Amy Joy Watson
Turn trash into treasure with artist Amy Joy Watson in this fun and inventive workshop. A celebrated multi-disciplinary artist, Watson will share the secrets to her distinct geometric application of watercolour and thread. Starting with a treasure hunt for found objects in the eclectic West End, you’ll construct a Vanitas inspired still-life to transform into a take-home painting of your own.
Watson will guide you through basic water colour techniques, with emphasis on capturing the geometric and multi-faceted qualities of your display, as well as ways to incorporate lines using metallic thread to illuminate the three-dimensional planes in your work.
This workshop promises to be a highlight for anyone interested in working with found materials and incorporating elements of sustainable practice into their work. All materials and refreshments will be provided.
ACE Open’s workshop program provides a unique opportunity to learn new skills and engage with leading contemporary artists in a creative, social and participatory environment. Designed to suit a range of skill levels and interests, these artist-led programs offer all audiences – from curious gallery-goers through to practicing artists – an opportunity to learn a range of creative techniques through hands-on, practical classes.
AMY JOY WATSON was born in Adelaide, South Australia in 1987 and graduated from Adelaide Central School of Art in 2008 with a Bachelor of Visual Art with Honours. Amy has presented solo exhibitions throughout Australia at galleries including Hugo Michell Gallery, Dianne Tanzer Gallery, West Space, GRANTPIRRIE and CACSA Project Space. She exhibited a major sculptural work in Heartland –Contemporary Art from South Australia at the Art Gallery of South Australia in 2013. Amy has been successful in winning several grants through CARCLEW, Arts SA and the Australia Council and was awarded the 2012 CARCLEW Ruth Tuck Scholarship which supported a 3-month studio residency at International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York in 2012. Amy was the recipient for the 2012 Critics Circle Emerging Art Prize, the 2013 Qantas Encouragement of Australian Contemporary Art Award for South Australia and was a finalist in the 2014 Redlands Art Prize, the 2015 Gold Coast Art Prize and for the 2018 and 2015 Fleurieu Art Prize. She was also successful in winning an Australia Council for the Arts Tokyo Studio Residency which she undertook in 2014. Amy has been commissioned to create several major public artworks including a permanent sculptural installation that will be installed in late 2018 in Clarence Street, Sydney made in collaboration with Urban Art Projects, a suspended installation in the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne and integrated public artworks in Bank Street, Adelaide. She has work in major collections around the world including the Art Gallery of South Australia, Art Bank and the private collection of Nigel Hurst (director of Saatchi Gallery, London). She resides in Adelaide, South Australia and is represented by Hugo Michell Gallery.