Time to shift into Top Gear to celebrate the future of design and architecture at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) where, for the first time, an Australian art institution will showcase the Australian car industry.
Shifting Gear: Design, Innovation and the Australian Car will be on display at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Federation Square from 6 March 2015 to 12 July 2015.
From the days of the horseless carriage through to today’s refined and most efficient mean machine, this is the story of the designers and engineers who made the car industry in Australia so great.
Muscle cars, racing cars and performance vehicles will be on display alongside ephemera and memorabilia, employed to both uncover the stories behind the scenes and to help celebrate the most compelling moments in the history of Australian automotive design.
Enthusiasts will have a fabulous time.
Aussie icons like the FJ, the Chrysler Charger, and the Holden Monaro will feature alongside the great Aussie Ute, fair dinkum, an Aussie bloke’s style accessory. The Tarrant Roadster, the first petrol car produced for sale in Australia and demonstrate the remarkable design talents of those who sought to establish a car industry in this country. The two-seater roadster designed by Harley Tarrant was the first production car built in Victoria and first petrol driven car for sale. Then there isan Elfin Streamliner 1961, an integral part of an ongoing tradition of manufacturing since 1957 at the Elfin Sports Cars Company of Adelaide.
Tony Ellwood, Director, NGV, said, “Shifting Gear will be the first major exhibition of Australian car design and is exclusive to the NGV. As part of the NGV’s commitment to showcasing design this exhibition will uncover how the modern automobile is far more than simply a means of transport; it is a sophisticated design object that reflects contemporary aesthetics and social values.”
Opening Weekend: The Past Present and Future of Car Design will be under discussion. Such was their success overall that both General Motors-Holden and Ford have retained centres for design excellence in Australia, despite their companies ceasing to manufacture here.
Shifting Gear guest curator Harriet Edquist, Director of the RMIT Design Archives, commented that Australia has an astonishingly vibrant history of ingenious car designs. ‘The exhibition shows the diversity and ingenuity of Australian automobile design…’ said Professor Edquist.
Families and friends will be able to enjoy a great field trip day out together…
Labassa is a National Trust Australia (Victoria) house at North Caulfield in Melbourne that is fast becoming a favourite location for filming TV shows, for holding wedding ceremonies and for both professional and private glamour photo shoots. The ABC’s most popular woman detective has been in residence recently.
Labassa’s design style abounds in references to ancient Greece and Rome, while being infused with ornamentation from palazzo’s and villas in the Veneto in the north of Italy, to the chateaux of the Loire in France and from the glories of the English country house. There is also just a dash of nationalism infused at a time when Australia was busily federating for the future.
The National Trust is established in each state of Australia as an independent non-government group of organisations all championing and conserving Australia’s historic heritage.
They are supported by a large volunteer community base as well as sponsorship, donations, memberships and income from fundraiser events.
Before becoming writer and publisher for The Culture Concept Circle at Melbourne, Carolyn McDowall was core lecturer for a renowned Diploma Course: Evolution of Art, Design and Style in both Sydney and Brisbane 1992 – 2005.
This winter she has been invited to present a special six part series by the volunteer Friends of Labassa to assist in their fundraising efforts for National Trust Australia (Victoria).
Carolyn will design the series as an informative enjoyable encounter for participants with the evolution of art, design, music, fashion and style. If you join into this special event you will share fellowship with like-minded enthusiasts of our considerable social and cultural heritage and development.
Tantalising all the senses, the series will be held in the delightful Music Room at Labassa over six days 10:30 am to 2: 00 pm on Wednesday June 3, 10, 17, with a mid term break, and then on July 22, 29 and August 5, 2015.
Appropriately Carolyn will discuss the correlation between music and architecture and how the eternal harmony believed present in nature was reflected for centuries as composers produced amazing melodies that lingered long in lofty places.
Costing for this six-part course includes refreshments on arrival and a catered lunch in the Servants hall. The entire proceeds from those booking the series will be directed towards further restoration work at Labassa by the National Trust Australia (Victoria)
From the intimate world of the fashionable from classical antiquity to the courts and capitals of Europe and on to Australia today, Carolyn will discuss the many different influences on Labassa’s style development both inside and out, upstairs and down.
I think my Fashion Elixir readers will know that one of my favourite shoe boutiques in Sydney’s Surry Hills is the divine The Cook, His Wife and Her Shoes.
