Spotlight on artists and their studios | The Studio Spaces project

Talking art: Manning River Times journalist Lauren Green during her visit to artist Rod Spicer in his art studio as part of the Studio Spaces project.
Talking art: Manning River Times journalist Lauren Green during her visit to artist Rod Spicer in his art studio as part of the Studio Spaces project.

The Manning River Times and Manning Regional Art Gallery have come together for a project that will shine the spotlight on local artists in the MidCoast region and culminate in an exhibition next year.

2018 marks the 30th anniversary of the Manning Regional Art Gallery.

In celebration, acting art gallery director Rachel Piercy and assistant director Jane Hosking are curating a show, titled Studio Spaces, that celebrates the gallery and also recognises the skills and diversity of artists in this area.

“The concept is an acknowledgement of the wonderful local artists who live and work in the MidCoast Council region, to go behind the scenes, see them in their own creative spaces/studios and see how they work,” said Rachel.

The project will see Times journalist Lauren Green and photographer Scott Calvin visit artists in their studio space and conduct interviews for profile stories, galleries and videos that will appear online at mastheads across the Manning, Great Lakes and Gloucester areas and in respective newspapers where relevant.

It is expected they will visit 12 studio spaces over the course of a year, with the online content rolling out throughout.

Lauren and Scott have already paid a visit to the first artist in their round of visits, Rod Spicer.

Other participating artists include Stephen Michael King, Ali Haigh, Jane Hosking, Rick Reynolds, Steve Williams, Kaz Madigan, Peter Hugill, Yvette Hugill, Peter Schouten, Jana Pearceova, Shona Wilson, Andy Snelgar and Wendy Patch.

Lauren and Scott’s stories and photos will then be incorporated into the exhibition, including a large format printed photo in full colour.

It is anticipated an artwork created by each of the artists in their work space will also be on show.

Journalist Lauren Green is excited to be part of the project.

“I’ve been covering stories at the art gallery for many years in my role here at the Times and I am well aware of the exceptionally talented and hard working local artists we have across the MidCoast region,” she said. “It is a privilege to be granted access to their studios, learn more about how each artist works and tell their stories.”

The exhibition will run from late March to early May 2018.