Sh(km)ART Group Show at A Gallery in Preston

The opening night for Sh(km)art on the 10th of December showed an array of Melbourne talent in a conceptually curated show, by gallery owner Sarah Hayes.

Described as “Shit art that is not really art that is originally from Kmart”, the exhibition gave artists the chance to manipulate and recreate objects sourced from Kmart into art pieces. These pieces, after opening night, will then be returned to Kmart stores where people connected to the gallery’s social media account can collect them in a first-in-best-dressed fashion.

Artists exhibiting in the show include Displeasing Designs, Gigi, Jessika K, and Emma. Her piece (untitled, 2016) was an altered triangular hanging shelf including lino-printed “tattoo flash”, which were studies for the Swanston Street Series.

To be involved go to A Gallery in Preston’s instagram account to find out where to collect the art pieces.

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Above photo by Anomaly Photography

Swanston Street Series Temporary Tattoo – Interactive Performance

At the 26th annual Meredith Music Festival Emma held the inaugural Swanston Street Series Interactive Performance. This was an unofficial performance, where festival goers  could interact with Emma’s 2D work on a different platform.

The Swanston Street Series is an ongoing project, which began in 2015 as a series of paintings created during a series of stays in Geelong’s Swanston Center (accute psychiatric facility). An exploration of emotions embedded in the tattooed skin of the institutionalized.

The paintings (and sketches) have been translated and developed into a collection of lino prints to be exhibited in 2017.

Some of the designs have been printed as “temporary tattoos” which were applied in an interactive performance piece by the artist.

For more info checkout the current projects page on this website.

Above photos by Jessika K, 2016

Panoply Opening at Metropolis Gallery Geelong.

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The opening event for Panopaly had a fantastic turn out, with a great response to Emma’s print, “Visual Biography of a Melbourne Teenager”, pictured above on the poster in the window of Metropolis Gallery.

Director of the Geelong Gallery, Jason Smith, launched the exhibition on opening night, expressing his support for the printmaking community of Geelong, and indicating that the Geelong Regional Gallery is hoping to expand their print collection in the coming years.

One framed and three unframed prints by Emma are available for purchase during the exhibition which runs until the 3rd of December.

Art is… Geelong Print Exchange

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The Opening Event for he 1st ART IS print exchange and exhibition is fast approaching. To see Emma’s submission come along on Thursday, December 1st at 5.30pm – 7:00pm.

Emma’s edition of hand-coloured lino prints are signed, sealed and delivered.

The piece, titled “Matata”, is a reflection of her time in New Zealand earlier this year. On this trip she produced many small sketches in a visual diary. This print is a translation of one of these sketches, re-imagined as a hand coloured lino print. The beach depicted was a coastal paradise; Azure blue ocean, volcanic islands on a horizon with a perfect sunset spanning the endless sky. The paired back colour scheme was a deliberate choice, representing the obscuring of memories over time.

A portion of the proceeds from the the print exchange will be donated to Bravehearts. This will help them to continue their wonderful work with children as they facilitate abuse prevention programs in schools in our area and across Australia.

PANOPLY Print Exchange

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PANOPLY is an exhibition curated by artist Rona Green, in which limited edition prints will be exchanged between 40 emerging and established Australian artists, with a diversity of ideas in a wide range of print media including linocut, woodcut, screenprinting, etching, mezzotint and lithography. This ‘print exchange’ will present one framed and three unframed prints by each artist, available for purchase on opening night and during the exhibition.


EXHIBITING ARTISTS: Emma Armstrong-Porter, Asphyxia, Anna Austin, Eolo Paul Bottaro, Lauren Carter, Jazmina Cininas, Paul Compton, Graeme Drendel, Philip Faulks, Amanda Firenze Pentney, Alex Game, Silvi Glattauer, Janet Goldman, Rona Green, Andrew Gunnell, Gregory Harrison, Carolyn Hawkins, Bill Hay, Julie Holmes, Anita Iacovella, Jessika K, Adrian Kellett, Julian Laffan, Marion Manifold, Pip Matthews, Olivia Mazzone, John McClumpha, Aaron McLoughlin, Glenn Morgan, Graeme Peebles, Catherine Pilgrim, John Ryrie, Gwen Scott, Josh Searson, Heather Shimmen, Glen Smith, Sophie Westerman, Deborah Williams, Joel Wolter and Keren Zorn.

Brunswick Street Gallery 40×40 art prize, 2016

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Emma is an entrant in the 2016 Brunswick Street Gallery 40×40 open-call art prize.

The show will feature an eclectic mix of artists and media, including the above two layer lino print by Emma.

Killing on the Spree, 2015, two colour lino print on cotton rag.

The opening event and prize announcements will be from 6pm-9pm,  16 December 2016.