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Into the Light exhibition: A composite of 10 images with words
October 15, 2018

Into the Light exhibition by Emerge 2018

Even the stormy weather didn’t dampen the spirits of the Emerge 2018 artists, family, friends and guests who attended the opening of the Into the Light exhibition on 18 October at the Front Up Hub in Seven Hills.

Exhibiting artists

Works by eight artists were on exhibition: Suba Bale, Jesse Bisset, Teigan Blackshaw, Richard J Bell, Mahlie Jewell, Ariel Riveros, Jeffery Wood and Susan Wood.

The works were impressive in scope and ranged from video installations to multi media works to a wall mural.

Liam talks about process

As part of the opening remarks, artist and Front Up team member Liam Benson, spoke about the process. He described how the Emerge 2018 artists initially met at the Front Up Hub, and then visited the Art Gallery of NSW where they explored Spacemakers and Roomshakers: Installations from the collection and the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2018.

A group of artists is standing in a group and a woman is talking to them and motioning with her hands
Gaye Fleming speaks to the Emerge 2018 artists at the Art Gallery of NSW on 17 July

On 5 September, the artists participated in Anarchy in Time, a panel discussion, and Suba Bale gave a spotlight talk about an Ernesto Neto work from Spacemakers and Roomshakers that had most inspired her.

Following the initial visits to the Art Gallery of NSW, Liam described how the artists met weekly at the Front Up Hub. The group talked about what they had seen, they unpacked it, they were generous and forthcoming. The group collaborated to make the space a safe place in which to be. The artists challenged each other. They supported each other. Ultimately, though, they got down to work and created.

Into the Light exhibition

Liam described how the theme emerged in the early days of the group’s work together. He pointed out that all the works have something in common: everyone brought themselves and their work into the light. Here are a few images of details from works included in the Into the Light exhibition.

Suba Bale, Threads of Time, 2018

A sculpture with a white cloth head, a green top and dangling earings
Threads in Time (detail), 2018, by Suba Bale

Jeffery Wood, Blue Madonna and Child, 2018

A mixed media sculpture of woman on her knees
Blue Madonna and Child (detail), 2018, by Jeffery Wood

Mahlie Jewell, Warpaint, 2018

An image of a female face in many colours with text over the top
Warpaint (detail), 2018, by Mahlie Jewell

Watch for more

In her closing remarks, Gaye Fleming from Front Up, was generous in her thanks and praise. But, she made it clear that ‘it doesn’t stop here.’ Coming up next is ‘Get out of the Garret!’ Lets all watch for more from this productive and inspired group of artists!


Feature image: Warpaint (detail), 2018, by Mahlie Jewell. Supplied by Mahlie Jewell

For more details on the Into the Light exhibition, visit here.

This page was first published on 23 October 2018.