Artist talk at Open Studios in the West by ilona nelson


Coming up this Sunday as a part of Open Studios in the Wes!  Join us for an afternoon of artist talks by Filomena Coppola, Erika Gofton, Cyrus Tang and myself.  We're all a part of This Wild Song, and all have studios based in the West!

It's free to attend and bookings aren't required, all are welcome and the talks begin at 1pm sharp.  Bring along your questions for a Q&A with the artists too!

The Art Room / 125 Hyde Street, Footscray

Books & Arts interview on Radio National by ilona nelson

Thanks to Erika Gofton, I was recently interviewed by Barbara Heggen about This Wild Song for RN's Books & Arts program!  Barbara came and recorded us shooting Jaacqui Stockdale's portrait and it was such a fun shoot, after stalking the weather report for the days the rain broke and we luckily got beautiful sunshine setting as we were taking photos.  Jacqui's feature will go live soon but you can LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW HERE.

This Wild Song / Launch / Forum / Exhibition by ilona nelson

Last year we raised almost $14,000 from our Pozible campaign for TWS, and thanks to our supporters we’ve been able to have a new and sophisticated website built by Abby Storey from Little Lion Design.

The new website will house 150+ artist features and allow the audience to search for artists by what medium they use and what state they’re based in.  To celebrate the launch of the new website we’re having a party on Saturday June 24th!

We’re hosting a forum with four TWS artists who will speak about their practice and take part in a Q&A.  The audience is invited to submit questions for the panel prior to the event.  The four artists participating in the forum are: Terri Brooks / Louise Blyton / Megan Evans / Michelle Hamer

A special pop up exhibition is being held for the launch only.  We’re exhibiting works by 20 of the TWS artists including:

Kim ANDERSON / Louise BLYTON / Terri BROOKS / Celeste CHANDLER /
Yvette COPPERSMITH / Filomena COPPOLA / Nanou DUPUIS / Megan EVANS /
Erika GOFTON / Kate GOLDING / Michelle HAMER / Dena KAHAN / Justine KHAMARA / Emma LANGRIDGE / Tai SNAITH / Merryn TREVETHAN / Charlotte WATSON



Saturday 24th June from 1pm
The Art Room
125 Hyde Street, Footscray VIC 3011

Tickets are limited
First release 8th June for TWS Pozible and Patreon supporters
For all the details join the TWS mailing list

Collective Vision in the media by ilona nelson

Being acquired by Bendigo Art Gallery and included in their fantastic Collective Vision exhibition has been such a wonderful experience, I'll be forever grateful for their support.  Due to being a part of the exhibition I've had my work featured in the media.

My work is hanging next to two artists I admire (and have been lucky enough to take their portraits for This Wild Song) - Patricia Piccinini and Polixeni Papapetrou.  The Bendigo Advertiser spoke of Patricia's work and mine in article which you can read HERE.

And Gabriella Coslovich's article really stood out to me because she went deeper than the basic details of an exhibition, you can tell she immersed herself in the show and it was well written of course too.  You can read the article HERE, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Mum, the boys and I at the Collective Vision opening

Mum, the boys and I at the Collective Vision opening

Bendigo Art Gallery acquisition by ilona nelson

To say I'm beyond thrilled is an understatement, but I'm so crazy excited that Bendigo Art Gallery has acquired my work 'In-Sanitarium'!!

This piece is from my 'thisplace.' series which has been exhibited at Town Hall Gallery and Stockroom.  This work will be exhibited at BAG in March 2017 for the first time.  I'm so excited, and I love that the gallery supports contemporary photography.

Thank you to Clare Needham for curating me into the MUM exhibition at Stockroom.

Behind the Scenes with Hannah Quinlivan for TWS by ilona nelson

Earlier this year I was lucky enough to photograph Canberra artist Hannah Quinlivan for This Wild Song when she was in Melbourne to install her exhibition at Flinders Lane Gallery.  I'm only sharing a BTS shot now that her feature is live on as it would've spoiled the surprise!

Hannah was fantastic to work with and graciously allowed me to coat her in salt, in reference to her salt drawings.  But to the get the salt to stick, I coated her in glucose syrup first!  I shot the portrait at The Art Room as it has such beautiful and soft natural light, we kept the portrait quite monotone in reference to Hannah's work as well.  I really love the contrasts between the salt, skin and hair.

You can the the final portrait HERE and read her wonderful interview.  I love her advice to her younger self - 'Trust your instincts and go as hard as you can. Don't stop. Don't ever stop.'  Definitely inspires me to get back to work!

Welcome to my new blog! by ilona nelson

Welcome to my new blog integrated with my site.  Here I'll be sharing what I'm working on, behind the scenes photos from shoots, and share work by other artists that I love.

You can read my previous posts on my old blog HERE.