ESP @ Stirrup - "Women Together: Conflict, Courage and Hope"

ESP next show is at :
Stirrup Gallery, 142 Addison Rd Marrickville NSW


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"Women Together : Conflict, Courage, and Hope"

ESP Gallery presents a photographic exhibition for refugee women, in conjunction with Australia for UNHCR, and hosted by Stirrup Gallery.

Featuring works by international award winning photographer Thomas Mukoya.

Proceeds go to Australia for UNHCR, to support refugees.

Special Guests :

* Sister Angélique Namaika, 2013 Nansen Refugee Award recipient
* Naomi Steer, National Director, Australia for UNHCR

There are currently 60 million displaced people across the world forced to flee their homes because of conflict, famine and war. The majority of the displaced are women and children. This exhibition, through the poignant photos of award-winning photographer Thomas Mukoya, shows life for refugee women as it is experienced in some of the major humanitarian emergencies across Africa.

Thomas Mukoya is a Photojournalist with the Thompson Reuters News Agency in East Africa. His awards include :

* 2003 - Kenyan Union of Journalists - Photojournalist of the Year
* 2010 - Photographers Giving Back award - Sweden
* 2013 - Media Council of Kenya - Photojournalist of the Year
* 2013 - Kenyan Photographers Association - Photographer of the Year

Thomas has worked extensively with various humanitarian organisations including Australia for UNHCR, UNICEF and Medicins San Frontieres.

Opening: Saturday 15 August,  4 pm - 6 pm

at Stirrup Gallery, Addison Road Community Centre, 142 Addison Road, Marrickville

Exhibition: Wed 12th - Sun 23rd August, open Wed - Sun.

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Information: community@unrefugees.org.au, Linda van der Torre on 02 9276 6877, espgallery@gmail.com


ESP - Final Fling



After 5 1/2 years of operation as a community not for profit art gallery, Marrickville Council is not renewing ESP Gallery's lease and so we must close.

While we will no longer have a physical gallery space, we do have plans for the future, including an online gallery and occasional ESP group shows around Sydney.

It's been a ball and the party isn't over, it's just going virtual !

To thank you, our dear ESP'ers, our friends and supporters, artists, art-lovers, & volunteers, we are having a final fling on Sunday 18 January. We will open all day from 11am for our garage sale and then at 4pm, we will party like it's 2009 way back when we first opened!

Garage Sale : Sun 18th January 11am - 4pm - lots of bargains, tools, chairs, plinths, mower, desk, etc.

Final Fling : Sun 18th January 4pm & onwards, come & meet the ESP team, who have shown over 300 local, national and international artists and held 75 exhibitions and events since 2009, including Marrickville Contemporary Art Prize 2011, 2012, Head On Festival 2010, 2012, Sydney Canvas Company Painting Prize 2013.

We are proud of what we have achieved with no government grants and our completely volunteer run organisation!

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Putting Marrickville on the Artist Map

  • In 5 years, 73 exhibitions and performances with over 300 artists, over 1000 individual artworks in all media

  • hosting the Sydney Canvas Company Painting Prize in 2012

  • participation in Marrickville Festival by holding related exhibitions in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013

  • co-hosting Marrickville Contemporary Art Prize 2011, 2012

  • participation in Marrickville Open Studio Trail 2011, 2013, 2014

  • participation in national Head On Photo Festival in 2010, 2012

  • participation in Sydney Fringe Festival by holding related exhibitions in 2010, 2011

  • participation in Sydney Fringe Festival 2011 with the innovative art demonstrations series, Behind the Studio Door, featuring  live demonstrations of : Interpretative Ink (Lou Steer and Jane Trethewey); Guerilla Textile Art (Chris McKendry); Woodblock Printing (Dr Cassandra Daw). Behind the Studio Door has been repeated several times since its introduction

  • hosting Marrickville Womens Salon in 2010

Presenting Musicians and Poets

  • Progtopia (music concert featuring internationally acclaimed band Unitopia) for Sydney Fringe Festival 2011

  • Sacred Infusions (multifaith multicultural performance poetry event) for Sydney Sacred Music Festival 2011

Presenting International and Interstate Artists

  • hosting Marrickville Council residency by internationally reputed Berlin poster artist, Stefan Fahler in 2010

  • hosting Marrickville Council residency by interstate artists from 69 Smith Street Gallery, Melbourne in 2011

  • hosting internationally reputed US rapper, poet and street artist, Tony B Conscious in 2012;

  • hosting NY artist Scott Seaboldt in 2013

  • hosting award winning Kenyan photographer Thomas Mukoya in 2014

Fundraising for Good Causes

  • raising $2,715 for Australia for UNHCR in 2014, to assist refugees

  • raising funds for the family of deceased Marrickville artist Aziz Ulas in 2012.

