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The Gathering


The Gathering

5 Jun 2024 – 29 Jun 2024
Heather McConnell's exhibition explores the narratives and memories held quietly in the detritus and relics of lives lived or those gone before, treasured and held or discarded and found, every object here holds a story. 


A past remembered with reverence or forgotten with no regard. The flotsam and jetsam of nature, family and the unknown traveller are intricately woven together to create a new narrative whilst honouring the past. Playful, joyful, and at times melancholic, the works evoke and reconstruct memory.

Provenance evolves, with a beginning, a journey and a blossomy end in this celebration debut exhibition of Kingston assemblage artist, Heather McConnell.

Heather McConnell (she/her) is a self-taught assemblage artist from Naarm (Melbourne), Australia, with a background in theatre performance and a deep respect and attachment to the “stuff left behind” after a life is done. Her art practice has evolved through participation in The City of Kingston annual Artz Blitz competition of which in 2023 she was awarded 1st prize in the 3D adult category.

A pastiche of life experiences as shadows and echoes exist quietly throughout all her works. Inspired by the lives of her personal heritage and an innate compulsion to resourcefulness her work has evolved through the story of things.

Materials include; wire, feathers, stone, wood, jewellery, toys, bed springs, and recycled “stuff”.

The Gathering is her debut exhibition of a collection of new works created as a development of her art practice with assistance from Kingston Arts Centre through the Individual Artist Grant Funding 2023.

Saturday 15 June, 2pm- 4pm
The Gathering, Artist Talk and Assemblage Art Community Workshop will take place on Saturday 15 June, 2pm- 4pm.To coincide with The Gathering exhibition, join Heather at Kingston Arts Centre for an artist talk where she will discuss her art process and some of the embedded stories within the works of this exhibition. A free assemblage art workshop will follow for registered participants.

A free assemblage art workshop will follow for registered participants. Participants are encouraged to bring a small personal relic. There will be the opportunity to share the stories of these objects and to create a small individual assemblage artwork to be included in a larger community piece within the exhibition. At the end of the exhibition period these small works are available for all participants to take home.
Register here to attend the workshop and artist talk.
A small personal object/relic, no larger than 4 cm x 7 cm (approximately).

All other materials and tools provided. Registrations opening soon.

G1 and G2 Galleries are wheelchair accessible and accessible toilets are available.

Gallery Details

Kingston Arts Centre
979-985 Nepean Hwy
Moorabbin VIC 3189

T: (03) 9556 4440
W: www.kingstonarts.com.au

Opening Hours
Wednesday to Saturday 11am - 4pm

Please note our galleries are closed on all Victorian public holidays and in between exhibitions.

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The Public Galleries Association of Victoria (PGAV) acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Owners of the lands where our office is located, and all Traditional Owners of country throughout Victoria and Australia. We recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples enduring traditions and continuing creative cultures. We pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

We are an LGBTQIA+ friendly organisation and celebrate cultural diversity.