May 8 – 16, 2010
A 2010 survey of printmedia in Western Australia has featured prints by Jillian Ciemitis. The ‘by-invitation’ exhibition, curated by Shelley Cowper and Krissie Dawson comprised outstanding works by 28 printmedia students and staff of (inter alia) the University of Edith Cowan (ECU), University of Western Australia (UWA) and Curtin University.
Moores Contemporary Art Gallery
46 Henry Street, Fremantle, WA
photograph by Jillian Ciemitis
December 5, 2009
The exhibition, “Displacement and Belonging” opened by Diana Warnock on December 5, features work by Peteris Ciemitis, Lidija Dombrovska-Larsen, Selga Esots, Indra Geidans, Maija Kins, Garielle Mazalevskis, Maris Raudzins, Lolita Skye-Lark, Arvids Sodums and Len Zuks. “Critically acclaimed for his luminous portraits, (Ciemitis) also showed landscapes on paper” (Lyn DeCiero, Artists Chronicle, Issue No 130)
Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery, 46 Henry Street, Fremantle
December 5 to December 18, 2009. Daily: 10am to 5pm
© ‘Bella’ photograph Jillian Ciemitis
November 6, 2009
Max Pam opened the graduate photomedia exhibition at Spectrum Project Space, Highgate on November 6, 2009. Covering a range of contemporary photomedia, the exhibition featured recent photographs, including ‘Bella” by Jillian Ciemitis.
Peter Church, Skarnu Iela 19, Riga, Latvia
August 6, 2009
The recently assembled collection of global Latvian diaspora art opens on August 6 at the Peter church in Riga.
Since September 2006, the Global Society for Latvian Art has collaborated with the Valmira regional museum (Valmieras novadpetniecibas muzejs) in organising a large traveling exhibition of Latvian diaporas artworks. Since the 2008 opening, the show has been traveling to a number of regional museums throughout Latvia, including Gulbene, Valka, Limbazi, Madona and others.
Ciemitis’ work “Pasa Galva” features in the exhibition, which continues until September 2009.
March 30, 2009
Jillian Ciemitis has received third prize in the open category of the Vincent Photographic Awards. The work “Messenger of the Deep” presented poetic, ballet-like interpretation of a waterpolo match at the historic Beatty Park Aquatic Centre.
© ‘Sax’ photograph Jillian Ciemitis
January 22, 2009
Jillian Ciemitis’ first solo exhibition broke attendance records for the Ellis House Gallery in Bayswater, Western Australia. Cited as “being reminiscent of a contemporary Decarava” (Andrei Buters, Perth Voice, 24/01/09), the work attracted extensive aclaim and interest.
The exhibition presented contemplative black and white narratives, counterpointed with reflective images of world renowned Jazz saxophonist Troy Roberts and blues legend Matt Taylor.
1.left to right: Dagnija Greste, Dr Vaira Vike-Freiberg, 2.assembled artists at ALMA Book Launch, Customs House, Sydney
Imants Tillers, Isodore Tillers, Peteris Ciemitis
(photograph courtesy Vija Spogis-Erdmanis)
December 27, 2008
A comprehensive 256 page book surveying Latvian artists in Australia, was launched on December 27, 2008 by the former President of Latvia, Dr Vaira Vike-Freiberg, at Customs House, Sydney, Australia.
‘This is a comprehensive collection of works by Latvian artists in Australia. It lists 103 artists who are either post-war immigrants or descendants of immigrants and includeds biographies and first-person statements.
The text is in English and Latvian and has essays on Latvian culture in Australia. The artists’ statements and the stories of cultural resettlement alongside the images add an illuminating dimension.
The most well-known artist here is Imants Tillers but works by Uldis Abolins, Peteris Ciemitis, Lidija Dombrovska-Larsen and Peter Dombrovskis also impress.’ Marc McEvoy, Brisbane Times, January 20, 2009.
The book launch was accompanied by an invited exhibition of work (“AL52KD”) by many of the artists surveyed in the publication. The exhibition, curated by Andra Krumins, featured work by Peteris Ciemitis, Harijs Piekalns, Janis Nedala and Imants Tillers.