Held during Mental Health Month, James + Friends is a group exhibition celebrating the work of the late artist James Ballaam Elsley and his contemporaries.

Opening on Thursday, 13 October and closing on Sunday 16 October, this brief but powerful exhibition seeks to raise awareness of those dealing with mental health issues, particularly in the Arts. Through the sale of donated artworks, the participating artists also aim to raise funds for the James Ballaam Elsley Memorial Award at the National Art School, where James attended.

A prolific painter, James developed a distinctive style from a young age. His work delves into the psychology of interior space, the symbolism of gesture, and absurdity of the mundane. His meticulous planning – through drawing and the use of sketchbooks – will be paired with a suite of his painted work, spanning his practice as a whole.

The fundraiser artworks feature many practicing National Art School Alumni, and Mosman High School peers and mentors, with artworks including oil paintings, charcoal illustrations and a sketchbook of James’s ideas.

Curated and presented by aMBUSH Gallery, James + Friends is a celebration of life, art and the artists’ support of each other, with the full line-up of the show including 30+ of his closest mates.

Opening night for James + Friends is from 6-9pm at aMBUSH Waterloo Gallery, 4a James Street, Waterloo, after which it will be open to the public from 12-4pm daily. Entry is free.

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Amelia Skelton, Ashlee Bucholtz, Brodie Cullen, Claire Brown, Emilie Syme-Lamont, Emily Clay, Felix Feneley, Felix Lacoste, Fin Begg, Flin Sharp, Harry Aizenberg, Issy Parker, James Ballaam Elsley, Katie Parker, Katika Schultz, Laura Badertscher, Mark Campbell Carrol, Michelle Henry, Millie Webber, Nicola Bartos, Olivia Arnold, Ondine Seabrook, Paul Mallam, Phoebe Halpin, Remy Pajacskowski-Russell, Richard York, Rodney Grant, Rory Swimming, Tango Conway, Tom Yousif, Troy Donaghy and Zara June Williams

Waterloo Gallery
4A James Street
Waterloo, Sydney
NSW 2017

Visiting by Public Transport: Train to Green Square Station or Bus 309, 310 or 355.
Accessibility: please call the gallery prior to visiting if special assistance is required.
Interstate Visitors: please view aMBUSH’s Curated Guide to Sydney.




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