Over 11 nights St Mary’s Church is transformed into a projection art piece, profiling local artists, heritage architecture and the culture of Ipswich, its people and places.
- Projection Artist: James Muller
- Image: James Muller | Artwork: Jennifer Kent
About the Artists
Thursday 7 July - Kylie Hill
Kylie Hill is the owner of KJH artworks, and a proud Kalkadoon and waanyi woman, from far North Queensland. She grew up in the Ipswich community, and has lived here, raising her children and family for 35+ years.
Art has always been a passion, ever since she was a little jarjum. Art has been apart of her healing journey, and a connection to culture and spirituality. Hill’s artwork brings comfort, and takes her on many journeys, teaching and learning new things, meeting new people, and sharing stories with people from all diverse backgrounds.
Friday 8 July - Jacob Sarra
Jacob Sarra is a Goreng Goreng artist born and raised in Ipswich. His art is a continuum of time, drawing on Jacob’s experiences from his past, present and his visions of his future. Jacob draws heavily from nature and space and his family for inspiration.
Saturday 9 July - Jarryd Lawton
Jarryd Lawton is a young Aboriginal Artist, descendant of the Bidjara and Ghangulu people in Central Queensland and an active member of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. Jarryd’s key intention is to invite viewers to a closer understanding of his aboriginal culture whilst also adding his own modern twist and unique style to his artwork to share his cultural creativity through painting.
Jarryd is the founder of Mujeekah’s Inspirational Indigenous Art and his artwork ranges from Emu eggs, acrylic on canvas, porcelain and variations of wood. The majority of his paintings represent family, totems, sporting and life’s journey, plus individualised order paintings such as, ancestral stories, family spirit guides or animals.
This young artist takes great time and understanding to create these masterpieces, drawing in his audience with spectacular eye for detail and using themes, symbolic meanings to leave room for interpretation. The artwork has a take home message for each individual who views it whilst portraying the importance of the author’s own totem and uniqueness. One of the priorities of the artist was to respect the ancestral art, stories, symbols and relay that through modern day, remembering where we started, how we journey through life and the message and history we pass down.
Sunday 10 July - Jennifer Kent
Jennifer Kent is a multicultural Australian with Ancestry from the Quandamooka, Jinibara, Wakkawakka Tribes of South East Queensland and of the Darumbal Tribe of the Capricorn Queensland Coast. Jennifer grew up in Mt Isa and Townsville and also has kinship with the Waluwarra Tribe of North West Queensland.
Jennifer acquired a love for painting when she attended boarding school at Shalom Christian College in Townsville, but didn’t start professionally until 2017. With a background in education, Jennifer enjoys sharing First Nations Art techniques to students of all ages from Early Childhood to Adults. Jennifer has a unique Storytelling attribute that allows her to engage and relate to audiences from all over the world.
Monday 11 July - Rebecca Lewis
Rebecca Lewis is a self-taught textile artist, seamstress, printmaker and collage enthusiast living and working in Ipswich, Queensland. In 2014, Rebecca held her first exhibition in Ipswich featuring lino prints of local houses and ever since she has been exploring ways to use lino prints and paper in different ways. This exploration is what led Rebecca first to creating outdoor or locative collages and then to stop motion animation.
In 2018, Rebecca won the Queensland Regional Art Awards – Digital Art prize for a stop motion film incorporating her lino prints and paper cut outs. Rebecca loves pushing the limits of collage by playing with scale, placing vintage and hand printed images into contemporary landscapes and by making paper move through the magic of stop motion animation.
Tuesday 12 July - Colin Mac
Colin Mac a multi-disciplinary designer and artist. Working across across a variety of mediums his work primarily investigates identity, language and memory. After studying design and a Bachelor of Fine Art at the Queensland College of art his work has appeared in in publications such as The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Financial Times, NBC, Vice, The Big Issue, and well as numerous large scale public artworks in Brisbane, Toowoomba and the U.K. Having exhibited in group shows in Australia and internationally in 2021 he was shortlisted for the World Illustration Awards.
Wednesday 13 July - Lee FullARTon
Lee FullARTon is a practicing and teaching Artist from Ipswich Queensland. After graduating with a BA from Queensland College of Art in 1986, she undertook postgraduate studies that combined aspects of her arts practice with art therapy and art education for children. This led to a career that, combined with her practice, is deeply connected to a commitment to making art with and for children.
Since 1991, Lee has undertaken regular and extensive travels across Asia, the influences and connections are significant in her work. Lee has developed and delivered many arts programs and workshops for both children and adults in schools, galleries and museums, practiced art with children, undertaken and managed complex community arts projects, and contributed to writing about and research in the arts.
In 2014, Lee was awarded the AQ Individual Artist Grant and undertook an extended AiR in New Delhi India. Lee recently received a RADF award for her exhibition Mr Chippa the Woodblock Carver of Bagru featured at SAFI 21 -22.
Lee is the recipient of several awards recognising her contributions to art, education and culture. Lee maintains her arts practice at her studio in Ipswich and undertakes AiR’s and community arts projects across Australia.
Thursday 14 July - Kenneth Gavin Lewis
Gavin studied 16 mm film at Canterbury Christ Church University College, UK. Today he is a community support worker and NDIS advocate; video artist, vocalist for the Recepts, vinyl enthusiast and local entertainer – DJ Gavs. His family inspires him, so do the many life times of music and film he finds hard to switch off.
Friday 15 July - Glen Smith
Glen Smith has been heavily involved in the art culture of Ipswich for over 12 years and presently holds the position of President of ArtsConnect Ipswich Inc. As President, Glen is able to promote art and culture within Ipswich region as well as assist artists and community groups in exhibiting work, workshops, raising funds for charities and creating a better livable community through art.
Glen has achieved several awards from Ipswich City Council including the Cultural Award for 2018, Community Event of the Year 2019 and 2022 and 2021, two Ipswich City medallions and was recently awarded the 2021 Ipswich Citizen of the Year.
Glen was a finalist in the Moreton Bay Art Awards and Gold Coast Morris Art Awards. In 2017, he won the painting section at the Ipswich Art Awards. Glen has also won several firsts at the Boonah Art Festival, Lockyer Valley Art Awards, Black Snake Festival, Ma Ma Creek Festival and won Champion Artwork at the 2020 Ipswich Hospice Art Awards.
Glen has been in many group exhibitions in Brisbane, Ipswich and the Scenic Rim. He has had several solo exhibitions with the most recent at the Ipswich Art Gallery in 2021.
Saturday 16 July - Jessica Andersen
Jessica Andersen uses her art practice to explore distilled glimpses of Queensland’s cultural landscape. She aims to display the irony of common cultural practices and social situations in the state. The backdrop within each artwork acts as a stage for characters to perform a situation from their everyday lives. Each artwork is based upon a situation or person from Jessica’s life.
Sunday 17 July
The final night of deLight will showcase a selection of works from all of the deLight local artists who have been exhibited throughout SPARK Ipswich.