2 K E L L Y H E Y L E N : B Y O N A J A N Z E N
A year ago, when we were planning and researching and setting things
in motion for the gallery, we devised a little tagline which summarised
what we were aspiring to: craft, design, culture.
The craft and design bits are obvious: we are a craft and design gallery,
with an emphasis on the handmade, and on art forms that are not often
shown in traditional galleries. Strong, consistent design underpins
everything we do, from the internal layout of our space, to how we
present ourselves online, to this very zine in your hands. But what
about that third word – culture?
From the beginning, I wanted Platform to be a space which not only
showcases beautiful, thoughtful, provocative art, but a place where
creative people can gather to learn, share, connect, celebrate and be
We’re now in the beginning stages of implementing that ‘culture’ part
of our mission. In 2018 we will have four regular (and free) events each
month: an exhibition opening, of course, but also a zine making night,
a crafternoon, and a feminist book club, where we gather to discuss
feminism in all its fictional and theoretical literary forms.
We’ll be adding more events as we go – from workshops to coincide
with exhibitions, to film nights, to larger events in the future. A gallery
is not a museum – it’s an ever-changing space where culture happens.
On page 9 of this zine is calendar of events for the next three months.
I hope you can join us, and I look forward to celebrating creativity and
community with you.
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of a Pedophile
A D A M J A M E S KS H O W # 1 0
“Art should be a mirror to
society, it shouldn’t just be
about beautiful imagery. Art
should make people think.”
“What struck me most about these priests was the lack of remorse they showed for the
victims,” says Wentworth Falls artist Adam James K. “I was listening to testimony from
the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, and I was
inspired to take action, to make sure that society never forgets the pain that has been
inflicted on these children.”
Over the past four years, Adam has created more than 300 artworks that focus on the
victims’ pain and the lifelong consequences they have suffered, after being abused by
priests and ignored by the church.
The exhibition at Platform includes mixed media, painting, drawing, sculpture and
video, with Adam performing a live piece on opening night, chillingly recounting
priests’ own words from the Royal Commission, where their hypocrisy and lack of
compassion was on full display.
“I’ve used elements that represent the church’s wealth, such as gold, glitter, and
rhinestones, to surround the images of the children’s pain; highlighting the
hypocrisies of the institution,” says Adam.
A renowned photographer who has captured some of the most iconic moments in
history, Adam re-trained as a visual artist more than 10 years ago, after realising he
could never completely capture with photography the raw emotion he wanted his
images to portray.
“Art should be a mirror to society, it shouldn’t just be about beautiful imagery. Art
should make people think. It should make them confront themselves and make them
become better people,” says Adam. “With this work I want to make sure that society
Adam James K’s work is in the permanent collections of the Art Gallery of New South
Wales, National Portrait Gallery, National Library of Australia, Monash Gallery of Art,
Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Tweed River Regional Gallery, and The Museum for the
Study of Political Graphics, Los Angeles, USA.
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S H O W # 1 0
Antidepressant Mary (2016)
Charcoal, acrylic, pill packaging, glitter, rhinestones on board
44 cm x 44 cm
A D A M J A M E S K
P U B L I C S T O N I N G O F A P E D O P H I L E P R I E S T
Oil and aerosol on board
120 x 100 cm
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8 : 3 0 P M
Our monthly zine making night.
Bring whatever you need to make,
write, draw, cut, paste and create
your own little DIY publication.
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BYO craft project for a lovely
afternoon in the gallery with fellow
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Come along to our monthly
get-together where we discuss
feminism in all its fictional and
theoretical literary forms – check
Facebook for each month’s book.
