Object-er Sarah has Mastered her art at NAS
Friday September 21 2012
Our friends at The National Art School enjoy legendary status as Australia’s longest continuing art school and in that, boast an impressive alumnus of acclaimed Australian artists. Add Master Ceramicist Sarah O’Sullivan to the list.
A recent graduate of the Masters of Fine Art program, Sarah thrives on challenging herself and her materials. By pushing and stretching ceramics to the limit, she has created her latest body of work to investigate how decoration is used in domestic ceramics to navigate relationships between people, and the natural Australian environment. Inspiration for the colours and textures were drawn from a three month internship that Sarah undertook at the end of 2011, in an indigenous art centre in a remote community.
Change is Afoot with Retail — & Collect is Having a Sale!
Thursday May 17 2012
Object’s 2015 Vision coincides with our upcoming 50th anniversary and is a reimagining of what kind of institution we will become and how we work in the future. It is also largely about securing a permanent home for Object that will allow us to be innovators in the way we engage with audiences. If you are unfamiliar with our 2015 Vision click here.
As we enter new and interesting times for the sector as a whole, Object has spent much time working with its passionate Board of Directors considering new models of operation that will work to support our ambitions for 2015.
One key change is the decision to suspend our current retail operation – Collect. This is certainly not a decision to stop retail activity; in fact it is what will enable us to become bigger and better at a potential retail venture in the future. The suspension of retail as we know it will provide us with the opportunity to explore and expand on new and innovative retail ideas.
Object & Collect Holiday Opening Hours
Monday December 19 2011
Amongst Christmas party shenanigans and end of year celebrations, we at Object are working furiously in the last days before taking a break. Importantly we’re preparing for our exciting new exhibitions opening in late January and squeezing the most out of our current shows here at Object and around the country.
Thank you for all of your support in 2011 and best wishes for a stupendous, silly season.
p.s. If you’re looking for some last minute stocking fillers, Collect continues to offer free shipping to anyone around Australia, so jump online today. For the local in you, drop in and see us here at Surry Hills. Just mention the Summer in Sydney Campaign to get your 10% discount.
Free Shipping from Collect Online for November.
Wednesday November 02 2011
To celebrate the coming of Christmas (already!), and the fact that after some technical difficulties our online store is back up and running, we’ll ship all orders from Collect’s online store for free! But only for orders placed in November, and only in Australia.
Collect, which has a physical incarnation at Object Gallery in Surry Hills, stocks a range of finely crafted objects for life. By shopping at Collect you’re helping to support Australian makers and designers, allowing them to make a livelihood from their activities. Besides, it’s all beautiful stuff — something to make everyone very happy come the end of December.
To take advantage of the offer you just need to head over here and type ‘November’ in the discount code field before proceeding to the checkout. Get ahead on your Christmas shopping and get some gifts that everyone will be happy with!
Thursday August 11 2011
I have a love for insects, they are beautiful and tiny and even though they roam around almost unnoticed, they are a big part of the environment and help out with the general maintenance of the earth.
Ants and bees are amongst my favourite, little hardworkers who make our life very pleasurable too, with pollination and honey.
In my ant-obsessed world I started making and drawing ants a little while ago, so when I discovered Sandra Bowkett, a Victorian-based artist who works with porcelain and creates these little marvels, my day for a little ray of light brighter. Her porcelain and ceramics range is made up of a bunch of different images that remind you of every day life. Porcelain brooches of insects and of course including ants. I confess that when I discovered them I gave in and got myself a double ant and a bee. The bee came in just yesterday and I jumped at it before we even put it out with the rest of her display (sorry, it was love at first sight!).
If you’re in Sydney, pop into Collect for some lovely insects and crochet – I guarantee you’ll love them!
Enter The Paper Attic
Thursday August 04 2011
Benja Harney’s Paper Creations
We are very lucky to be able to bring you an incredible show currently showing in Object’s Project Space. In connection with Sydney Design Week, Benja Harney, a well known and highly respected paper artist, brings to life objects that one might find in their attic. You will find an old wooden rocking horse, much loved ice skates, a discarded umbrella, piles of dusty books and even a mouse hole in the wall, all of which is intricately made out of paper. This exhibition allows viewers to marvel at Benja’s incredible talents for all things paper and reflect on their own personal hidden treasures they might have tucked away in the attic or under the stairs.
These objects have a certain nostalgia about then in their uncanny realistic nature. It feels almost as if you have stumbled upon them in their uncanny realistic nature. It feels almost as if you have stumbled upon hidden away treasures that bring back childhood memories.
On Ya Bike!
Wednesday July 13 2011
It’s time to jump on that bike and get out into the fresh air and explore Sydney’s art scene.
Cycling is a fun, healthy and sustainable way of getting around the city, and the craze is catching on. City of Sydney have been busy developing 10 local cycling routes, and Object Gallery is located in the middle of one of its most popular bike networks.
The Inner East Circuit has an abundance of cosy cafes, vintage shops and galleries, so you will be pressed for time trying to fit it all in!
Download your copy here, call 02 9265 9333 to have it posted to you, or better still come into Object and pick one up for yourself!
Paper Workshop with Bianca Chang
Monday June 13 2011
On Saturday June 4, Object was pleased to host a workshop ‘Works On Paper’ by Bianca Chang as part of the A4 Paper Festival (31 May to 5 June). Bianca is a Sydney-based emerging paper artist who taught the group techniques for creating layered paper sculptures – such as planning, plotting, and cutting. Although the A4 Paper Festival is officially over, you can check out the Paper Convention Collective website and blog here for more information on this group of artists dedicated to the documentation of paper expressions!
And for more papery goodness, we have copies of the first edition (May 2011) of Paper Runway Magazine, which is sure to inspire DIY crafty paper projects. Lastly, here are some of the lovely paper works from the pop up exhibition in the Manga Pod during the festival.
Monday June 06 2011
Showing Until 19 June
Well it sure is a woolly winter Tuesday here at Object! It’s been chilly of late, but we are cosy up in the gallery with the aid of our trust heaters and so there is definitely no excuse for not visiting us, especially with Annual Manual: A Guide to Australian Design Now in its final weeks!
This exhibition, curated by Office For Good Design, is a significant award show of Australian emerging talent. Eight outstanding finalists have been judged by a panel and the joint winners, Daniel Emma and Thomas Llewellyn, have been awarded the opportunity to have a solo exhibition in Object’s Project Space in 2012. Apart from the finalists, there are also 10 more names to watch playing on the gallery AV. You will have to come in and see the pieces for yourself, but for now here are some pictures that show the breadth of design in this show.
Saturday May 21 2011
Ok so winter is here! What you need is a nice cup of tea, a good book and a toasty fire to curl up in front of. Failing that, we do have some very exciting new ceramics and textiles that we promise will make the transition from autumn into winter a little easier. As the weather gets colder the best thing to do it surround yourself with comfy, cosy things and definitely drink lots of tea!
The ever popular hand thrown terracotta and earthenware serving bowls by Cath O’Gorman are back in Collect. These gorgeous colours are the ideal thing to brighten up your days this winter.
The new range of handmade Crazy Paving Coasters and Table Mats from Gaye Abandon are perfect for winter time. They are 100% wool, made from upcycled felted jumpers. Starting at $42 for a set, they are heat resistant, reversible and just what winter called for.