Claire Freer has a Diploma of Visual Arts from School of Art ANU, Canberra (1982) and a Master degree in Fine Arts (Textiles) from Goldsmiths College of London UK (2007). Residing in London from 2000 until 2010, Claire worked as artist / facilitator for a variety of institutions, charities, and companies, including: Senior Artist member for Art in the Park Studios London (2000-2006) and Creative Development Officer for Livesey Museum for Children (2002-2008). She has also participated in and run weaving workshops in Australia, England & Denmark (2005-2012).
Claire Freer has passionately worked for over twenty years in the arts industry in both Australia and the United Kingdom. Recently she spent three years in the Ngaanyatjarra Lands of Western Australia as the Arts and Cultural Field Officer with the Tjanpi Desert Weavers. Here she supported Aborignal women with their grass sculptures, woven forms and experimented with found objects for her own work including metals, wire, ochres and bush pigments. In 2015 Claire spent a month in Darwin creating new works in clay and local coral, Claire now intends to use her 2016 studio residency to create sculptural forms that resonate and evoke the natural living environment of the Top End.
Claire has exhibited her work widely both nationally and internationally. Recent exhibitions include: Close to Home, Clifton School of Arts, NSW (2015); Imprint – Growing Up ,Canberra Contemporary Art Space, ACT (2013); Scarborough Art Show, NSW (2011); Centenary Art Exhibition, The Clifton School of Arts NSW (2011);Dialogues: A Fake Romance, Elysium Gallery, Swansea, Wales (2010); WAM , St Pancras Church Crypt Gallery, London UK (2009); City Studio Group Show, Hackney, London UK(2009); SaLon Autumn Show, London, UK (2008); MA Show, Goldsmiths College of London (2007); Pileforeningen, Moesgaard Museum Aarhus, Denmark (2006); Sir Harold Hillier’s Garden Summer Show, Southampton, UK (2004); and Art in the Park, London, UK. (2004). Her work is held in numerous collections including: Design Museum, London, UK; Moesgaard Museum. Aarhus, Denmark.
Jocelyn Tribe holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Victorian College of the Art – where she developed and refined her printmaking skills, editioning etchings and lithographs. Indeed, at times she felt as if she was becoming an extension of the machine, a part of the press, while cultivating a practice that observes and resonates natures manifestation in the world and seeking to understand spectrums of experience within material. Tribe believes that art practice is an essential to expanding consciousness and her engagement with the environment.
Since graduation, Jocelyn has worked in community arts – with Visionary Images, running workshops and participating in collaborative art projects with young people at the Atherton Gardens Housing Commission in Fitzroy Melbourne, Dondale Youth Detention Centre, and Indigenous Hip Hop Projects.
Tribe was the recipient of the Invergowrie Foundation scholarship (2009) and was a
Nagasawa Art Park (Japan), Artist in Residence in 2009. In 2015, Tribe undertook a MI-LAB artist residency in Japan’s Lake Kawaguchi (at the base of Mount Fuji) exploring and learning techniques in mokuhanga (water-based woodblock printmaking).
Past Exhibitions include: R&W – George Paton Gallery (2015); –SHRINE OF ANTICIPANCE, KSAS (solo) (2014); Art of the Cuff, Fringe Festival (2013); GODS GIFT PRESENTS le essential essentials, Loop Project Space (2013); Intipodes, Litre Space, Melbourne (solo)(2013); Micro Macro, Happy River Art Space, Melbourne (solo) (2012); PROUD, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne (2011); Totes West, The Basement at Footscray Community Art Centre. Melbourne (2011); Impact 7 (international printmaking conference). Monash University & VCA Gallery, Melbourne; FIT TO PRINT, No vacancy gallery, Melbourne. (2010); Gaidai, International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture, Tokyo Japan (2009); s_h_i_f_t, Fresh Gallery, Fitzroy Melbourne (2007).