Friday the 19th June: Welcome to the Flat Platform. Art Zoom Bus live tour to Billy Gruner in Katoomba, The Blue Mountains, Australia. Sydney time 22:00, Amsterdam 14:00, Boston 08:00, London 13:00. #kulturama #LINDI2020 #goetheinstitut

I ‘met’ Billy Gruner and Sara Keighery online through a friend. No doubt we have rubbed shoulders unawares, when one could rub shoulders that is, at some exhibition of art or installation back in Sydney, or possibly in Europe or the United States. I love abstract art for its clarity, precision, courage, community and for the exciting ideas it points me towards when I engage. Billy and Sarah have travelled extensively bringers art and artists together in curated shows across the world for many years. I have followed their rovings on social media with delight as they explained abstraction to campers in European camp sites, facilitated group exhibitions from Sydney and Melbourne to Grenoble and Amsterdam, took abstraction and nonobjective art on gathering road in North America. They also toured us remotely to many wonderful, some obscure and many hard to access, architect built houses on their tours , a great pleasure. The RNOP ( brought together young and emerging artists and those in “full flight” as Billy describes the well known artists who he often cold calls to ask if they would like to be in a group show with people from around the world in a unique space on a collaborative or “flat platform”. Billy and Sarah are both contemporary artists who are delighted by ideas, passionate about architecture and Modernism.

If you have ever glanced sideways at an abstraction, non-figurative artwork, installation and just wondered what the hell it was all about then this AZB tour is for you. If you are curious about humanity, art, architecture, ideas, society and history this tour is for you. If you have an interest in Concrete Art, De Stijl, Reductive thought and the Non-Objective, Post-Formalism, process based art you should really meet Billy. This is your chance!

Bring your breakfast, lunch, tea, coffee, wine or nightcap to Zoom with us. Just get in touch with me via FBM message or this site and I will send you a Zoom link. You click once, I admit you to the Zoom, you sit back and enjoy and can also ask questions if you wish! Please tap or click to enable video and disable audio to reduce background noise. If you wish to speak you can tap and talk or you can wave or type to chat using the buttons. Feel free to come in a little early should you wish to practice or even just say hello and join the warm up!

Published by lisamckimmie

I am an artist and art teacher currently living and working in Sydney. I studied undergraduate Visual Arts at Edith Cowan University in Perth, completed my Masters in Visual Arts at the College of Fine Arts, UNSW, Sydney and studied printmaking at the National Art School, Darlinghurst, Sydney. I worked in Sydney in contemporary art galleries up until I left Australia and wrote and presented Professional Arts Practice lectures and seminars to final year undergraduates at the NAS. In Asia, the UK and Europe I have tutored and taught art privately including distance tutoring online. While living in Singapore I completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Secondary Education, Visual Arts with Monash University. In The Netherlands I worked, in pandemic lockdown, in a small studio in the forest of De Paauuw thanks to the generosity of Dutch artist and printmaker, Florence Fernhout and the Wassenaar Gemeente. Our May 2020 exhibition at Pulchri Gallery in Den Haag (The Hague) was cancelled due to corona virus controls, reschedulaed and again cancelled in 2021. To break the isolation and bring attention to artists and their works (including current exhibitions in lockdown or cancelled) I started the Art Zoom-Bus, AZ-B. Initially AZ-B was to bring together friends and colleagues who usually meet annually at a conference. This years conference (in Lisbon) was cancelled. Though the work has gone online and continues, the social outings that give everyone a work/leisure balance, do not. Social outings are often to galleries and museums so, at the suggestion of friends in lockdown in remote places, we went online for gallery and studio tours! Other friends have joined the tours now and so we have AZ-B! The Zoom Bus is temporarily parked as lockdowns have lifted and I carry on with my art studio practice in Sydney at One Plus 2 Studios, Balmain. I am still pondering on whether I'll reboot the Bus and in what format! If you'd like to see the Zoom Bus back on the digital road let me know your thoughts!

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