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April 15, 2024

Archie Moore presents ‘kith and kin’ at the Australia Pavilion for the 60th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia

kith and kin; an enveloping artwork created in situ by First Nations artist Archie Moore, premieres at the Australia Pavilion at the 60th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. Commissioned by Creative Australia, the exhibition is curated by Ellie Buttrose and is on view from 20 April – 24 November 2024.

In kith and kin, Moore transforms the Australia Pavilion with an expansive, genealogical chart spanning 65,000+ years.

kith and kin; an enveloping artwork created in situ by First Nations artist Archie Moore, premieres at the Australia Pavilion at the 60th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. Commissioned by Creative Australia, the exhibition is curated by Ellie Buttrose and is on view from 20 April – 24 November 2024.

In kith and kin, Moore transforms the Australia Pavilion with an expansive, genealogical chart spanning 65,000+ years. Drawing on his Kamilaroi, Bigambul, British and Scottish heritage, the installation embodies Moore’s enduring exploration of history and identity, central themes in his artistic practice spanning over 30 years. His work brings international awareness to the vitality of First Nations kinship, in spite of facing systemic injustices since British invasion in 1770. kith and kin provides audiences with the first significant opportunity to experience a solo exhibition of Moore’s art outside of Australia.

Photo credits: Archie Moore / kith and kin 2024 / Australia Pavilion at Venice Biennale 2024 / Photographer Andrea Rossetti / © the artist / Images courtesy of the artist and The Commercial

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April 11, 2024

National Gallery of Australia launches national sculpture garden landscape design competition

The National Gallery of Australia’s iconic sculpture garden is set to undergo a $60 million revitalisation with the launch of the Sculpture Garden Design Competition today.

The National Gallery will conduct an open-call, two stage, competition to select a design team who can create an innovative design incorporating a public place for experiencing art, education, cultural and social events, while respecting the garden’s original design intent and heritage values.

The winner of the competition will lead a major redevelopment to revitalise the three-hectare garden surrounding the National Gallery, reinforcing its position as the most significant sculpture garden in Australia.

The National Gallery of Australia’s iconic sculpture garden is set to undergo a $60 million revitalisation with the launch of the Sculpture Garden Design Competition today.

The National Gallery will conduct an open-call, two stage, competition to select a design team who can create an innovative design incorporating a public place for experiencing art, education, cultural and social events, while respecting the garden’s original design intent and heritage values.

The winner of the competition will lead a major redevelopment to revitalise the three-hectare garden surrounding the National Gallery, reinforcing its position as the most significant sculpture garden in Australia. The National Sculpture Garden project will be realised through philanthropic support.

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April 11, 2024

NGV presents tenth year of Melbourne Art Book Fair

In May 2024, the National Gallery of Victoria presents the 10th annual Melbourne Art Book Fair, a state-wide celebration of art book publishing and Melbourne’s status as a UNESCO City of Literature. Over 11 days, from 23 May to 2 June 2024, the Fair will enliven venues across Melbourne and Victoria with book launches, talks, exhibitions and more, including a special in-conversation with art historian Katy Hessel, a TV gameshow pop-up and showcase art and design publishing from across Australia and beyond.

In May 2024, the National Gallery of Victoria presents the 10th annual Melbourne Art Book Fair, a state-wide celebration of art book publishing and Melbourne’s status as a UNESCO City of Literature. Over 11 days, from 23 May to 2 June 2024, the Fair will enliven venues across Melbourne and Victoria with book launches, talks, exhibitions and more, including a special in-conversation with art historian Katy Hessel, a TV gameshow pop-up and showcase art and design publishing from across Australia and beyond.

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April 8, 2024

Grace Crowley & Ralph Balson: exhibition pairs two pioneers of Australian abstraction for the very first time

Grace Crowley & Ralph Balson is the first-ever major exhibition to explore in-depth the longstanding creative partnership and artistic synergies between pioneering abstract artists Grace Crowley (1890-1979) and Ralph Balson (1890-1964). Opening 23 May 2024 at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, the exhibition charts their radical leap into pure abstraction, and the important role they played in shaping the modern art movement in Australia.

Painting exclusively together for many decades, Crowley and Balson’s dynamic exchange extended and challenged both artists.

Grace Crowley & Ralph Balson is the first-ever major exhibition to explore in-depth the longstanding creative partnership and artistic synergies between pioneering abstract artists Grace Crowley (1890-1979) and Ralph Balson (1890-1964). Opening 23 May 2024 at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, the exhibition charts their radical leap into pure abstraction, and the important role they played in shaping the modern art movement in Australia.

Painting exclusively together for many decades, Crowley and Balson’s dynamic exchange extended and challenged both artists. Crowley and Balson respectively produced some of the earliest and most important works of abstract art in the country. Their collaborative approach to painting – the sharing of ideas, techniques and materials – resulted in two significant bodies of work that broke new ground in Australian art.

By presenting the work of Crowley and Balson together, the exhibition invites audiences to trace the shared influences and harmonies between their works, as well as to appreciate the centrality of collaboration to their individual practices. The exhibition comprises more than 75 paintings and works on paper, with some of these never-before-seen by the Australian public, and drawn from Victorian and interstate collections, major institutions including the Art Gallery of New South Wales and National Gallery of Australia, regional and private collections.

Image: Grace Crowley, Abstract painting, 1950, 61 x 75.8 cm, oil on hardboard, Art Galley of New South Wales, Sydney, Purchased with funds provided by the Art Gallery of New South Wales Foundation, 2019, © Grace Crowley Estate

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April 2, 2024

A SECONDARY EYE TO OPEN NEW GALLERY IN SYDNEY

A Secondary Eye has announced the launch of a new gallery space located within the arts district of Woollahra, Sydney on Friday 3 May 2024.

Led by Jesse-Jack De Deyne, a specialist with extensive experience working in the secondary market for Australian Indigenous art and Boris Cornelissen, former Contemporary Art Specialist at Sotheby’s London and Hong Kong, A Secondary Eye was founded in 2020 with a focus on further developing the secondary market for art and collectibles in Australia.

A Secondary Eye has announced the launch of a new gallery space located within the arts district of Woollahra, Sydney on Friday 3 May 2024.

Led by Jesse-Jack De Deyne, a specialist with extensive experience working in the secondary market for Australian Indigenous art and Boris Cornelissen, former Contemporary Art Specialist at Sotheby’s London and Hong Kong, A Secondary Eye was founded in 2020 with a focus on further developing the secondary market for art and collectibles in Australia.

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March 28, 2024

BUXTON CONTEMPORARY ANNOUNCES NEW EXHIBITION – THE SAME CROWD NEVER GATHERS TWICE

The University of Melbourne has announced the new group exhibition, The same crowd never gathers twice, presented at Buxton Contemporary from 10 May – 13 October 2024. The exhibition features new work by Cate Consandine, Riana Head-Toussaint and Yona Lee, alongside significant projects by Taryn Simon, Angela Goh and Laresa Kosloff.

Spanning moving image, sound, sculptural intervention and performance, the exhibition tests the limits of the ‘arena’— the setting where people come together to collectively witness and participate in public life.

The University of Melbourne has announced the new group exhibition, The same crowd never gathers twice, presented at Buxton Contemporary from 10 May – 13 October 2024. The exhibition features new work by Cate Consandine, Riana Head-Toussaint and Yona Lee, alongside significant projects by Taryn Simon, Angela Goh and Laresa Kosloff.

Spanning moving image, sound, sculptural intervention and performance, the exhibition tests the limits of the ‘arena’— the setting where people come together to collectively witness and participate in public life. Works consider the social and structural architectures that bind these spaces, and by extension, the elastic nature of performance and reality, audience and participant.

The same crowd never gathers twice invites audiences to consider their own presence and agency inside the gallery: their role as passive spectators versus the potential for a more active form of engagement. Annika Aitken, Curator, Art Museums at the University of Melbourne said: “Throughout the exhibition’s duration, the physical gallery is offered as an active site for discussions, new work and performance responses.

 

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March 13, 2024

New artworks by Lauren Brincat and Rochelle Haley promote safer public spaces and night-time vibrancy

Two major art projects by multidisciplinary artists Lauren Brincat and Rochelle Haley are set to enliven Randwick Health & Innovation Precinct in April and June as part of a new Laneway Art Program.

The leading Australian artists have been commissioned by Randwick Health & Innovation Precinct and supported by Transport for NSW’s Safer Cities program, with an aim to improve the night-time connectivity and comfort in the precinct through performance-based and site-specific artwork.

Two major art projects by multidisciplinary artists Lauren Brincat and Rochelle Haley are set to enliven Randwick Health & Innovation Precinct in April and June as part of a new Laneway Art Program.

The leading Australian artists have been commissioned by Randwick Health & Innovation Precinct and supported by Transport for NSW’s Safer Cities program, with an aim to improve the night-time connectivity and comfort in the precinct through performance-based and site-specific artwork.

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March 13, 2024

HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART PRESENTS A NEW EXHIBITION EXPLORING THE SIGNIFICANCE OF HAIR IN CONTEMPORARY CULTURE

Heide Museum of Modern Art announces a new exhibition that will explore the complex significance of hair in contemporary culture through a selection of Australian and international works of art. Presented from 4 May to 6 October 2024, the exhibition titled Hair Pieces brings together historic and recent works encompassing a wide array of media such as painting, photography, video, installation, sculpture and recorded live performance.

Heide Museum of Modern Art announces a new exhibition that will explore the complex significance of hair in contemporary culture through a selection of Australian and international works of art. Presented from 4 May to 6 October 2024, the exhibition titled Hair Pieces brings together historic and recent works encompassing a wide array of media such as painting, photography, video, installation, sculpture and recorded live performance.

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March 8, 2024

The 24th Biennale of Sydney, Ten Thousand Suns, opens to the public this weekend

The 24th Biennale of Sydney, titled Ten Thousand Suns, opens to the public this weekend. Over 400 artworks by 96 artists and collectives, alongside a dynamic public program, will be presented across the city from 9 March to 10 June 2024.

A major international art festival and the largest contemporary art event of its kind in Australia, the 24th Biennale of Sydney is presented at Art Gallery of New South Wales, Artspace, Chau Chak Wing Museum at the University of Sydney, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney Opera House, UNSW Galleries and at the iconic and recently restored White Bay Power Station, which opens its doors to the public for the first time in over 100 years.

The 24th Biennale of Sydney, titled Ten Thousand Suns, opens to the public this weekend. Over 400 artworks by 96 artists and collectives, alongside a dynamic public program, will be presented across the city from 9 March to 10 June 2024.

A major international art festival and the largest contemporary art event of its kind in Australia, the 24th Biennale of Sydney is presented at Art Gallery of New South Wales, Artspace, Chau Chak Wing Museum at the University of Sydney, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney Opera House, UNSW Galleries and at the iconic and recently restored White Bay Power Station, which opens its doors to the public for the first time in over 100 years.

With the artistic direction led by Cosmin Costinaș and Inti Guerrero, the 24th Biennale of Sydney proposes celebration as both a method and a source of joy, inspired by legacies of collective resistance and coming together to thrive in the face of injustice. With an exhibition of contemporary art at its core, the event draws from multiple histories, voices and perspectives.

Image caption: Installation view, Ten Thousand Suns, 24th Biennale of Sydney 2024, Art Gallery of New South Wales, featuring art by Pacific Sisters (foreground) and Robert Gabris (wall) photo © Art Gallery of New South Wales, Christopher Snee.

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February 13, 2024

ROSLYN OXLEY9 GALLERY TO PRESENT EXHIBITION CELEBRATING LAUNCH OF MAJOR PUBLICATION

Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, one of Australia’s pre-eminent commercial galleries, has announced an exhibition to mark the launch of its major new publication. The opening of Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery: The First 40 Years, published by Formist, will coincide with the official release of the book on 14 February. The exhibition will be on display until 2 March 2024.

Curated by the publication’s author and editor Felicity Fenner, the exhibition will feature artworks and excerpts from the book that pay tribute to four seminal decades of the Gallery.

Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, one of Australia’s pre-eminent commercial galleries, has announced an exhibition to mark the launch of its major new publication. The opening of Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery: The First 40 Years, published by Formist, will coincide with the official release of the book on 14 February. The exhibition will be on display until 2 March 2024.

Curated by the publication’s author and editor Felicity Fenner, the exhibition will feature artworks and excerpts from the book that pay tribute to four seminal decades of the Gallery. In the book, which shares the exhibition title, Fenner’s voice provides the central narrative and is augmented by around 50 contributions from leading artists, curators and art world figures including Bill Henson, Tracey Moffatt, John Kaldor and Djon Mundine. The publication is bookended with a Foreword by Anna Waldmann and Afterword by Paul Foss.

As a physical homage to the history of Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, the accompanying exhibition celebrates the role that the Gallery has played in fostering the careers of some of the most respected Australian and international contemporary artists of our time.

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February 9, 2024

Creative Australia reveals the title and first details of Archie Moore’s presentation at the 60th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia.

Creative Australia has today unveiled the title and first details of Archie Moore’s presentation at the 60th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, curated by Ellie Buttrose. Titled kith and kin, Moore’s exhibition in the Australia Pavilion will be a powerful and poignant exploration of his Kamilaroi, Bigambul, British, and Scottish heritage. Moore is only the second First Nations artist to have a solo presentation in the Australia Pavilion. On view from 20 April to 24 November 2024, kith and kin will mark the 25th anniversary of Australia’s participation in the Biennale Arte 2024.

Creative Australia has today unveiled the title and first details of Archie Moore’s presentation at the 60th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, curated by Ellie Buttrose. Titled kith and kin, Moore’s exhibition in the Australia Pavilion will be a powerful and poignant exploration of his Kamilaroi, Bigambul, British, and Scottish heritage. Moore is only the second First Nations artist to have a solo presentation in the Australia Pavilion. On view from 20 April to 24 November 2024, kith and kin will mark the 25th anniversary of Australia’s participation in the Biennale Arte 2024.

For three decades, Moore (b. 1970, l. Redlands, Queensland) has created thought-provoking art that bridges the personal and the political. His work is rooted in experiences around identity and heritage, and speaks to wider themes of memory, racism, and the universality of the human family. In kith and kin, Moore will reflect on the nature and strength of Indigenous kinship, issues of surveillance and incarceration, the enduring impact of colonisation and First Nations language revival.

The guiding principle in kith and kin is that relationality is the root of identity. The exhibition draws upon Moore’s extensive research and unravels how his family history is entwined with the chronicles of the continent and more recently the nation of Australia. By tracing his Kamilaroi and Bigambul family back 65,000+ years, Moore asserts Indigenous sovereignty. Although First Nations peoples have been threatened by invasion, massacre, disease, and dispossession, Moore celebrates their continuing vitality. While the stories in kith and kin are often specific to the artist’s family, they mirror the narratives of indigenous and colonised people throughout the world.

Photo credit: Archie Moore / Fredrick Noel Clevens in kith and kin 2024 / Digitally altered found photograph / Australia Pavilion, Venice Biennale 2024 / Graphic design work: Žiga Testen and Stuart Geddes / © the artist / Courtesy: the artist and The Commercial

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February 6, 2024

TarraWarra Museum of Art announces three new exhibitions including the first joint presentation of new work by contemporary Australian artists Peter Atkins and Dana Harris

TarraWarra Museum of Art today announced three new exhibitions open to the public concurrently from 23 March to 14 July 2024. Featuring new work by Melbourne-based contemporary artists Peter Atkins and Dana Harris, the exhibition SUPERsystems is presented in conversation with The Industrial Design of Clement Meadmore: The Harris/Atkins Collection, a comprehensive survey of innovative modernist designs by the acclaimed sculptor and designer Clement Meadmore. Also on display is Systems and Structures, featuring a selection of works by leading Australian artists drawn from the Museum’s collection.

TarraWarra Museum of Art today announced three new exhibitions open to the public concurrently from 23 March to 14 July 2024. Featuring new work by Melbourne-based contemporary artists Peter Atkins and Dana Harris, the exhibition SUPERsystems is presented in conversation with The Industrial Design of Clement Meadmore: The Harris/Atkins Collection, a comprehensive survey of innovative modernist designs by the acclaimed sculptor and designer Clement Meadmore. Also on display is Systems and Structures, featuring a selection of works by leading Australian artists drawn from the Museum’s collection.

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January 25, 2024

Bundanon’s 2024 Exhibition Season 1: Tales Of Land And Sea

Bundanon has announced further details for its 2024 Exhibition Season 1: Tales of Land and Sea, open to the public from 2 March – 16 June 2024. Three major projects will be presented across the galleries of the Art Museum, exploring storytelling, mythological narratives, migration and the diasporic experience, by renowned contemporary artists Jumaadi, Sancintya Mohini Simpson and Isha Ram Das, as well as Arthur Boyd’s collaboration with printmaker Indra Deigan.

Bundanon has announced further details for its 2024 Exhibition Season 1: Tales of Land and Sea, open to the public from 2 March – 16 June 2024. Three major projects will be presented across the galleries of the Art Museum, exploring storytelling, mythological narratives, migration and the diasporic experience, by renowned contemporary artists Jumaadi, Sancintya Mohini Simpson and Isha Ram Das, as well as Arthur Boyd’s collaboration with printmaker Indra Deigan.

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January 18, 2024

Bell Shakespeare stages A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Sydney for the first time in 20 years before touring to over 20 venues across the country

Bell Shakespeare presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream, opening in Sydney in March and marking the first time the company has staged the play in NSW’s capital since 2004. The production will travel to 22 other venues across Australia in New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia and ACT.

Directed by Artistic Director Peter Evans, this fast-paced production takes Shakespeare’s classic comedy and gives it new life, brimming with magic, mirth and mayhem.

Bell Shakespeare presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream, opening in Sydney in March and marking the first time the company has staged the play in NSW’s capital since 2004. The production will travel to 22 other venues across Australia in New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia and ACT.

Directed by Artistic Director Peter Evans, this fast-paced production takes Shakespeare’s classic comedy and gives it new life, brimming with magic, mirth and mayhem. The season will open at the Sydney Opera House from 2 – 30 March, before travelling nationally to venues that it didn’t reach in 2021 after disruptions due to COVID lockdowns and border closures, offering audiences in these states and territories another chance to see the funny and family-friendly reimagining of this perennial favourite.

Acclaimed British-Australian actor Richard Pyros, who recently appeared in hit Hulu TV series The Great, will star as Oberon, alongside Māori actor Matu Ngaropo as Bottom, known for his recent role as George Washington in the Australian version of the Broadway sensation Hamilton. They join cast members Ahunim Abebe, who makes her mainstage theatre debut as Hermia, Isabel Burton (Helena), Mike Howlett (Demetrius), Ella Prince (Puck), Imogen Sage (Titania/Hippolyta/Quince) and Laurence Young (Lysander).

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December 8, 2023

Rare and iconic artworks by Baroque masters unveiled together in world premiere exhibition

Hamilton Gallery unveils the world premiere exhibition Emerging From Darkness: Faith, Emotion and The Body in the Baroque, presenting over 70 important works by world-renowned baroque masters, including several never-before-seen in Australia.
Drawn from the partnership with the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), as well as loans from the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) and private lenders from across the country, Emerging from Darkness will showcase rare and iconic works by the world’s most significant baroque artists including Artemisia Gentileschi, Peter Paul Rubens, Bartolomeo Manfredi, Guercino, Lavinia Fontana, Sofonisba Anguissola and Valentin de Boulogne.

Hamilton Gallery unveils the world premiere exhibition Emerging From Darkness: Faith, Emotion and The Body in the Baroque, presenting over 70 important works by world-renowned baroque masters, including several never-before-seen in Australia.
Drawn from the partnership with the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), as well as loans from the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) and private lenders from across the country, Emerging from Darkness will showcase rare and iconic works by the world’s most significant baroque artists including Artemisia Gentileschi, Peter Paul Rubens, Bartolomeo Manfredi, Guercino, Lavinia Fontana, Sofonisba Anguissola and Valentin de Boulogne. This collection of historical pieces, displayed together for the first time, will be exhibited alongside works by contemporary artists, Robyn Stacey and Angela Tiatia, who are active in the baroque style today.

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December 6, 2023

NEW BREED 2023, Celebrating a decade of supporting the new breed of Australian choreographers

With the support of Principal Partner The Balnaves Foundation, Sydney Dance Company and Carriageworks  present the commissioned works of four Australian dance makers for this year’s exciting tenth anniversary of New Breed. Eliza Cooper, Tra Mi Dinh, Riley Fitzgerald and Beau Dean Riley Smith have each choreographed a new work which has its world premiere at Carriageworks until 16 December 2023

New Breed 2023 provides Australian choreographers with an invaluable opportunity to work with Australia’s leading contemporary dance company on a newly commissioned piece. 

With the support of Principal Partner The Balnaves Foundation, Sydney Dance Company and Carriageworks  present the commissioned works of four Australian dance makers for this year’s exciting tenth anniversary of New Breed. Eliza Cooper, Tra Mi Dinh, Riley Fitzgerald and Beau Dean Riley Smith have each choreographed a new work which has its world premiere at Carriageworks until 16 December 2023

New Breed 2023 provides Australian choreographers with an invaluable opportunity to work with Australia’s leading contemporary dance company on a newly commissioned piece. New Breed is well established as Australia’s most exciting showcase of raw talent and fresh ideas from some of the country’s most gifted emerging choreographers.

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November 30, 2023

BUNDANON ANNOUNCES 2024 EXHIBITION SEASON PROGRAM AND NEW DEDICATED COLLECTION GALLERY

Bundanon has announced its 2024 exhibition season program and the plans for a dedicated new Collection gallery designed by Kerstin Thompson Architects.

Building on the success of the 2023 exhibition season – currently showing Miwatj Yolŋu – Sunrise People (until 11 February 2024) – the 2024 exhibition season will see three major exhibitions by renowned artists Jumaadi, Sancintya Mohini Simpson, and Jonathan Jones, as well as Arthur Boyd.

Throughout 2024 Bundanon will work with Kerstin Thompson Architects to reimagine the existing architecture inside the award-winning subterranean Art Museum to create a dedicated gallery for the Bundanon Collection.

Bundanon has announced its 2024 exhibition season program and the plans for a dedicated new Collection gallery designed by Kerstin Thompson Architects.

Building on the success of the 2023 exhibition season – currently showing Miwatj Yolŋu – Sunrise People (until 11 February 2024) – the 2024 exhibition season will see three major exhibitions by renowned artists Jumaadi, Sancintya Mohini Simpson, and Jonathan Jones, as well as Arthur Boyd.

Throughout 2024 Bundanon will work with Kerstin Thompson Architects to reimagine the existing architecture inside the award-winning subterranean Art Museum to create a dedicated gallery for the Bundanon Collection. Awarded the Sulman Medal for Public Architecture in the 2022 NSW Architecture Awards for the design of Bundanon Art Museum & Bridge for Creative Learning, Kerstin Thompson Architects will significantly expand the existing gallery footprint, creating additional exhibition space and a dedicated gallery for the permanent Collection. A significant part of Arthur and Yvonne Boyd’s gift of Bundanon in 1993, the Bundanon Collection includes an extensive collection of artworks by Arthur Boyd and his family, in addition to works by Sidney Nolan, Brett Whiteley, Joy Hester and Charles Blackman. Today, the Collection also includes contemporary work from previous artists in residence, new commissions and private donations.

Image: Jumaadi, A Wedding Gown, 2021; Ishmael Marika, GayitGara, 2021, MiwatjYolŋu–Sunrise People, install view, Bundanon, 2023. Photo: Zan Wimberley; Arthur Boyd, Early Light, 1984

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November 28, 2023

FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE 2024 NATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY PRIZE

Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA) has announced the 14 contemporary artists who have been selected as finalists for the $30,000 National Photography Prize 2024, Australia’s longest running acquisitive photographic award. The finalists’ works will be presented in an exhibition at MAMA, judged on Friday 22 March, with the winning works announced at the opening on Saturday 23 March 2024.

Established in 1983, the biennial acquisitive Prize offers a unique opportunity to consider the vital role of photography in contemporary art in Australia.

Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA) has announced the 14 contemporary artists who have been selected as finalists for the $30,000 National Photography Prize 2024, Australia’s longest running acquisitive photographic award. The finalists’ works will be presented in an exhibition at MAMA, judged on Friday 22 March, with the winning works announced at the opening on Saturday 23 March 2024.

Established in 1983, the biennial acquisitive Prize offers a unique opportunity to consider the vital role of photography in contemporary art in Australia. The Prize brings together artists from across the nation who are pushing the boundaries of photographic practice, expanding and developing existing languages and techniques.

The 2024 National Photography Prize finalists include leading Australian artists and collectives Alex Walker & Daniel O’Toole, Ali McCann, Ali Tahayori, Ellen Dahl, Ioulia Panoutsopoulos, Izabela Pluta, Kai Wasikowski, Nathan Beard, Olga Svyatova, Rebecca McCauley & Aaron Claringbold, Sammy Hawker, and Skye Wagner.

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November 24, 2023

Buxton Contemporary unveils Nadine Christensen: Around

The University of Melbourne has unveiled a major exhibition by Melbourne-based artist Nadine Christensen, representing her first career survey to date. Titled Around, the exhibition is presented at Buxton Contemporary, the University of Melbourne’s contemporary art museum, from 24 November 2023 to 7 April 2024.

Spanning more than two decades of work, this milestone moment in Christensen’s career will see key works from 1998 to now. The exhibition will include rarely seen works from private lenders and a new series of ambitiously scaled paintings, alongside five new commissions including interventions to the museum’s architecture and large-scale audience-activated kinetic works.

The University of Melbourne has unveiled a major exhibition by Melbourne-based artist Nadine Christensen, representing her first career survey to date. Titled Around, the exhibition is presented at Buxton Contemporary, the University of Melbourne’s contemporary art museum, from 24 November 2023 to 7 April 2024.

Spanning more than two decades of work, this milestone moment in Christensen’s career will see key works from 1998 to now. The exhibition will include rarely seen works from private lenders and a new series of ambitiously scaled paintings, alongside five new commissions including interventions to the museum’s architecture and large-scale audience-activated kinetic works.

Over 80 artworks will detail an exploration into the enduring nature and complex legacy of painting, an enquiry that lies at the heart of Nadine Christensen’s practice. Large-scale sculptural and kinetic works created from seemingly incidental and overlooked source material gathered from Christensen’s immediate environment reveal her ongoing interest in the interplay of everyday life and art.

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November 23, 2023

HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART UNVEILS A MAJOR SURVEY OF GROUND-BREAKING PHOTOGRAPHER LEE MILLER

Heide Museum of Modern Art has unveiled a major survey exhibition of ground-breaking twentieth century American photographic artist Lee Miller (1907–1977), presented from 4 November 2023 to 25 February 2024. Curated by Miller’s son Antony Penrose, the exhibition Surrealist Lee Miller brings 100 photographs from across the artist’s remarkable oeuvre to Australia.

While known for her war work and portraits of her famous contemporaries like Picasso (who painted Lee Miller six times), it is Miller’s surrealist images that endure with a fresh directness.

Heide Museum of Modern Art has unveiled a major survey exhibition of ground-breaking twentieth century American photographic artist Lee Miller (1907–1977), presented from 4 November 2023 to 25 February 2024. Curated by Miller’s son Antony Penrose, the exhibition Surrealist Lee Miller brings 100 photographs from across the artist’s remarkable oeuvre to Australia.

While known for her war work and portraits of her famous contemporaries like Picasso (who painted Lee Miller six times), it is Miller’s surrealist images that endure with a fresh directness. Through the 100 photographs on display at Heide, audiences will discover the artist’s strong sense of the surrealist notions of incongruity, dislocation, dark humour and the uncanny, and her ability to perceive and capture surprising juxtapositions or elements of the marvellous in everyday subjects. Miller’s surrealist eye extends to her remarkable work as an official correspondent during the Second World War and creation of images in which the unreality of war assumes a disquieting beauty.

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November 23, 2023

ACCLAIMED FRENCH DESIGNER PIERRE YOVANOVITCH’S DEBUT AUSTRALIAN EXHIBITION TO PREMIERE AT CRITERIA

CRITERIA, a leading curator and gallery for contemporary design, has announced the premiere of the first Australian exhibition of works by acclaimed French designer Pierre Yovanovitch. The curated selection of his iconic designs will be presented from 14th March to 2nd May 2024 at CRITERIA’s new South Yarra showroom, set within an interior custom-designed by Yovanovitch exclusively for the exhibition. Yovanovitch’s debut Australian exhibition will offer a unique insight into his approach to contemporary interior design and unparalleled commitment to quality and craftsmanship.

CRITERIA, a leading curator and gallery for contemporary design, has announced the premiere of the first Australian exhibition of works by acclaimed French designer Pierre Yovanovitch. The curated selection of his iconic designs will be presented from 14th March to 2nd May 2024 at CRITERIA’s new South Yarra showroom, set within an interior custom-designed by Yovanovitch exclusively for the exhibition. Yovanovitch’s debut Australian exhibition will offer a unique insight into his approach to contemporary interior design and unparalleled commitment to quality and craftsmanship. The exhibition will present a selection of his acclaimed design pieces including the Mama Bear Armchair, Asymmetry Armchair, Mindy Sofa, Roze Dining Table, and Flare Lamp.

Known for his timeless and sophisticated haute couture aesthetic, Yovanovitch founded his Paris-based design atelier in 2001 after a career as a menswear designer for Pierre Cardin led him to follow his creative passions into interior architecture and design. In 2021, Pierre Yovanovitch Mobilier was established having evolved from his experience creating custom luxury design furniture and lighting for his interiors.

 

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November 17, 2023

Ramses & the Gold of the Pharaohs set to conquer Sydney

Direct from Egypt, the highly anticipated exhibition, Ramses & the Gold of the Pharaohs, opens to the public at the Australian Museum on Saturday 18 November 2023 and runs until 19 May 2024. This spectacular new exhibition – in Australia for the very first time, will showcase 182 exquisite antiquities direct from the pyramids and museums of Egypt, together with their extraordinary stories. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see treasures of these ancient wonders, right here in Sydney.

Direct from Egypt, the highly anticipated exhibition, Ramses & the Gold of the Pharaohs, opens to the public at the Australian Museum on Saturday 18 November 2023 and runs until 19 May 2024. This spectacular new exhibition – in Australia for the very first time, will showcase 182 exquisite antiquities direct from the pyramids and museums of Egypt, together with their extraordinary stories. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see treasures of these ancient wonders, right here in Sydney.

Ancient Egypt, the land of pharaohs, extraordinary art, cultural splendour, and home to the only remaining Ancient Wonder of the World: the pyramids, has captivated the imagination of people across the globe and across generations. The name of its legendary pharaoh – Ramses the Great, has also endured.
Now, visitors to Sydney can discover the legacy of Ramses the Great and the treasures of the ancient pyramids for themselves.

 

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November 17, 2023

CARRIAGEWORKS UNVEILS THE FIRST MAJOR SOLO EXHIBITION BY SYDNEY-BASED AUSTRALIAN-FIJIAN ARTIST SALOTE TAWALE

Carriageworks has unveiled the first major solo exhibition by Sydney-based Australian-Fijian artist Salote Tawale, titled I remember you, now open until Sunday, 28 January 2024. Across two spaces at Carriageworks, the exhibition considers how identity is formed through memory.

In Bay 21, the Carriageworks Clothing Store resident artist responds to the expansive scale of Carriageworks’ architecture. Conceived as a ‘memory bank’, the ambitious presentation of new work immerses visitors in a whole environment that brings together paintings, sculptures, and karaoke.

Carriageworks has unveiled the first major solo exhibition by Sydney-based Australian-Fijian artist Salote Tawale, titled I remember you, now open until Sunday, 28 January 2024. Across two spaces at Carriageworks, the exhibition considers how identity is formed through memory.

In Bay 21, the Carriageworks Clothing Store resident artist responds to the expansive scale of Carriageworks’ architecture. Conceived as a ‘memory bank’, the ambitious presentation of new work immerses visitors in a whole environment that brings together paintings, sculptures, and karaoke. Inside the gallery we encounter cardboard hanging masks; plywood cut-outs of people and plants placed like theatrical set pieces; and a hibiscus floral pattern loosely painted across the gallery wall. A partial replica of the artist’s Fijian family home known as a vale – built on cinder blocks and clad with corrugated iron – stands complete with a clothesline out the back. At the rear of the gallery, pop songs play from a makeshift karaoke booth, inviting visitors to pick up a mic and sing along. With panels missing from the house, flowers fading out, and song lyrics misremembered, the installation is partially formed, materializing the fallibility of memory.

Alongside the installation in Bay 21, Tawale’s almost 14-meter-long bamboo raft, titled No Location (2021), is moored in the Public Space. Originally presented as part of the 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art at Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, the work is based on a childhood memory. On a visit to the Fiji Museum in Suva at 10 years old, Tawale recalls seeing a scale model of the traditional Fijian watercraft known as a bilibili. At the time, Tawale imagined the vessel as a way to move between her home in Australia and her family in Fiji. No Location reinterprets the established method of making a raft. Using the labor-intensive process of bundling and binding bamboo for the structure, Tawale distinctly incorporates tarps and ropes – everyday materials typical of her work – alongside personal items chosen for the artist’s journey. In title and form, No Location embodies Tawale’s experience of displacement.

 

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October 31, 2023

Biennale of Sydney announces artists, locations and initial programming for 2024 edition: Ten Thousand Suns

The Biennale of Sydney has today announced the artists, locations and initial programming for its 24th edition, titled Ten Thousand Suns, being presented free to the public from 9 March to 10 June 2024.

A major international art festival and the largest contemporary art event of its kind in Australia, the 24th Biennale of Sydney will be presented at Art Gallery of New South Wales, Artspace, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, and for the first time at Chau Chak Wing Museum at the University of Sydney, UNSW Galleries and at the iconic and recently restored White Bay Power Station.

The Biennale of Sydney has today announced the artists, locations and initial programming for its 24th edition, titled Ten Thousand Suns, being presented free to the public from 9 March to 10 June 2024.

A major international art festival and the largest contemporary art event of its kind in Australia, the 24th Biennale of Sydney will be presented at Art Gallery of New South Wales, Artspace, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, and for the first time at Chau Chak Wing Museum at the University of Sydney, UNSW Galleries and at the iconic and recently restored White Bay Power Station.

With the artistic direction led by Cosmin Costinaș and Inti Guerrero, the 24th Biennale of Sydney proposes celebration as both a method and a source of joy, inspired by legacies of collective resistance and coming together to thrive in the face of injustice. With an exhibition of contemporary art at its core, the event draws from multiple histories, voices and perspectives, to explore connected thematic threads, from the celebration of the resurgence of First Nations technologies and knowledges, the history of Islam in Australia, to Queer resilience, and the international expression of Carnivale. The program also explores the atomic era, a concentrated time of climate alteration through human exploitation, within the context of today’s moment of climate emergency and a refusal to concede to an apocalyptic vision of the future.

Marking the Biennale of Sydney’s 50th anniversary year, the 2024 edition challenges Western fatalistic constructions of the apocalypse and embraces a hopeful outlook around a possible future lived in joy, produced in common and shared widely.

The 2024 edition will feature 88 artists and collectives from 47 countries including Australia, Indonesia, Brazil, Ukraine, United States of America, United Kingdom, Mexico, Aotearoa New Zealand, India, and Japan. Selected artists have practices firmly rooted in diverse communities and artistic vocabularies.

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October 12, 2023

Photography: Real & Imagined

Featuring some of the most iconic photographs ever created alongside contemporary approaches to the photographic medium, Photography: Real & Imagined is the largest survey of the NGV’s Photography collection in the institution’s history and features more than 300 photographs by Australian and international practitioners.

Four years in the making, this landmark exhibition features photographs from across the 200-year period since the invention of photography in the 19th century, including work by leading international photographers including Man Ray, Cindy Sherman, Wolfgang Tillmans, Gilbert & George, and Nan Goldin, alongside Australian photographers Max Dupain, Olive Cotton, Mervyn Bishop, Polly Borland, and Darren Sylvester.

Featuring some of the most iconic photographs ever created alongside contemporary approaches to the photographic medium, Photography: Real & Imagined is the largest survey of the NGV’s Photography collection in the institution’s history and features more than 300 photographs by Australian and international practitioners.

Four years in the making, this landmark exhibition features photographs from across the 200-year period since the invention of photography in the 19th century, including work by leading international photographers including Man Ray, Cindy Sherman, Wolfgang Tillmans, Gilbert & George, and Nan Goldin, alongside Australian photographers Max Dupain, Olive Cotton, Mervyn Bishop, Polly Borland, and Darren Sylvester.

Through twenty-one thematic sections, this large-scale exhibition explores the proposition that a photograph can be grounded in the real world, recording, documenting, and reflecting the world around us; or be the product of imagination, storytelling, and illusion; and on occasion operate in both realms. The thematic sections explore subject matter such as light, place and environment, consumption, conflict, community, and death.

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October 4, 2023

Ngununggula commissions ten leading Australian contemporary artists to create new works for exhibition New Dog Old Tricks

Ngununggula, the Southern Highlands’ first regional art gallery, has commissioned ten Australian contemporary artists to create new works for the Gallery’s upcoming exhibition New Dog Old Tricks. Presented from 18 November 2023 – 4 February 2024, the exhibition invites the artists to re-think and question how we perceive dogs, and imagine the dog as a key to other physical and emotional worlds.

The commissioned artists include Billy Bain, David Griggs, Guido Maestri, Jason Phu, Julia Gutman, Madeleine Pfull, Marc Etherington, Nadia Hernández, Noel Mckenna and Todd Fuller.

Ngununggula, the Southern Highlands’ first regional art gallery, has commissioned ten Australian contemporary artists to create new works for the Gallery’s upcoming exhibition New Dog Old Tricks. Presented from 18 November 2023 – 4 February 2024, the exhibition invites the artists to re-think and question how we perceive dogs, and imagine the dog as a key to other physical and emotional worlds.

The commissioned artists include Billy Bain, David Griggs, Guido Maestri, Jason Phu, Julia Gutman, Madeleine Pfull, Marc Etherington, Nadia Hernández, Noel Mckenna and Todd Fuller. They will be presented alongside loaned artworks from the Art Gallery of NSW, National Gallery of Victoria and private collections by artists including Jeff Koons, Adam Cullen, Aleks Danko, Richard Walker, Del Kathryn Barton, Louise Hearman and William Wegman.

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September 29, 2023

BUXTON CONTEMPORARY ANNOUNCES FIRST MAJOR CAREER SURVEY OF NADINE CHRISTENSEN

The University of Melbourne has announced a major exhibition by Melbourne-based artist Nadine Christensen, representing her first career survey to date. The exhibition, titled ‘Around’, brings together key works with a number of ambitious new commissions including interventions to the museum’s architecture. Presented at Buxton Contemporary, the exhibition will run from 24 November 2023 to 7 April 2024. Curated by Samantha Comte, Senior Curator, Art Museums at the University of Melbourne, the exhibition explores the enduring nature of painting as well as its complex legacy, which has been at the core of Nadine Christensen’s practice for more than twenty years.

The University of Melbourne has announced a major exhibition by Melbourne-based artist Nadine Christensen, representing her first career survey to date. The exhibition, titled ‘Around’, brings together key works with a number of ambitious new commissions including interventions to the museum’s architecture. Presented at Buxton Contemporary, the exhibition will run from 24 November 2023 to 7 April 2024. Curated by Samantha Comte, Senior Curator, Art Museums at the University of Melbourne, the exhibition explores the enduring nature of painting as well as its complex legacy, which has been at the core of Nadine Christensen’s practice for more than twenty years.

Christensen has long engaged with notions of the every day, explored through the conventions of still life tradition and through her compositing of found objects. In gleaning what is seemingly incidental and overlooked from her immediate environment; studio, home, neighborhood, op shops, and the like, Christensen reflects on the fragility and precarity of life as well as human resourcefulness and adaptability, which she recognizes as often being found at the fringes or periphery.
‘Around’ will feature over 70 paintings ranging from 1998–2023, including a new series of ambitiously scaled paintings, and rarely seen works from private lenders. Christensen will also present several major sculptural works, including large-scale audience-activated kinetic works.

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September 28, 2023

Anita Johnson wins the 22nd Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize

Anita Johnson has been announced as the winner of the 2023 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, coinciding with the opening of the 22nd anniversary exhibition at Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf.

The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize is Australia’s pre-eminent prize for small sculpture and the first national acquisitive prize for an original sculpture of up to 80cm, presented by Woollahra Council. Anita Johnson has been awarded the $25,000 award, for her work, Tenderness, which will be acquired for the Council’s permanent public collection joining previous winners Bruce Reynolds, Tim Silver, Robert Owen, Yvonne Kendall, Rhonda Sharpe and Mikala Dwyer.

Anita Johnson has been announced as the winner of the 2023 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, coinciding with the opening of the 22nd anniversary exhibition at Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf.

The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize is Australia’s pre-eminent prize for small sculpture and the first national acquisitive prize for an original sculpture of up to 80cm, presented by Woollahra Council. Anita Johnson has been awarded the $25,000 award, for her work, Tenderness, which will be acquired for the Council’s permanent public collection joining previous winners Bruce Reynolds, Tim Silver, Robert Owen, Yvonne Kendall, Rhonda Sharpe and Mikala Dwyer.

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September 27, 2023

TarraWarra Museum of Art announces a major survey exhibition of senior contemporary artist Brent Harris

TarraWarra Museum of Art today announced a major survey exhibition exploring the work of senior contemporary Melbourne-based artist Brent Harris, presented from 2 December 2023 to 11 March 2024. The exhibition Brent Harris: Surrender & Catch, curated by Maria Zagala and co-presented with the Art Gallery of South Australia, brings together over 100 paintings, drawings, studies, and prints, traversing the artist’s practice and stylistic shifts over his career.

Brent Harris: Surrender & Catch maps the ways Harris’s art has developed over the past four decades, featuring a broad selection of works from 1987 to 2022.

TarraWarra Museum of Art today announced a major survey exhibition exploring the work of senior contemporary Melbourne-based artist Brent Harris, presented from 2 December 2023 to 11 March 2024. The exhibition Brent Harris: Surrender & Catch, curated by Maria Zagala and co-presented with the Art Gallery of South Australia, brings together over 100 paintings, drawings, studies, and prints, traversing the artist’s practice and stylistic shifts over his career.

Brent Harris: Surrender & Catch maps the ways Harris’s art has developed over the past four decades, featuring a broad selection of works from 1987 to 2022. Harris’s distinctive style, which moves between figuration and abstraction, deploys both humor and the grotesque to examine the psychological subject matter as he visualizes his complex and contradictory feelings. Indeed, the exhibition title refers to Harris’s interest in sociologist Kurt H. Wolff’s notion of ‘surrender and catch’ as a process for self-analysis and as a method of working.

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September 27, 2023

Biennale of Sydney opens White Bay Power Station to the public for the first time in over 100 years

White Bay Power Station has been revealed today as the first location for the 24th Biennale of Sydney, marking the first time the revitalised site will open its doors to the public in over 100 years. The 2024 edition, titled Ten Thousand Suns is curated by Artistic Directors Cosmin Costinaș and Inti Guerrero, and will be presented across Sydney from 9 March – 10 June 2024.

White Bay Power Station has been revealed today as the first location for the 24th Biennale of Sydney, marking the first time the revitalised site will open its doors to the public in over 100 years. The 2024 edition, titled Ten Thousand Suns is curated by Artistic Directors Cosmin Costinaș and Inti Guerrero, and will be presented across Sydney from 9 March – 10 June 2024.

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September 25, 2023

HOTA announces Australian exclusive of Sneakers Unboxed: Studio to Street

Contemporary cultural precinct HOTA, Home of the Arts on the Gold Coast has announced the Australian premiere of Sneakers Unboxed: Studio to Street, opening 25 November 2023.

First unveiled by The Design Museum, London, Sneakers Unboxed: Studio to Street explores one of the most universal design objects, bought and worn by millions of people worldwide every day.

An Australian exclusive, the blockbuster summer exhibition at HOTA Gallery will present over 400 objects, including over 200 shoes, process material, photography, posters, videos and artworks, charting the design and cultural journey of sneakers.

Contemporary cultural precinct HOTA, Home of the Arts on the Gold Coast has announced the Australian premiere of Sneakers Unboxed: Studio to Street, opening 25 November 2023.

First unveiled by The Design Museum, London, Sneakers Unboxed: Studio to Street explores one of the most universal design objects, bought and worn by millions of people worldwide every day.

An Australian exclusive, the blockbuster summer exhibition at HOTA Gallery will present over 400 objects, including over 200 shoes, process material, photography, posters, videos and artworks, charting the design and cultural journey of sneakers.

From iconic collaborations that shaped the industry over the years with athletes including Chuck Taylor and Michael Jordan, sneakers like the Reebok InstaPump Fury, the Vans Half Cab, and the Asics Gel Lyte III, which became cultural symbols of our time, to runway reinventions by Comme des Carçons, Sacai, A-Cold-Wall* and Craig Green, this exhibition surveys a phenomenon that has challenged performance design, inspired new youth cultures and shaken the world of fashion.

Looking towards a future of sustainable footwear, the exhibition also shines a light on the designers working to make this industry change, from plant-based sneakers by brands including Veja and Native Shoes, to customised designs from Helen Kirkum and Alexander Taylor.

