Launchpad@Lake Mac Libraries

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Current exhibitions

Current Exhibitions

Belmont Library

All in a Dog's Life by Chrissy McYoung

Thursday 8 July - Wednesday 20 October 2021

Dogs are amazing animals and an integral part of many human's life. This exhibition, by Chrissy McYoung, is a celebration of all puppy creatures (and even includes a few 'cat dogs'). The scenes are beautifully crafted illustrations that are part fun, part educational, but above all - full of love and warmth. Each and every puppy (and 'cat dog') in the images is a real owned pet - and celebrates the many reasons we love and enjoy a dog's company. The images are whimsical and fun, full of detail and puppy's doing naughty puppy activities. Each new look, the viewer will discover another cheeky puppy- stealing sausages, sneaking into somewhere silly or doing a secret poop. The images were created towards the end of COVID restriction and were a way of joining Chrissy's Facebook community together. Fans and friends would send Chrissy photos and she would bring them all together to inject back some love and joy into the community.

Join Chrissy McYoung to learn the tips and tricks on how to draw dogs. Everyone will paint their own doggy creations to take home. See dates and times for workshops in the tickets below:

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/drawing-workshop-all-in-a-dogs-life-tickets-156842003655


Toronto, Swansea and Charlestown Libraries

2021 Sustainable Neighbourhoods Waste to Art Exhibition

Saturday 23 October - Friday 10 December 2021

The 2021 Sustainable Neighbourhoods Waste to Art exhibition showcases thought provoking artworks exploring litter, waste and overconsumption. Community members, artists, groups and students from across the region have created a range of artworks including wearable pieces, sculptures, cute characters and functional household items. Waste and plastic pollution have an enormous impact on the local and global environment.

The Waste to Art project confronts us all to reflect on the waste in our lives, and what we can do to transition to a more sustainable future. The exhibition gives us some pause to think about the items that are all around us, what they are made from and their purpose. It highlights the value of those materials that would otherwise end up in landfill or littering our landscapes and waterways.

View the exhibition guide and find out more at http://www.sustainableneighbourhoods.org.au/waste-to-art.html

About the artists

Meet the Artist

Throughout the year we host a series of Meet the artist events at Launchpad libraries.

These events come in a variety of formats from live art performances to in-depth discussions on the artist's careers, inspirations and techniques. Bookings are essential and can be made online, by phone or in-person prior to the event. These events will re-commence as soon as Co-vid social distancing and gathering restrictions allow.


Call out for artists

Launch your career at the library! With four concurrent exhibitions at different locations and an exciting program of artists’ talks, workshops and demonstrations, Launchpad@Lake Mac Libraries aims offer new opportunities to emerging artists with a connection to the community.

Applications can be submitted online (see application information). If you are not able to submit online please contact Kirrily Anderson, Lifelong Learning Leader, on 0428 527 520 or kdanderson@lakemac.nsw.gov.au.

Lake Mac Libraries’ exhibition spaces show drawings, paintings and photographs from exciting local emerging and community artists, students and groups.

With four concurrent exhibitions at different locations, and a program of artist’s talks, workshops or demonstrations, Launchpad@Lake Mac Libraries aims to connect emerging artists with the community and host new opportunities for community participation in the arts.

Applications for artists/community groups

Lake Mac Libraries is committed to fostering a creative community by providing quality, accessible exhibition spaces within community facilities to encourage awareness, create professional development and exchange of ideas.

Exhibition space is available at four Lake Mac Libraries branches at Belmont, Toronto, Charlestown and Swansea for students, emerging artists and community art groups.

Applications will be considered by Launchpad @Lake Mac Libraries that best reflect the objectives of the program.

  • Promote exhibitions of local or cultural relevance, artistic merit and innovation
  • Present exhibitions that showcase the work of emerging artists in all mediums
  • Present exhibitions that are diverse and thought-provoking    
  • Act as a platform for creative dialogue by encouraging wider community participation in the arts

Launchpad@Lake Mac Libraries includes:                

  • free exhibition space
  • Promotional and marketing support for your exhibition through existing channels - 30,000 Lake Mac Libraries e-list, Council and Library websites and associated social media platforms
  • Opportunity for artwork sales
  • Administration of artwork sales. Lake Mac Libraries will retain a 25 per cent commission on works sold during the exhibition period.
  • Lake Mac Libraries staff and volunteers will supervise the exhibition for its duration, handle art sales and provide information during opening hours.
  • Exhibition period of up to 12 weeks
  • Lake Mac staff and volunteers will support an exhibition opening or event of artist’s choice.
  •  Exhibition sign and wall labels

Artists:

  • Will provide works framed and suitable to use the supplied hanging system.   
  • Will present one exhibition event of their choice - an exhibition opening, artist talk, workshop or demonstration - for no charge during the exhibition period
  • are responsible for the insurance of works during the period of the exhibition and in transit to and from the library
  • Lake Mac Libraries will retain a 25 per cent commission on works sold during the exhibition period unless otherwise specified.

