Alison Percy is a visual artist living near the Murray River in Albury on the border of NSW and Victoria. Working in the creative industries has been Percy’s life. She completed an Associate Diploma in Visual Arts while training as a graphic designer in a fast paced advertising art department.
Percy has developed a diverse range of skills over her career. Her eye for detail and passion for all things art, design and colour has seen her tutor Illustration, Design and Visual Arts at Wodonga Institute of TAFE to Painting and Life Drawing at Murray Art Museum Albury.
Percy’s energetic and passionate nature reflects across landscape, floral and figurative works which varies from a loose and instinctive mark to one that is highly considered. Intuitive use of fluid line initiates an honest connection through the artist and onto the surface using ink, charcoal, acrylic and gouache onto linen and paper.
After 36 years working as a designer, interior design consultant and calligrapher, she took a leap of faith in October 2018 to focus solely on her visual arts practice – which has opened the door to residencies, awards plus ongoing exhibitions, private sales and commissions. Her first solo was in May 2015 and she’s just opened her seventh in March 2019 with another two later in the year!
Ara received a Bachelor of Fine Art (sculpture) from RMIT University (2012) and Master in Social Science Environment and Planning (2014). His interdisciplinary practice explores the relationships between cultural landscapes and the natural ecosystem. It conflates a number of ideas around the themes of the studio and laboratory and in turn social and environmental politics.
Ara has exhibited nationally and internationally and has been involved with a large number of collaborations and public art projects. To name few: Finalist for the Darebin Art Prize, Deakin Small Sculpture Prize, The Substation Station Contemporary Art Prize, Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize and was highly commended for Nothfair and a recipient for the 2019 Project Developments Funding from Australian Council for the Arts.
Ara completed a residency with Centro Negro AADK 2016 and a solo exhibition in Spain and received a grant to develop a new project for the 2017-18 program at Espacio de Arte Contemporáneo in Montevideo Uruguay. In 2017 Ara received funding to complete a project and a residency with Soil Science Australia in Brisbane.
Curatorial Officer, Public Programs, MURRAY ART MUSEUM ALBURY
Sophie Holvast is an arts professional based in North East Victoria. She is currently Curatorial Officer Public Programs at Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA). Previous roles include: Curator at Arts Space Wodonga; Manager, Public Programs and Communications at Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF) in Sydney; and Coordinator, Client Services at the Moving Picture Company (MPC), London.
Sophie undertook a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the National Art School (Sydney) where she majored in painting and completed drawing, ceramics and art history subjects. She went on to study Visual Communications at the Commercial Arts Training Centre, Sydney. In her spare time Sophie dabbles in freelance graphic design, ceramics, drawing and gardening. Sophie loves learning, sharing and talking about art, and believes it is a critical tool in helping us consider our past, present and future