Once Upon an Exhibition
Ambush Gallery, 2009
The following is an excerpt from the exhibition promo materials.
about the exhibition
Once Upon A Time….
Having held her own exhibition (partnered with Melbourne’s Ashlee Maegan) with an unfortunately low attendance, fine artist and community enthusiast Renee Baker of Sydney’s Art4Friends became strongly disheartened by the “Sydney Art Scene”. Via the blogosphere, Renee had heard of the vibrant and supportive artistic community within Melbourne, with a non-exclusive nature and high attendance regardless of the weather, she was disgruntled, irate and yep, even jealous.
In attendance that evening was Angela D’Alton, director and founder of Leeloo.com.au, the well-established online boutique, and known supporter of young, emerging Australian artists. With Renee’s work having already been featured as part of the Leeloo family for over 12 months, (combined with a large dose of empathy for Renee), Angela decided; what better way to combat these issues than by having our very own exhibition, the way we want to do it?
When these two powerhouses of ADD-type behaviour, coffee and internet addiction put their heads together, it was decided to hold the exhibition to celebrate Leeloo’s 2nd birthday, in one of Sydney’s best underground venues supporting struggling artists, aMBUSH gallery. Fast forward a few months, over 100 submissions and a lot of headaches later, Renee and Angela have curated 38 of the finest Australian artists participate in the Once Upon exhibition which will no doubt be a highlight on the Sydney art calendar.
Including frankie featured artists such as Catherine Campbell and Sarah McNeil, community favourites Caitlin Shearer and Kareem Rizk, Leeloo artists Bec Winnel and Ali J and a variety of talented newcomers and youngsters working in various media, there is bound to be something for everyone in this real life fairy tale of an exhibition.
Each artist has been allocated their own fairy tale to interpret, and 30 of the artists will create four original and new artworks to exhibit. Also due to the volume of submissions, we have created On The Wall, where a further 8 artists involved will submit one piece to be included.
Opening night will be Thursday November 19th 2009 at aMBUSH gallery from 6pm to 9pm, with the exhibition open daily from 10am to 5pm through to Sunday 22nd November. Artworks will be available for sale, and from Friday to Sunday there will be a Leeloo “pop-up store” for the public to have a hands-on look at some of our gorgeous online goodies. All walks of life are welcome, and we look forward to seeing you there!