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BigCi Artist Residency – Duly Priced Drink


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Key dates

Orientation Day                                      08 July 2017
Workshop Dates                                     09 – 18 July 2017
Workshop Dates                                     18-24 July 2017
Collaborative Image Formation           10 July 2017
Artist Talks                                               06 July 2017
Event Launch + Performance Event    30 July 2017

Bookings & Contact Information

What is the Project all About?

For the month of July the DPD team; Monique Bedwell, Catherine Thickette and Katherine Kennedy will be conducting a series of workshops during a four week artist residency at Bilpin International Ground for Creative Initiatives. BigCi Website

The concept for Duly Priced Drink revolves around the idea of ‘the workshop’. We aim to create a symbiotic environment within which the roles of facilitator and student blur, creating a platform for equality through skill and idea sharing. This making environment is considered equally important to the outcomes.

The choice of a winter residency is significant as we intend to come together to drink hot beverages and make art and we hope that the use of real world, drinkable consumables associated with interaction will act as a catalyst for the intended discussion. Using such products as a mode of expression also forges connections between that artist and the world, as real consumable goods not normally associated with creative expression are engaged with in entirely new and surprising ways.

Creative Outcomes

There are three intended outcomes of Duly Priced Drink; these are a wall installation, a book, and a performance. The wall work and artist’s book will be created using prints produced during our workshop sessions and those interested in performing may be selected for the closing ceremony event.

Workshop Participation

Each member is required to purchase a kit bag $20 which they will use on the day, and may be taken home after the workshop – we only ask that we may retain at least one finished image board from each participant to use toward the final exhibition. This way, each participant can take every single print they achieve during the course of their workshop instead of a cardboard that they can’t use unless they have a press. Come to the workshops dressed for mess!

How to find BigCi

82 Hanlons Road (North) Bilpin NSW.

Driving from Sydney on Bells Line of Road (The Botanist Way)? Turn RIGHT into Hanlons Road straight after Mountain Lagoon Road, which is well marked. The closest train station is Richmond

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Posted by on April 9, 2017 in COMMUNITY, PRINT MAKING


Studio Sale – Sat & Sun 26-27th November 2016


Please send me a message with your return email address if you would like to come along to this sale on the weekend.

At this end of year studio clear-out I will have some brand new drawings for sale from my latest residency in Fowlers Gap, Broken Hill NSW. I will also have some works from my Counterbalance series and countless other limited edition hand made prints, drawings, paintings, sculptures and more. There will also be some other textile products (designed and sewn by Susan Leask) that have  been extremely popular at the market sales of late. Fabric products include serviette covers, aprons in all sizes from toddler to adult and extra large, tissue box covers, cushions and more. A large portion of these items feature hessian for a more rustic appeal and even the bar stools that I have covered with this fabric looks great.




Thanks to Photographer and Zine maker extraordinaire, Robert Musgrave, we have our very own IDENTIFY zine!

Now this publication is not to be confused with an exhibition catalog as this will be separately provided within the exhibition space, listing the complete array of works on show. This zine is however a lovely insight and introduction to the artists and their varied responses to theme and of course some art-work-teasers.

IDENTIFY is an exhibition of printmaking and ceramics but with a few surprises in store for those who visit the show at Monster Mouse Studio, Maud Lane, Marrickville. IDENTIFY officially opens at 6pm Sunday 27th September by guest speaker and printmaker, Michael Kempson.


If you want your own copy of this zine, simply save this file to your own computer, open and print it double sided and in colour, fold and staple!

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Posted by on September 22, 2015 in COMMUNITY, EXHIBITIONS, PRINT MAKING


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IDENTIFY: Performance by Stella Chen

“The vessel of nature”, Stella Chen (2015), performance and ceramics

Taiwanese born painter, printmaker and ceramicist, Stella Chen is serious about her craft/(s). When asked if she has a preparation ritual before a performance, Chen explained, in real-time, as she is currently preparing for an exhibition opening (6pm, Sunday 27th September) for IDENTIFY (27th to 30th September at Monster Mouse Studios, Marrickville);

I am actually on a detox program to prepare my body for the performance. As a performance artist, it is only ethical for me to utilise my body in its best form without any distraction, especially food. There were four full days without any solid food, and then I allow myself to consume some plain biscuits.

Although this seems particularly disciplined and insular, Chen follows a classic Chinese epistemology, whereby ‘each person’s self-awareness was based upon a holistic understanding of the world, which was structured as an interactive relationship between humanity and nature (tianren heyi 天人合一)’ (Stanford 2014). Here Chen understands ‘nature’ as “our bodies as vessels for the food we consume. In its purest form, food comes from the earth and embodies all its goodness and imperfections. We become what we eat; our bodies are vessels that contain nature itself” (Chen 2015). Refer again to the mentioned epistemology and suddenly an exploration of food consumption is the perfect anecdote for a philosophy where, ‘the unity of all cosmic beings was seen in terms of the organismic and dynamic wholeness of nature and society’ (Stanford 2014). Chen summarises this as ‘how we go about our lives, our interaction with nature and in particular our sources of food, forms the very essence of our being’.

