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Awake - Curated by This Little Collective

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Contemporary Art Exhibition at Off The Kerb Gallery
Want to discover some emerging talent in the contemporary art scene? Off the Kerb Gallery in Collingwood is the place to find it.

Awake This Little Collective Off the Kerb Gallery
Artwork by Kyoko Imazu

A new exhibition titled Awake showcases the work of 30 talented emerging Australian artists in a visual exploration of the concepts of freedom, empathy and connection.

Curated by This Little Collective the show seeks to expand the concept of shared reality, by asking each of us to:

Take a moment. A breath
Step outside of your own mind,
to peer through the eyes of another creature...
What will you see? How will you feel?

The exhibition will feature a wide variety of styles and differing techniques including illustrations, photo realism, mixtures of traditional media and digital techniques as well as street art and graphic design.

If you're a fan of photo realism you will love the work of Elissa Sampson of Joy and Eve.

Awake Off the Kerb Gallery
Image Credit: Elissa Sampson - Joy and Eve

You'd be forgiven for thinking this stunning image is a photo but in fact it is a drawing. As someone with very limited drawing skills myself, I find it astounding that such realistic portraits, with their intricate and lifelike details, can be created by hand using only a pencil or brush. It is simply exquisite.

Emma Leonard is a Melbourne based illustrator who describes her work as being soft and feminine, often capturing a sense of fluidity and movement.

Awake Off the Kerb Gallery
Image Credit: Emma Leonard

Emma uses both traditional media and digital techniques in her art to depict themes of femininity, fragility and ethereal beauty.

Kirrily Anderson, (a.k.a. I & the Others), is a Melbourne based artist who practices a mix of visual art, illustration, street art and graphic design. Her street art has been featured in Melbourne as well as a number of cities around the world including Guatemala, Mexico and Israel.

Awake Off the Kerb Gallery
Image Credit: Kirrily Anderson

Other artists to feature in the exhibition include:

Adam Dunt
Anna Seed
Brian Cheung
Cameron Brideoake
MachineGun DEV
Eevien Tan
Emma Hampton - Dolls In Trees
Emily Jane Wright
Emma Morgan
Erin Greer
Jason Parker
Kareena Zerefos
Kirbee Lawler
Kyoko Imazu
Lauren Carney
Lilly Piri
Luka Va
Lucy Yu
Marini Ferlazzo
Sam Lyne
Sarah Pook
Shawn Lu
Sharnee Taylor
Sally Land
Sian Song
Tayla Broekman

With so many talented artists involved there will be something for everyone at this exhibition. Be inspired and perhaps even discover a new favourite emerging artist to follow.

The Awake exhibition will commence at Off the Kerb Gallery from 28th April 2016 and will run until the 12th May 2016. Opening night is on Friday 29th April from 6 - 9pm. Entry is free.

Off the Kerb Gallery is located at 66B Johnston St Collingwood.

The Gallery is open on Thursdays and Fridays from 12.30pm - 6pm and on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 noon - 5pm.
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Why? To discover talented new artists
When: 28th April - 12th May 2016
Phone: (03) 9077 0174
Where: 66B Johnston Street, Collingwood
Cost: Free entry
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