Globelight Inc at Edinburgh Gardens NYE

Had 1 of 5 light works in the Edinburgh Gardens, Clifton Hill, set up and on from 9 p.m. 31st Dec, 2015 running until 12:30 a.m. 1st Jan, 2016. New Year’s Eve event for City of Yarra. So hot for set up but after dark was cooler, cloudy sky helped the work and no rain… so ok in the end. Steady stream of people wandering through to talk to, loads of security, could see city fireworks at midnight…so happy new year! This was a Globelight Inc event and other artists were James Tapscott, Amanda Clarke, Judy Brandt and Sean Diamond.

My work Light in plinth 7, 2015, was hard to photograph but here are a few. It was a steadily moving slow colour-changing Sharpee beam housed in a cube frame of powder coated aluminium on top of the vacant plinth. The beam was programmed to light up its frame and move through the tree foliage mostly but at times circling the plinth on the ground level and above in the sky level.

My work was simple but mesmerising and kids were chasing it though the dark park-scape. Most of the night was spent talking with local people as they walked with family and their dogs throughout the park and enjoying the addition of light art works. They were interested to discuss my ideas behind the work. There was a great sense of community in a park that had previously not been that safe. Thanks Clifton Hill folk for a good night. 


Contemporary Sculpture Award

In the first week of December 2015 I saw an email about a sculpture show held by the Contemporary Sculptors Association at the Yarra Sculpture Gallery, Abbotsford, …last minute decided to enter and happy to announce a week later won the award….a really pleasant surprise. Big thanks to all those involved: committee who put on the show and Kirsty Grant, Heide Director, who judged the award.

Here is an excerpt from the speeches….

BONANZA Sculpture Prize 2015
Opening Speech by Cliff Burtt
Vice Chair: Contemporary Sculptors Association/ Yarra Sculpture Gallery
Many thanks to all the people who supported the Yarra Sculpture Space and the Contemporary Sculptors Association through 2015, and congratulations to the Bonanza exhibiting artists, without whom the show would not be possible.
We especially want to thank the sponsors of our prizes for their generous support, people who have supported us over the years, and once again this year – Ponch Hawkes for donating her photography services, Cameron at Fundere Foundry for casting work, Savaad at Yering Station Art Award, the people at the Art Almanac and finally, the anonymous donor who made this year’s cash prize possible. We would also like to acknowledge the continued support of our landlord the City of Yarra, support that has made a vital contribution to the development of sculptural practices in this city.
Our judge this year was Kirsty Grant, Director of Heide Museum of Modern Art. Prior to her current position, Kirsty was Senior Curator of Australian Art at the National Gallery of Victoria, and instrumental in acquiring and presenting some of the most important exhibitions presented by that institution over the last decade. We thank Kirsty for generously donating her time to make the award selections. Unfortunately, she was unable to attend the opening of Bonanza, but has forwarded her notes.
I’ll read directly from Kirsty;
Sorry I can’t officiate tomorrow but I hope it goes well. Have attached some brief notes on each of the works I selected- I’m trying to imagine you reading them and not sure they are what you would say, but do your best to channel me… Thanks for inviting me to judge the prizes today- it was fun! Congratulations to all of the artists whose work is exhibited and sorry I can’t be there to announce the awards in person. This Year’s show offers an amazingly diverse selection of sculptural works, from the carved and cast to assemblage works and everything in between. It’s fascinating to see what people are doing in their studios, what materials they are using, what they are doing with those materials and what ideas are motivating them to create.
1. CSA $1000 Cash Award This work stood out to me for its clever and unusual combination of three dimensional form, colour and use of digital technology. Like a minimalist painting – cool, crisp and refined – that has been plugged in to an electric socket and come to life, it presents a series of luminous colours rotating across a grid of three screens, beautifully resolved and presented (with echoes of 70s disco floors thrown in for good measure!). Recipient: No.1 My fireplace by Veronica Caven Aldous

Globelight Inc

Been working with James Tapscott and other light artists in 2015 to create Globelight Inc a non-profit artist based organisation providing a platform for light art in Australia. Written a blog there, fundraising, call outs, busy times and heading for a group exhibition in August 2016. The line up for that call out has just been announced.

December 2015

Announcing our 2016 Line-up

It’s that time of year!
We’ve spent the last few weeks pouring over the record number of applications that were sent in by artists and designers from around the country and overseas and have our final selection ready to announce.

Congratulations to:

Amanda Clark
Anna Ng
Antonia Hempel
Christine Ko
David Kenworthy
Eben Greaves
Ilan El
Ilze Kundzina
James Tapscott
Jasmine Targett
Jasper Killick
Jennie Feyen
Karen Richards
Leslie Labonne
Nick Athanasiou
Sam Mitchell-Fin
Tracy Saroff
Veronica Caven Aldous
Wood & Grieve Engineers
Zed Zeimer

All the applications we received were of an exceptionally high standard and enabled us to put together this absolutely stellar line-up. Globelight 2016 is certain to be a fantastic exhibition representing a significant cross section of what is happening today with the medium of light.

We’ll be updating our website with bios and works from each of these artists early in the new year so be sure to visit often and keep up to date as our 2016 program develops.



Curating f generation

Co-curated a launch and exhibition – f generation: feminism, art, progressions with Caroline Phillips and Juliette Peers based at the Mudfest arts festival and George Paton Gallery, University of Melbourne Student Union, from August, 2015.

Drawing on the rich history of George Paton Gallery, Melbourne, this project explored the continuum that is feminist art, 40 years since Lucy Lippard’s visit.