IDENTIFY merges printmaking and ceramics in an expanded field, featuring, installations, audio-visual, 2D and 3D prints and Chen’s performance, The Vessel of Nature. Chen will be introduced at the official opening of IDENTIFY by Michael Kempson, Director of Cicada Press and Course Convenor of Printmaking University of New South Wales Art & Design, Sunday 27th September at 6pm. Chen was also recently selected and shown at Gaffa for the Yen Female Art Award 2015. See this link for further details;

Stanford Encyclopeadea of philosophy 2014, The Metaphysics Research Lab, Center for the Study of Language and Information (CSLI), Stanford University, accessed 19 September 2015,

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Posted by on September 20, 2015 in COMMUNITY, EXHIBITIONS, PRINT MAKING


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Featured article: CORE & IDENTIFY

Arcadia: ARC, UNSW Student Life @ ART & DESIGN. (Article written by Lucinda Davison)

Arcadia: ARC, UNSW Student Life @ ART & DESIGN. (Article written by Lucinda Davison)

This article assembled by Lucinda Davison, checks in on the ‘granted’ CORE exhibition event at Waiheke Community Art Gallery, July to August 2015. As I had an application in at the time of the interview for this piece, Davison mentioned the upcoming IDENTIFY exhibition to be held at Monster Mouse, Marrickville NSW as well. IDENTIFY has since received a contribution as well!

IDENTIFY official invitation

IDENTIFY official invitation




IDENTIFY OFFICIAL OPENING: 6pm Sunday 27 September 2015

EXHIBITION DURATION: 26 to 30 September 2015

GALLERY OPEN: 10am to 4pm daily

Monster Mouse Studios (Cypher Gallery)
21 Gerald Street Marrickville
(Entry via Maud Lane)

Maud Lane – Gallery Main Entry


Want to meet the artists outside of the crazy opening night madness?

Want to meet the artists outside of the crazy opening night madness?

Incoming schedule of times the artists themselves will be at Monster Mouse

Michael Kempson, accessed 8 September 2015,

Image: Michael Kempson, accessed 8 September 2015,

Michael Kempson,
Course Conveynor Printmaking and
Director of Cicada Press


The following artists have been selected to feature as Printmakers in the upcoming exhibition IDENTIFY from both the University of New South Wales Art and Design (UNSW) student body and Hawkesbury Printmakers Incorporated (HPI).

Doug Schofield (UNSW)
Franz Anthony (UNSW)
Joy Creed (HPI)
Kata Komlos (UNSW)
Laura Perrit (UNSW)
Mellissa Read-Devine (HPI)
Negin Chahoud (HPI)                                                                                                       Nick Santoro (UNSW)
Olivia Wilson (UNSW)
Rachael Prosser (UNSW)
Rinaldo Hartanto (UNSW)
Sarah Bradbury (UNSW)
Sheila Sharp (HPI)
Ulla Abildgaard (HPI)

“The vessel of nature”, Stella Chen (2015), performance and ceramics

The following ceramic artists have been selected to feature in IDENTIFY
Linda Seiffert (Blue Mountains, NSW established artist)
Sarah Frances Bradbury (UNSW)
Shiling Wu (UNSW)
Stella Chen (UNSW)
Be sure to come along to the opening on Sunday 27 September for live and recorded performances from this four of exceptional artists exploring contemporary ceramics in an expanded field.

Exhibition Premise
IDENTIFY will feature established and emerging Australian artists, students and hobbyists in the fields of expanded ceramics and printmaking from within the University of New South Wales Art and Design (UNSW) student body, Hawkesbury Printmakers Inc (HPI) members and a Blue Mountains based ceramicist. The intention behind merging communities set apart both geographically (however within NSW) and professionally (student, emerging, established, hobbyist) exists out of curator Katherine Kennedy’s relations with both locals and peoples and the desire to see them benefit one another via exchange.

The selected artists, in response to the theme IDENTIFY, have submitted diverse works with two and three dimensional printmaking, suspended ceramics,  a live performance on opening night by Stella Chen, “The vessel of nature”, a recorded musical performance and physical installation by Shiling Wu, “Throwing notes” and an introductory speech by leading Australian (and world renowned) printmaker and UNSW Art and Design faculty member, Michael Kempson.

By including both the honorable guest speaker and performance in the opening night and exhibition program, this ‘prompts meetings and invites appointments, managing its own temporal structure’ and emphasizes ‘the growing importance of the opening as part of the exhibition program’ (Bourriaud 1998, p. 30). So do please come along and enjoy the ephemeral/fleeting nature that such an event produces.


Bourriaud, N 1998, Relational aesthetics: foreword, accessed 17 August 2015,
p. 30)



Weekend Heralds: New Zealand (July 18, 2015)

Art Matters: ‘Tight – Knit band pushing limits’ by Nick Atkinson

This is an amazing write up for CORE, an exhibition of Australian printmakers now showing at Waiheke Community Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand. CORE ends, 17th August 2015.

Rew Hanks, 'Rabbit Pie', lino-cut.

Rew Hanks, ‘Rabbit Pie’, lino-cut.

Please click on this link to open the pdf!