ARTIST IN THE NORTHERN REGION OF NSW

About Christine Spedding

The Crap We WatchI have always been an artist, from early childhood where I would sit and copy trees and birds from books, then stick them on my walls or trace shadows on the pavement with chalk. I would follow my father around while he was building, collecting all his off-cuts, and creating constructions using bent nails, string and glue, or be out in the paddock arranging flowers, sticks and rocks into intricate patterns.

My working life was assisting people with disabilities and often I would run art and craft groups or assist students within metal work, woodwork, art, or ceramics.

It was not till later in life, after my kids had grown and flown, that I began to take my art seriously. Enrolling in ceramics, then drawing and finally making the commitment to do full time study at TAFE completing an Advanced Diploma in both Print Making and Ceramics. It took a long time before I took the big plunge and enrolled in a Batchelor of Art and Design at university which I am still completing.

I love study. Often people consider an art degree an easy, useless degree, but it’s just not about creating. Research takes us on a journey into history, not just history of art but how and why art was made the way it was in the time it was created. We looked into advancements in technology, world events, culture, war, propaganda, and advertising. We’re encouraged to be critical thinkers, and to question ourselves on why we make art and who are we making it for. Are we saying what we want to say with what we are using to say it?

As Artists we have became use to judgment and criticism, because by taking something from in our head or to take a feeling and make it into something real, to delve deep inside and pull out whatever is needed to bring about our creation, and then to put it out in the world for all to see, makes us vulnerable. With art everyone has an opinion, and often people are not averse to saying how or what they feel about a piece of art. As an artist if you stop at our work, it doesn’t matter if you like it or not, we made you look twice at something that was important to us.

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I have always been an artist, from early childhood where I would sit and copy trees and birds from books, then stick them on my walls or trace shadows on the pavement with chalk. I would follow my father around while he was building, collecting all his off-cuts, and creating constructions using bent nails, string and glue, or be out in the paddock arranging flowers, sticks and rocks into intricate
patterns.

My working life was assisting people with disabilities and often I would run art and craft groups or assist students within metal work, woodwork, art, or ceramics.

It was not till later in life, after my kids had grown and flown, that I began to take my art seriously. Enrolling in ceramics, then drawing and finally making the commitment to do full time study at TAFE completing an Advanced Diploma in both Print Making and Ceramics. It took a long time before I took the big plunge and enrolled in a Batchelor of Art and Design at university which I am still completing.

I love study. Often people consider an art degree an easy, useless degree, but it’s just not about creating. Research takes us on a journey into history, not just history of art but how and why art was made the way it was in the time it was created. We looked into advancements in technology, world events, culture, war, propaganda, and advertising. We’re encouraged to be critical thinkers, and to
question ourselves on why we make art and who are we making it for. Are we saying what we want to say with what we are using to say it?

As Artists we have became use to judgment and criticism, because by taking something from in our head or to take a feeling and make it into something real, to delve deep inside and pull out whatever is needed to bring about our creation, and then to put it out in the world for all to see, makes us vulnerable. With art everyone has an opinion, and often people are not averse to saying how or
what they feel about a piece of art. As an artist if you stop at our work, it doesn’t matter if you like it or not, we made you look twice at something that was important to us.

The Crap We Watch
  • 1998-2003 – Cert III- IV – Diploma and Advanced Diploma TAFE, Lismore– Awarded Student of the Year

  • Currently completing, Bachelor of Arts and Design Southern Cross University, Lismore

Artistic Roles

  • 2021-22 – Artistic Director Tropical Fruits Inc.
  • 2020 – Shine Light up Lismore – Ingenium
  • 2016/19 – Curator Tropical Fruits Art Show Lismore NSW
  • 2017 – Director and Curator of Drake Peace in the Village Art Award
  • 2000 – 2006 – Curator – ‘The Big Time Gallery’, Drake NSW 2469
    • Curator of International Women’s Day Art Show, Drake NSW
    • Curator of the Drake Youth Art Award
    • Curator of the NAIDOC Art Exhibition
  • 2006 – Facilitator of “Belonging” Autism Spectrum Children’s two-day Workshop, Tweed Gallery, NSW
  • 2003 – 2006 – The Clarence River Lions Club – Art Show at Fire and Stone Sculpture Park, Tabulam, NSW
Juxtaposition of Womenhood
  • 1998-2003 – Cert III- IV – Diploma and Advanced Diploma TAFE, Lismore– Awarded Student of the Year

  • Currently completing, Bachelor of Arts and Design Southern Cross University, Lismore

