This year’s MAYO Arts Festival exhibition will feature more than 40 artists, designers and sculptors, with a focus on three dimensional art at St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School. The artworks range from large scale bronze and marble sculptures to ceramics and contemporary jewellery pieces.

Award winning Australian visual artist Carly Scoufos will exhibit a number of abstract pieces constructed from her aluminium wire. “Much of my studio practice references abstract or fleeting moments within natural and fluid phenomena; for example, smoke, steam, evaporation, condensation, bacteria growth or cell division and renewal,” Carly said. “The works I will be exhibiting at the MAYO Arts Festival this year will reference similar properties. In the past, I have predominantly used bronze, copper or steel wire to weave my sculptural work; however, recently I have introduced coloured aluminium wire to my work which has opened up many directions and possibilities. The works that I will be exhibiting at MAYO will be made using hand-woven anodized aluminium wire.”

Gallery Organiser Lisa Smith said the exhibition’s specific focus on three-dimensional form was a nod to the discipline favoured by the festival’s namesake Daphne Mayo. “Daphne holds a significant place in Australian art history as a sculptor. Her contribution to the cultural fabric of Brisbane was significant,” said Lisa. “She produced ambitious large-scale sculptural works for the city including the historically important ‘Women’s Memorial’ in Anzac Square, installed in 1932, and the highly-recognised Tympanum at Brisbane City Hall, installed in 1930. Daphne was also a past student of St Margaret’s and so it is fitting we remember her achievements and contributions to our city through the MAYO Arts Festival.”

The exhibition will launch on Friday 25 May with a ticketed cocktail party. The exhibition will be open to the public again on Saturday 26 May.

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