Apply here

Launchpad @ Lake Mac Libraries Application

Applications for schools

Lake Mac Libraries is committed to fostering a creative community by providing quality, accessible exhibition spaces within community facilities to encourage awareness, create professional development and exchange of ideas.

The Launchpad@Lake Mac Libraries’ school’s program offers school students the opportunity to exhibit their work and to assist with organising and installing an exhibition.

Exhibition space is available at four Lake Mac Libraries branches at Belmont, Toronto, Charlestown and Swansea for student groups and classes.

Launchpad@LakeMacLibraries for Schools Objectives:

  • Present exhibitions that showcase the work of school students in all mediums
  • Act as a platform for creative dialogue by encouraging wider community participation in the arts
  • Provide students with an experience of preparing and installing an exhibition

Launchpad@Lake Mac Libraries for Schools includes:

  • Free exhibition space
  • Promotional and marketing support for your exhibition through existing channels - 30,000 Lake Mac Libraries e-list, Council and Library websites and associated social media platforms
  • Exhibition sign and wall labels
  • Opportunity for artwork sales
  • Administration of artwork sales, if required. Lake Mac Libraries will retain a 25 per cent commission on works sold during the exhibition period.
  • Lake Mac Libraries staff and volunteers will supervise the exhibition for its duration, handle art sales and provide information during opening hours.
  • Exhibition period of up to 12 weeks
  • Lake Mac staff will work with teachers and students to: install the exhibition, organise and prepare signage and marketing material
  • Lake Mac staff and volunteers will support any exhibition opening event
  • 15 reusable frames suitable for A4 or A3 works on paper available for loan

Students and teachers:

  • works need to be suitable to use the supplied hanging system, and/or cabinets
  • up to five students and/or teacher attend the venue on two days to assist with and experience installation and take-down of the exhibition including preparation of signage, wall labels and copy for marketing
  • may elect to hold an exhibition launch event
  • are responsible for the insurance of works during the period of the exhibition and in transit to and from the venue
  • May elect to have works for sale. Lake Mac Libraries will retain a 25 per cent commission on works sold during the exhibition period unless otherwise specified.

Apply here

Launchpad @ Lake Mac Libraries Application for Schools


About the spaces

Launchpad@Belmont

  • Address: 19 Ernest Street, Belmont
  • Location of Launchpad: Located to the right of the entry into the branch
  • Hanging Space: 10 metre wall length at 2.2 metre height (one wall)
  • Linear Space: 27 metres
  • Hanging System: Track system

Launchpad@Charlestown

  • Address: Cnr Smith and Ridley Streets, Charlestown
  • Location: Located within the branch to the right of the library entrance
  • Hanging Space: 11 metres at 2.5 metre height (broken into 3 spaces)
  • Linear Space: 22 metres
  • Hanging System: Track system
  • Display cabinets: External dimensions - 600cm (L) x 600cm (W) x 2000cm (H)
  • Three moveable shelves per cabinet
  • Three display cabinets available

Launchpad@Swansea

  • Address: Swansea Centre, 228 Pacific Highway, Swansea
  • Location of Launchpad: Located at the rear of the branch
  • Hanging Space: Six metre wall length at 2.5 metre height
  • Linear Space: 15 metres
  • Hanging System: Track system
  • Display cabinet: External dimensions - 1200cm (L) x 450cm (W) x 2000cm (H)
  • 3 moveable shelves

Launchpad@Toronto

  • Address: Cnr Pemell Street and Brighton Avenue, Toronto
  • Location of Launchpad: Located within the branch, to the right of the service counter
  • Hanging Space: 10 metre wall length at 2.2 metre height (consists of two walls 5.7m and 4.3m)
  • Linear Space: 22 metres
  • Hanging System: Track system
  • Display cabinet: External dimensions - 600cm (L) x 600cm (W) x 2000cm (H)
  • 3 moveable shelves