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‘me human’ Adrian Spurr exhibition, the Gallery – St Kilda Town Hall

25 October to 22 November 2017 – Opening Thursday night 26 October 6 – 8 pm


The head of Zeus, standing almost a metre high, king of the gods of Mount Olympus by sculptor Adrian Spurr image by Kerrie Pacholli © pationpics.com

I first met and interviewed Adrian Spurr at his St Kilda, Shakespeare Grove Studio #16 in the lead up to the St Kilda Art Crawl. Within minutes I knew I had found a local artist with a clear light connection to his environment and his art.  It was the first Saturday of the month and his studio was open to the public to coincide with the Farmers Market. The studio was busy with visitors which made taking photographs of the artworks tricky. Many of the people had been to the studio previously. In fact they regularly visited to see what new work was underway and how other works had been resolved. Adrian welcomes visitors to his stone carving sculpture studio and enjoys the conversing with all ages and particularly with visitors from other countries that come to enjoy the St.Kilda vibe.

His sculptures are iconic and dynamic. How often does one encounter a 250 kg hand carved sandstone head of Zeus? The answer is, not often! Stone carving is an art form of incalculable antiquity and few artists currently work in this medium in a figurative way. As summer approaches he will be conducting stone carving classes for no more than four people at a time to run over four consecutive weeks. The course will end with an opportunity to display work in his studio on Farmer’s Market day.

But Adrian not only cuts stone, he also assembles sculptures, some made of huge quantities of small wooden pieces that he cuts, shapes and glues together into three dimensional forms that often encrust and consume other objects associated with humanity. Some of these sculptures have over 4000 small wooden pieces painstakingly stuck together.

Being a keen recycler myself I love the fact that Adrian chooses found objects and materials to incorporate in his art and discovered that Adrian has large quantities of found material just waiting for transformation.

Originally from the UK, Adrian has lived and worked across the globe and decided to settle in St Kilda some 20 years ago. He is hugely energised by the St. Kilda dynamic and the beautiful Community Gardens and Veg Out friends where his studio is to be found. He also finds inspiration in the wide open spaces of the Wimmera, which is known for its resilience and pioneering attitude and Italy, for it’s fine art and culture.

Human foot by sculptor Adrian Spurr image by Andre Le Coz © pationpics.com

The prints that are also on display at his exhibition me human’ were made at the Sunshine Print Artspace (SPA) which is an open access print workshop and where Adrian is a co-founder and co-director. This incredible space is closely allied with the Fundere Fine Art Foundry where the four extraordinary, one and a half times life sized bronze mounted Boer War horsemen were poured. These horsemen by the sculptor Louis Laumen are now on Anzac Parade in Canberra.

I had the opportunity to work with Adrian in creating a pop up gallery at 33 Fitzroy Street St Kilda Through that rich experience I discovered that Adrian is at the top of his game as a master print maker, sculptor and educator. Significantly, I also discovered that Adrian is an energetic powerhouse and prolific creator of art with an exceptional and expansive community vision.

Invitation to closing celebration at Punchinello art space 33 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda

Art lovers, investors, artist supporters and friends are all welcome to our closing celebration at Punchinello pop up art space at 33 Fitzroy Street St Kilda as part of the inaugural St Kilda Art Crawl.

Exhibiting artists include Charles Mikula, Laurie Miller, Faye De Pasqualie, Pamella Dias, Dino Damiani, Josh Birtwistle, Salvatori Lolicato and Adrian Spurr.





Laurie Miller exhibiting at – 33 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda image by Kerrie Pacholli © pationpics.com

For more information call Kerrie on 0423 308 005







Punchinello art gallery – 33 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda

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Projections on sphere by Charles Mikula as part of Punchinello pop up exhibition.

We invite you to experience this extraordinary exhibition at the Punchinello pop up art gallery at 33 Fitzroy Street St Kilda as reflected in this short film.

Our exhibiting artists include Aboriginal artist Dino Damiani and Josh Birtwistle along with Fay De Pasqualie, Laurie Miller, Pamella Dias, Charles Mikula and curator and exhibiting artist Adrian Spurr.

