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01.06.2017 to 25.06.2017

Up North

by Claire McArdle

Gray Street Workshop Gallery 1 June - 25 June 2017

Have you ever wondered what you could make out of Icelandic Wolfish skin or thought about dying something with rhubarb roots…well Claire McArdle has.

Up North is a collection of new work made in response to time Claire spent as an artist in residence in Blönduós, Iceland.

Wolfish skin, petrified wood, tiger-eye and marble along with the more traditional materials brass, sterling silver and epoxy form the eclectic palette Claire has chosen to create a diary of objects that reflect her time in Iceland.

Claire is interested in how the landscape has influenced the people and how the people have influenced the landscape in the climatically harsh environment of Iceland.

Exploring the place as an outsider Claire observed the daily routines and objects and experimented with local materials and techniques. The resulting exhibition is an intriguing and personal expression of time spent in an alien landscape.

Claire is a Melbourne based artist, her practice is an exploration of the world around her and her curiosity has taken her to Germany, Japan, Estonia and Mexico.

Claire will be giving an artist talk directly before the opening at 5.30pm, Thursday 1 June. This is your chance to hear about Iceland and it’s influence on Claire’s work and perhaps about a few of the other places she has visited.

Up North not only introduces a talented artist to Adelaide audiences it also marks the last exhibition to be held at Gray Street Workshop Gallery, Adelaide. The workshop partners are packing up and moving west. At the new premises in Thebarton the focus will be on making, researching, experimenting and more making with workshop’s hallmarks of ingenuity and inventiveness.

Details of the move will follow.

So don’t miss your last opportunity to visit the gallery, your first opportunity to see the enigmatic work of Claire McArdle and a good opportunity to support the local arts community.


For more information on this exhibition or the workshop


Phone            8223 2966


To arrange an interview with the artist please call Sue on 0407110884, High-resolution images are available.