The annual award of the Lofty, to Elliat Rich for high endeavour in the arts, capped off a big year for Watch This Space as it heads towards its 25th anniversary in 2018. 25 years is long enough for a new generation to emerge and so it is at the Space. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
Alice Springs News Online arts writer Kieran Finnane is the recipient of the third annual award of The LOFTY, acknowledging “an individual who has made a significant and longstanding contribution to the creative culture of Alice Springs, by inspiring others, supporting their creative projects and helping to make it all happen in one way or another”.
Pictured: Kieran Finnane accepting her award from Adelaide via a Skype connection. Photo by OLIVER ECLIPSE.
An annual award, The LOFTY, named in honour of the late Pamela Lofts, accomplished artist and founder of Watch This Space (pictured), is the centerpiece of the local Artist Run Initiative’s end of year celebrations on December 6 from 6pm. Work by Lofts is also included in two exhibitions currently on show at Araluen, including a recent acquisition, not previously shown in Alice Springs.
Opening night for an exhibition is not always the best time to experience the art. It’s more of a social occasion and the conversations are often about anything other than the show. Not so the opening night for verisimilitude at Watch This Space, when its creator, Navid Dixon (aka David Nixon) curated not so much his images as his viewers ... KIERAN FINNANE was among them.
A soaring bird can take our hearts
with her; in her flight we see an incomparable image of freedom.
Conversely, there is no more potent image of mortal endings than her
fall to earth in death. "Succumbing to gravity" she leaves the airs,
expiring in the space of the earthbound before passing beyond. KIERAN FINNANE looks at Pamela Lofts' compelling series of drawings.