Heather Shimmen exhibition opening & workshop – Gippsland Art Gallery

In Events/Exhibitions May 26, 2019

Image: Heather Shimmen, ‘Ladies of the Pleiades’ (2019), linocut and ink on paper, 180 x 810cm (8 panels)

Heather Shimmen

The Ladies of the Pleiades

1 June – 14 July

Gippsland Art Gallery

Gippsland Art Gallery warmly invites you to the exhibition opening of Heather Shimmen’s ’The Ladies of the Pleiades’, Friday 31 May 6pm, with guest speaker Stuart Purves AM, Director, Australian Galleries.

Heather Shimmen is a self-confessed hoarder of images, objects, ideas, and memories. Her densely formed linocut prints, featuring layered images, prints, fabrics and felts, draw on the rich history of local anecdotes and ancient mythology. ‘The Ladies of the Pleiades’ calls forth the grandiose imagery of an opulent past, specifically through three main mythologies: ‘The Lady of the Swamp’; ‘The Seven Sisters of the Pleiades’; and Shimmen’s own creation ‘Matilda Waltzing’.

This exhibition will be on display until 14 July 2019.


SHIMMEN-Heather_Lost-V_nImage: Heather Shimmen, ‘Lost V’ (2016), linocut and ink on paper, with variation (edition of 25), 112 x 77cm

Linocutting Workshop

22 June 2019

10am – 4pm

In conjunction with Heather Shimmen’s exhibition ‘The Ladies of the Pleiades’ you are invited to join Heather at the Gippsland Art Gallery for a half hour tour of her exhibition followed by a hands-on linocutting workshop. This workshop will be an introduction to linocutting through discussion, looking at linocut prints and demonstrations of cutting and printing a block. This workshop is open to adults at all levels.

The workshop will begin with fundamental methods of creating a linocut print, and will then explore ways to transform these artworks with colour, texture and a number of different processes.

The artist will demonstrate a number of ways to transfer images onto a lino block, including solvent transfer and calligraphic mark making. The artist will also demonstrate various ways of applying colour and media experimentation, including chine collé, to the linocut print.

22 June 2019
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Wellington Centre, Port of Sale
70 Foster Street
Sale, VIC 3850

$30 – Members
$50 – Non Members

*The workshop includes all materials and a light lunch (please advise any special dietary requirements at time of booking). Members include Gippsland Art Gallery member schools and members of Friends of the Gallery. For more information on the workshop, click here.

Places are strictly limited, so prior booking and payment is essential.

To book phone Gippsland Art Gallery on 03 5142 3500 or email galleryenquiries@wellington.vic.gov.au