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September 25, 2023

HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART PRESENTS A MAJOR SURVEY OF GROUND-BREAKING PHOTOGRAPHER LEE MILLER

Heide Museum of Modern Art has today announced a major survey exhibition of ground-breaking twentieth century American photographic artist Lee Miller (1907–1977), presented from 4 November 2023 to 25 February 2024. Curated by Miller’s son Antony Penrose, the exhibition Surrealist Lee Miller brings 100 photographs from across the artist’s remarkable oeuvre to Australia.

A Surrealist before the movement had a name, Lee Miller was one of the most original photographic artists of the twentieth century.

Heide Museum of Modern Art has today announced a major survey exhibition of ground-breaking twentieth century American photographic artist Lee Miller (1907–1977), presented from 4 November 2023 to 25 February 2024. Curated by Miller’s son Antony Penrose, the exhibition Surrealist Lee Miller brings 100 photographs from across the artist’s remarkable oeuvre to Australia.

A Surrealist before the movement had a name, Lee Miller was one of the most original photographic artists of the twentieth century. Defying the expectations placed on her as a woman and an artist, she was as unconventional in her life as in her work. The exhibition Surrealist Lee Miller reveals how Miller captured the intensity of her experiences in unforgettable images spanning a remarkably broad oeuvre: from portrait, fashion and surrealist photography in New York and Paris, to landscape and architecture, coverage of the horrors of the Second World War, and the extraordinary world of her creative circle, which included Man Ray, Picasso, Max Ernst, Dora Maar and many others.

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September 22, 2023

Bell Shakespeare announces 2024 Season

Bell Shakespeare has announced its 2024 Season. For the first time in over a decade, the company presents a new production of King Lear, staging the epic work in an intimate setting as Australian audiences won’t have seen the play before. A Midsummer Night’s Dream will tour to over 23 venues throughout the country that it didn’t reach in 2021 after disruptions due to COVID lockdowns and border closures. Rounding out the Season, Artistic Director Peter Evans explores Shakespeare’s depictions of violence with In A Nutshell: The Poetry of Violence.

Bell Shakespeare has announced its 2024 Season. For the first time in over a decade, the company presents a new production of King Lear, staging the epic work in an intimate setting as Australian audiences won’t have seen the play before. A Midsummer Night’s Dream will tour to over 23 venues throughout the country that it didn’t reach in 2021 after disruptions due to COVID lockdowns and border closures. Rounding out the Season, Artistic Director Peter Evans explores Shakespeare’s depictions of violence with In A Nutshell: The Poetry of Violence.

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September 13, 2023

Sydney Contemporary welcomes over 25,000 visitors to largest event to date, recording over $21million in art sales

Australasia’s premier art Fair, Sydney Contemporary, in partnership with MA Financial Group, attracted over 25,000 visitors and recorded over $21million in sales over five days at the Fair, with further sales expected over the next few days. Held at multi-arts precinct, Carriageworks from 7–10 September 2023, Sydney Contemporary represents the highest concentration of art sales annually in Australasia, a significant boost to the art market, and critical to the growth of contemporary art in the region.

Australasia’s premier art Fair, Sydney Contemporary, in partnership with MA Financial Group, attracted over 25,000 visitors and recorded over $21million in sales over five days at the Fair, with further sales expected over the next few days. Held at multi-arts precinct, Carriageworks from 7–10 September 2023, Sydney Contemporary represents the highest concentration of art sales annually in Australasia, a significant boost to the art market, and critical to the growth of contemporary art in the region.

Sydney Contemporary 2023 saw the Fair’s largest edition to date featuring 96 emerging and established galleries and over 500 artists from Australia, New Zealand, and around the world. The Fair provides an incredible opportunity for collectors, curators, art lovers and institutions from across Australasia to come together on a grand scale to view thousands of contemporary artworks, and enjoy installations, performances and talks. Galleries showcased the best of Australian, Indigenous, and international art, attracting high profile collectors and visitors from across Australia, New Zealand, America, Belgium, France, Japan, Indonesia and South America.

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September 6, 2023

Sydney Contemporary 2023 launches its largest fair to date and announces winner of the inaugural MA Art Prize

Sydney Contemporary, in partnership with MA Financial Group, opens to the public today, showcasing its largest fair to date, and today announced the inaugural winner of the acquisitive $10,000 MA Art Prize as emerging Indigenous artist Corban Clause Williams.

Presented at Carriageworks from 7 – 10 September 2023, the fair hosts an expansive program of art, performance, talks, food and drink, featuring the work of more than 500 artists and 96 galleries. Sydney Contemporary is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW.

Sydney Contemporary, in partnership with MA Financial Group, opens to the public today, showcasing its largest fair to date, and today announced the inaugural winner of the acquisitive $10,000 MA Art Prize as emerging Indigenous artist Corban Clause Williams.

Presented at Carriageworks from 7 – 10 September 2023, the fair hosts an expansive program of art, performance, talks, food and drink, featuring the work of more than 500 artists and 96 galleries. Sydney Contemporary is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW.

The 2023 Sydney Contemporary program presents a range of engaging activities and events. Alongside the best of Australian, Indigenous, and international art on display, curated programs of Installation Contemporary, Performance Contemporary, Talk Contemporary and Create Contemporary run throughout the Fair.

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August 31, 2023

Bell Shakespeare’s new production of Twelfth Night takes Shakespeare’s most musical play and infuses it with new music by Sarah Blasko

Bell Shakespeare’s production of Twelfth Night arrives in Canberra and Sydney this October, presented at Canberra Theatre Centre from 13 – 21 October and Sydney Opera House from 26 October – 19 November.

Directed by Heather Fairbairn, who has worked internationally with companies including the Royal Opera, Covent Garden and the Royal Court Theatre in London, this production of Twelfth Night, Shakespeare’s most musical play, features original music from Aria Award winner Sarah Blasko.

Bell Shakespeare’s production of Twelfth Night arrives in Canberra and Sydney this October, presented at Canberra Theatre Centre from 13 – 21 October and Sydney Opera House from 26 October – 19 November.

Directed by Heather Fairbairn, who has worked internationally with companies including the Royal Opera, Covent Garden and the Royal Court Theatre in London, this production of Twelfth Night, Shakespeare’s most musical play, features original music from Aria Award winner Sarah Blasko. Six new songs are sung live onstage by the cast, and the plot is carried along by Blasko’s melancholic score.

Fairbairn places the characters in a garden setting that transforms throughout the play, linking the characters’ own mortality to life cycles in nature and asking them, along with the audience, to find light in the darkness.

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August 24, 2023

Powerhouse unveils 1001 Remarkable Objects

Powerhouse has unveiled 1001 Remarkable Objects, a major new exhibition led by Leo Schofield AM.

‘Our vision for 1001 Remarkable Objects was a seemingly simple one: to create an exhibition celebrating the sheer scale, breadth and relevance of the Powerhouse Collection. But how to choose? We rejected the nomenclature of ‘treasures’ or ‘masterpieces’ and instead determined all choices must be in some way ‘remarkable’ – whether by virtue of rarity, visual appeal, social history or an ability to invoke wonder.

Powerhouse has unveiled 1001 Remarkable Objects, a major new exhibition led by Leo Schofield AM.

‘Our vision for 1001 Remarkable Objects was a seemingly simple one: to create an exhibition celebrating the sheer scale, breadth and relevance of the Powerhouse Collection. But how to choose? We rejected the nomenclature of ‘treasures’ or ‘masterpieces’ and instead determined all choices must be in some way ‘remarkable’ – whether by virtue of rarity, visual appeal, social history or an ability to invoke wonder. The result is a cornucopia of eras, styles, form, function, size and colour, to stoke memories that so many have of this iconic institution and signal the beginning of a new phase in its marvellous existence’, said Curatorium Chair Leo Schofield AM.

Leo Schofield AM has worked in collaboration with advisors Ronan Sulich, Mark Sutcliffe and Powerhouse curator Eva Czernis-Ryl to select 1001 objects from the more than half a million objects within the collection. This selection includes objects that have never been exhibited before alongside much loved collection icons.

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August 24, 2023

YAVUZ GALLERY ANNOUNCES SOLO EXHIBITION BY LEADING INDIGENOUS ARTIST VINCENT NAMATJIRA OAM

Yavuz Gallery will present a major debut exhibition Desert Songs by Western Aranda artist Vincent Namatjira OAM  from 5-28 October 2023 at their  Surry Hills space in Sydney. The exhibition will coincide with a forthcoming monograph published by Thames and Hudson and major survey, Australia in colour, presented at the Art Gallery of South Australia in 2023 and the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, in 2024.

Featuring thirteen new paintings, the exhibition tackles the rich themes and concepts of leadership, power and legacy.

Yavuz Gallery will present a major debut exhibition Desert Songs by Western Aranda artist Vincent Namatjira OAM  from 5-28 October 2023 at their  Surry Hills space in Sydney. The exhibition will coincide with a forthcoming monograph published by Thames and Hudson and major survey, Australia in colour, presented at the Art Gallery of South Australia in 2023 and the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, in 2024.

Featuring thirteen new paintings, the exhibition tackles the rich themes and concepts of leadership, power and legacy. A show for these times, Desert Songs provides a platform for Namatjira to explore his own deeply personal histories through portraits of well-known figures that have shaped his life through art, music, and politics. Through these bold and unapologetically political paintings, Namatjira explores what it means to be Indigenous in Australia, or the world.

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August 22, 2023

Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize announces 2023 finalists

Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, presented by Woollahra Council, has today announced the finalists for the 22nd edition of the esteemed annual prize. The finalist works will be presented in an exhibition at Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf, unveiled on 27 September, with the winning sculpture announced at the opening.

Established in 2001, the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize is Australia’s pre-eminent award for small sculpture and is the first national acquisitive prize for an original sculpture of up to 80cm in any dimension.

Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, presented by Woollahra Council, has today announced the finalists for the 22nd edition of the esteemed annual prize. The finalist works will be presented in an exhibition at Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf, unveiled on 27 September, with the winning sculpture announced at the opening.

Established in 2001, the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize is Australia’s pre-eminent award for small sculpture and is the first national acquisitive prize for an original sculpture of up to 80cm in any dimension.

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August 17, 2023

Now or Never, Melbourne’s newest major festival, launches

Now or Never is set to transform the city with large-scale outdoor sculptural installations and projections, an immersive 360° pop-up dome cinema and a slew of boundary-breaking performances that explore the realm where technology and art converge. Presented across Melbourne over three weeks from 17 August until 2 September, the festival brings together more than 300 local and internationally-renowned artists, composers, change makers and innovators – with a vibrant program featuring 18 Australian premieres and 20 festival exclusive commissions.

Now or Never is set to transform the city with large-scale outdoor sculptural installations and projections, an immersive 360° pop-up dome cinema and a slew of boundary-breaking performances that explore the realm where technology and art converge. Presented across Melbourne over three weeks from 17 August until 2 September, the festival brings together more than 300 local and internationally-renowned artists, composers, change makers and innovators – with a vibrant program featuring 18 Australian premieres and 20 festival exclusive commissions.

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August 8, 2023

One month countdown: Sydney Contemporary announces programs for Talk Contemporary, Create Contemporary and partner activations

Sydney Contemporary, in partnership with MA Financial Group, today announced the highly anticipated programs for Talk Contemporary and Create Contemporary, presented at Carriageworks, Australia’s largest multi-arts centre, from 7 – 10 September 2023.

With one month to go until the launch of Sydney Contemporary, the fair has unveiled Talk Contemporary’s engaging program of live conversations on art, design and architecture with a number of leading Australian creatives.

Sydney Contemporary, in partnership with MA Financial Group, today announced the highly anticipated programs for Talk Contemporary and Create Contemporary, presented at Carriageworks, Australia’s largest multi-arts centre, from 7 – 10 September 2023.

With one month to go until the launch of Sydney Contemporary, the fair has unveiled Talk Contemporary’s engaging program of live conversations on art, design and architecture with a number of leading Australian creatives.

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July 26, 2023

Annual Firstdraft Auction features 136 artists and 148 artworks

Firstdraft has announced 136 artists are participating in the 14th annual Firstdraft Auction, one of Australia’s largest art fundraising events, with 148 artworks offered up for bidding on the Firstdraft Auction website starting from 11 am Friday 28 July 2023. A free three-day exhibition of all the 2023 auction artworks will be presented at Firstdraft in Sydney’s Woolloomooloo, from Wednesday 2 August until Friday 4 August 2023.

Firstdraft has announced 136 artists are participating in the 14th annual Firstdraft Auction, one of Australia’s largest art fundraising events, with 148 artworks offered up for bidding on the Firstdraft Auction website starting from 11 am Friday 28 July 2023. A free three-day exhibition of all the 2023 auction artworks will be presented at Firstdraft in Sydney’s Woolloomooloo, from Wednesday 2 August until Friday 4 August 2023.

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July 25, 2023

Biennale of Sydney announces 2024 exhibition: Ten Thousand Suns

The Biennale of Sydney has today announced the curatorial vision and first 39 artists for the 24th edition, titled Ten Thousand Suns. This major international contemporary art festival will be open to the public from 9 March to 10 June 2024, presented in various locations across Sydney.

Led by Artistic Directors Cosmin Costinaș and Inti Guerrero, the 24th Biennale of Sydney proposes celebration as both a method and a source of joy, produced in common and broadly shared.

The Biennale of Sydney has today announced the curatorial vision and first 39 artists for the 24th edition, titled Ten Thousand Suns. This major international contemporary art festival will be open to the public from 9 March to 10 June 2024, presented in various locations across Sydney.

Led by Artistic Directors Cosmin Costinaș and Inti Guerrero, the 24th Biennale of Sydney proposes celebration as both a method and a source of joy, produced in common and broadly shared. With an exhibition of contemporary art at its core, the event will draw inspiration from histories of queer resistance and of coming-together to thrive in the face of injustice.

In partnership with Phoenix Central Park, a program of contemporary music will be presented alongside the exhibition, responding to the works on display and complementing Costinaș and Guerrero’s theme. Expanding beyond its multi-award-winning, architecturally celebrated home in Chippendale, Sydney, audiences can expect Phoenix’s widely-appreciated curatorial footprint to be translated to exciting new locations, with a line-up of bold and performative music experiences.

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July 19, 2023

NEW BREED celebrates a decade of supporting Australian choreographers

With the support of Principal Partner The Balnaves Foundation, Sydney Dance Company and Carriagework s are pleased to announce the four Australian dance makers commissioned to create works for this year’s exciting tenth anniversary of New Breed. Eliza Cooper, Tra Mi Dinh, Riley Fitzgerald and Beau Dean Riley Smith will each choreograph a new work which will have its world premiere at Carriageworks from 6 – 16 December 2023.

New Breed 2023 provides Australian choreographers with an invaluable opportunity to work with Australia’s leading contemporary dance company on a newly commissioned piece. 

With the support of Principal Partner The Balnaves Foundation, Sydney Dance Company and Carriagework s are pleased to announce the four Australian dance makers commissioned to create works for this year’s exciting tenth anniversary of New Breed. Eliza Cooper, Tra Mi Dinh, Riley Fitzgerald and Beau Dean Riley Smith will each choreograph a new work which will have its world premiere at Carriageworks from 6 – 16 December 2023.

New Breed 2023 provides Australian choreographers with an invaluable opportunity to work with Australia’s leading contemporary dance company on a newly commissioned piece. New Breed is well established as Australia’s most exciting showcase of raw talent and fresh ideas from some of the country’s most gifted emerging choreographers.

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July 17, 2023

Heide Museum of Modern Art presents new exhibition of significant works by contemporary Latin American and Australian artists

Heide Museum of Modern Art will bring into dialogue a selection of significant works by contemporary Latin American and Australian artists. Presented from 29 July to 22 October 2023, the exhibition titled Beneath the Surface, Behind the Scenes explores the ways that art can take our imaginations beyond the limitations of the known world and the veil of visual appearances.

Beneath the Surface, Behind the Scenes considers art as a generative force and complex form of language, investigation and theatre.

Heide Museum of Modern Art will bring into dialogue a selection of significant works by contemporary Latin American and Australian artists. Presented from 29 July to 22 October 2023, the exhibition titled Beneath the Surface, Behind the Scenes explores the ways that art can take our imaginations beyond the limitations of the known world and the veil of visual appearances.

Beneath the Surface, Behind the Scenes considers art as a generative force and complex form of language, investigation and theatre. Artists in the exhibition embrace instability, and recognise forms of erasure and new realms of possibility, critically engaging with unacknowledged or difficult histories, as well as impacts on our changing society and natural environments.

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July 17, 2023

Major new public artwork by renowned Paris-based, Australian artist Mel O’Callaghan for Sydney

A major new public artwork by internationally renowned artist Mel O’Callaghan has been commissioned by TWT Property Group. The large-scale artwork, titled Vertical Flow, measures more than 7 metres tall by 21 metres wide and will be completely integrated into a new development, ‘The Collective’, in St Leonards, Sydney, slated for completion in late 2025. O’Callaghan was chosen out of a field of several esteemed Australian artists to create a public artwork on the façade of the building to celebrate TWT Property Group’s commitment to community and creativity.

A major new public artwork by internationally renowned artist Mel O’Callaghan has been commissioned by TWT Property Group. The large-scale artwork, titled Vertical Flow, measures more than 7 metres tall by 21 metres wide and will be completely integrated into a new development, ‘The Collective’, in St Leonards, Sydney, slated for completion in late 2025. O’Callaghan was chosen out of a field of several esteemed Australian artists to create a public artwork on the façade of the building to celebrate TWT Property Group’s commitment to community and creativity.

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July 14, 2023

Sean Cordeiro and Claire Healy present an exhibition of mosaic renderings of the paranormal

One of Australia’s most respected contemporary artist duos Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro will present new work in a free public exhibition at Art Space on The Concourse in Chatswood from 9 August until 3 September 2023. The artists, who represented Australia at the Venice Biennale in 2009, present Persistence of Vision; The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters, an exhibition comprising mosaic renderings of the paranormal created out of well worn, second-hand pieces of Lego – chosen for its nostalgic and playful overtones.

One of Australia’s most respected contemporary artist duos Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro will present new work in a free public exhibition at Art Space on The Concourse in Chatswood from 9 August until 3 September 2023. The artists, who represented Australia at the Venice Biennale in 2009, present Persistence of Vision; The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters, an exhibition comprising mosaic renderings of the paranormal created out of well worn, second-hand pieces of Lego – chosen for its nostalgic and playful overtones. With this new body of work Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro explore spectres of the past and the delusions of the near-present in an exhibition that questions our fascination with fear and the phantastic.

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Enfield Poltergeist (detail), 2023, repurposed Lego Claire Healy / Sean Cordeiro.
Photo: Osamu and Occam’s Box Cutter, 2023, repurposed Lego

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July 13, 2023

Sydney Contemporary announces Installation Contemporary program and the inaugural MA Art Prize

Sydney Contemporary, in partnership with MA Financial Group, has announced the program for Installation Contemporary, as well as the inaugural MA Art Prize, for its anticipated seventh edition at Carriageworks from 7 – 10 September 2023.

This year Installation Contemporary presents ambitious large-scale artworks by 12 leading contemporary artists; Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Alex Seton, Brian Robinson, Jenna Lee, Jon Rafman, Julie Rrap, Lindy Lee, Louise Zhang, Mikala Dwyer, Roy Wiggan, Sarah Smuts-Kennedy and Tony Garifalakis.

Sydney Contemporary, in partnership with MA Financial Group, has announced the program for Installation Contemporary, as well as the inaugural MA Art Prize, for its anticipated seventh edition at Carriageworks from 7 – 10 September 2023.

This year Installation Contemporary presents ambitious large-scale artworks by 12 leading contemporary artists; Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Alex Seton, Brian Robinson, Jenna Lee, Jon Rafman, Julie Rrap, Lindy Lee, Louise Zhang, Mikala Dwyer, Roy Wiggan, Sarah Smuts-Kennedy and Tony Garifalakis.

Curated by Sarah Hetherington, Director, Galleries at Sydney Contemporary, Installation Contemporary is designed to showcase works that extend beyond the traditional booth presentation, providing an opportunity to experience innovative, site-specific, and interactive installations within the unique architecture of Carriageworks

The inaugural MA Art Prize has been established in 2023 to help identify, promote and realise the potential of emerging artists in Australia. The acquisitive prize valued at $10,000 will be awarded to one emerging artist showcasing work at Sydney Contemporary, selected by the judging panel comprised of Andrew Martin, Managing Director at MA Financial, Janna Robertson, Chief Operating Officer of MA Financial, Amelia Hill, Senior Advisor at MA Financial, Sue Cato, Collector, Philanthropist and Advisory Council member at Sydney Contemporary, and Ursula Sullivan, Co-Director Sullivan+Strumpf.

Image: Brian Robinson, Banks Bounty: Exotic Cargo 2022. Photo: Michael Marzik. Courtesy of the artist and Mossenson Galleries.

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July 13, 2023

Bundanon unveils new exhibition The Polyphonic Sea

Bundanon has unveiled its major new exhibition season, The Polyphonic Sea, in the award winning Art Museum, open to the public until 8 October 2023.

The exhibition explores the wealth of languages around us, from speech and writing, gesture, and music, to the flow of the natural environment. Curated by Sophie O’Brien, it showcases recent and new works by twelve leading artists from Aotearoa New Zealand: Antonia Barnett-McIntosh, Andrew Beck, Ruth Buchanan, The Estate of L.

Bundanon has unveiled its major new exhibition season, The Polyphonic Sea, in the award winning Art Museum, open to the public until 8 October 2023.

The exhibition explores the wealth of languages around us, from speech and writing, gesture, and music, to the flow of the natural environment. Curated by Sophie O’Brien, it showcases recent and new works by twelve leading artists from Aotearoa New Zealand: Antonia Barnett-McIntosh, Andrew Beck, Ruth Buchanan, The Estate of L. Budd, Sione Faletau, Samuel Holloway et al., Sarah Hudson, Sonya Lacey, Nova Paul, Sriwhana Spong, and Shannon Te Ao.

Arising from Ancient Greek, the word polyphony refers to ‘many voices’; specifically, however, it refers to multiple melodies, all simultaneously maintaining their independence. The Polyphonic Sea prioritises sound, music and languages of many kinds (whether written or spoken, read by the eyes or experienced through the body).

Image: Sione Faletau, Fou ki moana / By way of the ocean, 2023. Photo: Zan Wimberley

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June 30, 2023

FIRST LOOK: SURVEY OF DRAWINGS FROM THE POWERHOUSE COLLECTION

Powerhouse has today unveiled A Line, A Web, A World, the first in-depth survey of drawings from the museum’s collection. The new exhibition features 230 drawings by artists, designers, architects, musicians, engineers, scientists, and students. It embraces the democratic nature of drawing as a universal tool for communication and its unique ability to bring imagination and new ideas to life. One of the oldest forms of human expression, this exhibition of rarely seen drawings examines the integral role of drawing across different disciplines and cultures, from historical to new contemporary works, and considers the question of why we draw.

Powerhouse has today unveiled A Line, A Web, A World, the first in-depth survey of drawings from the museum’s collection. The new exhibition features 230 drawings by artists, designers, architects, musicians, engineers, scientists, and students. It embraces the democratic nature of drawing as a universal tool for communication and its unique ability to bring imagination and new ideas to life. One of the oldest forms of human expression, this exhibition of rarely seen drawings examines the integral role of drawing across different disciplines and cultures, from historical to new contemporary works, and considers the question of why we draw.

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June 29, 2023

Now or Never drops unmissable festival program

Melbourne will be transformed with art trails, sculptural illuminations and projections, a 360° pop-up dome cinema and a non-stop weekend of gigs, as the City of Melbourne debuts its spectacular new festival, Now or Never.

Now or Never is a 17-day festival in August designed to attract more visitors to Melbourne during a previously quiet period – invigorating the city and boosting the local economy.

The event will bring together more than 300 local and internationally-renowned artists, composers, change makers and innovators – with a vibrant program of events, featuring 18 Australian premieres and 20 festival exclusive commissions.

Melbourne will be transformed with art trails, sculptural illuminations and projections, a 360° pop-up dome cinema and a non-stop weekend of gigs, as the City of Melbourne debuts its spectacular new festival, Now or Never.

Now or Never is a 17-day festival in August designed to attract more visitors to Melbourne during a previously quiet period – invigorating the city and boosting the local economy.

The event will bring together more than 300 local and internationally-renowned artists, composers, change makers and innovators – with a vibrant program of events, featuring 18 Australian premieres and 20 festival exclusive commissions.

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June 29, 2023

Bell Shakespeare’s raw and intimate production of Romeo and Juliet opens in Sydney

Bell Shakespeare’s new production of Romeo and Juliet is now showing in Sydney, marking its first full production in the company’s theatre The Neilson Nutshell at Pier 2/3 at Walsh Bay Arts Precinct, showing until 27 August. The play will also tour to Arts Centre Melbourne for a two-week season from 13 – 29 July 2023.

The production gives audiences a closer look at arguably Shakespeare’s most famous play, delving into the intensity and the heartbreak of this evocative tragedy.

Bell Shakespeare’s new production of Romeo and Juliet is now showing in Sydney, marking its first full production in the company’s theatre The Neilson Nutshell at Pier 2/3 at Walsh Bay Arts Precinct, showing until 27 August. The play will also tour to Arts Centre Melbourne for a two-week season from 13 – 29 July 2023.

The production gives audiences a closer look at arguably Shakespeare’s most famous play, delving into the intensity and the heartbreak of this evocative tragedy. The story of the young lovers’ chance meeting unfolds against an enchanting starry sky. Their forbidden love leads them down a dangerous path, and they will risk everything to break free of the unending, violent feud between their families.

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June 26, 2023

TarraWarra Museum of Art announces major exhibition ‘The Soils Project’

TarraWarra Museum of Art today announced The Soils Project exhibition, presented from 5 August – 12 November 2023. The Soils Project brings together 13 practitioners and collectives from Australia, the Netherlands and Indonesia to explore the complex and diverse relationships between environmental change and colonisation.

The exhibition is the latest iteration of an ongoing research-based experimental project developed in collaboration with leading contemporary arts museum the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, Netherlands and Struggles for Sovereignty, a collective based in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

TarraWarra Museum of Art today announced The Soils Project exhibition, presented from 5 August – 12 November 2023. The Soils Project brings together 13 practitioners and collectives from Australia, the Netherlands and Indonesia to explore the complex and diverse relationships between environmental change and colonisation.

The exhibition is the latest iteration of an ongoing research-based experimental project developed in collaboration with leading contemporary arts museum the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, Netherlands and Struggles for Sovereignty, a collective based in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The Soils Project arises from specific and situated practices that each of the participants and artists brings to their understanding of soil, as both metaphor and matter.

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June 23, 2023

Desert Mob to return to Mparntwe/Alice Springs in September 2023

Desart, the peak body for Central Australian Aboriginal Art Centres, today announced that Desert Mob will return to Mparntwe /Alice Springs from Thursday 7 September – Sunday 22 October, 2023. A vibrant statement of contemporary cultural expression, the Desert Mob 2023 exhibition will be co-curated by Hetti Kemarr Perkins (Arrernte and Kalkadoon) and Aspen Nampin Beattie (Luritja, Warumungu and Yawuru) bringing together hundreds of new works by emerging and established artists. For its 32nd edition, Desert Mob 2023 will feature the work of 34 art centres with each art centre selecting the work to be shown.

Desart, the peak body for Central Australian Aboriginal Art Centres, today announced that Desert Mob will return to Mparntwe /Alice Springs from Thursday 7 September – Sunday 22 October, 2023. A vibrant statement of contemporary cultural expression, the Desert Mob 2023 exhibition will be co-curated by Hetti Kemarr Perkins (Arrernte and Kalkadoon) and Aspen Nampin Beattie (Luritja, Warumungu and Yawuru) bringing together hundreds of new works by emerging and established artists. For its 32nd edition, Desert Mob 2023 will feature the work of 34 art centres with each art centre selecting the work to be shown. This unique exhibition and related events brings together communities from a geographic area that spans 1.221 million kilometres and sixteen languages.

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June 14, 2023

Sydney Fringe Festival announces 2023 program highlights

Sydney Fringe Festival, New South Wales’ largest independent arts festival, today announced the program highlights for 2023. Presented across the city from 1 – 30 September 2023, this year’s Festival marks Kerri Glasscock’s 10th year as Festival Director and CEO, featuring a dynamic program spanning theatre, music, comedy, visual art, film, musical theatre, dance, circus, street festivals, literature and poetry, as well as a precinct takeover at Entertainment Quarter.

Sydney Fringe Festival, New South Wales’ largest independent arts festival, today announced the program highlights for 2023. Presented across the city from 1 – 30 September 2023, this year’s Festival marks Kerri Glasscock’s 10th year as Festival Director and CEO, featuring a dynamic program spanning theatre, music, comedy, visual art, film, musical theatre, dance, circus, street festivals, literature and poetry, as well as a precinct takeover at Entertainment Quarter.

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June 13, 2023

Bundanon announces new exhibition season, The Polyphonic Sea

Bundanon today announced its major new exhibition season, The Polyphonic Sea, opening on 8 July 2023.

The Polyphonic Sea explores the wealth of languages around us, from speech and writing, gesture, and music, to the flow of the natural environment. Curated by Sophie O’Brien, it showcases recent and new works by twelve leading artists from Aotearoa New Zealand: Antonia Barnett-McIntosh, Andrew Beck, Ruth Buchanan, The Estate of L. Budd, Sione Faletau, Samuel Holloway et al., Sarah Hudson, Sonya Lacey, Nova Paul, Sriwhana Spong, and Shannon Te Ao.

Bundanon today announced its major new exhibition season, The Polyphonic Sea, opening on 8 July 2023.

The Polyphonic Sea explores the wealth of languages around us, from speech and writing, gesture, and music, to the flow of the natural environment. Curated by Sophie O’Brien, it showcases recent and new works by twelve leading artists from Aotearoa New Zealand: Antonia Barnett-McIntosh, Andrew Beck, Ruth Buchanan, The Estate of L. Budd, Sione Faletau, Samuel Holloway et al., Sarah Hudson, Sonya Lacey, Nova Paul, Sriwhana Spong, and Shannon Te Ao.

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June 7, 2023

Sydney Contemporary announces a dynamic program for Performance Contemporary and Art Night

Sydney Contemporary, in partnership with MA Financial Group, today announces its highly anticipated Performance Contemporary program. The seventh edition of Sydney Contemporary returns to Carriageworks with its largest edition to date featuring 95+ emerging and established galleries from Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Indonesia and Singapore, from 7 – 10 September 2023.

Performance Contemporary, co-curated by Samantha Watson-Wood and Katie Winten from Friends with Strangers, presents a diverse and dynamic program of experimental and ephemeral performance works by some of Sydney’s most exciting contemporary artists; Amala Groom, Riana Head-Toussaint, Morgan Hogg and Fetu Taku.

Sydney Contemporary, in partnership with MA Financial Group, today announces its highly anticipated Performance Contemporary program. The seventh edition of Sydney Contemporary returns to Carriageworks with its largest edition to date featuring 95+ emerging and established galleries from Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Indonesia and Singapore, from 7 – 10 September 2023.

Performance Contemporary, co-curated by Samantha Watson-Wood and Katie Winten from Friends with Strangers, presents a diverse and dynamic program of experimental and ephemeral performance works by some of Sydney’s most exciting contemporary artists; Amala Groom, Riana Head-Toussaint, Morgan Hogg and Fetu Taku. The four contemporary artists use the body as a medium to engage audiences in ambitious live performances that explore key social, cultural and political ideas.

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June 7, 2023

Powerhouse announces Australian Premiere of Atmospheric Memory by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

Powerhouse today announced the Australian premiere of the major exhibition Atmospheric Memory by Mexican Canadian artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. Opening 12 August 2023 at Powerhouse Ultimo, the sensory experience will present works that engage audiences with science, maths and climate alongside objects from the Powerhouse Collection.

Commissioned by Manchester International Festival, Atmospheric Memory debuted at their 2019 festival. Atmospheric Memory is a sensory exhibition exploring Babbage’s 1838 theory through cutting-edge technology and new interactive works transforming vibrations in the atmosphere into something visitors can see, hear and even touch.

Powerhouse today announced the Australian premiere of the major exhibition Atmospheric Memory by Mexican Canadian artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. Opening 12 August 2023 at Powerhouse Ultimo, the sensory experience will present works that engage audiences with science, maths and climate alongside objects from the Powerhouse Collection.

Commissioned by Manchester International Festival, Atmospheric Memory debuted at their 2019 festival. Atmospheric Memory is a sensory exhibition exploring Babbage’s 1838 theory through cutting-edge technology and new interactive works transforming vibrations in the atmosphere into something visitors can see, hear and even touch. Works include a voice-controlled fountain where spoken words are formed in water vapor hanging momentarily in the air; a corridor of over 3000 different channels of natural and unnatural sounds including over 200 types of insects and 300 types of birds; a voice-controlled light beacon and the world’s first 3D printed speech bubble.

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June 1, 2023

Ngununggula presents Midwinter Festival this June with a vibrant program of arts, music, food and wine

Ngununggula, the Southern Highlands’ first regional art gallery, is set to host the highly anticipated, second annual Midwinter Festival from 23 – 25 June, a site-responsive festival bringing together nationally acclaimed artists, musicians and local producers to celebrate the region for the winter solstice.

The festival is a three day event celebrating the deep chill of the Highlands through light, fire, food, music and storytelling.

Ngununggula, the Southern Highlands’ first regional art gallery, is set to host the highly anticipated, second annual Midwinter Festival from 23 – 25 June, a site-responsive festival bringing together nationally acclaimed artists, musicians and local producers to celebrate the region for the winter solstice.

The festival is a three day event celebrating the deep chill of the Highlands through light, fire, food, music and storytelling.

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May 31, 2023

Now or Never brings live music back to Royal Exhibition Building

Melbourne’s iconic Royal Exhibition Building will play host to a cutting-edge line-up of local artists and international headliners when the City of Melbourne premieres its vibrant new major festival Now or Never.

The inaugural 17-day event will transform Melbourne with immersive experiences of art, ideas, music and technology in August and September. Carlton’s Royal Exhibition Building has been unveiled as one of the festival’s major venues – marking the first large-scale live music performance in the historic building in more than two decades.

Melbourne’s iconic Royal Exhibition Building will play host to a cutting-edge line-up of local artists and international headliners when the City of Melbourne premieres its vibrant new major festival Now or Never.

The inaugural 17-day event will transform Melbourne with immersive experiences of art, ideas, music and technology in August and September. Carlton’s Royal Exhibition Building has been unveiled as one of the festival’s major venues – marking the first large-scale live music performance in the historic building in more than two decades.

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May 26, 2023

The University of Melbourne unveils nightshifts at Buxton Contemporary

The University of Melbourne has today unveiled nightshifts, a contemplative new group exhibition considering the importance of solitude through contemporary arts practice. Presented at Buxton Contemporary from 26 May to 29 October 2023, the large-scale exhibition features more than 30 works drawn from the University of Melbourne’s art collection, alongside two new commissions.

Curated by Hannah Presley and Annika Aitken, nightshifts looks to the shadows and ‘after hours’ as metaphors for the work and thinking that happens beneath the surface, away from the public gaze: time alone in the studio, during the quiet of the night and while asleep.

The University of Melbourne has today unveiled nightshifts, a contemplative new group exhibition considering the importance of solitude through contemporary arts practice. Presented at Buxton Contemporary from 26 May to 29 October 2023, the large-scale exhibition features more than 30 works drawn from the University of Melbourne’s art collection, alongside two new commissions.

Curated by Hannah Presley and Annika Aitken, nightshifts looks to the shadows and ‘after hours’ as metaphors for the work and thinking that happens beneath the surface, away from the public gaze: time alone in the studio, during the quiet of the night and while asleep. Spanning a range of themes, histories and media, the exhibition offers a meditative counterpoint to the recurring emphasis on collaboration and hyper-visibility in contemporary curatorial practice.

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May 24, 2023

MAMA ANNOUNCES MAJOR SOLO EXHIBITION BY NEWELL HARRY

Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA) today announced a major exhibition by internationally celebrated contemporary artist Newell Harry, the artist’s largest solo project to date, opening 28 July 2023.

After undergoing a major redevelopment and reopening in 2015, MAMA has become the most visited NSW public art gallery outside of Sydney, and a cultural highlight of regional Australia. The museum is home to the National Photography Prize, and has presented acclaimed exhibitions including SIMMER in 2021, Certain realities in 2019, and the nationally touring exhibition Material Sound in 2018.

Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA) today announced a major exhibition by internationally celebrated contemporary artist Newell Harry, the artist’s largest solo project to date, opening 28 July 2023.

After undergoing a major redevelopment and reopening in 2015, MAMA has become the most visited NSW public art gallery outside of Sydney, and a cultural highlight of regional Australia. The museum is home to the National Photography Prize, and has presented acclaimed exhibitions including SIMMER in 2021, Certain realities in 2019, and the nationally touring exhibition Material Sound in 2018. Titled Esperanto, this exhibition by Newell Harry marks the first time the gallery has presented a major solo exhibition of works by a contemporary Australian artist.

Newell Harry is an Australian born artist of South African and Mauritian descent who draws from an intimate web of connections across Oceania and the wider Indo-Pacific, to South Africa’s Western Cape Province where his extended family continue to reside. Influenced by almost two decades of travel between Australia, South Africa, the islands of Vanuatu and the wider Asia-Pacific region, Harry’s work examines the cultural agitation brought about by the movement of people, objects and knowledge as a result of colonial expansion, migration and globalisation.

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May 19, 2023

Melbourne Design Fair 2023 launches with more than 150 designers and 60+ exhibitors

Curated by the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) and delivered in collaboration with the Melbourne Art Foundation, Melbourne Design Fair 2023 has launched today at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) until 21 May. The centrepiece of Melbourne Design Week, Melbourne Design Fair is Australia’s largest presentation of contemporary and twentieth century collectible design by leading Australian and international practitioners.

This year Melbourne Design Fair features the work of more than 150 designers across 60+ presentations staged by prominent commercial galleries, design agencies, organisations and studios, and offers visitors the chance to view and purchase one-of-a-kind, limited edition and small batch design production, including furniture, lighting and contemporary jewellery.

Curated by the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) and delivered in collaboration with the Melbourne Art Foundation, Melbourne Design Fair 2023 has launched today at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) until 21 May. The centrepiece of Melbourne Design Week, Melbourne Design Fair is Australia’s largest presentation of contemporary and twentieth century collectible design by leading Australian and international practitioners.

This year Melbourne Design Fair features the work of more than 150 designers across 60+ presentations staged by prominent commercial galleries, design agencies, organisations and studios, and offers visitors the chance to view and purchase one-of-a-kind, limited edition and small batch design production, including furniture, lighting and contemporary jewellery. Melbourne Design Fair has representation from all Australian states and territories, with highlights including Gallery Sally Dan-Cuthbert from New South Wales, artisan QLD, South Australia’s JamFactory, Canberra Glassworks, Yarrenyty Arltere Artists from the Northern Territory presented by Agency, and Design Tasmania.

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May 16, 2023

$100,000 HADLEY’S ART PRIZE FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR 2023

Hadley’s Art Prize today announced 30 contemporary Australian artists who have been selected as finalists for the $100,000 acquisitive landscape prize, representing one of Australia’s richest art prizes, presented in Hobart from 22 July – 20 August 2023.

Selected for the best portrayal of the Australian landscape, this year’s list of finalists features representation from every state in Australia and includes leading Australian artists such as Joan Ross (NSW), Raymond Arnold (TAS), Betty Chimney (SA), Sebastian Di Mauro (QLD), Megan Evans (VIC), Mabel Juli (WA), Kieren Karritpul (NT), Donna Marcus (QLD), Patrick Mung Mung (WA), Megan Walch (TAS), Philip Wolfhagen (TAS), alongside emerging and early career artists.

Hadley’s Art Prize today announced 30 contemporary Australian artists who have been selected as finalists for the $100,000 acquisitive landscape prize, representing one of Australia’s richest art prizes, presented in Hobart from 22 July – 20 August 2023.

Selected for the best portrayal of the Australian landscape, this year’s list of finalists features representation from every state in Australia and includes leading Australian artists such as Joan Ross (NSW), Raymond Arnold (TAS), Betty Chimney (SA), Sebastian Di Mauro (QLD), Megan Evans (VIC), Mabel Juli (WA), Kieren Karritpul (NT), Donna Marcus (QLD), Patrick Mung Mung (WA), Megan Walch (TAS), Philip Wolfhagen (TAS), alongside emerging and early career artists.

The 2023 judging panel comprises one of Australia’s most acclaimed and awarded artists Wendy Sharpe, celebrated Tasmanian artist Milan Milojevic, and artist, curator, writer and Associate Professor at The University of Queensland, Dr Fiona Foley. This year the judges have selected works that span a range of mediums, from oil, acrylic, gouache and beeswax, to natural ochre and dyes, weaving, crochet, aluminium and steel.

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May 15, 2023

Carriageworks presents ‘Incredible Floridas’ by Ensemble Offspring, Australian composer Richard Meale’s landmark piece of chamber music

Carriageworks, one of Australia’s most significant contemporary multi-arts organisations, will present Incredible Floridas by leading contemporary instrumental group Ensemble Offspring. At the centre of the program is Australian composer Richard Meale’s landmark piece of chamber music, a homage to the surrealist poetry of Arthur Rimbaud. Presented from 24 – 25 June 2023, Incredible Floridas will be performed alongside a program of original works for instrumental chamber combinations including two world premieres by French composer Augustin Braud and Australian composer Josephine Macken, drawing inspiration from Meale’s brooding and complex musical language.

Carriageworks, one of Australia’s most significant contemporary multi-arts organisations, will present Incredible Floridas by leading contemporary instrumental group Ensemble Offspring. At the centre of the program is Australian composer Richard Meale’s landmark piece of chamber music, a homage to the surrealist poetry of Arthur Rimbaud. Presented from 24 – 25 June 2023, Incredible Floridas will be performed alongside a program of original works for instrumental chamber combinations including two world premieres by French composer Augustin Braud and Australian composer Josephine Macken, drawing inspiration from Meale’s brooding and complex musical language.

Although considered one of Australia’s most important composers, Richard Meale’s significant output is rarely performed live for contemporary audiences. For their latest performance, Ensemble Offspring will revive Meale’s iconic composition Incredible Floridas in an immersive staging by creative director Michelle St Anne. First performed by the British chamber music ensemble Fires of London in 1971, Incredible Floridas is a homage to one of the most revolutionary French poets of the 19th century, Arthur Rimbaud. The work was also celebrated in an early documentary short of the same name, by Sydney-based filmmaker Peter Weir (The Truman Show, Dead Poets Society).

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May 11, 2023

Major new permanent public artwork by Ghost Net Collective to be unveiled at Barangaroo South

A major new permanent public artwork by the Ghost Net Collective is set to enliven Sydney’s Exchange Square at Barangaroo South from 12 May 2023.

Commissioned by Lendlease, the work has been created by a group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists from Cairns, Townsville and Erub in the Torres Strait. The Collective are renowned for making creative use of harmful fish nets that have been abandoned, lost or discarded in the ocean, known as ‘ghost nets’, washed up on beaches all around the world.

A major new permanent public artwork by the Ghost Net Collective is set to enliven Sydney’s Exchange Square at Barangaroo South from 12 May 2023.

Commissioned by Lendlease, the work has been created by a group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists from Cairns, Townsville and Erub in the Torres Strait. The Collective are renowned for making creative use of harmful fish nets that have been abandoned, lost or discarded in the ocean, known as ‘ghost nets’, washed up on beaches all around the world.

Curated by Nina Miall, the site-responsive permanent installation titled Mermer Waiskeder: Stories of the Moving Tide will be one of the largest hand-crafted public artworks in Australia and draws inspiration from the artists’ own histories along with the rich history of the Barangaroo site.

 

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May 10, 2023

Sydney Contemporary, Australasia’s Premier Art Fair announces return to Carriageworks this September with largest fair to date

Sydney Contemporary, in partnership with Principal Partner MA Financial Group, today unveiled details for the Fair’s seventh edition. This September, Sydney Contemporary returns with its largest edition to date featuring 96 emerging and established galleries from Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Indonesia and Singapore. Presented at Carriageworks, Australia’s largest multi-arts centre, from 7 – 10 September 2023 the Fair is the pre-eminent meeting place for the art world, and critical to the growth of the art market in Australasia.

Sydney Contemporary, in partnership with Principal Partner MA Financial Group, today unveiled details for the Fair’s seventh edition. This September, Sydney Contemporary returns with its largest edition to date featuring 96 emerging and established galleries from Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Indonesia and Singapore. Presented at Carriageworks, Australia’s largest multi-arts centre, from 7 – 10 September 2023 the Fair is the pre-eminent meeting place for the art world, and critical to the growth of the art market in Australasia.

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May 8, 2023

Stallholders announced for Carriageworks Night Market as part of Vivid Sydney 2023

The hugely popular Carriageworks Night Market returns on 16 June 2023 as part of Vivid Sydney’s brand new festival focus Vivid Food. Curated by Australia’s leading sustainable chef Matt Stone, the market will showcase over 45 stalls celebrating sustainable food practices and the best produce from across NSW, in line with Vivid Sydney 2023’s theme – Naturally.

