Emerging artists (from left) Gavin Lewis, Bonnie Hislop and Donna Dobbs are part of a new exhibition at Swich Contemporary Art Space at Top of Town.
Emerging artists (from left) Gavin Lewis, Bonnie Hislop and Donna Dobbs are part of a new exhibition at Swich Contemporary Art Space at Top of Town. Sarah Harvey

Emerging artists showcase talents

FROM the fantastical to the obscure, a group of emerging artists has showcased its contemporary vision as part of a new Ipswich exhibition.

SWICH Contemporary Art Space gallery co-ordinator LeAnne Vincent said the Cohesion exhibition involved visual artists from the Ipswich Contemporary Arts Network, which was created 18 months ago in a bid to build a stronger arts community.

Ms Vincent said the exhibition fulfilled a goal of SWICH to provide a space for emerging artists to showcase their works to a wider audience.

She said Cohesion showcased works in a range of different media, from photography, to film, installation, mixed media, millinery and painting.

“They are not just producing landscapes and portraits,” Ms Vincent said.

“They are bringing a different element of contemporary art to Ipswich.

“Art that a lot of people haven’t seen.”

Among those showcasing their work is Bonnie Hislop.

Ms Hislop said her latest pieces were inspired by Tim Burton films such as Alice in Wonderland and story books.

The 22-year-old Booval resident, who works in marketing, only started dabbling in art last July.

“I have always been interested in art, it is my true passion,” Ms Hislop said.

“My mother is a ceramic artist, so I have always been around ceramics but now I’m branching out into traditional illustration.”

Creativity has long driven Donna Dobbs, who operates Ipswich millinery label Donna Dobbs Design.

But Ms Dobbs said after completing a diploma in visual arts through Bremer TAFE, she had decided to branch out.

“I’m using traditional millinery materials to create contemporary art pieces,” she said.

“Pieces that can double as wearable art.”

The exhibition is on display at SWICH, at 191 Brisbane St until March 19.



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