Satellite Studios and Art Day South
Satellite is a visual art-making studio established in 2012 to work with artists who are emerging in their practice and in the process of formalising a specific aesthetic. The artists invited to participate have worked extensively on both collaborative and independent arts projects, including previous work with the Art Day South studio (Arts Access Victoria) based in Dingley, Victoria.
The Satellite artists work closely with professional artists Rhian Hinkley and Robert Delves in a one-on-one capacity, enabling each Satellite artist to further develop their visual arts practice. Satellite can be compared to a masterclass where the attending artists are given one-on-one attention and mentoring in the development of their work. The mentoring process not only nurtures their creative development, but also facilitates professional development opportunities and recognition as artists in the art world. The Arts Access Victoria team, in conjunction with the lead artists at Satellite, facilitate the presentation and promotion of exhibitions, therefore creating genuine pathways for artists with a disability to gain recognition for their work and development.
The Satellite studio meets every Thursday at the Monash Gallery of Art, a contemporary gallery space specialising in modern and contemporary Australian art and international photography.
Art Day South is a flagship program of Arts Access Victoria. For more than 20 years it has been a model of ‘inclusive practice’, where the artists work collaboratively with each other and other participants. Facilitated by professional practicing artists and fully supported by qualified disability workers, Art Day South is an opportunity for participants to develop their creative and social skills as individuals and as members of a group.
Art Day South is based at the Dingley Community Centre in Dingley Village. It is open to any adult with an intellectual disability or acquired brain injury.
“My name is John Puli and I love Melbourne. It’s been my home for 57 years. I love to have a cup of tea. It helps me to meditate and pray, just before I draw.
I acknowledge the support and help of a countless number of people, especially Pauline and Maurice Sheehan, my patron Bobby Garbett, Kim Anderson (Skin Gallery Curator), people at the National Gallery of Victoria, people at Arts Access Victoria, and you.
My influences have been the National Gallery of Victoria, especially their Asian Gallery – “Three Perfections: Poetry, Calligraphy and Painting in Chinese Art” exhibition, Asian ink paintings and the notion of imperfections in Asian art.
Once drawn, my artworks, take on a life of their own. I hope you have a cup of tea and ponder those.”
“I would describe John as an intuitive artist; there is a natural ebb and flow to his work. He is creative; his work is subtle, with a lot of hidden dimensions.”
- Bobby Garbett, Patron of John Puli
John Puli is a participant of Arts Access Vitoria’s Artstop SRS Open Studio, located in Brunswick. John has been making art all his life. He has been a participating artist of Western Region Mental Health Group, he has had a solo exhibition at 69 Smith Street Gallery in Fitzroy, and several group exhibitions, including one at Seventh Gallery in Fitzroy.
John studied arts for a short time at the Prahran Faculty of Art (Victoria College) in the 1970’s under Gareth Sansom and other esteemed Melbourne artists.