Artistic Roles

  • 2021-22 – Artistic Director Tropical Fruits Inc.
  • 2020 – Shine Light up Lismore – Ingenium
  • 2016/19 – Curator Tropical Fruits Art Show Lismore NSW
  • 2017 – Director and Curator of Drake Peace in the Village Art Award
  • 2000 – 2006 – Curator – ‘The Big Time Gallery’, Drake NSW 2469
    • Curator of International Women’s Day Art Show, Drake NSW
    • Curator of the Drake Youth Art Award
    • Curator of the NAIDOC Art Exhibition
  • 2006 – Facilitator of “Belonging” Autism Spectrum Children’s two-day Workshop, Tweed Gallery, NSW
  • 2003 – 2006 – The Clarence River Lions Club – Art Show at Fire and Stone Sculpture Park, Tabulam, NSW
Juxtaposition of Womenhood
Blue Nude II © Christine Spedding

Awards

2020 – Maritime Art prize – short listed from 300 entries to 120.
2019 – White Rock Wind Farm Art Prize – 2nd place Photograph
2018 – TURSA Art Prize – First Place Still Life
2018 – Bentley Art Prize- Highly commended
2017 – Tropical Fruits 2017 2nd Prize
2016 – Bentley Art Prize 2nd Place
2016 – Drake Art Award 1st Prize
2015 – Tropical Fruits Art Award Lismore NSW 1st Place
2014 – Peter Alan Award Bush to Furniture
2014 – Tenterfield NSW –Best New Talent
2005 – Beef Week Casino NSW 1st Prize
2003 – Coraki Art Prize – 2nd place
1998 – Tropical Fruits – First Prize plus People’s Choice Award

Awards

2020 – Maritime Art prize – short listed from 300 entries to 120.
2019 – White Rock Wind Farm Art Prize – 2nd place Photograph
2018 – TURSA Art Prize – First Place Still Life
2018 – Bentley Art Prize- Highly commended
2017 – Tropical Fruits 2017 2nd Prize
2016 – Bentley Art Prize 2nd Place
2016 – Drake Art Award 1st Prize
2015 – Tropical Fruits Art Award Lismore NSW 1st Place
2014 – Peter Alan Award Bush to Furniture
2014 – Tenterfield NSW –Best New Talent
2005 – Beef Week Casino NSW 1st Prize
2003 – Coraki Art Prize – 2nd place
1998 – Tropical Fruits – First Prize plus People’s Choice Award

Blue Nude II © Christine Spedding

Exhibitions

Solo

  • 2017 – ‘The Bankhouse’ Mallanganee NSW
  • 2013 – Drake Exhibition Drake NSW

Group

  • 2019 – Art on the corner 9×5. Tenterfield NSW
  • 2019 – White Rock Wind Farm ArtPrize Glenn Innes NSW
  • 2018 – Bentley art Show /Coraki Art Show/Tursa Art Show
  • 2015 – Serpentine Gallery “Scarlet” Lismore NSW
  • 2010 – 2017 – Tropical Fruits Art Exhibition
  • 2010 – CPA Print Prize Tweed Gallery, NSW
  • 2006 – Autism Art – Norther Rivers Community Gallery, Ballina NSW
  • 2005 – Serpentine Community Gallery, Bi-Annual Group Exhibition, Lismore NSW
  • 2000 – 2006 – International Women’s’ Day Art Exhibition
  • 2000 – Lismore Mental Health Week Art Show, Lismore Showgrounds NSW
  • 2000 – Left of Centre Exhibition, Drake NSW
  • 1988 – 2015 Coraki Art Prize, Coraki NSW
String Work © Christine Spedding

Exhibitions

Solo

  • 2017 – ‘The Bankhouse’ Mallanganee NSW
  • 2013 – Drake Exhibition Drake NSW

Group

  • 2019 – Art on the corner 9×5. Tenterfield NSW
  • 2019 – White Rock Wind Farm ArtPrize Glenn Innes NSW
  • 2018 – Bentley art Show /Coraki Art Show/Tursa Art Show
  • 2015 – Serpentine Gallery “Scarlet” Lismore NSW
  • 2010 – 2017 – Tropical Fruits Art Exhibition
  • 2010 – CPA Print Prize Tweed Gallery, NSW
  • 2006 – Autism Art – Norther Rivers Community Gallery, Ballina NSW
  • 2005 – Serpentine Community Gallery, Bi-Annual Group Exhibition, Lismore NSW
  • 2000 – 2006 – International Women’s’ Day Art Exhibition
  • 2000 – Lismore Mental Health Week Art Show, Lismore Showgrounds NSW
  • 2000 – Left of Centre Exhibition, Drake NSW
  • 1988 – 2015 Coraki Art Prize, Coraki NSW
String Work © Christine Spedding