Awesome Arts 2017

Awesome Arts festival 2017 is happening now in Perth! If you have any little artists I highly recommend a trip to the Perth cultural centre for this beautiful celebration of arts for children.

In August this year I worked with Awesome Arts on the Creative Challenge program, in which artists work with students in schools in remote and regional WA. I was lucky enough to spend one week in beautiful Coolgardie Primary school and create amazing noise making machines with students in pre-kindy to grade 6.

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Window Gallery

If you happen to be wandering through the Hobart CBD, take a peek through the window of 71 Murray Street.

Ten Days on the Island is moving office, and they’ve let me have their front window while this space is in-between tenants!

Some Stars Wobble

Some Stars Wobble opens 6pm Friday 2 June at Sawtooth ARI in Launceston, Tasmania.

Here on the Earth we are never still. Imagine drawing a line in space that traces your location as you go round and round, as the globe spins on its axis, as the Earth orbits the sun, as the solar system revolves, slowly, around the centre of the galaxy. The hanging mobiles, installations and paintings exhibited in Some Stars Wobble examine the complex balance of a shared existence in the universe.

There are also three other exciting exhibitions opening at Sawtooth ARI on 2 June, check their website for full details.

Opening 6pm Friday 2 June
Exhibition runs 1 June – 24 June

Sawtooth ARI
Level , 160 Cimitiere St
Launceston Tasmania

Gallery Hours 
Wednesday to Friday 12 noon – 5 pm
Saturday 10 am – 2 pm

Stargazers

Star Gazing

Claire Pendrigh, Stargazing (Perseid Meteor Shower), 2016, still from digital animation

We are all made from star stuff, so is it really that surprising that so many of us look to the night sky and feel some kind of connection?

Everyone has access to the night sky, it can not be owned, annexed or restricted to a select few. Anyone can be a stargazer.

The points of light we see in the night sky are the centre of a great many stories; stories of culture, navigation, exploration, science, history and understanding. They have been used to pass on legends, moral tales, cultural histories, navigational routes, and scientific theories. They are bestowed with personal significance for individuals and groups of people.

Gazing into the cosmos reminds us that our existence is small. We share this tiny planet, surrounded by the infinite expanse of our universe. But our stories are important. They locate us within this expanse, and present a framework by which we can analyse and understand this position.

Stargazers is a project in which I hope to collect many stories about stars, and use them to create short animated works. These stories may encompass a wide variety of contexts including scientific, cultural, navigational, personal, anecdotal and historical, but they will all pertain to a specific point of light (or constellation) in the night sky. Ultimately, the stories will be linked together by a navigable sky map.

I am currently on the look out for stories and narrators! If you would like to get involved then please contact me. I am interested to hear all types of stories about stars, astronomical bodies, constellations etc. If your story is a good fit for the project then I will ask you to narrate it for me and email me the audio. I will then make a painting and an animation for your story.

Star Stuff

Claire Pendrigh, Star Stuff (Omega Nebula), 2016, still from digital animation

In Berlin

Studio

Welcome to my new studio space in Berlin at Studios ID!

Constructed in 1985, the Studios ID building is located within the former Operative Technical Sector, originally operated by the Ministry of State Security. This building was the Intelligence Department offices, and used to be responsible for the development, production and maintenance of all espionage equipment, including wiretapping devices, cameras, camouflage and monitoring instruments. Now it is home to around 200 artist studios like mine.

I will be working here for March and April 2016.

Knitglitch Blanket

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Knitglitch’s blanket is on exhibition at Bunbury Regional Art Galleries for the holidays! Visit it in the Archive Room installation space upstairs.

This artwork was created as part of the Awesome Arts Creative Challenge 2015; a program where artists are placed in schools in remote and regional Western Australia. Knitglitch (Claire Pendrigh and Dan Macnish) worked with students in years 1 – 6 in Bunbury’s Djidi Djidi Aboriginal School for one week.

Blanket is a soft, interactive interpretation of the environment of Djidi Djidi Aboriginal School. It is a collaborative artwork made by all the students (totaling about 70) who were involved in the Creative Challenge 2015.

A series of soft sensors made from wool and conductive thread play sounds created by the students when pressed. Explore the Blanket to experience Djidi Djidi Aboriginal School through the eyes and ears of its young artists!

Read more about the project at knitglitch.wordpress.com.

Christmas Shop

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Vessels, a series of small ceramic bowls, is currently at Bunbury Regional Art Galleries as part of the Christmas Shop exhibition. These works were created as part of my recent body of work Tea Seas, responding to time spent in Japan on a two month artist residency.

In this exhibition, the Vessles can be purchased individually at $20 each.

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