Metal Art Exhibition: 150mmchallengeaus
For the past few months, metal artists and blacksmiths from around Australia have been channeling their creative energies into a common question – what are the creative possibilities when fire meets metal?
Initially commissioned as part of the 5th biennial Blacksmith Festival, which will now be held in April 2022, the #150mmChallengeAus exhibition builds on a student assignment set by Lecturer Ambrose Burne at Hereford College of Arts (UK), exploring the creative limits of working with a 150mm length by 20mm width mild steel square bar. The assignment became a viral sensation, with blacksmiths around the world taking up the challenge.
The Waterside Blacksmithing and Metal Art Association (WBMAA) called out to metal artists and blacksmiths across Australia to expand upon the challenge by adding the complexity of a 150mm length by 12.6mm width copper round bar.
This exhibition reveals the results of this fiery call to action.
Including works by Andy Jagger, Chris Fuller, Colin Little, Colin Dray, Dan O’Toole, Dave Graham, Denise Axelsen, Don Gabriel, Edward Dynes, Fred Webb, Glenn Eagleton, Guy Metcalfe, Jaime Dowling, Jennifer Maddison, John Steel, John Fergus, Matt Pither, Nigel Stokes, Paul Cacioli, Ron Blint, Shane Kenny, Steve Phillips, Steve Gale, Willie Rennison and Woody Blower.
WHEN: 19 June – 18 July, 10am-4pm daily
WHERE: FCAC Gabriel Gallery
Initially commissioned as part of the 5th biennial Blacksmith Festival, which will now be held in April 2022. Supported by Waterside Blacksmithing and Metal Art Association and Maribyrnong City Council.
Artwork by Glenn Eagleton, Symbiosis, 2021. Image by Cheralyn Lim.