Tuesday, 30 November 2010
The team of people working with Illuminart and the Lights of Lobethal has grown in 2010, and we thank everyone who has been a part of the projects, past and present!
Victoria Harrison: Textile & Community Artist
Megan Collins: Research
Cindi Drennan: Project Director / Multimedia Artist
Anne Griffith: Textile & Visual Artist
Lachlan Tetlow-Stuart: New Media Artist
Jessica Foster: Interdisciplinary Artist
Karen Fennell: Textile & Visual Artist
Joel Panther: Multimedia Assistant
Maxine Herrmann: Community Liaison
Cindi Drennan is directing Illuminart’s creative contributions and enhancements to the Lights of Lobethal festival.
Cindi is a multimedia artist, producer and visioneer specialising in illumination & projection arts; her background in multimedia arts encompasses almost 20 years experience in film, digital animation, education & interactive media. In 2007 Cindi established Illuminart, a mulitimedia arts company known for high quality projection arts, architectural projection and audiovisual storytelling, including Harts Mill Inhabited for Port Festival 2009, and The Ribbon in Murray Bridge SA 2010. Cindi has produced & directed three hybrid media performances (Video Combustion 2000-2002 at Newtown Theatre & P-Space) & Sprocket (2004, The Studio Sydney Opera House) & Wish (2007 at Wollombi Sculpture in the Vineyards), & created an installation called PROMISE for the 2009 Sydney Festival.
Megan has worked within the community as a heritage and story researcher, to provide background information and coordination of the multimedia and projection displays in Lobethal.
Megan has lived in various locations with in the Adelaide Hills all her life, and has a strong interest in the arts and culture. Her studies include Event Design and Management, Community, Culture and Place, Managing Project Budgets, Marketing and Project Management and Interpretation. Her previous projects include a research project in 2009 with Department of Environment and Heritage and Flinders University Multi Media Faculty, to research Authentic Stories of Life in the Old Adelaide Gaol, South Australia.
Lachlan is working with Illuminart to add an interactive window display along Lobethal’s Main Street, which incorporates historical photographs and animation.
Lachlan Tetlow-Stuart is a new media creative director working across a range of creative disciplines; from interactive digital events and moving image works, to contemporary performance, theatre and public happenings.
As part of an ongoing creative investigation into a variety of interactive technologies he has created a range of works that have been exhibited and performed nationally. Producing and commissioning organisations for these works include the Next Wave Festival, Victorian Arts Centre’s Full Tilt, Federation Square, Electrofringe, Splendid Arts Lab and the South Australian Living Artist Festival and the Adelaide Feast Festival.
Lachlan’s performance based works includes The Short Message Service, video artist on Restless Dance Theatre’s Debute 2 andBedroom Dancing and assistant director on State Theatre of SA’s Triple Threat. From 2004 to 2008 he was a member of the Restless Dance Theatre ensemble, performing in six major works by the company including the award winning dance film triptych: Necessary Games.
Victoria has been working with Illuminart and the Lights of Lobethal to coordinate Lobethal Lantern making workshops with schools and community groups. Victoria is also involved in running the lantern makers stall.
Victoria lives near Lobethal and has been involved in the visual and performing arts community for many years. It has been her aim to encourage whole communities, from school age to seniors, to find their creative passion. She is currently teaching dressmaking and fashion design to children, teenagers and adults in my home studio.
Victoria’s recent community arts projects include: Skate Park Mural in Gumeracha, Flag Project in schools for the Lobethal Grand Prix Carnival and 6 Historical Events Murals at the Lobethal Mill Complex.
In 2008 and 2009 Victoria belonged to a co-operative gallery with a focus on workshops for children and adults where I ran school holiday sewing programmes and weekly dressmaking lessons. The gallery also ran other art workshops, held exhibitions and retailed retro clothing and collectables.
The Murals at Lobethal Mill Complex were commissioned by the Adelaide Hills Council, bringing together elderly residents and Lobethal Primary School students. The mural consisted of six panels depicting significant events which shaped the Lobethal Community. The mural is on permanent public display at the Lobethal Woolen Mills after being opened by the Arts and Education Ministers, John Hill and Jane Lomax-Smith.
Victoria has been an annual artist in residence at Sienna Girls College working with teenage girls as part of a Body Image program. With the girls she produced a number of sculptures and conceptual works dealing with the pressures of marketing and stereotypes that impact young girls. These are on display throughout the college. She has been artist in residence at many other South Australian schools facilitating creative projects and murals.
Anne has created a Giant Lantern, and will be involved in running the bicycle-powered lantern makers stall. Anne’s paintings are on display at the Amberlight Deli Cafe, Main St Lobethal.
Anne Griffith moved to Lobethal over 17 years ago, driven by the desire for her kids to grow up in a country town. She was keen for them to experience a small school, sense of community and being close to nature. She’s still here so it seems she found what she was looking for.
Anne describes her work as expressive rather than realist. Her current works consist of acrylics on canvas, watercolours and textiles including felting. There are a number of themes that occur in Anne’s artworks, which she feels have been consistently represented over the last 20 years.
The theme of water, illustrated by ethereal mermaids; sacred water gardens and vibrantly hued fish, symbolise the physical and spiritual nourishment we receive from water. The connections between the natural and the spiritual world are also represented.
Her flower studies explore the feminine through luscious blooming roses, sporing of seeds and creation of life. Her figure studies reflect the shadows and constraints, the social expectations and images of beauty that form our femaleness. She looks at the mythology of femininity, Goddess imagery, our connection to the earth and tree nymphs.
Consideration of the natural, the physical and the spiritual self underpins much of Anne’s art. She is interested in what completes us as a person and yet creates our inner conflicts, and as a woman, what influences our femininity.
Anne’s artworks are full of bright colours that exude a celebratory feel. She takes pleasure from creating pieces that have a positive, uplifting quality and says she feels happy when a painting goes to a good home.
Anne is not just an arts practitioner. It is difficult to separate Anne’s passion for creating art from her passion for teaching art. She firmly believes everyone has a creative spirit and it is important to find a way to express that creativity. Anne through her work with schools and the community is instrumental in assisting people to develop the practical skills to express their creativity. She says that it is her community arts involvement that she is most proud of.
Anne holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts (S.A.C.A.E) and a Diploma of Education (Flinders University). She is currently focused on working in Primary Schools as a classroom teacher and art specialist. She coordinates larger art projects such as murals and exhibitions with community groups. These have included a Health and Well Being Mural in the Hills and a series of panels for the Islamic Women’s Celebration. She also works independently for councils, libraries and community groups, coordinating art projects and conducting workshops in a variety of art media. Most recently this has included “Youth Week” at the Festival Centre, Family days at The Art Gallery of S.A., and school holiday programs for councils around Adelaide.
Karen says about herself:
I am an Adelaide Hills based artist.
Textiles have been a passion of mine since I was a young girl, the earliest memory being around the age of 6. Creative sewing has stepped me through many decades which brings me to where I am now. The only downfall is storing all that ‘must have’ fabric.
Sculpting and painting are also great loves. I studied the certificate IV in art, which was predominently clay based, finishing with distinctions and credits. My painting skills are self taught. I have exhibited my sculptures and paintings at numerous joint and solo exhibitions in the past, with hopes of many more.