Living With Art: Heidi Yardley

Heidi Yardley explores elusive worlds of displaced identity through representations of the female figure, often in surreal configurations. Yardley pairs her protagonists with ‘broken’ still lives (fragmented florals and displaced objects) through which the viewer can begin to decipher a language of fractured memory and unresolved relationships. Yardley’s practice spans 20 years.

She has been a finalist in significant prizes including The Archibald Prize, Wynne Prize, Sulman Prize and The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize. Her work is held in a number of public institutions including Artbank, Gippsland Art Gallery, and the University of Queensland Art Museum. 3:33 Art Projects curated an exhibition for the artist in 2019 as part of the Clayton Utz Art Partnership in Melbourne, courtesy of Nicholas Thompson Gallery.

Heidi Yardley and her cat Nico in Harcourt where she has a temporary work space. Photograph: Guss Mallmann

What was unique about the Art Partnership?

It’s a fantastic initiative that allows artists to showcase their work in corporate environments. Working with the team at 3:33 was an absolute pleasure due to their incredibly positive energy and genuine enthusiasm for art. They are committed to connecting people and introducing businesses and clients to new experiences of engaging with art.

How has your practice evolved since this body of work was on view?

I held a solo show at Nicholas Thompson Gallery in May last year and since then have been developing new work. I’m spending more time in pre-production, working with found images and developing source material on computer. I’m also embarking on my PhD which has meant I’ve spent more time reading and researching.

Heidi Yardley’s collage process in the studio

We note you’ve been using collage again, what attracts you to the imagery, process and outcomes here?

The collages are source material for my charcoal drawings. Simplifying to a monochromatic palette allows me to focus purely on the image in terms of tonal variations. The collage process is intuitive and allows for elements of surprise. I’m more inclined to work with the unexpected and surreal aspects of images through the process of collaging source material.

new charcoal drawing in the studio

How did you stay creative during lockdown and has it altered your practice in any way – for example a shift or amplification of the fictive elements, dreamlike states, sexuality or nods to domesticity in your work?

Interestingly I had very intense and complex dreams (as apparently many people did) and I was thinking a lot about the unconscious and how rich and dense that mysterious space is. I spent some time working in regional Victoria in a different environment so I had to set up a makeshift studio to do some new work. I really abandoned the paintings I had commenced at my usual studio, so in that sense it was a bit interruptive to my normal process. Thankfully, I now have a lot of exciting ideas and just need the time to make them happen!

What is the role of art in these times?

I’ve never lost faith in the importance of art. To me it seems more important than ever to be creative, to invent worlds outside of the mainstream version of reality. The media tells a particular story, often biased and it’s dangerous to be caught up in all of the pain. Art is transformative and soul enriching.

What’s coming up for you next?

Many group shows have been cancelled due to the pandemic but if all goes to plan, I’ll be exhibiting at Sydney Contemporary Art Fair later next year with Nicholas Thompson Gallery.

Heidi Yardley is represented by Nicholas Thompson Gallery, Melbourne, Arthouse Gallery, Sydney and Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane.

This article is presented in collaboration with 3:33 Art Projects

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World’s Largest Online Art Auction To Include Black, Asian And Minority Ethnic Charity – Yahoo Finance

LONDON, June 18, 2020 /PRNewswire/ – Art&Co., the world’s largest online art auction to support charities alleviating those suffering from disease, depression and domestic violence due to Covid-19, has added Race on the Agenda (ROTA), the seventh charity among those it is supporting to highlight the disproportionate effects of the coronavirus on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities in the UK. Fineqia International Inc. (the “Company” or “Fineqia”) (CSE: FNQ) (OTC: FNQQF) (Frankfurt: FNQA) is among Art&Co.’s founding partners.

England and Wales are twice as likely to die if they contract Covid-19. Among health professionals, the statistics are particularly stark. While one out of five healthcare workers are BAME, they numbered three among five who died. Among doctors, 90% of those who died were BAME, twice their proportion amongst medical staff. *

Andy Gregg, CEO of ROTA. “The numbers state the sad reality that we’ve tried to have redressed for the past three and a half decades. Real change is long overdue.”

ROTA has sought to highlight the number of BAME lives being taken by coronavirus, as racial inequality has been highlighted amidst Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests in the US and elsewhere.

