Noela Mills – Inspired and Driven!
B Ed., Dip. Teaching, Dip. Art & Design
Lives in Maleny, Queensland
‘I love working with abstract ideas and images based on landscape, ancient culture and elements of design, especially line and texture. I try to translate the ‘essence’ of the inspiration onto canvas, into jewellery or into a’ book’ form.
My working materials are often discarded objects which have their own history and contribute energy to the art work. They are simple, honest and noble elements which reflect the ‘wabi sabi’ philosophy of Zen Buddhism. The work evolves further as viewers add their own interpretations to the pieces, forging links between myself, the objects, viewers, and the eternal creative energy source’.
I have been a professional artist for the past 20 years, producing paintings, jewellery and fibre based art works for exhibitions in Australia and overseas.
I have had several solo exhibitions locally, at the Noosa Regional Gallery and in several Victorian Galleries in the 1990’s. I have been part of a great many group exhibitions locally, regionally, interstate, and overseas [mainly Japan, Korea and China].
I have won many awards over the years and have received several government grants to further my studies and to exhibit in Australia and overseas. In 2013, my work in the Flying Arts Traveling exhibition was awarded first prize, and I was a finalist in the SCAP Award.
2015, 2016 – ‘Pop Up Gallery’, Maleny; ‘The Art Hause’, Maleny, finalist in Noosa Regional Gallery Lyn McCrae Drawing awards; finalist in ‘Regional Marks’, Sunshine Coast University Gallery.
2014- ‘Petite’, Wangaratta Exhibitions Gallery; ‘Pop Up Gallery’, Maleny; Feature artist, Gary Myers Gallery, ‘Living Change’, Flying Arts Travelling Exhibition, Qld.,
2013- Finalist in SCAP, Caloundra, ‘Releasing the Spirit’, Rosebed St Gallery, Eudlo, Fibre section winner -‘The Essential Character of Qld.’, Flying Arts Travelling Exhibition, Qld., selected for 2014 Flying Arts ‘Living Change’ exhibition,
2012 – ‘Culture 2 Culture’, Rosebed St Gallery, Eudlo, ‘Bojagi’ International invitation exhibition, Seoul, Korea, ‘Small Works’, Brunswick St Gallery, Melbourne, 3 x Maleny COMA exhibitions.
2011 – ‘Suspended’, Hand Held Gallery, Melbourne, ‘Small Gestures’, Main Street Gallery, Montville, ‘The Language of Art 2 ’, at the Jewellery and Art Gallery @ Carringtons, Noosa, International Collage Exchange, New Plymouth, NZ, 2011, Featured artists, Studio4Gallery, Marcoola, Qld., 3 x Maleny COMA exhibitions.
1995 – 2015-‘Classical Pioneers’ concert, Eudlo; ‘Petroglyphs and other Symbols’, Art Haus, Maleny; Maleny Arts Retreat; ‘Simple Gestures’ Maleny; ‘The Art of Sumi-e’ Montville; ‘Not Just a Pretty Line’ Maleny; ‘The Sound of Line, The Taste of Texture’ Noosa Regional Gallery.
‘2 man’ exhibitions 2010 – 2015 include ‘2 in 1’ Chinchilla, Brisbane, Wangaratta, Caloundra, Darwin, ‘Wabi Sabi’, Maleny Artworks.
Group Exhibitions- 1995 – 2010–include Main Street Gallery, Montville, The Studio4Gallery, Marcoola, Carringtons, Noosa, 2010, International Collage Exchange, New Plymouth, NZ, 2010, ‘Sculpture on the Edge, Montville, 2010, ALaW blogsite posts, 2010, ‘Art in all it’s Excellence, Grafton Artsfest, 2010, ‘Hands’, Tatebayashi, Japan, ‘Water from the Moon’, Brisbane City Library,2009, Noosa RG Travelling Scholarship X 2., various NRG and Maleny Artworks exhibitions, St George Art Awards Maleny, Caloundra Art & Craft Awards, ’Up Over, Down Under’ touring ATASDA exhibitions, Narrabri Cotton Fibre Expo., ‘Contexture’ and ‘Connections’ Darwin, ‘The Colour of Night’ and ‘Insects’ Fairfield City Gallery, ‘Exposure’ Tamworth, ‘Miniature Textiles National’ Beechworth, Fusions Gallery Brisbane, ‘Momento’ Awards Brisbane.
Includes McGregor Summer & Winter Schools, Grafton “Artsfests”, “Textile Fibre Forums”, ATASDA, Folk Festivals, community & school groups in Australia, Japan and China, and many other regional workshops throughout Australia; conducting regular adult master classes in Maleny studio.
Include paintings for ‘The Marriot Hotel’, Brisbane; ‘Legends’, Gold Coast; Gold Coast Private Hospital; Hamilton Island resort; ‘Sails in the Desert, Uluru, NT., Maleny IGA feature panels.
Graphic Design/photographic projects and private commissions
Business cards, magazine layouts, brochures, posters, weddings, A3 map of the businesses in the town of Maleny, large ‘pojagi’ screen for new Maleny home.
Art and Design Secondary School teacher [1970 – 1995]
Victorian and Queensland schools.
Artist in Residence
Mulgara Gallery Uluru NT 1998, 1999, 2000, various secondary and primary schools.
Awards include Flying Arts Fibre Award, 2012, several St George Maleny Art Awards, overall winner St George Maleny Art Award, Flying Arts Exhibition winner, Caloundra Art & Crafts Festival awards, state winner National Billy Can Competition, finalist in “Momento” awards, and various Victorian regional art awards.
2016 – MCC Arts Grant for promotion of Pop Up Gallery,
2012 –SCC grant to install ‘Sailing Inland’ as part of art4place ‘Creative Spaces’ project,
2012 –SCC minor grant to fund curating of ‘Culture 2 Culture’ Collaborative exhibition,
2010- RADF grant from Caloundra City Council to attend Dorothy Caldwell’s masterclass –“ Markmaking”,
2009- Australia-Japan Foundation grant to teach/present/exhibit in Japan,
2007- RADF grant from Caloundra City Council to establish major travelling exhibition,
1996- ‘Cultural Grant’ from Caloundra City Council to attend as ‘AIR’, Ayers Rock Resort.
Publications– “Textile Fibre Forums”, “Craft Arts”, “Pottery in Australia”, “Colophon” [US publication], “Get Creative” and regular articles in regional and local newspapers.
Represented in private, corporate and government collections in Australia and overseas, including State Library, Qld, and Monash University, Victoria; Tatebayashi City Council, Gumna, Japan; ‘Main Street’ Gallery, Montville; ‘Art on Cairncross’, Maleny; Pop Up gallery, Maleny