Sione Falemaka | Stanley Street Gallery

Sione Falemaka

ARTISTS STATEMENT

Artist, Sionemaletau FALEMAKA is a triple citizen of Polynesian descendant, Born Niue in the year of the Tiger, educated in Niue, New Zealand and Australia, currently lives, studies, and works in Sydney, creating beaded work that incorporates feathers, seeds, beads, yarns, textiles and other mixed media. Sione was vigorously taught Polynesian weaving techniques as a child. The Falemaka art practice provides a contemporary insight and presentation and of maintaining and extending traditional Polynesian body adornment practice

1988 - 2009 -2012                              Exhibiting Artist, Weaver, Mixed Media solo and group show in the                                                   following galleries and concept boutique stores

Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Japan and New Zealand

Galleries: currently in residence at Kerri Lowe gallery 2012

Coo-ee Emporium / Aboriginal Gallery Sydney, Gordon Syron Black Fellas gallery 1988-2002, Lanka Gallery Juikaogoa Tokyo 1999

Australian Craft Gallery Sydney 1988-1999

Remo Retail Store Sydney 1988,

Vivvianna Creation Leura Blue Mountains 1988-2000

Reezt Boutique Strand Arcade Sydney 1988-2000,

Waitangi Day Arts Festival Bondi Beach Sydney 1996

Big and All Sizes Buttons King Street Newtown Sydney 2000

Yabunn Arts Festival 2004, Byron Bay Arts Festival,

Sherman Gallery Sydney in Collaboration with artist Clinton Nain

Commonwealth of Nations Games Melbourne 2006, Loot Interiors 2006

Beaded Link Connihan Gallery Mooreland Council Melbourne

National Museum Australia 2006-2007, Gallery 41, 2008

Hand in Hand, Still Black Boomalli Gallery Sydney 2008-2009

Tin Sheds Gallery 2008, Kerri Lowe Gallery 2007- 2012
Body Adornment Casula Power Museum June 2010-August 2010

“Continuum” Paper Mill Angel Place, March 2011-April 2011

Ace Bourke Collectors Journey Hazlehurst R.G. Aug-Sept 2012

Stanley Street Gallery Nov 2012-Dec 2012

Delivering Community Arts Workshops     

Blue Mountains, Sydney, Melbourne

National Museum of Australia Canberra 2006-2007

Happy Talk Sandringham Gardens Art n About Sydney 2011

February – December 2007    Community Project Facilitator

Facilitated projects in:                                                

Boarding House Project

Sydney Street People Choir

Art Project Newtown Neighborhood Centre

  • Facilitated and provided practical assistance within the above projects. Main duties included: outreach service; planning and conducting group activities; advocate on the behalf of clients (clients were made up of medium-to-high needs clients; age range was over 50 years; clients from diverse cultural heritage)

June 2005 –2006                     Aged Care Worker for ‘ReViVe’

Prince of Wales and War Memorial Hospital Sydney

  • Assisting with feeding and hydration
  • Mobilization assistance
  • Orientation assessment
  • Co-ordination and concentration activities
  • Assisting with personal grooming
  • Conducting group sessions to encourage interaction
  • Evaluation of programs and activities to supervisor

1989 – 2002                            Art Retail Facilitator

Coo-ee Art Gallery                                                    

Responsibilities include:

  • Consultancy advice
  • Catalogue design and production
  • Day-to-day operation of retail and exhibition space
  • Coordinating deliveries and orders
  • Dispatch
  • Banking and office administration
  • Customer Service and Sales