During May we were proud to present two solo exhibitions featuring local artist, Natasha Wills ‘Nothing But a Personal Mythology’ in the Main Gallery and Cairns-based artist Harry Bate ‘Chopping the Deadwood’ in the Project Space.Read More
During April First Coat Studios presented to solo exhibitions from local, female artists: ‘Rainy day, cloudy day or sunny day' by Chelsie Luck & 'She's been here before' by London Heir.Read More
For our March Exhibitions we celebrated the opening of two new solo exhibitions from visiting artists. American-Australian Ipswich based artist Gary Abkin presented ‘Australia and Australians’ in the Main Gallery and Murgon-based Murri artist Kane Brunjes presented ‘Overflow’ in the Project space. Guest musicians Sherman and Field, a duo from the Ipswich region, performed on opening night.Read More
To begin the 2019 First Coat Studios program we celebrated the opening of a 12 artist group show ‘Post Premises’ in the Main Gallery and solo exhibition, ‘Distance’ by Northern Rivers based artist, Mitchell Schultz in the Project Space.Read More
FCS artist, Peta Berghofer has spent the end of 2018 preparing for her solo exhibition at the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery.
'Commonplace' explores the synthesis of sculptural and functional ceramics and is on show until 3 February 2019.Read More
On December 7 we celebrated our final opening celebration of the year featuring 'More More More', our annual group show & 'Weather Lore' by Redcliffe based artist Belinda Sinclair.
Bar supported by Stone & Wood Brewing.
Exhibitions are on display from 4th - 15th December 2018.
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'More More More' Group Exhibition
Co-curated by Emily Young & Linsey Walker, 'More More More' is First Coat Studios' annual group show featuring emerging and established artists from the Toowoomba Region. A fundraiser for our 2019 Public Programs, ’More More More’ features 40 artworks, received by donation and priced to sell (all works available for under $200).
Exhibiting artists include: Aileesha Detmers, Andrew MacDonald, Catherine Parker, Chelsie Luck, Crystal McLachlan, Dan Elborne, David Usher, Davina Else, Del Baldoviso, Emily Young, Emma Shepherd, Fiona Cockfield, Frank Lee Frivolous, Georgia Breedon, Ian McCallum, Jade Courtney, Johanna Park, Karri McPherson, Kirsty Lee, Kyle Jenkins, Lauren Covely, Laurie Oxenford, Linsey Walker, London Heir, Miranda Sampson, Monica Usher, Natasha Wills, Nathan Hass, Peta Berghofer, Peter Osborn, Rora Elwell, Sandy Pottinger, Sarah Ryan, Stephen Spurrier, Sue Lostroh, Sue McMaster, Tarn McLean, Two Anonymous Artists & Ute Braatz.
First Coat Studios is a non profit, volunteer run and creative led outfit. Our annual fundraiser directly supports our 2019 Public Programs – preview our plans for next year here: www.firstcoatstudios.com/programs
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Belinda Sinclair 'Weather Lore'
Belinda Sinclair is a Redcliffe based Visual Artist and Printmaker with a focus on photo-media. Inspired by the landscape Belinda's work engages with spirits of place to explore states of unease and disquiet against the backdrop of an increasingly complex world.
Earth and Sea, spirits at the edge of the unseen, 'Weather Lore' is a suite of images engaging the viewer in place and magic. Navigating the space between people, environment and time, images emerge in the twilight and in the liminal spaces of the sea in its tides, here messengers of the air strike their pose, boundless upon the earth.
Evolving from a significant interest in science fiction, folklore and the occult, Sinclair’s works serve as portals into her inner world building and utopian praxis. Engaging with symbolic play, observation and the interaction between the human and the more than human, the photogravures featured in Weather Lore developed over a turbulent two year period defined by fire, storm and flood; and represent the beginning of a new chapter in Sinclair’s practice.
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‘All of the Time’, by Bronte Naylor, is an exhibition that uses the ‘collage’ as a strategy to develop aesthetic stages allowing the series of multidisciplinary works to both recall and manipulate images, holding them in varying states of real and artificial realities. The works collectively explore two notions: the quality of memory and secondly its ongoing continual state in a personalised engagement. The accuracy of our memory recall, as we know, is anything but linear. Instead as time passes the common accepted theory is that our memories fade over time and we can’t remember the finite details of what once was experienced. However through the use of the ‘collage’ this exhibition is saying that what actually occurs when we recall past memories (and those images attached) is a strengthening of that which is remembered because it becomes empowered by the fact that it is now not hidden amongst extraneous imagery. Through the pairing back of time as an internal filter, it allows each of our personalise memories to become a strengthening of fragments that aren’t actually ‘fragments’ but instead the actual core of the memory – the true essence of what it really is.
