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Magical miscellany upstairs

PERFECT LOCATION: Leonie Lane, Benjamin Avery, Wendy Powitt and Prudence Lawrence get ready for the launch of the pop-up Art in the Heart exhibition upstairs in the Gollan Hotel.
PERFECT LOCATION: Leonie Lane, Benjamin Avery, Wendy Powitt and Prudence Lawrence get ready for the launch of the pop-up Art in the Heart exhibition upstairs in the Gollan Hotel.

WHAT do the Queen of England and a poisonous jellyfish have in common? They both will have spent a night upstairs in the Gollan Hotel.

While Queen Elizabeth's stay was in 1952 (with the first flushing toilet in Lismore), the jellyfish will spend a week upstairs in a tank during May as part of an Art in the Heart pop-up exhibition for Southern Cross University Digital Art and Design students.

The jellyfish will be the guest of honour for student Benjamin Avery, who is fascinated with all things toxic and has created an artist's book complete with glass vials of poisons.

"I love the beauty of poisons," Mr Avery said.

"People will need to wear gloves to handle the jellyfish."

Art in the Heart project co-ordinator Stephen Nelson said the upstairs space of the Gollan Hotel was a perfect location for the temporary exhibition being co-ordinated by SCU lecturer Leonie Lane.

"The exhibition is entitled MISC, which is shorthand for a 'miscellany' or extremely mixed bag," Ms Lane said.

"We decided this was the only possible way to describe the wide range of works. The Year 3 Digital Art and Design students are an eclectic bunch with an amazing range of art practices and interests and they have designed this showcase themselves."

During the exhibition, student Prudence Lawrence will bring "contemporary nostalgia" as she creates a domestic space with upholstered furniture using her own designs printed onto fabrics.

Student and jewellery designer Wendy Powitt, who also represented Lismore at a pop-up exhibition at the Rocks in Sydney, will bring her fascination with bears into the creative art space as she examines the layers of meaning inherent in objects handed down from generation to generation.

"The Art in the Heart format is a perfect way for the student artists to show what they're working on to the general public and wider community here in the city centre," Ms Lane said.

"It encourages students to extend their imaginations and installation skills working with a range of differing sites, and we'd like to bring more student exhibitions into empty shops in the CBD after this one."

The exhibition will be launched next Thursday, May 24, at 4.30pm.

Leonie Lane

SCU lecturer

 

The Art in the Heart format is a perfect way for the student artists to show what they're working on to the general public and wider community here in the city centre.


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