With a line-up of NSW’s leading restaurants and producers, highlights include Rico’s Tacos’ menu centred on the use of sustainable wild game; Vannella Cheese’s creative use of whey by-product from their own ricotta cheese production; OzHarvest’s sustainably sourced vegetarian menu, designed to be zero waste with any leftovers distributed to those in need; and a dessert from Messina including an apple galette made from rescued apples sourced from Farmers Pick.

The hugely popular Carriageworks Night Market returns on 16 June 2023 as part of Vivid Sydney’s brand new festival focus Vivid Food. Curated by Australia’s leading sustainable chef Matt Stone, the market will showcase over 45 stalls celebrating sustainable food practices and the best produce from across NSW, in line with Vivid Sydney 2023’s theme – Naturally.

With a line-up of NSW’s leading restaurants and producers, highlights include Rico’s Tacos’ menu centred on the use of sustainable wild game; Vannella Cheese’s creative use of whey by-product from their own ricotta cheese production; OzHarvest’s sustainably sourced vegetarian menu, designed to be zero waste with any leftovers distributed to those in need; and a dessert from Messina including an apple galette made from rescued apples sourced from Farmers Pick.

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May 2, 2023

Carriageworks announces new artist-led nights program spanning performance, music, film and food

Carriageworks today announced its new Carriageworks Nights program featuring a line-up of boundary-pushing artists, performers, musicians and producers. Across 10 events, Carriageworks Nights invites audiences to gather after dark for a series of artist-led evenings, spanning performance, music, film and food.

Kickstarting the program on Thursday 11 May, Jazz Money together with Jason Phu present Silly Silly Party, featuring the artists favourite nostalgic activities, including big bubbles, bad face painting (by Jason Phu), mystic readings, magicians and giant games.

Carriageworks today announced its new Carriageworks Nights program featuring a line-up of boundary-pushing artists, performers, musicians and producers. Across 10 events, Carriageworks Nights invites audiences to gather after dark for a series of artist-led evenings, spanning performance, music, film and food.

Kickstarting the program on Thursday 11 May, Jazz Money together with Jason Phu present Silly Silly Party, featuring the artists favourite nostalgic activities, including big bubbles, bad face painting (by Jason Phu), mystic readings, magicians and giant games. Held in the Blacksmith’s Workshop, the night will include hands-on activities such as a superhero cape making workshop with artist Dennis Golding and weaving with writer and artist Anne-Marie Te Whiu. A free event for all ages, Silly Silly Party invites everyone to have a silly time.

On Thursday 25 May, artist Frances Barrett presents Mouth, a night focused on the voice presented at the Clothing Store Artist Studios. Through poetry, improvised performance and song, audiences are invited to explore the slipperiness, multiplicity and power of the voice with artists Sage Pbbbt, Jo Fabro, Tina Stefanou, Sonya Holowell, BLECK and Tarik Ahlip performing under simulated moonlight.

Carriageworks Nights events continue over three months, including video artist and curator EO Gill, who presents Softcore, a drive-in cinema featuring rare and classic experimental films; artists Sidney McMahon, Mistress Tokyo, Demon Derriere, Haiku Hands, BVT, Luke George and Weizen Ho explore artistic representations of Consent; and Salote Tawale feeds the soul with Feast, collaborating with Bloodwood’s Head chef and owner Claire Van Vuuren to present a celebratory banquet. Full program to be announced soon.

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April 27, 2023

Ngununggula presents new and existing works by four female artists centred on understandings of femininity

Ngununggula, the Southern Highlands’ first regional art gallery, will present the work of four contemporary Australian artists; Karen Black, Georgia Spain, Cybele Cox and Michelle Ussher. On display from 3 June – 6 August 2023, the exhibition titled Once More With Feeling will see the artists exhibiting together for the first time, using sculpture, painting and sound to investigate the relationship between the human form and culture, femininity, sexuality, theatre and ritual.

Once More With Feeling will invite viewers to explore how ideals around femininity could be explored through alternative perspectives.

Ngununggula, the Southern Highlands’ first regional art gallery, will present the work of four contemporary Australian artists; Karen Black, Georgia Spain, Cybele Cox and Michelle Ussher. On display from 3 June – 6 August 2023, the exhibition titled Once More With Feeling will see the artists exhibiting together for the first time, using sculpture, painting and sound to investigate the relationship between the human form and culture, femininity, sexuality, theatre and ritual.

Once More With Feeling will invite viewers to explore how ideals around femininity could be explored through alternative perspectives. With a focus on shapes, expressions and actions that are associated with the female bodies, the works expose moments in which mundane behaviours and movements blend into acts of modern ritual, as well as experimenting with themes of occultism and theatre, allowing the body to be re-examined within a collaborative space.

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April 26, 2023

Melbourne Art Book Fair 2023: Stallholder Fair, Print Kitchen, and Resistances in Indigenous Design

From creating and making etchings at an Italian-inspired ‘Print Kitchen’, to exploring the role of First Nations design, and examining historical and contemporary publishing practices, the 2023 Melbourne Art Book Fair offers audiences the opportunity to discover some of the world’s best independent publishers, art book makers, authors, galleries and more.

Curated by the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) as part of Melbourne Design Week, 18 to 28 May, and celebrating Melbourne’s status as a UNESCO City of Literature, the 2023 Melbourne Art Book Fair features a diverse program of workshops, talks, symposiums, readings, performances, exhibitions, and launches at venues across Victoria.

From creating and making etchings at an Italian-inspired ‘Print Kitchen’, to exploring the role of First Nations design, and examining historical and contemporary publishing practices, the 2023 Melbourne Art Book Fair offers audiences the opportunity to discover some of the world’s best independent publishers, art book makers, authors, galleries and more.

Curated by the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) as part of Melbourne Design Week, 18 to 28 May, and celebrating Melbourne’s status as a UNESCO City of Literature, the 2023 Melbourne Art Book Fair features a diverse program of workshops, talks, symposiums, readings, performances, exhibitions, and launches at venues across Victoria.

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April 21, 2023

Anna Schwartz Gallery presents hanging sculptural works by Kathy Temin

Eight plush wall hanging sculptural works, ranging from small to large scale, are encased by Temin’s signature medium of synthetic fur in Anna Schwartz Gallery.

Unified in a dusty pink palate, the works are individually sewn, stuffed, and covered with a soft, cuddly, toy-like, artificial fabric, challenging conventions of both taste and art history. Craft activities from the 1970s are combined with Minimalism that includes the grid, repetition, and the monochrome as objects for personal and collective remembering.

Eight plush wall hanging sculptural works, ranging from small to large scale, are encased by Temin’s signature medium of synthetic fur in Anna Schwartz Gallery.

Unified in a dusty pink palate, the works are individually sewn, stuffed, and covered with a soft, cuddly, toy-like, artificial fabric, challenging conventions of both taste and art history. Craft activities from the 1970s are combined with Minimalism that includes the grid, repetition, and the monochrome as objects for personal and collective remembering.

The exhibition Wall Works invokes notions of suburbia and interior design, structured around the tension between the familiar and the strange, the organic and the artificial, the literal and the metaphoric, the minimal and the anthropomorphic.

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April 4, 2023

Powerhouse announces 1001 Remarkable Objects

Powerhouse has announced 1001 Remarkable Objects, a new exhibition opening 22 July 2023, led by Leo Schofield AM.

Leo Schofield AM has worked in collaboration with advisors Ronan Sulich, Mark Sutcliffe and Powerhouse curator Eva Czernis-Ryl to select 1001 objects from the 500,000 objects within the collection,  including objects that have never been exhibited before alongside much loved collection icons.

Exhibition designers Pip Runciman, Julie Lynch, and Ross Wallace have created an exhibition that features 25 individual rooms, presenting an unexpected juxtaposition of objects that will lead us on a journey across time and memory.

Powerhouse has announced 1001 Remarkable Objects, a new exhibition opening 22 July 2023, led by Leo Schofield AM.

Leo Schofield AM has worked in collaboration with advisors Ronan Sulich, Mark Sutcliffe and Powerhouse curator Eva Czernis-Ryl to select 1001 objects from the 500,000 objects within the collection,  including objects that have never been exhibited before alongside much loved collection icons.

Exhibition designers Pip Runciman, Julie Lynch, and Ross Wallace have created an exhibition that features 25 individual rooms, presenting an unexpected juxtaposition of objects that will lead us on a journey across time and memory. Powerhouse collection objects will be presented across the applied arts and applied sciences including the decorative arts, jewellery, costume, textiles, furniture, clocks, musical instruments, industrial design and social history.

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April 4, 2023

Buxton Contemporary announces ‘nightshifts’

The University of Melbourne today announced nightshifts, a contemplative new group exhibition considering the importance of solitude through contemporary arts practice. Presented at Buxton Contemporary from 26 May to 29 October 2023, the large-scale exhibition features more than 30 works drawn from the University of Melbourne’s art collection, alongside select loans and new commissions.

Curated by Hannah Presley and Annika Aitken, nightshifts looks to the ‘after hours’ as a metaphor to explore the potentially generative qualities of rest, privacy and temporary seclusion from peers and the public.

The University of Melbourne today announced nightshifts, a contemplative new group exhibition considering the importance of solitude through contemporary arts practice. Presented at Buxton Contemporary from 26 May to 29 October 2023, the large-scale exhibition features more than 30 works drawn from the University of Melbourne’s art collection, alongside select loans and new commissions.

Curated by Hannah Presley and Annika Aitken, nightshifts looks to the ‘after hours’ as a metaphor to explore the potentially generative qualities of rest, privacy and temporary seclusion from peers and the public. Spanning a range of themes, histories and media, the exhibition offers a meditative counterpoint to the recurring emphasis on light and collaboration in art making and contemporary curatorial practice.

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March 29, 2023

Carriageworks presents multi-sensory festival Soft Centre for Vivid Sydney 2023

Carriageworks, one of Australia’s most significant contemporary multi-arts organisations, will present the boundary-pushing program for SOFT CENTRE as part of Australia’s largest festival, Vivid Sydney 2023, taking place on 11 June from 1pm – 11pm with a full precinct takeover. Traversing leftfield club, noise and ambient music, contemporary dance and endurance performances, immersive A/V concerts, cutting-edge digital art and large-scale lightworks, SOFT CENTRE is a multi-sensory festival experience unlike any other.

Following their first outing in 2022, SOFT CENTRE returns with a program presenting an eclectic mix of cutting-edge creators from the local and global underground.

Carriageworks, one of Australia’s most significant contemporary multi-arts organisations, will present the boundary-pushing program for SOFT CENTRE as part of Australia’s largest festival, Vivid Sydney 2023, taking place on 11 June from 1pm – 11pm with a full precinct takeover. Traversing leftfield club, noise and ambient music, contemporary dance and endurance performances, immersive A/V concerts, cutting-edge digital art and large-scale lightworks, SOFT CENTRE is a multi-sensory festival experience unlike any other.

Following their first outing in 2022, SOFT CENTRE returns with a program presenting an eclectic mix of cutting-edge creators from the local and global underground. Carriageworks will be transformed with daring performance art, pulsing music, and a monumental 22 metre projector screen that will be activated for immersive A/V performances. Renowned for their unique collaborations, SOFT CENTRE will also showcase a suite of newly commissioned cross-disciplinary works.

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March 21, 2023

Carriageworks announces over 140 artists participating in the second annual CUT N POLISH: Artist Car Boot Sale

CUT N POLISH and Carriageworks today announced the names of over 140 artists and collectives from the Greater Sydney region who will participate in the second annual CUT N POLISH: Artist Car Boot Sale on Sunday 7 May 2023. Following the huge success of the inaugural event in 2022, CUT N POLISH returns to Carriageworks’ Blacksmith’s Workshop for a high-energy, one-day car boot sale featuring artists selling their works direct to the public in a dynamic, market-style setting.

CUT N POLISH and Carriageworks today announced the names of over 140 artists and collectives from the Greater Sydney region who will participate in the second annual CUT N POLISH: Artist Car Boot Sale on Sunday 7 May 2023. Following the huge success of the inaugural event in 2022, CUT N POLISH returns to Carriageworks’ Blacksmith’s Workshop for a high-energy, one-day car boot sale featuring artists selling their works direct to the public in a dynamic, market-style setting.

From rising stars to award-winning practitioners, CUT N POLISH provides visitors and collectors the opportunity to meet artists, support their practices and purchase works in a ‘cash and carry’ model with all proceeds going directly to artists. Visitors can expect artworks across varying mediums – from ceramics and painting to clothing and jewellery – available at all price points.

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March 20, 2023

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra gives new life to epic Vivaldi masterpieces for Gloria & The Four Seasons

The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra will boldly interpret the timeless masterpieces of virtuoso composer Antonio Vivaldi for the second concert series of 2023, Gloria & The Four Seasons. Featuring two of the most popular pillars in the Baroque repertoire, the program will highlight Brandenburg’s celebrated Concertmaster Shaun Lee-Chen, as well as the acclaimed Brandenburg Choir. The concerts will take place at Sydney’s City Recital Hall from 28 April – 5 May, Parramatta’s Riverside Theatres on 6 May, and Melbourne Recital Centre from 11 – 14 May.

The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra will boldly interpret the timeless masterpieces of virtuoso composer Antonio Vivaldi for the second concert series of 2023, Gloria & The Four Seasons. Featuring two of the most popular pillars in the Baroque repertoire, the program will highlight Brandenburg’s celebrated Concertmaster Shaun Lee-Chen, as well as the acclaimed Brandenburg Choir. The concerts will take place at Sydney’s City Recital Hall from 28 April – 5 May, Parramatta’s Riverside Theatres on 6 May, and Melbourne Recital Centre from 11 – 14 May.

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March 14, 2023

CARRIAGEWORKS ANNOUNCES AMBITIOUS PROGRAM FOR VIVID SYDNEY 2023, SPANNING MUSIC, PERFORMANCE AND FOOD

Carriageworks, one of Australia’s most significant contemporary multi-arts organisations, today announced its boundary-pushing program for Australia’s largest festival, Vivid Sydney 2023 from 8 – 16 June. The program features a lineup of international and local music acts, two precinct-wide takeovers by Soft Centre and Astral People, as well as the highly-anticipated return of the Carriageworks Night Market, as part of Vivid Sydney’s brand-new festival pillar, Vivid Food.

Presented by Sydney dance institution House of Mince, South African multi-disciplinary artist Desire Marea will bring their acclaimed experimental sound and live performance to the precinct.

Carriageworks, one of Australia’s most significant contemporary multi-arts organisations, today announced its boundary-pushing program for Australia’s largest festival, Vivid Sydney 2023 from 8 – 16 June. The program features a lineup of international and local music acts, two precinct-wide takeovers by Soft Centre and Astral People, as well as the highly-anticipated return of the Carriageworks Night Market, as part of Vivid Sydney’s brand-new festival pillar, Vivid Food.

Presented by Sydney dance institution House of Mince, South African multi-disciplinary artist Desire Marea will bring their acclaimed experimental sound and live performance to the precinct. Fresh off their US tour and joining the program’s international lineup is Belarusian post-punk band Molchat Doma. American producer and DJ Flying Lotus is set to headline a one-day venue-wide event Astral People Vivid Party with Live.e making her Sydney debut and Night Slugs celebrating 15 years of club culture with Bok Bok and Girl Unit. Ahead of their album release, Melbourne band Floodlights will headline an intimate show and prominent First Nations rapper Kobie Dee (Gomeroi) joins forces with break-out hip-hop star JK-47, with special guests Flewnt and ten-year old son Inkabee celebrating a powerful connection between East and West coast voices.

The highly anticipated SOFT CENTRE festival will return on 11 June for a full precinct takeover. Traversing leftfield club, noise and ambient music, dance and endurance performances, immersive A/V concerts, cutting-edge digital art and large-scale lightworks, SOFT CENTRE is a multi-sensory festival experience unlike any other. Highlights include a collaborative A/V performance between Finnish duo Amnesia Scanner and digital provocateur Freeka Tet; Kenyan producer and DJ Slikback alongside visuals by anonymous video artist Weirdcore; the Sydney debut of BC by Harrison Hall, Sam Mcgilp, Naxs Future with PrairieWWWW, a ground-breaking work combining motion capture, immersive 3D technologies and live performance; a new collaborative work by Marcus Whale and Eugene Choi; Australian producer Nerdie from 1300; and Australian hyperpop singer daine, who is the protégé of British superstar Charli XCX.

Also returning for Vivid Sydney 2023 on 16 June 2023 – as part of the brand-new festival focus Vivid Food – is the hugely popular Carriageworks Night Market, this year curated by Australia’s leading sustainable chef Matt Stone. This one-night-only event will celebrate sustainable food practices, embrace authenticity and focus on using the best produce from across NSW, in line with Vivid Sydney 2023’s theme – Naturally. Showcasing over 50 of Sydney’s leading restaurants, bars and producers, Carriageworks will come alive with the best local hospitality, music, food demonstrations and live entertainment.

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March 3, 2023

SOUTH EAST CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART (SECCA) ANNOUNCES OPENING AND INAUGURAL EXHIBITION PROGRAM

South East Centre for Contemporary Art (SECCA) has announced its inaugural exhibition program, ahead of the gallery’s official opening on 29 April 2023.

The program showcases both established and emerging artists from the local region alongside those from wider Australia and the Asia Pacific, with exhibitions exploring an eclectic range of themes from gender and cultural identity, trauma and the ongoing impact of environment disasters. To close the year, SECCA will host the prestigious Archibald Prize exhibition, featuring portraits from 2023 shortlisted artists.

South East Centre for Contemporary Art (SECCA) has announced its inaugural exhibition program, ahead of the gallery’s official opening on 29 April 2023.

The program showcases both established and emerging artists from the local region alongside those from wider Australia and the Asia Pacific, with exhibitions exploring an eclectic range of themes from gender and cultural identity, trauma and the ongoing impact of environment disasters. To close the year, SECCA will host the prestigious Archibald Prize exhibition, featuring portraits from 2023 shortlisted artists.

 

Image: Dean Cross, Gunalgunal (A Contracted Field), installation 2021-22, Sydney and Adelaide, photo: Saul Steed

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March 2, 2023

Anna Schwartz Gallery presents Rose Nolan: Working Models

Working Models, running from 18 March to 15 April 2023, comprises 20 small individual sculptures considering ideas of built architecture and the readymade. The occasion marks Nolan’s eighth solo exhibition in collaboration with Anna Schwartz Gallery, in a relationship spanning 34 years.

Assuming the language of the monument, Nolan’s scaled architectural models are materially comprised of modest and often discarded domestic packaging. Cement, wood, and steel attuned to the construction of suburban homes, factories, and water towers, are replicated with everyday paper, cardboard and wine screw tops – reimagining architectural buildings with domestic placeholders.

Working Models, running from 18 March to 15 April 2023, comprises 20 small individual sculptures considering ideas of built architecture and the readymade. The occasion marks Nolan’s eighth solo exhibition in collaboration with Anna Schwartz Gallery, in a relationship spanning 34 years.

Assuming the language of the monument, Nolan’s scaled architectural models are materially comprised of modest and often discarded domestic packaging. Cement, wood, and steel attuned to the construction of suburban homes, factories, and water towers, are replicated with everyday paper, cardboard and wine screw tops – reimagining architectural buildings with domestic placeholders.

Image: ROSE NOLAN, James Turrell Fun Palace, 2023. Acrylic paint, cardboard, found packaging. Courtesy of the Artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery.

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March 2, 2023

NGUNUNGGULA ANNOUNCES 2023 MIDWINTER FESTIVAL

Ngununggula, the Southern Highlands’ first regional art gallery, has received funding from the NSW Government’s Regional Events Acceleration Fund for the highly anticipated, second annual Midwinter Festival, to be presented over three days and nights from 23 – 25 June 2023. The 2023 Midwinter Festival will transform the Gallery and its grounds with a program of art, music, food and wine, including a choreographed drone light show developed in partnership with the Fremantle Biennale that honours ancestral stories of the Gundungurra Country upon which Ngununggula is based.

Ngununggula, the Southern Highlands’ first regional art gallery, has received funding from the NSW Government’s Regional Events Acceleration Fund for the highly anticipated, second annual Midwinter Festival, to be presented over three days and nights from 23 – 25 June 2023. The 2023 Midwinter Festival will transform the Gallery and its grounds with a program of art, music, food and wine, including a choreographed drone light show developed in partnership with the Fremantle Biennale that honours ancestral stories of the Gundungurra Country upon which Ngununggula is based.

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March 1, 2023

CARRIAGEWORKS PRESENTS WORLD PREMIERE OF BURRBGAJA YALIRRA 2 BY RESIDENT COMPANY MARRUGEKU

Carriageworks, one of Australia’s most significant contemporary multi-arts organisations, today announced the world premiere of new dance work Burrbgaja Yalirra 2 presented from 21 – 29 April by resident company and Australia’s leading Indigenous intercultural dance company Marrugeku. Following the company’s critically acclaimed, international season of Jurrungu Ngan-ga in 2022, Burrbgaja Yalirra 2 features a trilogy of short works that trace histories of migration, relocation, cultural adaption and survival, and draws on the power of ancestral presence to remember the future.

Carriageworks, one of Australia’s most significant contemporary multi-arts organisations, today announced the world premiere of new dance work Burrbgaja Yalirra 2 presented from 21 – 29 April by resident company and Australia’s leading Indigenous intercultural dance company Marrugeku. Following the company’s critically acclaimed, international season of Jurrungu Ngan-ga in 2022, Burrbgaja Yalirra 2 features a trilogy of short works that trace histories of migration, relocation, cultural adaption and survival, and draws on the power of ancestral presence to remember the future.

Curated by Marrugeku’s Co-artistic directors Dalisa Pigram and Rachael Swain, the dance works conceived for Burrbgaja Yalirra 2 are the result of a multi-year program of intensive dance laboratories, which aims to build capacity in the next generation of leading change makers in community and culturally informed contemporary dance.

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February 28, 2023

HEIDE PRESENTS FIRST AUSTRALIAN SURVEY EXHIBITION OF CELEBRATED US PHOTOGRAPHER CATHERINE OPIE

Heide Museum of Modern Art has today announced the first survey exhibition in Australia of renowned American photographer Catherine Opie. Presented at Heide from 1 April to 9 July 2023, the exhibition Catherine Opie: Binding Ties brings together more than fifty key works traversing the artist’s historic and recent practice.

Since the 1990s, Catherine Opie’s photographs have challenged and illuminated our understanding of notions of personal and political affiliation, the central theme of the exhibition.

Heide Museum of Modern Art has today announced the first survey exhibition in Australia of renowned American photographer Catherine Opie. Presented at Heide from 1 April to 9 July 2023, the exhibition Catherine Opie: Binding Ties brings together more than fifty key works traversing the artist’s historic and recent practice.

Since the 1990s, Catherine Opie’s photographs have challenged and illuminated our understanding of notions of personal and political affiliation, the central theme of the exhibition. In 1994 Heide exhibited eighteen of Opie’s portraits in the exhibition Persona Cognita, curated by Juliana Engberg, which represented Opie’s first showing in Australia. Now almost three decades later, Heide will host the first survey of the artist’s work in this part of the world.

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February 22, 2023

Melbourne Design Fair 2023 announced

 

Curated by the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) and delivered in collaboration with the Melbourne Art Foundation, Melbourne Design Fair is Australia’s largest presentation of contemporary and twentieth century collectible design by leading Australian and international practitioners. The four-day event will take place at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) from 18 – 21 May.

The centrepiece of Melbourne Design Week, Melbourne Design Fair features the work of more than 150 designers across 60+ presentations staged by prominent commercial galleries, design agencies, organisations and studios.

 

Curated by the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) and delivered in collaboration with the Melbourne Art Foundation, Melbourne Design Fair is Australia’s largest presentation of contemporary and twentieth century collectible design by leading Australian and international practitioners. The four-day event will take place at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) from 18 – 21 May.

The centrepiece of Melbourne Design Week, Melbourne Design Fair features the work of more than 150 designers across 60+ presentations staged by prominent commercial galleries, design agencies, organisations and studios. The event offers visitors the chance to view and purchase one-of-a-kind, limited edition and small batch design production, including furniture, lighting and contemporary jewellery.

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February 17, 2023

WORLD PREMIERE EXHIBITION POP MASTERS: ART FROM THE MUGRABI COLLECTION, NEW YORK UNVEILED

The Gold Coast contemporary cultural precinct HOTA, Home of the Arts has unveiled the world premiere exhibition, Pop Masters: Art from the Mugrabi Collection, New York opening 18 February 2023. Drawn entirely from the famed private collection of one of the world’s most prominent art collectors, Jose Mugrabi, the first international blockbuster exhibition to be presented at the new HOTA Gallery celebrates the origins and on-going legacy of Pop Art.

A world first exhibition, Pop Masters: Art from the Mugrabi Collection, New York presents more than 50 works never-before-seen in Australia by 15 legendary and renowned artists including Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Tom Wesselmann, Katherine Bernhardt, Kwesi Botchway, George Condo, Damien Hirst, KAWS, Jeff Koons, Joel Mesler, Richard Prince, Tom Sachs, Julian Schnabel and Mickalene Thomas.

The Gold Coast contemporary cultural precinct HOTA, Home of the Arts has unveiled the world premiere exhibition, Pop Masters: Art from the Mugrabi Collection, New York opening 18 February 2023. Drawn entirely from the famed private collection of one of the world’s most prominent art collectors, Jose Mugrabi, the first international blockbuster exhibition to be presented at the new HOTA Gallery celebrates the origins and on-going legacy of Pop Art.

A world first exhibition, Pop Masters: Art from the Mugrabi Collection, New York presents more than 50 works never-before-seen in Australia by 15 legendary and renowned artists including Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Tom Wesselmann, Katherine Bernhardt, Kwesi Botchway, George Condo, Damien Hirst, KAWS, Jeff Koons, Joel Mesler, Richard Prince, Tom Sachs, Julian Schnabel and Mickalene Thomas. Pop Masters: Art from the Mugrabi Collection, New York highlights the intersections in the lives, ideas and practices of this significant group of artists, many of whom either knew each other, collaborated together or have been influenced by the work of another. The exhibition explores six decades of Pop Art including numerous works by Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring in conversation with contemporary artists at the forefront of the genre today.

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February 6, 2023

Carriageworks announces 2023 Resident Clothing Store artists

Carriageworks today announced 11 artists who will be the 2023 artists in residence at the Carriageworks Clothing Store building. Established in 2017, the program provides artists working at the forefront of contemporary practice with a subsidised studio space in the heart of North Eveleigh.

The 2023 Carriageworks Resident Artists are: Eddie Abd, Clare Britton, Elizabeth Day, Helen Grace, Karleen Green, Shivanjani Lal, Jazz Money, Jason Phu, Daley Rangi, Salote Tawale and Anne-Marie Te Whiu.

Carriageworks today announced 11 artists who will be the 2023 artists in residence at the Carriageworks Clothing Store building. Established in 2017, the program provides artists working at the forefront of contemporary practice with a subsidised studio space in the heart of North Eveleigh.

The 2023 Carriageworks Resident Artists are: Eddie Abd, Clare Britton, Elizabeth Day, Helen Grace, Karleen Green, Shivanjani Lal, Jazz Money, Jason Phu, Daley Rangi, Salote Tawale and Anne-Marie Te Whiu.

Built in 1913, the Clothing Store is part of the historic Eveleigh Railway Workshops that includes Carriageworks and South Eveleigh. The artist residency program at the Clothing Store has supported more than 30 artists across five years to date. Previous artists in residence have included: Tony Albert, Frances Barrett, Sarah Contos, Dean Cross, Mikala Dwyer, Cherine Fahd, Brian Fuata, Dennis Golding, Agatha Gothe-Snape, Thea Anamara Perkins, Kate Mitchell, JD Reforma and Nell.

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February 1, 2023

Anna Schwartz Gallery unveils ‘Callum Morton: Inside Out’

These six large paintings have as their starting point the exact scale of the windows in the Sirius Building in Sydney, a subject Callum Morton has been interested in for some time as part of, more broadly, a catalogue of the lost, ignored and hidden.

Anna Schwartz, Founder of Anna Schwartz Gallery, said: “When encountering the latest work of an artist there is often a retrospective shift in the understanding of the entire practice. 

These six large paintings have as their starting point the exact scale of the windows in the Sirius Building in Sydney, a subject Callum Morton has been interested in for some time as part of, more broadly, a catalogue of the lost, ignored and hidden.

Anna Schwartz, Founder of Anna Schwartz Gallery, said: “When encountering the latest work of an artist there is often a retrospective shift in the understanding of the entire practice.  The new work, although unpredictable, often has an inevitability once seen.  These new paintings by Callum Morton inspire the realisation of the importance of painting throughout his history, the cover-ups, the screens and billboards. Callum Morton the painter!”

 

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January 31, 2023

BUNDANON ANNOUNCES 30TH ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION ‘FANTASTIC FORMS’

In 2023 Bundanon celebrates its 30th anniversary. Established in 1993, it was gifted to the Australian people by Arthur and Yvonne Boyd, representing one of the most significant acts of philanthropy in the history of the arts in Australia. In recognition of this thirty-year milestone, Bundanon today announced the new exhibition season Fantastic Forms. Curated by Boe-Lin Bastian and Sophie O’Brien, Fantastic Forms opens at the new Art Museum on Saturday 1 April 2023. Colourful, abundant and joyful, it celebrates the ritual of artmaking and its connection to everyday life through ceramics, sculpture and animation.

In 2023 Bundanon celebrates its 30th anniversary. Established in 1993, it was gifted to the Australian people by Arthur and Yvonne Boyd, representing one of the most significant acts of philanthropy in the history of the arts in Australia. In recognition of this thirty-year milestone, Bundanon today announced the new exhibition season Fantastic Forms. Curated by Boe-Lin Bastian and Sophie O’Brien, Fantastic Forms opens at the new Art Museum on Saturday 1 April 2023. Colourful, abundant and joyful, it celebrates the ritual of artmaking and its connection to everyday life through ceramics, sculpture and animation.

Honouring the Boyd family legacy, Fantastic Forms brings new commissions by three contemporary Australian artists, Nabilah Nordin, Stephen Benwell and Rubyrose Bancroft, into conversation with Bundanon’s expansive collection of drawings by artist William Merric Boyd (1888 –1959), Arthur Boyd’s father.

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January 16, 2023

NGUNUNGGULA ANNOUNCES OUTDOOR SCULPTURE COMMISSION BY LOUISE ZHANG

Ngununggula, the Southern Highlands’ first regional art gallery, has announced its ambitious program for 2023, and unveiled the gallery’s inaugural outdoor sculpture commission, Scholar Rock Portals, by emerging Australian artist Louise Zhang.

The second annual visual arts program since its opening in September 2021, the dynamic 2023 program features newly commissioned works and major collaborative group exhibitions by leading Australian artists and collectives, including Iltja Ntjarra Many Hands Art Centre, proppaNOW, Tom Polo, Tony Albert, Kate Blackmore, Karen Black, Jude Rae, Nadia Hernandez, and Noel McKenna, alongside the return of the highly anticipated Midwinter Festival.

Ngununggula, the Southern Highlands’ first regional art gallery, has announced its ambitious program for 2023, and unveiled the gallery’s inaugural outdoor sculpture commission, Scholar Rock Portals, by emerging Australian artist Louise Zhang.

The second annual visual arts program since its opening in September 2021, the dynamic 2023 program features newly commissioned works and major collaborative group exhibitions by leading Australian artists and collectives, including Iltja Ntjarra Many Hands Art Centre, proppaNOW, Tom Polo, Tony Albert, Kate Blackmore, Karen Black, Jude Rae, Nadia Hernandez, and Noel McKenna, alongside the return of the highly anticipated Midwinter Festival. Representing the Southern Highlands region and beyond, the 2023 program reflects Ngununggula’s ongoing commitment to creating engaging ways for the local community to connect with artists and their ideas.

Image: Nadia Hernández, Varios personajes, 2022, oil and synthetic polymer paint, flashe, cotton, rope, ribbon, recycled timber, 150.0 x 190.0 x 180.0 cm, Courtesy of the artist and STATION. Photo: Christo Crocker

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January 9, 2023

MAJOR PUBLIC ARTWORK BY BRENDA L. CROFT UNVEILED ALONG BARANGAROO WATERFRONT

A major outdoor public artwork by leading First Nations multidisciplinary artist Brenda L. Croft (Gurindji/Malngin/Mudburra) has been unveiled along the Barangaroo waterfront. The landmark installation, titled Naabami (thou shall/will see): Barangaroo (army of me) presents 60 large-scale photographic portraits of contemporary First Nations women and girls.

Photographed in Canberra and Sydney from 2019 – 2022, some of the participants include women and girls photographed by Croft spanning three decades, and some are first-time subjects.

A major outdoor public artwork by leading First Nations multidisciplinary artist Brenda L. Croft (Gurindji/Malngin/Mudburra) has been unveiled along the Barangaroo waterfront. The landmark installation, titled Naabami (thou shall/will see): Barangaroo (army of me) presents 60 large-scale photographic portraits of contemporary First Nations women and girls.

Photographed in Canberra and Sydney from 2019 – 2022, some of the participants include women and girls photographed by Croft spanning three decades, and some are first-time subjects. Several generations of families are portrayed; some participants were first photographed as children, now represented as steadfast young women; sisters, aunties, mothers, grandmothers. Cultural affiliations range from the southeast to the northern regions of the continent. Contemporary First Nations sovereign warriors grounded in their First Nations sovereignty. Their steady collective gaze – inward and outward – reflects the steadfast sovereign actions of Cammeraygal warrior woman Barangaroo, more than two centuries after she lived and died on her traditional homelands, now known as Sydney.

This major project commissioned by Lendlease, is presented as part of Sydney Festival 2023, and will be on display until 29 January.

 

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January 5, 2023

CARRIAGEWORKS UNVEILS MAJOR EXHIBITIONS FOR SYDNEY FESTIVAL

Two major exhibitions by leading Australian artists, The Huxleys and Paul Yore, have opened at Carriageworks as part of Sydney Festival and Sydney WorldPride. The Huxleys’ largest exhibition to date, Bloodlines honours the legacy of legendary queer artists lost to HIV/AIDS whilst Paul Yore’s immersive installation, WORD MADE FLESH, imagines a queer alternative reality.

On display until 5 March, Bloodlines is a heartfelt tribute to LGBTQIA+ artists, including Leigh Bowery, Robert Mapplethorpe, Keith Haring and Sylvester, that continue to inspire the practices of The Huxleys and countless artists working today.

Two major exhibitions by leading Australian artists, The Huxleys and Paul Yore, have opened at Carriageworks as part of Sydney Festival and Sydney WorldPride. The Huxleys’ largest exhibition to date, Bloodlines honours the legacy of legendary queer artists lost to HIV/AIDS whilst Paul Yore’s immersive installation, WORD MADE FLESH, imagines a queer alternative reality.

On display until 5 March, Bloodlines is a heartfelt tribute to LGBTQIA+ artists, including Leigh Bowery, Robert Mapplethorpe, Keith Haring and Sylvester, that continue to inspire the practices of The Huxleys and countless artists working today. Utilising the artists’ skills in costume design, performance and photography, the exhibition features large-scale photographic works and video art.

In partnership with the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), Carriageworks presents Paul Yore: WORD MADE FLESH, a major immersive architecturally-scaled installation. Originally commissioned by ACCA, the work comes to Sydney after its premiere in Melbourne last year, and is composed of makeshift structures, mixed media sculpture, found objects, collage and assemblage, paintings, video and pulsating sound and light. Conceived as a cacophonous and kaleidoscopic ‘gesamtkunstwerk,’ WORD MADE FLESH imagines a queer alternative reality, erected from the wasteland of the Anthropocene on display until 26 February.

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December 16, 2022

Woollahra Council unveils major commission by Lindy Lee

Woollahra Council has unveiled ‘One Bright Pearl’, a major new work by leading Australian artist Lindy Lee, located in the picturesque Blackburn Gardens at Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf.

Symbolic of the diversity of Woollahra’s community, ‘One Bright Pearl’, a 260kg mirror-polished stainless steel sculpture, measuring 2m in diameter, reflects on new beginnings and modern migration. At night, the work will be internally lit creating different and changing daytime and night-time qualities which embody the cyclical nature of time.

Woollahra Council has unveiled ‘One Bright Pearl’, a major new work by leading Australian artist Lindy Lee, located in the picturesque Blackburn Gardens at Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf.

Symbolic of the diversity of Woollahra’s community, ‘One Bright Pearl’, a 260kg mirror-polished stainless steel sculpture, measuring 2m in diameter, reflects on new beginnings and modern migration. At night, the work will be internally lit creating different and changing daytime and night-time qualities which embody the cyclical nature of time.

Photography: Steven Siewert

 

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December 14, 2022

TarraWarra Biennial 2023: ua usiusi faʻavaʻasavili

The 9th TarraWarra Biennial, presented from 1 April – 16 July 2023, will feature newly commissioned works by 15 artists/artist groups focused on the interconnectedness of the peoples of Australia, Asia and the Great Ocean.

Curated by Dr Léuli Eshrāghi, the exhibition is titled ua usiusi faʻavaʻasavili, a Samoan proverb which means ‘the canoe obeys the wind’. The proverb is demonstrative of Great Ocean celestial navigation practices, following centuries of European and Asian colonial occupations.

The 9th TarraWarra Biennial, presented from 1 April – 16 July 2023, will feature newly commissioned works by 15 artists/artist groups focused on the interconnectedness of the peoples of Australia, Asia and the Great Ocean.

Curated by Dr Léuli Eshrāghi, the exhibition is titled ua usiusi faʻavaʻasavili, a Samoan proverb which means ‘the canoe obeys the wind’. The proverb is demonstrative of Great Ocean celestial navigation practices, following centuries of European and Asian colonial occupations.

The TarraWarra Biennial is one of the most anticipated contemporary art exhibitions on the Australian art calendar. It was inaugurated in 2006 in order to identify new trends in contemporary Australian art through an experimental curatorial platform. Each Biennial has developed a distinctive curatorial approach, focusing on a particular set of ideas or themes prevalent in contemporary art.

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December 9, 2022

POWERHOUSE ANNOUNCES YUKI KIHARA: PARADISE CAMP

Powerhouse has announced the Australian premiere of Yuki Kihara: Paradise Camp; co-commissioned by Powerhouse and Creative New Zealand, and curated by Natalie King OAM. Paradise Camp garnered international acclaim at the 2022 Aotearoa New Zealand pavilion at the 59th la Biennale di Venezia. Opening 24 March 2023 at Powerhouse Ultimo, the exhibition will feature new works created in response to the museum’s Sāmoan collection.

An interdisciplinary artist of Japanese and Sāmoan descent, Yuki Kihara’s work interrogates and dismantles gender roles, (mis)representation and colonial legacies in the Pacific.

Powerhouse has announced the Australian premiere of Yuki Kihara: Paradise Camp; co-commissioned by Powerhouse and Creative New Zealand, and curated by Natalie King OAM. Paradise Camp garnered international acclaim at the 2022 Aotearoa New Zealand pavilion at the 59th la Biennale di Venezia. Opening 24 March 2023 at Powerhouse Ultimo, the exhibition will feature new works created in response to the museum’s Sāmoan collection.

An interdisciplinary artist of Japanese and Sāmoan descent, Yuki Kihara’s work interrogates and dismantles gender roles, (mis)representation and colonial legacies in the Pacific. She was the first Pasifika, Asian and Fa’afafine (Sāmoa’s ‘third gender’) artist to represent Aotearoa New Zealand at la Biennale di Venezia.

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December 2, 2022

BUNDANON LAUNCHES SUMMER PROGRAM SITEWORKS: FROM A DEEP VALLEY

Bundanon’s Season 3 summer program Siteworks: From a deep valley is now open and continues to 12 March 2023. In Dharawal language the word Bundanon means deep valley. With more than a decade-long history at Bundanon, Siteworks presents the work of over 25 artists and 10 scientific researchers drawing on climate research, critical thinking, First Nations knowledge and technologies and creative digital spaces, to create unique cultural experiences embedded within the landscape of the Shoalhaven.

Bundanon’s Season 3 summer program Siteworks: From a deep valley is now open and continues to 12 March 2023. In Dharawal language the word Bundanon means deep valley. With more than a decade-long history at Bundanon, Siteworks presents the work of over 25 artists and 10 scientific researchers drawing on climate research, critical thinking, First Nations knowledge and technologies and creative digital spaces, to create unique cultural experiences embedded within the landscape of the Shoalhaven. Siteworks: From a deep valley sees a major new exhibition in the Art Museum, titled ‘Inside, underground’, alongside an expanded program of outdoor installations, performances, workshops, and digital artworks.

Photo by Zan Wimberley.

 

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November 23, 2022

First Look: Zampatti Powerhouse

Powerhouse today unveiled Zampatti Powerhouse, the major survey exhibition which celebrates the life and legacy of the iconic Australian Carla Zampatti, opening 24 November 2022.

The first internationally exclusive retrospective of Carla Zampatti AC, OMRI (1938–2021) presents the life and work of the inimitable Italian-born designer, beloved as an Australian fashion icon. The breadth of her extraordinary private, professional and public life is rendered in exquisite detail, anchored by Zampatti’s signature designs and brought to life with first person reflections by the designer’s clients, family, staff and friends.

Powerhouse today unveiled Zampatti Powerhouse, the major survey exhibition which celebrates the life and legacy of the iconic Australian Carla Zampatti, opening 24 November 2022.

The first internationally exclusive retrospective of Carla Zampatti AC, OMRI (1938–2021) presents the life and work of the inimitable Italian-born designer, beloved as an Australian fashion icon. The breadth of her extraordinary private, professional and public life is rendered in exquisite detail, anchored by Zampatti’s signature designs and brought to life with first person reflections by the designer’s clients, family, staff and friends.

Zampatti Powerhouse encompasses 100 designs from over 50 lenders and over five decades of material, surveying a trailblazing career from the establishment of her business in 1965 to her most recent work.

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November 22, 2022

Temple of Boom unveiled at NGV International

The 2022 NGV Architecture Commission: Temple of Boom, an evocative reimagining of The Parthenon, has been unveiled in the NGV Garden.

A global architectural icon, The Parthenon on the Acropolis in Athens, an Ancient Greek temple, is an apex symbol of Western civilisation, democracy and perfection. Temple of Boom celebrates these interpretations, while simultaneously expanding our understanding of the iconic Parthenon building and the enduring beauty it emanates.

Designed by Melbourne-based architects Adam Newman and Kelvin Tsang and built to a third scale of the original building, this year’s commission invites audiences to consider the effect of time on all architecture as the structure gradually transforms with large-scale artworks and murals painted by local artists in three phases between November 2022 and August 2023.

The 2022 NGV Architecture Commission: Temple of Boom, an evocative reimagining of The Parthenon, has been unveiled in the NGV Garden.

A global architectural icon, The Parthenon on the Acropolis in Athens, an Ancient Greek temple, is an apex symbol of Western civilisation, democracy and perfection. Temple of Boom celebrates these interpretations, while simultaneously expanding our understanding of the iconic Parthenon building and the enduring beauty it emanates.

Designed by Melbourne-based architects Adam Newman and Kelvin Tsang and built to a third scale of the original building, this year’s commission invites audiences to consider the effect of time on all architecture as the structure gradually transforms with large-scale artworks and murals painted by local artists in three phases between November 2022 and August 2023.

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November 17, 2022

GUCCI GARDEN ARCHETYPES COMES TO THE POWERHOUSE

Powerhouse today announced the Australian premiere of the exhibition, Gucci Garden
Archetypes opening on 17 November 2022. This internationally acclaimed project brings to life
the iconic, maximalist campaigns by virtuosic Gucci Creative Director Alessandro Michele.

Gucci Garden Archetypes first opened in Florence in 2021 to celebrate the 100th anniversary
of Gucci’s founding. The exhibition’s cinematic installations have captivated audiences across
Shanghai, Taipei, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Seoul and it is now coming to Australia, exclusively at
the Powerhouse.

Powerhouse today announced the Australian premiere of the exhibition, Gucci Garden
Archetypes opening on 17 November 2022. This internationally acclaimed project brings to life
the iconic, maximalist campaigns by virtuosic Gucci Creative Director Alessandro Michele.

Gucci Garden Archetypes first opened in Florence in 2021 to celebrate the 100th anniversary
of Gucci’s founding. The exhibition’s cinematic installations have captivated audiences across
Shanghai, Taipei, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Seoul and it is now coming to Australia, exclusively at
the Powerhouse.

Gucci Garden Archetypes captures the spirit of each iconic collection, while reflecting the
philosophy of Michele and his collaborations across music, art, travel and contemporary culture
which resonate throughout Gucci’s campaigns. Design studio Archivio Personale has
transformed Michele’s vision into immersive spaces.

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November 17, 2022

The Biennale of Sydney launches rīvus on Google Arts & Culture

The rīvus journey continues on Google Arts & Culture with the launch of an immersive digital experience of the 23rd Biennale of Sydney.

Following the success of the 22nd Biennale of Sydney (2020) digital exhibition on Google Arts & Culture, the Biennale expands on the platform with access to the 23rd Biennale of Sydney, titled rīvus, at The Cutaway, Barangaroo and Pier 2/3 at Walsh Bay Arts Precinct.

