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Martin Edge at the forefront of Moreton Bay’s accessible art revolution

Located within Moreton Bay’s Pine Rivers Art Gallery, a remarkable display of accessible art takes place.

All the Best, from Martin Edge” goes beyond the conventional exhibition boundaries; it cultivates a vibrant atmosphere and serves as a symbol of inclusivity for artists across the entire art community.

This exhibition boldly departs from tradition, thoughtfully designed with neurodivergent individuals in mind. A ‘quiet room’ provides solace for those seeking respite from sensory overload while quiet tours offer a safe experience for diverse audiences.

the entry of Martin Edge's exhibition at pine rivers art gallery
'All the Best, from Martin Edge' exhibition entrance

The Artist's Journey

Born in 1985 in Queensland, Martin Edge who is an artist with autism paints his world and aspirations. His journey, commencing in 2007, has garnered national and international recognition. As a proud ambassador for Autism Queensland, Edge’s claim, ” If I’m having a bad day, when I start painting, I start to feel well and happy again” resonates with the profound joy derived from his craft.

Family viewing print of Martin Edge's artwork next to a self portrait cut out.

Martin's Painted World

From the ramp up to its entrance then through the gallery entrance and exhibition, a painted path leads the way, mirroring the distinctive orange trail of Strathpine Park. It’s a symbolic entrance to the painted world according to Edge.

The path guides the viewer through zones that seamlessly transition from one to the other, each representing a different facet of Martin’s life. 

painting of martin edge at the gold coast beach

Every Day

The 'everyday' zone captures the mundane yet beautiful moments of Edge's life. Scenes of walks, studio sessions, and encounters with magpies while cycling reveal the artist's keen eye for life's ordinary splendour.

martin edge's painting of william jolly bridge

Monumental

Transitioning into 'monumental,' the exhibition transforms into a narrative tapestry. Birthdays, travels, and the projection of Edge's work on the William Jolly Bridge become chapters, illustrating the artist's significant life moments.

Whimsical

In the 'whimsical' zone, Edge's imagination takes flight. From conducting at the Sydney Opera House to daring shark dives, reality intertwines with creative license. Nautical themes dominate, with a fish painting transformed into a textile masterpiece by another artist.

A Canvas of Change

All the Best, from Martin Edge” spotlights an artist who once may have been relegated to the shadows, making moves towards a future where every artist’s voice is heard. This venture into inclusivity signifies a welcome shift in the art world—a dialogue expanding beyond outdated art ideals. Pine Rivers Art Gallery engineers an inclusive conversation, acknowledging the diverse ways individuals engage with art, transforming the passive observer into an active participant.

Installation view of All the Best, from Martin Edge
Exhibition view of "All the Best, From Martin Edge"

Pine Rivers Art Gallery’s commitment to accessibility and inclusivity in “All the Best, from Martin Edge” is a clear commitment to accessibility from the Moreton Bay Council. It is an invitation to all; an invitation for artists who were once excluded to claim their space in the artistic narrative. It’s an invitation for audiences to witness the evolution of art—one every narrative is an essential part.

‘All the best, from Martin Edge’ challenges institutions to reassess their commitment to accessibility. The curated space isn’t just about paintings on display; it’s about dismantling barriers and ensuring art is a language spoken by all.

Quiet room constructed as part of the exhibition at Pine Rivers Art Gallery

Final Thoughts

‘All the best, from Martin Edge’ challenges institutions to reassess their commitment to accessibility. The curated space isn’t just about paintings on display; it’s about dismantling barriers and ensuring art is a language spoken by all.

Details

Collaborating with Pia Robinson of The Culture Crusader through the ‘Martin and Friends’ community organization, Martin Edge spearheads programs and initiatives dedicated to fostering inclusive and accessible art engagement.

‘All the best, from Martin Edge’ is on display until March 16, 2024.

Pine Rivers Art Gallery
130 – 134 Gympie Road, Strathpine, QLD
Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm.

Free Parking and Entry, Accessible entry and toilets
Quiet hour session available – Booking required.

Rosie Bird

Rosie is an artist and creative innovator from Brisbane Australia. With two fine arts degrees and years of experience in the contemporary art world, she has acquired a wealth of industry knowledge. She founded open-folio as a way of creating a vibrant online community of contemporary artists and helping them reach their fullest potential.

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