What's happening at Northcity4!
The Northcity4 Christmas Bazaar!
Sunday 2nd December 10am – 3pm,
61 Weston St, Brunswick.
This year our Christmas Bazaar is bigger and better than ever!
All the beautiful Northcity4 artists will be selling their jewellery and objects and our invited guest artists this year are: jeweller Jana King; ceramic artists Rina Giles and Minna Graham, and weaver/basket maker Robyn Norris. See the gallery below for some images of their work.
We will be firing up the sausage sizzle, there will be the usual home baked goods and cups of tea and coffee.
This year we are also introducing a fundraising element to the bazaar in order to raise money for those affected by cancer. This year, several of our Northcity4 members have been directly affected by cancer and our fundraising efforts on the day will support them by helping with medical expenses, lost work hours, extra travel, and anything that can be done to help them recover.
So on the day please consider buying and wearing a campaign badge, or invest in a surprise from our fundraiser lucky dip. Also keep an eye out for jewellery sales that go towards fundraising efforts. And if you arrive around 1pm you can witness the spectacle of Anna Davern, Anna Gray and Ali Limb’s son Louis having their heads shaved to raise money to support friends and family members.
We are looking for 1 new artist to join the Northcity4 crew.
Northcity4 is on the hunt for some new board members.
applications due November 30
We are looking for people to join us to help shape the future of Melbourne’s contemporary jewellery community.
Northcity4 is a large shared jewellery and object studio and gallery and is also an exciting hub for Melbourne’s contemporary jewellery community. Northcity4 is community-minded, friendly, generous, inclusive, sustainability-focussed, inspiring, and lots of fun!
Board members are involved in maintenance and running of the studios as well as devising, planning and executing the creative projects, workshops and social events that define Northcity4.
We are looking for community minded people who have a passion for contemporary jewellery. You could be a maker or a non-maker, an established artist or a recent graduate, but you must have a desire to contribute to what contemporary jewellery in Melbourne could be.
- Northcity4 is centrally located in Brunswick, Melbourne.
- The studio space is bright, and open plan with an Indoor Forest creating a calming and healthy professional environment.
- There are 14 permanent studio spaces, two benches for 6-12 month residencies and projects, and five bench spaces that can be rented on a daily basis.
- We have a fully equipped jewellery workshop that is available to use by anyone working in the space.
- There are two large shared jewellery benches that can accommodate 10 students in technical workshops.
- Northcity4 operates TempContemp, a small formal gallery space in the studio, that is co-curated by a board member
- Northcity4 has a prominent façade in a busy location that has hosted creative installations.
The Northcity4 board has worked hard to foster a community of engagement amongst the artists working at the studio and the working atmosphere is one of dedication and congeniality.
Northcity4 is a not-for-profit organisation and is governed by a board of five people. Current board members are Anna Davern, Anna Gray, Caz Guiney, Ali Limb and Andrew Phillips. It is with much sadness that we announce that Ali Limb will be resigning at the end of February 2019. Ali is a founding member of Northcity4 and she will be sorely missed. She has made the difficult and sad decision to move on due to other work commitments.
If you believe that you could contribute to and benefit from being involved with Northcity4 then please let us know by sending us a two-page application. Please email your application by November 30. New board appointments will start in February 2019.
- On page one give us a sense of who you are and what you might have to offer the organisation
- On page two give us an idea of what you think Northcity4 could be and what it could offer to you and Melbourne’s contemporary jewellery community.
Expectations of board members of Northcity4
- Have an enthusiasm for contemporary jewellery and object and craft, and a commitment to the values of community
- Advocate for Northcity4 as a community hub for contemporary jewellery and object
- Contribute to the Governance of NC4 by working with other board members to establish and fulfil broad policies & objectives
- Ensure legal and duty of care obligations are met
- Actively facilitate activities that connect Northcity4 with the jewellery community and general public
- Be willing to share networks and expertise, as appropriate
- Maintain the community goodwill at Northcity4
- Attend at least 4 meetings per year
- General care, consideration and engagement with the Northcity4 tenants, including occasional studio visits
- Assistance with Northcity4 public events
On Sunday 26th November the studios at Northcity4 will be transformed into an amazing Christmas Bazaar featuring, not only the talented artists of Northcity4, but also some special invited guests, chosen from our amazing community of local professional crafts people. This will be a great opportunity to purchase some of Melbourne’s best contemporary jewellery, ceramics, and textiles direct from the artists.
You will also be able to visit and admire our beautiful Indoor Forest, created by artist Inari Kiuru. And there will be the usual sausage sizzle and delicious cold and hot beverages.
The 2017 Northcity4 Christmas Bazaar will take place on Sunday 26th November. Doors are open from 10am – 3pm. 61 Weston St, Brunswick
The Northcity4 Christmas Bazaar will feature works by:
Flavia Barar (Atelier Nomada), Georgie Brooks, Pam Camille, Juan Castro, Laila Marie Costa, Amanda Croatto, Anna Davern, Mehrnoosh Ganji, Emma Grace, Anna Gray, Annelies Hofmeyr, Jin Ah Jo, Cass Partington,
with special guests:
Come along to Northcity4’s annual Christmas ARTIST MARKET
Doors are open from 11am – 4pm with the launch of the Indoor Forest at 2pm.
Our Christmas Sale for 2016 features the works of NC4 studio and project space tenants – this is an opportunity to purchase some of Melbourne’s best contemporary jewellery direct from the arists. This year NC4 have extended the sale to invite local ceramic, textile, glass and floral artists – supporting the atmosphere of the Indoor Forest Launch at 2pm on the day.
