Amanda Marburg Education Space
Following the success of the 2010 Education Space, the Melbourne Art Foundation proudly presented the Amanda Marburg Education Space for Melbourne Art Fair 2012.
The Amanda Marburg Education Space facilitated public discussion and developed new audiences for contemporary art by providing a fun and active learning space and a significant opportunity to engage directly with, and learn from, practising artists.
Amanda Marburg's artistic practice includes model making, photography and painting. Marburg begins by photographing images with the photographs becoming the basis for building individual models from plasticine. The models are then photographed and are used as the inspiration for Marburg's paintings.
The project involved four emerging and senior Australian artists, facilitating audience responses to the work. The audience was encouraged to add to Amanda's artwork using plasticine, developing an ever changing and growing work over the days of the Fair. The supportive and accessible environment encouraged people of all ages to 'make their mark' and empower them to actively engage with the artists and their surroundings, learning through experience and process.
The contributing artists who assisted Amanda Marburg were Kate Smith, Sam George and Colleen Ahern.
Kate Smith is an artist based represented by Sutton Gallery, Melbourne. Kate is a painter whose work sometimes has a three-dimensional quality, incorporating small works on canvas-board, ephemera, paint-spattered fabric and clothes, and sculptural objects that are part prop, part artwork. Her work interweaves visual references to art history through a personal lens.
Sam George is alive and works in Melbourne. She enjoys making work and making work with others.
Colleen Ahern is currently represented by Neon Parc Gallery, Melbourne. Colleen is a painter whose work predominately explores notions of identity, through the use of iconic popular imagery, relying on shared experience, pilgrimage and the crowd.
Amanda Marburg is represented by Rex Irwin Art Dealer.
Image: Amanda Marburg Giving The Devil His Due 2004 (Installation view)
Oil on Canvas
Image courtesy of the artist and Rex Irwin Art Dealer
Lecture and Forum Program
Melbourne Art Foundation also presents a Lecture and Forum Program during the week of the Melbourne Art Fair to promote education, discussion and interest in contemporary art. The Lecture and Forum Program has become an essential component of the Melbourne Art Fair attracting artists, curators, art students and gallerists, as well as interested members of the public.
Guided Art Tours
Free guided tours of Melbourne Art Fair exhibitions are conducted daily on the hour from 12.00pm.
Free on entry to Melbourne Art Fair.
Richard Larter Education Space 2010
Melbourne Art Foundation presented a unique Education Space for Melbourne Art Fair 2010. Figurative and abstract works by a leading Australian artist Richard Larter were wallpapered onto the walls of the Richard Larter Education Space, and emerging and senior Australian artists facilitated audience responses to the works.