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Presented by Footscray Community Arts Centre as part of our 40th birthday celebrations.

FCAC life members and dedicated artist-tutors, Darien Pullen and Robert Mangion, have been challenging, inspiring and working with local artists for more than 20 years.

This exhibition showcases these two very different artists and explores their continuing influence on the artists they have taught.

With works by Penelope Davies, Wendy Ewert, Erika Gofton, Heather Horrocks, Heath Lander, Marisa Ramos and Hartmut Veit. 

OPENING: Thursday 2 October, 6pm – 8pm
EXHIBITION: 2 October – 2 November
VENUE: FCAC Roslyn Smorgon Gallery


About Darien Pullen
Darien is a painter, draughtsman, sculptor and printmaker. Schooled in Canberra he studied at Canberra School of Art, East Sydney Technical College and completed a Diploma of Art and Design at Prahran CAE, majoring in painting in 1978.

Since 1977 he has exhibited in Sydney, Canberra and throughout Victoria and in traveling international exhibitions. He is represented in public and private collections in Australia and Europe.  He has taught painting and drawing at FCAC since 1982 and has taught at various other centres including Royal Park Psychiatric Hospital and Monash University


About Robert Mangion
Robert is a Melbourne-based artist currently undertaking a PhD at RMIT University. His research explores relational psychoanalytical theory and collaborative art practice. Robert works in composite mediums, including video, sound, performance, sculptural installation and drawing. Since completing his fine arts honours year at RMIT in 1988, he has exhibition his work extensively in solo and group shows throughout Australia and overseas. In 1992 he initiated and coordinated the National Metal Industry Sculpture project across three states including Hobart, Perth and Melbourne. He has extensive background experience in developing workshops and accredited courses and currently lectures in drawing, cultural theory, art and design history at Victoria University School of Arts and sculpture and studio practice at Latrobe College of Art.

In 1998, he co- wrote and developed the Artways project at Footscray Community Arts Centre, an accredited short course and innovative workshop program that combined cultural theory with contemporary cross art practice. The Artways project incorporated an ongoing exhibition program in which Robert curated. Between 2005 and 2010, Robert was a co-founder and committee member of Kings Artist run space in Melbourne where he continued to curate and exhibit works across a range of contemporary practices.


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Date & Times
    Thursday 2 October, 6pm - 8pm
    2 October - 2 November
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