Organisers

Katrin Repnau

Katrin Repnau was born in Estonia and currently resides in Melbourne, Australia. Her practice examines personal rituals involved in processing collective and private spaces. Through rigorous research and exploration she approaches questions such as what kind of psychological effect does the material characteristics of a space have? and how do we find our physical and psychological presence within a collective space?

In addition to participating in group shows annually, her exploratory practice also led her to establish an experimental gallery called hayward la gallery in 2015. The idea for the gallery rose from the need to both research and offer an alternative space for viewing art as well as to raise the question of the possibility of art in the contemporary domestic environment. Is there a place for contemporary art in the domestic environment? and could it be enjoyed by the many rather than the few that can afford it? 
The gallery runs project based exhibitions, a continuance of her symposium# works, which explore domesticity and belonging through colliding artists private rituals with a foreign domestic setting. Through this displacement these projects seek to understand what is the modern living space and how or if the meaning of the works is changed by that setting. 

Katrin has studied at Estonian Academy of Arts and graduated from Melbourne RMIT University. She has exhibited works at Sydney Tap Gallery, RMIT University, Fort Delta gallery, Red Gallery the Substation, to name a few; In addition to the hayward la gallery project exhibitions she has curated exhibitions at National Library of Estonia, Tallinn City Museum, Perth Town Hall, Western Australia's Trinity Conference Centre and was part of the Estonian Festival Eesto Päevad 2014 Art Exhibition subcomittee.

 

Bernadette Pilli

Born in Melbourne, Australia, Bernadette’s work history is diverse. She has experience in the field of community arts as Community Arts Officer, a resident visual and performing artist, director of an art and design studio, where a major focus was designing and screenprinting posters relating to social justice issues. In 2014 she volunteered as Director of the Estonian Biennial Art Exhibition this included selection of artists and curating show. In Education, she has been employed as a visual arts teacher and at secondary and tertiary levels. Throughout these years Bernadette maintained her own art practice in photography, printmaking and drawing. In the last 10 years she has focussed solely on her art practice in particular painting. 

Bernadette has held solo exhibitions Night After Nightness (69 Smith St. Fitzroy, 2008) and Site Specific (Art at St. Francis, Melbourne, 2014). Two joint exhibitions with artist Mary Murphy, Site Specific (Bundoora Homestead, Melbourne, 2014) and Site Specific – Cathedral Ranges (Little Fishes Gallery, Marysville, 2016). Her work has been selected for a number of group shows including South Coast National Pastel Prize, (Bateman’s Bay 2016) Wyndham Art Prize (2016), Place and Space (Red Gallery, Melbourne 2015), She (Walker St Gallery, Dandenong 2013/15), Estonian Biennale Art Prize, (Red Gallery, Melbourne 2014), Sunshine Coast Art Prize (QL. 2012).

Over the last 10 years landscape has been a reference point for Bernadette’s work. Her works have been a series of paintings and drawings, which interlock specific landscapes within maps. Her intention is to revisit the feeling of a place, to transform memory, to record something specifically recalled from that experience. The journey of leaving what we know and the unfolding of another map, another journey. The horizon becoming a symbol of hope, constantly moving. It is both an anchor to the past, and at the same time a way forward onto undiscovered possibilities. The map being the oldest most universal picture; the drawing a personal depiction. More recently Bernadette’s work is figurative, representing an exploration of the dying art of letter writing, receiving and responding. She has finished studies at RMIT University, Phillip Institute of Technology and Preston Institute of Technology.