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Mind Drawing Children’s Stories

Jenni L Ivins

Jenni L Ivins

Cube 37 - Cube gallery
8 - 19 Oct

T-F 9-5 Sat 9-2 | Free Entry

Opening Event: Thursday 10 October, 6pm
RSVP: 03 9784 1896

Jenni refers to her style as Mind Drawing where she engages the viewer to find shapes and objects within her highly detailed drawings. Children and adults alike will enjoy the challenges of finding the objects with her treasure hunt activity of finding the items in the artwork game as she encourages us to seek the exceptional that is so often camouflaged by the commonplace.

The Mind Drawing Children’s Stories Exhibition was created in response to Jo Canham’s invitation to introduce the Port Fairy community to my quirky style of drawing. As her gallery is Blarney Books and Art, it had to have a literary theme. 

During the next twelve months I created Mind Drawings in public venues in three municipalities in Melbourne’s South East; also running community workshops and activities, (including collaborative community Mind Drawings)at Burrinja, the Cardinia Cultural Centre and gate 6.

The exhibition launched in Port Fairy in November /December 2016, where I did a week-long residency at The F Project in Warrnambool.

In 2017 the Mind Drawing Children’s Stories book was launched during the six week exhibition at the Cardinia Cultural Centre. The exhibition was extended in acknowledgement of the Innovation Prize I received at the Yakkerboo Art Show (now Art Show Pakenham) during that time. I also ran school holiday activities for families and a series of visual art and writing workshops, with the support of a Small Change Grant from the Cardinia Shire Council.

In April-May 2017, a selection of works from the project was exhibited in two Casey Council art spaces. And I delivered a key note artist talk at the opening of a youth exhibition.

I plan to bring the project back to Yarra Ranges after the renovations at Burrinja have been completed. 

In the photos above, you can see a laminated poster of The Friendship Tree, which also appeared in many of the venues, along with treasure hunt cards in a game inspired by the Upper Beaconsfield community response to jewellery made from prints of elements within the picture. 

In September 2017, the exhibition moved to gate 6 Gallery, where the series of Mind Drawing greeting cards with hidden four leafed clovers, was launched. 

I held two weeks of workshops in the adjacent studio. These were drop-in observational drawing workshops in the first week, with a structured program during the second.

Immediately following this, I commenced a three month residency at Heritage Hill. The venue and ‘other worldly’ experiences that occurred during my AiR have inspired my current body of work, including a fantasy story, with an artists’ residency setting.

I have applied for a residency at Police Point next year to focus on the manuscript and creating more Mind Drawings. - Jenni L Ivins


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