Dino Consalvo’s Sydney

EXPANSIVE WORK : One of the paintings by Dino Consalvo featuring the bridges of Sydney which will be exhibited in the state's capital this month.

EXPANSIVE WORK : One of the paintings by Dino Consalvo featuring the bridges of Sydney which will be exhibited in the state's capital this month.

NEWCASTLE based artist Dino Consalvo has traversed Sydney to paint the bridges that join the city together.

From the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge to the concrete arch of the Gladsville Bridge, Consalvo captures these structures from angles and through abstraction that will make the viewer question, ponder and fully appreciate the beauty of these modern architectural forms. 

Consalvo grew up in Newcastle and started exhibiting as a teenager. He studied fine art at Alexander Mackie College in Sydney during the ‘70s and completed a diploma of fine art at Caulfield Institute of Technology, Melbourne in 1981.

He recently returned to Newcastle to paint full-time and to be closer to his family.  This will be his first solo exhibition in Sydney, presented by Newcastle's Gallery 139. 

The exhibition will be held at Janet Clayton Gallery, 406 Oxford Street, Paddington, from May 31 until July 2. The gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday. 

STITCHED UP

FEATURING 24 contemporary international and national fibre artists, Stitched Up gives a voice to the 193 girls who attended The Newcastle Industrial School, on the 150th anniversary of its opening. 

Between 1867 and 1871 girls aged from 2 to 18 years attended the school.

These girls came from backgrounds of “poverty, cruelty and discrimination endemic in immigrant and marginalised communities during Australia’s Gold Rush era,” exhibition organisers said. 

Many became notorious in the locality for a series of daring escapes which led to repeated incarcerations. Some of the girls went on to gain national infamy.

The initial concept came about after a chance discovery that some of the girls had been detained in the Newcastle lock up  after short-lived escapes from the school.

The show is curated by Anne Kempton, of Timeless Textiles Gallery,  and fibre artist Wilma Simmons. 

The exhibition features the works of internationally renowned fibre artists. It runs at The Lock-Up from June 24 to August 6.