JOAN CAMPBELL MBE - 1925-1997

26 July 2013
Launch of a memorial sculptural project

JOAN CAMPBELL MBE - 1925-1997

A bronze sculptural project celebrating the late Joan Campbell will be unveiled at her beloved Bathers’ Beach workshop, Fremantle, now more commonly known as Kidogo, on Sunday afternoon, 18 August at 3.00 pm. The City of Fremantle extends an open invitation to members of the public to attend.

Joan’s work is exhibited all over the world and her art can be seen within universities, public open spaces and buildings and in many private collections and galleries including the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of Western Australia. Widely acknowledged as one of Australia’s outstanding ceramic artists and an extraordinary human being - she established a studio at the old Kerosene Store Building on the shore of Bathers’ Beach. In the opinion of many who knew her, she brought to the City of Fremantle and its citizens a re-affirmation of what she and her city stood for, integrity, honesty and creativity.

This project was initiated by small group of Joan’s close friends and colleagues in consultation with members of her family and community. The ceremony will include a short documentary made by Fremantle local Gary Burke and members of Joan’s family will be present.

The sculptural project, designed by Fremantle designer Catriona Gregg, references a work, Shield Form IV, from her last exhibition, Crescendo, Lawrence Wilson Gallery UWA 1997 along with some of her thoughts on the inspiration she gained from working next to the marine environment.

Spokesperson for the group, Lindsay Lovering said:

“Joan was a mentor and inspiration to people well beyond the arts community and all members of the working party consider it an honour and privilege to have known her. She treated everyone as an equal, had a wonderful sense of humour and always looked for the good in people.

“On top of all that she was a master of her art – always thinking, creating and exploring but also constantly taking risks and forever seeking perfection and we all believe that Catriona’s work captures the essence and spirit of Joan’s amazing legacy”.

The project received support from Lotterywest, City of Fremantle and Fremantle Arts Centre. It will be officially launched by W/Prof Dr Ted Snell, UWA.

18 AUGUST 2013 - 3.00 PM
BATHERS’ BEACH FREMANTLE

For further information contact: Lindsay Lovering 0422 61 5553
Catriona Gregg 0413 943 029

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