Inside Cinema vs Parallel Universe, 2020. Installation view
Step inside and experience the fantastical world of movie characters, superheroes, timescapes and the solar system. Become an audience member inside our cinema of the imagination and unexplained.
Over five weeks, 13 artists worked together to create new work in a pop-up supported studio at Griffith Regional Art Gallery.
A supported studio is a place where learning-disabled and neuro-diverse artists can be ambitious, make their own decisions, collaborate, develop their skills and be supported to make excellent art.
The artists worked with curator Sarah McEwan, from the Cad Factory, to dream up the installation.
Artists and Team
Annelise is a drawer who creates small characters and figures inspired by animals and natural elements. She meticulously chooses the colours for her works and is extremely detail oriented. Annelise featured illustrations at Halfway Print Festival 2020.
Brad Wilson is both a drawer and painter from Barellan NSW. Brad is interested in portraiture and depicting regional landscapes. Brad creates expressive representations of what he sees. Over the years Brad has won many art competitions and exhibited in various exhibitions across the Riverina.
Brendan Connors is an artist who likes to play with his friends, and paint.
Jacko Meyers in an artist and performer from Wagga Wagga who creates quirky paintings, drawings and performances about pop culture, Australian TV soap operas, her family and friends. Meyers is a visible leader, having been featured in documentaries and short films, along with performing in experimental site–specific artworks, traditional theatre plays, and holding numerous group and solo exhibitions. Meyers was an Ambassador for Don’t Dis My Ability in 2013. Since 2016 Meyers has been a member of the Art Factory supported studio.
Joel Stedman is an artist from Griffith. His paintings this year are inspired by ‘Back to the Future’ and ‘The Cat in the Hat’. This year Joel is also planning on making a movie about ‘Back to the Future’ in his spare time. He enjoys listening to music, playing games, and going out with friends.
Layla Bacayo is an illustrator, painter and digital artist from Narrandera NSW. Her work focuses on contemporary culture, luxury cars, new media channels such as YouTube, and CT Scanners. Layla’s exhibitions include; Nothing Is Useless (2015) and The Art Factory (2016) at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery. Layla wrote the script for the production The Dance Crash Mobs (2016) at Narrandera CRC Theatre. In October 2017, she held her first solo exhibition Fast Car Girl at Riverina Community College. Since 2016 Layla has been a member of the Art Factory supported studio.
Nikita Porter is an artist from Yenda. She is inspired by her friends. Nikita uses photos and paints to create her artworks.
Patricia Cooper is an artist from Griffith. She lives on a farm and has lots of animals, which inspire her art work.
Tanielu is an artist from Griffith who is interested in superheros and ‘Shazam!’. He enjoys painting superheros and drawing many different characters. Tanielu likes to spend time with his friends.
Tristen is an artist from Griffith. He enjoys drawing and painting different buildings, which is what he has done for this exhibition. Tristen enjoys spending time on his family’s farm.
La-a is an artist from Griffith. He likes to do paintings and art themed around his Samoan heritage. He is very proud to be Samoan.
Wayne Emerson is a painter and textile artist from Wagga Wagga who has exhibited for more than 30 years. Wayne’s artwork conveys an affinity with the natural environment. His subject matter includes animals, Australian birds, plants and waterfalls. Wayne’s exhibitions include; The Wagga Wagga Show (1987 - 2017), Art to Crow About (2005 - 2015), 8 Artists (2013) and The Art Factory (2016) at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery; Inspire (2016) for the Regional Arts Australia Conference Artlands Dubbo; Birds and Waterfalls (2017) and Love of Nature (2018) at Riverina Community College. Wayne was featured on ABC TV, iView and on Virgin flights from January to June 2018 as part of the Creatablity short film series.
Sarah McEwan is an artist, musician and an artist-curator based in Birrego. She is interested in feminism and social change. Sarah creates solo work, installations and sometimes works under the pseudonym Her Riot. Sarah collaborates with other artists, community members and young people in gallery spaces or site specific locations.
Cad Factory Local Producer
Kerri Weymouth is an artist and community service co-ordinator from Coleambally, and is undertaking a Masters in Therapeutic Arts Practice at MIECAT in Melbourne.
Kerri enjoys working with all art forms but has a connection with mixed media in her arts practice, using found objects, connecting with her environment and a felt sense to explore her visual communications.
School Learning Support Officer
Julie has been working with students at Kalinda for 5 years and before that in Early Childhood. Julie has embraced the program using all her creative skills to support our students.
Jodie has been working at Kalinda for many years. She is an expert in providing communication options for students. Jodie has assisted Nikita in the development of her art works using her Eye Gaze Communication device.
Kylie has been a Special Education Teacher for many years at both Kalinda and Gralee. It has been wonderful to watch the students embrace the program and develop their skills. Their works are amazing.
School Learning Support Officer
Carol has been working at Kalinda supporting students for 12 years. Carol is wonderful at facilitating independence for all students.
This project is a partnership between the Cad Factory, Griffith Regional Art Gallery, Riverina Community College and Kalinda School