Anfisa curatorial platform was established in 2022 in Western Australia by Julia Armstrong. The platform celebrates Australian emerging and established artists in functional art and in particular, contemporary ceramics.
Anfisa collections explore sculptural functionality and seek to facilitate equilibrium between the interior aesthetic and an object.
Anfisa is committed to fostering a network of artists that push the boundaries of ceramic craft, exploring the form, functionality and philosophy behind each collection.
While predominantly an online platform, Anfisa presents regular solo and group exhibitions.
Upcoming Exhibition: 'Interconnected'
Anfisa is proud to present 'Interconnected,' a curated ceramic art exhibition that explores the relationship of art, craft, and design, while pushing the boundaries of ceramic craftsmanship.
Curated by Julia Armstrong, the exhibition will take place at PS Art Space, offering a captivating exploration of contemporary ceramics through the works of 17 artists across Australia.
Each carefully selected artist has been commissioned to present a relationship between two distinct bodies of work within the same medium - a functional sculpture and a complementary wall piece that connect and converse with each other.
Participating artists have been given full freedom of conveyed message, form, colour and technique. The showcased works are bound only by the requirement that they effortlessly integrate into everyday life, while authentically embodying each artist's unique voice.
Exhibition open throughout the week from 10am till 4pm, Tuesday 17th till Sunday 29TH October 2023.
Opening Night Event: Friday 20 October, 6.00pm – 9.00pm (RSVP here).
Conversation: The Intersection of Art, Craft and Design, Saturday 21st October, 11am – 12.30pm (RSVP here).
Creative Connection with Shannon Palmer: Sunday 22nd October, 8.30am - 10am (ticketed event).
Location: PS Art Space, Upstairs Gallery, 22 Pakenham St, Fremantle WA 6160
The 'Interconnected' exhibition features 17 artists from Western Australia, New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria, celebrating unification of Australian talent.
Anfisa proudly presents the following artists:
Alexandra Standen, NSW
Astrid Salomon, VIC (Bastard Ceramics)
Annemieke Mulders, WA
Charmaine Ball, WA
Elizabeth Lewis, NSW
Emma Lindegaard, WA
Jan Vogelpoel, VIC
Jessica Sellinger, QLD
Kerryn Levy, SA
Lara Louise, NSW
Lauren Joffe, VIC
Mayma Awaida, WA (silver prncss studio)
Nathan Karnovsky, WA
Serena Pangestu and Anika Kalotay, WA (Kura Studio)
Theodosius Ng, VIC
Victoria Martinez Zurbano, WA (Toia)
Yang Qiu, NSW (Albatross Ceramics)
program of events
Friday 20 October 2023, 6pm - 9pm
Save the date, extend the invitation to your friends, and join us in celebrating the work of 17 artists. You may even find that perfect one-of-a-kind piece of affordable art for your home.
Your presence would mean the world to us!
The Intersection of Art, Craft and Design
Saturday 21 October 2023, 11am - 12.30pm
Join the exhibition curator Julia Armstrong, in conversation with industry experts as they explore the intricate relationship and mutual influence of art, craft, and design disciplines.
We will engage in thought-provoking discussions on seamless convergence, the role of functionality, the incorporation of traditional craftsmanship, cultural heritage's impact, and future intersections.
Free event / please RSVP.
panel conversation speakers
Gab Scott | Designer & Artist / DesignFreo / Art Theory / Design Theory
Gab is a designer and artist with 20 years of experience, bringing a diverse background and multidisciplinary creativity to wide-ranging endeavours.
With qualifications in Film and Interior Architecture, Gab’s career has spanned production design for MTV, furniture design, gallery directorship and a practice as an exhibiting artist.
Most recently, she has headed her namesake’s interiors practice, Gabrielle Scott Studio and currently holds roles as an art consultant and interior designer with Fremantle-based sister studios Art Theory and Design Theory.
Her skills, developed through these multiple facets of design, enable her to lead dynamic projects layered with rich storytelling. She is driven by courage, collaboration and engagement.
Grace Lam | Fashion Director / Founding Sr Fashion Editor VOGUE China
After graduating from Central Saint Martins Art College, Grace started her career at the iconic i-D magazine, assisting Edward Enninful OBE, who is currently the Editor-In-Chief of British VOGUE.
