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Image: Open Studio 2022, courtesy Blacktown Arts

Open Studio

Wednesdays, 6 September to 20 September, and 11 October to 13 December
10.30 am to 1.00 pm
The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre

Be a part of our thriving creative community at Open Studio!

Join 2023 Archibald Prize finalist and mentor Patrice Wills at our established Open Studio program. Patrice brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to help you develop your skills and support you with your individual projects.

Bring along an existing project or start something new in a welcoming, social, and supportive environment.

Now is the time to get involved with participating artists, boasting a growing list of achievements including Creative Arts Fund recipiencies, Blacktown City Art Prize finalist-picks, and recent group exhibitions From The Studio and Snapshot.

Ages 16+
All experience levels are welcome
Basic materials provided, canvas available for purchase

See full Spring Making line-up here.

Artist Bio

Exploring the relational intersections between people, place and paint, Patrice aims to capture her experience of what is seen and felt, through the process of painting.

The work delves into the overlaps between personal response to places and embedded human histories. These ideas emerge visually through the interconnectedness of the figure and the land, sensitive portraits and moody landscapes, captured through colour, tone, and an intimist sensibility.

Patrice has an extensive professional background working and training in the realms of visual arts, education, and community health. Patrice brings this life experience to her work which reflects and explores the human condition and spirit, utilizing a painterly materiality often to fuse the figurative and the abstract.

Patrice exhibits regularly and is often selected as a finalist in major art awards including the 2023 Archibald Prize after winning the Blackstone works on paper prize and Hunters Hill small works in 2022. Her work is accrued in private and public collections.

Image: Patrice Wills, courtesy the artist

Image: Patrice Wills, courtesy the artist

Presented by Blacktown Arts with support from Blacktown City Council and the NSW Government through Create NSW.