This is such a stylish corner of my suburb, I find myself gravitating towards it constantly.
I love seeing all the new collections when they arrive, so I was delighted to receive an invitation to a first hand preview of the excellent shipment of fantastic footwear for Spring 2015.
Guests were greeted by “the Cook” Alun, with either a gorgeous glass of Luc Belaire Rosé or Stolen Recipe iced tea and a stunning selection of Adora handmade chocolates.
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The heritage-listed Walter Burley-Griffin designed building, which houses the Incinerator Art Space in Willoughby, Sydney offers the community a hub for showcasing exceptional, innovative and timely visual arts exhibitions and associated events. Three trained architects exploring form and structure in different ways will showcase their works with an exhibition Intersections: The Art of Architects at the Incinerator Gallery 4 – 29th March, 2015.
Exploring architectural space using ceramics, sculpture and light the trio includes architect and model maker Simon Grimes who uses salvaged timber and metal to create his visions. Simon believes his works “…blur the boundary between art and architecture, distilling complex designs into abstract maquettes, and discovering unexpected relationships between spaces. Some are rustic, some detailed, but a common theme is the simple expression of material, showing the grain of timber, or patination of metal to pick out individual elements of the designs.High school students and adults are invited to complete an architectural model making workshop with Simon; Bookings essential
Simon created a shadow sculpture of metal letters at Coca Cola Place (Formerly Ark) an award winning high rise in North Sydney completed in 2010, reuses original letters from the Telephone Exchange the building replaced. They act as a shadow play on the wall in the lobby, creating a talking point while allowing for the literal exploration of the site’s rich history. The building acts as a mediator between radically different scales of the North Sydney CBD and surrounding residential precincts.
Sarah Fitzgerald distorts perceptions with her re-imaging of topography, where land and buildings meld. She likes “…to make abstract
paintings that draw on the language of architectural drawing. The large scale paintings and installations are an interpretation of a real place that exists, but the work is not a true representation or an accurate description. Rather it is a response to a specific site that has no discernible meaning; it comes from looking at the real and translating it into the imagined.
Sarah studied at the University of Sydney majoring in fine arts and psychology before studying architecture. Now majoring in painting at the National Art School, she is keen to pursue her interest in the history and theory of art particularly in relation to the notion of ‘place’ in contemporary society. Willoughby Council’s curator in a Free Artist and Curator Talk, will discuss with Sarah how she responded to the iconic Incinerator in her installation on Friday 20th March 1:15 to 2pm.
Investigating endless possibilities, a trained architect and ceramicist Natalie Rosen at a new show to be held in the Incinerator Art Space, Willoughby in Sydney during Art Month 2015. Natalie noted in her artist’s statement “By taking my practice in ceramics and selecting clay as a tool for design, I believe new architectural typologies regarding form can be found. When understanding clay’s limitations and working with these constraints, a playful and untold architecture is created. Bizarre, nonsensical spaces develop; maquettes of spatial ideas you can hold and feel in your hand”.
Natalie creates cityscapes from clay, moulding form and structure in an interesting array of buildings that are about exploring the boundaries of art and architecture. Model Cities for Kids is a workshops where children are asked to use their hands to model real and imagined places, spaces and environments with architect and artist Natalie Rosin. 11am to 1pm Sunday 22nd March 5 – 12 years Bookings Essential
Describing Space: Exploring Architecture for Kids is an excellent opportunity for kids 5 – 12 to learn from Sarah. Sunday 29th March 11am – 1pm Bookings Essential. Intersetions: The Art of Architects – 4th March – 29th March, 2015 – Incinerator Art Space, 2 Small Street, Willoughby NSW – Information and Bookings [email protected]
Shifting Gear: Design, Innovation and the Australian Car at NGV Australia in Fed Square, Melbourne, will soon host an array of cars designed by creative Aussies
Fundraising for National Trust in Victoria this winter Carolyn McDowall presents a short art design fashion and style series Veneto to Victoria Loire to Labassa
Leviathan about the fate of a few citizens not respected or valued, helps to prove the Director’s point the Russian state and its system, is a monster after all
Leonard Nimoy has ridden in his last space ship into the sky to become a forever-twinkling star on the firmament of the universe - prosper in paradise Mr Spock
Commencing 28th February, 2015 Nordic Cool: Modernist Design showcases decorative arts from NGV's own collection, including pieces by silversmith Georg Jensen