JUNE 26 – CAW Studio

Inaugural Mavis Hall Grant winner, Sonya Thoms, will tell you about her journey, her ‘year of living curiously’.


Unfinished Business



Read my Lips

The Dude

Artist in Red

Portrait in Purple

About the Exhibitor (Mavis Hall Trust Grant recipient)

Sonya Jane Thoms is a re-emerging Canberra-based artist. She comes from a visual arts background, with a BA in Textiles and Printmaking from the Canberra School of Art. Her portrait ‘Unfinished Business’, of Neville Perkins, was selected for the SBS Portrait Prize, 2020.

“Receiving the Mavis Hall Grant Award, has been a fantastic opportunity to explore new mediums, further develop my skills in painting and delve into the creative world of the portraiture genre. In the past nine months I have felt both challenged and rewarded by the discovery of what portraiture means to me and the importance of storytelling through my paintings. I’ve learnt a lot about my own process of art making. I have also pushed myself out of my comfort zone, experienced many highs and lows, and made some wonderful new discoveries along the way. In my year of living curiously, my aim was to be gutsy, stimulate my creative growth through exploration and experimentation, embrace my mistakes, and share my artistic adventures and learnings with my CAW tribe. I hope you are feeling curious too and will join me on the 25th of June for ‘Exposé’.”

Artist Sonya Thoms
Title Exposé
Date Saturday 25 June 2022
Time  3-5pm
Pax Open Invitation 
Location CAW Studio

Dear Members

You are invited to an Exposé of works in progress by the inaugural Mavis Hall Trust Award recipient Sonya Jane Thoms. Sonya’s application was selected in August 2021 and the award is providing financial and other support for Sonya for 12 months from 1 November 2021.

The Exposé provides CAW members with an opportunity to view the art Sonya has been working on during her ‘year of living curiously’.

As well as getting a peek at her work, you will get the chance to meet Sonya, hear a short presentation from her and enjoy a glass of wine while talking about all things art and portraiture.

We hope to see you there.

Please RSVP below so we have enough wine.

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