You learn something new every day…

There is a sneaky little gallery upstairs on Rundle Mall, run by the enigmatic Josh Smith.  It’s called Espionage Gallery, and I have been invited to partake in a show there.


30(ish) Adelaidian Artists will be presenting 40+ works on the walls of Adelaide’s skinniest gallery, some big, some small, all spectacular.

As you can imagine, I was stoked to be asked to join in the fun!

The only problem, this is a print show, and I’m primarily a painter!
Never mind that, says I, dredging back into dusty memories of first-year Uni. I’m sure I’ve done a print at some point in the past… Viola! Printmaking Workshop, Foundation Studies, 2006. All you need to know, right?

Working from these faded experiences, I found an image in my sketchbook waiting with baited breath to be finalized and sent out into the world, some acetate, a sharp scratchy thing, and set to work.
After creating my etched plate, I ran into another dilemma; I did not have any ink, nor a press, nor knowledge of which paper was best.
So I called up those useful and friendly kids Jack and Jake from Tooth and Nail Studios, who let me come into their fine abode to utilise their equipment, and their brains.
Ater a bit of trial and error; below, you can see the amazing finished product!
Behold, my first print in six years…


process   IMG_7831

“Its quiet in here.”
Kat Coppock
Drypoint etching

Each image is a unique one-off event.  Once these are sold, there will be no more available, so to make sure you get yours come to the show!

6pm, Thursday the 5th of April
Espionage Gallery
Suite 1, Level 2, 93 Rundle Mall, Adelaide, SA 5000
Be there!
Your empty walls compel you!


Hard Lines

Well, Isn’t this exciting?
(Yes! Yes it is!)


The above is the flier for my next exhibition with Adelaide artist Tiff Hampton at the Reading Room!

(mass credits to the amazingly talented Meg Cowell  for her photography expertise in taking the image, and the ever-wonderful Daniel Purvis for flier design and print-readyness)

Blurb text below!

“Yes, they’re back!

Fresh off the back of exhibitions “Les Petites Morts” and “Dirty Truth” respectively, local Adelaide artists Kat Coppock and Tiff Hampton have collaborated for a special Fringe mash-up of epic proportions!

Celebrating the theme of festival excesses, Hard Lines takes the normal and turns it towards the absurd. In Re-New Adelaide’s pilot project and 2012 Fringe Venue The Reading Room these two artists paint, draw, and collage their interpretation of emotional, physical, and psychological indulgence resulting in the largest exhibition ever held in this space.

200 original works by these artists will be priced below the poverty line, with all proceeds going to the human condition’s noble cause. Following purchase, works are immediately available to take home, commemorating your moment of decadence forever.

Opening night; Thursday 23rd February, 6PM.
Cupcakes provided, wine by donation.
Exhibition open most days till 18th March, 2012.

If you’d like to come, or would like a sneak preview of all the awesome goodies to be seen on offer, RSVP HERE!

Needless to say, 100 paintings is quite an effort on my tired-ink stained hands, but as they are small and beautiful, and I’m almost half way through the demand, it should all come together quite well!
See you there for cheap decadent cup-cakey art fun!

That day Fringe happened

Today I woke up in shock, as if from a bad dream.  I blinked my eyes, bumped the cats off the bed and tried to figure out why today of all days felt different, dislocated, overwhelmingly NORMAL.
It hit me then, like coming down off a hardcore drug, or bouncing back onto solid land after falling 20,000 feet out of a plane… ADELAIDE FRINGE 2012 WAS OVER.
The rest of my life could begin!

This may not seem like such a big thing, but this Fringe was one of the busiest of my life (so far!)
Not only was I working as a barwench at local institution The Exeter Hotel, but also working behind the bar and on the floor at the famed Garden Of Unearthly Delights ( at which I also spent a week post-Fringe breaking down and shipping out). I also volunteered at the bikeparking station throughout WomAdelaide, nearly single-handedly managed the Reading Room as a Fringe Venue for the first time (including hosting the play ‘Twins’ directed by emerging thespian Izzy Roberts-Orr, and proudly taking the homely lounge-room part in Java Dance Companies  ‘Back of the Bus’ tour). I took my part in the opening night Parade holding a banner for the HILARIOUS kids from Ponydance (winning tickets to both their show ‘Where did it all go right?” and the AMAZING show from four Polish virtuosos ‘The Table’). For a month I hosted ‘Hardlines’ at the Reading Room, AND had a one-off session painting live with my partner in crime Tiffany Hampton in the Fringe Benefits  Spin DJ Competition while the best and brightest emerging DJ’s spun their stuff on stage to a pumping crowd.
Oh, and I made it into every pop-up Fringe venue in the city, with the exception of Arcade Lane. (Damnit! Next year, Gadget!)
Insane?! I think so!

And if that wasn’t enough, I also achieved a position as an Advocate for the Festival Center’s Green Room Program, a youth-oriented division of the Festival Center aimed at teaching, encouraging, and exposing Adelaide’s 18-30-year-olds to the wonders the Center has to offer. This position will involve working closely with the Festival Center’s staff to curate a visual arts show, program and present events, plan workshops and artistic incentives for Adelaide’s youth base to get involved in the Arts, and also develop and implement  marketing strategies to increase Green Room exposure.
(It’s a phenomenal opportunity for an emerging curator such as I! Am very, very excited.)

So you can  understand why it was a shock to wake up and realize, for the first day in over two months, I had nothing to do! What a relief!

It doesn’t last long, however, there is always more things to do. And the best way to beat post-Fringe blues, is to just keep making things happen!

So, in remissness, following is a review of the show by Tom Drahos from Fringe Benefits, quite a grand one I think!

“The exhibition is something physical; birthed, growing, simultaneously shrinking and expanding.The overwhelming impression one takes from an exhibition such as this is that it is not simply an exhibition, not just a show, but something more.”

And also some images from the show;


Many thanks to Sam Davies, Spoz Spozington, and Steve O’Connell for taking amazing pictures when I could not. 🙂


Many thanks to Sam Davies and Spoz Spozington for taking pictures when I could not.