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'I draw and paint what are largely thought to be self portraits; androgynous staring faces, characters at home in their ambiguous surrounds either confronting or completely indifferent to their audience. In recent times I have been trying to re-examine why these images come from me, and how.
Studying art through kaleidoscopic reproductions on our phones can suggest an even playing field for artists; same tools, same audience, same scoring system. Lashings of likes from ambitious players can influence and direct content and creation. I am trying to turn back the clock and turn out the lights. Making art fun again is my key ambition with this show. By attempting to exhibit process over product I hope to get comfortable as an artist again and have an excellent time.' - Alice Rigby
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Presented by First Coat Studios, AL-TER is a collection of new sculptural forms by Australian artist, Laurie Oxenford. Her third solo exhibition for 2018, Oxenford continues her ongoing exploration of repositioning found objects and recycled industrial materials in a gallery space. AL-TER discusses the purpose of materials and objects, especially those whose sole purpose is to construct such spaces as the gallery, and how they can be contextualised as art within that same environment. In doing this she draws upon ideas and processes explored in the Minimalist, Assemblage and Arte Povera movements.
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‘NOT EVIL ENUF’ is the perpetual, abyssal descent into the theory of mind. Deluded by the notion of a universal consciousness that is shared by all living entities, ‘NOT EVIL ENUF’ is an attempt to explore the fundamentally darker aspects of what it means to be human. Questions without answers. Wisdom without experience. Death without Life.
Presented by the Empire Theatre and curated by Australian producer, Kirsty Lee, Brief Encounters – Toowoomba took to the stage over two evenings to challenge both artists and audiences to think beyond traditional limitations of performance.Read More
Toowoomba ceramicist, Peta Berghofer talks about her new collection, ‘Housebound’ and her upcoming Abstract Vessels workshop.Read More
In this exhibition, “Deeply disturbed and surprisingly functional”, Giles and Mulder aim to deliver concepts that relate to disturbances in the human experience. It is safe to say that each person carries the remnants of various life occasions, both good and bad. The flippant reference to being “disturbed” yet functioning, suggests that humans are mostly functional, burying our darker moments. It lingers as we go about life. In this exhibition, the artists scratch at these deeply embedded components through imagery, metaphor and abstraction.
In the book The Art of Travel, Alain de Botton describes how he resolved to travel to the island of Barbados after receiving a brochure with an image that reminded him of William Hodges’ painting, Tahiti Revisited (1776). A mere photograph of a ‘palm tree gently inclining in a tropical breeze’ created a fantasy that was complete within de Botton’s mind. Similarly, many of Fiona Cockfield's fantasies have been sparked by the most simple experiences, ideas and imagery, forged from reality and re-created as her own fantasy. This concept is the premise for Postcards from Italy.Read More
Jess Milne is a Melbourne based conceptual and abstract artist whom recently facilitated an experimental drawing workshop at FCS. Participants used found materials as they experimented with line, form and texture.Read More
Melbourne craft-based designer, Kitiya Palaskas lead a group of participants through felt wall-hangings, while engaging in conversation about her practice, background, and what it is actually like to be a crafty creative in a digital age.Read More
Peta Berghofer is a resident FCS ceramicist creating abstract functional and sculptural works. Peta facilitates frequent clay workshops were participants are welcome to explore their own creativity in a friendly environment.Read More
FCS artists and friends recently hosted our first Happening – a Creative Long Table. Tables with set for an open, potluck-style event for Toowoomba’s creative community.Read More
A Social Object. is a collaborative exhibition by Australian artists, Ellie Farrington, Grace Dewar, Kirsty Lee, Laurie Oxenford, Peta Berghofer, Rianna Hollsten-Provenzano and Theresa Hall. Presented by First Coat Studios (7th - 25th August 2018), A Social Object. positions the artist collective as a shared resource to provoke a new point of departure for art making.
'[our] coming of age' is the debut solo exhibition of Australian movement artist and videographer Kirsty Lee. With a collection of new digital works, Lee forays into the world of video art with an installation that challenges our understanding of storytelling.Read More
Ikebana expert, Sue Poole talks to us about her passion and experience with the Japanese art of flower arranging.Read More
Resident First Coat Studio ceramicist, Peta Berghofer answered some questions for us ahead of her third Forn and Function workshop.Read More