For a decade, she was the Senior Fashion Editor at VOGUE China. She collaborated with international talents such as Hugh Grant, Jude Law, Maggie Cheung, Mario Testino, Steven Klein, Kate Moss, Liu Wen and Naomi Campbell. Her work has appeared in VOGUE Italia, VOGUE Japan, VOGUE Australia, Harper's Bazaar Australia, Tatler, Numero and AD.
Her clients include Estee Lauder, Dior, Burberry, Net-A-Porter, Ralph Lauren, Harvey Nichols and Dyson to name a few.
Grace has recently joined Revelation Film Festival Perth as a new Board Member. She is an avid fan of Formula One racing and a passionate advocate for promoting discussions on the topic of menopause.
Jude van der Merwe | Art Consultant, Founding Partner / Indian Ocean Craft Triennial
Jude van der Merwe has over 30 years of experience in the cultural and visual arts sectors and is an independent senior consultant specialising in cultural development, curatorial work, arts and culture policy and strategy and Public Art development and implementation.
She is a founding partner and current Co-Curator of the Indian Ocean Craft Triennial, which had its first iteration in 2021 and will appear again in WA in 2024. She is Senior Vice President of the World Crafts Council Asia Pacific Region, past Chair and current board member of the World Crafts Council Australia and member of the Advisory Board Curtin School of Design and the Built Environment.
Kartika Laili Ahmad | Artist, Lighting Designer
Kartika Laili Ahmad is an emerging industrial lighting designer based in Perth who blurs boundaries between commercial design and expanded sculptural forms.
Ahmad uses exacting engineering and finishes to imbue nostalgia and romance into her pieces, which offer an aesthetic investigation into our present and future and offer an exploration of ideas surrounding anthropomorphism and personification through gradients and opacity.
Ahmad’s exhibition Brutalist at KolbuszSpace in 2022 received attention nationally and internationally and has sold out.
Ahmad’s anticipated next exhibition opens at KolbuszSpace on Friday 20 OCT 2023.
Sunday 22 October 2023, 8.30am - 10am
Hosted within the gallery walls, the Creative Connection event is an opportunity to nurture your creative inner self.
You are invited into a soothing blend of somatic practices, gentle movement, and meditation, guided by creative mentor and Mind-Body Coach, Shannon Palmer. Discover a sense of serenity and fulfilment as we contemplate what it means to be connected—with the earth, each other, and ourselves.
As a part of the experience, you will take home a unique ceramic keepsake handmade by Kura Studio, and enjoy a private viewing of the exhibition before doors open.
Join us in this exceptional event where personal reflection and creativity converge, and experience a truly nourishing and soulful gathering.
Ticketed event / limited capacity.
about the collaborators
Julia Armtrong, Anfisa
"Mental health is something I take rather seriously. Whether you are a practising artist or just a creative soul, the work you produce or how you travel through your day is a direct reflection of your inner well-being. Needless to say, there is more to that, but I won't write an essay.
I also believe in people (most of the time). And the power of the collective in cultivating meaningful change. That's why I brought together this incredible group of individuals to curate an experience for your Sunday morning.
I hope you walk out inspired." - Julia x
Shannon is a compassionate guide on the creative journey, dedicated to helping folks explore the depths of their artistic potential and evolve their unique expression. She combines practical insights, somatic practices and visionary mentoring to support creative development and personal growth.
Kura Studio is a creative practice rooted in designing and making to create a better world. Founded by best friend duo Serena Pangestu and Anika Kalotay in 2017, Kura Studio is deeply passionate about slow living and believes that responsive design can turn day-to-day tasks into small, thoughtful moments.
Kura Studio are hand-making the keepsake for your experience.
Drawing inspiration from prayer tools used across religions and cultures, the ceramic meditation loops by Kura Studio offer a secular and inclusive approach to mindfulness through the medium of art. These sculptural pieces echo the functions of their historical counterparts, providing a tangible connection to your practice. Each is unique and features a series of undulations, ridges and voids that create a rhythmic tactile experience, which will gradually become more familiar as you deepen your mindfulness journey.
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The Vessel Edit
The inaugural exhibition 'The Vessel Edit' was held at Kolbusz Space in Perth and showcased twelve emerging and established artists from across Australia.
The collection focused on pieces that translate artists' vision of functional sculpture / sculptural vessel to act as a conjugate in creating an equilibrium of space, vessel and flowers.