Win a T-shirt!

No featured woman today, just some shameless publicity for the “let us be up and doing” exhibition!

 

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Hello….this is me modelling (different!) the fabulous t-shirt.

The T-shirt you could WIN!!
A black v-neck t-shirt with the ‘let us be up and doing’ logo.

To win, take a photo of the exhibition at Parliament House, Adelaide between now and the 20th of March and upload onto one of the below social media sites with the hashtag #LetUsBeUpAndDoing

Facebook
Let us be up and Doing

Twitter
@BeUpAndDoing

Instagram
Jennie_Groom

T-shirts are also available for purchase at $25.00 plus $5.00 postage
(or free pick up in the city).  Email- jennie@portraitsofaustralians.com.au

 

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International Women’s Day ~ Week!

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Yes, International Women’s Day is so popular it goes for a week, possibly even two! For my part in this celebration, I have an exhibition to show you today, not only one Wednesday’s Woman but 11 of them!  This exhibition is on display currently until the 20th of March, 2016 on the Pillars of Parliament House, Adelaide.

About the exhibition
Let us be up and doing”  as quoted by Mary Lee, a suffragette who was instrumental in gaining South Australian women the right to vote which also resulted in South Australia being the first place in the world where women could stand for Parliament. This act was achieved in 1894.

Despite these progressive beginnings over one hundred years ago South Australia was the last state to elect a woman into State Parliament (1959) and still to elect a woman head of Government.

In a speech delivered to the United Nations when Emma Watson launched the ‘He for She’ campaign she stated boldly that equality isn’t just a woman’s issue anymore; it’s a man’s issue too. It is true that equality is a society issue and the support of men is needed to help women progress into the future with equal representation in Government. The support of men is needed so the next woman Prime Minister is treated with the respect that such a position merits.

Let us be up and doing” is a public artwork on view at  Parliament House Adelaide.  It pays homage to our deceased forbears using typographical artworks and exhibits contemporary portraits of a selection of former, female South Australian politicians from a cross section of parties.  “Let us be up and doing.” will remind people that women can and have made significant political contributions with lasting benefits to the entire community and that this is something that is achievable into the future.

Art and Design Concept
Influenced by the portraits of politicians from the 1900’s, we have chosen to step back to what South Australian Parliament could have looked like if women were elected in the early years. The portraits taken in this contemporary age are black and white overlaid with Illustrations of gold ornate frames symbolising a layer of history. They are a mix of oval and arch shaped frames.

Hand drawn typography of a similar era is used over the portraits for names and titles and achievements.  The women look stately, confident and happy, not too dissimilar to Mona Lisa.  This mix of the old and the new celebrates history, the present and brings us into the future.

The Artists and Sub-Committee
Jennie Groom – Photographic Artist, Creator and Project Manager
Maya Graham – Illustrator
Lisa Philip-Harbutt – Project Mentor
Steph Key MP – Ambassador and Advisor

The T-shirt you could WIN!!
A black v-neck t-shirt with the ‘let us be up and doing’ logo.

To win, take a photo of the exhibition at Parliament House, Adelaide between now and the 20th of March and upload onto one of the below social media sites with the hashtag #LetUsBeUpAndDoing

Facebook
Let us be up and Doing

Twitter
@BeUpAndDoing

Instagram
Jennie_Groom

 

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Portraits of Politicians on Pillars of Parliament

I would like to announce that my public art exhibition “let us be up and doing” will be back up and doing by popular demand.

Kindly supported by a grant from the Government of South Australia.

On the pillars of Parliament House, South Australia, 7th to 20th of March, 2016LUBUAD Final Invite copy

 

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“let us be up and doing” website

Watch this Space

 

In the words spoken by Mary Lee “let us be up and doing”, … that’s exactly what I’ve been doing to bring you something exciting in the next couple of weeks so stay tuned……

 

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Nici Cumpston – Achieving Artist

There is a saying “behind every good man is a good woman”, true, but I would also like to propose the opposite.  Behind Nici Cumpston, and many other successful Adelaide people including myself, is Andrew Dunbar, a man who gave so much to so many.  Andrew was a technically brilliant photographer and naturally talented photographic artist who recently lost his battle with cancer.

Photo by Jennie Groom © 2015
Photo by Jennie Groom © 2015

Nici fortuitously stumbled into working intensely with Andrew on an exhibition called ‘Nakkondi/Look’ for the 2000 Adelaide Festival of Arts.  One of Nici’s students was meant to collaborate with Andrew but pulled out with 6 weeks to go asking Nici to step in.  During this time Andrew’s inspiration changed Nici’s ideas of being an artist and a professional person forever.

She describes herself as “faffing about” before she met Andrew.  I personally wouldn’t have thought she was faffing about given that she had completed an Advanced Diploma at North Adelaide School of Art, worked for 6 years at SA Police as a darkroom technician (eye opening work!) and inspired fellow Aboriginal students at Tauondi Aboriginal Community College as a photographic teacher before she had even met Andrew!

Now, Nici is an achieving artist, known for hand colouring black and white photographs of Riverland landscapes but this is not all, Nici is the Artistic Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia’s ‘Tarnanthi’ a festival of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art.  She has worked hard since joining the Art Gallery as a trainee curator in 2008 to achieve her current position ironically in the same team as Andrew Dunbar’s sister, Tracey!  Her list of achievements is amazing, a very impressive Biography http://nicicumpston.com/p/cv.