'Suburban Decay' exhibition at Moving Mountains Gallery, Wollongong

FOOT IN THE DOOR: Andrew Clay, Greer Harris, Renae MacAlpine and Bernadette Banasik all set for their exhibition in Globe Lane. Banasik holds bags of sugar for her toffee sculptures, designed to melt during the exhibition. Picture: Robert Peet
FOOT IN THE DOOR: Andrew Clay, Greer Harris, Renae MacAlpine and Bernadette Banasik all set for their exhibition in Globe Lane. Banasik holds bags of sugar for her toffee sculptures, designed to melt during the exhibition. Picture: Robert Peet

Budding artists don’t necessarily have to bend over backwards to get their work shown in an exhibition.

Four University of Wollongong art graduates have proven you only need initiative and be happy to talk up your work to prospective galleries, with dozens of their pieces on show until January 22 at Wollongong’s Moving Mountains Gallery.

Bernadette Banasik said there are plenty of opportunities around Wollongong as the arts scene was thriving.

“That's what they told us at uni, you just have to be proactive,” she said.

“Moving Mountains is such an amazing place and they’re so easy going … compared to some other places that I’ve heard you have ti pay lots of money and jump through hoops to exhibit your work.”

“It’s getting past the barrier of putting yourself out there rather than waiting for something to happen,” added Andrew Clay.

The pair, along with Greer Harris and Renae MacAlpine, have used mediums like water-colour paintings, sculpture, textiles and photomontages to interpret the “decay in our surrounds”.

“Each artist explores their environment, in all its ugliness and unexpected beauty,” Harris said.

Suburban Decay, Moving Mountains Gallery, Globe Lane – 10am-3pm Wednesday to Sunday until January 22.