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Willful - Exhibition Launch by The Ateliers

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The Show Room | Owens Collective

101 Maitland Road

#Shop B

Islington, NSW 2296


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'Willful' exhibition opening. Abstract works by 'The Ateliers' - Amanda O’Bryan , Alanya van de Wiel, and Geoffrey Holmes-Howitt.

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Saturday 8th August from 2.00pm | Bookings ( FREE) are essential. Please select your time when booking.


Friday 7th to Sunday 16th August 2020 | Friday, Saturday, Sunday 11am - 4pm


The Show Room, The Owens Collective 101 Maitland Road, Islington NSW 2296



Following a ten month atelier (workshop) at Newcastle ArtSpace, under the mentorship of renowned Australian landscape artist John Morris, three local emerging artists move into the public realm with a group exhibition. Exhibiting as The Ateliers, Alanya van de Wiel, Amanda O’Bryan and Geoffrey Holmes-Howitt show works based on their diverse approaches to abstraction. Each artist explores their emerging visual language connected by a common group dynamic in the theme of Willful.


  • Credit card and direct deposit facilities will be available for purchase of artworks on the day.
  • Alcohol will be served, due to Covid, no food will not be served.


As part of the Government’s health guidelines, we are currently asking visitors to the Willful Exhibition by The Ateliers, to register in advance for the opening launch which will be held on Saturday 8th August. This will help us to maintain reduced numbers in the Gallery.


The following is an outline of our COVID plan:

- Visitors will be greeted at the door by gallery staff.

- As part of your registration, we will keep a record of your attendance.

- Please strictly adhere to your booking time.

- Our hygiene and door marshal will ensure the numbers of visitors comply with the current COVID regulations to safeguard social distancing.

- Hand sanitiser will be available for all visitors to use upon entry and throughout the gallery.

- Single use paper copies of the gallery catalogue will be available with the addition of an online version.

- Our preference is for all attendees to wear a mask and mask will be available on the day. - Our preference is if you have visited a hotspot location in the last 14 days you are requested to refrain from visiting the exhibition at this time until the required 14 days have passed. Please visit this link for hotspot identification.

- If you are experiencing any symptoms, no matter how mild, you are requested to refrain from visiting the exhibition at this time.

Thank you for respecting the health and safety of our community during tricky circumstances.

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Amanda O’Bryan is Australian artist based in the Hunter Valley NSW. Her organic compositions are abstract expressions of intentional collision. Amanda explores life as a metaphorical experience in the themes of happenstance, cause and effect, luck, change and connection. The work forges rivers, pools and veins of diluted acrylic stain and wash that bleed across the canvas. The energy of gestural mark making reveal connections in time and space with a merging of paint, crayon, pencil and charcoal. After more than two decades working in the creative industries, Amanda’s recent return to the Hunter region has strongly influenced the direction of her recent art making and reclaimed her sensibility as an artist. Amanda studied Visual Arts and holds a BA in Design (Graphic), both from the University of Newcastle. More recently she trained at the Creative Education Foundation in New York. Amanda is the founder of Creative Queen Bees and author of the book, ‘Daily Acts Of Creativity’, where she promotes the benefits of creativity for improved wellbeing.She was one of three artists under mentor-ship at the Newcastle Art Space ‘Atelier’ with John Morris. She was a finalist in the 2018 Newcastle Emerging Artist Prize and winner of the ‘Packers Prize’.


Alanya van de Wiel is a Newcastle based painter originally from Melbourne, born 1977. Her work attempts to capture moments of beauty experienced in everyday life. Moving from Melbourne city to coastal NSW has influenced her work significantly.Her work is notable for its poised, hovering forms born of concentrated line work and detailed patterns with a focus on achieving a delicate compositional balance. She primarily works in acrylic and oil paint, inks and pencils.Alanya has a rich background in the creative industry. With a certificate in Visual Art (1999) and a Post Graduate Degree in Animation from the Victorian College of the Arts (2000), she is also a published illustrator, award winning stop motion film maker, film director and exhibited artist. Qualifications in Psychology, Counseling and Art Therapy and years travelling and living overseas contribute an emotional depth to her work. She is one of three artists practicing as part of John Morris’ Atelier Group. Working towards two exhibitions in 2020, under the mentorship of John Morris, has given Alanya’s work new clarity and authenticity.


Geoffrey Holmes-Howitt studied architecture and environmental studies at the University of Newcastle which included visual arts electives.Geoffrey worked as an architect until now, being semi-retired has given more time to be creative in the visual arts field.Geoffrey has taken a leaf from satellite imagery and remote sensing, where artificial colour is added to images to explain and explore attributes and changes in desired landscape study area, a similar approach has been taken to explore the under-lying forms and patterns found in natural and man-made objects.

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