Art Exhibition 2022: Open from October 31
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At the beginning of this year Bayley House artists were able to gather and connect in person for the first time in many months. Together, they took part in a vote to decide on a theme that could steer this year’s exhibition. After experiencing the many challenges that CoVid19 brought to us all, the theme of ‘Connection’ resonated with many and became a focus for art-making. As a result, this exhibition is a space to make visible our questions, thoughts, and conversations about how we connect.
Before creating these artworks, we walked, explored movement, shared stories and special objects, visited personally significant places, had conversations, and journaled, using these activities as catalysts for deeper reflection. Through creating these artworks, we have come to know more about how we feel connected in the world and each other. As we connected through art-making, some dominant themes emerged. These included connection to our community, nature, special relationships, places we live and sharing food. While themes did emerge, it is significant to note that many of the artworks hold deeply personal stories. In making the artworks our artists experimented with variety of different modes. These included collage, watercolour, dyeing, stitching and textiles work, acrylic and oil painting etc. We aim for these artworks to act together to create a feeling, raise new questions and honour feeling connected.
In ode to the many themes and experiences artists explored this year, we share with you a list of words they identified to describe connection for them:
Family, friends, cake, recipes, café, tea-time, coffee, nature, flowers, neighbourhood, community, sea-side, animals, pets, love, cake, library, street, feelings, farm, culture, football, music, home, romance, travel, bowling, dog, cooking, buildings city, swimming, laughter, markets, fairs, feeling safe, local, teamwork, movies and TV shows, memories, shops, farm, AFL, bus, hearts, hands, beach, trust, valued, joyful, group…
You can view the collection in person at Bayside Corporate Centre in Sandringham.