Inspired by the inaugural St Kilda Art Crawl the space was generously provided by our hosts Jenny and Rob Semple in the spirit of art and community.



produced by Kerrie Pacholli © pationpics.com

Film & edit by Andre Le Coz


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X at the Espy!!!!

Steve Lucas from X performing at the Espy on Sat 23 to bring in the Spring Equinox. magical time, magical performance image by Kerrie Pacholli © pationpics.com

Steve Lucas from X performing at the Espy on Sat 23 to bring in the Spring Equinox. magical time, magical performance image by Kerrie Pacholli © pationpics.com

Throughout this St Kilda Art Crawl I’ve been high tailing it all over the place.  But what an extra special performance that I managed to immortalise in X. Only at the Espy, espy, espy…more to come when we edit the vid!

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Kim Volkman from X giving it to me. image by Kerrie Pacholli © pationpics.com

Performing & fine art exhibition, 33 Fitzroy Street St Kilda 23 & 24 Sept

The Public and The Private – the dualities of being

Artists showing: Painter Faye De Pasqualie, sculptor Adrian Spurr, painter / sculptor  Laurie Miller, multi-media and performing artist Sophie Ruolle, Aboriginal artists’ Dino Damiani and didgeridoo player Josh Birtwhistle, painter Elena Simak, painter Pamella Reine, painter Clare Austin, painter and lighting installations Charles Allardice. DJ James Stone.


Performing artist Sophie Ruolle taken at 33 Fitzroy St. image by Kerrie Pacholli © pationpics.com


Performing artist Sophie Ruolle image by Kerrie Pacholli © pationpics.com

WHAT: St Kilda Art Crawl

WHEN: 21 – 24 Sept

WHERE: 33 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda Punchinello pop up on the map




Live performance by Sophie Ruolle at 33 Fitzroy St. 23 – 24 Sept

As part of the inaugural St Kilda Art Crawl launch Punchinello pop up gallery is hosting some very exceptional artists. Do not miss performances by the beautiful and talented Sophie Ruolle.

Sophie Ruolle performing at 33 Fitzroy Street, 23 – 24 Sept

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St Kilda Comedy Club at the Espy 24 Sept 2pm

ITS HERE!!! Yes you read it right at the The Esplanade Hotel part of StKildaArtCrawl.com

Sunday 24th Sept 2pm

CJ Fortuna, Andy Goodone, Brad Oakes & Dave O’Neil at Espy image by Kerrie Pacholli © pationpics.com

The line up includes:

MC Brad Oakes, Pommy Johnson, Dave O’Neil, Bob Franklin, Elliot Goblet, Chris Wainhouse, Christine Basil, C J Fortuna, Wayne Deakin, Michael Shafar. Supported by Mark Hughes and the Temple of Blues PLUS MORE

Book Now @ www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=317727

Remember back in the day when the Espy hotel was in full swing? Back when stand up comedy ruled the Gershwin room every Sunday afternoon?

A glorious mix of new and seasoned comics would strut their stuff in front of a packed enthusiastic crowd.

Back in the day when Hughesy was on the dole, Rove was in a double act with his old mate Duff and Pommy Johnson’s song Psycho Chicken could be heard bellowing through the sacred hall to an eruption of applause; the punters getting drunk off laughter alone.

Those were the days. It was a comedy show with a rock’n’roll vibe. Espy comedy was the best thing in town.

Imagine if ‘back in the day’ was back tomorrow or more specifically back on Sunday the 24th of September at 2pm.
That’s right the Hotel along with the St Kilda Arts Crawl and St Kilda Comedy Club are opening the doors to the Gershwin room.

For a one off special event bringing back the glory days of comedy in Melbourne.