With one click, users will experience site specific projects and living works alongside a selection of newly commissioned content, podcasts, exclusive participant interviews, workshops and audio readings from The Glossary of Water, plus 360° tours of the exhibition featuring large-scale immersive installations.

The rīvus journey continues on Google Arts & Culture with the launch of an immersive digital experience of the 23rd Biennale of Sydney.

Following the success of the 22nd Biennale of Sydney (2020) digital exhibition on Google Arts & Culture, the Biennale expands on the platform with access to the 23rd Biennale of Sydney, titled rīvus, at The Cutaway, Barangaroo and Pier 2/3 at Walsh Bay Arts Precinct.

With one click, users will experience site specific projects and living works alongside a selection of newly commissioned content, podcasts, exclusive participant interviews, workshops and audio readings from The Glossary of Water, plus 360° tours of the exhibition featuring large-scale immersive installations. Users can get up close with Cave Urban’s Flow–one of the largest bamboo structures ever produced in Australia, navigate Melissa Dubbin and Aaron S. Davidson’s THE CLOUD IN THE OCEAN featuring a network of glass forms transporting water through a series of pathways, watch an exclusive video of Mike Parr’s live performance of Blind painting of a falling tree, and much more.

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November 14, 2022

PACT ANNOUNCES ‘SOUND OUT THE STREET’

PACT Centre for Emerging Artists has today announced Sound Out the Street, a new series of free and accessible street activations presented in Erskineville from 23 December 2022 – 30 April 2023. On the last Friday of every month, musicians, artists and performers will fill the streets and shopfronts of Erskineville at sunset with surprising pop-up performances, live music and dance. The program culminates in a vibrant three-day event presented from 28 – 30 April 2023.

PACT Centre for Emerging Artists has today announced Sound Out the Street, a new series of free and accessible street activations presented in Erskineville from 23 December 2022 – 30 April 2023. On the last Friday of every month, musicians, artists and performers will fill the streets and shopfronts of Erskineville at sunset with surprising pop-up performances, live music and dance. The program culminates in a vibrant three-day event presented from 28 – 30 April 2023.

The inaugural Sound Out the Street event will be held on Friday 23 December 2022, celebrating the end of the year with highlight performances and installations by West African dancer and choreographer Lucky Lartey, young Western Sydney dance group Pioneers, and a sound installation by multidisciplinary arts group Famili who descend from Pasifika, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, as well as a live broadcast by Koori Radio, Sydney’s only First Nations radio station.

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November 10, 2022

Bell Shakespeare’s Macbeth celebrates 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s First Folio

Bell Shakespeare has today announced further cast members for its upcoming production of Macbeth, showing next year at Sydney Opera House from 25 February – 2 April, Canberra Theatre Centre from 14 – 22 April and Arts Centre Melbourne from 27 April – 14 May 2023.

2023 marks the 400th anniversary of the publication of Macbeth in Shakespeare’s First Folio, and Bell Shakespeare celebrates this moment with a new production set in the moody 1920s, post-World War I.

Bell Shakespeare has today announced further cast members for its upcoming production of Macbeth, showing next year at Sydney Opera House from 25 February – 2 April, Canberra Theatre Centre from 14 – 22 April and Arts Centre Melbourne from 27 April – 14 May 2023.

2023 marks the 400th anniversary of the publication of Macbeth in Shakespeare’s First Folio, and Bell Shakespeare celebrates this moment with a new production set in the moody 1920s, post-World War I. Starring Logie Award winning actor Hazem Shammas, known for his work on TVs Safe Harbour and The Twelve, as the murderous Macbeth, alongside Jessica Tovey as Lady Macbeth, they are joined by just announced cast members Julia Billington, Jeremi Campese, James Lugton, Kyle Morrison and Jacob Warner.

Directed by Artistic Director Peter Evans, the production is a terrifying portrayal of moral collapse and an intense and compelling journey into the dark heart of humanity.

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November 2, 2022

Peter Tyndall Retrospective at Buxton Contemporary

The University of Melbourne has announced a retrospective solo exhibition spanning 50 years of Victorian-based artist Peter Tyndall’s work, representing the artist’s most comprehensive exhibition to date.

The exhibition will run from 2 December 2022 to 16 April 2023 and feature over 200 works, drawing from the University’s significant collection alongside pieces on loan from national institutions and private collections, including a number of unseen works. The exhibition will encompass the entire museum and be accompanied by an engaging series of public and educational programs on the artist’s work.

The University of Melbourne has announced a retrospective solo exhibition spanning 50 years of Victorian-based artist Peter Tyndall’s work, representing the artist’s most comprehensive exhibition to date.

The exhibition will run from 2 December 2022 to 16 April 2023 and feature over 200 works, drawing from the University’s significant collection alongside pieces on loan from national institutions and private collections, including a number of unseen works. The exhibition will encompass the entire museum and be accompanied by an engaging series of public and educational programs on the artist’s work.

Works from the 1970s to the present day will be shown alongside a selection of previously unseen pieces that underpin his practice. These include major bodies of work such as 130 unstretched canvas paintings from 2018, and works on paper from the 1970s, alongside milestone works such as The Right Angle Giver, his installation in the Arsenale for the 1988 Venice Biennale.

 

Image credit: Artwork Peter Tyndall, courtesy Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne

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October 27, 2022

POWERHOUSE UNVEILS UNPOPULAR

Powerhouse has unveiled Unpopular, a major exhibition featuring the never-before-seen archive of music entrepreneur Stephen ‘Pav’ Pavlovic. The exhibition explores the global rise of the alternative music scene that included cornerstone bands such as Nirvana, Beastie Boys, Sonic Youth, Fugazi and Bikini Kill. Opened on Thursday 27 October, Unpopular features more than 200 objects from Pavlovic’s extensive archive, alongside stories and oral histories from the community of artists he worked with, bringing visitors backstage and behind the scenes of this era of live music.

Powerhouse has unveiled Unpopular, a major exhibition featuring the never-before-seen archive of music entrepreneur Stephen ‘Pav’ Pavlovic. The exhibition explores the global rise of the alternative music scene that included cornerstone bands such as Nirvana, Beastie Boys, Sonic Youth, Fugazi and Bikini Kill. Opened on Thursday 27 October, Unpopular features more than 200 objects from Pavlovic’s extensive archive, alongside stories and oral histories from the community of artists he worked with, bringing visitors backstage and behind the scenes of this era of live music.

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October 27, 2022

Bell Shakespeare presents the world premiere of Australian contemporary musical The Lovers

Bell Shakespeare presents the world premiere of The Lovers, a pop musical written by young Australian writer and composer Laura Murphy reimagining Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with a fresh and infectious original score.

On now at Sydney Opera House until 20 November 2022, the production features some of the best voices in Australia’s musical theatre scene, including Natalie Abbott, Blake Appelqvist, Monique Sallé, Brittanie Shipway and Jerrod Smith, alongside 2020 finalist of The Voice Stellar Perry making her musical theatre debut.

Bell Shakespeare presents the world premiere of The Lovers, a pop musical written by young Australian writer and composer Laura Murphy reimagining Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with a fresh and infectious original score.

On now at Sydney Opera House until 20 November 2022, the production features some of the best voices in Australia’s musical theatre scene, including Natalie Abbott, Blake Appelqvist, Monique Sallé, Brittanie Shipway and Jerrod Smith, alongside 2020 finalist of The Voice Stellar Perry making her musical theatre debut.

Laura Murphy, who is one of Australia’s most exciting playwrights at the forefront of composing new Australian work, has been developing this project for the past 12 years. The Lovers gives audiences a fresh perspective on Shakespeare’s classic tale, exploring the magic and mishaps of romantic love, with original pop songs sung by the cast and accompanied by a live band.

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October 27, 2022

NEW SOUTH EAST CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART (SECCA) GALLERY TO BE UNVEILED THIS SUMMER

Bega Valley Shire Council has announced the new South East Centre for Contemporary Art (SECCA), a purpose-built contemporary art space, will be unveiled this summer following completion of a major redevelopment and expansion of the 30-year-old site formerly known as Bega Valley Regional Gallery.

Award-winning Melbourne-based architecture practice, Sibling was selected from a public tender to design the $3.5 million renovation, working with Council to elevate the contemporary exhibition facilities and create a new gallery reflecting the rich cultural landscape of the region.

Bega Valley Shire Council has announced the new South East Centre for Contemporary Art (SECCA), a purpose-built contemporary art space, will be unveiled this summer following completion of a major redevelopment and expansion of the 30-year-old site formerly known as Bega Valley Regional Gallery.

Award-winning Melbourne-based architecture practice, Sibling was selected from a public tender to design the $3.5 million renovation, working with Council to elevate the contemporary exhibition facilities and create a new gallery reflecting the rich cultural landscape of the region. Located on the traditional lands of the people of the Yuin Nation in the pristine landscapes of the south east corner of NSW, SECCA is home to the Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award, one of the most pre-eminent awards for portrait in the county and the historic Bega Valley Arts & Crafts Society collection.

The gallery will feature a significantly larger exhibition space, expanded from 180m² to 290m² and will include a state-of-the-art main gallery space for touring exhibitions.

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October 24, 2022

DESIGN Canberra festival announces exhibition program and inaugural partnership with Forage Festival

DESIGN Canberra Festival has unveiled five new exhibitions and a collaboration with acclaimed food and entertainment organisation, The Forage, to launch as part of its ninth edition.

Forage Festival will offer a high-quality food and entertainment program, including an array of culinary and musical attractions on Saturday 5 November, showcasing the best of Canberra’s food and music scene.

The five exhibitions will each display unique design talent across an eclectic range of disciplines including architecture, interior design, metalwork and digital media from both local and international creatives: the Robert F!NK National Metal Prize, Home Life, Seeing Seventies Photography Competition, Shadow Lines and Ctrl.

DESIGN Canberra Festival has unveiled five new exhibitions and a collaboration with acclaimed food and entertainment organisation, The Forage, to launch as part of its ninth edition.

Forage Festival will offer a high-quality food and entertainment program, including an array of culinary and musical attractions on Saturday 5 November, showcasing the best of Canberra’s food and music scene.

The five exhibitions will each display unique design talent across an eclectic range of disciplines including architecture, interior design, metalwork and digital media from both local and international creatives: the Robert F!NK National Metal Prize, Home Life, Seeing Seventies Photography Competition, Shadow Lines and Ctrl. ALT. Design.

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October 19, 2022

CARRIAGEWORKS ANNOUNCES SYDNEY FESTIVAL 2023 PROGRAM

Carriageworks, one of Australia’s most significant contemporary multi-arts organisations, today announced a dynamic program spanning visual arts and live performance to be presented as part of Sydney Festival 2023. The program includes two major exhibitions by leading Australian artists Paul Yore and The Huxleys, a large-scale mural by Arrernte and Kalkadoon artist Thea Anamara Perkins, and an immersive live performance work by innovative percussive arts organisation Speak Percussionpresented in Sydney for the first time.

Image: Paul Yore: WORD MADE FLESH, installation view, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne.

Carriageworks, one of Australia’s most significant contemporary multi-arts organisations, today announced a dynamic program spanning visual arts and live performance to be presented as part of Sydney Festival 2023. The program includes two major exhibitions by leading Australian artists Paul Yore and The Huxleys, a large-scale mural by Arrernte and Kalkadoon artist Thea Anamara Perkins, and an immersive live performance work by innovative percussive arts organisation Speak Percussionpresented in Sydney for the first time.

Image: Paul Yore: WORD MADE FLESH, installation view, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne. Photo credit: Andrew Curtis

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October 13, 2022

CARRIAGEWORKS ANNOUNCES PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS FOR FIRST NATIONS PROGRAM – PARTY | PROTEST | REMEMBER

Carriageworks, one of Australia’s most significant contemporary multi-arts organisations, today announced the program highlights for PARTY | PROTEST | REMEMBER, a free precinct wide event on 12 November that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the founding of the National Black Theatre. Curated by Director of First Nations Programs, Jacob Boehme (Narangga/Kaurna), the program celebrates Blak excellence and spans live music, performance, drag, visual art, film and will be kicked off with a citizen’s assembly led by author and Uluru Statement from the Heart campaigner Thomas Mayor.

Carriageworks, one of Australia’s most significant contemporary multi-arts organisations, today announced the program highlights for PARTY | PROTEST | REMEMBER, a free precinct wide event on 12 November that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the founding of the National Black Theatre. Curated by Director of First Nations Programs, Jacob Boehme (Narangga/Kaurna), the program celebrates Blak excellence and spans live music, performance, drag, visual art, film and will be kicked off with a citizen’s assembly led by author and Uluru Statement from the Heart campaigner Thomas Mayor.

Image: Nana Miss Koori for Party | Protest | Remember. Image: Jacquie Manning

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October 12, 2022

Bruce Reynolds wins the 21st Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize

Bruce Reynolds has been announced as the winner of the 2022 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, ahead of the opening of the 21st anniversary exhibition at the new Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf. The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize is Australia’s pre-eminent prize for small sculpture and the first national acquisitive prize for an original sculpture of up to 80cm, presented by Woollahra Council.

Bruce Reynolds has been awarded the $25,000 award, for his work, “Animal Kraters”, which will be acquired for the Council’s permanent public collection, joining previous winners Tim Silver, Robert Owen, Yvonne Kendall, Rhonda Sharpe and Mikala Dwyer.

Bruce Reynolds has been announced as the winner of the 2022 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, ahead of the opening of the 21st anniversary exhibition at the new Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf. The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize is Australia’s pre-eminent prize for small sculpture and the first national acquisitive prize for an original sculpture of up to 80cm, presented by Woollahra Council.

Bruce Reynolds has been awarded the $25,000 award, for his work, “Animal Kraters”, which will be acquired for the Council’s permanent public collection, joining previous winners Tim Silver, Robert Owen, Yvonne Kendall, Rhonda Sharpe and Mikala Dwyer.

Exploring an eclectic mix of themes including loss of identity, decolonisation, the reimagining of ancient stories and artefacts and gender identity, the 2022 finalists’ works will be on display at Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf in an exhibition running from 13 October to 20 November 2022.

Image: 21st Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize at Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf. Credit Jacquie Manning

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October 12, 2022

Anna Schwartz Gallery presents a new exhibition by Daniel von Sturmer: “Projections”

Anna Schwartz AO, Founder of Anna Schwartz Gallery, said: “Anna Schwartz Gallery is proud to present the latest development in the practice of Daniel von Sturmer: a series of highly refined, indefinable works on the walls of the gallery. This is the 9th solo exhibition of Daniel von Sturmer with the gallery and a great opportunity for audiences to see the fascinating progression in the work of this major artist.”

Daniel von Sturmer has an enduring interest in the devices associated with image-making, particularly in photography and video.

Anna Schwartz AO, Founder of Anna Schwartz Gallery, said: “Anna Schwartz Gallery is proud to present the latest development in the practice of Daniel von Sturmer: a series of highly refined, indefinable works on the walls of the gallery. This is the 9th solo exhibition of Daniel von Sturmer with the gallery and a great opportunity for audiences to see the fascinating progression in the work of this major artist.”

Daniel von Sturmer has an enduring interest in the devices associated with image-making, particularly in photography and video. These new works use an intentionally invisible trope of photographic vernacular (the graduated background) and render it concrete as a philosophical object. Entities that resist categorisation hold their potential, keeping easy apprehension at bay.

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September 30, 2022

POWERHOUSE REVEALS DETAILS OF MAJOR RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITION: ZAMPATTI POWERHOUSE

Powerhouse has revealed details of Zampatti Powerhouse, the major survey exhibition which will celebrate the life and legacy of the iconic Australian, Carla Zampatti opening 24 November 2022.

The first internationally exclusive retrospective of Carla Zampatti AC, OMRI will present the life and work of the inimitable Italian-born designer, beloved as an Australian fashion icon. The breadth of her extraordinary private, professional and public life will be rendered in exquisite detail, anchored by Zampatti’s signature designs and brought to life with first person reflections on the designer’s clients, family, staff and friends.

Powerhouse has revealed details of Zampatti Powerhouse, the major survey exhibition which will celebrate the life and legacy of the iconic Australian, Carla Zampatti opening 24 November 2022.

The first internationally exclusive retrospective of Carla Zampatti AC, OMRI will present the life and work of the inimitable Italian-born designer, beloved as an Australian fashion icon. The breadth of her extraordinary private, professional and public life will be rendered in exquisite detail, anchored by Zampatti’s signature designs and brought to life with first person reflections on the designer’s clients, family, staff and friends.

Zampatti Powerhouse will encompass 100 designs from over 50 lenders and over five decades of material, surveying a trailblazing career from the establishment of her business in 1965 to her most recent work. Iconic pieces worn by high-profile Australian women in defining life moments include former Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s jacket worn when she addressed US Congress in 2011; the white jacket worn by Christine Holgate when speaking at the Australia Post Inquiry in April 2021; the red pantsuit worn by Linda Burney for her official parliamentary portrait in 2019; Tina Arena’s jumpsuit, personally fitted for her ARIA Hall of Fame induction in 2015; and Allegra Spender’s blue jacket which belonged to her mother, frequently worn while campaigning for the federal seat of Wentworth. Following a public call-out, the exhibition will also present around 30 loaned garments from Zampatti’s rarely seen early design work from the 60s and 70s, alongside the stories of the Australian women who wore them.

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September 26, 2022

NGV Announces Freedom of Movement: Contemporary Art and Design from the NGV Collection

Freedom of Movement: Contemporary Art and Design from the NGV Collection is a new exhibition featuring more than 60 works of contemporary art and design by some of the most recognisable names working today, including Patricia Piccinini, KAWS, nendo, Paola Pivi, Nick Cave, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Shilpa Gupta, Alicja Kwade, Daniel Arsham and Alex Prager.

Offering a dynamic survey of the State collection across contemporary furniture, lighting, painting, film, sculpture and installation, the exhibition provides audiences the chance to engage with remarkable contemporary works in new and surprising contexts, as well as to appreciate the spectacular correlations and interrelationships between art and design.

Freedom of Movement: Contemporary Art and Design from the NGV Collection is a new exhibition featuring more than 60 works of contemporary art and design by some of the most recognisable names working today, including Patricia Piccinini, KAWS, nendo, Paola Pivi, Nick Cave, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Shilpa Gupta, Alicja Kwade, Daniel Arsham and Alex Prager.

Offering a dynamic survey of the State collection across contemporary furniture, lighting, painting, film, sculpture and installation, the exhibition provides audiences the chance to engage with remarkable contemporary works in new and surprising contexts, as well as to appreciate the spectacular correlations and interrelationships between art and design.

Crossing cultures, disciplines and traditional divides, Freedom of Movement presents a selection of NGV Collection works bound together by ideas of movement – be that physical, technological or geographical. Presented across four thematic ‘movements’, each anchored by a major work, the exhibition invites audiences to contemplate concepts of movement, change, perception and transformation in contemporary life.

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September 21, 2022

BUNDANON ANNOUNCES SITEWORKS 2022: FROM A DEEP VALLEY

Bundanon has announced its Season 3 program: Siteworks 2022: From a deep valley, opening to the public from 26 November 2022 – 12 March 2023. In Dharawal the word Bundanon means deep valley. With a decade-long history at Bundanon, Siteworks will see the work of over 25 artists and 10 scientific researchers drawing on climate research, critical thinking, First Nations knowledge and technologies and creative digital spaces, throughout a major exhibition and a program of outdoor installations, performances, workshops, and digital artworks.

Bundanon has announced its Season 3 program: Siteworks 2022: From a deep valley, opening to the public from 26 November 2022 – 12 March 2023. In Dharawal the word Bundanon means deep valley. With a decade-long history at Bundanon, Siteworks will see the work of over 25 artists and 10 scientific researchers drawing on climate research, critical thinking, First Nations knowledge and technologies and creative digital spaces, throughout a major exhibition and a program of outdoor installations, performances, workshops, and digital artworks.

Siteworks 2022: From a deep valley will present a major new exhibition in the Art Museum, titled ‘Inside, underground’ exploring the concept of interior weather, as well as a curated series of events across four key weekends over summer that position the artist as a kind of weather balloon, capturing ‘weather reports’ from this place and time. A core element of Siteworks 2022: From a deep valley is Bundanon’s participation in the digital project, the World Weather Network, a ground-breaking new global alliance of artists, writers and communities initiated by the UK-based arts organisation, Artangel.

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September 16, 2022

Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize announces finalists for 2022

The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, presented by Woollahra Council, has announced 50 emerging and established artists as finalists for the 21st annual Prize. The 2022 finalist works, by artists hailing from every Australian state and territory as well as international finalists from Auckland, New Zealand and Texas, USA will be presented in an exhibition at Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf, opening on 12 October.

Established in 2001, the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize is Australia’s pre-eminent award for small sculpture and is the first national acquisitive prize for an original sculpture of up to 80cm in any dimension.

The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, presented by Woollahra Council, has announced 50 emerging and established artists as finalists for the 21st annual Prize. The 2022 finalist works, by artists hailing from every Australian state and territory as well as international finalists from Auckland, New Zealand and Texas, USA will be presented in an exhibition at Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf, opening on 12 October.

Established in 2001, the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize is Australia’s pre-eminent award for small sculpture and is the first national acquisitive prize for an original sculpture of up to 80cm in any dimension.

The 2022 Woollahra Sculpture Prize finalist artists are:
Agus Wijaya, Allan Giddy, Amala Groom, Amelia Lynch, Anastasia Parmson, Antoinette O’Brien, Ara Dolatian, Bianca Hester, Bruce Reynolds, Claudia Terstappen, Edward Waring, Franky Howell, Gaspare Moscone, Gina Ferguson, Guy Fredricks , Jake Preval, Jess Dare, Jessica Murtagh, Kat Shapiro Wood, Kelly Austin, Kenzee Patterson, Kirsteen Pieterse, Lee Harrop, Leonie Rhodes, Lewis Doherty, Louis Grant, Lynda Draper, Mai Nguyen-Long, Mariana Del Castillo, Mark Booth, Michael Cusack, Nabilah Nordin, Nasim Nasr, Nate Ditzler, Nicholas Burridge, Nuha Saad, Peter Burgess, Peter Tilley, Pippin Drysdale, Rebecca Selleck, Ruby Benhar Pattarkadavu, Samantha Hanicar, Sherna Teperson, Shireen Taweel, Simon Fieldhouse, Stephen Ralph, Stephen Benwell, Suzanne Archer, Vipoo Srivilasa and Yanyangkari Butler.

Image: Ara Dolatian, ‘Unearthed’

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September 16, 2022

Walsh Bay Arts Precinct Presents Free Public Open Day

Walsh Bay Arts Precinct, Australia’s newest cultural precinct, has today announced its first precinct-wide Open Day with a free public program of events to be presented across the architecturally acclaimed Precinct encompassing the historically significant Pier 2/3 and Wharf 4/5. Presented on Saturday 8 October 2022 from 10am to 4pm, the Walsh Bay Arts Precinct Open Day will offer a series of free one-off experiences, workshops and performances hosted by its resident performing arts companies across the entire precinct.

Walsh Bay Arts Precinct, Australia’s newest cultural precinct, has today announced its first precinct-wide Open Day with a free public program of events to be presented across the architecturally acclaimed Precinct encompassing the historically significant Pier 2/3 and Wharf 4/5. Presented on Saturday 8 October 2022 from 10am to 4pm, the Walsh Bay Arts Precinct Open Day will offer a series of free one-off experiences, workshops and performances hosted by its resident performing arts companies across the entire precinct.

Located on the foreshore of Sydney Harbour, the revitalised heritage Walsh Bay Arts Precinct will open its doors to the
public in a one-day program set to highlight the dynamic cultural offerings and world-class facilities of its resident
companies including the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Australian Theatre for Young People, Bangarra Dance Theatre,
Bell Shakespeare, Gondwana Choirs, Sydney Dance Company, Sydney Theatre Company and Sydney Philharmonia
Choirs.

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September 9, 2022

Bell Shakespeare announces 2023 season

Bell Shakespeare has announced its 2023 season, with three new productions touring throughout the country. To mark 2023 as the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s First Folio, the company will stage new contemporary retellings of plays from the Folio, Macbeth and Twelfth Night, the latter featuring all new music by Sarah Blasko. The company will also stage a raw and intimate performance of Romeo and Juliet in the company’s new theatre The Neilson Nutshell and at the Fairfax Studio at Arts Centre Melbourne.

Bell Shakespeare has announced its 2023 season, with three new productions touring throughout the country. To mark 2023 as the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s First Folio, the company will stage new contemporary retellings of plays from the Folio, Macbeth and Twelfth Night, the latter featuring all new music by Sarah Blasko. The company will also stage a raw and intimate performance of Romeo and Juliet in the company’s new theatre The Neilson Nutshell and at the Fairfax Studio at Arts Centre Melbourne.

 

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September 7, 2022

Sydney Contemporary 2022 Launches at Carriageworks

Sydney Contemporary, Australasia’s premier art fair, in partnership with MA Financial Group, opens to the public with an expansive program of art, performance, talks, food and drink, featuring the work of more than 450 artists and over 90 galleries. Presented at multi-arts precinct Carriageworks from 8-11 September, this marks the first physical edition of the Fair since 2019 and its strongest to date. Sydney Contemporary is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW.

Sydney Contemporary, Australasia’s premier art fair, in partnership with MA Financial Group, opens to the public with an expansive program of art, performance, talks, food and drink, featuring the work of more than 450 artists and over 90 galleries. Presented at multi-arts precinct Carriageworks from 8-11 September, this marks the first physical edition of the Fair since 2019 and its strongest to date. Sydney Contemporary is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW.

The Fair program for Sydney Contemporary 2022 caters for serious collectors and the art loving public alike, presenting engaging activities alongside the extensive artworks on show, with curated AMPLIFY, Performance Contemporary, Kid Contemporary and Talk Contemporary programs that all run concurrently throughout the Fair. The Fair is also home to restaurants, cafes and bespoke bars making it an all-encompassing art and dining experience. Billed as one of the most celebrated events on Australia’s cultural calendar, Sydney Contemporary has firmly established itself as a must-attend art event and the perfect place to discover and collect modern and contemporary art.

Photography by James Horan; Michael Staniak, FXB_004 (cave C++) 2022, aluminium, canvas, PVC, acrylic and wood, 400 x 250 x 400 cm.

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August 30, 2022

POWERHOUSE ANNOUNCES MAJOR NEW EXHIBITION: UNPOPULAR

Powerhouse today announced Unpopular, a major exhibition featuring the never-before-seen archive of music entrepreneur Stephen ‘Pav’ Pavlovic. The exhibition explores the global rise of the alternative music scene that included cornerstone bands such as Nirvana, Beastie Boys, Sonic Youth, Fugazi and Bikini Kill.

Opening to the public on Thursday 27 October, Unpopular features more than 200 objects from Pavlovic’s extensive archive, alongside stories and oral histories from the community of artists he worked with, bringing visitors backstage and behind the scenes of this era of live music.

Powerhouse today announced Unpopular, a major exhibition featuring the never-before-seen archive of music entrepreneur Stephen ‘Pav’ Pavlovic. The exhibition explores the global rise of the alternative music scene that included cornerstone bands such as Nirvana, Beastie Boys, Sonic Youth, Fugazi and Bikini Kill.

Opening to the public on Thursday 27 October, Unpopular features more than 200 objects from Pavlovic’s extensive archive, alongside stories and oral histories from the community of artists he worked with, bringing visitors backstage and behind the scenes of this era of live music.

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August 29, 2022

University of Melbourne presents new exhibition examining legacies of colonisation and Imperialism in the University’s vast collections

The University of Melbourne’s Ian Potter Museum of Art has announced Collective Unease; a bold new exhibition examining the legacies of colonisation and imperialism in the University of Melbourne’s collections, running 27 September – 9 December 2022 and then 14 February – 2 June 2023.

Co-curated by Samantha Comte, Senior Curator and Jacqueline Doughty, Head Curator, Art Museums, the exhibition forms part of the Ian Potter Museum of Art’s artistic program, inviting three contemporary artists to respond to and reframe objects from the University collection.

The University of Melbourne’s Ian Potter Museum of Art has announced Collective Unease; a bold new exhibition examining the legacies of colonisation and imperialism in the University of Melbourne’s collections, running 27 September – 9 December 2022 and then 14 February – 2 June 2023.

Co-curated by Samantha Comte, Senior Curator and Jacqueline Doughty, Head Curator, Art Museums, the exhibition forms part of the Ian Potter Museum of Art’s artistic program, inviting three contemporary artists to respond to and reframe objects from the University collection. Collective Unease is presented inside the Old Quad at the centre of the University’s Parkville campus, with the works in part inspired by the Oxbridge-style architecture of this historic building.

Through these newly-commissioned works, artists Andy Butler, Lisa Hilli and James Nguyen move beyond colonial narratives to a complex, multi-voiced understanding of Australia inflected by experiences of migration and diaspora.  In the face of difficult histories and an uncertain future, these works emphasise themes of self-representation, empowerment and optimism.

 

Image: Andy Butler, The Agony and the Ecstasy, 2022, video still. Courtesy of the artist.

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August 25, 2022

CARRIAGEWORKS ANNOUNCES NEW FIRST NATIONS PROGRAM

Carriageworks, one of Australia’s most significant contemporary multi-arts organisations, today announced the launch of the First Nations Program, signalling an ambitious sea change for the organisation. Under the leadership of the first Director of First Nations Programs, Jacob Boehme (Narangga/Kaurna), Carriageworks is undergoing a renewal that is embedding First Nations governance and cultural perspectives at the heart of the organisation.

In 2022, Carriageworks presents PARTY | PROTEST | REMEMBER, a dynamic, new multi-arts program that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the founding of the National Black Theatre.

Carriageworks, one of Australia’s most significant contemporary multi-arts organisations, today announced the launch of the First Nations Program, signalling an ambitious sea change for the organisation. Under the leadership of the first Director of First Nations Programs, Jacob Boehme (Narangga/Kaurna), Carriageworks is undergoing a renewal that is embedding First Nations governance and cultural perspectives at the heart of the organisation.

In 2022, Carriageworks presents PARTY | PROTEST | REMEMBER, a dynamic, new multi-arts program that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the founding of the National Black Theatre. In 1972 a group of dedicated Aboriginal activists came together on the streets of Redfern to create change. They created Redfern’s first self-determined Aboriginal theatre company alongside the establishment of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy

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August 22, 2022

CARRIAGEWORKS PRESENTS AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE OF AWAKENING SHADOW, A NEW WORK BY SYDNEY CHAMBER OPERA

Carriageworks, one of Australia’s most significant contemporary multi-arts organisations, will present Awakening Shadow, a new work by resident company Sydney Chamber Opera. In a first Australian staging, Benjamin Britten’s five Canticles are entwined with a new work by leading Australian composer Luke Styles, performed by a quartet of singers and four musicians in front of a monolithic altar-like screen. The work channels Britten’s crisis of faith through the singing body and will be presented from 30 September – 7 October 2022.

Carriageworks, one of Australia’s most significant contemporary multi-arts organisations, will present Awakening Shadow, a new work by resident company Sydney Chamber Opera. In a first Australian staging, Benjamin Britten’s five Canticles are entwined with a new work by leading Australian composer Luke Styles, performed by a quartet of singers and four musicians in front of a monolithic altar-like screen. The work channels Britten’s crisis of faith through the singing body and will be presented from 30 September – 7 October 2022.

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August 18, 2022

DESIGN Canberra Festival announces 2022 program with its most ambitious line-up to date

The annual DESIGN Canberra Festival has announced highlights for its ninth edition, unveiling an expansive program featuring more than 200 events that will be presented across the nation’s capital celebrating it as a global city of design, spanning two weeks from 2 until 20 November 2022. Presented by Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre, DESIGN Canberra 2022 explores the theme of Transformation, inviting audiences to speculate on how we might transform our city, our community and our world through design and creative practice.

The annual DESIGN Canberra Festival has announced highlights for its ninth edition, unveiling an expansive program featuring more than 200 events that will be presented across the nation’s capital celebrating it as a global city of design, spanning two weeks from 2 until 20 November 2022. Presented by Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre, DESIGN Canberra 2022 explores the theme of Transformation, inviting audiences to speculate on how we might transform our city, our community and our world through design and creative practice.

With a program comprising talks, tours, exhibitions, public art installations, workshops and symposiums, DESIGN Canberra highlights in 2022 include keynote speeches by authors Elizabeth Farrelly and Tony Fry, as well as by artists Blanche Tilden and Tom Moore; an exhibition celebrating contemporary Italian design; open studio access to more than 77 Canberra-based artists and designers; public art installations; architecture talks and tours; hands-on ‘nurture’ making workshops; and a Bauhaus influenced exhibition of light works.

Canberra sculptor Lucy Irvine – whose work transforms the traditional craft practice of weaving into sculptural installations – has been named the 2022 designer-in-residence for DESIGN Canberra 2022, creating a signature work, ‘The Stills’ for the Festival, responding to the theme of Transformation.

Image: Lucy Irvine, The Stills, DESIGN Canberra 2022 signature artwork. Photo Lean Timms.

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August 15, 2022

Fred Williams: The London Drawings

Fred Williams: The London Drawings is the first exhibition dedicated to Williams’s London period (1952–56). The exhibition explores the range and power of William’s drawings from this formative period through some 160 drawings of extraordinary calligraphic energy. These include superb series of works that Williams made in London’s music halls, at the zoo, on the city streets, and in formal life drawing classes.

Presenting a surprising counterpoint to the artist’s celebrated, abstracted landscape paintings, these drawings reveal Williams’s early aspirations to be a figure painter.

Fred Williams: The London Drawings is the first exhibition dedicated to Williams’s London period (1952–56). The exhibition explores the range and power of William’s drawings from this formative period through some 160 drawings of extraordinary calligraphic energy. These include superb series of works that Williams made in London’s music halls, at the zoo, on the city streets, and in formal life drawing classes.

Presenting a surprising counterpoint to the artist’s celebrated, abstracted landscape paintings, these drawings reveal Williams’s early aspirations to be a figure painter. This early commitment to drawing and painting the human figure is less well known to the public and reveals Williams’s extraordinary observational skills and ability to capture the world around him.

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August 12, 2022

NGV Architecture Commission 2022 – Temple of Boom

An evocative reimagining of The Parthenon on the Acropolis in Athens, Adam Newman and Kelvin Tsang’s Temple of Boom is the NGV Architecture Commission for 2022, an annual series that invites Australian architects to create a work of site-specific, ephemeral architecture for the NGV Garden.

A global architectural icon, The Parthenon, an Ancient Greek temple, is an apex symbol of Western civilisation, democracy and perfection. The likeness of The Parthenon will be painted with overlapping large-scale artworks by Melbourne-based artists, imbuing the ancient monument with further layers of meaning and drawing inspiration from the vibrant colours and artistic embellishments that defined the original building over two-thousand years ago.

An evocative reimagining of The Parthenon on the Acropolis in Athens, Adam Newman and Kelvin Tsang’s Temple of Boom is the NGV Architecture Commission for 2022, an annual series that invites Australian architects to create a work of site-specific, ephemeral architecture for the NGV Garden.

A global architectural icon, The Parthenon, an Ancient Greek temple, is an apex symbol of Western civilisation, democracy and perfection. The likeness of The Parthenon will be painted with overlapping large-scale artworks by Melbourne-based artists, imbuing the ancient monument with further layers of meaning and drawing inspiration from the vibrant colours and artistic embellishments that defined the original building over two-thousand years ago.

Adam Newman and Kelvin Tsang invite audiences to reflect on the conversations that are enabled when this ancient building is viewed in new and surprising contexts. In particular, the projects ask us to consider the effect of time on all architecture. Temple of Boom reflects the slow yet unstoppable processes of change that transform all cultural, geological and ecological systems. The geological forces that shape the world, layers that accumulate as cities grow over generations, the rise and fall of monuments set against a backdrop of social, political and cultural change.

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August 9, 2022

Anna Schwartz Gallery presents a new exhibition by Angelica Mesiti: “Future Perfect Continuous”

Using performance, video, sound, installation and collage, Angelica Mesiti provides new vantage points from which to consider a familiar element. Avoiding depictions that are strictly representational, Future Perfect Continuous is an invitation to meditate, to listen closely, and to consider the greater meaning of small gestures. In this exhibition, running from 30 July – 8 October 2022, Mesiti creates a crease in time and in memory, while offering an anchor to a transcendent idea of community.

Using performance, video, sound, installation and collage, Angelica Mesiti provides new vantage points from which to consider a familiar element. Avoiding depictions that are strictly representational, Future Perfect Continuous is an invitation to meditate, to listen closely, and to consider the greater meaning of small gestures. In this exhibition, running from 30 July – 8 October 2022, Mesiti creates a crease in time and in memory, while offering an anchor to a transcendent idea of community.

 

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August 8, 2022

NGV Announces The Rigg Design Prize 2022: A Major exhibition of contemporary advertising and communication design

The Rigg Design Prize 2022 highlights the creativity underpinning the work of eight leading Australian-based agencies. The first major exhibition of advertising and communication design in the NGV’s history will see each agency will develop a suite of campaign assets to celebrate how creativity can shape who we are and the world we live in. The finalists invited by the NGV to compete for the $30,000 Prize are: Clemenger BBDO Melbourne, DDB Group Melbourne, Frost* collective, Gilimbaa, Leo Burnett Australia, TBWA\Melbourne, The Royals and Thinkerbell.

The Rigg Design Prize 2022 highlights the creativity underpinning the work of eight leading Australian-based agencies. The first major exhibition of advertising and communication design in the NGV’s history will see each agency will develop a suite of campaign assets to celebrate how creativity can shape who we are and the world we live in. The finalists invited by the NGV to compete for the $30,000 Prize are: Clemenger BBDO Melbourne, DDB Group Melbourne, Frost* collective, Gilimbaa, Leo Burnett Australia, TBWA\Melbourne, The Royals and Thinkerbell.

Now in its ninth edition, the triennial Prize is Australia’s highest national accolade for contemporary design bestowed by an Australian public gallery and seeks to profile a different field of design practice every three years. In 2022, the Prize exhibition showcases the capacity of advertising and communication design to influence how we consume, act and behave as a society, while drawing attention to the creative minds behind the campaigns working across graphic design, typography, digital media, film, psychology and creative writing.

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July 27, 2022

Sydney Contemporary announces dynamic night-time program including live performances and music presented from 8 – 9 September

Sydney Contemporary, Australasia’s premier art fair, in partnership with MA Financial Group, announced a dynamic program of performance art and music to be presented across Thursday 8 September (Opening Night, presented by Glenfiddich) and Friday 9 September (Friday Night Art Night). Audiences will experience a vibrant new work by Justene Williams commissioned exclusively for the Fair and supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, alongside the Performance Contemporary program with performances by cutting-edge, experimental artists, curated by Jeff Khan (Artistic Director) and Samantha Watson-Wood (Artistic Advisor) of Performance Space.

Sydney Contemporary, Australasia’s premier art fair, in partnership with MA Financial Group, announced a dynamic program of performance art and music to be presented across Thursday 8 September (Opening Night, presented by Glenfiddich) and Friday 9 September (Friday Night Art Night). Audiences will experience a vibrant new work by Justene Williams commissioned exclusively for the Fair and supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, alongside the Performance Contemporary program with performances by cutting-edge, experimental artists, curated by Jeff Khan (Artistic Director) and Samantha Watson-Wood (Artistic Advisor) of Performance Space.

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July 25, 2022

Senior Pitjantjatjara artist Tuppy Ngintja Goodwin wins Hadley’s Art Prize 2022

Senior Pitjantjatjara artist Tuppy Ngintja Goodwin has been announced as the winner of the annual acquisitive Hadley’s Art Prize 2022 – Australia’s richest landscape prize worth $100,000 – for her work titled Antara. Goodwin is the first woman to win the major prize since its inception in 2017.

Tuppy Ngintja Goodwin’s work Antara depicts the ancient storyline of Maku Tjukurpa, or Witchetty Grub story, from Mimili, an Anangu community on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in the north west of South Australia.

Senior Pitjantjatjara artist Tuppy Ngintja Goodwin has been announced as the winner of the annual acquisitive Hadley’s Art Prize 2022 – Australia’s richest landscape prize worth $100,000 – for her work titled Antara. Goodwin is the first woman to win the major prize since its inception in 2017.

Tuppy Ngintja Goodwin’s work Antara depicts the ancient storyline of Maku Tjukurpa, or Witchetty Grub story, from Mimili, an Anangu community on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in the north west of South Australia. Tuppy Ngintja Goodwin captures the vast, arid landscape of Antara, a sacred ceremonial site northwest of Mimili community characterised by rounded granite hills, low scrub and sandplains.

Tuppy Ngintja Goodwin said: “I paint the Antara storyline, the Witchetty Grub Tjukurpa. It’s a very old story from a long time ago that I was taught when I moved to Mimili as a young girl. Now I look after it and teach it to the children. The Witchetty Grub story is a big ceremony. There are three deep rock holes where we go and lots of songs associated with this place. I love to sing them when I paint, sharing them with my granddaughters and friends.”

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July 4, 2022

Walsh Bay Arts Precinct wins NSW Architecture Medallion

Walsh Bay Arts Precinct, Australia’s newest cultural precinct, has received awards in four categories at the 2022 NSW Architecture Awards, the state’s most celebrated architectural honours presented by the Australian Institute of Architects. Selected by a jury led by former NSW Government Architect Peter Mould, the Precinct received the state’s top award, the NSW Architecture Medallion, for the transformation of Pier 2/3 and Wharf 4/5 undertaken by Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects. The Precinct also received the awards for Public Architecture, Greenway Award for Heritage and a commendation for Interior Architecture.

Walsh Bay Arts Precinct, Australia’s newest cultural precinct, has received awards in four categories at the 2022 NSW Architecture Awards, the state’s most celebrated architectural honours presented by the Australian Institute of Architects. Selected by a jury led by former NSW Government Architect Peter Mould, the Precinct received the state’s top award, the NSW Architecture Medallion, for the transformation of Pier 2/3 and Wharf 4/5 undertaken by Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects. The Precinct also received the awards for Public Architecture, Greenway Award for Heritage and a commendation for Interior Architecture.

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June 29, 2022

Sydney Contemporary announces AMPLIFY, an ambitious and diverse installation program for 2022

Sydney Contemporary, Australasia’s premier art fair has today announced AMPLIFY – the newly named and highly anticipated Installation Contemporary program.

Designed to exhibit large-scale artworks in a diverse range of media, including moving-image, or more ambitious and conceptually driven projects that extend beyond the traditional booth presentation, AMPLIFY presents an opportunity to view innovative, site-specific, and interactive installations in the environment of Carriageworks.

Curated by Annika Kristensen, Visual Arts Curator at Perth Festival, and Associate Curator at Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA),  participating artists include Angela Tiatia who will present Narcissus, a contemporary reimagining of the classical Greek myth, exploring contemporary visual culture’s worship of the self, pictured.

Sydney Contemporary, Australasia’s premier art fair has today announced AMPLIFY – the newly named and highly anticipated Installation Contemporary program.

Designed to exhibit large-scale artworks in a diverse range of media, including moving-image, or more ambitious and conceptually driven projects that extend beyond the traditional booth presentation, AMPLIFY presents an opportunity to view innovative, site-specific, and interactive installations in the environment of Carriageworks.

Curated by Annika Kristensen, Visual Arts Curator at Perth Festival, and Associate Curator at Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA),  participating artists include Angela Tiatia who will present Narcissus, a contemporary reimagining of the classical Greek myth, exploring contemporary visual culture’s worship of the self, pictured.

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June 28, 2022

Anna Schwartz Gallery unveils a new exhibition by Chiharu Shiota: State of Being

Anna Schwartz Gallery has unveiled Chiharu Shiota: State of Being, an exhibition of new works by the acclaimed Japanese artist presented until 30 July 2022. State of Being is being exhibited concurrently with Shiota’s The Soul Trembles – curated by Mami Kataoka, Director of Mori Art Museum, Tokyo – at QAGOMA. A significant moment in Shiota’s twenty-five-year artistic practice, each of these Australian exhibitions are new touch points in Shiota’s devotion to exploring the tangle of memory and dreams and their transcendence into our waking lives.

Anna Schwartz Gallery has unveiled Chiharu Shiota: State of Being, an exhibition of new works by the acclaimed Japanese artist presented until 30 July 2022. State of Being is being exhibited concurrently with Shiota’s The Soul Trembles – curated by Mami Kataoka, Director of Mori Art Museum, Tokyo – at QAGOMA. A significant moment in Shiota’s twenty-five-year artistic practice, each of these Australian exhibitions are new touch points in Shiota’s devotion to exploring the tangle of memory and dreams and their transcendence into our waking lives.

State of Being is comprised of work in both two and three dimensions, all realised through the artist’s signature language of threads. A a sculptural human figure in red rests beneath yet connected to an immense web that spans the gallery from wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling. On a more intimate scale, sculptures and works on canvas and paper offer an opportunity to see details of Shiota’s thinking. Reclaimed love letters, diaries and photographs, found by the artist in flea markets, are artefacts of other lives lived in other places.

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June 25, 2022

Heide Museum of Modern Art presents the first Australian museum exhibition of acclaimed light artist Bruce Munro

Heide Museum of Modern Art presents Bruce Munro: From Sunrise Road, the first museum exhibition in Australia of the work of internationally celebrated English/Australian artist Bruce Munro, best known for his interactive, large-scale light installations inspired largely by his interest in shared human experience. Presented from 25 June to 16 October, the exhibition combines spectacular indoor and outdoor experiential artworks with intimate story-pieces, revealing the depth of the artist’s practice and the breadth of his sources, from the personal and philosophical to the literary and spiritual.

