An exclusive, multi-media exhibition by prize-winning artist Suzanne Archer is the latest feast for the senses being offered by Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery.
Showing from March 9 until May, this new show by one of Australia’s leading artists includes travel sketch-books, artist’s books, drawings, paintings, sculptures and installations developed from her most recent journeys to China. For the artist, travel is an overwhelming and enriching source of new ideas. Her prolific art-making is steeped in constant physical explorations of the world – in particular her travels in Europe, the US, Africa, Southeast Asia, and Australasia – as well as constant explorations of new subject matter.
“I am not someone who stays still – I like to keep moving through subjects and usually that culminates in a show,” she says. “Travel has been one of the most powerful and rich sources of new ideas. When I travel, I am a sponge soaking up everything! This exhibition focusses on my two visits to China, in 2012 and 2014.”
Archer’s work is held in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Artbank and a number of significant regional and tertiary institutions.
“’Suzanne Archer. The Journey Woman’ explores the actual journey of physical travel and also the unavoidable course of one’s life journey as they intertwine, direct and inform each other,” said Jo Besley, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery’s Curator.
Suzanne Archer was born in Surrey in the UK and trained at the Sutton School of Art. She arrived in Australia in 1965 and is based in Wedderburn, New South Wales, a place rich in artistic talent and history. The Wedderburn artistic community is an informal group of Australian contemporary artists that includes Elisabeth Cummings, Roy Jackson, John Peart, David Hawkes, Suzanne Archer and David Fairbairn.
Over the last 40 years Suzanne Archer has had 32 solo exhibitions and numerous curated exhibitions. She is a past winner of the Wynne Prize, the Dobell Prize and the Kedumba Drawing Prize, among others. She has also undertaken residencies at Greene Street Studio, New York, Power Studio at Cité Internationale, Paris and Redgate Residency, Beijing.
Opening night – https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/opening-night-of-suzanne-archer-the-journey-woman-exhibition-tickets-42885366285 Entry is free.
Guided tour with the artist – https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/suzanne-archer-guided-tour-of-the-journey-woman-tickets-42976186932 Entry is free.
Create your own artist journal workshop with Suzanne Archer – https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/workshop-create-your-own-fabulous-artistic-journal-with-suzanne-archer-tickets-42976216019 Tickets are $110 per person.