Creative Spaces and ‘Guides to Help You’

Thanks curator/artist Tracy Sarroff and Amelia Winata from Creative Spaces for discussion about ‘Guides to Help You’ showing at Campbell Arcade.


Guides to help you – Campbell Arcade, Melbourne

I have a work in a group show ‘GUIDES TO HELP YOU’




Guides To Help You is an exhibition of artworks made with light that presents a wide overview of creative approaches spanning neon, fluorescent and LED in a multitude of forms. Aly Indermühle, Brendan Van Hek, Eugenia Raskopoulos, Kristin McIver, Marc Freeman, Tracy Sarroff and Veronica Caven Aldous are all multidisciplinary artists whose stylistic and conceptual explorations of this medium are as unique as they are varied. The artists have pursued different ideas from abstraction, colour, form and geometry to narratives of translation, social media, direction, existentialism, shared identities, science fiction and ecology.

Housed within a busy public realm of the Degraves Street subway display cases and surrounded by original mid century modern interior, the various artworks illuminate their strong presence either passing or stopping. They electrify words, shine thoughts, consider concepts, take space, colour play and speak across the inner sides of the walkway.



VERONICA CAVEN ALDOUS’ work in the Campbell Arcade continues her interest in creating playful and ambiguous contemporary metaphors of light. Her practice often finds influence in colour-field painting, post minimalism, spatial interventions, philosophy and meditation while the great beauty of natural light phenomenon motivates her, such as, sunrise, sunsets and the night sky. This work comprising two panels of LED programmed light boxes invites the audience to look inside its seemingly infinite space at close range in order to consider their own spatial situation.

Campbell Arcade exhibition space is run and managed by Creative Spaces and The City of Melbourne


Talking Circle @ PIC Performance Art Fair, Queensbury Bridge Square, Southbank, Melbourne

OK Collective curated PIC (performance, interaction, collaboration) on 15/10/16 … a fair of performance artists including my installation Talking Circle.


Talking Circle is a space to discuss the experience of the performance fair. There everyone will be able to drink herbal tea and the general public, performance artists and organisers are all invited to come and engage with each other. For the general public it may be an opportunity to discuss what they have seen in the performances. For the performers it will be a space to meet and interact with each other either through their performing or through discussion. Talking Circle is about setting up a space for the collective discussion that is often otherwise transient.

Veronica’s art practice includes non-representational painting, light works, installation and discussion about art both informal and formalised. She is interested in an exploration of real materials and objects in actual space while she draws on other interests including the history of philosophy particularly from Indian Vedic literature. Rather than only exhibiting works she is interested in the ideas that surround them. Veronica has exhibited extensively with 12 solo and more than 30 group exhibitions in Melbourne and Perth. She has just completed a PhD at Monash University having previously completed a MVA at the VCA, Melbourne. Veronica researched links perceived in her practice between Colour Field Painting, Minimalism and Vedic Philosophy.

Veronica’s non-representational practice will never be pure abstraction as she aims to make concrete ideas and feelings about being, nature and being in the world. This process includes a sense of resistance and individuality against endemic discrimination and biases against individual thought, being a woman and working with abstraction.



The central tent above housed Talking circle.


As it was an extremely windy day I taped the tea pots, tray and snacks to the tablecloth.


PIC – 15/10/16

Feedback – Talking Circle – Herbal tea bar in Tent 1 between 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

I served approximately 50 cups of tea and while I did not capture the discussions on video I did make some notes afterwards. These are documented here in no specific order.

