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Annie Trevillan


visited in 2012

Workshop: Photography-and-Media-Arts

What Still Remains: Remnants: Canberra’s ‘Valley Ruins’ set to come to life through new artwork by local artist
Annie Trevillian

Ephemeral artwork to appear at heritage site as part of Canberra and Region Heritage Festival 'Innovation' 14-29 April 2012

Canberra, April 2012 – A new, ephemeral artwork by Canberra textile artist Annie Trevillian will appear at the Valley Ruins heritage site on Wednesday 18 April, Thursday 19 April and Saturday 28 April.

Funded by the ACT Heritage Unit as part of the 2012 Canberra and Region Heritage Festival 'Innovation', the artwork will interpret the Valley Ruins’ important history within the Canberra region.

Through a series of motifs inspired by research into the ruins, Annie Trevillian’s art draws on various aspects of the site – including artefacts, buildings and structures, orchard and plantings, food, animals and machinery – to examine the everyday existence of the men, women and children who lived there, including Indigenous and European settlers.

The ephemeral work will appear in-place at the ruins, which are located on Gungahlin Drive, beside the Burgmann Anglican School.

Annie Trevillian is a local Canberra artist who has enjoyed a long career in which she has often drawn upon imagery based on her personal collections and memories. She has a successful track record completing projects commissioned for public spaces. Annie moves between many different ways of working to create imagery – including painting, drawing, markmaking, screenprinting, photography and digital technology – and the use of original motifs is fundamental to her artistic practice.

An important art of the new work, entitled ‘Remnants: the layering of time, memory and place in a landscape encompassing family and community’, will be public engagement and community participation.

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