CJ Fortuna, Andy Goodwin, Dave O’Neil & Brad Oakes at the Espy image by Kerrie Pacholli © pationpics.com


Sophie Roulle, exhibiting artist at 33 Fitzroy Street


The Secret Keeper Mixed Medium on Canvas 50x76cm

Reflecting after a profoundly bleak 3 years, I have emerged to discover my recent work, both visual and performative, has become infused with raw sensual power. During this 3 year sabbatical, my body of work has reflected my internal landscape, immersed in despair, rage, hopelessness and grief.  And while themes of  Love and Transformation illuminate the core of my current work, the performances  still  carry the weight of the recent past. I am interested in how the body acts as a vessel for powerful change and transformation. I am obsessed with the reclamation of the body, of sexuality, sensuality.  I am curious about power relationships, the relationships between violence and nurture, revenge and redemption, rage and ecstasy. I am interested in my personal relationship with shame, power and forgiveness.  Having recently returned to Australia after being in the Northern hemisphere, the festival’s theme of Spring Equinox is particularly significant. I am intrigued by the power struggles of light and darkness, in all climates and landscapes, internal and external and their capacity to not only co-exist but live in harmony.


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Adrian Spurr contributing artist in Window Art Walk 33 Fitzroy Street

St Kilda Art Crawl 21 – 24 Sept

Printmaking, sculpture and drawing


Adrian Spurr at his studio in Shakespeare Grove image © pationpics.com

My artwork has for two decades been concerned with surface, structure and volume. Recent work is fascinated with a granular, axiomatic form and content. Drawings exhibit extremely detailed mark making, prints exhibit a modular construction, and sculptures are assembled from large quantities of small, similarly sized pieces of material attached to, or enveloping, other three dimensional objects. The scale of the sculpture, the materials used, and their ‘pixelated’ appearance, endow my three dimensional work with a narrative which is only revealed as they are assembled.

In the past three years I have returned to working with stone and figurative imagery. Perhaps this will lead to a synthesis of sorts, that is, artwork where the two sculptural directions I am working in come together in a compatible whole.


Adrian Spurr Rude Boy 2014


Adrian Spurr , Patrizia – portrait of the artists mother

Overall, since moving to Australia in 1998, the primary source for my investigation has been the arid regions North Western Victoria and South Western NSW. Amidst that landscape, I find myself considering not only the delicate surface of the earth but also the similarly delicate surface of the human condition. I then bring these ideas back to Melbourne and a city environment where they evolve into the work that I currently produce.


Temperature Vermillian – DiVERSITY exhibition launch 21 Sept


Geoffrey Hales,St Kilda image © pationpics.com

St Kilda Art Crawl is set to shake Melbourne up this September 21 – 24 with it’s inaugural Art Crawl.

Inspired by other notable international events, such as the Venice Art Crawl and Bohemian Ateliers d’Artistes de Belleville Paris, local artists are opening their studios to the general public for a follow-the-map event, which includes the chance to interact with artists directly.

There will also be vibrant and associated events such as music and food.


Emily Humphries at Temperature Vermillion studio © pationpics.com

Emily’s St. Kilda Studio, Temperature Vermillion, upstairs, 42 Chapel Street. St Kilda launches at 7 pm Thursday 21 September with a curated exhibition DIVERSITY. There are, multi-platform works by St. Kilda musician and artist, Geoffrey Hales, prints and projections by Adem Jaffers, 3D work by Anita Lane  as well as painting and illuminated sculptures by Emily Humphries.

Temperature Vermillion was opened by Emily to fulfil a need for people to connect with themselves and others.

It’s a hard road for most artists, they make sacrifices for their inspiration and beliefs often working extremely hard to end up in the social security system. The frustration of seeing their voice as less important than other socio-political platforms can crush; wherein reality a good artist can be a genuine voice for the people. By the laying down their sensitivities and experience, they can offer something deeply moving or visceral, inspirational.

St Kilda Art Crawl is a much-needed promise to deliver up an exciting bridge to celebrate and perhaps even debunk a myth.


Event:  Diversity exhibition

Where: Temperature Vermillion Salon, 42 Chapel Street, St Kilda

When:  Launch at 21 Sept at 7pm