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Call me a philistinee - The Sydney Morning Herald quotes Sharpe's description of the work.READ MORE
Liberal MP prefers Shakespeare sans Bottom.READ MORE
Greens MP Adam Bandt said: "The human body is far from the most offensive thing on show in this building".READ MORE
I have drawn portraits of 39 refugees and asylum seekers as a contribution to creating public awareness of the challenges they face and to introduce us to a few of these people.
All of the portraits are in full colour and are drawn in pastel. They are drawn from life in 2-3 hours. I am drawing people:
*Who are living legally in the community while they wait for their applications for protection to be processed.
*Who have recently been granted protection and are starting to rebuild their lives in Australia
*Who Came to Australia in earlier periods and have since made an enormous contribution to Australia.
This is not about politics. It is about our common humanity. I want to show that they are people like us, with the same hopes and dreams. Many of those I have met during this project have fled situations of great danger, whether it is political, cultural or religious.
I cannot even imagine how it would feel to have to leave everything behind. But they have had to leave their family, their home, their culture and their country. They have survived and are now focussed on rebuilding their lives, starting all over again. They have been an incredible inspiration.
Early in 2015 an exhibition was formed in conjunction with the Asylum Seekers Centre in Sydney. Cards accompanying each portrait contained a brief story about why they came here, their hopes and dreams for the future, as well as their personal interests
I did not be receive any commission at all, from the exhibition, I felt it would be wrong to do so. All money raised went to support the Asylum Seekers Centre. The Centre provides personal and practical support to over 1,500 asylum seekers, such as legal advice, accommodation, health care, food and employment assistance. As a grassroots, non-profit organisation, it has to rely on grants, donations and volunteers to undertake its work.
After kicking off in Sydney the exhibition moved to Canberra then Penrith Regional Gallery.
I wanted to attract people who have not been involved with asylum seekers but are concerned or confused about who they are and why they come to Australia.
A video was made during the portrait sittings in which I discuss the concept behind the project as well as the drawing process. This video can be viewed at www.asylumseekerscentre.org.au
A catalogue was also produced, containing the portraits and the individual stories.
I also gave those asylum seekers and refugees who participated a small signed copy of their portrait to as a personal thank you.
One of the most rewarding aspects of the project has been to see the asylum seekers relax while I draw them. They ask me to see them for the people they really are, not a group of people who have been given a label. They say that just for a few hours, it is an escape from the daily stress and worry about their current and future lives.
Links, to videos and further information:
Asylum Seekers Centre time lapse video - Michael Amendolia, editor Matt Feeney (1.5min).
Asylum Seekers Centre web page includes a video.VISIT LINK
Article by Stephanie Wood - Sydney Morning Herald Jan 23rd 2015.READ MORE
Condobolin Argus Doctor May exhibits refugee success.Feb 5th 2015READ MORE
ABC Radio National visit link to listen or download Sharpe talking about her art (broadcast 9/2/2015)VISIT LINK
Wendy has been working in Paris on a number of things including a project in Quai Saint Michel in a studio on the Seine nearly opposite Notre Dame. It is next to the studio where Matisse lived, there is the same view from the windows. Wendy has several projects underway in Paris including drawing and painting the French burlesque dancers. Wendy has also been drawing in New York City (see picture above) and in Mexico.
Wendy Sharpe formed the subject of a feature in the bi-monthly magazine of The Art Gallery Society of NSW magazine 'LOOK'.WEBSITE LINK
Wendy Sharpe was invited onboard the vessel Aurora Australis as a guest of the Australian Antarctic Division. Sharpe's constant painting and sketching over this 6 week trip to repair and preserve the Mawson Huts, resulted in two exhibitions (Sydney and Hobart). The exhibitions were sponsored by Kordia Solutions and the Australian National Maritime Museum. All proceeds from the exhibitions went to the conservation of Mawson's Huts.
Sharpe in Antartica with the Mawson's Huts Foundation. filmed and produced by Nick Roden
A 106 page book of the Antarctic paintings was available at the exhibition (ISBN 978-0-9803515-9-02011).VIEW PROJECT
Wendy Sharpe is featured in the DVD and book STUDIO: Australian Painters on the Nature of Creativity by Ian Lloyd and John Macdonald, will be launched with an exhibition of photographs at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra on Friday July 13th 2007. (for further details visit).R. IAN LLOYD - WEBSITE
Literally in the picture here at the protest in Sydney over threats to the survival of The National Art School. Wendy keeps a keen eye on the future of this important institution that can trace its origins back over 150 years.NAS WEBSITE