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Skelaton Ken Unsworth

Many artists private studio and work in progress are an off-limits area even to those close to them. So, it was surprising that Ken Unsworth a senior Australian artist that specialises in creating conceptual sculptures/installations combining performance/theatre productions events opened up his private space to the Art Gallery of NSW Young Members with a handful of lucky members securing tickets recently.

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So, who is Ken Unsworth? I honestly had no idea who he was until I was looking for something to do and was given the address to a non-descript warehouse that appears rundown from the outside in Alexandria in the inner west of Sydney. Amongst rows of gleaming terrace houses once home to the working class but now mostly for the affluent awaits the studio making an interesting contrast between generations.

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Ken Unsworth is 86 years of age and still a working artist that is very sharp and together for his age. Although he does have a couple of helpers to assist with the heavy lifting when required for obvious reasons.  We spent a few hours there and he took us through some of the pieces of art he was creating to be displayed later this year at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne.

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Ken Unsworth tour finished with some champagne and light refreshments inside the converted warehouse amongst a range of unfinished art works and power tools making for an interesting setting for an art event compared to going to a gallery. Ken maybe 86 but he is still up to speed with current world events and technology; asking us young people our opinion on a range of things.  I asked him would he be opening up his studio again and his response was unlikely so these pictures inside which has been likened to “Alice’s Rabbit Hole of gravity defying illusions” according to the Art Gallery of NSW are as close as many will get.

Marty at Ken Unsworth Studio

Photo Credits: Marty Sharp, Tamara Amidy


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The Art Gallery of  NSW in 2013I like spending a lot of time at the Art Gallery of NSW soaking up the artistic atmosphere, so when I visit Sydney I always make a point of visiting the gallery to see what’s new, however up until now I have never visited the art gallery on a Sunday.  I arrived at the gallery today just as it opened at 10am and headed down to the members lounge to do some Uni readings on globalized activism.   It is nice place to relax away from all the tourists bustling through the gallery with a private café where I had some yummy scones with jam n creams with a hot chocolate! 

So what is so different on weekends at the gallery!  Well after I left the members lounge and headed to the main gallery area there were all these screams and laugher of young children.   Sunday appears to be family day at the gallery! Great….. I’m scarred of children 🙂 Anyway I thought I would be brave and see what they were doing.  I watched a presentation from a representative of the art gallery awarding three prizes for a drawing/painting competition which I think was themed around their latest temporary exhibit:  SYDNEY MODERNS.  The top three winners were around 8 years of age!  I think there were around 50 child finalists and along with their parents it was quite a spectacle.  Later that afternoon there was a puppet show for the kids, which I watched for about five minutes. As I watched the parents sit with their kids I thought these are the sorts of things you have to do if you have young kids.

Anyway what I really came to see at the Gallery were the SYDNEY MODERNS, which are a collection of modern art works by artists capturing the transformation of Sydney into a modern city from 1910s – 1930s.  Many of the artists capture the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, transportation networks and the beginning of multi-story buildings that captured new perspectives of how people lived and worked in Sydney.  I joined a guided tour that went for around an hour and the curator explained how artists such as Grace Cossington Smith, Roland Wakelin and Roy de Maistre among others used colour, light to create a dynamic representation of the modern Australia of the time.   Overall it was a good day at the gallery and I liked learning about how Australian history can be depicted in modern art which were very controversial at the time!

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