Contemporary Australian art meets new Australian writing

Griffin Theatre Jasper Knight Gloria 2016Bringing contemporary Australian art and writing together in a rare, cross-­artform collaboration that adds a new dimension to the appreciation of both the visual arts and theatre, Griffin Theatre Company has invited 13 artists to create portraits of characters from plays in its 2016 Season in Portrait of a Character.

“It’s been fascinating to see such diverse and perceptive responses to the plays,” said Griffin’s Artistic Director, Lee Lewis. “Working on a production normally involves a significant degree of creative collaboration, so to see such deliberate and uncompromising interpretations of our playwrights’ intent is a rare gift. We’re incredibly grateful to the artists, who’ve given so generously of their time and talent.”

The artists taking part in this exciting venture are some of Australia’s most innovative painters, illustrators and photographers. Archibald finalists, street artists and comic book artists are all contributing to the project, and include: six times Archibald finalist, Jasper Knight; celebrated Australian actor and artist, Max Cullen; artist and illustrator, Emma Magenta and DC Comic Books artist, Nicola Scott.

Other artists taking part include: Chris Antico, Angus Callander, James Hancock, Michael McIntyre, Caroline McLean Foldes, James Jirat Patradoon, Rachel Szalay, Samantha Tidbeck, and Edwina White.

An exhibition of the works will be held at the SBW Stables Theatre on Sunday 17 April 2016. The artworks will subsequently be auctioned to raise money for the Company’s 2017 Season. The Portrait of a Character project has been supported by Creative Partnerships Australia, through the Plus1 Program which provides matched funding for selected philanthropic initiatives.

Portrait of a Character
SBW Stables Theatre, 10 Nimrod Street, Kings Cross (Sydney)
Exhibition: Sunday 17 April 2016 – 12.00pm to 4.00pm
Free entry

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Image: Jasper Knight, Gloria, 2016 (supplied)