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Narelle's Works

Art

Narelle uses a Mixed Media approach: Photojournalism, Photograms, Music and Case Study to raise critical consciousness, build community, and motivate individuals to promote social change.

Narelle’s works focus on Social Justice Issues concerning drug and alcohol rehabilitation, Anti Violence Against Women, AIDS Awareness, Peace and Reconciliation and Anti War Protest to raise awareness of challenging concerns experienced by communities and individuals  facing marginalization.

State of Mind (2001 – 2011)

Six years in the making, ‘State of Mind’ is a thought-provoking and challenging work including both black and white and colour images, inspired by Narelle’s personal experiences.  ‘It was created to enhance public awareness and challenge the stigma associated with drug and alcohol abuse’, said Narelle.  The intention of the work is to spark debate on a controversial social and health issue.

State of Mind was exhibited at the 2003 International Conference on Drugs and Young People in New Zealand and the 15th International Conference on the Reduction of Drug Related Harm.

Exhibition Listing:

  • Ballarat - 2001
  • Echuca - 2003
  • Bendigo - 2003
  • Wellington NZ 2003
  • Melbourne 2004
  • Bendigo 2004
  • Melbourne 2004
  • Canberra 2004
  • Melbourne 2005
  • Sydney 2005
  • Melbourne 2005
  • Belfast 2005
  • Poland 2007
  • Belgrade 2010/11

Exhibition 2:  2nd Class (2007/2008)

The body of this work is designed to illustrate two examples of stigma in two different settings: treatment of gypsies, homosexuals and prostitutes at the very beginning of what we now know as the Holocaust and secondly, the treatment of drug addicts today demonstrating that we haven’t come far in terms of excluding sub-groups into pockets while the majority of society live a more acceptable existence.

Exhibition Schedule:
Trocadero Gallery Footscray
Studio 64 - Smith Street Collingwood

Exhibition 3:  Teacup Fairytale Exhibition   2009

 There is nothing more beautiful than a successful loving relationship’, says Narelle.  ‘But too often we can become lost and overwhelmed by the process of two becoming one’.  This exhibition is about imagining ourselves as the teacup while our partner is the saucer.  In this way, the ideal partner should complement the individual.

Exhibition Schedule:
Manila University - 2009
Queen Victoria Woman's Centre Melbourne Date 2009/2010
Narelle Byrne Gallery Kew - 2009/2010

Exhibition 4: We Shine Like Stars – When We Say No to Violence 2011

Narelle’s project ‘We Shine Like Stars – When We Say No to Violence’ was created in 2010.  The first artwork connected to this series was created while making the Peace Montage in 1999 while Narelle was studying at La Trobe University in Bendigo. The Peace Montage was a creative response to the Kosovo War. 10 years later while exhibiting in Manila, Narelle met Olivera Simic who is a survivor of this war. They became friends and colleagues. "We Shine Like Stars" was created for the article Olivera was writing called "Crossing the Lines" a play involving women survivors expressing the pain of war. This took place at a theatre in Belgrade. "Dah Theatre" is the stage constructed by to address via artistic expression, reconciliation: voices being heard through artistic experience shaping direction to recovery. It is the process of letting go creatively to develop a space for growth and hope where imagination can shape its way to a new life, new beginnings and healing.

Exhibition Schedule:

Narelle Byrne Gallery, Kew
Family Voilence has No Boundaries Conference, Melbourne, October 2015

Music

 

Song: Fighting For Peace: 2004

Performed at the St Kilda Music Festival 2015.

Lyrics:

He walks alone with no will to survive – Looking back over the war.

Victims oppressed but the policy stay

Even though suffering remains

Presidents lead and one things for sure

To them it’s all just a game’

 

Are they insane

Playing war games

Are they insane

Playing war games

 

Religion seek for a new way to preach

Why can’t we all just hold hands

Fighting for peace

A new way to speak

Instead of for oil and land

 

Come take my hand

Peace through the land

Come take my hand

Peace through the land

 

Refugees try for a new way of life

Fleeing from pain and turmoil

But we all know we can’t open our minds

Instead we just close the door

 

Pre Chorus:

Don’t take my share

Im safe here

Don’t take my slice of the pie

There’s guns to be made

Drug Deals for Drug trade

No more value for life

She walks alone with no will to survive – looking back over the war.

