Melbourne ART Exhibition Opening Night – Q ArtStudio

April 12th, 2010


Q ArtStudio launches ‘A World of Colour 2010’ exhibition.  Two days only to experience this unique exhibition.  Canvas + Ceramics.

  • Friday 16 April 6.30-8-30pm RSVP 
  • Saturday 17 April (11am-4pm)
  • Guest of Honour Charles Billich – artist
  • Official Opening by Melbourne based artist David Milne

Please contact Carolyn van Wamel on (03) 9851 9770 or email: if you wish to attend the Official Opening on Friday night and be the first to snap up one of these original artworks.

Q ArtStudio, Kew’s resident art studio which employs artists with intellectual disability, is offering Melbournians a chance to experience the unique canvas and ceramic art works of its artists.
Click for images of these terrific artists’ work

The exhibition will feature the works of 12 professional artists with intellectual disability employed by Q ArtStudio. More than 100 paintings and drawings on canvas and paper as well as hand painted ceramics will be displayed. Each artist has a very distinctive and developed style. Amongst them is well known and widely collected artist John Bates. Bates’ work can best be described as intensely and intricately complex possessing an intrinsic sense of perspective. Several large paintings on canvas depicting Bates’ interpretation of Flinders Street Station and other iconic scenes such as The Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge will feature. Reeve King will launch his professional career with a collection of ‘deco style’ hand painted ceramic pieces in bold colourful patterns.
Q ArtStudio is delighted to welcome internationally acclaimed artist Charles Billich as guest of honour at the official opening of ‘A World of Colour 2010’.

Charles Billich has exhibited at some of the world’s best venues such as Monte Carlo for the Eco Art Exhibition commissioned by HRH Prince Albert II of Monarco, St Moritz at the Cartier Polo World Cup on Snow and the United Nations Headquarters in New York. His editions and originals adorn boardrooms, galleries and collections across five continents. These include The Whitehouse Collection Washington DC and The Vatican Collection Rome. Charles Billich’ passion and spiritual optimism is reflected in his exhilarating works and overall contribution to the arts, which extends as far as being appointed Artist for the Australian Olympic Team Beijing 2008.

Another highlight will be internationally renowned and established Melbourne based artist David Milne officially opening the show. David Milne is best known for his unique abstract symbolism expressed in exquisitely rich, colourful and technically brilliant paintings. Guest speakers will include the CEO of VATMI Industries Greg Wasmund and Chairman of the VATMI Industries’ Board Mr Chris Gibbs. Curator of the show and Manager of Q ArtStudio, Carolyn van Wamel will introduce the 12 exhibiting artists.

Q ArtStudio is a division of VATMI Industries, Victoria’s largest employer of people with disabilities. VATMI is a not-for-profit organization operating as a viable enterprise.

Supporting Q ArtStudio helps the artists to participate to a fuller extent in the community by engaging in meaningful employment and enjoying productive lives. The artists are proud of their achievements and gain much pleasure from exhibiting their work and meeting patrons.

Attendance at this significant exhibition will provide encouragement and support to the artists and directly contribute to the viability of Q ArtStudio.
The exhibition will run over two days Friday (16 April) and Saturday (17 April) at Q ArtStudio, 35 Hutchinson Drive, Kew. Admission is free and the public are welcome to attend. Opening hours are as follows:
Friday: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Saturday: 11 am to 4 pm
Please contact Carolyn van Wamel on (03) 9851 9770 or email: if you wish to attend the Official Opening on Friday night.
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