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April Exhibitions at First Coat Studios

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Please join us for the opening celebration of our April Exhibitions featuring ‘Home’ - a portrait series by James Green & ‘Stutiyi (Thank you)’ - a participatory project by Ursula De Krester.

FRIDAY 13 APRIL, 7 - 9pm
Cash bar supported by Stone & Wood Brewing.

7:30pm - onwards: as part of ‘Stutiyi Thank You’, you are invited to participate in a shared meal (details below).

Exhibitions are on show from 9th – 28th April, 2018.

James Green ‘Home’

'Home' is a new series of environmental portraits by Australian artist, James Green. A visual anthropology of domestic settings, this body of work documents local artists and makers, and their personal narratives.

Inspired by creative spaces, Green is interested in personal environments as visual representations of people. From the spaces we inhabit, to the belongings we accumulate and the stories they hold, each image shares clues about their subject.

Through sharing experiences with the people he captures, ‘Home’ has uncovered a sense of place for Green in a city has visited for 20 years but never really seen. Through this project, Green has found a place means nothing without getting to know its people. "The outcome is the people that I've met and the conversations that we’ve had mean more than the image."


Ursula de Krester ‘Stutiyi (Thank you)’

'Stutiyi (Thank you)' presents a series of ceramic cups and bowls, each formed from an original design inspired by the gum trees surrounding Ursula’s Toowoomba studio space. Due to the anomalies and variations that arose during the creative process, each vessel is unique and decorated according to the individual intricacies of each piece. The Eucalyptus gum leaf pattern demonstrates a link between the Toowoomba studio space that she’s been working in for the past four years and her art practice, which explores recurring themes of nature.

The vessels are stacked to resemble clean dishes within a domestic setting, which urges a sense of familiarity for the viewer. The primary purpose of the work is in the communal, participatory act of a shared meal using the presented vessels. Participation involves each visitor exploring the installation to hand pick the piece/s that they will use for the evening.

A traditional Sri Lankan community meal of curry and rice will be shared at 7:30pm during the opening event - we’d like to invite you to choose a bowl and share it with us in exchange for a small donation.

Thank you to Betros Bros. and the Organic Food Market for their kind support in donating produce for this meal.


First Coat Studios hosts monthly art exhibitions with interest in fostering critical ideas and practices in contemporary art. Through inclusive and ambitious public programs, we celebrate hybrid arts experiences and nurture the role the arts plays in our local community.



Banner images: Ursula De Krester vessels, photography: Kirsty Lee (left) + Graham Burstow, photography: James Green (right).