Visitors to the Collingwood Children's Farm and the Abbotsford Makers Market will undoubtedly be familiar with the Abbotsford Convent and its St Heliers Street Gallery. This cultural precinct with historic buildings and gardens is one of the reasons why Melbourne is the best place for art in Australia. has become an invaluable resource for the arts community with studios and creative spaces. The Gallery housed within the Convent's walls allows the public to access the works of a diverse range of artistic talents.
Rob McHaffie / Photo courtesy of Abbotsford Convent Foundation
As part of its changing exhibition programme, the St Heliers Street Gallery is hosting works from 9 diverse artists in Melbourne, Sydney, Malaysia and the US. Curated by talented Melbourne-based artist Rob McHaffie, this FREE exhibition addresses the beauty, nature and symbolism of flowers. The line up of artists include Aleksandra Nina Knezevic, Yoko Ozawa, David Jolly, Caroline Anderson, Noor Mahnum Mohamed, Lisa Reid, Matlock Griffiths, Rhys Lee and Rob McHaffie
Originally from Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Aleksandra Nina Knezevic is a seasoned graphic designer and artist whose works have been awarded around the world, and published in magazines and specialized books that deal with design.
David Jolly is a critically acclaimed painter and articulated drawer, best known for his well-crafted artistic technique of painting on the reverse side of glass. His work draw from personal experiences of times, places and events, delivered through colour on glass.
Most recently exhibiting at Craft Victoria's pop up shop in Melbourne Town Hall, Yoko Ozawa brings her simplistic, rustic, organic and functional style of pottery to the exhibition. Based in Melbourne, this Japanese pottery artist has been creating unique pieces inspired by nature and Japanese slow design in Japan and Australia.
Living and working from Montana USA, Carolyn Anderson is a nationally recognised and award-winning pastelist and oil painter. Her work is in the collection of the Montana Historical Society and many well-known artists.
Noor Mahnun Mohamed is a Malaysian artist best known for resuscitating the labourious art of portraiture from the bygone era before photographs. Her visual works are admired for their simplicity and meticulousness.
Living and working between Napa Valley and Houston, Texas allows Lisa Reid to paint "en plein air" in addition to working in he studio. Her works in oil and watercolour deliver a metaphorical standpoint, rich with emotional expression and spiritual undertones. There is also a sense of joy in her work and a sense of place from the various places of residence.
Melbourne-based Rhys Lee was listed amongst the Australian Art Collector 50 Most Collectable Artists in 2006 and 2007, and his works are held in a number of public and corporate collections including BHP Billiton, Art Bank, Bank of Switzerland and the University of Queensland Art Museum. He has held several solo and group exhibitions all over the country including Victoria, Northern Territory, Hobart and Brisbane.
Matlok Griffiths is an exceptional artist known for his love of the exotic and use of colour, line, enamel, acrylic, oil, scraped surfaces, abstraction and iconography to deliver his works.