Prize for Saltwater Community Centre

July 2016

After more than a year in construction, my design for the brickwork at the new Saltwater Community Centre in Point Cook has finally been realised.

Officially opened in July 2016, the building received two important prizes at the 2016 Victorian Architecture Awards, the Melbourne Prize and the Prize for Sustainable Architecture.

The video made by Cobie Orger was commissioned by Wyndham City Council to document my contribution to this great outcome.

photo: Louise Lavarack




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Projecting bricks form a subtle image of ripples undulating along the walls of a new community centre. My design for the brickwork is drawn from the landscape that surrounds this prizewinning building, a place where cloud shadows slide across windswept grasslands and bird-thronged wetlands.

For the inaugural community open day I ran a paper-folding workshop in which visitors created a flotilla of paper boats to sail the ripples on the walls.

Commissioned by Wyndham City Council

Located at Saltwater Community Centre, Point Cook, Victoria

Awarded the Melbourne Prize and the Prize for Sustainable Architecture at the 2016 Victorian Architecture Awards

photo: Louise Lavarack

Experimental work in development

Throughout 2016 I've been developing collaborative projects that are taking my practice in new directions.

In particular, Lynne Boyd and I are experimenting with a studio-based work that merges painterly and sculptural concerns (pictured).

I'm also developing a performative project that involves emerging dancer, Ellen Davies.

And Peter Burke and I have been exploring ideas for participatory works in public space.

photo: Louise Lavarack



(with Lynne Boyd)

Acrylic on paper, self-adhesive tape

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Tidings is both painterly and sculptural. Its lyrically topographic surface is made from hundreds of handpainted squares that flicker with gestural marks and glow with luscious colour.

The superscript text echoes the pageantry of Renaissance paintings, but the words come from 20th Century painter, Agnes Martin:

And then sometimes there are moments of perfection and in these moments we wonder why we ever thought life was difficult.

Exhibited in the 2015 Dirty Dozen Xmas Show, Campbell Arcade, Melbourne

Collection of the artists

photo: Louise Lavarack




Dimensions variable (overall 6x10 metres)

A temporary installation in the water beside Lorne Pier, the buoyant panel floated undulating in slow motion, gently bunching and spreading as swells rolled through. Its woven zigzag pattern echoed the rippling ocean waters extending to the horizon, while phosporescent lettering glowed ethereally across the surface at night.

Exhibited in 'Sculpture Trail' at Lorne Sculpture Biennale 2014 (March 2014)

Supported by an Arts Victoria Arts Development Project Grant

photo: Stephen Thurston

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