Hi everyone, Ilona here!
I just wanted to say thank you so much to the TAR community for supporting my This Wild Song project over the years, and I’m thrilled to be sharing our first major Melbourne exhibition with you!
Join us this Saturday 1st September at the Town Hall Gallery for floor talks at 1pm and the opening 2-4pm. Hope to see you there!
There’s only 2 days left before the end of the financial year! Ilona is currently raising funds to help her host her biggest exhibition yet and it’s going to be such a special show.
It features her portraits of 26 artists accompanied by work by each of the sitters. There’s also a fantastic program of events including a live drawing installation and performance by Gosia Wlodarczak, a panel hosted by the Women’s Art Register and Maria from the Talking With Painters podcast will be recording live in the exhibition with artist Jacqui Stockdale!
Thank you so much to everyone that has contributed so far. All funds raised go towards covering the costs of the exhibition at Town Hall Gallery 1st September – 21st October. Along with sponsorship and support from the gallery, all exhibiting artists will get paid an artwork loan fee. Not only does Ilona want gender equality but for artists to get paid for their time and work.
So please, if you can, make a tax deductible donation and share the link with your friends to help Ilona smash her target! You’re not only supporting the artists in this exhibition, but all of the 100+ This Wild Song artists and helping us create change. Thank you!!
Our friend Celeste Chandler has a new exhibition ‘Ladies Night’ which will be opened by Professor Su Baker 5pm tomorrow at Nicholas Thompson Gallery!
Ilona recently photographed TAR Director Erika Gofton for her project This Wild Song with a gorgeous barn owl Lucy! Read Erika’s interview and see more of her work at https://thiswildsong.com.au/erika-gofton/
The Art Room is proud to be a prime sponsor of This Wild Song – a long term project by Ilona that celebrates Australian female visual artists through portraits, interviews, exhibitions and events.
TWS currently has an exhibition of small works by artists from the project showing at Gallerysmith. It’s a beautiful show filled with stunning work by 40+ artists. An online auction accompanies the exhibition and all proceeds are to fund sending TWS to Singapore for an exhibition at the Australian High Commission! The Singapore exhibition is curated by The Art Room tutor Merryn Trevethan, and runs 5-31 March.
Join TWS and celebrate the closing of the exhibition at Gallerysmith tomorrow 1-3pm! There’ll be drinks, nibbles, lucky door prizes including a 6 session pass from us!
Saturday 3rd February
1 – 3pm
170 Abbotsford Street, North Melbourne
Online auctions ends 3pm Saturday 3rd February
Coming up this Sunday as a part of Open Studios in the West! Join us for an afternoon of artist talks by Filomena Coppola, Erika Gofton, Cyrus Tang and Ilona Nelson. All are a part of This Wild Song, and all have studios based in the West!
It’s free to attend and no bookings required, all are welcome and the talks begin at 1pm sharp. Bring along your questions for a Q&A with the artists too!
And if you’d like to hear more about This Wild Song you can listen to Ilona’s recent interview on Radio National’s Books and Arts program HERE.
Here’s a great interview with Melbourne artist Mathew Quick where he speaks about his practice and how he transitioned into a full time artist, you can listen HERE.
Congratulations to Ilona Nelson for being selected as a finalist in the Martin Kantor Portrait Prize! Ilona’s portrait of artist Patricia Piccinini is from her This Wild Song project – a series of portraits and interviews with Australian women artists.
Exhibition opens and winner is announced 20th August, you can see all of the finalists works HERE.
It was so lovely to see our Open Studio Student Kate Ballis featured in The Design Files speaking about her new series opening at the Black Eye Gallery next week.