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Social Justice

Peace Montage, 2003  is a creative response to the 1999 war in Kosovo. Ten years later, I met Oliveria Simec, a survivor from the war and a Human Rights Lawyer. Artwork was created to support Oliveria's law journal publication. We Shine like Stars, 2010,   first published in LAW TEXT CULTURE,  Volume 14 Law's Theatrical Presence, 2010.

2007 Human Rights Exhibition "2nd Class"

Fashion

The fashion portfolio began in 2004 during Melbourne Spring Fashion Week. With a strong interest in fashion and design Narelle continues to work in the fashion indusrty as a fashion photographer. Expansion of glamour and fashion protfolios are an interest with a view to empowering the lives of women. The photographic studio in Williamstown is available for hire and is a great location for outdoor fashion photographic shoots providing beautiful architecture, park and bayside landscapes as well as local cafes and beeches.

Future plans in fashion portfolio design will combine architecture and fashion.

Models:
Alexander Eastmure
Spring Fashion Week 2004:

Sailing

2006 - 2008 Sailing Series.

Exhibited Royal Yacht Club Williamstown: Melbourne March 18, 2009

Shot locally on Melbourne waterways, Byrne's beautiful study of sailing invokes an incredible feeling of peace that she hopes visitors to the gallery will take with them when they leave. Byrne is committed to delivering premium photography based on knowledge gained through personal experience and travel.

"SAILING....serenity generates creativity and creativity generates solutions"

Architecture

Travelling through cities around the world has opened up an interest in architecture and the design of beautiful buildings and cityscapes. Architecture is the foundation of community and social influence. Future plans will involve combining architecture and fashion to encourage brillance in the area of design. In the age of environmental conscience, creativity is endless. This new creativity will transform our citycsapes to a new style and era.

Cities

Drug and Alcohol Awareness

Listed below are the towns and cities as the exhibition toured. Eventually, in 2005 the work was donated to the city of Dublin in honour of Veronica Guerin as a tribute and recognition of a life lost uncovering illegal drug trade.

Exhibition 1:  Drug and Alcohol Awareness Campaign from 2001- 2011

Ballarat - 2001
Echuca - 2003
Bendigo - 2003
Wellington NZ 2003
Melbourne 2004

Bendigo 2004
Melbourne 2004
Canberra 2004
Melbourne 2005
Sydney 2005

Melbourne 2005
Belfast 2005
Poland 2007
Belgrade 2010/11

We Shine Like Stars Project

"We Shine Like Stars - When We Say No to Violence was created in 2010. The beginining, the first artwork connected to this series was created while making the Peace Montage in 1999 while studying at La Trobe University Bendigo. The Peace Montage was a creative response to the Kosovo War, 1999. Ten years later, in Manila I met Olivera Simic who is a survivor of this war. We became friends and colleagues. "We Shine Like Stars" was created for the article Olivera was writing called "Crossing the Lines" a play performed by women survivors of war. Performed  at the Belgrade  "Dah Theatre", actor survivirs explore reconciliation and healing as a result of  artistic expression of voices being heard through artistic experience, a process of letting go creatively to develop a space for growth and hope where imagination can deliver a new life,

PLANS FOR PROJECT:

"We Shine Like Stars"  was exhibited at Narelle Byrne Gallery Kew in 2012.
Opened by Andrew McIntosh MP
Project currently being further developed: TBA

Our gallery

NB Gallery

Kew Gallery 2008 - 2012
Kew Gallery opened in 2008 and supported over 15 artists.

Williamstown Gallery and Photographic Studio 2012 - 2014
After relocation from Kew, the Gallery supported art exhibitions and art projects.

Kindred Studios Yarraville,  October 2015

Art Gallery Yarraville

Travel

MANILA 2007

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TRAVEL SHOTS:

Australia, New Zealand, Poland, America, Canada, Ireland, Manila