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Out of the Darkness Art Exhibition by Insingane

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Seaford's newest cafe hosts inspiring art exhibition
Local talent Nicoleen Agnello, aka Insingane, will open her newest art exhibition 'Out of the Darkness' at the Bear & Cub café in Seaford this September.

Out of the Darkness by Insingane
Out of the Darkness by Insingane


Insingane meaning 'sweetheart' in Zulu, is the childhood nickname of Seaford artist Nicoleen Agnello. This Artivist uses her art to encourage social change and believes 'Art should disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed'.

This is Insingane's first solo art exhibition since Nicoleen's diagnosis of the debilitating auto immune disease, Lyme Disease, two years ago.

Nicoleen Agnello aka Insingane
Nicoleen Agnello aka Insingane


The former Art Director and mother-of-two, left her fast paced career in the advertising industry after the birth of her first child. Since then, Nicoleen followed her creative heart and changed her life path to focus on her natural potential as an artist.

In 2013 Insingane won the People's Choice Award for Frankston Art Centre's Open Exhibition. This win gave Nicoleen the amazing opportunity to present her first ever solo exhibition 'Detritus' in the Cube 37 Gallery space at Frankston Arts Centre.

Out of the Darkness by Insingane
Madonna by Insingane


Sadly, in June 2014 Nicoleen's health took a turn for the worse, when she was diagnosed first with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue, and secondly, Lyme disease. The auto-immune disease, which at times has seen restricted Nicoleen to a wheelchair, has had a devastating effect on her life and her family. Extreme exhaustion, pain and loss of vision are just some of the effects that this debilitating tick-borne disease has had on the artist.

Anxious by Insingane
Anxious by Insingane

"It (Lyme disease) has really affected me, and my family severely over the past few years. It has also been very challenging to find medical help and to cover the costs of treatment as the Australian government does not acknowledge Lyme disease and so although I have health insurance we have had no help from medicare or health fund." says Nicoleen.

Despite this, South-African born Nicoleen continues to battle the odds and push Insingane into the light after darkness.



On 15 September 2016, 'Out of the Darkness' opens at Seaford's newest cafe Bear & Cub in Armstrong Road. The exhibition draws upon the troubles Nicoleen faces in her everyday life, following her journey moving from the darkest of times to brighter days.

Bear & Cub Cafe
Bear & Cub Cafe in Seaford


Nicoleen continues; "For me, this is the many years I have spent incapacitated with Lyme disease. Yes I still have Lyme disease but I feel that now I can manage my illness better. It has been hard but I have faith that things will improve"

What can you expect from 'Out of the Darkness' by Insingane?

Nicoleen has mastered the art of Sgraffito, an African technique in which cement walls are covered in ink and then patterns are scratched into them to produce a decorative effect.

'Out of the Darkness' will feature framed limited edition black and white print works of Insingane's western version of this technique to portray 'Sgraffiti' images that reinvent tribal culture in a modern way.

'Out of the Darkness' Art Exhibition by Insingane at Bear & Cub, Seaford will open at 10:30am on 15 September, and will remain on display until 15 October, 2016.

Follow the work of Insingane online or Facebook.

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Why? Art exhibition in Seaford's newest cafe
When: 15 Sept - 15 Oct 2016. Opening date 15 Sept at 10:30am
Where: Bear & Cub cafe, 37 Armstrongs Rd, Seaford VIC 3198
Cost: FREE
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