Renowned Melbourne artist Suzie Stanford to create unique art installation in Glen Waverley

Published by: The Glen | 26-Sep-2018
Melbourne shopping centre, The Glen, has announced an innovative partnership with renowned Melbourne artist Suzie Stanford to create unique community art installation
Venue: The Glen shopping centre
Address: The Glen, 235 Springvale Road, Glen Waverley, VIC Australia
Art lovers of Glen Waverley get ready "“ a very special permanent art installation is coming to The Glen Shopping Centre in late October, created by renowned artist and designer Suzie Stanford, with assistance from students of Glen Waverley's Glenallen School.

The one-off community-focused piece entitled Threads of Hope' will measure a magnificent 4 metres wide by 1.5 metres high and will be revealed on 25 October as part of The Glen's new fashion and lifestyle precinct launch, the third stage of the centre's $460 million redevelopment.

The collaboration is very personal for Stanford, with her 13 year old son Walter a student at Glenallen School - a specialist school for children with serious physical disabilities and health impairment requiring paramedical support.

To create the installation, Stanford will take up a three-week residency at Glenallen School, facilitating daily art classes for the school's students who range in ages from four to 18.

As part of the exciting project, students will be asked to choose from a large selection of colourful threads and materials. Depending on their physical capabilities, they will then work with Suzie to explore how they want to fashion their chosen thread, through knotting or beading. Each student's unique creation will be integrated into Threads of Hope', curated by Stanford to bring her signature use of colour.

For Stanford, whose impressive body of work includes creating bespoke pieces for iconic fashion designer Paul Smith, and cult furniture designer Jardan, this project will showcase both the powerful beauty and fragility of the natural world.

"My son, Walter, has been a student at Glenallen School for many years. He was born with Pierre Robin syndrome, a profound intellectual disability and global dyspraxia. Glenallen is an amazing, positive school that develops individual educational and therapeutic programs that celebrate each child's interests. By collaborating with the school to create this very special piece of art for The Glen, I hope to capture and celebrate the artistic expression of each student's unique individuality," she says.

Speaking of the significance of this collaboration, Barnaby Giudice, Project Director at Vicinity Centres says, "Art, culture and self-expression are all incredibly important to the local Glen Waverley community, and central elements of the evolution of The New Glen. Community is at the heart of everything we do, and we are honoured to work with both Suzie and the students of Glenallen School to create a piece of art that represents the unique spirit that makes Glen Waverley such a special place to live."

Michael Cole, Principal of Glenallen School, believes the project is a very important one for both the school and its 165 students, explaining, "The art room at Glenallen is a bright place in the lives of our students, and it's an honour to host Suzie for her artist-in-residency program here. Being involved in the artistic process and contributing to a permanent artwork in ways that can be tailored to each child's abilities is a wonderful way to bring hope, joy and enrich the lives of both our students and our wider community."

Suzie Stanford's Threads of Hope' permanent art installation will be revealed on 25 October 2018, as part of the launch of The Glen's new fashion and lifestyle precinct. For more information, visit"¨

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