If you are housebound (hello Melburnians!) or still choosing to spend time a lot of time indoors, here’s a few recommendations for entertaining yourself, if you’re looking for tips.
Art Galleries – online
Check out the McClelland National Small Sculpture Awards catalogue via the McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery website.
Hauser & Wirth have launched an online exhibition program that includes virtual tours.
If you like digging deep, you can explore public gallery collections online such as Geelong Gallery and Gippsland Art Gallery in Australia, as well as the international collections of the Rijksmuseum in the Netherlands and Museo del Prado in Spain.
And for the wee ones check out Tate Kids.
Only Artists BBC Radio 4 conversation series.
Grounded with Louis Theroux.
Recording Artists Season 1 Radical Women.
Homo Sapiens by Alan Cumming and Christopher Sweeney.
The Jealous Curator interviews.
Books – Kindle editions
The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone By Olivia Laing.
Marcel Duchamp: The Afternoon Interviews by Calvin Tomkins.
Just Kids by Patti Smith.
The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance by Edmund de Waal.
Stuff to watch
Celebrity Painting Challenge from the BBC.
Life Drawing Live via SBS on demand (Australian and UK versions).
What do artists do all day? series.
A Picture of the Painter Howard Hodgkin documentary.
And if you have a library card get yourself a free Kanopy Films account to access loads of documentaries and movies.
That’s all for now. Wishing you well!
Thank you to all who entered the Cockhead Quarantine Giveaway!
Oomi and I were overwhelmed by the response and thoroughly enjoyed reading your comments, it was a real treat. We very much appreciate all your effort.
It was no easy task but Oomi and myself have selected two prize pack winners, and they are:
Please message me to advise your current postal address details and I’ll mail your prize pack asap.
And as a sweetener every entrant will receive a runner-up goody pack in the mail as all your comments were lovely, thank you!
Note – I couldn’t pinpoint Rona Green mailing list subscriber details for the following entrants:
Please message me to let me know your full name and postal address if you’d like to receive a goody pack.
Many thanks for your ongoing support, and all the best.
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It’s time… for a Cockhead Quarantine Giveaway!
You can enter for a chance to win one of two prize packs that include a Cockhead tote bag (the last remaining of my stock), badges, magnets, postcards and bookmarks.
To enter the giveaway:
1. Be a follower of ronagreenblog.com
2. Be one of my mailing list subscribers – existing or new – if you aren’t yet a subscriber click here to sign up
3. Leave a comment on this blog post about which of my pictures is your favourite and why – you can view work on my website gallery to select your favourite by clicking here
Entries close at 11.59pm (AEST) on Thursday 30 April 2020.
Each entry will be reviewed by myself and studio assistant Oomi the Greyhound to select the two prize pack winners.
Winners will be announced in a blog post on Friday 1 May 2020.
Thank you for your interest and good luck!
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Seems like it’s a good time to be indoors so here’s some arty stuff online you might enjoy…
Pine Copper Lime – The internet’s number one printmaking podcast. You can listen to me chat about my work as well as choose from many other episodes with wonderful printmakers. The website also has articles about the artists featured for you to read.
NAVA: In Conversation – Artists, curators and organisations discussing critical issues and ideas relating to the arts.
Talk Art – A podcast dedicated to the world of art hosted by Actor Russell Tovey and Gallerist Robert Diament.
National Gallery of Art Conversations with Artists Series – This series began in 1985 to highlight contemporary artists whose work is featured in exhibitions at the National Gallery of Art, USA.
Reading to do
Frank Auerbach: Speaking and Painting by Catherine Lampert – A chronicle of the artist’s life and career.
I’ll Never Write My Memoirs by Grace Jones – In the book, Grace takes us on a journey from her upbringing in Jamaica to her heyday in Paris and New York in the 70s and 80s, all the way to present-day London.
Christo and Jeanne-Claude: A Biography by Burt Chernow – An intimate portrait of this artistic team (worth looking on ebay to get this book for a reasonable price).
Things to watch
Crown Point Press Magical Secrets – A series of short videos documenting artists working at the printmaking studio.
Hori Smoku Sailor Jerry – A feature length documentary exploring the roots of American tattooing through the life Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins.
Who’s Afraid of Conceptual Art? – A BBC documentary where Dr James Fox embarks on an open-minded guide to historical and contemporary conceptual art.
The Great Pottery Throwdown – A TV series where potters from around the United Kingdom travel to Stoke-on-Trent, the home of pottery, for a competition to become top potter. Check out Season 1, Season 2 and Season 3 – you’ll never leave the couch!
All the best to you and yours – stay safe and sound.
Hope 2020 is going well for you.
