Sheena Mathieson

Community Arts & Cultural Development

Level Playing Field 2018

Level Playing Field 2018 is an innovative, inclusive and inspiring arts project celebrating self expression and demonstrating how we are all different but socially connected artists.

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Level Playing Field 2018 is the 4th iteration of an annual arts project which I have been running since 2015 and based on my firm belief that we are all artists. The project involves people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds having access to the same materials, techniques and colour palette (the same set of rules) to each create a unique, quality artwork.

A series of facilitated social art-making sessions are held between May and August 2018; groups of between 2 and 10 people, which are organised at private homes, residential units, community centres, businesses, etc.

Each year the art-making process and outcome are different, carefully selected and designed to be accessible and to provide a level playing field. The process always involves use of everyday coupled with quality art materials.
The completed artworks are then shown in the Level Playing Field exhibition at the iconic Stephen McLaughlan Gallery in Melbourne in September 2018.

Level Playing Field is a wonderfully inclusive project with opportunity for connection across cultural background, age and ability. It accepts all participants as equal and deserving of the title of artist. Over the past 3 years many Level Playing Field artworks have sold with the proceeds going directly to the artists concerned. In 2016 Moreland City Council purchased imagery of several artworks for its Disability Access and Inclusion Plan, and in 2017 the exhibition attracted great interest as part of Melbourne’s Nite Art 17.

The process and outcome for each year’s Level Playing Field are not known to participants until they engage in the art-making session of their choice. This element of surprise makes the whole experience intriguing and fun. Join in this celebration of self-expression, individuality and connection by being a participant, hosting a fun art-making session, volunteering eg as a facilitator, donating materials (in particular good quality artist paper) and funds to cover a range of costs involved.

Donations of materials and financial support will be used to enable the rich art-making process of Level Playing Field 2018, in particular to ensure all participants have access to good quality artist paper (250-350gsm) and comfortable settings in which to make the work (potential hire fees for spaces used), plus to cover the cost of gallery rental. These contributions will enrich Level Playing Field 2018 and result in a beautiful group exhibition and opening celebration at the iconic Stephen McLaughlan Gallery in Melbourne which is accessible and open to the public.

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My name is Sheena Mathieson. I am a Melbourne based artist and arts facilitator with a passion for inspiring others to create and learn about art using recycled and donated materials. I facilitate fun and inclusive groups of people of all abilities in a range of settings. This work inspires my own practice which has become much more experimental over the past few years.


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