H A P P E N I N G S
Autumn 2018 Happenings
3 + 4 W O R K S H O P Weaving workshop with Chrissie Powell
9 E X H I B I T I O N Public Stoning of a Pedophile Priest — Adam James K
1 5 C O M M U N I T Y Feminist Book Club
1 8 C O M M U N I T Y Sunday Craftanoon
8 C O M M U N I T Y Zine Baby
1 5 C O M M U N I T Y Feminist Book Club
1 6 E X H I B I T I O N Imaginary Albums Group Show
2 5 C O M M U N I T Y Sunday Craftanoon
5 C O M M U N I T Y Zine Baby
7 E V E N T Live n Local
1 3 E X H I B I T I O N Yum/Yuk — Nina GrØdahl
1 9 C O M M U N I T Y Feminist Book Club
2 2 C O M M U N I T Y Sunday Craftanoon
9P L A T F O R M
G R O U P S H O WS H O W # 1 1
“These are the albums we wish
existed; the uncanny cultural
signifiers of our collective
“Back in the day when you shelled out for an album, you’d slip off the cover and on
your first listen, you’d devour the liner notes, so you knew more than anyone else at
school. Good times,” says Amanda Kaye, curator and contributing writer for the group
show, Imaginary Albums.
“This exhibition is a collaboration between writers and artists, born of an affectionate
nostalgia for those heady days. Imaginary albums are the albums that don’t exist
but should, sprung from the fertile imaginations of writers and artists in the Blue
To bring this exhibition together, Amanda invited 10 writers and 10 artists to a
fireplace gathering to explore ideas and concepts, listen to old LPs and read delicious
liner notes of days gone by. Pair ups between writers and artists flowed naturally from
this process, and then the creative work began.
Each imaginary album begins with the writer, who crafts the story of the work.
Sometimes using a real artist and sometimes inventing musos from the ground up, the
writer invents the tracks and the back-story, before passing the creative baton to the
graphic designer or artist, who designs the cover art.
“The work you’ll see in the gallery will be the album covers and sleeve notes developed
from this process,” says Amanda. “There’ll be a gramophone and a stack of LPs in the
gallery for you to come and play, too.”
Imaginary Albums coincides with two major music events happening in the region:
the Blue Mountains Music Festival on 16-18 March, celebrating folk, blues and
roots; and the Live and Local Music Festival on 7 April, featuring local musicians in
surprising venues across Katoomba, including here at Platform Gallery.
This exhibition has been generously sponsored by Mark and Nina Lipscombe of
Cottontail Press – a boutique letterpress, fine art and photographic printing studio
here in the Blue Mountains.
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1 2 I M A G I N A R Y A L B U M S
1. NOW THAT IS WHAT I CALL MUZAK Various artists
Imagined by writer, Jo Chipperfield and graphic artist, Hannah Surtees
The first and last album produced by the eccentric but wealthy Otis Thyssen-Krupp, Now that is
what I call muzak is a love-letter to the audio genre that just won’t leave us alone.
2. OBJECTIFIED CORRECTIFIED Various artists
Imagined by writer, Kelly Heylen and artist, Kevina-Jo Smith
A kick-arse group of feminist fatales rewrite the songs of their respective eras, correcting
decades of musical misogyny.
3. I TOLD HER TWICE Julie London and the Redd Herrings
Imagined by writer, Solange Kershaw and artist, Bec Waterstone
A jazzy, pulp-fiction whodunit, I Told Her Twice is the brainchild of bebop alto sax player Vi
Redd, aka Lady Soul. It is the only LP in history to feature musical arrangements by master of
suspense, Alfred Hitchcock.
4. THE CRIMSON CLAWS OF THE PANTHER AT MIDNIGHT Soundtrack by Ennio Morricone
Imagined by writer, Stephen Davis and artist, Julie Paterson
Dario Argento’s 1978 lost cinematic masterpiece The Crimson Claws of the Panther at Midnight
is rediscovered, and with it, a lost Giallo soundtrack by Ennio Morricone is finally released with
modest, Italianate fanfare and the soft creaking of piano pedals.
5. THE FUTURE HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSE - A SYMPHONY IN 26 MOVEMENTS
Every member of a supergroup ever
Imagined by writer, Ginger Stephen Neal and artist, Damian Castaldi
A supergroup of 70s prog rockers get together by a lava lake