If you’re interested in checking out some art exhibitions during the year please find following dates for a load of shows I’ve got on that you might like to visit if you get the chance.
9 November 2019 – 23 February 2020
40 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat VIC 3350 Australia
Open 7 days 10am – 5pm, free entry
This exhibition draws from the Art Gallery of Ballarat’s extensive collection of prints, drawings, paintings and sculpture, to reveal some of the ways animals have been depicted throughout history.
14 January – 18 February 2020
218c Willis Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011 New Zealand
Open Tuesday – Friday 10am – 5pm & Saturday 10am – 4pm, free entry
A lively group exhibition curated by Solander Gallery assistant Will Bennett showcasing new works by represented artists including yours truly.
No questions asked
17 April – 13 May 2020 – POSTPONED until April 2021
187 Liverpool Street, Hobart TAS 7000 Australia
Open Wednesday – Saturday 11am – 4pm or by appointment, free entry
I’m thrilled to be having a solo exhibition of hand coloured linocut prints at Penny Contemporary for the first time. I’ll keep you updated as to when the show will take place in early 2021.
In the midst
18 June – 19 July – POSTPONED until May 2021
32 West Thebarton Road, Thebarton SA 5031 Australia
Open Thursday – Saturday 11am – 5pm & Sunday 1pm – 5pm, free entry
A group exhibition of printmaking including hand coloured linocuts by Rona Green, linocut prints by Heather Shimmen and intaglio prints by Deborah Williams.
Some they do and some they don’t and some you just can’t tell
27 June – 26 July 2020 – POSTPONED until late 2020
Burrinja Cultural Centre
351 Glenfern Road, Upwey VIC 3158 Australia
This solo exhibition is a presentation of my hand coloured linocut prints depicting anthropomorphised introduced domestic animals and native Australian animals. In association with the show I’m excited to be running a range of public programs including practical workshops for all ages so if you’d like to stay informed you might like to follow Burrnija on Instagram or Burrinja on Facebook or refer to the Burrinja website.
30 June – 19 July 2020 – CANCELLED
Australian Galleries Melbourne
28 Derby Street, Collingwood VIC 3066 Australia
Open 7 days 10am – 6pm, free entry
For this solo exhibition at the Australian Galleries Print Room in Melbourne I’m delighted to be displaying a selection of hand coloured linocut prints alongside pencil and ink drawings, in addition to introducing explorations with new mediums including embroidery and sculpture. In conjunction with the show I’ll be giving an artist talk including Q & A as well as holding meet and greet sessions at the gallery. Keep up to date with all things Australian Galleries on the AG Facebook page and the AG Instagram feed.
Lastly and most importantly
Art Aid for Gippsland
14 February – 15 March 2020
70 Foster Street, Sale VIC 3850 Australia
Open Monday – Friday 9am – 5.30pm & Saturday – Sunday 10am – 4pm
Sunday 15 March 2020
100 Foster Street, Sale VIC 3850 Australia
Art Aid for Gippsland is a fundraising exhibition organised by Gippsland Art Gallery to support the 2020 Gippsland Bushfire Appeal. An overwhelming number of artists have donated work to support this event so there will be a myriad of artworks available to bid on to raise funds for this worthy cause. On the final day of the exhibition, Sunday 15 March 2020, all artworks will be auctioned with profits going to the Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund (GERF). The works to be auctioned will be up online to view in February. For updates and further info follow the Gippsland Art Gallery FB page.
If you wish to receive exhibition invitations directly you can join the Rona Green mailing list via my website by clicking here.
Looking forward to seeing you around.
A happy new year to you!
If you are looking for reading or listening or watching tips to start off the new year here’s a few for you:
Threads of Life: A History of the World Through the Eye of a Needle by Clare Hunter is an intriguing overview about peoples from all over who have used sewing and embroidery as a form of communication.
The Modern Art Notes Podcast is hosted by Tyler Green who has thoughtful and intelligent chats with artists, curators, historians and authors.
Dolly Parton’s America is a 9 part series that takes the listener on a journey into the ‘Dollyverse’.
I adore comedian Gilbert Gottfried, and the documentary Gilbert: a Gilbert Gottfried story is an interesting insight into his life. He also hosts the delightfully vulgar yet highly informative and entertaining Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Podcast alongside Frank Santopadre.
Lucian Freud: Painted Life is a BBC documentary on the life and work of the artist with contributions from friends, fellow artists and family members, and includes footage of Freud painting in his studio.
Peruse the Print Council of Australia blog to read interviews about all things works on paper.
Explore the interactive site for the 2014 MoMA exhibition Kiki Smith: Prints, Books & Things.
Check out the website of amazing artist Lubaina Himid.
Hope you enjoy 2020.