Art space draws out the love

The energy of the space is driven by Mo, Evie & Otis Maslin – three beautiful artistic souls who are with us every step of the way.

Mo, Evie and Otis embraced the qualities of inclusiveness, peace and welcome. They didn’t judge, or act aggressively. They always tried to be positive and make friends with other kids, and adults. Living for two years in Hong Kong, a culture different from their own, gave Mo, Evie and Otis an understanding of, not only what it was like to feel like an outsider, but also how important it is to feel accepted into a new community. They appreciated and respected that changing environments could present challenges, and that there are things that help people to feel involved, rather than isolated. The Art Space Collective aims to honour their enormous capacity for welcome, fun and inclusiveness

 

The Art Space Collective Team

The Art Space Collective is an inspired and innovative community hub, which, in the words of Leon Pericles, aims to “inject art into the non-believers.” Run by a team of skilled, dedicated, humorous and exceedingly elegant volunteers, the Art Space Collective houses Scarborough’s first gallery alongside an area for artisan workshops where creatives, and normal people, can come together to connect with art, ideas and each other!

Marite Norris

Marite Norris

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Marite is the founder and owner of The Art Space Collective. She is an artist who has been working in photographic art and mixed media since 2003 (in other words she rips up and burns bits of her pictures and glues them into a collage!) She has held a number of exhibitions in Perth and Hong Kong. Prior to this, she completed an Arts degree at UWA as well as five years in London in film and theatre. Marite’s artwork reflects her passions: people, place, cultural diversity, eclectic images and all things kitsch and theatrical. Marite has been known to dig things out of bins and skips in the name of collage. She claims that she bears a striking resemblance to Catherine Zeta-Jones and has OCD tendencies.

Steph Tranter

Steph Tranter

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Trained as a primary school teacher and with over 8 years of experience in the field, Steph believes that Art is an integral subject allowing little minds to express themselves creatively and fearlessly using various art mediums. Through her involvement at The Art Space Collective, Steph’s role is based around meeting and encouraging new people as well as promoting the inspiring and evolving workshops that are held there. Steph enjoys working within the wider community to help others. She loves looking at cookbooks and painting objects white – fencing, stairs, walls, wooden boards! You name it she’ll paint it white! Except tins – she paints those pink!

Jacquie Carlton

Jacquie Carlton

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With a background in arts and education, current experience in indigenous community engagement and mediation, combined with a passion for community, inclusivity and diversity in the arts, Jacquie works closely with exhibiting artists at The Art Space Collective, providing the perfect forum to showcase their pieces. President of the 'I Love Leon Pericles' fan club, she loves nothing more than baking with dates and Persian spices, and sharing a wine and convo with any visiting artists – and, man, can she talk!!!

Jon Alco Willems

Jon Alco Willems

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‘Alcs’ Jan-Alco Willems is an editorial and commercial photographer born in The Netherlands. He specialises in people, corporate and advertising photography. From shooting film clips in the streets of LA, to factories in China, the wheat-belt of Western Australia and cyclists in the Spanish mountains he loves the challenge of shooting beautiful images that are honest, energetic and creative. He has an amazing understanding of light and knows how to extract the essence from the moment.
He grew up in a photography studio and at the young age of 6 his photos where published. While still in high school he worked as a freelance cameraman for television and used the money earned to buy his first Hasselblad (pro medium format camera) and an electric guitar, his photography career evolved from there. Moving to Australia he co started an Advertising Agency where he was the Creative Director for 8 years. Never losing the passion for photography, Alcs is a photographer people want to work with, his shoots are a reflection of his personality, relaxed, fun and creative.

Jess Allen

Jess Allen

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Jess has a degree in Community and Environmental Psychology, and has studied how the physical environment affects ‘the sense’ of a community. She has 15+years experience as a Project Manager and Research Associate on government funded research projects at ECU and UWA. In her other life, Jess is an avid appreciator of the arts, an accomplished seamstress, and big-into the Scarborough Community (after moving from Balga by the Sea!)…Jess loves pina coladas, palm beach, textiles, creating, teaching others how to sew, and being a part of ventures that nurture and bring people together.

Maree Gabedy

Maree Gabedy

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With a background in Organisational Psychology and over 20 years working in Human Resources and Industrial Relations, Maree keeps everyone amused hiding under the desk and pretending that she is completely unskilled in most areas, except Microsoft Word! When the Art Space Collective opened its doors, Maree decided that the time was upon her to release her more artistic energy by rubbing shoulders with those at the Art Space Collective with ‘actual’ artistic talent. When she is not hiding under the desk, Maree, like many at the Art Space enjoys a chat, a vino and the opportunity to encourage others to get their ``Art On``.

Catherine Pitcher

Catherine Pitcher

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Cath has a passion for working with people and communities as well as a great love of nature. Her formal training includes Community Studies, Youth Work, Horticulture and Education. Cath’s experience in engaging children and groups both educationally and socially for the Education Department and CanTeen Australia has been the foundation for her desire to be involved in the local community with The Art Space Collective. Cath is also the founder and co-director of popular artisan business Succulent Sistas, focusing on training adults and children in the creation of handmade interior-designed plant products. Cath is fond of a cracker with brinjal pickle and cheese and a cheeky SSB on a Friday evening!

Rebecca Fiore-Leach

Rebecca Fiore-Leach

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At 17, studying in Melbourne to become an actress, Bec soon realised that her passion wasn’t the stage, but the design.
With over ten years experience in the retail sector as visual merchandiser, Bec’s team established ‘House - kitchen and gift ware’ store in WA from Victoria.
Bec currently works as CFO for “Settlement Group,” and became involved in the Art Space Collective to ensure her design passion and artistic style were not squashed by number crunching! She is currently not only co-curator of all exhibitions, but also involved in residential builds from floor planning to interior design with a reputable Perth Builder. Plus we have her doing the book-keeping, accounting, and of course the cleaning… well she’s got time, right?