Industrial Cathedral

Industrial Cathedral
"Industrial Cathedral" charcoal drawing on paper 131 x 131 cm Jane Bennett. This drawing was a finalist in the 1998 Dobell Prize for Drawing (Art Gallery of N.S.W.) ; Finalist in 1998 Blake Prize for Religious Art ; Winner of 1998 Hunter's Hill Open Art Prize

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

All fired up

 Definition:
  1. Enthusiastic and excited

Designer + Blacksmith = The Collaborative Effect
 This event, coordinated by Alain-Henri Chazelles of IN HOUSE GROUP3, brought designer Alex Ritchie, (Creative Director of experiential design agency E2) and metalworker Guido Gouverneur (Blacksmith and Metalworker of Wrought Artworks and Steel Windows and Doors), together to discuss forged iron and conceptually designed architectural metalwork in the built environment. 
Jane Bennett, industrial heritage artist painting the blacksmiths of 'Wrought Artworks' Australian Technology Park Eveleigh Railway Workshops
Jane Bennett, industrial heritage artist, painting the blacksmiths of 'Wrought Artworks' Australian Technology Park Eveleigh Railway Workshops
Guido and his team of blacksmiths also gave an exciting forging demonstration. 
Jane Bennett, industrial heritage artist painting the blacksmiths of 'Wrought Artworks' Australian Technology Park Eveleigh Railway Workshops
Jane Bennett, industrial heritage artist painting the blacksmiths of 'Wrought Artworks' Australian Technology Park Eveleigh Railway Workshops
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Jane Bennett, industrial heritage artist painting the blacksmiths of 'Wrought Artworks' Australian Technology Park Eveleigh Railway Workshops
Jane Bennett, industrial heritage artist painting the blacksmiths of 'Wrought Artworks' Australian Technology Park Eveleigh Railway Workshops
I also gave a demonstration of how I paint fast-moving artisans working in darkness, while attempting to dodge the twirling batons of red-hot metal that they waved around with such nonchalant grace.

exhibition by Jane Bennett, industrial heritage artist painting the blacksmiths of 'Wrought Artworks' Australian Technology Park Eveleigh Railway Workshops
Exhibition by Jane Bennett, industrial heritage artist, painting the blacksmiths of 'Wrought Artworks' Australian Technology Park Eveleigh Railway Workshops
I exhibited a selection of my paintings of the Blacksmiths of Wrought Artworks as well as paintings of the fascinating interior and Victorian era heritage industrial machinery of the site.
One of the great drawcards of the ATP has been the continual operation of Blacksmith’s shop in Bays 1 & 2 South at the ATP.  From the very beginning it has been seen as maintaining a link to the buildings industrial past. The construction of the ATP had even included the erection of an acoustic wall so that the workshop could continue to function close to the new occupants. However the existance of the Blacksmith's shop was threatened when the Redfern Waterloo Authority served them with a notice to quit by the 30th September 2008. After a successful campaign and Open Day the RWA and the Blacksmiths then signed a Lease that preserved the operating Blacksmiths and recognised the vital importance of heritage preservation in the operations of the Technology Park.
See the history of the campaign to save the blacksmith :
Redwatch "ATP's operating Blacksmith"

exhibition by Jane Bennett, industrial heritage artist painting the blacksmiths of 'Wrought Artworks' Australian Technology Park Eveleigh Railway Workshops
Exhibition by Jane Bennett, industrial heritage artist, painting the blacksmiths of 'Wrought Artworks' Australian Technology Park, Eveleigh Railway Workshops
 The photos of me in action were taken by Frances Keevil, the Director of the Frances Keevil Gallery.

painting by industrial heritage artist Jane Bennett 'Blacksmith forging '    WINNER  Miniature Painting  Prize 2011 Royal Easter Show
E83 'Blacksmith forging '
2011 ink pastel acrylic on paper 9 x 10cm  
WINNER 2nd Prize for Miniature Painting 
2011 Royal Easter Show
SOLD
$350


Enquiries
janecooperbennett@gmail.com
frances@franceskeevilgallery.com.au


painting by  industrial heritage artist Jane Bennett 'Blacksmith forging '
E64 The Blacksmith 2011 oil on canvas 75x100cm
SOLD
$7,700

Enquiries
janecooperbennett@gmail.com
frances@franceskeevilgallery.com.au


Next year, for a single day on Saturday 25th February 2012, the whole Australian Technology Park will be open to the public.
There will be another forging demonstration and I will have an even larger exhibition of paintings, as well as giving a demonstration of painting the heritage interiors and the blacksmiths.

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