Heide Museum of Modern Art presents Bruce Munro: From Sunrise Road, the first museum exhibition in Australia of the work of internationally celebrated English/Australian artist Bruce Munro, best known for his interactive, large-scale light installations inspired largely by his interest in shared human experience. Presented from 25 June to 16 October, the exhibition combines spectacular indoor and outdoor experiential artworks with intimate story-pieces, revealing the depth of the artist’s practice and the breadth of his sources, from the personal and philosophical to the literary and spiritual.

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June 23, 2022

CARRIAGEWORKS PRESENTS A MAJOR SOLO EXHIBITION BY INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED ARTIST MEL O’CALLAGHAN

Australia’s largest contemporary multi-arts precinct presents a major solo exhibition by acclaimed Australian artist Mel O’Callaghan titled All is Life, which expands on the artist’s continued exploration of the relationship between life and nonlife. Presented free to the public from 23 June to 21 August 2022, the exhibition, which has been curated by Aarna Fitzgerald Hanley, includes an ambitious sculptural installation activated by performances, a new sound work, and a two-channel film capturing the sacred ritual Dhalo, shot by the artist on a recent trip to Ambaulim, Goa in India.

Australia’s largest contemporary multi-arts precinct presents a major solo exhibition by acclaimed Australian artist Mel O’Callaghan titled All is Life, which expands on the artist’s continued exploration of the relationship between life and nonlife. Presented free to the public from 23 June to 21 August 2022, the exhibition, which has been curated by Aarna Fitzgerald Hanley, includes an ambitious sculptural installation activated by performances, a new sound work, and a two-channel film capturing the sacred ritual Dhalo, shot by the artist on a recent trip to Ambaulim, Goa in India.

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June 15, 2022

Sydney Contemporary announces its highly anticipated Performance Contemporary and Kid Contemporary programs

Sydney Contemporary, in partnership with MA Financial Group, has announced their highly anticipated Performance Contemporary and Kid Contemporary programs. The sixth edition of Australasia’s premier art fair and one of the most significant and celebrated art events on the cultural calendar, Sydney Contemporary, will present over 90 leading Australian and New Zealand galleries exhibiting the work of over 450 artists hailing from 35 countries, from 8-11 September 2022 at Carriageworks.

Performance Contemporary, curated by Jeff Khan (Artistic Director) and Samantha Watson-Wood (Artistic Advisor) of Performance Space, presents work by Salote Tawale, WeiZen Ho, Rakini Devi and Alli Sebastian Wolf, four artists reflecting the incredible diversity of practices, artforms and ideas that make up the contemporary performance environment today.

Sydney Contemporary, in partnership with MA Financial Group, has announced their highly anticipated Performance Contemporary and Kid Contemporary programs. The sixth edition of Australasia’s premier art fair and one of the most significant and celebrated art events on the cultural calendar, Sydney Contemporary, will present over 90 leading Australian and New Zealand galleries exhibiting the work of over 450 artists hailing from 35 countries, from 8-11 September 2022 at Carriageworks.

Performance Contemporary, curated by Jeff Khan (Artistic Director) and Samantha Watson-Wood (Artistic Advisor) of Performance Space, presents work by Salote Tawale, WeiZen Ho, Rakini Devi and Alli Sebastian Wolf, four artists reflecting the incredible diversity of practices, artforms and ideas that make up the contemporary performance environment today. Working across video, installation and performance and exploring themes spanning ritual, celebration, environment, and identity, the 2022 Performance Contemporary program artists share a bold use of movement, colour, gesture, and interdisciplinary forms.

Kid Contemporary will occupy a dedicated space at the Fair, with children of all ages are invited to create an artwork inspired by Venezuelan/Australian artist Nadia Hernández’s practice. In “It’s time for sancocho!” children can create their own art mobiles from handcrafted paper cut-outs and stencils.

Image: Alli Sebastian Wolf, ‘Frill Neck Lizard’, performance

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June 14, 2022

BUNDANON ANNOUNCES PARALLEL LANDSCAPES EXHIBITION AND PUBLIC PROGRAM

Bundanon’s Season 2 program: Parallel Landscapes presents four distinct artistic approaches to the Shoalhaven environment and wider Australian bush. The Season 2 program will be presented to the public from 2 July – 6 November 2022 at the recently opened Bundanon Art Museum.

Encompassing three exhibitions the program explores different ways to view the natural world, ranging from the historical to the contemporary. The exhibitions are Arthur Boyd: Landscape of the Soul; The Hidden by Tim Georgeson and William Barton; and The River and the Sea by Reuben Ernest Brown (Uncle Ben Brown).

Bundanon’s Season 2 program: Parallel Landscapes presents four distinct artistic approaches to the Shoalhaven environment and wider Australian bush. The Season 2 program will be presented to the public from 2 July – 6 November 2022 at the recently opened Bundanon Art Museum.

Encompassing three exhibitions the program explores different ways to view the natural world, ranging from the historical to the contemporary. The exhibitions are Arthur Boyd: Landscape of the Soul; The Hidden by Tim Georgeson and William Barton; and The River and the Sea by Reuben Ernest Brown (Uncle Ben Brown). The exhibitions reflect Bundanon’s central vision, as established by the Boyd family when gifting the property to the public in 1993 – to foster an appreciation for and understanding of landscape and art.

 

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June 2, 2022

Sydney Fringe Festival announces largest and longest festival to date for 2022

Sydney Fringe Festival, New South Wales’ largest independent arts festival, has announced its largest and longest program to date. Presented from 16 August – 30 September 2022, the Festival will start two weeks earlier than usual to accommodate over 500 events following an unprecedented response to this year’s registration campaign. After two years of cancellations, Sydney Fringe is set to once again highlight the city’s vibrant culture with a diverse program spanning theatre, music, comedy, visual art, film, musical theatre, dance, circus, literature and poetry.

Sydney Fringe Festival, New South Wales’ largest independent arts festival, has announced its largest and longest program to date. Presented from 16 August – 30 September 2022, the Festival will start two weeks earlier than usual to accommodate over 500 events following an unprecedented response to this year’s registration campaign. After two years of cancellations, Sydney Fringe is set to once again highlight the city’s vibrant culture with a diverse program spanning theatre, music, comedy, visual art, film, musical theatre, dance, circus, literature and poetry.

 

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May 31, 2022

Cosmin Costinaș and Inti Guerrero appointed as Artistic Directors of the 24th Biennale of Sydney 2024

The Biennale of Sydney has announced Cosmin Costinaș and Inti Guerrero as the Artistic Directors of the 24th Biennale of Sydney, which will take place 9 March – 10 June 2024.

Over the past 10 years, Costinaș and Guerrero have co-curated a number of exhibitions together. As co-curators, their exhibitions embrace the multiplicities of people’s viewpoints, reflected in the unique experiences and possibilities that art can provide, inviting people to challenge and be challenged, to learn and celebrate together.

The Biennale of Sydney has announced Cosmin Costinaș and Inti Guerrero as the Artistic Directors of the 24th Biennale of Sydney, which will take place 9 March – 10 June 2024.

Over the past 10 years, Costinaș and Guerrero have co-curated a number of exhibitions together. As co-curators, their exhibitions embrace the multiplicities of people’s viewpoints, reflected in the unique experiences and possibilities that art can provide, inviting people to challenge and be challenged, to learn and celebrate together. For the 24th Biennale of Sydney (2024), Australia’s vibrant communities will be central to their thinking, while seeing the biennale as a place that reaffirms the urgency for international dialogue.

Cosmin Costinaș is currently the curator of the Romanian Pavilion for the 59th Venice Biennale (2022). He was the Executive Director and Curator of Para Site, Hong Kong’s leading contemporary art centre and one of the oldest and most active independent art institutions in Asia. He was recently Artistic Director of Kathmandu Triennale 2022, the fourth edition of Nepal’s premier international platform for global contemporary arts. Costinaș is a Curatorial Adviser at the Aichi Triennale (2022). He was Guest Curator at the Dhaka Art Summit ’18 (2018), Co-curator of the 10th Shanghai Biennale (2014), curator of BAK, Utrecht (2008-2011), Co-curator of the 1st Ural Industrial Biennial, Ekaterinburg (2010) and Editor of documenta 12 Magazines, documenta 12, Kassel (2005–2007).

Inti Guerrero is currently tutor of the Curatorial Studies programme at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts-KASK, Ghent. He was the Artistic Director of bap – bellas artes projects, Manila (2018-2022), Curator of the 38th EVA International, Ireland’s Biennial, Limerick (2018), Artistic Director of TEOR/éTica, San Jose (2011-2014) and the Estrellita B. Brodsky Adjunct Curator at Tate, London (2016-2020). In 2016, Guerrero was the inaugural curator in residence of the International Visiting Curators Program by Artspace and UNSW Art & Design, Sydney. As an independent curator, Guerrero has curated exhibitions across Asia, Europe and Latin America, including ‘Institute for Tropical and Galactical Studies’ in the Yokohama Triennale 2020, ‘A Chronicle of Interventions,’ Tate Modern, London (2014) and ‘A Transatlantic Affair. Josephine Baker and Le Corbusier,’ Museum of Art of Rio-MAR in Rio de Janeiro (2014). He has edited and contributed his writing to numerous books, magazines, and exhibition catalogues and has taught and lectured at different universities, art academies, and institutions across the world.

 

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May 23, 2022

HOTA announces 20th anniversary of Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award

Contemporary cultural precinct HOTA, Home of the Arts has announced entries are open for the 20th anniversary of the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award, one of Australia’s most significant awards for contemporary photographic practice.

The Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award provides a national platform for emerging and established artists. As the richest prize for photography in Queensland, the $25,000 acquisitive award is open to artists working in the broad medium of contemporary photography.

Contemporary cultural precinct HOTA, Home of the Arts has announced entries are open for the 20th anniversary of the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award, one of Australia’s most significant awards for contemporary photographic practice.

The Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award provides a national platform for emerging and established artists. As the richest prize for photography in Queensland, the $25,000 acquisitive award is open to artists working in the broad medium of contemporary photography. Visitors to the exhibition will also get to choose their favourite artwork with the inclusion for the first time of a $5,000 People’s Choice Award.

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May 23, 2022

Bell Shakespeare’s lively and heartfelt production The Comedy of Errors to tour to 20 venues around Australia

Bell Shakespeare will take its production of The Comedy of Errors on a major national tour to 20 cities and regional centres across Australia in New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia, Northern Territory, Tasmania and Australian Capital Territory from July through October this year. Due to be presented in 2020 but disrupted due to COVID, the company revives this vibrant and hilarious production that at its core is a beautiful and timely story about family reunion.

Bell Shakespeare will take its production of The Comedy of Errors on a major national tour to 20 cities and regional centres across Australia in New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia, Northern Territory, Tasmania and Australian Capital Territory from July through October this year. Due to be presented in 2020 but disrupted due to COVID, the company revives this vibrant and hilarious production that at its core is a beautiful and timely story about family reunion.

Directed by longtime Bell Shakespeare collaborator Janine Watson, the play is a comedic and heartfelt romp of swapped identities, misguided love, mistaken imprisonment, and chaotic mishap. Set in the 1970s, a time in history when global tensions were sky high but was juxtaposed with social movements fighting for liberation and change, the production takes place over a 24-hour period in a colourful and hedonistic seaside land that feels as if anything can and will happen. Two sets of twins who have been separated for decades strive to be brought back together, and as the dawn arises, all the threads come untangled, and the truth is revealed.

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May 23, 2022

Anna Schwartz Gallery presents a new exhibition by Chiharu Shiota: State of Being

Anna Schwartz, Founder of Anna Schwartz Gallery, muses that there has been a thread connecting her and the gallery with Chiharu Shiota since they first met at Detached in 2011 in Tasmania at her installation In Silence, incorporating a burnt piano into a black web. In 2017, they again met in Venice when Shiota represented Japan with The Key in the Hand. Anna Schwartz Gallery is honoured to present State of Being: new works and the continuation of the connection.

Anna Schwartz, Founder of Anna Schwartz Gallery, muses that there has been a thread connecting her and the gallery with Chiharu Shiota since they first met at Detached in 2011 in Tasmania at her installation In Silence, incorporating a burnt piano into a black web. In 2017, they again met in Venice when Shiota represented Japan with The Key in the Hand. Anna Schwartz Gallery is honoured to present State of Being: new works and the continuation of the connection. State of Being will exhibit concurrently with Shiota’s The Soul Trembles – curated by Mami Kataoka, Director of Mori Art Museum, Tokyo – at QAGOMA. A significant moment in Shiota’s twenty-five-year artistic practice, each of these Australian exhibitions are new touch points in Shiota’s devotion to exploring the tangle of memory and dreams and their transcendence into our waking lives.

State of Being will present works that span Shiota’s practice. Sculptural works, canvases, and a large-scale installation will envelope the gallery space, creating the absorbing effect that has come to be definitive of Shiota’s practice.

Image: State of Being (Diary), 2022, Metal frame, diary, thread, 50 x 50 x 30 cm

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May 17, 2022

Sydney Contemporary returns this Spring with strongest fair to date

Sydney Contemporary, in partnership with Principal Partner MA Financial Group, unveiled plans for the Fair’s sixth edition. Marking the first physical edition since 2019, the Fair returns with a stellar line-up of 85+ emerging and established galleries from Australia and New Zealand, presented at Carriageworks, Australia’s largest multi-arts centre, from Thursday, 8 – Sunday, 11 September 2022.

Image: Betty Pumani

Sydney Contemporary, in partnership with Principal Partner MA Financial Group, unveiled plans for the Fair’s sixth edition. Marking the first physical edition since 2019, the Fair returns with a stellar line-up of 85+ emerging and established galleries from Australia and New Zealand, presented at Carriageworks, Australia’s largest multi-arts centre, from Thursday, 8 – Sunday, 11 September 2022.

Image: Betty Pumani

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May 13, 2022

IORDANES SPYRIDON GOGOS X POWERHOUSE UNVEIL ICONIC COLLABORATION FOR AFTERPAY AUSTRALIAN FASHION WEEK

On Thursday 12 May 2022, the Powerhouse staged Iordanes Spyridon Gogos’ (ISG) highly anticipated runway show for Afterpay Australian Fashion Week (AAFW) 2022. The unique collaboration transformed the Powerhouse’s iconic Boiler Hall for the first AAFW runway show in the museum’s 142-year history.

The Powerhouse workshop team collaborated with ISG to realise the vibrant ‘deconstructed castle’ runway. Artistic direction was led by Benn Hamilton, set design by Max Rixon and spatial design by Tayarch Design Studio, all mainstay ISG collaborators who worked with the Powerhouse team to create more than 15 sculptural works along with painted banners, set pieces and wearable art objects.

On Thursday 12 May 2022, the Powerhouse staged Iordanes Spyridon Gogos’ (ISG) highly anticipated runway show for Afterpay Australian Fashion Week (AAFW) 2022. The unique collaboration transformed the Powerhouse’s iconic Boiler Hall for the first AAFW runway show in the museum’s 142-year history.

The Powerhouse workshop team collaborated with ISG to realise the vibrant ‘deconstructed castle’ runway. Artistic direction was led by Benn Hamilton, set design by Max Rixon and spatial design by Tayarch Design Studio, all mainstay ISG collaborators who worked with the Powerhouse team to create more than 15 sculptural works along with painted banners, set pieces and wearable art objects.

The Powerhouse workshop were amongst 60 Australian and international collaborators from the creative industries engaged to realise 33 singular looks for the runway show. ISG’s collaboration with Australian fashion veteran Jenny Kee AO opened and closed the show. The full list of collaborators includes: Albus Lumen, Alexander Enticknap, Alice Knight, Amy Baran Angelica Kilkolly, Angel Robertson, Anna May Kirk, Anna Pogossova, ANTIMATTERMANE, Apollo Michaelides, Aryah Levin, Colourblind florist, Benn Hamilton, Brittany Wyper, CAES, Chanel Bragg, Chase Shiel, Chloe Green, Darren Bischoff, Denis Vukcevic, DIASPORA, Effi Mavratzas, Emily Mavratzas, Felynn Designs, fon99, Gallery Sally Dan-Cuthbert, Haus of Dizzy, Jake Liu, Jenny Kee, Jo Morton, Jody Just, Joe Brennan, Jordan Olyslanders, Julia Baldini Shoes, Luca Sheridan, Mary Argyropoulos, Max Rixon, Nathan Angelis, NEPHTHYS, Patrick Church, Pormpuraaw Art, Roshan Ramesh, Ruby Pedder, Sacred Honeys, Scarlet Marshall, Similar Difference, Simone Arnol, SPEED, Stefania Gertis, Stella Sunday, Taya Brooks, thevxlley, Victoria Todorov, Xi Wu Studio, Yan Lok Chu, Yarrabah Arts and Culture, Youkhana.

 

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May 9, 2022

Keir Choreographic Award 2022 Program and Jury Announced

The Keir Foundation, Dancehouse, and Australia Council for the Arts, with presenting partner Carriageworks, today announced the program and jury for the fifth edition of the Keir Choreographic Award (KCA). The award is a premiere event for the Australian dance scene presenting newly commissioned works by eight independent Australian artists and collectives. For the first time, Carriageworks and Dancehouse will each host all eight works over a two-week season from 23 June – 2 July, featuring two presentations of four works each in a rotating program.

The Keir Foundation, Dancehouse, and Australia Council for the Arts, with presenting partner Carriageworks, today announced the program and jury for the fifth edition of the Keir Choreographic Award (KCA). The award is a premiere event for the Australian dance scene presenting newly commissioned works by eight independent Australian artists and collectives. For the first time, Carriageworks and Dancehouse will each host all eight works over a two-week season from 23 June – 2 July, featuring two presentations of four works each in a rotating program.

The esteemed jury of international dance leaders tasked with selecting the recipient of the 2022 Keir Choreographic Award and awarding the $50,000 jury prize on Sunday 3 July at Carriageworks include Daniel Riley (Wiradjuri/Australia), Artistic Director of Australian Dance Theatre, Eko Supriyanto (Indonesia), choreographer and independent dance artist, Laurie Uprichard (Ireland), international dance presenter and curator, Lemi Ponifasio (Aotearoa/New Zealand), internationally acclaimed artist and collaborator, and Nanako Nakajima (Japan), dance dramaturg, academic and researcher.

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May 9, 2022

New public artwork commissioned by the City of Sydney’s Art & About

A temporary public artwork by Australian media artist Mike Daly is now on display on Oxford Street until 25 May as part of the City of Sydney’s Art & About series.

‘Tidal’ is a striking light installation presented in a disused shopfront that visualises tidal movement data from 2050 from Sydney and its five coastal sister cities: Nagoya, Guangzhou, Portsmouth, San Francisco and Wellington. Drawing attention to the impacts of the climate crisis, the installation is ultimately a meditation on uncertainty and change.

A temporary public artwork by Australian media artist Mike Daly is now on display on Oxford Street until 25 May as part of the City of Sydney’s Art & About series.

‘Tidal’ is a striking light installation presented in a disused shopfront that visualises tidal movement data from 2050 from Sydney and its five coastal sister cities: Nagoya, Guangzhou, Portsmouth, San Francisco and Wellington. Drawing attention to the impacts of the climate crisis, the installation is ultimately a meditation on uncertainty and change. Read an interview with the artist here.

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April 28, 2022

New solo exhibition by Arran Russell

A new solo exhibition by Australian artist Arran Russell, titled SILENT LANGUAGE, will be unveiled on Tuesday 3 May 2022 featuring a series of sculptures, wall assemblages, paintings and works on paper. Presented across the rarely accessed top-floor space of the Verona Penthouse in Paddington, Sydney, the exhibition is free entry and runs until Saturday 7 May 2022.

The inaugural solo exhibition by Arran Russell harnesses a hidden language of shapes which draws upon the artist’s past experience in the design and fashion industries in Australia, Vietnam, China, India, Japan and the United Kingdom.

A new solo exhibition by Australian artist Arran Russell, titled SILENT LANGUAGE, will be unveiled on Tuesday 3 May 2022 featuring a series of sculptures, wall assemblages, paintings and works on paper. Presented across the rarely accessed top-floor space of the Verona Penthouse in Paddington, Sydney, the exhibition is free entry and runs until Saturday 7 May 2022.

The inaugural solo exhibition by Arran Russell harnesses a hidden language of shapes which draws upon the artist’s past experience in the design and fashion industries in Australia, Vietnam, China, India, Japan and the United Kingdom. For Russell this meant many years working with the shapes found in garment patterns, often in places where the only shared vocabulary was in the forms laid out between Russell and his collaborators.

In SILENT LANGUAGE, the origins of the cut-out shapes of garment patterns have kept their perplexing, prone characters, floating, nudging, and nestling themselves into new and abstracted compositions. Using movement and gesture Russell delivers previously mass produced materials into a more premium environment. The exhibition presents a series of sculptures formed from clay and wood that will be shown alongside large-scale paintings and works on paper. Many of the works incorporate heavy duty materials such as tar, lead, clay and kaolin, often applied to the surface using only a squeegee and a spatula, with the resulting abstracted forms taking on a gritty and permeable texture.

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April 27, 2022

Ngununggula presents new group exhibition Land Abounds

Ngununggula, the Southern Highlands’ first regional art gallery, will present ambitious new and existing works by leading contemporary artists and brothers Abdul-Rahman Abdullah and Abdul Abdullah in dialogue with four significant video installations by one of their greatest influences, Tracey Moffatt AO. For the exhibition, titled Land Abounds, the Abdullah brothers will each present a new large-scale commissioned artwork responding to the Southern Highlands’ landscape and the complexity of our shared history, as well as existing works never before exhibited in NSW.

Ngununggula, the Southern Highlands’ first regional art gallery, will present ambitious new and existing works by leading contemporary artists and brothers Abdul-Rahman Abdullah and Abdul Abdullah in dialogue with four significant video installations by one of their greatest influences, Tracey Moffatt AO. For the exhibition, titled Land Abounds, the Abdullah brothers will each present a new large-scale commissioned artwork responding to the Southern Highlands’ landscape and the complexity of our shared history, as well as existing works never before exhibited in NSW.

Presented free to the public from 28 May – 24 July 2022, the exhibition draws on collective memory and experience, unpacking how the representation and perpetuation of culture, knowledge, and tradition can be transferred through storytelling.

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April 20, 2022

NEW SOLO EXHIBITION BY JOI MURUGAVELL

Australian emerging artist Joi Murugavell will unveil her first solo exhibition in seven years in Sydney from 29 April until 2 May 2022. The exhibition, presented by art advisor Sarah Birtles, will be held at Peach Black Gallery in Chippendale.  Titled Finding Mikey, the exhibition features 13 new works by the artist, including five ‘double-mattress-sized’ paintings, five collaged ‘toy paintings’ and a large-scale installation work that capture the spontaneity and humour of life.

Sarah Birtles, who represents the artist in Australia, says Murugavell has gained a strong following in Asia in recent years, exhibiting at major art fairs including ART021 Shanghai, KIAF Korea and Art Taiwan and presenting work with galleries in Taiwan, Korea and China.

Australian emerging artist Joi Murugavell will unveil her first solo exhibition in seven years in Sydney from 29 April until 2 May 2022. The exhibition, presented by art advisor Sarah Birtles, will be held at Peach Black Gallery in Chippendale.  Titled Finding Mikey, the exhibition features 13 new works by the artist, including five ‘double-mattress-sized’ paintings, five collaged ‘toy paintings’ and a large-scale installation work that capture the spontaneity and humour of life.

Sarah Birtles, who represents the artist in Australia, says Murugavell has gained a strong following in Asia in recent years, exhibiting at major art fairs including ART021 Shanghai, KIAF Korea and Art Taiwan and presenting work with galleries in Taiwan, Korea and China.

Collage features strongly across the vibrant series of paintings by Murugavell whose works weave together stories collected from personal experiences ranging from phrases and symbols, to song lyrics, cartoons and childhood toys, which collectively invite deep contemplation and examination. The installation, featuring two figures; Mikey and Marisol Escobar, is inspired by Marisol’s Dinner Date, 1963, and extends the narrative of the paintings into three dimensional space.

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April 19, 2022

Marco Fusinato’s experimental noise project opens at Australia Pavilion for 59th Venice Biennale

DESASTRES by Marco Fusinato has made its debut in the Australia Pavilion in the Giardini della Biennale.  Curated by Alexie Glass-Kantor, DESASTRES will be live for the entirety of La Biennale Arte 2022. The work is an invitation for audiences to come together within a high-intensity concentration of energy.

In the installation for DESASTRES, Fusinato uses equipment associated with spectacle as a form of sculpture. The work is unique each day it is initiated and, as it unfolds, it will radically transform the physical experience of each audience member.

DESASTRES by Marco Fusinato has made its debut in the Australia Pavilion in the Giardini della Biennale.  Curated by Alexie Glass-Kantor, DESASTRES will be live for the entirety of La Biennale Arte 2022. The work is an invitation for audiences to come together within a high-intensity concentration of energy.

In the installation for DESASTRES, Fusinato uses equipment associated with spectacle as a form of sculpture. The work is unique each day it is initiated and, as it unfolds, it will radically transform the physical experience of each audience member. Fusinato says: “My idea of activating the audience is to remind them that they are alive. That they have a pulse”.

The large-scale, immersive artwork sees Fusinato improvising slabs of noise, saturated feedback and discordant intensities with an electric guitar, triggering a deluge of disparate and disconnected images onto a freestanding floor-to-ceiling LED wall. The pavilion is simultaneously a de facto studio and a space for research where Fusinato can test cause and effect in real time.

The images are sourced via a stream of words that have been put into an open search across multiple online platforms. There is no theme as such, rather the immersion of sound and image is open for the audience to interpret and make sense of. The intent is to create some kind of hallucination, elation in disorientation and exhaustion from confusion.

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April 18, 2022

New artwork commissioned by the City of Sydney’s Art & About

A new temporary public artwork has been unveiled in Sydney’s Potts Point, as part of the City of Sydney’s Art & About program. Titled ‘Here Lies Your Story’, the work is a text-based mural by Fenella Kernebone installed on the exterior of the Potts Point Hotel that captures the idiosyncratic spirit of one of Sydney’s most diverse, idiosyncratic communities.

On the wall, it stands about 4.5 metres high and 3metres wide, extending a further 2 metres along the ground below.

A new temporary public artwork has been unveiled in Sydney’s Potts Point, as part of the City of Sydney’s Art & About program. Titled ‘Here Lies Your Story’, the work is a text-based mural by Fenella Kernebone installed on the exterior of the Potts Point Hotel that captures the idiosyncratic spirit of one of Sydney’s most diverse, idiosyncratic communities.

On the wall, it stands about 4.5 metres high and 3metres wide, extending a further 2 metres along the ground below. Both sections feature a range of vignettes collated from residents and visitors to the area. Kernebone, best known as a curator and broadcaster, drew on her experience as an interviewer to assemble these stories together. Read an interview with the artist here.

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April 11, 2022

CARRIAGEWORKS PRESENTS A MAJOR SOLO EXHIBITION BY INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED ARTIST MEL O’CALLAGHAN

Carriageworks will present a major solo exhibition by acclaimed Australian artist Mel O’Callaghan titled All is Life, which expands on the artist’s continued exploration of the relationship between life and nonlife. Presented free to the public from 23 June to 21 August 2022, the exhibition, which has been curated by Aarna Fitzgerald Hanley, will include an ambitious sculptural installation activated by performances, a new sound work, and a two-channel film capturing the sacred ritual Dhalo, shot by the artist on a recent trip to Ambaulim, Goa in India.

Carriageworks will present a major solo exhibition by acclaimed Australian artist Mel O’Callaghan titled All is Life, which expands on the artist’s continued exploration of the relationship between life and nonlife. Presented free to the public from 23 June to 21 August 2022, the exhibition, which has been curated by Aarna Fitzgerald Hanley, will include an ambitious sculptural installation activated by performances, a new sound work, and a two-channel film capturing the sacred ritual Dhalo, shot by the artist on a recent trip to Ambaulim, Goa in India.

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April 5, 2022

WALSH BAY ARTS PRECINCT OPENS TO THE PUBLIC

Walsh Bay Arts Precinct, Australia’s newest cultural precinct, has opened to the public following the completion of major redevelopment works on the historically significant Pier 2/3 located on the Sydney Harbour foreshore. A premier arts and culture hub, the Precinct is home to nine of the nation’s foremost performing arts companies presenting a vibrant program of musical concerts, theatre performances and public events throughout 2022.

Walsh Bay Arts Precinct, Australia’s newest cultural precinct, has opened to the public following the completion of major redevelopment works on the historically significant Pier 2/3 located on the Sydney Harbour foreshore. A premier arts and culture hub, the Precinct is home to nine of the nation’s foremost performing arts companies presenting a vibrant program of musical concerts, theatre performances and public events throughout 2022.

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April 4, 2022

Carriageworks announces CUT N POLISH: Artist Car Boot Sale

Carriageworks announced today the names of 95 Australian artists from the Greater Sydney region who will participate in CUT N POLISH: Artist Car Boot Sale on Sunday 1 May 2022. Presented in Carriageworks’ Blacksmith’s Workshop, CUT N POLISH is a one-day art car boot sale featuring 62 artist stalls  selling their works directly to the public in a casual, market-style setting.

Established by artists for artists, the project provides the opportunity for visual artists to sell new works, pieces from their back catalogue, collaborations, and artist side projects, direct to the public in a ‘cash and carry’ market model with all sale proceeds going directly and in full to the artists.

Carriageworks announced today the names of 95 Australian artists from the Greater Sydney region who will participate in CUT N POLISH: Artist Car Boot Sale on Sunday 1 May 2022. Presented in Carriageworks’ Blacksmith’s Workshop, CUT N POLISH is a one-day art car boot sale featuring 62 artist stalls  selling their works directly to the public in a casual, market-style setting.

Established by artists for artists, the project provides the opportunity for visual artists to sell new works, pieces from their back catalogue, collaborations, and artist side projects, direct to the public in a ‘cash and carry’ market model with all sale proceeds going directly and in full to the artists.

Selected by a panel comprising of Daniel Mudie Cunningham, Aarna Fitzgerald Hanley and Katherine Stone from Carriageworks and leading contemporary artists and project initiators Consuelo Cavaniglia, Jonny Niesche and Brendan Van Hek, the 95 participants represent an exciting selection of cross-generational and culturally diverse artists from recently graduated students to award-winning practitioners.

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March 30, 2022

Heide announces first Australian museum exhibition of acclaimed light artist Bruce Munro

Heide Museum of Modern Art will present Bruce Munro: From Sunrise Road, the first museum exhibition in Australia of the work of internationally celebrated English/Australian artist Bruce Munro, best known for his interactive, large-scale light installations inspired largely by his interest in shared human experience.

Presented from 25 June to 16 October, the exhibition combines spectacular indoor and outdoor experiential artworks with intimate story-pieces, revealing the depth of the artist’s practice and the breadth of his sources, from the personal and philosophical to the literary and spiritual.

Heide Museum of Modern Art will present Bruce Munro: From Sunrise Road, the first museum exhibition in Australia of the work of internationally celebrated English/Australian artist Bruce Munro, best known for his interactive, large-scale light installations inspired largely by his interest in shared human experience.

Presented from 25 June to 16 October, the exhibition combines spectacular indoor and outdoor experiential artworks with intimate story-pieces, revealing the depth of the artist’s practice and the breadth of his sources, from the personal and philosophical to the literary and spiritual.

Situated across Heide’s main galleries and sculpture park, the exhibition will present more than twenty key indoor works and an immersive outdoor light installation designed specifically for the site that will activate Heide’s iconic parklands at night.

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March 29, 2022

100 works from Gene and Brian Sherman’s Collection offered at Bonhams auction

Bonhams Australia will present one hundred significant and deeply personal works from Gene and Brian Sherman’s contemporary art collection in the forthcoming auction SHERMAN | 100. Taking place on Wednesday 11 May 2022, the auction is a veritable roll call of national and international contemporary artists from the last thirty years.

Gene Sherman is one of Australia’s most respected philanthropists and art collectors, who, together with her beloved husband Brian, has passionately and astutely collected some 900 pieces from significant Australian, Asian and international artists.

Bonhams Australia will present one hundred significant and deeply personal works from Gene and Brian Sherman’s contemporary art collection in the forthcoming auction SHERMAN | 100. Taking place on Wednesday 11 May 2022, the auction is a veritable roll call of national and international contemporary artists from the last thirty years.

Gene Sherman is one of Australia’s most respected philanthropists and art collectors, who, together with her beloved husband Brian, has passionately and astutely collected some 900 pieces from significant Australian, Asian and international artists.

The SHERMAN | 100 sale is a carefully curated selection of mostly intimate works that cluster around the often-monumental pieces remaining in the Family Foundation and, via past and ongoing donations, held in significant public collections.

Image: Ah Xian, China China (Bust 13), 1999, porcelain with copper-red glaze

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March 28, 2022

Landmark work by celebrated artist Maria Fernanda Cardoso rises 11 storeys high over Sydney streets

A major new public artwork inspired by the natural movement of water has been unveiled in Sydney’s CBD by one of Australia’s most celebrated contemporary artists. Ripples and Droplets, a mural by Maria Fernanda Cardoso, spans the length of one wall of a 36-storey residential tower in the centre of Sydney. Standing 11 storeys high and covering 335 square metres, the mural is believed to be the largest public artwork by an Australian artist in the Sydney CBD.

A major new public artwork inspired by the natural movement of water has been unveiled in Sydney’s CBD by one of Australia’s most celebrated contemporary artists. Ripples and Droplets, a mural by Maria Fernanda Cardoso, spans the length of one wall of a 36-storey residential tower in the centre of Sydney. Standing 11 storeys high and covering 335 square metres, the mural is believed to be the largest public artwork by an Australian artist in the Sydney CBD.

The artist was commissioned by United Development Sydney for the newly completed Castle Residences development at 116 Bathurst Street. The project was designed by Candalepas Associates and realised by Hutchinson Builders.  Maria Fernanda Cardoso worked closely with the architect, Angelo Candalepas, since the inception of the project in 2014, and developed the work with public art curator Amanda Sharrad.

Maria Fernanda Cardosos’s design—concentric circles and spirals like ripples on a pond, also the silky thread of a spider web—reflects the broad direction of her creative career. The artist is fascinated by the natural geometry of the world, and this work has allowed her to magnify the sort of details that remain hidden from sight.

Image: Ripples and Droplets, by Maria Fernanda Cardoso, at Castlereagh Residencies, 116 Bathurst Street Sydney. Photo: Jillian Nalty

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March 24, 2022

Powerhouse unveils new architecture commission

The Powerhouse has today unveiled a new large-scale public installation as part of the Powerhouse Architecture Commission series. Now in its third year, the Commission provides emerging Australian architects with an opportunity to design and build innovative projects responding to the museum site and community. The 2022 commission, Cadeau is a moveable, modular installation designed by Newcastle-based studio Curious Practice, founded by University of Newcastle graduates Warren Haasnoot and Greg Lee. 

The Powerhouse has today unveiled a new large-scale public installation as part of the Powerhouse Architecture Commission series. Now in its third year, the Commission provides emerging Australian architects with an opportunity to design and build innovative projects responding to the museum site and community. The 2022 commission, Cadeau is a moveable, modular installation designed by Newcastle-based studio Curious Practice, founded by University of Newcastle graduates Warren Haasnoot and Greg Lee. Cadeau was created in collaboration with design and engineering firm Arup and Australian Sustainable Hardwoods (ASH).

Cadeau takes domestic architectural elements and plays with their scale; exaggerating and fusing components to create a new, shared narrative between site, installation and those who visit it. This process of distortion produces an ensemble of habitable, ready-made ‘furniture’ used to define the central courtyard gathering and meeting place. The collection of individual pieces creates a verandah space that visitors are encouraged to explore and engage with. The installation also has the ability to adapt and change for specific events or future site conditions” – Curious Practice founders Warren Haasnoot and Greg Lee.

Image: Cadeau by Curious Practice. Photo by Zan Wimberley

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March 18, 2022

Powerhouse launches 100 Climate Conversations — Australia’s most ambitious climate-focused cultural project

Powerhouse has today launched 100 Climate Conversations. 100 conversations with 100 of the nation’s leading climate innovators delivered over 100 weeks will connect audiences with the innovation and action that is being taken in Australia to address the climate crisis. Upon its completion, the project will become part of the museum’s collection, providing an important archive of this pivotal moment in history. New episodes of a 100 Climate Conversations podcast, produced in collaboration with audio partner Spotify, will be released weekly.

Powerhouse has today launched 100 Climate Conversations. 100 conversations with 100 of the nation’s leading climate innovators delivered over 100 weeks will connect audiences with the innovation and action that is being taken in Australia to address the climate crisis. Upon its completion, the project will become part of the museum’s collection, providing an important archive of this pivotal moment in history. New episodes of a 100 Climate Conversations podcast, produced in collaboration with audio partner Spotify, will be released weekly.

What if we told you that there is hope buried beneath the never-ending news cycle of the climate-change catastrophe? From regional farmers sequestering soil carbon, Traditional Owners managing Country through cultural burning, architects building carbon-neutral homes to entrepreneurs leading the world’s most ambitious renewable energy projects, each conversation presents an inspired narrative of invention, community and resilience. Recorded in a former coal-burner, 100 Climate Conversations looks away from an architectural artefact towards the innovations of the present and to the people committed to preserving the world as we know it.

Live conversations, hosted by some of Australia’s most respected journalists, will be recorded in a custom-built recording studio within the Powerhouse at 10am each Friday until December 2023, with free registration open to the public. The exhibition, which will be the museum’s first to be certified carbon-neutral, was designed by Elizabeth Gadsby and Hugh O’Connor, with AV Content Creative Direction by Mike Daly. Curated by Catherine Polcz, the program takes inspiration from real world climate solutions and connects audiences with leading climate innovators. Recordings of all 100 conversations will be incorporated into the exhibition as it continuously evolves over two years.

Image: Zan Wimberley

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March 16, 2022

Official Opening of Bundanon’s New Art Museum and Bridge for Creative Learning

Bundanon’s new world-class Art Museum and Bridge for Creative Learning will officially be opened on Saturday 19 March, following a soft launch on in January 2022. Since opening to the public, Bundanon has welcomed over 4,500 visitors through the new Art Museum.

The build has been supported by a $22.5 million investment from the Australian Government, $10.3 million from the NSW Government and philanthropic support. The $34 million project will drive visitation and cultural tourism to the Shoalhaven region.

Bundanon’s new world-class Art Museum and Bridge for Creative Learning will officially be opened on Saturday 19 March, following a soft launch on in January 2022. Since opening to the public, Bundanon has welcomed over 4,500 visitors through the new Art Museum.

The build has been supported by a $22.5 million investment from the Australian Government, $10.3 million from the NSW Government and philanthropic support. The $34 million project will drive visitation and cultural tourism to the Shoalhaven region.

 

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March 9, 2022

Sydney Opera House sails to be illuminated in the lead up to 23rd Biennale of Sydney

The Biennale of Sydney and Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain will present a site-specific version of The Great Animal Orchestra will be projected on the sails of the Sydney Opera House over three nights from 9 – 11 March, marking the countdown to the 23rd Biennale of Sydney, titled rīvus, opening to the public on 12 March 2022.

The Great Animal Orchestra is a mesmerising audio-visual experience of animal sounds recorded in natural habitats around the world – many of which are now extinct – by American pioneer soundscape ecologist Bernie Krause, in collaboration with London-based collective United Visual Artists.

The Biennale of Sydney and Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain will present a site-specific version of The Great Animal Orchestra will be projected on the sails of the Sydney Opera House over three nights from 9 – 11 March, marking the countdown to the 23rd Biennale of Sydney, titled rīvus, opening to the public on 12 March 2022.

The Great Animal Orchestra is a mesmerising audio-visual experience of animal sounds recorded in natural habitats around the world – many of which are now extinct – by American pioneer soundscape ecologist Bernie Krause, in collaboration with London-based collective United Visual Artists. Created at the initiative of the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, the environmentally focused immersive installation will make its Australian premiere at the 23rd Biennale of Sydney, presented at the Stargazer Lawn, Barangaroo for the duration of the three-month exhibition from 12 March to 13 June 2022.

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February 27, 2022

PIER 2/3 AT WALSH BAY ARTS PRECINCT SET TO OPEN

Pier 2/3 at Walsh Bay Arts Precinct will officially open its doors to the public in March, following the completion of major construction works. Located on the foreshore of Sydney Harbour, the revitalised heritage precinct features world-class cultural facilities and is the new home to some of the nation’s leading performing arts companies.

Spanning Wharf 4/5 and Pier 2/3, Walsh Bay Arts Precinct is home to nine resident companies: Australian Chamber Orchestra; Australian Theatre for Young People; Bangarra Dance Theatre; Bell Shakespeare; Gondwana Choirs; Sydney Dance Company; Sydney Philharmonia Choirs; Sydney Theatre Company; and The Song Company.

Pier 2/3 at Walsh Bay Arts Precinct will officially open its doors to the public in March, following the completion of major construction works. Located on the foreshore of Sydney Harbour, the revitalised heritage precinct features world-class cultural facilities and is the new home to some of the nation’s leading performing arts companies.

Spanning Wharf 4/5 and Pier 2/3, Walsh Bay Arts Precinct is home to nine resident companies: Australian Chamber Orchestra; Australian Theatre for Young People; Bangarra Dance Theatre; Bell Shakespeare; Gondwana Choirs; Sydney Dance Company; Sydney Philharmonia Choirs; Sydney Theatre Company; and The Song Company. It is also a key venue of the 23rd Biennale of Sydney in 2022.

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February 24, 2022

HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART UNVEILS SIDNEY NOLAN & DEAN CROSS EXHIBITIONS

Heide Museum of Modern Art has unveiled two exhibitions: a major thematic retrospective of renowned Australian modernist Sidney Nolan and a new moving image work by Dean Cross in response to Nolan titled Sometimes I Miss The Applause.

Dean Cross’s work features the artist himself, and by association First Nations perspectives into the mythologies that Nolan set out to re-examine. The exhibitions were originally due to coincide with the museum’s 40th anniversary in late 2021.

Heide Museum of Modern Art has unveiled two exhibitions: a major thematic retrospective of renowned Australian modernist Sidney Nolan and a new moving image work by Dean Cross in response to Nolan titled Sometimes I Miss The Applause.

Dean Cross’s work features the artist himself, and by association First Nations perspectives into the mythologies that Nolan set out to re-examine. The exhibitions were originally due to coincide with the museum’s 40th anniversary in late 2021.

Heide Senior Curator Melissa Keys said, “This new commission continues his personal fascination with Sidney Nolan’s artistic practice, legacy and life. Sometimes I Miss The Applause explores Heide simultaneously as a site of Australian modernity and millennia of First Nations cultural practice and continuing history. The work confronts and explores the legacy of modernism, shifting perspective from dominant cultural and social histories, offering audiences a timely and fresh celebration, critique and rebalancing take on Nolan’s contribution as a pivotal figure in visual culture and national identity.”

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February 23, 2022

Bundanon announces First Peoples-led festival – IMPULSE

To mark its official opening weekend on 5 March, Bundanon will present First Peoples-led festival, IMPULSE, and will include a program of live music, workshops, talks and artist activations.

The IMPULSE Festival is a community celebration of the stories of this unique place, old and new. On stage, see Miiesha, Nooky, Kee’ahn, Djinama Yilaga Choir, Kyarna Rose & Matty Walker, The Drifting Doolagahls and Ngaran Ngaran Dancers. Workshops and talks will be presented by Nooky, Uncle Steve Russell, Aunty Julie Freeman and Clive Freeman and Gadhungal Murring.

To mark its official opening weekend on 5 March, Bundanon will present First Peoples-led festival, IMPULSE, and will include a program of live music, workshops, talks and artist activations.

The IMPULSE Festival is a community celebration of the stories of this unique place, old and new. On stage, see Miiesha, Nooky, Kee’ahn, Djinama Yilaga Choir, Kyarna Rose & Matty Walker, The Drifting Doolagahls and Ngaran Ngaran Dancers. Workshops and talks will be presented by Nooky, Uncle Steve Russell, Aunty Julie Freeman and Clive Freeman and Gadhungal Murring. The Festival’s Creative Producers are Uncle Richard Scott-Moore and Candice Scott-Moore, with support from Maddison Wellington and Rebecca Moore.

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February 22, 2022

NEW NFTS BY ROMANCE WAS BORN, THE INJURY AND PAN & THE DREAM

Culture Vault has released a new series of NFTs by Romance Was Born, The Injury and Pan & The Dream. The new works represent Culture Vault’s expansion into the fashion realm after its first foray into both art and music earlier this year, with food, dance and generative art projects on the near horizon.

Fashion industry luminaries Romance Was Born have joined forces with master creative Ribal Hosn on an inaugural NFT collection entitled A Certain Romance. 

Culture Vault has released a new series of NFTs by Romance Was Born, The Injury and Pan & The Dream. The new works represent Culture Vault’s expansion into the fashion realm after its first foray into both art and music earlier this year, with food, dance and generative art projects on the near horizon.

