Address: Shop 7, The Emporium, 185 Hunter St, Newcastle
Hours: Wed 10-4, Thur 10-5, Fri 10-5, Sat 9am-3pm
Property Donor: Iris Capital
Launched: 9 May 2016
Who are you?
My name is Tom Kearney, I am a Newcastle based artist and maker. I have been exhibiting for the past 15 years and would describe my practice as being very materials focused, covering a range of disciplines. I am currently a PhD candidate at UNSW’s School of Art and Design, though my undergraduate study was undertaken here at Newcastle University and the Hunter Street TAFE campus.
What do you do?
In recent years my work has repeatedly involved the use of resin as a physical and conceptual material of choice. It is through the experimentation with resin that this current work and brand has developed. Frontier Scout is the name of the brand, through which I am exploring the contextually liminal and often ambiguous line between art and functional object. The current range includes several different vases and small platters, but will grow and evolve with time.
I create ‘one-off’ pieces, with carefully considered colour palettes and surface finishes. Each piece is made by hand by me in my studio at home. They are cast in resin, then ground, sanded and polished to the desired form and finish.
What inspired you to get involved in Renew Newcastle?=
I am excited to be involved in Renew Newcastle as both an opportunity to have my own shop in a prime location, and to be a part of such a great initiative with a proven record for positive change.
What are you doing in your new space?
I am attempting to treat the space with the level of refinement reminiscent of a gallery. Displays are curated in a considered way to highlight the qualities in the work, and to not ‘overcrowd’ the space. I plan to rearrange the displays regularly to keep the space active and vital, and to incorporate new works and/or collections.
The shop also features the work of two other local maker/artists, Wild Deer Running is the lovely and delicate work of fibre artist Anna Lloyd, and Avenell is the wonderfully dynamic and abstract hand painted fabric designs of Leigh Avenell.
Tell us about your space
I am in the left side ‘counter’ space in the main entrance of the Emporium, which I clearly remember as a make-up counter in the DJ’s days. I can still picture the ladies behind the counter looking very glamorous in all their meticulously composed finery.
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