TWIG Residency

During September I completed a 10 day TWIG residency in north western Victoria. The idea behind the residency is to pair artists with local farmers that culminates in an art event (the TWIG) on the host farmers property. Spending time with the host farmers gave me a real insight into contemporary farming and working with the land. I explored the local landscape, took lots of photos, worked on some paintings and produced a few video works that were projected at the TWIG event.

It was a great opportunity not only to be a part of an interesting project that links art with agriculture, but also to take a closer look at a part of the Australian landscape i’d only ever driven through briefly.

Big thank you to the Chalmers family, Ian Tully and Loraine Little.

Regional Training & Engagement projects of the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of VCA & MCM are funded by the State Government through Arts Victoria and delivered in partnership with Regional Arts Victoria.

This is the work of Fred Fowler and was created as part of the TWIG Residency project 2014, a Regional Training and Engagement Project of the Faculty of VCA & MCM in conjunction with ACRE [Australia's Creative Rural Economy] and the Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery, funded by the State Government of Victoria.  Photographs by Greg Cruikshank and the artist.

AIDS 2014 mural project

Recently I was involved in a collaborative mural project with YEAH And the Melbourne Youth Force as part of the AIDS 2014 conference.

It was a challenging project brief for a few reasons, it had to be something that potentially up to 160 people could contribute to, that could be painted with spray paint, and that could be finished in a limited timeframe of 6 hours. It also had to go on to become a permanent fixture at the Queen Victoria Markets site.

Considering the brief, my concept was to put one big stencil on the wall and then work with the participants to fill it up with smaller stencils. Building up layers of pattern, colour and meaning in to the work as it evolved. It was a great experience to be able to work with youth delegates from around the globe on a project like this, all the participants really embraced the idea instantly and came up with some great images. I am really pleased with the end result and importantly we all had a lot of fun working together to create it.

Thank you to the organisers, M.P Fikaris and all the youth delegates that contributed to the project. We dedicated the project to the people who tragically lost their lives on flight MH17 – some of whom were headed to Melbourne to participate in the conference.

New Landscapes – Essay

Very honoured to have such a great essay written about the exhibition by Emily McCulloch Childs.
Here is a brief excerpt:

Fowler’s new landscapes evoke all that is ancient and beautiful about this land, and simultaneously, subtly, that which is more recent, brutal and confronting. They are a much needed, thoughtful exploration of these issues of land, animals, plants and humans, adding much to the discussion of Australia’s past and its present condition.


Read the whole essay here.

Emily McCulloch Childs is an art historian, writer, researcher, publisher and curator, currently undertaking a Ph.D, a post-colonial reading of the northern Australian frontier, at Monash Indigenous Centre. She is the author of several books on Australian art, including co-author of McCulloch’s Encyclopedia of Australian Art, and co-director of  the art company McCulloch & McCulloch and Whistlewood, a home gallery on the Mornington Peninsula.

A brief history of colonisation

Oil on masonite, 79 x 94cm (framed)


I’m pleased to announce my upcoming solo exhibition New Landscapes at Backwoods Gallery.

20th – 29th June 2014

Opening Friday 20th June 6 – 10pm

Backwoods Gallery
25 Easey St, Collingwood


Oil on masonite. 916 x 762mm

Studio update

Work in progress for New Landscapes opening 20th June at Backwoods Gallery.

Photo by Bridget O’Shea


Stoneware, glaze.


ArtStart Grant

This year I was the proud recipient of the Australia Council for the Arts ArtStart Grant. The ArtStart program has been created to give financial assistance to recent arts graduates. For me this grant helped with things such as much needed studio set up costs including making the studio kiln fully operational.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.


Lorne Sculpture Bienalle – Photos

Photos from the Lorne Sculpture Biennale ‘Sculptors in schools’ project. I spent a week working with the year 11 art students from Trinity College in Colac in preparation for a collaborative installation on the beach. Thanks to all the students that participated, and everyone else involved in the project.

This project was made possible by the VCA & MCM’s Regional Engagement & Training Program, supported by the State Government through Arts Victoria. The RTEF program has been developed and delivered in partnership with Regional Arts Victoria.


Red Rock Lookout

Digital photograph

Lorne Sculpture Biennale

As part of the 2014 Lorne Sculpture Biennale Sculptors in Schools program I will be completing a short residency at Trinity College in Colac. I will be working alongside the students to produce a public ‘sculpturscape’ work that will be installed on the beach at Lorne on Friday the 21st of March.
I will also be exhibiting a small bronze work as part of the Small Sculpture exhibition (8th – 30th March) at the Uniting Church – Mount Joy Parade, Lorne.

For more info visit the Lorne Sculpture Biennale website.



I was recently commissioned by White Night Melbourne to paint the illuminated White Night signage on Princess Bridge as a part of the Tattooed City precinct of this years festival. It was an amazing night and a great experience to work with Hamishi FarahJoseph FlynnStabs and also Andrew Walsh and the White Night team to realise this ‘collaborative colouring in’ project.

Photos by Roberto Seba for Tourism Victoria

Photos by Trimba

Photo by Raaen99

Dissect Journal

Proud to have contributed to the first issue of this excellent publication. Available at West Space or Assembly Coffee in Melbourne, or alternatively online here.

Dissect Journal is a new contemporary art publication that presents a range of longer essays, shorter reviews and artist pages.

Dissect Journal 1
The first issue explores the ways in which contemporary art can interact with the urban landscape and inspire varied experiences of public space. The production of public space and public art entails an enquiry into the meaning of ‘public,’ itself subject to debate.

Chloe Sugden
Christopher Williams-Wynn


Photograph by Bridget O’Shea


Face study 5 (Bunnings) digital photograph


Face study 4 (Bunnings), digital photograph


Face study 3 (Bunnings), digital photograph


Face study 2, digital photograph

Supermarket still life

Face study 1 (Woolworths vodun) digital photograph

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