Fashion industry luminaries Romance Was Born have joined forces with master creative Ribal Hosn on an inaugural NFT collection entitled A Certain Romance. Acclaimed fashion label Injury has collaborated with Real Parent to join forces to create Extended Dreams Vol 1. NY-based print magazine Pan and the Dream is an annual print publication that presents images and words that show how art, beauty and dress can combine to provide new vistas at a moment in history when utopias seem more necessary than ever.

Image: ‘A Certain Romance’ by Romance Was Born X Ribal Hosn

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February 9, 2022

MUSIC IN THE REGIONS LAUNCHES INAUGURAL PROGRAM

A new independent touring organisation, Music in the Regions has been established to connect classical musicians with regional audiences hungry for rich cultural experiences. Its first program, announced today, spans hundreds of kilometres and features a delightfully wide range of venues across the state.  From a railway precinct in Temora to a courthouse in Gunning, the stage is set for a series of inspiring performances across NSW as Music in the Regions unveils its inaugural program of events.

A new independent touring organisation, Music in the Regions has been established to connect classical musicians with regional audiences hungry for rich cultural experiences. Its first program, announced today, spans hundreds of kilometres and features a delightfully wide range of venues across the state.  From a railway precinct in Temora to a courthouse in Gunning, the stage is set for a series of inspiring performances across NSW as Music in the Regions unveils its inaugural program of events.

Musicians and audiences will come together in a variety of settings, from the Gunning Courthouse and Temora railway to the National Theatre in Braidwood and the Southern Cross Cinema in Young. And in a model that will be repeated in future programs across NSW, the musicians involved in 2022 will return to these same communities every year for the next three years. This will help strengthen relationships with audiences, extend opportunities for local artists and open the door for other musicians by establishing new touring routes throughout the state.

This first series of performances will be led by Acacia Quartet, one of Australia’s most dynamic, versatile musical ensembles. The quartet will also take part in workshops and professional development sessions to stimulate regional creativity and leave a legacy that endures for years to come.

Currently ensemble in residence at the Orange Regional Conservatorium, Acacia Quartet will present a program that combines work by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Alexander Borodin along with the sought-after young Australian composer Alice Chance.

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February 7, 2022

CULTURE VAULT RELEASES OF 71 NEW NFTS WORKS BY 9 INTERNATIONAL & AUSTRALIAN ARTISTS

Culture Vault – a new curated platform and creative agency that presents and sells high-quality NFTs and helps artists and cultural brands navigate the blockchain – officially launches its web3 platform today, featuring an initial instalment of interactive works by eight international and Australian artists. The Culture Vault platform (Culturevault.com) is purpose-built to bridge the gap between the traditional art world and the crypto-community consists of a curated platform and creative agency, offering a one-stop-shop for both first-time NFT-buyers and seasoned digital art collectors to acquire a curated selection of premium NFTs by some of the world’s leading artists.

Culture Vault – a new curated platform and creative agency that presents and sells high-quality NFTs and helps artists and cultural brands navigate the blockchain – officially launches its web3 platform today, featuring an initial instalment of interactive works by eight international and Australian artists. The Culture Vault platform (Culturevault.com) is purpose-built to bridge the gap between the traditional art world and the crypto-community consists of a curated platform and creative agency, offering a one-stop-shop for both first-time NFT-buyers and seasoned digital art collectors to acquire a curated selection of premium NFTs by some of the world’s leading artists.

The inaugural artist works released today are by Reko Rennie, Shantell Martin, Serwah Attafua, Stephen Ormandy, The Richard Bernstein Fallen Fruit, Fearless Prophet and The Huxleys.   In the coming month exclusive new works will be added to Culture Vault by Romance Was Born, The Injury, Adam Briggs, Bianca Beers, Mona Chalabi, Dan Hong, Thea Anamara Perkins, Sebastian Leon, Dylan Mooney and more. These NFTs will be released in advance of Culture Vault’s inaugural physical-meets-digital exhibition The Future is Phygital, being presented at Sydney’s Verona Studios in Paddington from 18 March until 20 March 2022.

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February 4, 2022

Biennale of Sydney announces project highlights for 2022 edition, titled rīvus

The Biennale of Sydney announced that it will present over 330 artworks by 89 participants and 400 events as part of the 2022 edition, open to the public from 12 March to 13 June 2022.

The 23rd Biennale of Sydney, titled rīvus, meaning ‘stream’ in Latin, will feature new work and commissions responding to water ecology and relationships with the natural world. Audiences will experience large-scale immersive installations, site specific projects and living works by international participants including Kiki Smith, Marguerite Humeau, Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe, John Gerrard, Jumana Emil Abboud and Ackroyd & Harvey alongside Australian participants such as Badger Bates, Clare Milledge, Julie Gough and D Harding.

The Biennale of Sydney announced that it will present over 330 artworks by 89 participants and 400 events as part of the 2022 edition, open to the public from 12 March to 13 June 2022.

The 23rd Biennale of Sydney, titled rīvus, meaning ‘stream’ in Latin, will feature new work and commissions responding to water ecology and relationships with the natural world. Audiences will experience large-scale immersive installations, site specific projects and living works by international participants including Kiki Smith, Marguerite Humeau, Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe, John Gerrard, Jumana Emil Abboud and Ackroyd & Harvey alongside Australian participants such as Badger Bates, Clare Milledge, Julie Gough and D Harding. The list of participants extends beyond the realm of the visual arts and includes bodies of water and their custodians around the world including Australia, Bangladesh and Ecuador.

Image: John Gerrard, Leaf Work (Derrigimlagh), 2020. Installation view for Galway International Arts Festival. Commissioned by Galway International Arts Festival for Galway 2020, European Capital of Culture. Courtesy the artist and Pace Gallery. Copyright © John Gerrard. Photograph: Ross Kavanagh

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January 25, 2022

Biennale of Sydney and Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain present The Great Animal Orchestra

The Biennale of Sydney and Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain announced the Australian premiere of The Great Animal Orchestra.

The environmentally focused work by American pioneer soundscape ecologist Bernie Krause and London-based collective United Visual Artists will be presented free of charge at the Stargazer Lawn, Barangaroo for the duration of the 23rd Biennale of Sydney, titled rīvus, from 12 March to 13 June 2022. Bookings are now open for timed ticketed entry to the immersive artwork.

The Biennale of Sydney and Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain announced the Australian premiere of The Great Animal Orchestra.

The environmentally focused work by American pioneer soundscape ecologist Bernie Krause and London-based collective United Visual Artists will be presented free of charge at the Stargazer Lawn, Barangaroo for the duration of the 23rd Biennale of Sydney, titled rīvus, from 12 March to 13 June 2022. Bookings are now open for timed ticketed entry to the immersive artwork.

A collision of culture and nature, The Great Animal Orchestra will take visitors out of city life and into tropical grasslands, savannas and Arctic tundra for an ‘otherworldly encounter’ with a soundscape of 15,000 animal species recorded over the last 50 years. After working with musicians like The Doors and creating effects for film scores including Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now, Bernie Krause turned his back on studio work and headed outdoors to focus on field recording.

Krause’s unparalleled research is a rare insight into the unseen world of animals. It reveals the beauty and the intricacy of animal vocalisations, which are now in danger of being silenced by human activity. Through his recording, Krause implores us to start listening before hush descends on the ‘great animal orchestra’. The immersive soundscape comes to life with visualisations, created by United Visual Artists, of each animal’s contributions to the ‘orchestra’ in vulnerable habitats in Africa, North America, the Pacific Ocean and the Amazonas (Amazon River).

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January 20, 2022

CULTURE VAULT, A NEW CURATED NFT PLATFORM LAUNCHING FEBRUARY

Culture Vault – a new curated platform and creative agency that presents and sells high-quality NFTs and helps artists and cultural brands navigate the blockchain – will launch its web3 platform on 3 February 2022 followed by a physical-meets-digital (phygital) exhibition called ‘The Future is Phygital’ presented at Sydney’s Verona Studios in March.

Culture Vault bridges the gap between the traditional art world and the crypto-community. It consists of a curated platform and creative agency, offering a one stop shop for both first-time NFT-buyers and seasoned digital art collectors to acquire a curated selection of premium NFTs from some of the world’s leading artists.

Culture Vault – a new curated platform and creative agency that presents and sells high-quality NFTs and helps artists and cultural brands navigate the blockchain – will launch its web3 platform on 3 February 2022 followed by a physical-meets-digital (phygital) exhibition called ‘The Future is Phygital’ presented at Sydney’s Verona Studios in March.

Culture Vault bridges the gap between the traditional art world and the crypto-community. It consists of a curated platform and creative agency, offering a one stop shop for both first-time NFT-buyers and seasoned digital art collectors to acquire a curated selection of premium NFTs from some of the world’s leading artists. Culture Vault’s creative agency works with cultural brands and institutions to create, mint, sell and display their NFTs on chain – helping them to drive revenue, and foster community engagement and connection in new ways.

The platform will include NFTs by artists and creatives  including Reko Rennie, Shantell Martin, Adam Briggs, Romance Was Born, Serwah Attafua, Bianca Beers, Stephen Ormandy, Mona Chalabi, Dan Hong, The Richard Bernstein Estate, Thea Anamara Perkins, Sebastian Leon, Fallen Fruit, Dylan Mooney, and The Huxleys.

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January 19, 2022

CARRIAGEWORKS ANNOUNCES 2022 PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS & SIGNIFICANT BUILDING REFURBISHMENT

Carriageworks announced their first confirmed projects within a strong 2022 program to be presented across the Redfern-based multi-arts precinct, spanning dance, music, theatre and visual arts with a focus on First Nations and female-led programming. The program, with further highlights to be announced in the coming months, includes new solo exhibitions by Karla Dickens, Mel O’Callaghan, Thea Anamara Perkins; a world premiere performance by interdisciplinary artist Kaz Therese and a focused program celebrating the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the National Black Theatre and the Aboriginal Tent Embassy.

Carriageworks announced their first confirmed projects within a strong 2022 program to be presented across the Redfern-based multi-arts precinct, spanning dance, music, theatre and visual arts with a focus on First Nations and female-led programming. The program, with further highlights to be announced in the coming months, includes new solo exhibitions by Karla Dickens, Mel O’Callaghan, Thea Anamara Perkins; a world premiere performance by interdisciplinary artist Kaz Therese and a focused program celebrating the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the National Black Theatre and the Aboriginal Tent Embassy.

During the first half of 2022, a significant program of repair, maintenance, and upgrade of the unique heritage Carriageworks building will be undertaken by Create Infrastructure and Public Works NSW. Works will improve technology and sustainability of lighting systems, provisions for events, the replacement of theatre floors and general upgrade work to the fabric of the building, improving the Carriageworks experience for artists and audiences alike. These important improvements to the site will see Carriageworks closed to the public from February through until 29 April 2022, with the exception of Carriageworks Farmers Markets which will continue to operate every Saturday.

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January 19, 2022

BUNDANON’S NEW WORLD-CLASS ART MUSEUM AND BRIDGE FOR CREATIVE LEARNING SET TO OPEN

Bundanon will open the doors publicly to its new Art Museum and Bridge for Creative Learning from Saturday 29 January 2022, with an official ceremony and festival of events being held on Saturday 5 March 2022, including live music and performance. Bundanon will deliver three exhibition seasons annually, with a dramatically expanded range of on-site events including tailored learning and artistic residency programs.

Embedded within the landscape, the new 500m2 Bundanon Art Museum, designed by Kerstin Thompson Architects will present a year-round program of exhibitions of modern, contemporary, and First Nations art, as well as new commissions.

Bundanon will open the doors publicly to its new Art Museum and Bridge for Creative Learning from Saturday 29 January 2022, with an official ceremony and festival of events being held on Saturday 5 March 2022, including live music and performance. Bundanon will deliver three exhibition seasons annually, with a dramatically expanded range of on-site events including tailored learning and artistic residency programs.

Embedded within the landscape, the new 500m2 Bundanon Art Museum, designed by Kerstin Thompson Architects will present a year-round program of exhibitions of modern, contemporary, and First Nations art, as well as new commissions. It includes a state-of-the-art storage facility that will house and protect Bundanon’s extensive $46.5 million collection of some 4,000 items.

 

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January 13, 2022

Anna Schwartz Gallery opens in 2022 with an evolving exhibition showcasing internationally acclaimed video artists

Anna Schwartz Gallery will open on 2nd February 2022 with a group exhibition structured as a series of large-scale solo video installations that will evolve over time until 7 May 2022. The exhibition will feature the work of leading video artists including Alberta Whittle, Cyprien Gaillard, Sarah Morris, Haris Epaminonda, Yael Bartana, James Nguyen & Victoria Pham and Hiwa K.

Peripheral Vision will inaugurate video works in Australia that, collectively, provide a contemporary view of the world from a variety of perspectives.

Anna Schwartz Gallery will open on 2nd February 2022 with a group exhibition structured as a series of large-scale solo video installations that will evolve over time until 7 May 2022. The exhibition will feature the work of leading video artists including Alberta Whittle, Cyprien Gaillard, Sarah Morris, Haris Epaminonda, Yael Bartana, James Nguyen & Victoria Pham and Hiwa K.

Peripheral Vision will inaugurate video works in Australia that, collectively, provide a contemporary view of the world from a variety of perspectives. Curated by Lewis Gilbert, creative director at A Vibe Called Tech, and Tania Doropoulos, the selection of works was influenced by the last occasions they were physically able to view art together, and their subsequent and ongoing digital/virtual exchange and dialogue since borders closed. An exchange that was able to be maintained through video, which has become a primary medium for us to engage new work and its ideas.

Image caption: Alberta Whittle, HOLDING THE LINE (June 2020), 2020, 2K and HD video, mobile phone footage 13 minutes.

Courtesy the artist & Copperfield

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January 11, 2022

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Circa Contemporary Circus present Italian Baroque with Circa

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra will collaborate with Circa Contemporary Circus for the vibrant Italian Baroque with Circa, featuring a special guest performance by Italian baritone Renato Dolcini. A tour through the music of four Italian cities and their multi-layered pasts, the concert series will open at City Recital Hall on 19 – 27 January 2022.

The concerts mark the Brandenburg’s fourth collaboration with internationally acclaimed contemporary circus company Circa. Daring new choreography from circus visionary Yaron Lifschitz combines musicians and acrobats in a vibrant performance of a pasticcio by Paul Dyer with music by Vivaldi, Falconieri, Caccini and Corelli.

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra will collaborate with Circa Contemporary Circus for the vibrant Italian Baroque with Circa, featuring a special guest performance by Italian baritone Renato Dolcini. A tour through the music of four Italian cities and their multi-layered pasts, the concert series will open at City Recital Hall on 19 – 27 January 2022.

The concerts mark the Brandenburg’s fourth collaboration with internationally acclaimed contemporary circus company Circa. Daring new choreography from circus visionary Yaron Lifschitz combines musicians and acrobats in a vibrant performance of a pasticcio by Paul Dyer with music by Vivaldi, Falconieri, Caccini and Corelli.

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January 6, 2022

CARRIAGEWORKS UNVEILS MAJOR NEW INSTALLATION BY KARLA DICKENS

Carriageworks, one of Australia’s largest multi-arts precincts, has today unveiled a new large-scale wall assemblage titled Return to Sender by acclaimed Wiradjuri artist Karla Dickens. Installed in the Carriageworks public space and presented free to the public until 30 January 2022, the installation reworks found postcards picturing First Nations people from the turn of last century with contemporary representations of First Nations Australians.

In a show of pride and defiance, these racist postcards are stamped for return to their sender.

Carriageworks, one of Australia’s largest multi-arts precincts, has today unveiled a new large-scale wall assemblage titled Return to Sender by acclaimed Wiradjuri artist Karla Dickens. Installed in the Carriageworks public space and presented free to the public until 30 January 2022, the installation reworks found postcards picturing First Nations people from the turn of last century with contemporary representations of First Nations Australians.

In a show of pride and defiance, these racist postcards are stamped for return to their sender. Dickens rescales the postcards and inserts two defiant contemporary portraits of First Australians into the scene. Printed on industrial tarpaulin, these collaged images are framed with domestic detritus, from rusted corrugated iron to unhoused front fences and decapitated letter boxes, sealing the installation with a 200-kilogram prison door.

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December 21, 2021

POWERHOUSE STAGES IORDANES SPYRIDON GOGOS RUNWAY SHOW AT AAFW 2022

The Powerhouse today announced that, for the first time in the museum’s 141 year history, it will stage a runway show as part of Afterpay Australian Fashion Week (AAFW) 2022 in collaboration with acclaimed Australian fashion label Iordanes Spyridon Gogos. As one of the official offsite iconic Sydney show locations, the show on Thursday 12 May 2022 will be staged inside the epic Powerhouse Ultimo workshop. The show aligns with Powerhouse Ultimo’s vision to be Australia’s leading centre for fashion.

The Powerhouse today announced that, for the first time in the museum’s 141 year history, it will stage a runway show as part of Afterpay Australian Fashion Week (AAFW) 2022 in collaboration with acclaimed Australian fashion label Iordanes Spyridon Gogos. As one of the official offsite iconic Sydney show locations, the show on Thursday 12 May 2022 will be staged inside the epic Powerhouse Ultimo workshop. The show aligns with Powerhouse Ultimo’s vision to be Australia’s leading centre for fashion.

For the AAFW 2022 runway presentation, ISG will expand their collaborative approach, directly engaging with the museum’s narrative and multidisciplinary collection. The label will join forces with more than 50 individuals and institutions working across a range of disciplines, extending beyond fashion pioneers to include architects, musicians, florists, students and more.

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December 1, 2021

POWERHOUSE UNVEILS FIVE HUNDRED ARHATS OF CHANGNYEONGSA TEMPLE

The Powerhouse has unveiled its major summer exhibition, Five Hundred Arhats of Changnyeongsa Temple.

The arhats are ancient stone figures discovered in 2001-02 among the ruins of the Changnyeongsa Temple in South Korea’s Gangwon-do Province, believed to have been built during Goryeo dynasty (918-1392) and destroyed in mid Joseon dynasty (1392-1879). The stone statues depict ‘arhats’ – ‘nahan’ in Korean – known in Buddhism as one who has attained enlightenment. The arhats represent five hundred disciples of the Buddha who gathered to compile his words into scriptures after the Buddha entered nirvana.

The Powerhouse has unveiled its major summer exhibition, Five Hundred Arhats of Changnyeongsa Temple.

The arhats are ancient stone figures discovered in 2001-02 among the ruins of the Changnyeongsa Temple in South Korea’s Gangwon-do Province, believed to have been built during Goryeo dynasty (918-1392) and destroyed in mid Joseon dynasty (1392-1879). The stone statues depict ‘arhats’ – ‘nahan’ in Korean – known in Buddhism as one who has attained enlightenment. The arhats represent five hundred disciples of the Buddha who gathered to compile his words into scriptures after the Buddha entered nirvana. Although they have attained enlightenment, they defer entering nirvana themselves and remain in their human state in order to teach and save sentient beings.

The stone arhats have been carefully restored by Chuncheon National Museum of Korea and were first presented at the Museum in 2018, followed by National Museum of Korea in 2019, becoming Korea’s most popular exhibition that year.

The multi-faceted exhibition presents 50 stone arhats and one Buddha in an immersive environment designed by Korean artist Kim Seung Young, and marks the first time the arhats have been seen outside Korea.

 

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November 29, 2021

HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART LAUNCHES NEW HEALING GARDEN

Heide Museum of Modern Art is delighted to have opened the much-anticipated Healing Garden within their museum grounds, on Tuesday 23 November 2021. Inspired by Heide founder Sunday Reed’s profound love for her garden and designed by leading landscape architecture studio Openwork, the Healing Garden draws on the curative properties of plants and the ever-growing body of knowledge that positions gardens as a powerful tool for connecting communities, reducing social isolation and providing positive, life-affirming experiences.

Heide Museum of Modern Art is delighted to have opened the much-anticipated Healing Garden within their museum grounds, on Tuesday 23 November 2021. Inspired by Heide founder Sunday Reed’s profound love for her garden and designed by leading landscape architecture studio Openwork, the Healing Garden draws on the curative properties of plants and the ever-growing body of knowledge that positions gardens as a powerful tool for connecting communities, reducing social isolation and providing positive, life-affirming experiences.

The garden has been designed to facilitate healing and restoration for vulnerable communities and will be a vital space for the broader community as we navigate the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Circular in design, the garden draws on the concept of proxemics, which considers the intuitive spatial distances between people in personal and public spaces.

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November 19, 2021

NEW $50 MILLION SHEPPARTON ART MUSEUM OPENS TO THE PUBLIC

Australia’s newest art museum, Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) officially opens its doors to the public on Saturday 20 November 2021 with nine free exhibitions, four new artwork commissions, and presenting more than 200 artists in a celebration of the area’s rich and diverse culture, people and landscape. Designed by acclaimed Australian architecture firm Denton Corker Marshall and spanning five floors, the new $50 million art museum houses over 4,000 artworks, with over 200 artists represented and 160 Indigenous and First Nations artworks on display, including its nationally recognised ceramics collection and the nation’s most significant collection of South-East Australian Aboriginal art.

Australia’s newest art museum, Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) officially opens its doors to the public on Saturday 20 November 2021 with nine free exhibitions, four new artwork commissions, and presenting more than 200 artists in a celebration of the area’s rich and diverse culture, people and landscape. Designed by acclaimed Australian architecture firm Denton Corker Marshall and spanning five floors, the new $50 million art museum houses over 4,000 artworks, with over 200 artists represented and 160 Indigenous and First Nations artworks on display, including its nationally recognised ceramics collection and the nation’s most significant collection of South-East Australian Aboriginal art.

Acting as a community and arts and cultural hub for the Greater Shepparton region, the new SAM building houses the Shepparton Art Museum; Shepparton Visitors’ Information Centre; Kaiela Arts, Shepparton’s Aboriginal community arts centre; an outdoor amphitheatre and Art Hill; and cafe and 150-person event space and terrace, all within a 5,300m2 cubic building. Situated in regional Victoria around two hours’ drive north from Melbourne, SAM is located on the lands of the Yorta Yorta peoples, on the shore of Victoria Park Lake, Shepparton.

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November 17, 2021

CARRIAGEWORKS ANNOUNCES SYDNEY FESTIVAL 2022 PROGRAM

Carriageworks, one of Australia’s largest multi-arts precincts today announced a dynamic, First Nations-led program to be presented as part of Sydney Festival 2022. The program includes a new large-scale wall assemblage by acclaimed Wiradjuri artist Karla Dickens installed in the Carriageworks public space (6-30 January 2022) and the world premiere of a contemporary dance performance by resident company and Australia’s leading Indigenous intercultural dance company Marrugeku (27-29 January 2022). Other headline highlights include major new installations by leading Australian artists Dean Cross and Cherine Fahd.

Carriageworks, one of Australia’s largest multi-arts precincts today announced a dynamic, First Nations-led program to be presented as part of Sydney Festival 2022. The program includes a new large-scale wall assemblage by acclaimed Wiradjuri artist Karla Dickens installed in the Carriageworks public space (6-30 January 2022) and the world premiere of a contemporary dance performance by resident company and Australia’s leading Indigenous intercultural dance company Marrugeku (27-29 January 2022). Other headline highlights include major new installations by leading Australian artists Dean Cross and Cherine Fahd.

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November 12, 2021

Inaugural Environmental Art and Design Prize exhibition opens

Northern Beaches Council has today unveiled the inaugural exhibition of the Environmental Art and Design Prize. The exhibition of the 226 finalist works is presented across three arts venues on the Northern Beaches at Manly Art Gallery & Museum, Curl Curl Creative Space, and Mona Vale Pop Up Gallery, from 12 November until 12 December 2021, alongside a public program of talks with finalist artists.
Prize winners will be announced on Thursday 25 November by a judging panel comprised of internationally renowned Australian artist Euan Macleod; artist, designer, and curator Liane Rossler; and CEO and Artistic Director of the Australian Design Centre, Lisa Cahill. 

Northern Beaches Council has today unveiled the inaugural exhibition of the Environmental Art and Design Prize. The exhibition of the 226 finalist works is presented across three arts venues on the Northern Beaches at Manly Art Gallery & Museum, Curl Curl Creative Space, and Mona Vale Pop Up Gallery, from 12 November until 12 December 2021, alongside a public program of talks with finalist artists.
Prize winners will be announced on Thursday 25 November by a judging panel comprised of internationally renowned Australian artist Euan Macleod; artist, designer, and curator Liane Rossler; and CEO and Artistic Director of the Australian Design Centre, Lisa Cahill. The Prize is an inclusive and diverse exhibition that celebrates the vibrancy of the arts and design community within and beyond the Northern Beaches.

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November 11, 2021

EXPLORE SYDNEY CONTEMPORARY LAUNCHES

Explore Sydney Contemporary, the digital edition of Australasia’s premier art fair, Sydney Contemporary, in partnership with MA Financial Group, has launched featuring approximately 1,700 artworks on a custom dynamic digital platform.

The ten day online fair runs until 21 November and showcases 80+ galleries presenting over 500 artists as well as a program including a series of First Nations artist video portraits, and a keynote panel discussion titled After Shocks: Art, Disruption and Provocation.

Explore Sydney Contemporary, the digital edition of Australasia’s premier art fair, Sydney Contemporary, in partnership with MA Financial Group, has launched featuring approximately 1,700 artworks on a custom dynamic digital platform.

The ten day online fair runs until 21 November and showcases 80+ galleries presenting over 500 artists as well as a program including a series of First Nations artist video portraits, and a keynote panel discussion titled After Shocks: Art, Disruption and Provocation. New works will be released to the platform midway, on 17 November. Artists presenting work on the platform include Dr Christian Thompson AO, whose work titled ‘Double Happiness’, 2021, is pictured here, courtesy the artist and Michael Reid Sydney + Berlin.

 

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November 9, 2021

LANDMARK WORK BY CELEBRATED ARTIST MARIA FERNANDA CARDOSO TO RISE 11 STOREYS HIGH OVER SYDNEY STREETS

A major new public artwork inspired by the natural movement of water will be installed in Sydney’s CBD this summer by one of Australia’s most celebrated contemporary artists. Ripples and Droplets, a mural by Maria Fernanda Cardoso, spans the length of one wall of a 36-storey residential tower in the centre of Sydney. Standing 11 stories high and covering 335 square metres, the mural is believed to be the largest public artwork by an Australian artist in the Sydney CBD.

A major new public artwork inspired by the natural movement of water will be installed in Sydney’s CBD this summer by one of Australia’s most celebrated contemporary artists. Ripples and Droplets, a mural by Maria Fernanda Cardoso, spans the length of one wall of a 36-storey residential tower in the centre of Sydney. Standing 11 stories high and covering 335 square metres, the mural is believed to be the largest public artwork by an Australian artist in the Sydney CBD.
Commissioned by United Development Sydney as part of the Castle Residences mixed development at 116 Bathurst Street by Candalepas Associates, which is scheduled for completion by Hutchinson Builders in early 2022.  Maria Fernanda Cardoso has worked closely with the architect, Angelo Candalepas, since the inception of the project in 2014, and developed the work with public art curator Amanda Sharrad. While the brief has evolved over time, the result is consistent with many of the themes that have guided her practice for decades.

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November 4, 2021

Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf opens and winner of 20th Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize announced

Sydney’s newest public art gallery, Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf, opens its doors to the public for the first time on Thursday 4 November 2021. The historical 122-year-old building, owned by Woollahra Council, is one of the few surviving mid-19th century harbour foreshore grand mansions and has been transformed into a new gallery, showcasing a year-round program of contemporary art led by Gallery Coordinator Sebastian Goldspink. Overlooking Sydney Harbour in Double Bay and spanning two levels, the Gallery will act as a community hub at the heart of a new cultural precinct, including the 1863 Council Chambers, the picturesque Blackburn Gardens, Murray Rose Pool and Redleaf Beach.

Sydney’s newest public art gallery, Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf, opens its doors to the public for the first time on Thursday 4 November 2021. The historical 122-year-old building, owned by Woollahra Council, is one of the few surviving mid-19th century harbour foreshore grand mansions and has been transformed into a new gallery, showcasing a year-round program of contemporary art led by Gallery Coordinator Sebastian Goldspink. Overlooking Sydney Harbour in Double Bay and spanning two levels, the Gallery will act as a community hub at the heart of a new cultural precinct, including the 1863 Council Chambers, the picturesque Blackburn Gardens, Murray Rose Pool and Redleaf Beach.

The Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf launches its artistic program with the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize’s 20th anniversary exhibition. To mark the unveiling, Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize has today announced Rhonda Sharpe and her work Desert Woman with Mustache, Cooloman and Pretty Clothes as the winner of the main acquisitive award, increased this year to $25,000. Sydney-artist Mechelle Bounpraseuth was awarded the Special Commendation, the 2021 Mayor’s Award has been awarded to Kate Coyne and second time finalist Michael Harrell has been Highly Commended.

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October 22, 2021

HISTORIC $30 MILLION COMMITMENT TO POWERHOUSE PARRAMATTA

The Powerhouse has announced an extraordinary $30 million investment in the future of Powerhouse Parramatta by The Walker Family Foundation and Western Sydney University.

In one of the largest donations ever to an Australian cultural institution, The Walker Family Foundation has committed $20 million to the Lang Walker Family Academy and associated programs, a commitment that will fund access to world-class immersive STEM education experiences at the museum for over 10,000 high school students from Western Sydney and regional NSW every year – including overnight stays at the museum for many of these students.

The Powerhouse has announced an extraordinary $30 million investment in the future of Powerhouse Parramatta by The Walker Family Foundation and Western Sydney University.

In one of the largest donations ever to an Australian cultural institution, The Walker Family Foundation has committed $20 million to the Lang Walker Family Academy and associated programs, a commitment that will fund access to world-class immersive STEM education experiences at the museum for over 10,000 high school students from Western Sydney and regional NSW every year – including overnight stays at the museum for many of these students. The Lang Walker Family Academy programs will commence in 2022 in Western Sydney with in-school STEM education programming being planned for schools in the Blacktown, Campbelltown, Liverpool, Bankstown, Penrith and Parramatta LGAs.

“There are hundreds of thousands of Western Sydney and regional students who don’t receive the same exposure to arts and education programs that young people in other areas do. The Lang Walker Family Academy will deliver experiences for these young people that will not only spark their creativity but pave the way to genuine STEM careers in the future,” said Powerhouse Chief Executive Lisa Havilah.

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October 20, 2021

OVER 1,700 WORKS OF ART GO ONLINE THIS NOVEMBER WITH EXPLORE SYDNEY CONTEMPORARY

Australasia’s premier art fair, Sydney Contemporary presents Explore Sydney Contemporary, in partnership with MA Financial Group, a digital edition of the Fair taking place from 11-21 November 2021. Providing crucial support for the arts community, the Fair will host 80+ galleries presenting over 400 artists and approximately 1,700 artworks on a custom dynamic digital platform, with a commissioned artist animation and a new series of First Nations artist video portraits.

Visitors to the site will be greeted by a specially commissioned animation by internationally acclaimed Melbourne-based artist David Booth, who will also present work with Blackartprojects (Melbourne) and Hugo Michell Gallery (Adelaide).

Australasia’s premier art fair, Sydney Contemporary presents Explore Sydney Contemporary, in partnership with MA Financial Group, a digital edition of the Fair taking place from 11-21 November 2021. Providing crucial support for the arts community, the Fair will host 80+ galleries presenting over 400 artists and approximately 1,700 artworks on a custom dynamic digital platform, with a commissioned artist animation and a new series of First Nations artist video portraits.

Visitors to the site will be greeted by a specially commissioned animation by internationally acclaimed Melbourne-based artist David Booth, who will also present work with Blackartprojects (Melbourne) and Hugo Michell Gallery (Adelaide). Booth’s practice shifts between studio-based works, site specific installations, commissioned murals and commercial design. His work has been exhibited and acquired by several leading institutions, including the National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of South Australia, National Gallery of Victoria and Parliament House Art Collection.

UNTOLD is a new series of First Nations artist video portraits created for Explore Sydney Contemporary that brings to life the language, Country and stories of First Nations artists represented in the online fair. Giving a window into the artists’ practice, culture and ideas as they share their work in their own voice, the series is presented in collaboration with Agency Projects, and funded by Copyright Agency. Featuring artists represented by galleries in the fair including Djerrkngu Yunupingu, Robert Fielding, Jenna Lee, Regina Pilawuk Wilson, amongst others, UNTOLD will provide new insights and inspire audiences.

Image: Polly Borland, Untitled (purple, red, blackand orange), 2018, lenticular print, 76 x50.5 x 3.5 cm, Courtesy of the artist and Sullivan+Strumpf

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October 7, 2021

CARRIAGEWORKS REOPENS TO PUBLIC AND ANNOUNCES NOVEMBER PROGRAM INCLUDING STRONG FOCUS ON LEADING FIRST NATIONS ARTISTS

Carriageworks, Australia’s largest and most significant contemporary multi-arts precinct, will reopen to the public on Wednesday 3 November 2021, with award-winning Kamilaroi/ Gamilaraay artist Dennis Golding’s exhibition The Future is Here. Later in the month, visitors will be offered free access to visual art exhibitions by leading Australian artists, with the unveiling of a major site-specific work by celebrated Worimi artist Dean Cross, a new video installation by acclaimed photographer and video artist Cherine Fahd commissioned and presented in partnership with Performance Space, and the return of the SOUTHEAST Aboriginal Arts Markets online.

Carriageworks, Australia’s largest and most significant contemporary multi-arts precinct, will reopen to the public on Wednesday 3 November 2021, with award-winning Kamilaroi/ Gamilaraay artist Dennis Golding’s exhibition The Future is Here. Later in the month, visitors will be offered free access to visual art exhibitions by leading Australian artists, with the unveiling of a major site-specific work by celebrated Worimi artist Dean Cross, a new video installation by acclaimed photographer and video artist Cherine Fahd commissioned and presented in partnership with Performance Space, and the return of the SOUTHEAST Aboriginal Arts Markets online. Carriageworks will also welcome back Sydney Dance Company’s New Breed, supported by The Balnaves Foundation, which showcases bold new work by emerging choreographers.

Image: Artist Dennis Golding at Carriageworks. Image: Zan Wimberley. Courtesy Carriageworks.

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October 6, 2021

Ngununggula, the first regional art gallery in the Southern Highlands, set to open on 12 October

Ngununggula, the Southern Highlands’ first regional art gallery, will open to the public on 12 October 2021, following a delay due to the COVID-19 lockdown in NSW. The Gallery will open with two inaugural exhibitions by celebrated Australian artists Tamara Dean and Megan Cope. Meaning “belonging” in the traditional language of the Gundungurra First Nation People, Ngununggula is located in what was the old dairy at Retford Park, which has received a heritage-sensitive redesign undertaken by Tonkin Zulaikha Greer and constructed by Richard Crookes Constructions, surrounded by a landscaped garden created by Jane Irwin.

Ngununggula, the Southern Highlands’ first regional art gallery, will open to the public on 12 October 2021, following a delay due to the COVID-19 lockdown in NSW. The Gallery will open with two inaugural exhibitions by celebrated Australian artists Tamara Dean and Megan Cope. Meaning “belonging” in the traditional language of the Gundungurra First Nation People, Ngununggula is located in what was the old dairy at Retford Park, which has received a heritage-sensitive redesign undertaken by Tonkin Zulaikha Greer and constructed by Richard Crookes Constructions, surrounded by a landscaped garden created by Jane Irwin.

Featuring four gallery spaces spanning the 712m2 footprint of the building, including an Entry Pavilion and an education space, Ngununggula will feature a program that represents the region and beyond through significant exhibitions, artist-led projects, live events, workshops, artist talks and public programs. Creating engaging ways for the local community to connect with artists and their ideas will be at the core of Ngununggula’s philosophy.

Image: Zan Wimberley

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October 5, 2021

HISTORIC ARHATS PRESENTED FOR THE FIRST TIME OUTSIDE KOREA

The Powerhouse will present Five Hundred Arhats of Changnyeongsa Temple, as its major summer exhibition, opening 2 December 2021. The arhats are ancient stone figures discovered in 2001-02 among the ruins of the Changnyeongsa Temple in South Korea’s Gangwon-do Province, believed to have been built during Goryeo dynasty (918-1392) and destroyed in mid Joseon dynasty (1392-1879). The stone statues depict ‘arhats’ – ‘nahan’ in Korean – known in Buddhism as one who has attained enlightenment.

The Powerhouse will present Five Hundred Arhats of Changnyeongsa Temple, as its major summer exhibition, opening 2 December 2021. The arhats are ancient stone figures discovered in 2001-02 among the ruins of the Changnyeongsa Temple in South Korea’s Gangwon-do Province, believed to have been built during Goryeo dynasty (918-1392) and destroyed in mid Joseon dynasty (1392-1879). The stone statues depict ‘arhats’ – ‘nahan’ in Korean – known in Buddhism as one who has attained enlightenment. The arhats represent five hundred disciples of the Buddha who gathered to compile his words into scriptures after the Buddha entered nirvana. Although they have attained enlightenment, they defer entering nirvana themselves and remain in their human state in order to teach and save sentient beings.

 

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September 28, 2021

CARRIAGEWORKS APPOINTS JACOB BOEHME AS DIRECTOR OF FIRST NATIONS PROGRAMS

Carriageworks, one of Australia’s largest multi-arts precincts, has announced the appointment of Narangga and Kaurna man Jacob Boehme as Director, First Nations Programs.

Carriageworks CEO Blair French said: “We are delighted to welcome Jacob as our Director, First Nations Programs, a new role within Carriageworks that is focused on leading the development of First Nations artistic and cultural strategies. Jacob brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this role, which he will draw upon to develop and deliver programs of First Nations work across multiple artforms as well as fostering professional and community relationships.”

A graduate of NAISDA and of the Victorian College of the Arts and an alumni of the British Council and Australia Council ACCELERATE Indigenous Leaders Program, Jacob has more than 20 years’ experience as a performer, choreographer, writer, producer and artistic director, as well as a long history of teaching in different contexts, and is currently within the cultural leadership program at NIDA.

Carriageworks, one of Australia’s largest multi-arts precincts, has announced the appointment of Narangga and Kaurna man Jacob Boehme as Director, First Nations Programs.

Carriageworks CEO Blair French said: “We are delighted to welcome Jacob as our Director, First Nations Programs, a new role within Carriageworks that is focused on leading the development of First Nations artistic and cultural strategies. Jacob brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this role, which he will draw upon to develop and deliver programs of First Nations work across multiple artforms as well as fostering professional and community relationships.”

A graduate of NAISDA and of the Victorian College of the Arts and an alumni of the British Council and Australia Council ACCELERATE Indigenous Leaders Program, Jacob has more than 20 years’ experience as a performer, choreographer, writer, producer and artistic director, as well as a long history of teaching in different contexts, and is currently within the cultural leadership program at NIDA. He was the founding Creative Director of Yirramboi Festival, City of Melbourne 2016-2019 and is currently artistic director for the Wild Dog project through Country Arts SA and Art Gallery of South Australia premiering at the upcoming Tarnanthi Festival. Jacob’s solo work Blood on the Dance Floor received the 2017 Green Room Award Best Independent Production and he was recipient of the 2018 Australia Council for the Arts Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Fellowship.

Jacob Boehme said: “I am honored to be joining the team at Carriageworks as Director, First Nations Programs. As the arts and cultural sector; its artists and organisations navigate this time of transition and change, it is as much an exciting opportunity as it is challenging to reimagine what our futures might look like. I look forward to working alongside my communities, Elders and colleagues to develop and deliver a new era of First Nations arts and cultural programs at Carriageworks.”

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September 27, 2021

New Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf to open 4 November

Sydney’s newest public art gallery, Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf will open to the public on Thursday 4 November 2021, housed within the architecturally reworked 122-year-old St Brigid’s building overlooking Sydney Harbour in Double Bay. The gallery’s revised opening date follows the NSW Government’s announcement that museums and galleries will be permitted to reopen after the state passes the 70 per cent double vaccination target, and will comply with public health requirements.

Launching with an inaugural exhibition featuring the finalists of the 20th Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf will be the heart of a new cultural precinct, including the Council Chambers built in 1863, the picturesque Blackburn Gardens, Murray Rose Pool, Redleaf Beach and kiosk, presenting a year-round program of contemporary art exhibitions, artist residencies and public programs.

Sydney’s newest public art gallery, Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf will open to the public on Thursday 4 November 2021, housed within the architecturally reworked 122-year-old St Brigid’s building overlooking Sydney Harbour in Double Bay. The gallery’s revised opening date follows the NSW Government’s announcement that museums and galleries will be permitted to reopen after the state passes the 70 per cent double vaccination target, and will comply with public health requirements.

Launching with an inaugural exhibition featuring the finalists of the 20th Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf will be the heart of a new cultural precinct, including the Council Chambers built in 1863, the picturesque Blackburn Gardens, Murray Rose Pool, Redleaf Beach and kiosk, presenting a year-round program of contemporary art exhibitions, artist residencies and public programs.

The winner of the 20th Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize will be announced on Wednesday 3 November 2021, at a Covid-safe unveiling of the new gallery and virtual presentation. From Thursday 4 November, the Prize’s finalist exhibition will feature 52 works – each measuring up to 80cm in any dimension – by artists from Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom alongside the Council’s collection of 19 previous winning works from the Prize.

Image: St Brigid’s building pre-renovation, James Horan, 2019

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September 23, 2021

SHEPPARTON ART MUSEUM DESIGNED BY DENTON CORKER MARSHALL TO BE UNVEILED 20 NOVEMBER 2021

A new landmark cultural destination, Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) designed by internationally renowned architects Denton Corker Marshall will open to the public on 20 November 2021. The design was unanimously selected from an architectural competition in 2017 and endorsed by Greater Shepparton City Council.

Designed to act as a ‘live’ building where every surface presents an opportunity for display, event or installation, the new art museum is characterised by simplicity and clarity of materials and form and includes an art museum housing over 4,000 artworks, four main gallery spaces including a dedicated Kids Space and Workshops; Visitors’ Information Centre; Kaiela Arts Aboriginal community arts centre; an outdoor amphitheatre and Art Hill; and cafe and 150-person event space and terrace, all within an 5,300m2 cubic building.

A new landmark cultural destination, Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) designed by internationally renowned architects Denton Corker Marshall will open to the public on 20 November 2021. The design was unanimously selected from an architectural competition in 2017 and endorsed by Greater Shepparton City Council.

Designed to act as a ‘live’ building where every surface presents an opportunity for display, event or installation, the new art museum is characterised by simplicity and clarity of materials and form and includes an art museum housing over 4,000 artworks, four main gallery spaces including a dedicated Kids Space and Workshops; Visitors’ Information Centre; Kaiela Arts Aboriginal community arts centre; an outdoor amphitheatre and Art Hill; and cafe and 150-person event space and terrace, all within an 5,300m2 cubic building.

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September 22, 2021

SYDNEY CONTEMPORARY RESCHEDULES TO SEPTEMBER 2022 AND INTRODUCES “EXPLORE SYDNEY CONTEMPORARY” WITH MORE THAN 1,800 ARTWORKS ONLINE

Australasia’s premier art fair, Sydney Contemporary, has announced it will present a digital edition of 2021 Fair from 11 – 21 November due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the Covid-19 restrictions. Providing crucial support for the arts community, Explore Sydney Contemporary will feature 1,800 artworks by more than 450 artists hailing from countries including Australia, China, England, France, Ghana, Germany, New Zealand, South Africa and Thailand, alongside a digital public program to be announced in the coming weeks.

Australasia’s premier art fair, Sydney Contemporary, has announced it will present a digital edition of 2021 Fair from 11 – 21 November due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the Covid-19 restrictions. Providing crucial support for the arts community, Explore Sydney Contemporary will feature 1,800 artworks by more than 450 artists hailing from countries including Australia, China, England, France, Ghana, Germany, New Zealand, South Africa and Thailand, alongside a digital public program to be announced in the coming weeks.

Sydney Contemporary Founder Tim Etchells said: “When rescheduling the physical Fair to the November 2021 dates, we genuinely believed that we could run the Fair as we had always planned but regrettably, as the covid pandemic continues to impact Australia, the Sydney Contemporary team believes that a digital delivery is the safest way for us to support artists and the broader arts community at this time.”

Image: Tomislav Nikolic “To explain how it feels”, 2021 at Fox Jensen Gallery.

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September 16, 2021

SYDNEY DESIGN WEEK 2021 EXPLORES THEME OF ‘HYPERCONNECTED’

Sydney Design Week 2021, presented by the Powerhouse Museum, goes digital with a two-day Design Summit on the 16–17 September 2021. A program of panel discussions and talks will centre on the theme Hyperconnectivity, exploring the ties that bind us today. Curated by writer, editor and Creative Director Stephen Todd, the program connects local and international designers and global design centres including Lindsey Adelman, Ronan Bouroullec, Design Museum London, David Flack, Yasmine Ghoniem, Adam Markovitz, Jennifer McMaster, M+ Museum featuring Tina Pang and Gary Chang, Marc Newson, Ivana Taylor and Jonathan Zawada.