Sola Olulode, a British-Nigerian artist participating in Art&Co. "It’s about not getting hired for a job, being stopped and searched on the street, not getting funding, being deported."” data-reactid=”17″>”Racism still exists because the majority of people still uphold its systems at every level, said Sola Olulode, a British-Nigerian artist participating in Art&Co. “It’s about not getting hired for a job, being stopped and searched on the street, not getting funding, being deported.”

More than 260 pieces of art are being auctioned to bidders from across the globe by Art&Co. Funds raised are being shared by seven registered charities and 42 artists who have come together in the fight against the four D’s of the Covid-19 virus: disease, depression, domestic violence and disproportionate effect on black and ethnic minorities.

Amongst famous artists Picasso, Dali, Warhol, and Koons represented at Art&Co., Olulode is an emerging artist who was a finalist for the 2018 Evening Standard Art Prize. An advocate for rights of BAME individuals, she has more than a dozen of her works on the auction site that explore personal and collective experiences of the communities.

“Black artists have struggled for representation within the art world,” Olulode added. “We need to have a wider conversation about why that is and how we can go about changing that.”

“ROTA is a real agent of much needed change and we’re proud to support its efforts,” said Bundeep Singh Rangar, Art&Co.’s founder and Fineqia’s CEO. “We’ve also ensured Art&Co. is a real mosaic of the UK population at large, with 80% UK artists and 20% foreign.”

Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, India, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Nigeria, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain and the United States. The youngest artist is a 26-year-old Royal College of Art graduate and winner of the Hine Award for Painting; the oldest is a 65-year-old American artist in New York.

June 27 to highlight the unequal effect of Covid-19 among BAME communities and allow for the auction to better support ROTA. Funds raised from InsurAid’s Art&Co. project will be distributed to artists out of work, for their art pieces, and seven registered charities: ICU Steps, The Care Workers Charity, Khalsa Aid International, Painting Our World in Silver, ROTA, Solace Women’s Aid and Za Teb.

https://www.health.org.uk/news-and-comment/charts-and-infographics/emerging-findings-on-the-impact-of-covid-19-on-black-and-min), the British Medical Association (https://www.bma.org.uk/advice-and-support/covid-19/your-health/covid-19-the-risk-to-bame-doctors) and Public Health England (https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/892085/disparities_review.pdf) and Sky News https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-black-and-asian-ethnic-groups-up-to-twice-as-likely-to-die-from-virus-says-public-health-england-11999167.” data-reactid=”24″>*Statistics sourced from the charity The Health Foundation, (https://www.health.org.uk/news-and-comment/charts-and-infographics/emerging-findings-on-the-impact-of-covid-19-on-black-and-min), the British Medical Association (https://www.bma.org.uk/advice-and-support/covid-19/your-health/covid-19-the-risk-to-bame-doctors) and Public Health England (https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/892085/disparities_review.pdf) and Sky News https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-black-and-asian-ethnic-groups-up-to-twice-as-likely-to-die-from-virus-says-public-health-england-11999167.

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About Art&Co.

Art&Co. is the world’s largest online art auction to help with the immediate as well as longer term effects of COVID-19, including illness, mental health and domestic violence.

About ROTA

London-based, BAME-led social policy organisation focused on issues affecting Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities. All ROTA’s work is based on the principle that those with direct experience of inequality should be central to solutions to address it. Our policy priorities of health, education and criminal justice are shaped by the lived experiences of BAME communities and their organisations. 

ABOUT FINEQIA INTERNATIONAL INC.

https://investors.fineqia.com/news.” data-reactid=”39″>Fineqia International Inc. is a listed entity in Canada (CSE: FNQ), the US (OTC: FNQQF) and Europe (Frankfurt: FNQA). Fineqia International outlines the Company’s corporate governance, culture, processes and relations by which the Company and its subsidiaries are controlled, directed and governed. It oversees and ensures the overall success, planning and growth of the Company and all of its subsidiaries and investments, including those propagating blockchain technologies. For more information visit: https://investors.fineqia.com/news.

About PremFina Ltd

PremFina Ltd is a UK-based premium finance company that promotes financial inclusion by enabling the payment of insurance premiums via instalments. It supplies insurance brokers with funding lines and also enables broker-funded and branded credit agreements via its Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) affiliate IXL PremFina Ltd. With PremFina, brokers receive higher profit, greater autonomy and the opportunity to increase the lifetime value of their customers as well as cross-sell and up-sell additional products. PremFina’s shareholders include global investors Rakuten Capital, Draper Esprit Plc, Thomvest Ventures, Emery Capital, Rubicon Venture Capital, Talis Capital and the company’s founder & CEO.

