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After Hours Artist Encounter

November 18, 2022 | 5:30 pm8:00 pm AEDT

After Hours Artist Encounter

Drop by the Gallery after hours for an encounter with art and hear from artists Ellie Hanon, Conor Ashleigh, and Kris Smith.


Ellie Hannon and photographer Conor Ashleigh joined an oceanographic research expedition onboard the Schmidt Ocean Institutes research ship ‘Falkor’ to work alongside scientists. The 3-week residency took place at Ashmore Reef, a Marine Park 630km north of Broome. Join Conor and Ellie in conversation with Dr Karen Miller about their experience.


Learn about the about Kris Smith’s fascinating multimedia exhibition Luminosity: Inscription Of Time By Light.

Ellie Hannon is an Australian artist that works out of her studio in Newcastle NSW. Traversing the fields of exhibition work, public art and community engagement projects in her practice, Ellie establishes a visual narrative that explores the themes of values and our relationship with the environment, researching and investigating how our interactions with the natural environment shape our personal and collective identity.

Conor Ashleigh is a visual storyteller working with both the still and moving image. Conor facilitates the stories that people want to tell about them-selves – stories that educate and empower. Conor works with individuals, communities and organisations to produce compelling visual narratives that explore the human experience and document change. Drawing on a background in community development and visual communication, he com-bines technical skills in photography, filmmaking and storytelling, with a strength based approach that empowers individuals, enables problem-solving and employs creative approaches evaluating project outcomes.

Dr. Karen Miller is a Principal Research Scientist with the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), based in Perth, Western Australia. Karen commenced her journey in marine science as a 10-year-old learning to snorkel at Heron Island on the Great Barrier Reef – and has never looked back! Karen’s research expertise is on the ecology and early life history of corals and benthic marine invertebrates generally, with a focus of applying molecular tools to understand biodiversity, reproduction and connectivity.

Kris Smith’s expertise includes photography, multimedia, graphic design, painting, printmaking and project-based community arts practice. His images have been showcased at such venues as the Pearl Street Gallery, Brooklyn New York; Wieliczka Gallery, Poland; Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA); The Art Gallery of NSW; Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery; the University of North Carolina and the SMARTlab, University of East London.

This event is supported by Hungerford Hill Estate and The Pourhouse.


November 18, 2022
5:30 pm — 8:00 pm AEDT
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Maitland Regional Art Gallery
230 High Street
MAITLAND, nsw 2320 Australia
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