Sydney Design Week 2021, presented by the Powerhouse Museum, goes digital with a two-day Design Summit on the 16–17 September 2021. A program of panel discussions and talks will centre on the theme Hyperconnectivity, exploring the ties that bind us today. Curated by writer, editor and Creative Director Stephen Todd, the program connects local and international designers and global design centres including Lindsey Adelman, Ronan Bouroullec, Design Museum London, David Flack, Yasmine Ghoniem, Adam Markovitz, Jennifer McMaster, M+ Museum featuring Tina Pang and Gary Chang, Marc Newson, Ivana Taylor and Jonathan Zawada.

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September 3, 2021

SYDNEY FRINGE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES THE ESSENCE OF FRINGE

The Sydney Fringe has announced The Essence of Fringe, a digital program that will be presented from 10 September – 1 October 2021 to support and create new opportunities for artists in the wake of the cancellation of the 2021 Festival. The program will feature nine highlight music and theatre events from the planned 2021 physical program, three Australian premieres by award-winning American performance artist Brian Feldman and two works by acclaimed Australian artist Jon Bennett, alongside a masterclass program of seminars and workshops focused on artist career development.

The Sydney Fringe has announced The Essence of Fringe, a digital program that will be presented from 10 September – 1 October 2021 to support and create new opportunities for artists in the wake of the cancellation of the 2021 Festival. The program will feature nine highlight music and theatre events from the planned 2021 physical program, three Australian premieres by award-winning American performance artist Brian Feldman and two works by acclaimed Australian artist Jon Bennett, alongside a masterclass program of seminars and workshops focused on artist career development.

For more detail and to buy tickets visit the Sydney Fringe website HERE.

Image: Symphonie Fantastique by Little Eggs. Courtesy Sydney Fringe.

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August 30, 2021

HEAD ON PHOTO FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2021 HIGHLIGHT EXHIBITIONS

Head On Photo Festival, Australia’s leading annual photography event, today announced five exhibitions that will headline the 2021 Festival, featuring the work of renowned international and Australian photographers presented across multiple outdoor venues from 19 – 28 November.

After a successful digital edition in 2020, the Festival returns this year with a physical footprint that will once again enliven Sydney’s Eastern suburbs with a program of more than 50 international and local photographic exhibitions for industry professionals, art lovers and the general public.

Head On Photo Festival, Australia’s leading annual photography event, today announced five exhibitions that will headline the 2021 Festival, featuring the work of renowned international and Australian photographers presented across multiple outdoor venues from 19 – 28 November.

After a successful digital edition in 2020, the Festival returns this year with a physical footprint that will once again enliven Sydney’s Eastern suburbs with a program of more than 50 international and local photographic exhibitions for industry professionals, art lovers and the general public. Venue highlights include Paddington Reservoir Gardens and the popular Bondi Beach Promenade installation that will line the beachfront with 20 exhibitions by international and Australian photographers exploring stories, places and cultures from around the world.

The 12th edition of the Festival will present a diverse program of photographic exhibitions with highlights including the Australian premiere of a new exhibition by internationally acclaimed photographer Roger Ballen and American photographer Neil Kramer’s comedy series about COVID-19 life in Queens, Australian photographer Bridgette Gower’s study of bugs as revellers in a back garden dance floor, and the Australian premiere of international collective The Everyday Project’s group exhibition highlighting the vital stories of women migrants around the world.

IMAGE: Nichole Sobecki, The Everyday Projects, Courtesy of Head On Photo Festival.

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August 16, 2021

CARRIAGEWORKS PRESENTS WORLD PREMIERE OF MAJOR VIDEO WORK BY ARTIST KUBA DORABIALSKI ONLINE

Carriageworks, one of Australia’s largest contemporary multi-arts centres, will present the world premiere of Invocation Trilogy, a major new video work by award-winning Polish Australian artist and filmmaker Kuba Dorabialski reflecting on language, politics and cultural memory; online for free from 18 August – 10 October 2021.

Conceived through the lens of his biographical ties to Eastern Europe and filmed and performed in Dorabialski’s own fictional Slavic language—designed to be partly intelligible to most Slavic language speakers—Invocation Trilogy investigates what it means to explore memories, real and distorted, as a migrant who now lives in Australia.

Carriageworks, one of Australia’s largest contemporary multi-arts centres, will present the world premiere of Invocation Trilogy, a major new video work by award-winning Polish Australian artist and filmmaker Kuba Dorabialski reflecting on language, politics and cultural memory; online for free from 18 August – 10 October 2021.

Conceived through the lens of his biographical ties to Eastern Europe and filmed and performed in Dorabialski’s own fictional Slavic language—designed to be partly intelligible to most Slavic language speakers—Invocation Trilogy investigates what it means to explore memories, real and distorted, as a migrant who now lives in Australia. Through its uneasy mix of brooding earnestness and absurdist comedy, Dorabialski poses the grand and preposterous question: What is this thing we call Eastern Europe?

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August 12, 2021

German Baroque violinist Jonas Zschenderlein performs with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra in exclusive digital concert

The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra will perform with German Baroque violinist Jonas Zschenderlein in an exclusive digital concert which will premiere on Brandenburg One on 28 August.

Jonas Zschenderlein was due to perform with Australian Brandenburg Orchestra in Melbourne and Sydney last month, for their third concert series Bach’s Universe. The concerts would have marked Zschenderlein’s Australian debut and his first live concert season in over a year. However, the current lockdowns and restrictions in place due to COVID-19 meant the physical concerts were no longer able to take place and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra pivoted to filming a cinematic concert film for their innovative digital streaming platform Brandenburg One.

The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra will perform with German Baroque violinist Jonas Zschenderlein in an exclusive digital concert which will premiere on Brandenburg One on 28 August.

Jonas Zschenderlein was due to perform with Australian Brandenburg Orchestra in Melbourne and Sydney last month, for their third concert series Bach’s Universe. The concerts would have marked Zschenderlein’s Australian debut and his first live concert season in over a year. However, the current lockdowns and restrictions in place due to COVID-19 meant the physical concerts were no longer able to take place and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra pivoted to filming a cinematic concert film for their innovative digital streaming platform Brandenburg One. Shot in an empty City Recital Hall in July, Bach’s Universe will see the young German Baroque violinist perform alongside the Brandenburg musicians in a new production directed by Sydney-based director and writer Stef Smith.

A celebration of JS Bach, the program features an impassioned performance by Zschenderlein of Bach’s Violin Concerto in E major in his Australian debut alongside intimate instrumental works and immersive orchestral offerings. Bach’s Universe includes Bach’s timeless Air from the Orchestral Suite No. 3 and Prelude in E minor, BWV 855 from the first book of The Well Tempered Clavier.

Photo: Keith Saunders

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August 3, 2021

The first regional gallery in the Southern Highlands, Ngununggula, announces inaugural exhibition program

Ngununggula, the Southern Highlands’ first regional art gallery, has announced its inaugural exhibition program. Meaning “belonging” in the traditional language of the Gundungurra First Nation People, Ngununggula will open to the public on 25 September in what was the old dairy at Retford Park. Featuring a heritage-sensitive gallery design undertaken by Tonkin Zulaikha Greer and constructed by Richard Crookes Constructions. Ngununggula will be surrounded by a landscaped garden created by Jane Irwin and a new café, Hearth in partnership with Moonacres Kitchen.

Ngununggula, the Southern Highlands’ first regional art gallery, has announced its inaugural exhibition program. Meaning “belonging” in the traditional language of the Gundungurra First Nation People, Ngununggula will open to the public on 25 September in what was the old dairy at Retford Park. Featuring a heritage-sensitive gallery design undertaken by Tonkin Zulaikha Greer and constructed by Richard Crookes Constructions. Ngununggula will be surrounded by a landscaped garden created by Jane Irwin and a new café, Hearth in partnership with Moonacres Kitchen.

Under the leadership of Director Megan Monte, the new Gallery will capture the cultural vibrancy of the region through a dynamic curatorial program and community-minded approach. With a focus on visual arts and education, the program will represent the region and beyond through significant exhibitions, artist-led projects, live events, workshops, artist talks and public programs. Creating engaging ways for the local community to connect with artists and their ideas will be at the core of Ngununggula’s philosophy.

The opening exhibition will feature new work by Tamara Dean alongside a major new commissioned installation by Megan Cope.

Image: The Old Dairy, Retford Park, Photo Ashley Mackevicius

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July 27, 2021

AUSTRALIA’S FIRST PERMANENT REGIONAL MULTIMEDIA ARTS PAVILION SET TO LAUNCH IN LAKE MACQUARIE

Australia’s first permanent regional multimedia arts pavilion, the Multi-Arts Pavilion mima – dubbed MAP mima – is set to open to the public with 10 new commissions by Australian artists including Hiromi Tango, whose work is pictured on the exterior of the pavilion. Each new commission explores the unique history, culture and landscape of the region, and celebrates Lake Macquarie as a cultural hub for contemporary art and performance. Designed as a flexible, high-tech multi-arts platform, the MAP mima will host a year-round dedicated program of cultural events including national and international contemporary art installations, digital art screenings, live performances and music.

Australia’s first permanent regional multimedia arts pavilion, the Multi-Arts Pavilion mima – dubbed MAP mima – is set to open to the public with 10 new commissions by Australian artists including Hiromi Tango, whose work is pictured on the exterior of the pavilion. Each new commission explores the unique history, culture and landscape of the region, and celebrates Lake Macquarie as a cultural hub for contemporary art and performance. Designed as a flexible, high-tech multi-arts platform, the MAP mima will host a year-round dedicated program of cultural events including national and international contemporary art installations, digital art screenings, live performances and music. Situated an hour’s drive north from Sydney on the shore of Lake Macquarie in Speers Point Park, the architectural pavilion compliments the award-winning Museum of Art and Culture Lake Macquarie and forms part of the Lake Arts Precinct.

 

 

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July 20, 2021

Finalists announced for inaugural Environmental Art and Design Prize

The inaugural edition of the Northern Beaches Council’s Environmental Art and Design Prize has selected 228 finalist works which will be presented in an exhibition across three arts venues on the Northern Beaches. Selected from 826 entries, the finalists will be reviewed to determine winning works by the judging panel comprised of internationally renowned artist Euan Macleod; artist, designer and curator Liane Rossler; and CEO and Artistic Director of the Australian Design Centre, Lisa Cahill.

The inaugural edition of the Northern Beaches Council’s Environmental Art and Design Prize has selected 228 finalist works which will be presented in an exhibition across three arts venues on the Northern Beaches. Selected from 826 entries, the finalists will be reviewed to determine winning works by the judging panel comprised of internationally renowned artist Euan Macleod; artist, designer and curator Liane Rossler; and CEO and Artistic Director of the Australian Design Centre, Lisa Cahill.

The Prize celebrates contemporary arts practices that are socially engaged, environmentally aware and seek to enrich and contribute to positive change through creative practice. The finalist works have been selected across the categories of Wearable Design, Functional Design, Digital, Works on Paper and Photography, Ceramics and Small Sculpture, Painting, Interdisciplinary Collaboration, and a separate youth category for creatives aged 7 – 18 years old.

Images: Julie Bartholomew, Climate Scrolls, Porcelain with small crystal glass sections, 6 objects each 10cm diameter.

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July 13, 2021

CLAY DYNASTY 50 YEARS OF AUSTRALIAN STUDIO CERAMICS

A major exhibition charting studio ceramic practice in Australia over the last 50 years will open at the Powerhouse Museum on 20 August 2021.

Bringing together works from 168 Australian artists, Clay Dynasty will celebrate Australian studio ceramics, as shaped by three generations of makers. The exhibition will present more than 450 works from the Powerhouse collection and will feature 70 new commissions and acquisitions from Australian artists.

Surveying over 50 years of practice, Clay Dynasty will feature works by pioneer potters who profoundly changed the course of Australian studio ceramics in the 1960s.

A major exhibition charting studio ceramic practice in Australia over the last 50 years will open at the Powerhouse Museum on 20 August 2021.

Bringing together works from 168 Australian artists, Clay Dynasty will celebrate Australian studio ceramics, as shaped by three generations of makers. The exhibition will present more than 450 works from the Powerhouse collection and will feature 70 new commissions and acquisitions from Australian artists.

Surveying over 50 years of practice, Clay Dynasty will feature works by pioneer potters who profoundly changed the course of Australian studio ceramics in the 1960s. Led by the English potter Bernard Leach’s interest in pre-industrial ceramic traditions of Europe and East Asia, they made uniquely Australian objects by using local materials and responding to the Australian environment.

Alongside the functional tradition, Clay Dynasty will explore the quest for artistic expression. Objects from the 1970s will illustrate the impact of American Funk art movement and popular culture in Australia, while works from the 1980s will reveal how Australian artists explored the vessel tradition through postmodern forms, colours and patterns.

Image: Marea Gazzard, ‘Delos: Naxos’ and ‘Delos: Paros’, stoneware with semi-matt glaze, Paddington, New South Wales, 1972

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July 13, 2021

NEW CEO ANNOUNCED FOR BUNDANON

The Chairman of Bundanon Trust’s Board of Directors, Jennifer Bott AO, announced today the appointment of Rachel Kent as the new CEO of Bundanon Trust after a six-month international search and recruitment process. Rachel will commence on 6 September 2021. She will work with current CEO, Deborah Ely AM, on a full handover in the period leading up to this date. Deborah Ely announced her decision to step down from the role in December 2020.

The Chairman of Bundanon Trust’s Board of Directors, Jennifer Bott AO, announced today the appointment of Rachel Kent as the new CEO of Bundanon Trust after a six-month international search and recruitment process. Rachel will commence on 6 September 2021. She will work with current CEO, Deborah Ely AM, on a full handover in the period leading up to this date. Deborah Ely announced her decision to step down from the role in December 2020.

Rachel Kent is an experienced arts leader, art historian, and head curator with extensive experience working with international museums and cultural institutions as well as extended family connections in the Shoalhaven region. She is currently Chief Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia where she leads the curatorial team, delivering its artistic vision and programs. Rachel is an outstanding advocate for contemporary and First Nations art and for the MCA, nationally and internationally, as well as being highly effective at building philanthropic and government support for the arts.

Rachel Kent Photo credit: Anna Kucera

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July 6, 2021

Acclaimed artist and educator Lucy Irvine announced as the 2021 DESIGN Canberra Festival designer-in-residence

Canberra-based artist and educator Lucy Irvine has today been announced as the designer-in-residence for the 2021 DESIGN Canberra Festival. Irvine has been commissioned to create a new sculptural installation inspired by this year’s festival theme of transformation to be exhibited during the annual three-week event, presented across the nation’s capital from 8 until 28 November 2021, celebrating Canberra as a global city of design and a living design laboratory.

Now in its eighth year, DESIGN Canberra showcases the city’s thriving design community and in 2021 presents a diverse program of events, exhibitions, talks, tours, activations, markets, collaborations, artists’ studios, and open homes.

Canberra-based artist and educator Lucy Irvine has today been announced as the designer-in-residence for the 2021 DESIGN Canberra Festival. Irvine has been commissioned to create a new sculptural installation inspired by this year’s festival theme of transformation to be exhibited during the annual three-week event, presented across the nation’s capital from 8 until 28 November 2021, celebrating Canberra as a global city of design and a living design laboratory.

Now in its eighth year, DESIGN Canberra showcases the city’s thriving design community and in 2021 presents a diverse program of events, exhibitions, talks, tours, activations, markets, collaborations, artists’ studios, and open homes.

Irvine’s commissioned signature artwork, titled ‘The Stills‘, will be presented in a Craft ACT exhibition for the duration of the festival. Irvine will also create a large-scale, site-specific temporary installation at The Cutting next to Lake Burley Griffin, as well as taking part in a workshop, and presenting an artist’s talk about her exhibition.

 

Image: 2021 DESIGN Canberra signature artwork, The Stills, created by Lucy Irvine. Photo by Lean Timms

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July 1, 2021

Liquid Architecture, West Space and Bus Projects announce new collaborative project, disorganising

Three contemporary experimental art organisations, Liquid Architecture, West Space and Bus Projects are collaborating for a new creative project titled disorganising, that will be based at the recently launched contemporary arts precinct, Collingwood Yards.

Arising from the ongoing context of COVID-19 and a lack of government funding, disorganising was founded as a collaborative project to share knowledge and forge new ways forward for art organisations that would have otherwise been lost.

Disorganising brings together artists in the surrounding neighbourhood to explore new ways of organising and commission new works which will be presented to the public over three days from 29 – 31 July 2021 across the site of Collingwood Yards, in the form of workshops, exhibitions, performance, lectures, readings, music and more.

Three contemporary experimental art organisations, Liquid Architecture, West Space and Bus Projects are collaborating for a new creative project titled disorganising, that will be based at the recently launched contemporary arts precinct, Collingwood Yards.

Arising from the ongoing context of COVID-19 and a lack of government funding, disorganising was founded as a collaborative project to share knowledge and forge new ways forward for art organisations that would have otherwise been lost.

Disorganising brings together artists in the surrounding neighbourhood to explore new ways of organising and commission new works which will be presented to the public over three days from 29 – 31 July 2021 across the site of Collingwood Yards, in the form of workshops, exhibitions, performance, lectures, readings, music and more.

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June 30, 2021

Anna Schwartz Gallery to present monumental new work by Australian artist Rose Nolan

Anna Schwartz Gallery has announced it will present a monumental new floor work by significant Australian artist Rose Nolan from 11 September – 16 October 2021.

Known for her distinctive reduced palette of red and white, and use of utilitarian materials, Nolan’s latest installation comprises a large carpet and mirrored panels that will occupy the Gallery for the duration of her month-long exhibition. The new solo exhibition, titled Parlour Games, continues Nolan’s exploration of the possibilities of painting, shifting her work from the wall to the floor to inhabit a new space.

Anna Schwartz Gallery has announced it will present a monumental new floor work by significant Australian artist Rose Nolan from 11 September – 16 October 2021.

Known for her distinctive reduced palette of red and white, and use of utilitarian materials, Nolan’s latest installation comprises a large carpet and mirrored panels that will occupy the Gallery for the duration of her month-long exhibition. The new solo exhibition, titled Parlour Games, continues Nolan’s exploration of the possibilities of painting, shifting her work from the wall to the floor to inhabit a new space.

Nolan’s practice is known for its investigation of the formal and linguistic qualities of words, directly using language to transform the architectural spaces they inhabit. A recent example is the towering public art work ‘Screen Works – ENOUGH-NOW/EVEN/MORE-SO’, for the Munro Site, Queen Victoria Market Renewal, City of Melbourne, with Six Degrees Architects. Proposed as verbal-visual puzzles, Nolan uses text as material object, derived from the everyday where words are chosen for their visual presence, formal qualities and linguistic content. By making language concrete in this way meaning is allowed to be approached differently. This same approach is applied to the new installation in Parlour Games.

Image: Rose Nolan, Big Words – to keep going breathing helps (circle work), 2017, synthetic polymer paint, hessian, velcro, steel, 425 x 598.6 x 515.5 cm, Photo: Felicity Jenkins, © Rose Nolan. Courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery.

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June 25, 2021

IAN STRANGE UNVEILS NEW ART INTERVENTION FOR CITY OF SYDNEY ART & ABOUT

A striking new commission by City of Sydney’s Art & About by multi-disciplinary artist Ian Strange, sees a derelict terrace house in Sydney’s Surry Hills appear skewered with dozens of customised LED rods. Titled INTERSECTIONS and on view for two weeks until Sunday 4 July, Strange’s artistic intervention of a derelict, heritage Victorian terrace can be viewed on foot or via the light rail on the corner of Marlborough and Devonshire Streets in Surry Hills.

A striking new commission by City of Sydney’s Art & About by multi-disciplinary artist Ian Strange, sees a derelict terrace house in Sydney’s Surry Hills appear skewered with dozens of customised LED rods. Titled INTERSECTIONS and on view for two weeks until Sunday 4 July, Strange’s artistic intervention of a derelict, heritage Victorian terrace can be viewed on foot or via the light rail on the corner of Marlborough and Devonshire Streets in Surry Hills.

The house is skewered with dozens of customised LED rods, the light beams seemingly piercing the roof and façade, penetrating the interiors with bright white light, as if volts from an unseen superpower are attempting to jolt the building back to life. For INTERSECTIONS, Strange uses light to draw our attention to the Victorian architecture of the Marlborough Street terrace, while emphasising its dilapidated condition and the potential loss of built heritage.

 

Image: Ian Strange, INTERSECTIONS

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June 24, 2021

AUSTRALIA AND THE UK ANNOUNCE LARGEST EVER CULTURAL EXCHANGE BETWEEN THE TWO NATIONS

A major new cultural exchange between Australia and the United Kingdom (UK) has been announced today, celebrating the diverse and innovative artist communities and cultural sectors of each nation. A collaboration between the British Council and the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, under the patronage of Her Majesty the Queen, the UK/Australia Season is a unique artistic programme of more than 200 live and digital events, marking the largest ever cultural exchange between the two nations.

A major new cultural exchange between Australia and the United Kingdom (UK) has been announced today, celebrating the diverse and innovative artist communities and cultural sectors of each nation. A collaboration between the British Council and the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, under the patronage of Her Majesty the Queen, the UK/Australia Season is a unique artistic programme of more than 200 live and digital events, marking the largest ever cultural exchange between the two nations. Launching in both countries in September 2021, The Season will strengthen and build cultural connections and will include a diverse programme spanning theatre, film, visual arts, dance, design, architecture, music, literature, higher education and a public engagement programme.

Artists, thought leaders and academics from the UK and Australia will collaborate together to create work, centred on the theme Who Are We Now?. The Season will reflect on our history, explore our current relationship, and imagine our future together.

Image: Ed Myhill, National Dance Company Wales

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June 22, 2021

UTS Gallery and Art Collection commissions major new 12-metre digital work by Barkindji artist Kent Morris

UTS Gallery and Art Collection have commissioned a major new digital work by Barkindji artist Kent Morris to be presented on the 2021 Broadway Screen. Morris will present his new video work Barkindji Blue Sky – Ancestral Connections on the 12-metre digital screen, which will be unveiled to the public on Tuesday 3 August 2021 as part of Vivid Sydney 2021 and playing exclusively until Monday 16 August 2021. The work will then become part of the permanent rotation for the Broadway Screen.

UTS Gallery and Art Collection have commissioned a major new digital work by Barkindji artist Kent Morris to be presented on the 2021 Broadway Screen. Morris will present his new video work Barkindji Blue Sky – Ancestral Connections on the 12-metre digital screen, which will be unveiled to the public on Tuesday 3 August 2021 as part of Vivid Sydney 2021 and playing exclusively until Monday 16 August 2021. The work will then become part of the permanent rotation for the Broadway Screen.

The commission launch will be marked on Tuesday 3 August with an in-conversation between Barkindji artist Kent Morris, Clothilde Bullen, Senior Curator, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Collections and Exhibitions at Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and Nici Cumpston, Artistic Director Tarnanthi and Curator Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at Art Gallery of South Australia. The discussion will be moderated by respected ABC journalist Daniel Browning.

Image credit: Kent Morris, Barkindji Blue Sky – Ancestral Connections, 2021

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June 22, 2021

WILLIAM ROBINSON’S 16 YEAR CREATION SERIES TO BE PRESENTED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MAJOR EXHIBITION AT HOTA GALLERY

Coinciding with the artist’s 85th year, HOTA, Home of the Arts presents Lyrical Landscapes: The Art of William Robinson, the second major exhibition at HOTA Gallery from 31 July to 3 October 2021. Celebrating one of Australia’s foremost living artists and greatest landscape painters, this exhibition will see Robinson’s entire Creation Series, produced over 16 years, presented together for the first time.

Robinson’s Creation Series is widely considered his master works, the series highlights the artist’s spiritual connection to the natural world and through their symphonic composition, his love of classical music.

Coinciding with the artist’s 85th year, HOTA, Home of the Arts presents Lyrical Landscapes: The Art of William Robinson, the second major exhibition at HOTA Gallery from 31 July to 3 October 2021. Celebrating one of Australia’s foremost living artists and greatest landscape painters, this exhibition will see Robinson’s entire Creation Series, produced over 16 years, presented together for the first time.

Robinson’s Creation Series is widely considered his master works, the series highlights the artist’s spiritual connection to the natural world and through their symphonic composition, his love of classical music. Curated by former Governor-General and close friend of the artist Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO, Lyrical Landscapes: The Art of William Robinson will feature these monumental multi-panelled other epic landscapes, including HOTA’s own The Rainforest.

Image: William Robinson, The rainforest 1990 (detail), oil on canvas, 188.0 x 492.5 cm, Collection, HOTA Gallery. Acquired through funds from Gold Coast’s business and art-loving community 1991 © Image courtesy the artist and Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane.

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June 21, 2021

Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize announces finalists for 20th anniversary exhibition

The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, presented by Woollahra Council since 2001, has announced 54 emerging and established artists as finalists for the 20th annual Prize and exhibition. The finalist works, by artists from Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom and Italy, will be presented for the first time in the Woollahra Council’s new purpose-built gallery – the Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf – as its inaugural exhibition, opening to the public on Thursday 19 August 2021.

The 54 finalist artist sculptures – each measuring up to 80cm in any dimension – were selected from a record 844 entries by a judging panel comprised of Director Curatorial and Digital, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia Dr Lara Strongman, Art Historian, Curator and Industrial Archaeologist Joanna Capon OAM and celebrated artist and fashion designer Jenny Kee AO.

The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, presented by Woollahra Council since 2001, has announced 54 emerging and established artists as finalists for the 20th annual Prize and exhibition. The finalist works, by artists from Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom and Italy, will be presented for the first time in the Woollahra Council’s new purpose-built gallery – the Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf – as its inaugural exhibition, opening to the public on Thursday 19 August 2021.

The 54 finalist artist sculptures – each measuring up to 80cm in any dimension – were selected from a record 844 entries by a judging panel comprised of Director Curatorial and Digital, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia Dr Lara Strongman, Art Historian, Curator and Industrial Archaeologist Joanna Capon OAM and celebrated artist and fashion designer Jenny Kee AO.

The exhibition will be presented, free to the public, in the new Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf, located on the former Double Bay Library site at 548 New South Head Road. The Gallery’s vision is to be the cultural heart of Woollahra and support creative talent to flourish. A collaborative space for all to connect with and be enriched by the arts, the Gallery will focus on contemporary art through a yearly exhibition calendar of a range of diverse shows by different artists.

For the full list of finalists see HERE.

Image: Jess Taylor, Nothing EverythingThe heart of all things!

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June 16, 2021

DESIGN CANBERRA EXPLORES DESIGN IN THE 1970s

DESIGN Canberra’s annual photography competition has announced its theme for 2021, encouraging professional and amateur photographers to take photos which take a closer look at Canberra’s iconic design and architecture from the 1970s.

The 2021 photo competition invites individuals to submit digital photographs that celebrate the visionary and experimental design that emerged from the nation’s capital in the 1970s. The theme of ‘Design in the 70s’ may capture iconic architecture by Taglietti, Seidler, Boyd, Andrews and Pegrum; Canberra’s co-living medium density experiments;  public art by Bert Flugelman and Margel Hinder; or the refinement of the Y plan in Canberra’s town planning.

DESIGN Canberra’s annual photography competition has announced its theme for 2021, encouraging professional and amateur photographers to take photos which take a closer look at Canberra’s iconic design and architecture from the 1970s.

The 2021 photo competition invites individuals to submit digital photographs that celebrate the visionary and experimental design that emerged from the nation’s capital in the 1970s. The theme of ‘Design in the 70s’ may capture iconic architecture by Taglietti, Seidler, Boyd, Andrews and Pegrum; Canberra’s co-living medium density experiments;  public art by Bert Flugelman and Margel Hinder; or the refinement of the Y plan in Canberra’s town planning.

The top 100 photos will be printed and exhibited in a signature DESIGN Canberra exhibition at Canberra Contemporary Art Space from 8-28 November 2021.

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June 16, 2021

Bell Shakespeare’s Hamlet returns for national tour after COVID-19 shutdown in 2020

Bell Shakespeare will revive their popular 2020 production of Hamlet for their third season of 2021. The production, which received rave reviews before closing only one-and-a-half weeks after opening due to the COVID-19 lockdown in Sydney, will see the return of Harriet Gordon-Anderson as Hamlet, opening at the Sydney Opera House (7 August – 4 September), before travelling for the first time to Arts Centre Melbourne (9 – 19 September) and Canberra Theatre Centre (24 September – 2 October).

Bell Shakespeare will revive their popular 2020 production of Hamlet for their third season of 2021. The production, which received rave reviews before closing only one-and-a-half weeks after opening due to the COVID-19 lockdown in Sydney, will see the return of Harriet Gordon-Anderson as Hamlet, opening at the Sydney Opera House (7 August – 4 September), before travelling for the first time to Arts Centre Melbourne (9 – 19 September) and Canberra Theatre Centre (24 September – 2 October).

Directed by Bell Shakespeare Artistic Director Peter Evans, Shakespeare’s seminal revenge tragedy is reimagined for contemporary audiences, transporting them to a wintery Denmark in the 1960s. Inside the glamorous court, a family is torn apart by murder and betrayal. Outside, a country is threatened by Norway. And at the centre of this struggle is a young man’s grief for a murdered father.

Image: Bell Shakespeare’s Hamlet, 2020. Photo: Brett Boardman

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June 15, 2021

THE ICONIC POWERHOUSE TRANSFORMED WITH FOCUS ON DESIGN & FASHION

The Powerhouse Museum has has announced a transformed investment of $480-$500m by NSW Government into one of Australia’s most revered and loved museums, Powerhouse Ultimo. The renewal will see Powerhouse Ultimo focus on design and fashion, presenting exhibitions that feature the museum’s significant collections, international exclusive exhibitions and programs that support the design and fashion industries. The expansion will deliver renewed and expanded exhibition and public space, connecting the Powerhouse Museum to the City by re-orienting the Museum to the Goods Line and connecting to adjacent precincts.

The Powerhouse Museum has has announced a transformed investment of $480-$500m by NSW Government into one of Australia’s most revered and loved museums, Powerhouse Ultimo. The renewal will see Powerhouse Ultimo focus on design and fashion, presenting exhibitions that feature the museum’s significant collections, international exclusive exhibitions and programs that support the design and fashion industries. The expansion will deliver renewed and expanded exhibition and public space, connecting the Powerhouse Museum to the City by re-orienting the Museum to the Goods Line and connecting to adjacent precincts.

Powerhouse Chief Executive Lisa Havilah said: “The renewal of our institution will deliver two world-class museums – with a design and fashion focus at Powerhouse Ultimo and our flagship museum focused on science and technology museum, Powerhouse Parramatta.“This visionary investment will see the expansion of our exhibition spaces as well as renewal of our historic exhibition spaces. We will create a vibrant public square beside the Goods Line, and creative industries workspaces that will become home for Australian designers.”

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June 7, 2021

German Baroque violinist Jonas Zschenderlein makes his Australian debut with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra in Bach’s Universe

The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra will perform with young German Baroque violinist Jonas Zschenderlein for their next concert series Bach’s Universe, taking place at Melbourne Recital Centre (15 – 18 July) and Sydney’s City Recital Hall (21 – 30 July). In this concert celebrating JS Bach, audiences will have the chance to see one of the few international musicians touring in Australia in 2021 as Zschenderlein performs his first live concert season in over a year.

The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra will perform with young German Baroque violinist Jonas Zschenderlein for their next concert series Bach’s Universe, taking place at Melbourne Recital Centre (15 – 18 July) and Sydney’s City Recital Hall (21 – 30 July). In this concert celebrating JS Bach, audiences will have the chance to see one of the few international musicians touring in Australia in 2021 as Zschenderlein performs his first live concert season in over a year.

Following the live concerts, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra will also present a digital première of the concert on 28 August on its new digital concert platform Brandenburg One.

Image: Jonas Zschenderlein. Photo by Kazutoshi Hirano.

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June 7, 2021

CARRIAGEWORKS ANNOUNCES SOLO EXHIBITION OF NEW WORK BY DEAN CROSS

Carriageworks has announced a major new solo exhibition of work by Clothing Store resident artist Dean Cross to be presented from 5 November 2021 – 30 January 2022. Icarus, my Son is a semi-autobiographical exhibition, presented by Carriageworks in partnership with Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, that takes inspiration from the ancient Greek tragedy of Icarus and Daedalus and examines themes universal to the experience of those in rural and remote communities who seek to expand their horizons.

Carriageworks has announced a major new solo exhibition of work by Clothing Store resident artist Dean Cross to be presented from 5 November 2021 – 30 January 2022. Icarus, my Son is a semi-autobiographical exhibition, presented by Carriageworks in partnership with Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, that takes inspiration from the ancient Greek tragedy of Icarus and Daedalus and examines themes universal to the experience of those in rural and remote communities who seek to expand their horizons. Featuring new video, sculptural and installation works by Cross, Icarus, my Son investigates ideas of home, ambition, cataclysm and loss.

Image: Zan Wimberly

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June 2, 2021

CARRIAGEWORKS ANNOUNCES WORLD PREMIERE OF NEW DANCE WORK BY RESIDENT COMPANY MARRUGEKU

Carriageworks has announced the world premiere of a new dance work by resident company Marrugeku that will be presented from 4 – 7 August 2021. Jurrungu Ngan-ga – meaning Straight Talk in Yawuru- reflects on the disproportion of Indigenous Australians in custody and first-hand descriptions of life inside Australia’s immigration detention centres.

The multimedia theatre production is inspired by perspectives on incarceration shared by Yawuru leader and Senator for Western Australia Patrick Dodson, one of six commissioners and the only non-lawyer who sat on the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.

Carriageworks has announced the world premiere of a new dance work by resident company Marrugeku that will be presented from 4 – 7 August 2021. Jurrungu Ngan-ga – meaning Straight Talk in Yawuru- reflects on the disproportion of Indigenous Australians in custody and first-hand descriptions of life inside Australia’s immigration detention centres.

The multimedia theatre production is inspired by perspectives on incarceration shared by Yawuru leader and Senator for Western Australia Patrick Dodson, one of six commissioners and the only non-lawyer who sat on the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. It draws on themes from the acclaimed autobiographical novel No Friend but the Mountains: Writing from Manus Prison (2018) by Kurdish-Iranian journalist and filmmaker Behrouz Boochani. The novel, translated by Iranian Australian philosopher and activist Omid Tofighian from thousands of WhatsApp messages written by Boochani on a smuggled phone, is an account of Boochani’s perilous journey to Christmas Island and his subsequent incarceration in an Australian government immigration detention facility on Manus Island.

Image: Bhenji Ra, Emmanuel James Brown, Miranda Wheen, Zachary Lopez, Chandler Connell, Feras Shaheen, Issa el Assaad, Luke Currie-Richardson & Ses Bero in Jurrungu Ngan-ga, Marrugeku. 2021 Photo by Abby Murray.

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June 1, 2021

Marco Fusinato to present ‘Experimental Hell’ at Anna Schwartz Gallery

Anna Schwartz Gallery will present an exhibition featuring new works by celebrated Australian artist and musician Marco Fusinato from 7 August – 16 October 2021.

Marco Fusinato, who has been selected to represent Australia at next year’s 59th Venice Biennale, will unveil his latest series of works for the exhibition titled Experimental Hell. The exhibition will feature large-scale silk screen works on raw aluminium, a newly recorded album, and a noise performance, to bring the three primary areas of Fusinato’s practice into a single project.

Anna Schwartz Gallery will present an exhibition featuring new works by celebrated Australian artist and musician Marco Fusinato from 7 August – 16 October 2021.

Marco Fusinato, who has been selected to represent Australia at next year’s 59th Venice Biennale, will unveil his latest series of works for the exhibition titled Experimental Hell. The exhibition will feature large-scale silk screen works on raw aluminium, a newly recorded album, and a noise performance, to bring the three primary areas of Fusinato’s practice into a single project.

Image: Marco Fusinato, Aetheric Plexus (Broken X), 2013
36,000 watts white light, 105db white noise. 40 cm × 500cm box truss, Par can 56 lights, couplers, Lanbox LCM,DMX controller,  dimmer racks, DMX mp3 player, line array PA, sensor, extension leads, shot bags.
Dimensions variable. Collection of the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
© Marco Fusinato.
Courtesy the artist and Anna SchwartzGallery.

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May 31, 2021

A celebration of the Northern Beaches’ vibrant creative community premieres this August

The Northern Beaches Council has announced it will present Arts in August, a month-long showcase of the creativity of the Northern Beaches region from 6 – 22 August 2021. Comprised of the inaugural Environmental Art and Design Prize presented across three arts venues, and two Creative Open weekends, Arts in August will feature open studios, a diverse range of cultural events, artist-led tours and live performances.

As part of the Festival, the two Creative Open weekends presented on 14 – 15 August and 21 – 22 August will see local designers, makers, musicians and creative businesses open their doors to visitors to experience the abundance of creativity of the Northern Beaches communities.

The Northern Beaches Council has announced it will present Arts in August, a month-long showcase of the creativity of the Northern Beaches region from 6 – 22 August 2021. Comprised of the inaugural Environmental Art and Design Prize presented across three arts venues, and two Creative Open weekends, Arts in August will feature open studios, a diverse range of cultural events, artist-led tours and live performances.

As part of the Festival, the two Creative Open weekends presented on 14 – 15 August and 21 – 22 August will see local designers, makers, musicians and creative businesses open their doors to visitors to experience the abundance of creativity of the Northern Beaches communities. The weekends will act as an arts trail to see the artists and businesses in situ, learn about their industry and witness firsthand their skills and the creation of their work.

Image: Colin Fraser in studio. Photograph by Karen Watson.

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May 25, 2021

CONTEMPORARY MUSIC RETURNS TO CARRIAGEWORKS: ROCK, PUNK AND HIP HOP PROGRAM ANNOUNCED AS PART OF VIVID SYDNEY 2021

Carriageworks, one of Australia’s largest multi-arts precincts, has announced a culturally diverse, contemporary music program and a collaboration with margarita maestros Cantina OK!, that will enliven the precinct as part of Vivid Sydney 2021, from 19 until 28 August.

This is the seventh year of Carriageworks’ highly successful involvement with Vivid Sydney, the annual creative festival that transforms Sydney’s CBD into a playground of creativity, innovation and technology. 2021 offers music audiences a wholistic, layered program with a return to dedicated performance venues, Bay 17 and 20, and a focus on design and lighting led by House of Vnholy and Sam Whiteside.

Carriageworks, one of Australia’s largest multi-arts precincts, has announced a culturally diverse, contemporary music program and a collaboration with margarita maestros Cantina OK!, that will enliven the precinct as part of Vivid Sydney 2021, from 19 until 28 August.

This is the seventh year of Carriageworks’ highly successful involvement with Vivid Sydney, the annual creative festival that transforms Sydney’s CBD into a playground of creativity, innovation and technology. 2021 offers music audiences a wholistic, layered program with a return to dedicated performance venues, Bay 17 and 20, and a focus on design and lighting led by House of Vnholy and Sam Whiteside.

Spanning two distinct themes of Australian hip hop artists and rock / punk bands across multiple performance spaces, the line-up for Vivid Sydney at Carriageworks includes: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Amyl & The Sniffers, Tropical Fuck Storm, Jesswar, Barkaa, Akosia and Open Frame.

Image: Akosia. Courtesy the artist.

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May 24, 2021

Robert Rosen: Glitterati: 40 years of the rich, famous and fabulous

The Powerhouse has announced the details of Robert Rosen: Glitterati, the largest survey of the work of one of Australia’s foremost fashion and social pages photographers, opening on 6 August 2021.

Glitterati will present over 300 photographs and will include images from Rosen’s early career in London and Paris capturing the fashion shows of iconic designers like Yves Saint Laurent, Claude Montana and Zandra Rhodes. In Australia, Rosen brought a new perspective to the fashion pages with his backstage photos at Australian Fashion Week and documented celebrities, politicians and entertainers at parties, openings, launches and events from the exclusive Cointreau Ball to the ARIA Awards.

The Powerhouse has announced the details of Robert Rosen: Glitterati, the largest survey of the work of one of Australia’s foremost fashion and social pages photographers, opening on 6 August 2021.

Glitterati will present over 300 photographs and will include images from Rosen’s early career in London and Paris capturing the fashion shows of iconic designers like Yves Saint Laurent, Claude Montana and Zandra Rhodes. In Australia, Rosen brought a new perspective to the fashion pages with his backstage photos at Australian Fashion Week and documented celebrities, politicians and entertainers at parties, openings, launches and events from the exclusive Cointreau Ball to the ARIA Awards. Glitterati will also include over 50 never-before-seen polaroids from Rosen’s personal archive, dating from 1980-2000, with images of icons including Yoko Ono, David Bowie and Bette Midler.

Image: Paul and Linda McCartney, Abbey Road Studios, 1982. Robert Rosen

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May 20, 2021

SYDNEY FRINGE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES NEW 2021 HUBS AND ACTIVATIONS

Sydney Fringe Festival, New South Wales’ largest independent arts festival, has announced the hubs and new initiatives that will be activated from 1 – 30 September 2021, including the inaugural Young Henry’s Made In Sydney Hub and City Tatts Musical Theatre and Cabaret Hub. After a successful digital season in 2020, the Festival returns this year with a physical footprint that will once again enliven Sydney’s CBD and highlight the city’s vibrant culture, with a diverse program of performance, exhibitions and events spanning music, theatre, comedy, visual art, film, dance, circus, literature and poetry.

Sydney Fringe Festival, New South Wales’ largest independent arts festival, has announced the hubs and new initiatives that will be activated from 1 – 30 September 2021, including the inaugural Young Henry’s Made In Sydney Hub and City Tatts Musical Theatre and Cabaret Hub. After a successful digital season in 2020, the Festival returns this year with a physical footprint that will once again enliven Sydney’s CBD and highlight the city’s vibrant culture, with a diverse program of performance, exhibitions and events spanning music, theatre, comedy, visual art, film, dance, circus, literature and poetry.

The 2021 Festival will present two new initiatives continuing Sydney Fringe’s work supporting local communities including Art In Isolation, showcasing new works developed as part of the Sydney Fringe’s 2020-2021 residency program, and a new series of AUSLan interpreted and relaxed performances at Eternity Playhouse every Monday of September.

The full program for the 2021 Sydney Fringe Festival will be announced in July. Please visit The Sydney Fringe website for further details and updates. https://www.sydneyfringe.com/

Image: Apocalypse Now, 2019. Image Rob Studdent

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May 11, 2021

Australasia’s premier art fair Sydney Contemporary announces 2021 Gallery List

Sydney Contemporary has announced a strong line-up of more than 85 Australian and New Zealand galleries that will participate in the sixth edition of Australasia’s largest and most diverse art fair. Presented at multi-arts precinct Carriageworks from Thursday 9th until Sunday 12th September 2021, Sydney Contemporary will be the first major art fair presented in Australia since 2019 and will feature works by more than 400 artists hailing from countries including Australia, China, England, France, Ghana, Germany, New Zealand, South Africa and Thailand.

Sydney Contemporary has announced a strong line-up of more than 85 Australian and New Zealand galleries that will participate in the sixth edition of Australasia’s largest and most diverse art fair. Presented at multi-arts precinct Carriageworks from Thursday 9th until Sunday 12th September 2021, Sydney Contemporary will be the first major art fair presented in Australia since 2019 and will feature works by more than 400 artists hailing from countries including Australia, China, England, France, Ghana, Germany, New Zealand, South Africa and Thailand.

The past five editions of Sydney Contemporary have attracted more than 112,000 visitors and recorded more than AU$80million in art sales, with 2021 set to continue to build on those figures.

See the full list HERE.

Image: Dale Frank, From Gilgandra, it was his family tradition, for as long as he can remember, for the last 32 years, tall 205cm Colin would spend all the Easter and Christmas holidays being a naturist, sharing a double bed with his mum and dad on a house boat hired from the Tweed Heads Holiday Park, 2020

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May 7, 2021

HOTA GALLERY OPENS ITS DOORS WITH MAJOR EXHIBITION, NEW COMMISSIONS AND 100+ ARTWORKS FROM THE CITY COLLECTION

Contemporary cultural precinct HOTA, Home of the Arts opens the major new $60.5 million HOTA Gallery on Australia’s Gold Coast on Saturday 8 May 2021. Spanning six levels and including over 2,000m2 of AAA rated, international standard exhibition space and a dedicated Children’s Gallery, HOTA Gallery is the largest public gallery outside a capital city in Australia.

Celebrating artists from across Australia and the world, HOTA Gallery presents world premiere international exhibitions, Australian exclusives and new commissions, and is home to the $32 million City Collection, consisting of more than 4,400 artworks.

Contemporary cultural precinct HOTA, Home of the Arts opens the major new $60.5 million HOTA Gallery on Australia’s Gold Coast on Saturday 8 May 2021. Spanning six levels and including over 2,000m2 of AAA rated, international standard exhibition space and a dedicated Children’s Gallery, HOTA Gallery is the largest public gallery outside a capital city in Australia.

Celebrating artists from across Australia and the world, HOTA Gallery presents world premiere international exhibitions, Australian exclusives and new commissions, and is home to the $32 million City Collection, consisting of more than 4,400 artworks.

Image caption: Back wall: Nicola Moss Local Air 2021; Kirsty Bruce Wonderwall 2021; Aaron Chapman The Towers Project 2021; Back right: Michael Candy, Steal the Sunshine 2021; Front: Ali Bezer I Can Hear Water 2021; SOLID GOLD: Artists from Paradise, HOTA Gallery. Photo by Paul Harris Photography.