About InsurAid

InsurAid is a PremFina company set up to encourage corporate and personal donations to support those affected by humanitarian disasters, public health and safety crises. InsurAid focuses on events for which insurance is scarce or unavailable.

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Art&Co., World’s Largest Online Art Auction to Include Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Charity – Yahoo Finance

LONDON, June 18, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Art&Co., the world’s largest online art auction to support charities alleviating those suffering from disease, depression and domestic violence due to Covid-19, has added Race on the Agenda (ROTA), the seventh charity among those it is supporting to highlight the disproportionate effects of the coronavirus on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities in the UK.

Sola Olulode. Back It Up For The Gram. Oil, acrylic, oil pastel, wax, charcoal, collage on canvas. 150 x 180 cm. 2018. £6700

England and Wales are twice as likely to die if they contract Covid-19. Among health professionals, the statistics are particularly stark. While one out of five healthcare workers are BAME, they numbered three among five who died. Among doctors, 90% of those who died were BAME, twice their proportion amongst medical staff. *

Andy Gregg, CEO of ROTA. “The numbers state the sad reality that we’ve tried to have redressed for the past three and a half decades. Real change is long overdue.”

ROTA has sought to highlight the number of BAME lives being taken by coronavirus, as racial inequality has been highlighted amidst Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests in the US and elsewhere.

Sola Olulode, a British-Nigerian artist participating in Art&Co. "It’s about not getting hired for a job, being stopped and searched on the street, not getting funding, being deported."” data-reactid=”29″>”Racism still exists because the majority of people still uphold its systems at every level,” said Sola Olulode, a British-Nigerian artist participating in Art&Co. “It’s about not getting hired for a job, being stopped and searched on the street, not getting funding, being deported.”

More than 260 pieces of art are being auctioned to bidders from across the globe by Art&Co. Funds raised are being shared by seven registered charities and 42 artists who have come together in the fight against Covid-19 as well as its disproportionate effect on black and ethnic minorities.

Amongst famous artists Picasso, Dali, Warhol, and Koons represented at Art&Co., Olulode is an emerging artist who was a finalist for the 2018 Evening Standard Art Prize. An advocate for rights of BAME individuals, she has more than a dozen of her works on the auction site that explore personal and collective experiences of the communities.

“Black artists have struggled for representation within the art world,” Olulode added. “We need to have a wider conversation about why that is and how we can go about changing that.”

“Art&Co. is a mosaic of the UK population at large with 80% UK artists and 20% foreign,” said Bundeep Singh Rangar, Art&Co.’s founder and PremFina’s CEO. “That’s reflective of our company’s DNA of diversity and empowerment, evenly split for gender and two-thirds staff holding international passports.”

Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, India, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Nigeria, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain and the United States. The youngest artist is a 26-year-old Royal College of Art graduate and winner of the Hine Award for Painting; the oldest is a 65-year-old American artist in New York.

June 27 to highlight the unequal effect of Covid-19 among BAME communities and allow for the auction to better support ROTA. Funds raised from InsurAid’s Art&Co. project will be distributed to artists out of work, for their art pieces, and seven registered charities: ICU Steps, The Care Workers Charity, Khalsa Aid International, Painting Our World in Silver, ROTA, Solace Women’s Aid and Za Teb.

https://www.health.org.uk/news-and-comment/charts-and-infographics/emerging-findings-on-the-impact-of-covid-19-on-black-and-min), the British Medical Association (https://www.bma.org.uk/advice-and-support/covid-19/your-health/covid-19-the-risk-to-bame-doctors) Public Health England (https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/892085/disparities_review.pdf) and Sky News https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-black-and-asian-ethnic-groups-up-to-twice-as-likely-to-die-from-virus-says-public-health-england-11999167” data-reactid=”40″>*Statistics sourced from the charity The Health Foundation, (https://www.health.org.uk/news-and-comment/charts-and-infographics/emerging-findings-on-the-impact-of-covid-19-on-black-and-min), the British Medical Association (https://www.bma.org.uk/advice-and-support/covid-19/your-health/covid-19-the-risk-to-bame-doctors) Public Health England (https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/892085/disparities_review.pdf) and Sky News https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-black-and-asian-ethnic-groups-up-to-twice-as-likely-to-die-from-virus-says-public-health-england-11999167

Art&Co. is the world’s largest online art auction to help with the immediate as well as longer term effects of COVID-19, including illness, mental health and domestic violence.

