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22 Creatives Come Together For An Empowering, All-Female Exhibition

Art

Up To Us is the brainchild of graphic designer and art director Sally Piskuric, and communications manager Alison Lasek. For this exhibition, they asked 22 female artists, designers, and makers to create new artworks together, exploring women’s rights, inequality and current events through the lens of one question: What if it is up to us to design the changes we want to see in the world?

This inspiring Melbourne Design Week event brings together some of our favourite female creatives – including Beci Orpin, Ella Reweti, Tai Snaith and Pascale Gomes-McNabb.

Sally shares what inspired the empowering project, and how it all came together.

22nd March, 2022

See collaborative works from 22 diverse women at Up To Us. Photo – Ying Ang

Sally Piskuric and Alison Lasek curated and produced the wonderful showcase! Photo – Marie Luise Skibbe

The Bloom – Queen Nandi by Fatuma and Laurinda Ndenzako of Collective Closets and Sandra Githinj celebrates the phenomenal African female figures whose stories have been long forgotten. Photo – Ying Ang

HERS by Evi O. The paintings are a thoughtful colour study based on interviews with 16 different women! Photo – Ying Ang

The AMAZING Andromeda by Kate Stokes and Amanda Dziedzic. Photo – Ying Ang

Kate Stokes and Amanda Dziedzic in the studio with their creation – which explores themes of balance and support, and the crucial role that community and partners can play in enabling career satisfaction, mental wellbeing, and equal opportunities for women. Photo – Marie Luise Skibbe

Hear #1, of Hear, hear by Beci Orpin and Ella Reweti. Photo – Ying Ang

Beci Orpin and Ella Reweti. Their ‘retrofuturist parabolic dishes’ reflect and amplify voices, inviting the listener to actively participate, to be quiet and position themselves as the receiver, to hear even the quietest voice. Photo – Marie Luise Skibbe

Hear #2 by Beci Orpin and Ella Reweti. Photo – Ying Ang

Time and Space to Fail by Tai Snaith and Pascale Gomes-McNabb. Photo – Ying Ang

Tai painted a series of ‘failed’ self-portraits finished by her children and a ceramic clock without hands for the work. Meanwhile, Pascale designed a ‘whatnot’ – a multi-tasking display comprising of a standing desk, bookshelf, coat stand, change-room and screen populated with layers of mirror self-portraits. Photo – Marie Luise Skibbe

The works are all on show at Le Space in Collingwood! Photo – Ying Ang

Pride/Price by Mirella Arapian and Courtney Holm. Photo – Ying Ang

Unsolicited Advice by Josie Young and Amy Mills. Photo – Ying Ang

 

The quilted work touches on the pair’s experiences as chronically ill and disabled people, asking others to explore the concept of receiving unsolicited advice. Photo – Ying Ang

Christina Karras
Tuesday 22nd March 2022

When Sally Piskuric found herself becoming frustrated by recent dialogues regarding women’s safety, pay inequality and the challenges of motherhood, she decided to channel this anger into something empowering.

‘Melbourne is filled with incredible female designers, many who have worked hard to fight for women’s issues and pay equality. They have mentored female designers and really tried to give women interesting opportunities. I’m constantly inspired by these women, and I just kept thinking, wouldn’t it be amazing to bring all these women together,’ Sally says.

So, with the help of her creative partner, Alison Lasek, they decided to do just that!

They reached out to women from a range of industries and asked them to choose a collaborator they wanted to work alongside with to create a piece for their exhibition, Up To Us.

This happened very organically, says Sally, with most choosing to work with someone had always hoped to collaborate with. Others were introduced to their artistic partner by Sally, who connected creatives based on their shared values and interests.

The show features a set of dishes from Beci Orpin and Ella Reweti, a mixed media installation about the power of failing from Tai Snaith and Pascale Gomes-McNabb, and an incredible rainbow light sculpture discussing gender roles by Kate Stokes and Amanda Dziedzic – plus so much more.

Sally says the show speaks volumes to this year’s MDW theme of ‘design the world you want’ with the participating artists covering topics such as isolation, disability and chronic illness, and motherhood – to name a few.

‘The world we want supports and encourages women, giving them the platform to discuss and create design solutions for complex issues that directly impact them,’ she says.

All proceeds from Up To Us’ speaker series ticket sales and merchandise will be donated to two charities doing incredible work to support women; Djirra and Safe Steps. Many of the artists are auctioning off their pieces are also giving proceeds going to these wonderful charities. Other works will be available for private sale.

You can learn more about Up To Us here, and shop the online auction here.  

Up To Us
Le Space Gallery
1 Mater Street, Collingwood

March 17 – March 27

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