About

Artin’ Geelong is my ad hoc attempt to document the art scene around the Geelong region.

Contact Deirdre Carmichael artingeelong [at] gmail.com

Copyright
All the text on this site is copyright Artin’ Geelong and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License unless otherwise stated. My photos are copyright Artin’ Geelong. The copyright of images provided by the artist remain with the artist.

21 thoughts on “About

  1. For someone who is completely clueless about art, I found this an interesting and informative way to engage with art in Geelong. Thank you!

  2. Hi Deirdre, I found you. Thanks so much for visiting our Gallery. I have really enjoyed reading your pages. I’ll be back. Regards Glenys

  3. Hi Deirdre,
    Love your blog. Wonder if you would like to have a look at “Unfolding Visions” an exhibition I am involved in currently on at Wintergarden. It is a group of nine of us and we hope to hold more exhibitions in the future. Unfolding Visions opened on Sunday and is displaying until the 31st March. I hope you will stop by and have a look. Jennifer

  4. Well done Deirdre! This is fantastic for Geelong and Geelong artists. So much information about what’s going on in art, who’s doing it, where it is…. thankyou. My diary is beside me and dates are going in. Maybe our regional newpaper could give you a gig, too! Regular arts columnist I think. Lisa

  5. Hi Deirdre – I’m so happy I stumbled upon your project! I’ve recently come to Chicago from Geelong to research and write about contemporary social structures (www.miriaminthemidwest.com) but I was active in promoting the local art scene and plan on being so again when I return in October. Great work, so glad there are so many of us coming up and out to make our town what we know it can be. Thanks!

    1. Thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment Miriam (in the midwest). Geelong is struggling at the moment as the town centre dies before our eyes with one shop closing after another. You have found yourself in a town in desperate need of community development. It would be great to hear your ideas on how the Geelong CBD can be reinvigorated. I think art projects can be a great way to create a sense of community, identity and place.

      1. I see the state of the Geelong community and city centre as an incredibly exciting opportunity. I really like the example of Renew Newcastly however I think Geelong’s effort (Made in Geelong) was a little off the mark last time I was involved with it.

        What I think we need to do is inspire an engaged citizenry – no more ‘residents’. We need to remind people that we, humans, people, are the wellsprings of energy and power, not governments and organisations (they only have it when we give it to them – and they are made up of us!) We need to spread the understanding that we are all parts of our community whether we realise it or not – our actions/inactions affect the group. And therefore, our community and it’s environments – built, economic, social – are how they are because we choose for them to be so. But first we have to get people out of their comfort/consumption zones – ditch the apathy for energy!

        As I’m back in a large American city, I’m struck by the comparison and just how seemingly lazy/blase/uninterested/self-involved/boring? people seem to be in Australian suburbs. We gotta get more people thriving, not just existing. For some reason, tougher economic times seems to make people more creative and open minded – not just in providing for themselves, but to different ways of approaching everything. I think the continued overall strong Australian economy lulls some into a state of apathy.

        You may be interested in City Repair (www.cityrepair.org) in Portland Oregon. Later this week, I will be posting some profiles of projects I participated in last month (www.miriaminthemidwest.com).

  6. Hi Deirdre
    Your Art in Geelong website is excellent and presented by far the most professional commentary about Lorne Sculpture 2011 I have seen. Your enthusiasm for the arts shines brightly. Thank you very much for supporting our event in such an inspiring way. I have emailed all my contacts your web link. Thank you for promoting our website – lornesculpture.com
    Regards Peter Matthews – Lorne Sculpture Committee

  7. Hi Deirdre,

    I just discovered ArtinGeelong and thought I should make contact.
    I am a photographer who has just opened up a Gallery called Surfcoastimages at 2b Gilbert Street Torquay (opened on Boxing Day)
    I am trying to create a ‘proper’ gallery down here, and currently have 2 steel sculptors, 2 jewellers and myself with photography.
    At the end of summer I plan to remove some of my work, and dedicate one wall to young painters, which means inviting 4 local painters in per year and offering each a 3 month exhibition. That’s where you come in, or I think you might. I am offering a space and you probably have the contacts to pass that information on. I just know how hard it was to get exposure when I arrived here in Torquay, and I’d like to give something back.

    Just thought I’d pass that on, and you can either use it to help someone or not, but at least I’ve supplied you with the information

    Regards,

    Kevan Way

  8. Hi Deirdre
    I have just rediscovered your site. I had thought you had stopped writing your blog at one stage? Anyway glad to see you are still giving us all the info on the art scene in Geelong.
    If we hold another exhibition I will be sure to let you know.
    Regards
    Pat

  9. It’s great to see you back Deirdre with Artin’ Geelong, your writings and visual material presents real substance in a simple, intellectual and engaging way, amazing!

  10. Hi Deirdre, I just came across your blog and think its great what you’re doing! Thank you for spreading the word about art in and around Geelong.

    I thought you might also be interested in sharing info re a drawing workshop that I will be running at Wintergarden on Saturday July 20th 2013 10 – 2. This will be the first of more to come! Please feel free to check out my work and would be happy to send you a flyer if this is of interest to you.

    Cheers! Lucy

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