Pamela Irving receives Oro Award 2019

Melbourne based artist Pamela Irving, MAANZ-member and former vice-president, is the 2019 recipient of the Oro Mosaic Award. “I’m thrilled”, Irving said on hearing the news. Renowned for her quirky, narrative and bespoke pieces, Irving spends her days in her Studio + Gallery in Melbourne creating paintings, mosaics and sculptures. She is best known for Larry La Trobe, her bronze dog sculpture, situated in front of the Melbourne Town Hall, Australia

The Oro Mosaic Award is an Australian mosaic award established in 2018 by Kate Butler through the Windmill Trust, offering grants of up to $4,000 to assist emerging and mid-career artists to take up professional development opportunities. The aim of the award is to support artists who show great promise and commitment to contemporary mosaic art but are unable to take the next step due to financial constraints. Last year’s winner was Donna Ritchie.

New mosaic award for Australian artists : : Oro Award

The Oro Mosaic Award is a new Australian mosaic award by the Windmill Trust, offering grants of up to $2,000 to assist emerging and mid-career artists to take up professional development opportunities. The aim of the award is to support artists who show great promise and commitment to contemporary mosaic art but are unable to take the next step due to financial constraints. One scholarship will be granted each year for a period of 10 years. In the long term, this new award wants to contribute to the advancement of mosaic as an art form. Click here to apply and for more information.

The transformative nature of mosaic art

The “Love shouldn’t hurt” mural

The Australian Campaign Against Domestic Violence late last year featured this giant, magnificent mosaic in 182 George Street in Sydney titled “Love shouldn’t hurt”, created by MAANZ president Noula Diamantopoulus, 40 metres x 60 metres in size and entirely built up using jar lids. “This project truly belonged to me as both an artist and a psychotherapist,” says Diamantopoulus. “That knowledge kept me going through the next 21 days straight working 14 hours each and every day to complete it. It needed to be delivered by a date that could not be moved or pushed out as it was part of a national campaign about domestic violence.”

The project has led to Diamantopoulus announcing a new, special interest group within MAANZ, to do with the healing and transformative nature of mosaic art. As soon as the name of the new group has been decided, you will definitely hear more about it.

“This project represents a defining moment in my life. I can now see myself pre domestic violence and post domestic violence. I am more aware of who I am as an artist, and as a therapist dealing with complex PTSD I have become deeply centred in what I do and clearer about what I wish to do. This is the transformation that the gift of art making through mosaics has given me.”
Diamantopoulus employed many hands to help her create this work and many volunteers offered their services to meet the tight deadline.

Read the full, 2-page article on how the project came about, in the latest edition of Opus Oracle, the mosaic electronic magazine (PDF eMag) each member receives quarterly as part of their membership (if you haven’t joined us yet, you can sign-up here).

“Mr Logomania” acquired by the Museum of Art for the City of Ravenna.

A Big Congratulations shout out to Pamela Irving who has the great honour of being the first Australian to have her work “Mr Logomania” acquired by the Museum of Art for the City of Ravenna. It is the first work by an Australian artist in that collection, considered the best contemporary mosaic collection in the world. I think it’s quite a big deal for Mosaics in Australia.

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Mr Logomania – photo courtesy “Mosaic Art Now”

Pamela is also having her first solo exhibition in Chicago at the Gallery of Contemporary Mosaic Art in Chicago (GoCM). The body of works for this show is all new and is titled “An Apocalyptic Alphabet”. It consists of 26 limited edition prints for each letter of the Alphabet and mosaic works.

When she gets back from Chicago she has a new major commission for Lauriston Girls Grammar in Melbourne and then a residency in Shanghai in October.

Very Busy Lady!
We are very proud and excited for Pamela!

Queen of the Shire 2015

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Deborah Halpern – Queen of the Shire, coloured glass tiles, fibreglass, aluminium, steel. Size: 470cm x 320cm x 50cm.

MAANZ member Deborah Halpern’s Queen of the Shire embodies the creative spirit of Nillumbik, a spirit that has been forged by a dynamic artistic heritage, inspired by the region’s landscape, history and its people. The Queen’s sweeping form and vibrant colours reflect the local landscape-the blue and russets of skies reflected in th Yarra River and the varied greens and yellows of the bush. Queen of the Shire is located at the Cnr Kangaroo Ground-Warrandyte Rd & Research-Warrandyte Rd North Warrandyte.