Our two Artists in Residence, Libby Derham and LeAnne Vincent were recently hosted through Mulga Lands Art Gallery to facilitate workshops with their community.
Charleville State School, Charleville State High School and the Youth Support group at Charleville State High had students participate in these workshops. These works were then on exhibition at Mulga Lands Gallery alongside the Queensland Regional Art Awards.
LeAnne Vincent delivered ‘Camera-less Photography’ workshops.
Students learnt Camera-less photography: photograms and cyanotype printing which is one of the oldest forms of photography that began in the 1800s. Creating images using various objects placed on light sensitive paper and fabric and exposing in sunlight. They were be taken through the process of preparing the paper and fabric with the cyanotype chemistry, exposing prints outside and washing prints.
‘Imagining Through Our Senses’ engaged students to explore their local environment through a guided sensory walk with the help of watercolour artist Libby Derham. Considering their current landscape through the use of their senses, students worked collegially, learning drawing and tracing techniques before considering how their current world will form the foundation for their ‘Perfect New World’.
About the Artists
LeAnne Vincent is an award-winning, photo-based visual artist creating conceptual art images that investigate human behaviour and environments by drawing inspiration from natural and urban areas, public and private spaces, and shared memories. Originally from the Mid North Coast of New South Wales she currently resides in Queensland and practices art in her Ipswich home studio and Queenslander cottage.
Her photography practice began with black and white film and working in the darkroom and has developed into a much broader practice including digital photography and exploring alternative processes including photograms, cyanotypes (blueprints), pinhole and Lomography.
As her practice is process driven, walking, exploring, observing, and collecting objects are vital to informing her work. She regularly hikes in her local area, and further afield, to collect remnants of flora and fauna and discarded human-made objects on the ground. She photographs these objects in still life formations and mini assemblages, and also to use in making photograms on paper or fabric.
She holds a Bachelor of Photography from Griffith University, Queensland College of Art, where she studied art theory and majored in photographic art practice. She has exhibited for the past 16 years in solo and group exhibitions and has achieved several awards. Her work has been shown in numerous exhibitions nationally and is held in public and private collections.
Watercolour runs in Libby’s veins, going back four generations in her family. She has a strong appreciation of the beauty in natural landscapes and works plein air weekly.
I work intuitively, focusing on authenticity of marks, I seek to capture the essence and sensory experience of place along with translating birdsong into line.
Libby creates ‘drawing whilst walking’ scrolls to map landscapes and enjoys pushing the boundaries of watercolour working on unconventional surfaces. Originally from England, Libby studied Art in the UK before emigrating. She has been finalist in the Queensland Regional Art Awards, Du Rietz and Local Artist Local Content 20/21 awards.