ACE Open Summer Party 2019

Artist Collette Gray with her work Bunda cliffs, (Head of the Bight), 2019. Photo: Sam Roberts

Project mentor and artist Yhonnie Scarce, mould making workshop, Jam Factory, Adelaide, March 2019. Photo: Mel Henderson

Artist Sherrie Jones with her work In the Black Sea with oil, 2019 Photo: Sam Roberts

Sherrie Jones, Wiya Wakani No Drill, 2019, hand-screenprint, 36 x 51 cm. © Sherrie Jones / Arts Ceduna

Artist Jamie Newchurch with her work Protect our Bight, 2019 Photo: Sam Roberts

Saturday 7 December, 3pm-7pm

Collette Gray
Sherrie Jones
Jamie Newchurch
Yhonnie Scarce
& more!


Gold coin BBQ available

ACE Open’s annual Summer Party returns, and you’re invited! Curated by current exhibiting artists from Arts Ceduna, our end of year Summer Party is a celebration of Country, culture and community centred around the themes explored in ACE Open’s current exhibition No Black Seas.

Work with the artists to create a marine-themed installation, try your hand at some weaving and join the yarning circle to hear artists and project mentors discuss the No Black Seas exhibition. Through a diverse array of programs, audiences of all ages are invited to learn more about the importance of Country, culture and community to the artists exhibiting and how they communicate this through their works.

BBQ & tea/coffee available for a gold coin donation (until sold out)

3.30-6:30pm, Weaving Workshop, Lion Arts Courtyard
Sherrie Jones
Grab a cup of tea and join artist Sherrie Jones in this all ages weaving workshop. Using Yindjibarndi weaving techniques, Sherrie will guide you through the creation of a range of marine-inspired objects.

3.30-6.30pm, Interactive Installation, Lion Arts Courtyard
Jamie Newchurch
Join artist Jamie Newchurch to create an installation celebrating the marine life of the Great Australian Bight and learn more about the vital cultural connection to these waters.

No Black Seas Yarning Circle, Lion Arts Courtyard
Pam Diment, Collette Gray, Yhonnie Scarce and Patrice Sharkey
Everyone is welcome to join this yarning circle facilitated by artist Collette Gray, project mentor Yhonnie Scarce, Ceduna based arts worker and environmental advocate Pam Diment and ACE Open’s Artistic Director Patrice Sharkey. In a yarning circle, dialogue is centred on finding ways to grow and sustain mutual understanding and respect of shared issues. This conversation will focus on the development of the No Black Seas project and provide space for artists and audiences to discuss the central theme of the exhibition, the proposed drilling in the Great Australian Bight, an issue of great importance to all artists involved in the exhibition.

No Black Seas ACE Open Gallery
A collaboration between ACE Open, Arts Ceduna and Ku Arts, No Black Seas explores the intrinsic connection between the Great Australian Bight and the South Australian Mirning, Kokatha and Wirangu communities, exploring the communities inherent right of reply to the proposed deep-sea drilling in the region by Norwegian oil giant Equinor.

Collette Gray (Kokatha) was born in Ceduna, South Australia. She enjoyed painting at school and likes the look of art work whether it’s been dotted or painted. Her mother Janine Gray and mother in-law Verna Lawrie are both artists, and watching them paint gave her the feeling to get in there and start painting too, she also likes to use earth colours. Collette draws inspiration from the varieties of bush tucker in her Country, and influenced by her local environment – the whirly winds, the whales, the vastness of the Nullarbor, and the wanna (Sea).

Sherrie Jones (Yindjibarndi) was born in Perth W.A, before travelling to Coober Pedy, South Australia, where she completed her early schooling, ahead of finishing high school in Pt. Lincoln. Sherrie started painting with acrylic paint during her high school years, inspired by her Grandfather and father who shared and passed down stories. Family, including Wirangu, Mirning tribes, have had a big influence on her work, and Sherrie still predominantly paints her family’s stories. Sherrie is a very proud mother of four children and hopes her artwork influences their lives and her stories will be passed down to them too and their children.

Jaime Newchurch (Wirangu) was born in Maitland on the York Peninsula and moved to Ceduna when she was young. After completing school she worked at the local childcare in Konnibba and Ceduna, and at the Transitional Accommodation Centre in Ceduna. After visiting the Ceduna Aboriginal Arts & Culture Centre, Jaime soon learned that her skills in drawing and experimenting with art materials quickly developed into painting with acrylic on canvas and she found a new love. Today Jaime experiments and works in various media such as painting on canvas, pottery making, yarn crafts and building wire structures. Jaime’s first love, however, remains to be dot painting and in her paintings and their stories she often refers to themes such as water, the ocean and meeting places.

Yhonnie Scarce (Kokatha) has family connections to Ceduna and surrounding regions as a Kokatha woman. Scarce is a master contemporary glass blower, whose work explores the political nature and aesthetic qualities of glass. Scarce’s work often references the on-going effects of colonisation on Aboriginal people; in particular her research has explored the impact of the removal and relocation of Aboriginal people from their homelands and the forcible removal of Aboriginal children from their families. Family history is central to Scarce’s work, drawing on the strength of her ancestors, she offers herself as a conduit, sharing their significant stories from the past. Scarce was recently announced as the winner of the prestigious National Gallery of Victoria Architecture Commission 2019