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Alison Dowell - Tin Lids


Fri 18 Sep 2015, 6:00pm

Where: Northern Centre for Contemporary Art, Vimy Lane, Parap, Northern Territory

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: programmanager

NCCA presents Tin Lids, an installation by local artist Alison Dowell.

Showing in NCCA's Boxset Tin Lids is an assemblage of embossed tea canister lids which were given to local Darwin artist Alison Dowell by a friend, and painted with indigo oil paint. The tin lids come from London as does the artist whose grandparents were Cockneys from the poorer East End of London.
Products such as tea and indigo were once imported by boat from the far East into the East India Docks, now 'Docklands' area of London. ‘Tin Lids’ is also Cockney slang for ‘kids’ and so this work encapsulates both Dowell’s London childhood and heritage as well as her philosophy of recycling and repurposing objects for her art.

‘They [the lids] are all the same’, writes Dowell, ‘but each one is different, like my pop William Eedle who had 6 siblings, and my nan Emily Cox who was the oldest of 11 siblings’. Dowell relates the repetitious patterning of numbers and letters on the lids to the work of Yayoi Kusama, with the late Rosalie Gascoigne also a conscious influence in her use of resonant found objects.

Alison Dowell is a Darwin-based artist and art teacher who has extensive experience in community-based arts. She works in a range of mediums and has exhibited in a range of gallery and public art/event settings.

When: Opening 6pm on Friday the 18th September
Exhibition runs from 19th September – 17th October
Artist Talks on Saturday 19th September at 12pm
Contact: Matthew van Roden (Program Manager) on 8981 5368