2022 ARTIST BIOS | Lee FullARTon & Denise Chard

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About Lee FullARTon & Denise Chard

Experienced collaborating artists Lee FullARTon and Denise Chard support and work with communities to create Public Mosaic Art Installations which meet the cultural and creative needs of the communities. FullARTon and Chard have undertaken numerous community creations and commissions across Australia including:
Blair State School – Moodagarra, The Story Wall (Artist in Residence – Mosaic Mural Public Art Installation)
ANZAC Centenary (Artist in Residence – four schools and a major work for RSL Queensland – Mosaic Plinths Public Art Installation)
Awesome Arts – Western Australia (Artist in Residence Mt Magnet School – Mosaic Wall Installation)
Claremont Special School – The Callistemon Seat (Artist in Residence – Mosaic Seat Public Art Installation)
Leichhardt State School – The Gathering Space, Mosaic Seat and Pathway Dance Circle (Artist in Residence, Landscape Collaboration – Public Art Installation)
St. Anthony’s School Toowoomba – Administration Entryway (Artist in Residence – Mosaic Mural-Public Art Installation)

FullARTon and Chard are both Queensland based artists. They met in India while undertaking professional development with Australian Artist Catherine Parker in 2011. They discovered that both had played civic artist roles in Creative Recovery within the communities of Ipswich and Toowoomba after the 2011 Queensland floods. They have successfully collaborated and delivered major AiR projects with children as well as commissioned work culminating in public artworks. They have facilitated workshops together for educators, artists and large community festival events for children.

FullARTon is a registered teacher in Queensland with over 30 years’ experience in the arts and education and has developed and delivered a broad range of children’s art programs and exhibitions in schools and gallery’s as well as AiR’s and community projects. Lee holds qualifications in the Arts and Special Education and has tutored at the University of Queensland in Arts Education. Lee’s personal practice is influenced by her travels to Asia and a lifelong commitment to making art with children. Lee’s work is quirky, symbolic and encompasses performance, installation and mixed media practices. FullARTon’s sculptural works have been featured in Hidden – Rookwood Sculptural Walk Sydney.

Chard is a professional Leadlight and Mosaic Artist/Tutor with over 30 years’ experience who found diversity in mosaics mostly in the medium of art glass including recycled and found objects. She has completed professional development in the use of mosaic materials especially designed for public installation and holds qualifications to teach in her chosen field. Denise tutors at her home studio and travels to teach when requested. Denise has completed numerous public mosaic installations in the Southeast Qld area, AiR’s and community projects.

Both FullARTon and Chard hold Queensland WWCC/Blue Card, White Card for construction and are currently fully insured through Flying Arts.

2022 SWELL ARTWORK – A Day at the Beach in the 60’s, Lee FullARTon & Denise Chard

A day at the beach in the 60’s brings back fond childhood memories of holidays on the coast. Hats, suntan lotion, transistor radio and beach balls were the favourites to take but when the artists reflected on their memories the most significant item was the fringed beach towel.
Everyone had their own favourite towel which represented your personality and your personal space on the beach. The towel defined your boundaries and relationship with the beach – where you sat, relaxed, read and played.
What does your towel say about you?

Website: www.leefullarton.com

Come and see for yourself at SWELL Sculpture Festival, Pacific Parade, Currumbin 9-18 September.