Cowwarr Art Space

We are the original pioneers of the HYBRID ART SPACE. The Cowwarr Art Space is a private enterprise owned by Carolyn Crossley and Sculptor Clive Murray-White. Together with Cowwarr Arts Network (CAN) Inc. the not-for-profit community arts organisation, we deliver a program comprising; residencies, exhibitions, performance and social engagement.

Open Call CAN Inc. Residency More information
Open Call 2014 Exhibition Program More Information

Open: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday 11-5pm

Friday, April 4, 2014

Future Now - a snap-shot

 We are open during the school holidays with Future Now

touring exhibition featuring the next generation of contemporary artists from the VCA Honours program presented by The Substation and the VCA with support from Arts Victoria.

Matthew Benjamin,Conversation Pieces 2013
Virginia Overell, Explaining roads, a town, a distant lake 2012
Jedder Jones Je te hais 2012
Klara Fletcher Tenere 2013 (detail)
Jedder Jones and Hannah Raisin Blowhole 2013
Add Georgie Mattingley White Anaesthesia  2012
Annabelle Kingston c-type pringle, Haunted swimming pool, Wash your hands, turn the page, L8R NOOBz 2, 2013
Virginia Overell, Explaining roads, a town, a distant lake 2012
Klara Fletcher Tenere 2013 installation

Monday, February 24, 2014

Future Now - Presented by The Substation & VCA

Come and join us on Sunday the 16th of March @ 2pm to celebrate the opening of the touring exhibition featuring the next generation of contemporary artists from the VCA Honours program presented by The Substation and the VCA with support from Arts Victoria.

Future Now, an annual award exhibition of Victorian College of the Arts honours graduates is now in its second year. These artists have stood on common ground, but found their own territory. Working across diverse media such as video, installation, sculpture, photography and performance, this eclectic selection goes hand in hand with The Substation’s topography, giving context to the first point of exposure before the exhibition goes on tour to several regional Victoria locations in 2013/14.

Exhibiting artists: Matthew Benjamin, Klara Fletcher, Jedder Jones, Annabelle Kingston, Georgie Mattingley, Virginia Overell, Hannah Raisin.

The Cowwarr Art Space will host the latest iteration of future now opening on the 16th of March continuing until the 5 May 2014.

Georgie Mattingley, White Anaesthesia 2012 (digital video still)
Georgie Mattingley’s video works question the limits of people’s values as they ask the viewer to consider the ability of collaborative art practice to forge new visual spectacles. Her belief in art as a social language has led her into peculiar collaborations with local slaughter men, veterinary surgeons, rag-pickers and street beggars.

Hannah Raisin, Blowhole 2013 (digital video still)
Using photography, video, installation and performance, the work of Hannah Raisin ‘engages situated bodily actions as a way to examine and interrupt projected cultural ideals.’ The video installation Blowhole (2013) will play with our ability to interprate what is animalistic and what is human expression.

Annabelle Kingston, Future Splash 2013 (detail)
For more details and images of the artists work go to the Exhibition Catalogue

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Leigh Cunningham - FACES REVEALED

You are invited to joining us this SUNDAY the 16 FEB 2-5.
To celebrate Leigh Cunningham's residency and exhibition 

G1: Faces Revealed - Leigh Cunningham, N/Y.USA.
Artist in Residence Nov-Feb 2013-14

Our American resident artist, Leigh Cunningham, has used the luxury of time, space and privacy to develop elements in her art that take her from recent art school graduate to emerging artist. This is what her residency was all about. 

Leigh's new work relies heavily on process and emphasizes the physical act of painting. Rather like gazing at clouds on a dreamy afternoon Leigh identifies features that start to emerge. She encourages the facial forms to reveal themselves, slowly guiding them to the surface with conscious and considered interventions to create the final image. 

Sunday, January 12, 2014

The 2014 Cowwarr Art Space season has commenced!

There is always something special about the start of a BRAND NEW YEAR. The potential it holds and the excitement of new beginnings. Just like a fresh white canvas, slightly daunting and thrilling at the same time. A very exciting new development is the forging of formal relationships with both local and international arts organisations with announcements to be made very soon! So watch this SPACE!
Leigh Cunningham, untitled studies, oil on Arches oil paper, 57x77cm 2014
This year the exhibition program is going to be more aligned with the residencies and the visiting artists. To kick the year off we are featuring some of the paintings Leigh Cunningham has created since taking up residence in the Butter Room Studio (formally known as the Basement) in November 2013. 

Leigh Cunningham, a painter and a recent graduate of PARSONS THE NEW SCHOOL FOR DESIGN NEW YORK. who after graduating worked as a painting assistant to Eric White prior to taking up the residency in Cowwarr. 

The duel attractions of a CAN Inc. residency at the Cowwarr Art Space was the benefits of being connected with Melbourne’s rich and thriving art scene, whilst having the opportunity to be removed and work independently in isolation in a rural environment and to explore the things she had no time for at Art School.

As we have crested the hill of 20 years of operation, we can look back with pride and forward with anticipation. We are forever evolving and responding to opportunities that arise; this keeps the Art Space fresh and relevant.
The remodelled Janina Suite on the second floor of the Art Space.
In response to the ever increasing demand for our Artist-in-Residence program, especially from international artists, we have expanded our self contained accommodation to include a short stays studio in the Janina Suite.  This enables us to cater for those wishing to have a studio for 1-2 weeks and gives greater flexibility in our program.

We look forward to your next or maybe your first visit.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Season' Greetings

Clive and I wish all our artists, colleagues and supporters a relaxing and safe holiday and look forward to your continued support in the future. 
We are closed for December and re-open on Friday 10 January 2014.