September 16, 2019
The Mitchell family are pleased to announce an innovative partnership between Montalto and the Ian Potter Museum of Art to bring multidisciplinary workshops to Red Hill.
We are excited to host a range of contemporary and thought-provoking artists at Montalto, starting with Minna Gilligan in October, and continuing with Vipoo Srivilasa in November.
Our connection with the Potter started with the Montalto Sculpture Prize in 2017 with Kelly Gellatly, Director of the Ian Potter Museum of Art at the University of Melbourne, joining as a Guest Judge. Kelly then joined the permanent judging panel from 2018. Through this connection, a close partnership has developed and together we aim to make “the experience of art and the role of creativity relevant, enjoyable and of value to the next generation” on the Mornington Peninsula and create another moment out of the ordinary at Montalto. Working closely with the Potter continues our ethos at Montalto of enhancing community connection, creativity and curiosity. We do this through other partnerships, including with the Wheeler Centre, Musica Viva, local sailing clubs and the Red Hill Art Show, and are excited to now also include the Potter.
Minna Gilligan: People’s own personal narratives/messages in collage.
A collage workshop wherein participants do not just stick images on paper. The artist will guide participants to make a work that unifies painting and collage into a personal narrative or scene. As a starting point, participants will meditatively trawl through old books and magazines, choosing images that jump out or speak to them in some way. Together, these disparate images will then begin to form ideas for a mise en scène. The chosen images will be combined with the colour and texture of paint, which forms a background, a mood, or a ‘setting’. Each participant will be encouraged to identify the intent or narrative in their work, a protagonist, or perhaps a more abstract outcome.
27th October, 2019 10 am – 1 pm
Vipoo Srivilasa: People’s own interpretation of themselves through selfie’s and clay
This project uses the selfie as a starting point to create a self-portrait in clay. This workshop begins by asking participants to take a selfie, using their mobile devices to capture both their attitude and personality in one frame. Under the artist Vipoo Srivilasa’s guidance, the participants will be asked to remember their selfie and then re-create it in clay.
To maximise the sense of touch, the feel of clay texture and an extra challenge, a sleeping mask is offered to participants who wish to create their clay selfie by touch, rather than sight. The finish bas-relief clay ‘selfies’ will form an installation in the workshop space before the creator takes them home. The installation offers a chance to view unique pieces created by the audience.
10th November, 2019 10 am – 1 pm
The Ian Potter Museum of Art was founded in 1972 and is the University of Melbourne’s art museum. It is a space that encourages active dialogue and debate. The Potter manages the University of Melbourne Art Collection, which holds works ranging from antiquity to contemporary art, including international and Australian Indigenous material culture and works by major Australian artists of the 19th and 20th centuries. In recent years the development of the collection has extended beyond this important foundation to reflect the broader community and the role of the University as a place of learning central to the cultural life of Melbourne.
The Montalto Sculpture Prize is among the most valuable private sculpture prizes in Australia – and founders John and Wendy Mitchell have, once again, confirmed a prize value of $40,000 for Montalto Sculpture Prize 2020. Montalto Sculpture Prize is an Acquisitive Sculpture Prize – among the most valuable private sculpture prizes in Australia. 2020 is our 18th annual Exhibition and Prize! Our first exhibition was in 2003, with 17 finalist artists competing for an $8,000 award.
From 2003 through to 2019 we have exhibited 444 sculptures and awarded over $368,000 in prize money. Our permanent collection is now 33 sculptures and is one of the most visited attractions on the Mornington Peninsula, open daily from 11 am – 5 pm.