on Friday 9 February, 5.30pm.
Read more about this exhibition in an article in the Blue Mountains Gazette: Sex abusers confronted through art.
Maximalism: a reaction against minimalism; an aesthetic of excess and redundancy. More is more.
For Blue Mountains fashion designer Chrissie Powell, maximalism represents a joyful explosion of colour and a celebration of eccentricity, queerness and uniqueness - all the parts of herself she kept hidden for so many years. Come celebrate maximalism with us at the opening of Chrissie's exhibition of extraordinary wearable art and textiles.
Opening night drinks 5.30pm Friday January 12.
Edition 3 of our zine is out now! Forget stuffy art catalogues - pop into the gallery for a free copy of our short, sweet, DIY zine instead - or read it online here.
This edition features interviews with Kevina-Jo Smith and Chrissie Powell about their upcoming solo exhibitions; a profile of contemporary jeweller Sondi; a story about our current group show; and a little editorial about the act of creativity.
Our zine comes out once a quarter, and is a great way to stay up-to-date with what's on at the gallery. Stay tuned for our next make and share zine night too!
Ona Janzen is an award-winning photographer based in Blackheath. Her work 'two weeks: self portrait' is featured in our group show, Uncovering Argentina, which asks artists to respond to the environmental problem of plastic.
Ona is known for her dark, moody and haunting photography. We sat down with Ona to find out about her process and inspiration, how she stumbled across 'dark' photography and why she loves working with children.
See Ona's work in our group show Uncovering Argentina, on at Platform until December 4.
Opening night Friday 10 November 5.30-7pm
Mankind has produced enough plastic to completely cover the country of Argentina – and only 8% of all plastic is ever recycled. We know that by 2050 there will more plastic in the oceans than fish. Uncovering Argentina invites artists to consider how we might begin to deal with our plastic problem, in a group show featuring 11 artists from the Blue Mountains, Sydney and Adelaide.
Exhibiting artists include: Heidi Axelsen, Georgia Blackie, Victoria Bramwell-Davis, Claire Brooks, Madeleine Chalfant, Saskia Everingham, Grace Hobson, Ona Janzen, Rachel Peachy & Paul Mosig, and Kevina-Jo Smith.