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February Exhibitions

  • First Coat Studios 6 Laurel Street East Toowoomba Australia (map)

Please join us for our first opening celebration of 2019! Featuring First Coat Studios resident artist group exhibition, 'Post Premises', curated by Grace Dewar and Laurie Oxenford in the Main Gallery & 'Distance' by Northern Rivers emerging artist, Mitchell Schulz in the Project Space.

FRIDAY 15th February, 7 - 9pm 
Bar supported by Stone & Wood Brewing.
The good times continue at Bar Wunder (424 Ruthven Street) from 9pm onward. 

Exhibitions are on display from 4th - 23rd December 2018.


‘Post Premises’ is a group exhibition celebrating 12 Australian artists and their collective responses to physical signs removed from their original context. Presented by First Coat Studios (4th - 23rd February 2019), ‘Post Premises’ discusses human interactions with everyday environments.

Using reclaimed exterior signage from Toowoomba’s iconic Metropole Hotel, First Coat Studios’ artists have considered these weathered objects, and their existing purpose, palette, text and surfaces as a point of departure for new work.

Through diverse contemporary practices in painting, sculpture, ceramics and video art, ‘Post Premises’ invites a dialogue between the object and the artist. Each sign has been altered or responded to, allowing for a slippage of ideas and a sense of play between the signifier (the physical sign) and the signified (the sign’s meaning).

Artists include Bronte Naylor, Catherine Parker, David Usher, Emily Young, Grace Dewar, Ian McCallum, Jade Courtney, Kirsty Lee, Laurie Oxenford, Linsey Walker, London Heir and Peta Berghofer.


'I relish in thinking about distance - whether it is measured or conceptual, undertaken or planned. These pieces of work are my journey into extrapolating why I am intrigued by it. 
My paintings are the result of research into the exploration by others; my photographs are moments where I have discovered 'distance' during my own exploration.' - Mitchell Schulz

Mitchell Schultz is a Northern Rivers based emerging artist. His works portray conceptual, expressive translations of the world and situations around him, be it place, person or object. Working across a variety of mediums; Mitchell's diverse practice is concerned with the creation of an image through immediacy, research and observation.

Drawing inspiration from the agricultural drive of his local landscape, machinery has become a recurring theme of Mitchell’s recent practice. Through theoretical analysis of such objects, the artist uses colour and shape to artfully portray his fascination with the function and practicality of these everyday machines- their complex simplicity, usefulness & ability to perform a task. 

Mitchell’s recent body of work ‘Distance’ juxtaposes floating phrases and disjointed imagery, creating kaleidoscope caricatures of exploratory space vessels. Using acrylic on paper; these works dance a fine line between beauty and chaos; however, it is the chaos that holds the viewer's attention and unites the compositions. There is a distinct open-ended quality to painted works as if the artist had suspended work to come back to it in the future - allowing the viewer to be immersed in the work, reaching a conclusion of their own. 


First Coat Studios hosts monthly art exhibitions with interest in fostering critical ideas and practices in contemporary art. Through inclusive and ambitious public programs, we celebrate hybrid arts experiences and nurture the role the arts plays in our local community. 


Image: 'Disovery' (2019), mixed media on 640gsm Hot Pressed Paper. 'Metropol Hotel' by Grace Dewar.***

Earlier Event: December 7
December Exhibitions