RMIT artist finds new light in the dark

On a gloomy day in the United Kingdom, Gabrielle New caught sight of a glimmer of light in the corner of her eye as she walked past a dark laneway.

The memory sparked an artistic exploration of hope found in unexpected places through her fabric art installation Things with Feathers: A synonym for hope.

The 27-year-old’s piece depicts darkness and hope in large black and white fabric banners.

As part of Melbourne Fringe Festival, the grounds of RMIT will be transformed into Artland, with 15 site-specific artworks installed throughout its Brunswick campus.

The annual event features paintings, sculptures, photography, installation and performance art of selected RMIT students.

Nearing the end of her Masters of Fine Art degree, Ms New said her involvement in this year’s event gave rise to valuable networking opportunities.

“It’s a public event so people are going to see my work. Hopefully I’ll have the opportunity to exhibit my work elsewhere afterwards as well,” Ms New said.

A winning artist will be presented with $1000 and their work will be displayed in Moreland Council’s MoreART Public Art Festival.

Artland will launch on October 5 at 2pm and will run between 8am and 8pm, Monday-Friday, until October 17.

For more information, visit www.melbournefringe.com.au/fringe-festival/show/artland or gabrielleleahnew.com

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About Alana Mitchelson

Alana Mitchelson is a journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Follow her on Twitter at @AlanaMitchelson.

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