Optical Awakening by Emma Le Strange

Come on a polymathic journey into an artistic, scientific and cabarific extravaganza!

Emma Le Strange presents “Optical Awakening”, a solo exhibition, where by the white peacock lands and
illuminates your senses through performance and artwork.

The exhibition formally opens on the 2nd of December and runs until the 15th of December at Jugglers
ArtSpace, Fortitude Valley.

The opening night, on Friday the 4th, proves to be one of enlightened entertainment. Optical Awakening
will be officially opened by the Director of the Queensland Cabaret Festival, Alison St Ledger and will see
performances from the artist’s muse and emerging cabaret performer, CeCe Shabam, cabaret aficionado,
Melissa Cloake and Emma Le Strange making her stage debut as Delta de Milo.

Optical Awakening marks the creative polymath emergence of Emma Le Strange. Her art proves to be
one of uniqueness as she forces the age old art forms of drawing and crochet into the contemporary
scene. Emma explains that, “there is no doubt that drawing and crochet are still significant in a
contemporary setting. It is my hope to bring this fact to light in Optical Awakening”.

Optical Awakening, the year long project, has encompassed costuming, fiber optic crochet, photography,
realist drawing, etching, music and cabaret. Emma says “this exhibition is my renewal or even rebirth as I
leave behind personal struggles and embrace my future in contemporary art practices”. Emma has been
over-coming chronic illness since childhood that has resulted in daily, systemic pain, “it is important to
me to show that you are not defined in life by what you can’t do, it is what you can do that is important
and you don’t have to compromise when it comes to achieving your dreams.”

Emma Le Strange has constructed a victorian inspired corset and has adorned the front with crocheted
fiber optic cable. This and a fiber optic peacock tail make up a costume worn by the featured performer,
CeCe Shabam. Cassandra Croucher is a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University
and has dedicated many years to her first passion and profession as an educator. In 2014, Cassandra
entered the Brisbane cabaret scene under the stage name of CeCe Shabam and has since created a
variety of characters from the dramatic and dark to the cute and quirky. For Optical Awakening,
Cassandra will create a cabaret performance based around the theme of the white peacock.

Emma Le Strange has worked from photographs of CeCe adorning the peacock costume to create a series
of realist drawings. Half of these drawings are set behind LED lit, etched perspex, turning the drawings
into light boxes.

Emma’s skills go beyond the creative. She has formal qualifications in industrial chemistry and loves to
meld science, engineering and art. Also, in September, Emma received the Access Arts Achievement
Award of $10,000 to write, illustrate and publish a children’s story book in 2016.

If you can’t make it to the opening night of Optical Awakening, don’t fear, the performances will be live
streamed and recorded on Emma Le Strange’s you tube channel and will also be available on “wall” at the
gallery throughout the duration of the exhibition. Visit her website at emmalestrangeart.com or
Facebook page at facebook.com/EmmaLeStrangeArt for more details.

Jugglers 20/11/15

Skylark Community Murals Project

An initiative from the young people involved in the Inala Flexi EADP at Jugglers Art Space.

A big shout out to the Inala Flexi Centre and Brisbane City Council for coming together with us to deliver this deadly community development and artistic project in Inala, Brisbane. If your local, go check out the Skylark Street Murals Project.

We see Mother Earth holding and letting us go – she knows Reciprocity –
We watch as she is stood on by men with linear visions of progress since English colonization. Her hair the complex natural ecology of mangrove wetlands holds a story of resilience and connectivity of life and how Aboriginal people have engage and nurtured her life force since time immemorial – We see images and artifacts referencing pre-colonial trade and stories with Chinese Dutch, French, Macassan, Arab, and Portuguese being uncovered by the earth.

We see words being typed coming from the swamps
and land and the leaves – These stories held in the earth are handed down through oral tradition and what we now call art and performance are being written on paper – we honour the power in our stories and ways of telling and finding them – so many that were silenced and lost- So many stories are held in the streets and diverse people of Inala and this is a great local strength. We see the story sent off in a paper plane – a reference to working in the modern context – the stories are making marks and cracks in the concrete walls. The inclusion of the postcode onto the concrete wall shows how locals celebrate Inala and the very strong sense of community connection, belonging and pride The paper story is later caught by Mother Earth again- in a birds nest as time is cyclical and we will return to where we come from – Mother Earth holding and letting us go – she knows Reciprocity.

Project Co-ordinator & Artist: Nina-Rae Smith
Lead Teacher: Jo Campbell
Massive thanks to the artists: Libby Harward aka. Mz Murri Cod, *LUCKS and Xato Stencil

Jugglers 16/11/15

Jugglers' Annual Life Drawing Exhibition

Friday 13th November 6pm – 9pm

An exhibition of Life-Drawing and works inspired by, or evolved from, Life-Drawing. Created by the regular artists, usual suspects and special guests of the Jugglers’ weekly, Wednesday Life-Drawing Group.

Artists will include the likes of…
Jeremy Attrill
Andrew Burton
Chris Gosley
Mark Kielniacz
Alison Lee
Neil Lorenzo
Joy McDonald
Kathryn McGovern
Meredith Macleod
James Marsden
Aaron Micallef
Mark Ninness
Nic Plowman
Terry Summer
Gabrielle Tucker

Exhibition continues until the 18th of November.
Gallery Open both Saturday & Sunday 10am to 3pm

Jugglers 10/11/15

“3@103” an exhibition by Neil Lorenzo, Kathryn McGovern & Leisl Mott

Featuring the diverse works of three cutting-edge, contemporary artists working at Jugglers Art Space Inc’s Fortitude Valley Studios

Opening Friday 30th October 2015: 6:00-9:00pm
Exhibition continues to Sunday 1st November, 2015

Exhibition Open:
Wednesday 28th October 10am – 4pm
Thursday 29th October 10am – 4pm
Friday 30th October 10am – 9pm (Meet the artists from 6:00pm)
Saturday 31st October 10:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday 1st November 10:00am – 4:00pm

Hope you can join us!