Career Development for Volunteers

  • former director, Eva Mayha Davis, was awarded a 2014 internship at The Guggenheim Museum in New York City and is now a gallery guide at the Guggenheim Museum;

  • volunteer Lia Wittig worked at Sao Paolo Biennal and as an intern at Gagosian Gallery, New York City in 2014

Featuring local and international performance artists as part of its openings including:

  • "Founder", innovative electronica group

  • "The Ukes of Hazard", Sydney University ukulele band

  • "The Ranch Hands", cowboy rock

  • "Rusty Spring Syncopators", bluegrass

  • Candy Royalle, Danny Gardner, Ben Hession, Lou Steer, spoken word performers

  • Felicity Martin, contemporary movement performer

  • Kwesi Nyako from Karifi, drums

  • Tony B. Conscious (USA), rap and street art

  • Jeffrey Hamilton, Andros, Lou Steer, Cassandra Daw, Jane Trethewey, live art


ESP - Walking my Camino - Ann Theresa Gregory

Opening : Sat 6 DEC from 4pm - 6pm

Exhibition : from Thur 4 DEC until Sun 21 DEC

Opening Hours: Thur/Fri 3pm-6pm, Sat/Sun 11am-4pm

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ESP Gallery presents our final show for 2014 ...

Ann Theresa Gregory recently walked the last 100km of the famous Spanish pilgrimage known as St James Way, or the Camino to Santiago de Compostela.

She brings us her creative response in paintings and ceramics, depicting the scenes and symbols along her journey.

Hear Ann speak about her experiences at 5pm on opening night, with guest speaker: Lorraine Kypiotis, BFA Coordinator and Art History Lecturer, National Art School, Sydney


ESP - Life Drawing at Friend in Hand - 10th Anniversary

Opening : Sat 22 NOV 4 - 6PM

Come celebrate 10 years of weekly life drawing sessions at The Friend In Hand Hotel @ Glebe at this exciting group show. 36 artists, 36 works. Curated by Geoffrey Goodes.

Exhibition runs to Sun 30 Nov 2014

Opening Hours: Thur/Fri 3pm-6pm, Sat/Sun 11am-4pm

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ESP - The Inner West Trading Co.

ESP Gallery presents two very talented local artists who have joined forces for  "The Inner West Trading Co." ....  A stunning exhibition by Adam Galea (sculptor) and Patrick O'Rourke (portraits).

From Sat 1 Nov to Sun 16 Nov.

Both artists have created and exhibited extensively in the Marrickville area and exemplify the varied and diverse range of artwork that is to be found within the local community.

While their work comes from two distinct backgrounds and continents, combined in one space, they’ll create an exciting exploration of similar themes such as adversity, human interaction, the mutability of memory, deterioration, loss, life and tactility.

Adam's small sculptures have received popular acclaim for some time, but this year his transition into larger works won him the Rockdale Sculpture Prize. ESP is honoured to show his prize-winning work in our sculpture garden and his smaller works inside.

Patrick's drawings are emotive vignettes of life condensed into monochrome images drawn with photorealism techniques, on found pieces of wood, or even discarded furniture. Patrick's works have been featured recently at Addison Rd markets with his depictions of refugees who settled in the Marrickville area long ago. He studied Fine Arts at Staffordshire Uni (UK) before moving to Australia, where he has taught art in Bathurst and in Marrickville.

Opening Night : Sat 1 Nov 4pm - 6pm

Exhibition : Sat 1 Nov to Sun 16 Nov

Opening Hours: Thur/Fri 3pm-6pm, Sat/Sun 11am-4pm

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