The Artist Market will feature works by:
with NC4 special guests:
Amanda Dziedzic (glass) and The Handsome Bloom (flowers), Irina Giles (ceramics), Kirsten Perry (ceramics), Plant B.(plants), Debbie Pryor (ceramics) and Caitlin She (textiles).
It’s a new season of light and everything in nature has burst into growth, including the The Indoor Forest!
Our large forest containers are now ready and in place, designed by Inari and beautifully constructed during August by carpenter Ilmo Pylkkanen of Kohde Design. We used dark-stained quality plywood, and the wheeled boxes can also double as exhibition tables and generous storage spaces. The best of all? There’s a garden seat for two amongst the foliage, perhaps for sharing a beverage while contemplating life …
The main ceiling structures for the cascading green wall went up one sunny (and very early) morning when Ben and Rohan of Benno’s Renno’s rolled their sleeves up and climbed up the ladder without fear. Now we’ve got steel! Inari has also already placed some “test plants” into the boxes to get a glimpse of how they’ll look with green mass and texture. Many of the plants you see in the images below have been grown at NC4 in the past three years, and will end up at our feature succulent shelf in the school when replaced by larger plants in the forest installation. And then there are lush, lush plans for the hanging components and the floating island.
So stay tuned and follow the growth via Instagram @the_indoor_forest_project, as well as in the next NC4 newsletters before the Big Launch in late November!
And as always, if you love plants and would like to get involved in the project, please contact Inari at firstname.lastname@example.org
Spring sun and green regards,
Inari & the NC4 team
In the cold, dark months of winter most plants are resting, but the preparations for the construction of our Indoor Forest are red, hot and happening! The early vision of plants on wheels has developed into detailed plans and drawings of a three part installation, flowing through the entire Northcity4: There’ll be a hanging green island at the (soon to be renovated) kitchen/studio area entrance; a long shelf of succulents at the historical brick wall of the school, and the heart of the project, a large “forest” of different species of plants, rising up in between these spaces.
Along with the priorities of easy maintenance, strong and sustainable materials and maximum air-purifying qualities, our design brief for the works reads “light, airy, lush, contemporary and wild”. Fingers crossed!
The main construction task, for flexibility as well as visual appeal, will be creating the containers to house large pot plants within the main installation. We’re currently chatting with several makers about different possibilities while establishing a solution which fits our interiors and budget the best. At the same time we’re acquiring clientships with reliable wholesale nurseries and beginning to think about the number and variety of greenery to add to our lovingly homegrown samples. Rubber plants, sansevierias, monsteras and many others are on the list.
Would you like to get involved or find out more? Are you a handy person with skills and workshop facilities, and interested in the building side of this project? If so, get in touch with Inari, and keep following our progress in Instagram @the_indoor_forest_project and @Northcity4. Looking forward to showing you some photos as things develop into the construction phase!
Glimpses of dreams – sketches, system considerations and digital renderings for the installation © Inari Kiuru 2016
Monday 21st March, 6-8pm
Northcity4 – 61 Weston St, Brunswick
entry by gold coin donation – bookings essential
Northcity4 has invited artist Vicki Mason to discuss her recent residency at the Australia Council for the Arts Barcelona Studio. Vicki will speak about the research she undertook during the residency, as well as touching on the process of applying for funding.
Accumulating primary research material and building jewellery networks were key focal points of the Australia Council for the Arts Barcelona studio residency I recently undertook from October to December in 2015. My recent concerns regarding water use within the garden context has led to me researching water wise plants. With Australian and Spanish climates being comparable, investigating dry climate plants at the Barcelona botanic gardens (and other gardens/parks in Spain) enabled me to build a knowledge base of material that will inform my work into the future. I also developed new networks within the vibrant jewellery community, gave lectures and was able to exhibit my work while there.
Vicki Mason has been wearing jewellery since she was two and making it since she was 6 or 7. Born in New Zealand she lives and works in Melbourne, Australia. Mason completed her undergraduate studies in New Zealand and her Masters degree (Research) in Australia at ANU. She teaches, makes production and exhibition work and likes to write. She has works in both public and private collections and has received a variety of awards and prizes. Vicki is on the board of management of the World Crafts Council – Australia.
Window to a Distant Landscape
Installation by Lindy McSwan
February 6 – March 31, 2016
Northcity4 Façade (24hr viewing)
As part of the Sustainable Living Festival 2016, Lindy McSwan has created a striking installation for the façade of Northcity4 using reclaimed materials and indigenous climbing plants.
Time spent in the landscape of the Victorian High Country severely affected by the February 2009 bushfires has been the subject of Lindy’s work over the last few years. Even long after the fires, hectare after hectare of native forest remained devastated. Incalculable numbers of dead trees stand in the landscape. While tragic, a quiet and haunting beauty remains.
The panorama of burnt dead trees standing like towering matchsticks is austere and ghostly. A strong sculptural aesthetic manifests. As a mass and individually, shimmering silvery tree trunks contrast with large expanses of pure black charcoal. A strong sense of endless distance and space is evident. Ridge?lines of mountains fading into the horizon appear as unreachable layered silhouettes.
In creating this window and gate installation for NC4 Lindy is working on a larger sculptural scale for the first time.
“This installation will be an extension of my expression of the landscape, previously explored using the vessel as my canvas”.
Lindy put a call out towards the end of 2015 to collect recycled materials from friends, family, hair salons and the local community. Silver, grey, black and white materials that she collected have been manipulated, painted and transformed to create an artwork, which references the severity of the landscape that has moved her.
Indigenous plants were chosen to suggest regrowth and hope for the future of this extraordinary landscape.
Lindy chose a selection of native climbing plants to include in the installation.
She has generously offered to gift these plants to the Northcity4 Indoor Forest Project at the end of the installation. Thanks Lindy!
Thank you to The Sustainable Living Festival for your support and commitment to a better future.