Art and Ideas Blog: A Girl Mad as Birds
I've recently launched my wordpress blog, A Girl Mad as Birds at www.racheljoyartist.wordpress.com so you can keep up to date with all my ideas about art and politics and what is informing my work at the moment.
Rachel has been awarded the contract to build the shadow puppets for Opera Victoria's production Master Peter's Puppet Show. Based on an episode from Don Quixote, Master Peters Puppet Show delves into the minds of the protagonists, as lines are blurred between reality and fiction. Victorian Opera, in collaboration with Black Hole Theatre takes the concept of a show within a show one step further. Pre-production begins in March and the season runs from Aug 15-22 2012. Tickets are available through ticketek or the Opera Victoria website.
Solo Show FundaMattel: If Barbie Wore a Burqua opening Feb 16
I'm excited to announce the opening of my first solo show for 2012. FundaMattel: If Barbie Wore a Burqua will open on Feb 16 at the beautiful heritage listed Firestation Print Studio in Willis St Armadale Melbourne. The show runs from the 15th to the 25th of Feb, gallery hours are wed-sat 11-5.
Residency at Courthouse Arts: December 2011
Rachel is currently Artist in Residence at Courthouse Arts in Geelong where she has been commissioned to build a sculpture for the new building and conduct a series of workshops. For more info visit www.courthouse.org.au
Colonial Architecture at National Wool Museum
Rachel is pleased to install Colonial Architecture at the National Wool Museum in Geelong. The work will be in place until late August 2011.
International Puppet Theatre Festival Taiwan 2010
Rachel has recently returned from Kaohsiung, Taiwan, where she was lead builder for Snuff Puppets theatre company's People's Puppet Project. Rachel facilitated workshops where members of the local community built giant puppets and devised a performance based on stories common to Kaohsiung. The show was a great success, with the puppets becoming festival favourites and many people excited to be photographed alongside them. To view pictures of the puppets see the "giant puppets" section of this website.
Rachel returns to Wilurarra Creative
Rachel Joy is excited to be returning to the community of Warburton in the Western Desert W.A. for a second artists residency with Wilurarra Creative. She will be working with the community throughout July 2010.
Rachel Joy awarded Australia Council Artstart Grant
In June this year Rachel was awarded a $10,000 Artstart Grant by the Australia Council. She will use the money to build a successful carrer in the visual arts. More specifically this will involve "tooling up" her sculpture and printmaking studio, thus allowing her to develop large-scale projects that have previously remained unrealised. The grant will also enable Rachel to engage a mentor and attend training workshops and seminars as well as artfairs and other important arts networking events. She is looking forward to the huge difference the grant will make to her practice.
New Installation "wood for the trees" is part of Anode Festival
Opening on Fri 30th of October, Anode Festival is a multiarts festival being held at new Melbourne project venue 1000 Pound Bend 361 Little Lonsdale st City (just south of Elizabeth st). As part of Anode I will be presenting (alongside others) a new installation called "wood for the trees". This work is a lifesized ghostly forest and explores the complex relatonships we have with notions of belonging to community or feeling outside of it. A special opening for this work is scheduled for sat 31st of October from 3pm-5pm. The venue is open weekdays from 8am-8pm and on weekends from 11am-8pm. Entry to the exhibition is free.