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An insight into art

SYDNEY based art director and gallery curator Marty Routledge will present a free talk on his insights into art and exhibitions at the Wollongong City Gallery on June 22.

Routledge will present his ideas, inspirations and latest projects in a one-off, intimate presentation in the Gallery from 6pm.

Routledge has worked predominantly with contemporary artists and designers from varying backgrounds with the intention of exposing well and lesser known artists to Australian audiences. Stemming from his own 16-year career, Routledge’s ties to the restricted artist networks are limitless.

In 2009 Routledge and Peer Group Media began a national tour to showcase studies on lettering named ‘GO FONT UR SELF*’. The program ran for two years and showcased 84 local and international artists, 17 exhibitions across four capital cities with more than 9,000 people attending and two books produced following the program.

In August 2010 Routledge, Peer Group Media and Riversdale group created the weekly showcase of local and international artists named LO-FI COLLECTIVE, using an attic warehouse space in the centre of Taylor Square, Sydney. Since then Routledge has programmed, installed and promoted 56 exhibits for the space.

Routledge has established an artist management operation with Peer Group Media called ‘THIS WAY’. The group coordinates commercial opportunities for artists within Routledge’s networks. To launch the agency Routledge and Curator Joseph Allen Shea (from the gallery A.S. Ex Monster Children) brought five international artists to Sydney for a three-day micro festival called ‘SELF EST’ (Self established).

In March this year with Peer Group and Riversdale, Routledge and Chris Loutfy started a second gallery called THE TATE in Glebe. The gallery is a showcase for university students with five workspaces offered for students from different university campuses. The gallery opens every Wednesday and shows rotate each week.

For more information you can call Council’s Customer Service on (02) 4227 7111.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.

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