London-based, BAME-led social policy organisation focused on issues affecting Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities. All ROTA’s work is based on the principle that those with direct experience of inequality should be central to solutions to address it. Our policy priorities of health, education and criminal justice are shaped by the lived experiences of BAME communities and their organisations. 

PremFina Ltd is a UK-based premium finance company that promotes financial inclusion by enabling the payment of insurance premiums via instalments. It supplies insurance brokers with funding lines and also enables broker-funded and branded credit agreements via its Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) affiliate IXL PremFina Ltd. With PremFina, brokers receive higher profit, greater autonomy and the opportunity to increase the lifetime value of their customers as well as cross-sell and up-sell additional products. PremFina’s shareholders include global investors Rakuten Capital, Draper Esprit Plc, Thomvest Ventures, Emery Capital, Rubicon Venture Capital, Talis Capital and the company’s founder & CEO.

InsurAid is a PremFina company set up to encourage corporate and personal donations to support those affected by humanitarian disasters, public health and safety crises. InsurAid focuses on events for which insurance is scarce or unavailable.

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Sola Olulode. Close To You. Ink and acrylic on fabric. 150 x 120cm. 2019. £5230

Sola Olulode. Eternal Light. Ink, acrylic and wax on canvas. 210 x 150cm. 2020. £6900

Sola Olulode. I Could Just Lay All Day With You. Oil, wax, oil bar, varnish, charcoal, oil pastels, ink on canvas. 102 x 102cm. 2019. £3900

Sola Olulode. Laying in The Grass. Ink, oil, oil pastel, oil bar, charcoal and wax on canvas. 122 x 152 cm. 2020. £5230

Sola Olulode. Loving You is Like Living on a Wave. Charcoal, Indigo, pastel, pigment wax on canvas. 122 x 122cm. 2019. £9820 (for both works)

Sola Olulode. My Darling Sweet Heart. Ink, acrylic, oil pastel and charcoal on canvas. 60 x 80 cm. 2019. £2600

Sola Olulode. Say I Like The Way You Jo. Oil, acrylic, oil pastel, pencil and wax on canvas. 150 x 180cm. 2018

Sola Olulode. Some Just Came To Stunt. Oil, charcoal, oil pastel and pastel on canvas. 80 x 106 cm. 2017. £750 (LvG Collection) (detail)

Sola Olulode. Uh Oh. Oil, oil pastel, oil bar, wax on canvas. 90 x 106cm. 2018. £4100

Together In Art: Montaigne, Sydney – Concrete Playground

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Powerhouse singer-songwriter Montaigne is live-streaming a free performance at the Art Gallery of New South Wales for international cultural festival Make Music Day on Sunday, June 21. The ARIA Award-winning artist and Eurovision 2021 contestant will be sharing a few stripped back songs — possibly the newbie ‘Don’t Break Me’, or maybe 2016’s hit ‘Because I Love You’ — via Facebook Live for around 20 minutes.

Montaigne will be performing directly in front of a 2004 artwork by Australian artist Lindy Lee called ‘Cosmos — a life of fire‘. It’ll be a showcase of hope and resilience for the music and art industries during a year that has seen many setbacks, and just as many unifying protests.

The free event is part of the Gallery’s Together In Art project, which was designed to bring optimism through art. The project has invited artists Ngaiire, Delta Goodrem, Rainbow Chan and L-Fresh the Lion to perform at the Gallery, and Together In Art has evolved from a lockdown lifeline of videos and pocket exhibitions into a fresh way of looking at art in a post-pandemic world.

To watch, simply register your interest via the Facebook event page and five minutes before the performance time (at 7.25pm) you’ll receive a link to the live-stream.

Image: Montaigne pictured at the Art Gallery of NSW in the 22nd Biennale of Sydney: NIRIN 2020 exhibition, including works by Barbara McGrady and Kunmanara (Mumu Mike) Williams, Kunmanara (Willy Muntjantji) Martin and Sammy Dodd. Photo: AGNSW, Mim Stirling.