December 05, 2021 - February 27, 2022
This annual Summer Exhibition was jointly curated by gallery owner, Astrid McLeod and artist, Judy Woodborne. In creating the brief for this exhibition, we invited artists to extend their creativity with the challenge to create anew, redefine, re-think and re-invent themselves through fresh eyes, a pinch of irreverence and the ability to play with their work. Artists have always had the license to dream and we hoped to stimulate a creative outpouring from this source of inspiration. In selecting artworks for Phantasmagoria, works were filtered through the traditional criteria of technical competency and ability with the innate content reflecting the sublime inner world or vision of the artist. Yet at the same time we were looking for art that displays another magical quality - the ineffable. This describes a feeling evoked - a sensation that lies beyond language, which confirms you are viewing an artwork that is inspiring, tantalizing and unique.
The artists represented vary from established artists
working in their favourite medium to lesser-known artists with a curious and
quirky sense of expression. Ceramic work, paintings, mixed media works, crafted
work, sculpture, stitch craft and art on paper comprise this festive
exhibition. This exhibition promises to be a feast for the eyes and a
counterbalance to the seriousness of life with a celebration of life, colour
and festivity in "generous handfuls".