Dale Miles, Stephanie Monteith and David Horton – IGNITE Fundraising Event for Women for Change

Image above: Stephanie Monteith   Box and Crane  2022  graphite on paper  37 x 27 cm

Fundraising event for Women for Change empowering young women in disadvantaged and impoverished circumstances, to undertake tertiary education.

The Inaugural IGNITE Art Show is a silent auction and exhibition which will raise money for educating young women in Nepal, India and Kenya.

Artists Stephanie Monteith, Dale Miles and David Horton have each donated a work for the cause.

Image above: Dale Miles  Sketch for “The Beginning”   2022  42 x 32 cm

Image above: David Horton  Port Kembla  2023  painted mild steel  100 x 50 cm

IGNITE Art show will be held on Thursday 22nd February 2024 5-8 pm

at the Sybil Centre, Women College at the University of Sydney

To read more about Stephanie Monteith and view a selection of her available works, click here

To read more about Dale Miles and view a selection of his available works, click here

To read more about David Horton and view a selection of his available works, click here

To learn more about the work of the Women for Change charity please visit the website.

Paul S. Miller – Commended in FLOW Contemporary Watercolour Prize

Image above: Paul S. Miller Near the Cascades 2023 watercolour on paper 94 x 124 cm

Congratulations to Paul S. Miller who has been commended for his work Near the Cascades in the 2023 FLOW Contemporary Watercolour Prize at Wollongong Art Gallery.

Congratulations also to Danielle Creenaune, Michelle Hiscock and Stephanie Monteith who were selected as finalists and whose works are now exhibited along with Paul S. Miller’s in the FLOW Art Prize Exhibition.

Above: Danielle Creenaune  Veil Song 4  watercolour on paper

Above: Michelle Hiscock   After the fire and flooding rains came new life  2022  watercolour and gouache on paper  42 x 89 cm



Above: Stephanie Monteith Drawing 2021  watercolour, acrylic and pencil on paper  100 x 75.5 cm

This National Contemporary Watercolour Prize is a biennial competition open to artists from around Australia. The prize aims to encourage innovation and experimentation in watercolour painting, including works on paper in watercolour, acrylic, gouache, pen and ink, and watercolour mixed media. ​​

Exhibition on view until 17 March 2024
Visit Wollongong Art Gallery for more information.

Barbie Kjar & Stephanie Monteith – Finalists in Hazelhurst Works on Paper Award

Barbie Kjar  Lion Tides  2023  Mokulito drypoint relief print and stencils  380 x 224 cm

Congratulations to Barbie Kjar and Stephanie Monteith, who have both been selected as finalists in the 2023 Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award.

Now in its twelfth year, the biennial Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award is a significant national exhibition that aims to elevate the status of work on paper while supporting and promoting artists working with this medium. With awards totalling $26,000, the Award showcases outstanding art created with, on or about paper, and presents a diverse range of works including drawing, printmaking, collage, photography, sculpture, paper cuts and video.

This year Hazelhurst received entries from 890 artists from across Australia, from which 82 finalists – including Kjar and Monteith – were selected.


Kjar says of her work: “Lion tides occur when the earth, moon and sun are aligned at perigee and perihelion. It is a tide just after a new or full moon, when there is greatest difference between high or low tides, commonly known as big tides.

As an ocean swimmer I am aware of an underworld, a world under the water, a world which is deep, unknown, at times treacherous but also calm and clear. It is abstracted with hues of green, debris, seaweed, creatures, jellyfish, fish, currents, light, dense, choppy, wild, transformative.

Each time I came back to land I feel altered, in awe, and buffeted from a myriad of thoughts.I have delved into a magic zone. I have lived on the island of Tasmania most of my life, almost always next to the sea and have sea faring heritage in my ancestors. My artistic concerns are the rituals of human behaviour, connection to the natural world, identity, mythology and science, historical research and narratives. I am particularly interested in the impact of climate change, stories of the sea, navigation and the deep dark sea itself. Lion Tides is a reflection of my preoccupation with the sea.”

Stephanie Monteith  Floral Arrangement  2022  graphite on paper  105 x 75 cm.


Monteith says of her work: “‘Floral Arrangement’ investigates a visual encounter. I find the activity of rendering a lived experience into a picture fulfilling. It is a process of abstraction that strangely enough results in an illusion of representation.

Drawing has always been essential to my art practice. For several years I have been developing drawings in response to observing shadows. ‘Floral Arrangement’ is the largest and most complex attempt at one of these shadow drawings.

These works relate to the tradition of “trompe-l’œil”. Translated from French to English, “trompe-l’œil” means ‘deceive the eye’. This is the name given to artworks or even architecture, where realistic imagery is used to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects exist in three dimensions. This is a playful visual experience that I enjoy interpreting. Whilst the use of the phrase “trompe-l’œil” has fairly recent origins, the desire to create this type of illusion has ancient connections.”


Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award 2023
Hazelhurst Arts Centre
782 Kingsway, Gymea NSW 2227
16 September – 12 November 2023