Beryl's Story To Be Told.
Beryl Parties - Legs akimbo and gifted with a colour that can't be ignored, this gal knows how to have a good time. Her mother wishes she wouldn't go out with her hair like that and hopes it's a phase she's going through. But Beryl knows there's no time to waste on such thoughts....you're only pink once!
Sue Ninham, 2012.
Beryl was born in 2012 at the time when my head was full of Monsters and the Fringe was raging. My critters were centre stage as part of the design for the winning poster, but it was Beryl who proved to be the real crowd pleaser. She is my favourite and I have wanted to write a children's book featuring her since then. I knew that I would need assistance to get my thoughts and words together into something cohesive, so a few months ago I approached acclaimed Children's book author and publisher, Penny Matthews, with the idea of mentoring me around the writing and structure of the book. She agreed and then I applied for funding from Arts SA, to assist me in paying Penny for her time and expertise. Last week I was notified that my application was successful! I am so excited! So now it begins. It will be a mad, romping story, that's for sure. So, to all you Beryl enthusiasts and those who definately will be when they get to know her, STAY TUNED!!!!!!!!
The New Royal Adelaide Hospital - Integrated Art Strategy.
Words can’t express my pride and excitement in creating art for the new RAH’s Cancer Day Unit.
But I’m going to try anyway.
I can’t imagine what it’s like to be confined to a ward. Besides the psychological distress of illness, a loss of connection with nature would be crippling. That’s part of the thinking behind the hospital’s Integrated Art Strategy, of which I am humbled to be a part.
The bush, the beach and Adelaide’s cultural diversity, are the themes explored by a group of us Picasso wannabes in partnership with the HYLC joint venture. My mission? To bring the outdoors in for patients, their families and staff in the new Cancer Day Unit. From my paintbrush to 5 metre panels of glass, the images will create more interesting, transportative spaces for people occupying the ward. For my art to help someone else (besides me - flinging paint for therapy in my studio like a mad thing) is unreal. Astounding.
To read more about this project and the artists involved , go to this link;
Sue has just finished a six week term as artist in residence at Loreto college, Adelaide. The Year 11 students made fantastic work, researching abstraction of the landscape using collage. There were many frenzied, creative sessions with laughter thrown in for good measure. Sue had a fantastic experience, finding inspiration for her own work in the creative engagement and enthusiasm the students displayed. A big thank you goes out to Jacky Hamilton their amazing teacher, for her passion and commitment to providing us all with whatever we required to make awesome art!
Here is a small sample of what the students achieved!
Following the success of Sue's Watercolour Fundamentals workshops, a new technique has been added to her skills based learning sessions. Saturday 1st August will be the date to book if you have forgotten how to play creatively!
Collage - reconnecting with creative play with be a full day of cutting and sticking.
For more details go to; http://www.sueninham.com/collage-reconnecting-with-play/
For over a year Sue has been toying with the idea of running workshops. It has taken that long because she needed to find the right space to do it in and to crystalize in her mind, the way she wanted to do it. After talking to her Uni students, other artists and friends, she formulated a model. With many years of teaching under her belt, she knows how to communicate ideas, but wanted to teach more technical skills, to share some of what she has learned in her own practice. She identified a need amongst those she spoke to.
Where to do it was the next hurdle. After putting the word out amongst friends, it was the wonderful Naomi Murrell who told her about two fantastic women who were making workshop spaces available as part of their soon to open initiative, Brick and Mortar Creative. After looking at the space, it was all systems go. Sue's first workshop will be on Saturday 6th June 2015. Students will spend a whole day learning basic watercolour techniques. There will be more workshops to follow on a once a month basis. Other techniques Sue will teach include, advanced watercolour techniques, drawing, collage, gouache and linocut. For more Information about the sessions go to the workshops page on this site.