  • Do you do this every week… once per month at least would be good.
  • See you next month.
  • There was a discussion between a few people about what the art fair was like… A David Lynch movie… Trafalgar Square and a DL movie… TS, DL crossed with Moulin Rouge movie… A deconstructed formal square but with more humanity and fun and wind.
  • I received an email via my website two days later… Hello Veronica, I just wanted to drop you a line to let you know how much my husband & I (the Canadians) enjoyed meeting you on Saturday at the event and having a cup of tea – great idea!  As you mentioned it brings people together… and I can see how it would be appreciated by a solo visitor coming to an opening! Thanks again for your time and the tea – if you have a moment to remind me of the name of it that would be appreciated – neither Kevin nor myself could remember it – just know it doesn’t have Chamomile in it!! Make it a wonderful day! Sue
  • For those who asked…the 2 main teas I was serving was an organic green tea and Pitta tea, found in health food stores or online see link below.
  • A couple from Israel who had arrived in Melbourne a week ago and who were travelling around Australia and New Zealand for a year enjoyed discussing the role of art in life. They were from Tel Aviv, which they described as a bubble within Israel of culture and enjoyable life whereas the rest of Israel has so much anxiety and safety issues. They thought being here at PIC reminded them of Tel Aviv. They said art is life and art is like breathing. They attended many of the performances and are pictured in Damon’s art therapy images.
  • There is something for everyone.
  • Two families with several children came early and then back later to the tea stall to discuss what they had done at the various tents.
  • It is good to feel I can join in.
  • The artists are all so different… it broadens any idea of what art is.
  • One grandfather who had migrated from Hong Kong 6 month ago introduced himself as Lung “means dragon”. He had cup of tea and we spoke about his interest in the arts and mostly music. He thought he might begin teaching piano accordion at his local community centre to get more involved with the arts. Two hours later he brought back his wife, daughter and 2 grandchildren and had another tea while he sent his family off to experience a few nearby performers.
  • This is so much fun.
  • Really appreciated the show was not affected by the strong winds. I am really impressed by the professional attitude and commitment of the artists.
  • This is so nice to be offered a cup of tea and a sit down to chat.
  • I would love a cup of tea.
  • No thank you but thank you for asking me.
  • Part of an art practice is talking about it and thinking about it over tea.
  • Aesthetics of care.

Images of Spaces are as important as the words

A recent show I curated….exhibiting: Alanna Lorenzon, Danni McCarthy, David Freney-Mills, Linda Loh, Susie Leahy Raleigh and Veronica Caven Aldous at Yarra Sculpture Gallery 31/8 – 11/9/16 with events each day.

All the artists and events presenters responded to a statement I wrote about the Vedic concept that the gaps are as important as the words…which changed into ideas about connections between spaces and words.

Images from all the contributors following ….beginning with Alanna’s work and images of an art therapy workshop she ran.



Danni McCarthy’s work and wall drawing performance.


David Freney-Mills’ work and artist’s talk.


Linda Loh’s video still and she also did an artist’s talk.

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Susie Leahy Raleigh’s work and artist talk.


I set up two installations Talking Circle and Herbal Tea Bar which worked as a central hub for the artists, their events and visitors to the gallery. I also exhibited some Giclee prints and a marquette/sculpture.


OK Collective held a “Words are as important as the spaces” event.


Robert Vincs on saxophone and Anita Hustas on crystal bowls and other percussion performed an improvisation “Unspoken Labyrinth”.


Thomas Ryan gave a presentation about public art “Turning ideas into public art”.


Jasmine Targett hosted a Yoga class given by Yoga Teacher  Madelaine Partsioglou.


Spaces are as important as the words

Have curated a show about space and words …. and different takes on both ..what is in the space?


Walls, 2016, A4 Giclee print


Yarra Sculpture Gallery



Exhibition and events from Weds 31st August



Alanna Lorenzon

Danni McCarthy

David Freney-Mills

Linda Loh

Susie Leahy Raleigh

Veronica Caven Aldous



Curated by Veronica Caven Aldous

Events Drink tea Herbal tea bar running every day 11 a.m. –

4 p.m.

Wednesday 31st August Art therapy session Alanna Lorenzon


2 p.m.
Thursday 1st Sept Artist talk Linda Loh


1 p.m.
Friday 2nd Sept Wall painting and artist talk David Freney-Mills


2 p.m.
Saturday 3rd Sept Wall drawing and music performance Danni McCarthy and Bridget Mantelli on flute


1 p.m.
Sunday 4th


Music Improvisation

“Unspoken Labyrinth”

Robert Vincs on saxophone and Anita Hustas on crystal bowls


2 p.m.
Wednesday 7th Sept Yoga class Madelaine Partsioglou

$10 per person and BYO mat

2 p.m.
Thursday 8th Sept Artist talk: The unknown in regard to the process of making abstract art. Susie Leahy Raleigh


2 p.m.
Friday 9th Sept Public Art talk -“Turning ideas into public art” Thomas Ryan


2:30 p.m.
Saturday 10th Sept Collaborative activity -“Words are as important as the spaces” OK Collective


1 p.m.
Sunday 11th Sept Closing drinks event Open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Closing Drinks 1- 4 p.m.


Thanks to …

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