Crossing Boarders is a group charity show that brings together art and community, bound by the beautiful lure of the ocean and the serenity of surfing. A big group of artists have created and donated unique works of art, with the goal of raising money for Crossing Boarders, the not-for-profit organisation that helps LGBTQI+ youth at risk.
This multidisciplinary show (including some art created on surfboards) will donate proceeds from the sale of the works to Crossing Boarders, which was founded by Adam Conway after a conversation he had in the surf with a close friend.
As Adam explains, “I went for a surf with my best mate of many years, Claire, and it wasn’t until that surf that she finally opened up about her struggles with depression. From studying clinical psychology, I discovered the rate of suicide in LGBTQI+ youth is five times higher compared to the rest of the population. Being a surfer and a gay dude myself, I thought why not teach young people ‘at risk’ to surf. Surfing is an outlet for so many, and rather than doing something maladaptive or overthinking, surfing allows people to zen out and put things into perspective, as well as giving people an adrenaline kick that they need when feeling down.”
With a wide variety of high profile artists the works will range from serious to playful, outlandish to thoughtful, and tongue-in-cheek to political.
Join us to see the aMBUSH Gallery space transformed by this colourful and thought-provoking exhibition that will inspire contemplation and conversations in a gallery setting, and perhaps walk away with your own unique piece of art.
Opening night for Crossing Boarders is Thursday 28 February from 6-9pm at aMBUSH Gallery (4a James Street, Waterloo) after which it will be open daily and free of charge to the public from Friday 1 March to Sunday 3 March, from 12-4pm. Admission free.
Ben Brown, David Cragg, Dan O’Toole, Kentaro Yoshida, Mik Shida, Elliot Routledge, Scott Marsh, Noni Cragg, James Lesjak-Atton, Laura Clement, Ryan Pola, Zane Edwards, Jai Vasicek, Helen Proctor, David Bottrell, Bronte Leighton-Dore, Zak Tilley, Blake Lawrence, Babette Robertson and Sam Leighton-Dore.