Jugglers 29/10/15

Skylark Street Murals

Jugglers 14/10/15

Numinous-i by David Howard and Darryl Rogers

Featuring paintings by David Howard and Video/Holographic Installation by Darryl Rogers

*Opening night – Friday 9th October 6pm-9pm *

*Exhibition Runs – 9th Oct to 21st Oct, 2015. *

David Howard and Darryl Rodgers are two artists originally from Brisbane, who studied together at the Queensland College of Art. Their most recent exhibition will be shown at Juggler’s Art Space opening Friday 9th October and running until Wednesday 21st October.

Both artists have been exploring the concept of Numinous for a number of years, which questions the spiritual worlds and the metaphysical; specifically it is the impact they have on material reality that interests the artists most.

This exhibit combines two distinctly different but complimentary explorations of spiritual and material dualities.

Around the outside of the space, echoing the form of a sacred temple, sit Howard’s paintings. This series called Apostasy seeks to question the flailing loss and disconnection of spirit, body and soul in todays digitally ‘connected’ world.

At the centre of the space, with a nod to an inner sanctuary of contemplation, stands Roger’s four channel work entitled Sehnsucht. Sehnsucht is a German word that speaks to the sense that somewhere in an alternate reality there is something deeply longed for; a sense of home beyond the here and now. The experience is one of such significance that ordinary reality pales in comparison. The video based holographic/peppers ghost installation challenges perception, educes longing and evokes the mystery.

The opening night event for Numinous-i will occur from 6-9pm at Jugglers Art Space Inc – 103 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley. Exhibition continues till 21st October. Please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1706370872916274/ for more information.

Jugglers 07/10/15

'Where The Wild Things Are' at Jugglers Art Space Inc

“Where the Wild Things Are” is a commissioned public art installation painted on the Tarragindi Guide Hut complex by well known Brisbane artist Johnny Beer [Gimiks Born] with concept, curating and project management by Peter Breen [Director – Jugglers Art Space Inc]. The launch of the installation on September 12 included Afrobeat, Lismore Lantern monsters and lantern making workshops by Tarragindi Memorial Kindergarten and Tarragindi Scouts. The project was a joint funded venture by Arts Queensland, Brisbane City Council [Moorooka Ward] and Jugglers Art Space Inc

Jugglers 29/09/15

Filmic Interiors - a QUT 1st year Interior Design exhibition of models inspired by cult films.

Film provides the student of interior design with a rich archive of historical and contemporary visual experimentation, and a vehicle to research spatial strategies and design principles. A key factor in the visceral affect of film is the layering of cinematic techniques to imbue atmospheric or immaterial conditions, so often desired in the experience of interior space.

Join us …
-Friday October 2nd 6pm Opening Night at Jugglers Art Space.
-Exhibition 10-4pm 2-7 October, 2015.

Jugglers 28/09/15

Crush City Fame - Annual Exhibition

September 2015 sees the return of Crush City’s Annual combined exhibition at Jugglers Art Space.

This year we are boasting a roster of 11 artists, including some of Brisbane’s most well respected Fine artists, Graffiti artists and Tattooers, all under the Crush City Fame banner.

Please come and enjoy a drink and meet the artists at the launch party on Saturday the 26th of September 6-9pm.

The gallery will be open from Thursday the 25th of September until Monday the 28th of September for public viewing during the Jugglers opening hours: 10am – 4pm.

For further info stay tuned on their Facebook Pages & Website –
CRUSH CITY PAINT: www.facebook.com/Crush-City-169648643087383/ & www.crushcity.com.au/
CRUSH CITY TATTOO: www.facebook.com/crushcitytattoo

For enquiries please contact Jugglers at info@jugglers.org.au or call 3252 2552

Jugglers 21/09/15

Where the Wild Things Are - Mural Launch at Jugglers' Art Studios at Tarragindi with free community event

A new mural inspired by the friendly monsters of the children’s classic “Where The Wild Things Are” is covering the former Guide Hall and Hut at Tarragindi Reserve at 31 Newington Street, Tarragindi – currently being used as artist studios by Jugglers Art Space Inc.

The mural will be launched as part of a free family-friendly community event, involving arts & crafts, a lantern walk, food and entertainment on Saturday 12th September from 3pm.

With the support of Arts Queensland, Jugglers Art Space Inc have commissioned Artist Gimiks Born [www.gimiksborn.com/ International freelance muralist, street artist, illustrator and graphic artist] To cover the walls with Friendly Monsters that will inhabit, enliven and inspire Tarragindi Reserve.

Councillor Steve Griffiths has further supported the Launch through the Lord Mayor’s Suburban Initiative Fund,
For an event open to all local families to take part in workshops, lantern and mask making and a Twilight Procession:

- Tarragindi Scout Den will run a Lantern Making Workshop for families as well as a Sausage Sizzle.
- Tarragindi Kindy will run a Mask Making Workshop as well as a Tea and Coffee Stall
- Jugglers Artists-in-residence at the Guide Buildings will open their studios to the public.
- Lismore Lanterns will supply three giant friendly Monsters to lead the procession at Twilight.
- The whole procession of Monsters Lanterns and Masks will move to the drumming of AFROBEATS from approximately 5pm.

For more Information please contact Jugglers Art Space Inc on info@jugglers.org.au, or 07 3252 2552

This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

We hope you can join us for this fun event!

Jugglers 28/08/15