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April 27, 2021

Australasia’s premier international art fair Sydney Contemporary announces new Principal Partner Moelis Australia

Sydney Contemporary, Australasia’s largest and most diverse art fair, has announced a headline partnership with leading ASX-listed financial services firm Moelis Australia, ahead of the fair’s sixth edition. Sydney Contemporary 2021, will be held at Carriageworks from Thursday 9 September until Sunday 12 September.

Sydney Contemporary Founder, Tim Etchells said: “Over the last eight years Sydney Contemporary has been firmly established as the most influential fair in the region and one that is critical to growth of the local art market.

Sydney Contemporary, Australasia’s largest and most diverse art fair, has announced a headline partnership with leading ASX-listed financial services firm Moelis Australia, ahead of the fair’s sixth edition. Sydney Contemporary 2021, will be held at Carriageworks from Thursday 9 September until Sunday 12 September.

Sydney Contemporary Founder, Tim Etchells said: “Over the last eight years Sydney Contemporary has been firmly established as the most influential fair in the region and one that is critical to growth of the local art market. We anticipate 2021 will be our strongest year yet. We are excited that Moelis Australia has chosen to become our Principal Partner as an important element of its corporate rebranding to MA Financial Group. Together we share our values of integrity and excellence, along with a passion for contemporary art.”

Sydney Contemporary 2021 returns with a refreshed identity and expects to build upon the success of its previous five editions, which have collectively attracted more than 112,000 collectors, curators and art enthusiasts, whilst recording more than AU$80 million in art sales.

Image: Amrita Hepi performance, Jacquie Manning

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April 19, 2021

Sydney Fringe announces Fringe HQ Newtown program

Sydney Fringe has announced the initial program for their new pop-up venue Fringe HQ Newtown featuring eight new works – including 3 world premieres, 3 Sydney premieres and 2 modern Australian classics – by a wide range of acclaimed and emerging Australian artists. Taking over the historic ballroom at 5 Eliza Street, the venue will be activated from April-December 2021, and will play a vital role in the Covid recovery for the independent arts sector.

Sydney Fringe has announced the initial program for their new pop-up venue Fringe HQ Newtown featuring eight new works – including 3 world premieres, 3 Sydney premieres and 2 modern Australian classics – by a wide range of acclaimed and emerging Australian artists. Taking over the historic ballroom at 5 Eliza Street, the venue will be activated from April-December 2021, and will play a vital role in the Covid recovery for the independent arts sector.

The Sydney Fringe has long been championing the need for more affordable, accessible and importantly non-curated performance space in Sydney. The project Fringe HQ was created in 2018 as a way for the organisation, best known as the presenters of the largest independent arts festival in NSW The Sydney Fringe Festival, to work with their Government and provide sector partners to activate underutilised space for performance.

Presented in partnership with the 5 Eliza Trustees, the venue opens at a time when the sector fears losing many of its dedicated independent performance venues due to the impacts endured from the Covid 19 pandemic.

See details for the program HERE.

Image: Trainlord, Global Fringe 2020.

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April 13, 2021

Biennale of Sydney announces 2022 exhibition: rīvus

Today, the first 59 participants in the 23rd Biennale of Sydney (2022) were announced. The title of this major international contemporary art event, which will be open to the public from 12 March to 13 June 2022, is rīvus, meaning ‘stream’ in Latin.

Situated along the waterways of the Gadigal and Burramattagal people, the Biennale of Sydney in 2022 will be articulated through a series of conceptual wetlands and imagined ecosystems populated by artworks, public programs, experiments, research and activisms, following the currents of meandering tributaries that expand into a delta of interrelated ideas.

Today, the first 59 participants in the 23rd Biennale of Sydney (2022) were announced. The title of this major international contemporary art event, which will be open to the public from 12 March to 13 June 2022, is rīvus, meaning ‘stream’ in Latin.

Situated along the waterways of the Gadigal and Burramattagal people, the Biennale of Sydney in 2022 will be articulated through a series of conceptual wetlands and imagined ecosystems populated by artworks, public programs, experiments, research and activisms, following the currents of meandering tributaries that expand into a delta of interrelated ideas.

Those invited to take part in the Biennale will be known as ‘participants’ rather than ‘artists’, reflecting their diverse talents, skills, practices and modes of being that extend beyond the realm of the visual arts. The participants announced today live across six continents and 33 countries such as Cameroon, Cuba, Venezuela, Slovenia, Taiwan, Tonga and the Netherlands.

See the full list and further detail at the Biennale of Sydney website HERE.

Image: Ackroyd & Harvey, The Tree Ceremony, 2015 installed at ArtCOP21 in 2015. Courtesy the artists.

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April 12, 2021

ADDITIONAL PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCED FOR PROTOTYPE’S 2021 SEASON

Australian experimental curatorial platform Prototype has announced an additional three artists for Prototype 2021, the platform’s new three-month season featuring 12 new short works – including 11 world premieres – by 13 international and Australian artists, filmmakers and collectives. The new artist works include a series of Instagram filters by digital artist Jess Herrington and short-form documentaries dealing with environmental issues by Robert McDougall and Rachel O’Reilly.

Continuing Prototype’s work redefining the presentation of video art outside the traditional gallery space, this program will see a new short film or moving image released weekly, every Wednesday, from 28 April until 14 July 2021. 

Australian experimental curatorial platform Prototype has announced an additional three artists for Prototype 2021, the platform’s new three-month season featuring 12 new short works – including 11 world premieres – by 13 international and Australian artists, filmmakers and collectives. The new artist works include a series of Instagram filters by digital artist Jess Herrington and short-form documentaries dealing with environmental issues by Robert McDougall and Rachel O’Reilly.

Continuing Prototype’s work redefining the presentation of video art outside the traditional gallery space, this program will see a new short film or moving image released weekly, every Wednesday, from 28 April until 14 July 2021.  Works will be published online and issued direct to Prototype subscribers via a free e-newsletter.

Image: Still from “Rare Earth by Robert McDougall.

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March 29, 2021

Anna Schwartz Gallery to present solo exhibition with new work and an evolving performance installation by Mike Parr

Anna Schwartz Gallery will present an exhibition featuring new work and a four-stage installation by leading Australian artist Mike Parr from 1 May – 31 July 2021.

Parr will transform the Gallery throughout the three-month exhibition over a series of four blind performances, creating new installation work. These performances follow on from Towards an Amazonian Black Square, 2019 which was included in Mike Parr’s solo exhibition The Eternal Opening at Carriageworks and Towards a Black Square, 2019, presented by Detached Cultural Organisation in association with Dark Mofo.

Anna Schwartz Gallery will present an exhibition featuring new work and a four-stage installation by leading Australian artist Mike Parr from 1 May – 31 July 2021.

Parr will transform the Gallery throughout the three-month exhibition over a series of four blind performances, creating new installation work. These performances follow on from Towards an Amazonian Black Square, 2019 which was included in Mike Parr’s solo exhibition The Eternal Opening at Carriageworks and Towards a Black Square, 2019, presented by Detached Cultural Organisation in association with Dark Mofo.

In addition to the blind performances, the exhibition will include video, painting, photography and sculpture. The static works will articulate the separate stages of the exhibition.

Image: Mike Parr, Towards an Amazonian Black Square, 2019, performance, Carriageworks, Sydney. Cinematographer: Gotaro Uematsu.Co-performer: Glenn Thompson. Photo: Mark Pokorny. © Mike Parr. Courtesy the artist & Anna Schwartz Gallery

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March 26, 2021

The National 2021: New Australian Art opens at three of Sydney’s leading cultural institutions

A major survey of contemporary Australian art, The National 2021: New Australian Art, opened today across three of Sydney’s leading cultural institutions, the Art Gallery of New South  Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks and Museum of Contemporary  Art Australia (MCA), presenting 39 new commissioned projects by established, mid-career, emerging artists and artist collectives from across the nation.

The third iteration in a series of biennial surveys, originally launched in 2017, The  National 2021 showcases the varied and vital work being made by Australian artists,  in urban and regional centres, as well as remote communities, by artists of different generations and cultural backgrounds. 

A major survey of contemporary Australian art, The National 2021: New Australian Art, opened today across three of Sydney’s leading cultural institutions, the Art Gallery of New South  Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks and Museum of Contemporary  Art Australia (MCA), presenting 39 new commissioned projects by established, mid-career, emerging artists and artist collectives from across the nation.

The third iteration in a series of biennial surveys, originally launched in 2017, The  National 2021 showcases the varied and vital work being made by Australian artists,  in urban and regional centres, as well as remote communities, by artists of different generations and cultural backgrounds. With three distinct exhibitions developed by four curators, the 2021 iteration presents new and recent works which embody themes of collaboration and intergenerational learning, and planetary responsibility.

Image: Zan Wimberley

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March 20, 2021

Heide Museum of Modern Art presents the first museum survey of Ukrainian-Australian artist Stanislava Pinchuk

Heide Museum of Modern Art has opened the first career survey of Ukrainian-Australian artist Stanislava Pinchuk from 20 March to 20 June 2021. Presented in Heide Modern, Stanislava Pinchuk: Terra Data will bring together for the first time more than 40 key works from Pinchuk’s practice plotting the changing topographies of war and conflict zones to explore how the landscape holds a memory of past political events.

Born and raised in Ukraine, and now based between Naarm (Melbourne) and Sarajevo (Bosnia & Herzegovina), Stanislava Pinchuk is one of Australia’s most exciting contemporary artists.

Heide Museum of Modern Art has opened the first career survey of Ukrainian-Australian artist Stanislava Pinchuk from 20 March to 20 June 2021. Presented in Heide Modern, Stanislava Pinchuk: Terra Data will bring together for the first time more than 40 key works from Pinchuk’s practice plotting the changing topographies of war and conflict zones to explore how the landscape holds a memory of past political events.

Born and raised in Ukraine, and now based between Naarm (Melbourne) and Sarajevo (Bosnia & Herzegovina), Stanislava Pinchuk is one of Australia’s most exciting contemporary artists. Beginning with recording the Ukrainian Civil War, in her home country, she has since made large bodies of architectural survey work centred around the Fukushima and Chernobyl nuclear exclusion zones, and the Calais ‘Jungle’ Migrant Camp in France.

Image: Clytie Meredith

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March 16, 2021

MAJOR NEW SCULPTURE BY RAMESH MARIO NITHIYENDRAN UNVEILED FOR NEW HOTA GALLERY

Contemporary cultural precinct HOTA, Home of the Arts has today unveiled a major new outdoor artwork by Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran at the entrance of the new HOTA Gallery. The $60.5 million HOTA Gallery will open on the Gold Coast on 8 May and will be Australia’s largest public gallery outside a capital city.

Commissioned by Melbourne Art Foundation (MAF) and HOTA, Sri-Lankan born, Sydney based artist Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran has created a monumental six-metre high sculpture presented at the lower ground entrance to the Gallery.

Contemporary cultural precinct HOTA, Home of the Arts has today unveiled a major new outdoor artwork by Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran at the entrance of the new HOTA Gallery. The $60.5 million HOTA Gallery will open on the Gold Coast on 8 May and will be Australia’s largest public gallery outside a capital city.

Commissioned by Melbourne Art Foundation (MAF) and HOTA, Sri-Lankan born, Sydney based artist Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran has created a monumental six-metre high sculpture presented at the lower ground entrance to the Gallery. Predominantly composed of bronze, Nithiyendran has combined a range of materials including concrete, neon and fibreglass to create a multi-coloured avatar reflecting the vibrancy of the HOTA Gallery building. Holding a smiling neon companion and standing on a geometric plinth, this is Nithiyendran’s largest sculpture to date and the artist’s first ambitious work in the public domain. This significant artwork will welcome visitors inside the Gallery with outstretched arms and expressive and commanding tones.

Pictured: Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran with his sculpture Double-sided avatar with blue figure, 2021. Photo by Alex Chomicz.

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March 6, 2021

Heide Museum of Modern Art presents first Melbourne survey in over 20 years of eminent Australian artist Robert Owen

The first survey in Melbourne for twenty years of eminent Australian artist Robert Owen will be presented by Heide Museum of Modern Art from 6 March to 23 May 2021. Blue Over Time will explore Owen’s 60-year career, encompassing his work from the 1960s and 1970s living in Greece and London, as well as featuring new and more recent paintings and sculptural installations.

Situated in Heide’s main galleries, the exhibition will present over thirty key works including a new iteration of the large- scale wall work Afterglow, made especially for the Heide space.

The first survey in Melbourne for twenty years of eminent Australian artist Robert Owen will be presented by Heide Museum of Modern Art from 6 March to 23 May 2021. Blue Over Time will explore Owen’s 60-year career, encompassing his work from the 1960s and 1970s living in Greece and London, as well as featuring new and more recent paintings and sculptural installations.

Situated in Heide’s main galleries, the exhibition will present over thirty key works including a new iteration of the large- scale wall work Afterglow, made especially for the Heide space.

Grounded in geometry and abstraction, Owen’s striking works are inspired by his wide-ranging interests—encompassing philosophy and psychology, science and mathematics, music and literature—and reflect his life-long curiosity about the world. Underpinning his practice is a poetic and intuitive exploration of the expressive potential of light, colour and space. Through key works and a rich archival display, the exhibition Blue Over Time presents major themes, such as the intersection of art and science in Owen’s work, and his long engagement with colour as a tool to express the inexpressible.

Image: Clytie Meredith

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March 4, 2021

Articulate to participate in First Sight

Articulate will participate in First Sight, a first of its kind trailblazing mentorship program specifically designed to develop and promote the careers of emerging First Nations photographers.

Developed by Head On Foundation’s artistic director Moshe Rosenzveig OAM in con-sultation with First Nations photographer Michael Jalaru Torres, the program will bring together Indigenous emerging photographers from all around the country, culminating in a final exhibition as part of Head On Photo Festival 2021 in November.

Articulate will participate in First Sight, a first of its kind trailblazing mentorship program specifically designed to develop and promote the careers of emerging First Nations photographers.

Developed by Head On Foundation’s artistic director Moshe Rosenzveig OAM in con-sultation with First Nations photographer Michael Jalaru Torres, the program will bring together Indigenous emerging photographers from all around the country, culminating in a final exhibition as part of Head On Photo Festival 2021 in November. Six participants will be selected to exhibit at the Festival Hub and the work of all participants in the program will also be shown in an onscreen slideshow presentation as part of the Festival.

This collaborative mentorship includes a series of invaluable online sessions with industry-leading speakers and mentors to help take the participants’ photography to the next level.

Image caption: Michael Jalaru Torres, ‘Wirriya (happy)’, 2019. Artist shows with Cooee Art Gallery.

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March 2, 2021

SYDNEY FRINGE ANNOUNCES FRINGE HQ NEWTOWN

The Sydney Fringe has announced a new partnership with 5 Eliza Ltd to enable the launch of their pop-up venue FRINGE HQ Newtown. Taking over the historic ballroom at 5 Eliza Street, the venue will be activated from April-December 2021, and will play a vital role in the Covid recovery for the independent arts sector.

The Sydney Fringe has long been championing the need for more affordable, accessible and importantly non-curated performance space in Sydney.

The Sydney Fringe has announced a new partnership with 5 Eliza Ltd to enable the launch of their pop-up venue FRINGE HQ Newtown. Taking over the historic ballroom at 5 Eliza Street, the venue will be activated from April-December 2021, and will play a vital role in the Covid recovery for the independent arts sector.

The Sydney Fringe has long been championing the need for more affordable, accessible and importantly non-curated performance space in Sydney. The project Fringe HQ was created in 2018 as a way for the organisation, best known as the presenters of the largest independent arts festival in NSW The Sydney Fringe Festival, to work with their Government and provide sector partners to activate underutilised space for performance.

The venue opens at a time when the sector fears losing many of its dedicated independent performance venues due to the impacts endured from the Covid 19 pandemic. This new venue and partnership provides the Sydney Fringe with the opportunity to further their research into viable business models for venue management for the independent sector, building on the valuable work published in 2018 An Anthology of Space: Activating unused and underutilised space for the creative industries and performing arts sectors of NSW.

The Fringe HQ Newtown public program will be announced in the coming weeks.

Image Courtesy Sydney Fringe

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February 25, 2021

PROTOTYPE ANNOUNCES 2021 PROGRAM

Australian experimental curatorial platform Prototype has announced a new three-month season Prototype 2021 featuring nine new short works – including eight world premieres – by 10 international and Australian artists, filmmakers and collectives. Continuing Prototype’s work redefining the presentation of video art outside the traditional gallery space, this program releases a new short film or moving image weekly, every Wednesday, from 28 April until 23 June 2021.  Works will be published online and issued direct to Prototype subscribers via a free e-newsletter.

Australian experimental curatorial platform Prototype has announced a new three-month season Prototype 2021 featuring nine new short works – including eight world premieres – by 10 international and Australian artists, filmmakers and collectives. Continuing Prototype’s work redefining the presentation of video art outside the traditional gallery space, this program releases a new short film or moving image weekly, every Wednesday, from 28 April until 23 June 2021.  Works will be published online and issued direct to Prototype subscribers via a free e-newsletter.

Alongside the core digital presentation, a number of in-person screenings of the newly released works will be presented at Melbourne’s ACMI during the three-month season, including the Prototype 2021 launch event on Tuesday 27 April 2021. This ticketed event features a panel discussion with curator Lauren Carroll Harris and acclaimed Australian filmmaker Samantha Lang, alongside an exclusive in-person premiere screening of Lang’s work Brown Lake and works from Prototype’s archive by UK-based Sam Smith and acclaimed Canberra documentary-maker Robert Nugent.

Image: Pilar Mata Dupont, La Maruja 2021, video still. Courtesy of the artist and Prototype.

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February 12, 2021

CARRIAGEWORKS PRESENTS ‘NO SHOW’

Carriageworks, one of Australia’s largest multi-arts precincts, has today unveiled NO SHOW, a three-week presentation of projects by 11 artist-led initiatives from across NSW. Presented with the support of the NSW Government through Create NSW, NO SHOW features the work of more than 50 largely early-career  Australian artists and writers. NO SHOW will take over the Carriageworks Public Space and Bay 19 from 12 February until 7 March 2021 with a constantly evolving display of art installations, screenings, performances and writer residencies.

Carriageworks, one of Australia’s largest multi-arts precincts, has today unveiled NO SHOW, a three-week presentation of projects by 11 artist-led initiatives from across NSW. Presented with the support of the NSW Government through Create NSW, NO SHOW features the work of more than 50 largely early-career  Australian artists and writers. NO SHOW will take over the Carriageworks Public Space and Bay 19 from 12 February until 7 March 2021 with a constantly evolving display of art installations, screenings, performances and writer residencies.
Developed by Carriageworks curator Aarna Hanley and presented free to the public, NO SHOW highlights the activities of artist-run spaces, cooperatives, digital platforms, online publications and studios in NSW, each presenting an independent program across the three weeks. Based locally, regionally and online, the invited organisations are ANKLES, Boomalli, Firstdraft, KNULP, Our Neon Foe, newly established Pari in Western Sydney, Prototype, digital publications Running Dog and Runway Journal, Studio A, and new regional initiative WAYOUT Artspace.

Image:Left to Right: Mehmet Mevlütoğlu, ‘Area Drip 2 (Safety BB)’, 2021 and Feras Shaheen, ‘Cross Cultures’, 2020 for Pari. Installation view ‘No Show’, 2021, Carriageworks. Photo credit Zan Wimberley

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February 11, 2021

UTS Gallery presents Hayley Millar Baker’s first solo exhibition in Sydney

UTS Gallery will present a survey exhibition of work by celebrated artist Hayley Millar Baker titled There we were all in one place from 13 April – 14 June 2021. The exhibition includes 35 works spanning five photographic series produced between 2016 until 2019 that are being presented together for the first time. Almost exclusively in black and white, the photographs use historical reappropriation and citation, together with intricate digital editing and archival research, to consider human experiences of time, memory and place.

UTS Gallery will present a survey exhibition of work by celebrated artist Hayley Millar Baker titled There we were all in one place from 13 April – 14 June 2021. The exhibition includes 35 works spanning five photographic series produced between 2016 until 2019 that are being presented together for the first time. Almost exclusively in black and white, the photographs use historical reappropriation and citation, together with intricate digital editing and archival research, to consider human experiences of time, memory and place.

Image credit: Hayley Millar Baker, Untitled 8 (I’m the Captain Now), 2016, 20 x 20 cm, inkjet on cotton rag. Courtesy the artist and Vivien Anderson Gallery.

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February 9, 2021

POWERHOUSE ANNOUNCES 2021 EXHIBITION PROGRAM

The Powerhouse Museum’s 2021 exhibition program will be presented in the Museum at Ultimo under the direction of Chief Executive Lisa Havilah.

The program includes 12 new exhibitions celebrating the Museum’s world-class collection of more than 500,000 objects, as well as international collaborations, Australian exclusives, new commissions and never before seen objects.

Image: Bayram Ali, Snowy Mountains, Hydro-Electric Scheme, Powerhouse Collection

The Powerhouse Museum’s 2021 exhibition program will be presented in the Museum at Ultimo under the direction of Chief Executive Lisa Havilah.

The program includes 12 new exhibitions celebrating the Museum’s world-class collection of more than 500,000 objects, as well as international collaborations, Australian exclusives, new commissions and never before seen objects.

Image: Bayram Ali, Snowy Mountains, Hydro-Electric Scheme, Powerhouse Collection

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February 1, 2021

Design Canberra announces theme & call out for 2021 Festival

DESIGN Canberra has announced the theme of ‘Transformation’ for its eighth annual festival to be presented from 8 – 28 November 2021. The Festival is now calling out for leading architecture, design and craft initiatives to participate in the three-week Festival that celebrates Canberra as a global city of design and a living design laboratory. Past Festivals have included work by acclaimed international designers such as Kengo Kuma, pictured with his work at the Festival in 2019.

DESIGN Canberra has announced the theme of ‘Transformation’ for its eighth annual festival to be presented from 8 – 28 November 2021. The Festival is now calling out for leading architecture, design and craft initiatives to participate in the three-week Festival that celebrates Canberra as a global city of design and a living design laboratory. Past Festivals have included work by acclaimed international designers such as Kengo Kuma, pictured with his work at the Festival in 2019.

See HERE for more detail and to apply.

Photo by Andrew Sikorski

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January 19, 2021

Anna Schwartz Gallery to present solo exhibition of new work by Shaun Gladwell

Anna Schwartz Gallery will present an exhibition of new works by acclaimed Australian artist Shaun Gladwell from 6 February – 24 April 2021.

Shaun Gladwell’s exhibition Homo Suburbiensis gives equal weight to, and balances, the artist’s practice of painting and moving image. Through formal and conceptual links, most obviously through the image as sequenced in both painted and cinematic form, a dialogue is established between a single channel moving image work, and a series of paintings.

Anna Schwartz Gallery will present an exhibition of new works by acclaimed Australian artist Shaun Gladwell from 6 February – 24 April 2021.

Shaun Gladwell’s exhibition Homo Suburbiensis gives equal weight to, and balances, the artist’s practice of painting and moving image. Through formal and conceptual links, most obviously through the image as sequenced in both painted and cinematic form, a dialogue is established between a single channel moving image work, and a series of paintings.

Image: Shaun Gladwell, Homo Suburbiensis, 2020, (still) High Definition video (4K), colour, sound, 13 minutes 5 seconds, Cinematographer: Skye Davies. © Shaun Gladwell. Courtesy the artist & Anna Schwartz Gallery

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December 17, 2020

INAUGURAL EXHIBITION PROGRAM ANNOUNCED FOR NEW HOTA GALLERY, AUSTRALIA’S LARGEST PUBLIC GALLERY OUTSIDE A CAPITAL CITY

Gold Coast Cultural Precinct HOTA, Home of the Arts has announced its inaugural exhibition program that will be presented in the new $60.5 million HOTA Gallery, opening to the public on 10 April 2021. Spanning six levels, HOTA Gallery is the largest public gallery outside a capital city in Australia and will present a dynamic program of world premiere international exhibitions, Australian exclusives, and new commissions, celebrating artists from across Australia and the world.

Information on 2021 exhibition program can be found at www.hota.com.au, with further details and programming to be announced in 2021.

Gold Coast Cultural Precinct HOTA, Home of the Arts has announced its inaugural exhibition program that will be presented in the new $60.5 million HOTA Gallery, opening to the public on 10 April 2021. Spanning six levels, HOTA Gallery is the largest public gallery outside a capital city in Australia and will present a dynamic program of world premiere international exhibitions, Australian exclusives, and new commissions, celebrating artists from across Australia and the world.

Information on 2021 exhibition program can be found at www.hota.com.au, with further details and programming to be announced in 2021.

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December 17, 2020

Australian Chamber Orchestra announces return to national performances and groundbreaking new film series as part of 2021 season

The Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) has announced its 2021 season, an ambitious hybrid of live and digital concerts responding to 2020 and welcoming a new musical era. The bold season features seven live concert programs, opening in New South Wales in February and touring nationally from May 2021, alongside eight 50-minute concert films premiering on a new streaming platform from February 2021.

Image: Stephen Ward

The Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) has announced its 2021 season, an ambitious hybrid of live and digital concerts responding to 2020 and welcoming a new musical era. The bold season features seven live concert programs, opening in New South Wales in February and touring nationally from May 2021, alongside eight 50-minute concert films premiering on a new streaming platform from February 2021.

Image: Stephen Ward

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December 16, 2020

POWERHOUSE ANNOUNCES ‘CULTURE UP LATE ON THURSDAYS’ IN SUMMER

The Powerhouse Museum has announced a program of free exhibition tours, music performances, DJ sets, film screenings and a Campari bar for the Culture Up Late program, running throughout Summer 2021.

As part of the recently announced ‘Culture Up Late’ initiative by City of Sydney and NSW Government, the Powerhouse will remain open until 9pm every Thursday evening from 21 January – 25 March 2021, with a special ‘after-hours’ Museum experience, including late admission to the exhibitions and live performances across the Ultimo site.

The Powerhouse Museum has announced a program of free exhibition tours, music performances, DJ sets, film screenings and a Campari bar for the Culture Up Late program, running throughout Summer 2021.

As part of the recently announced ‘Culture Up Late’ initiative by City of Sydney and NSW Government, the Powerhouse will remain open until 9pm every Thursday evening from 21 January – 25 March 2021, with a special ‘after-hours’ Museum experience, including late admission to the exhibitions and live performances across the Ultimo site.
Independent broadcaster FBi Radio will bring their innovative programming out of the studio and into the Museum with an evening of new local music, digital projections and performances on 28 January.

The full program more information on Culture Up Late can be viewed HERE

Tickets are free and will be available in January 2021.

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December 15, 2020

Curatorial+Co. presents an immersive exhibition experience with new paintings, videos and music by Daniel O’Toole

Curatorial+Co. will present an exhibition of new works by Melbourne- based multimedia artist Daniel O’Toole from 10 – 20 February 2021. For Deliquescent Light, O’Toole will immerse audiences in a field of colour and sound, with 13 paintings, three video works and a custom created soundtrack informed by synaesthesia to enhance the exhibition and the way the audience experiences colour. One hundred limited edition transparent vinyl records of the soundtrack will be on display and available as part of the exhibition, with a hand painted canvas square unique to each record.

Curatorial+Co. will present an exhibition of new works by Melbourne- based multimedia artist Daniel O’Toole from 10 – 20 February 2021. For Deliquescent Light, O’Toole will immerse audiences in a field of colour and sound, with 13 paintings, three video works and a custom created soundtrack informed by synaesthesia to enhance the exhibition and the way the audience experiences colour. One hundred limited edition transparent vinyl records of the soundtrack will be on display and available as part of the exhibition, with a hand painted canvas square unique to each record.

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December 14, 2020

FIVEX ART PRIZE ANNOUNCES 2020 WINNERS

The Fivex Art Prize: Billboard Art Reimagined, Australia’s first award dedicated to digital billboard art, has announced Melbourne-based artists Catherine Clover and Daniel Kotsimbos as joint winners of the inaugural $30,000 Prize. The winners were announced by Melbourne’s Lord Mayor Sally Capp at a launch event for the Prize’s outdoor exhibition displaying all six finalist works on two prominent billboards opposite Flinders St Railway Station until 31 January 2021.

 
The 2020 Fivex Art Prize attracted over 520 entries from photographers, graphic designers, street artists, illustrators and architects from across Australia, each for two large-scale LED QMS Media billboards – a horizontal corner ‘wrap’ and a vertical ‘podium’ – prominently located at the corner of Flinders and Elizabeth Streets in Melbourne’s CBD.

The Fivex Art Prize: Billboard Art Reimagined, Australia’s first award dedicated to digital billboard art, has announced Melbourne-based artists Catherine Clover and Daniel Kotsimbos as joint winners of the inaugural $30,000 Prize. The winners were announced by Melbourne’s Lord Mayor Sally Capp at a launch event for the Prize’s outdoor exhibition displaying all six finalist works on two prominent billboards opposite Flinders St Railway Station until 31 January 2021.

 
The 2020 Fivex Art Prize attracted over 520 entries from photographers, graphic designers, street artists, illustrators and architects from across Australia, each for two large-scale LED QMS Media billboards – a horizontal corner ‘wrap’ and a vertical ‘podium’ – prominently located at the corner of Flinders and Elizabeth Streets in Melbourne’s CBD. The winning and finalist works will be on view at intervals throughout the day, interspersed with, and surrounded by, commercial advertising content, surprising city-goers to re-engage and experience their built environment differently.

 

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December 7, 2020

HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART ANNOUNCES FULL PROGRAM FOR INAUGURAL HEIDE SUMMER FESTIVAL

Heide Museum of Modern Art is delighted to announce full program details for the inaugural Heide Summer Festival which will activate the museum’s much-loved sculpture park with an outdoor event series designed to support local performing artists, youth bands and cultural festivals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria the nine-week program, presented from mid-January to March 2021, will feature free and ticketed curated programs of music, dance, and storytelling from the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Songlines Music Aboriginal Corporation and Australia’s premier queer arts and cultural organisation Midsumma.

Heide Museum of Modern Art is delighted to announce full program details for the inaugural Heide Summer Festival which will activate the museum’s much-loved sculpture park with an outdoor event series designed to support local performing artists, youth bands and cultural festivals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria the nine-week program, presented from mid-January to March 2021, will feature free and ticketed curated programs of music, dance, and storytelling from the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Songlines Music Aboriginal Corporation and Australia’s premier queer arts and cultural organisation Midsumma.

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November 25, 2020

ARTSPACE WELCOMES NSW GOVERNMENT’S TRANSFORMATION OF THE GUNNERY INTO A STATE-OF-THE-ART FACILITY

Artspace has welcomed the NSW Government’s commitment of over $5 million that will see The Gunnery in Woolloomooloo – Artspace’s home since 1993 – transformed into a state-of-the-art facility with expanded exhibition spaces, increased artist-in-residence studios and a greater connection to the local neighbourhood and Sydney Harbour Foreshore.

This significant investment in The Gunnery will ensure the legacy of the landmark building as the destination for visual arts in NSW and highlights the important role of the arts in fuelling NSW’s cultural and economic recovery following the impact of COVID-19.

Artspace has welcomed the NSW Government’s commitment of over $5 million that will see The Gunnery in Woolloomooloo – Artspace’s home since 1993 – transformed into a state-of-the-art facility with expanded exhibition spaces, increased artist-in-residence studios and a greater connection to the local neighbourhood and Sydney Harbour Foreshore.

This significant investment in The Gunnery will ensure the legacy of the landmark building as the destination for visual arts in NSW and highlights the important role of the arts in fuelling NSW’s cultural and economic recovery following the impact of COVID-19.

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November 17, 2020

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra announces 2021 NSW Season

The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra has announced its 2021 NSW Season, a diverse program of six live concert series, with a further Melbourne season to be announced in January. Celebrating the best of Baroque, the season will present Australian debut performances from international guest artists, an exciting theatrical collaboration with CIRCA Contemporary Circus and Australian premiere arrangements. Alongside the live concert season, for the very first time, each mainstage concert in the 2021 season will be filmed and released as a broadcast quality production on the innovative new digital platform Brandenburg One, bringing the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra to audiences across Australia on demand.

The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra has announced its 2021 NSW Season, a diverse program of six live concert series, with a further Melbourne season to be announced in January. Celebrating the best of Baroque, the season will present Australian debut performances from international guest artists, an exciting theatrical collaboration with CIRCA Contemporary Circus and Australian premiere arrangements. Alongside the live concert season, for the very first time, each mainstage concert in the 2021 season will be filmed and released as a broadcast quality production on the innovative new digital platform Brandenburg One, bringing the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra to audiences across Australia on demand.

 

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November 12, 2020

CARRIAGEWORKS PRESENTS FIVE WORLD PREMIERES INCLUDING NEW WORK BY AUSTRALIAN ARTIST TINA HAVELOCK STEVENS FOR SYDNEY FESTIVAL

Carriageworks, one of Australia’s largest contemporary multi-arts centres, will again be a major hub for Sydney Festival in 2021, presenting five world premieres including a new video installation by award-winning Australian artist Tina Havelock Stevens titled THANK YOU FOR HOLDING and launching 6 January. During the three-week festival running from 6 until26 January 2021, Carriageworks will present world premieres by ResidentCompanies Force Majeure, Sydney Chamber Opera as well as the seventh edition of Yellamundie Festival by Mooghalin Performing Arts.

Carriageworks, one of Australia’s largest contemporary multi-arts centres, will again be a major hub for Sydney Festival in 2021, presenting five world premieres including a new video installation by award-winning Australian artist Tina Havelock Stevens titled THANK YOU FOR HOLDING and launching 6 January. During the three-week festival running from 6 until26 January 2021, Carriageworks will present world premieres by ResidentCompanies Force Majeure, Sydney Chamber Opera as well as the seventh edition of Yellamundie Festival by Mooghalin Performing Arts.

Presented free to the public from 6 until 24 January, THANK YOU FOR HOLDING byHavelock Stevens, is a single-channel video work responding to the relentless tides of anxiety produced by the uncertain present. The work sees the artist perform a staunch drumming set from a raised platform which is drawn from pillar to post inside the ground floor of The Clothing Store building at Carriageworks by her co-performer, Ivey Wawn.

Curated by CarriageworksDirector of Programs Daniel Mudie Cunningham and created in August 2020, the improvised, ritualistic and urgent drumming score holds the space but cannot hold time. The two performers – masked but not blind, their vision 20/20– take pause in the holus-bolus of the suspended present.

For more detail and to purchase tickets please visit: carriageworks.com.au

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November 9, 2020

Anna Schwartz Gallery reopens with renovated, first-floor gallery presenting an exhibition of new works by Stephen Bram

Anna Schwartz Gallery will unveil a new first-floor gallery space, Gallery 02, on 18 November to be launched with an exhibition of new works by celebrated Australian artist Stephen Bram. The new gallery space underwent a transformative renovation overseen by the gallery’s original architect Denton Corker Marshall, that reflects the ground floor architecture and creates a cohesive space.

The exhibition of Stephen Bram works will be presented from 18 November until 19 December 2020 in Gallery 02, alongside the recently reopened John Nixon exhibition Groups + Pairs 2016 – 2020 in Gallery 01.  

Anna Schwartz Gallery will unveil a new first-floor gallery space, Gallery 02, on 18 November to be launched with an exhibition of new works by celebrated Australian artist Stephen Bram. The new gallery space underwent a transformative renovation overseen by the gallery’s original architect Denton Corker Marshall, that reflects the ground floor architecture and creates a cohesive space.

The exhibition of Stephen Bram works will be presented from 18 November until 19 December 2020 in Gallery 02, alongside the recently reopened John Nixon exhibition Groups + Pairs 2016 – 2020 in Gallery 01.  Groups + Pairs 2016 – 2020 represents the final exhibition the seminal artist produced in his lifetime. John Nixon passed away earlier this year.

Image: Stephen Bram, Untitled, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 210 x 390 cm, Photo: Photographer, © Stephen Bram. Courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery

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November 5, 2020

Bell Shakespeare announces 2021 season

Bell Shakespeare has announced their 2021 season, which will mark the company’s return to the stage and live performance for the first time since the COVID-19 lockdown in March. As Australia’s national touring theatre company and now in its 31st year, Bell Shakespeare will travel across the country with a program including an evening with company Founding Artistic Director John Bell, a remounting of this year’s popular Hamlet production that closed just 1.5 weeks after opening due to lockdown, and a staging of the popular classic A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Bell Shakespeare has announced their 2021 season, which will mark the company’s return to the stage and live performance for the first time since the COVID-19 lockdown in March. As Australia’s national touring theatre company and now in its 31st year, Bell Shakespeare will travel across the country with a program including an evening with company Founding Artistic Director John Bell, a remounting of this year’s popular Hamlet production that closed just 1.5 weeks after opening due to lockdown, and a staging of the popular classic A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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October 19, 2020

CARRIAGEWORKS PRESENTS SOUTHEAST ABORIGINAL ARTS MARKET ‘ONLINE’

Carriageworks, Australia’s largest contemporary multi-arts centre, will present its fourth annual edition of the SOUTHEAST Aboriginal Arts Market over four days from 5pm 26 until 29 November 2020. Curated by respected Arrernte and Kalkadoon curator, writer, advisor and presenter Hetti Perkins and leading Wiradjuri and Kamilaroi artist Jonathan Jones, SOUTHEAST celebrates the creative diversity of south-east Australian Aboriginal art. This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions on large gatherings and border closures, in place of a physical market Carriageworks will present an online retail platform bringing together 26 independent Aboriginal artists and collectives from the south-east including regional and coastal New South Wales, ACT, southern Victoria, the Murray–Darling basin catchment and Tasmania.

Carriageworks, Australia’s largest contemporary multi-arts centre, will present its fourth annual edition of the SOUTHEAST Aboriginal Arts Market over four days from 5pm 26 until 29 November 2020. Curated by respected Arrernte and Kalkadoon curator, writer, advisor and presenter Hetti Perkins and leading Wiradjuri and Kamilaroi artist Jonathan Jones, SOUTHEAST celebrates the creative diversity of south-east Australian Aboriginal art. This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions on large gatherings and border closures, in place of a physical market Carriageworks will present an online retail platform bringing together 26 independent Aboriginal artists and collectives from the south-east including regional and coastal New South Wales, ACT, southern Victoria, the Murray–Darling basin catchment and Tasmania.

IMAGE CAPTION: Artwork by Penny Evans, SOUTHEAST Aboriginal Arts Market 2019. Image Jacquie Manning.

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October 7, 2020

Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize announces finalists for the 20th anniversary exhibition

The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, presented by Woollahra Council, has announced 56 emerging and established artists as finalists for the 20th annual Prize and exhibition. The 2020 finalist works, by artists from Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom and Italy, will be presented for the first time in the Woollahra Council’s new purpose-built gallery space, as its inaugural exhibition opening in early 2021.

The 56 finalist artist sculptures – each measuring up to 80cm in any dimension – were selected from a record 844 entries by a judging panel comprised of Director Curatorial and Digital, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia Dr Lara Strongman, Art Historian/Curator and Industrial Archaeologist Joanna Capon OAM and celebrated artist and fashion designer Jenny Kee AO.

The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, presented by Woollahra Council, has announced 56 emerging and established artists as finalists for the 20th annual Prize and exhibition. The 2020 finalist works, by artists from Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom and Italy, will be presented for the first time in the Woollahra Council’s new purpose-built gallery space, as its inaugural exhibition opening in early 2021.

The 56 finalist artist sculptures – each measuring up to 80cm in any dimension – were selected from a record 844 entries by a judging panel comprised of Director Curatorial and Digital, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia Dr Lara Strongman, Art Historian/Curator and Industrial Archaeologist Joanna Capon OAM and celebrated artist and fashion designer Jenny Kee AO.

For more information and work details see: https://sculptureprize.woollahra.nsw.gov.au/

Image: Samantha Mackie, A Reliable Source – Set in Stone #1

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October 1, 2020

SYDNEY CONTEMPORARY PRESENTS 2020 LAUNCHES AND ANNOUNCES NEW ARTIST COMMISSIONS

Australasia’s international art fair, Sydney Contemporary launches its new digital initiative Sydney Contemporary presents 2020, showcasing more than 450 new artworks by over 380 leading Australian and international artists. Running until 31 October 2020, the month-long project, designed to support the arts community, takes visitors on a distinctly different, artist-led journey of discovery where the user is encouraged to create a pathway to find the perfect artwork for them, from hundreds of newly created works.

Australasia’s international art fair, Sydney Contemporary launches its new digital initiative Sydney Contemporary presents 2020, showcasing more than 450 new artworks by over 380 leading Australian and international artists. Running until 31 October 2020, the month-long project, designed to support the arts community, takes visitors on a distinctly different, artist-led journey of discovery where the user is encouraged to create a pathway to find the perfect artwork for them, from hundreds of newly created works.

Sydney Contemporary also announced it will present two new artist commissions, supported by Copyright Agency Cultural Fund and created in response to the events of 2020, as part of Sydney Contemporary presents 2020. The commissioned artists are New York based artists duo Jess Johnson and Simon Ward and​, ​in partnership with Performance Space, Sydney-based Koori artist SJ Norman together with New York-based Cherokee writer Joseph M Pierce.

Image: Jess Johnson and Simon Ward, Fleshold Crossing 360

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September 29, 2020

DESIGN CANBERRA 2020 ANNOUNCES FULL PROGRAM

DESIGN Canberra has announced details for the 2020 program that will take over the nation’s capital from 9-29 November. The festival celebrates Canberra as a global city of design and a living design laboratory, and this year’s centrepiece is a major site-specific installation by Australian multidisciplinary artist Hannah Quinlivan. Returning for its seventh year, the fast-growing annual three-week festival will present more than 200 events including exhibitions; talks by industry leaders such as acclaimed architect Michael Dysart, leading social commentator and business analyst Bernard Salt and internationally renowned glassmaker Kirstie Rea; tours and unique access to architectural gems including the iconic Shine Dome, a film festival, workshops and the popular program of artist open studios.

DESIGN Canberra has announced details for the 2020 program that will take over the nation’s capital from 9-29 November. The festival celebrates Canberra as a global city of design and a living design laboratory, and this year’s centrepiece is a major site-specific installation by Australian multidisciplinary artist Hannah Quinlivan. Returning for its seventh year, the fast-growing annual three-week festival will present more than 200 events including exhibitions; talks by industry leaders such as acclaimed architect Michael Dysart, leading social commentator and business analyst Bernard Salt and internationally renowned glassmaker Kirstie Rea; tours and unique access to architectural gems including the iconic Shine Dome, a film festival, workshops and the popular program of artist open studios.

For more detail about the 2020 DESIGN Canberra program please see the festival website: https://designcanberrafestival.com.au/

Image: Artist Hannah Quinlivan. Courtesy the artist and DESIGN Canberra.

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September 22, 2020

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra presents live concert season

The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra will present its special event live concert season Ayres & Graces at City Recital Hall from 27-31 October 2020.  The season of five socially-distanced concerts marks the Orchestra’s first live performances in over six months.

Celebrating chamber music from the English and French Baroque, Ayres & Graces will be directed by Principal Baroque Flute/Recorder Melissa Farrow who leads an ensemble of Brandenburg musicians performing on an eclectic combination of period instruments.

The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra will present its special event live concert season Ayres & Graces at City Recital Hall from 27-31 October 2020.  The season of five socially-distanced concerts marks the Orchestra’s first live performances in over six months.

Celebrating chamber music from the English and French Baroque, Ayres & Graces will be directed by Principal Baroque Flute/Recorder Melissa Farrow who leads an ensemble of Brandenburg musicians performing on an eclectic combination of period instruments. This special event marks the Orchestra’s celebratory return to live performance, City Recital Hall will be transformed into a world of colour and sound, with the Brandenburg musicians for the very first time performing before a stage-wide LED screen illuminated with images from both sides of the English Channel. The stunning imagery curated by Australian designer Silvana Azzi Heras will blend with a musical offering of pastoral folk songs, heavenly trio sonatas and intimate chamber music alongside stately works of grander scale.

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September 16, 2020

SYDNEY CONTEMPORARY PRESENTS 2020

Australasia’s international art fair, Sydney Contemporary, will present a new, experiential digital initiative designed to support the arts community and respond to the issues resulting from Covid-19. Running from 1 until 31 October 2020, Sydney Contemporary Presents 2020, is a month-long project inviting viewers to engage with more than 450 new artworks created by over 380 artists during 2020, some of which respond to the events of the year.

Image: Penny Byrne, Love in a Time of Corona, Courtesy Gallerysmith

Australasia’s international art fair, Sydney Contemporary, will present a new, experiential digital initiative designed to support the arts community and respond to the issues resulting from Covid-19. Running from 1 until 31 October 2020, Sydney Contemporary Presents 2020, is a month-long project inviting viewers to engage with more than 450 new artworks created by over 380 artists during 2020, some of which respond to the events of the year.

Image: Penny Byrne, Love in a Time of Corona, Courtesy Gallerysmith

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September 8, 2020

Bell Shakespeare presents series of debates in celebration of 30th Anniversary

Bell Shakespeare will present a series of debates to take place around the country and available virtually to celebrate the company’s 30th anniversary year. The Bell Debates will bring together high-profile Australians from a range of industries to debate direct quotes from Shakespeare, addressing and tackling ideas from his plays in the context of our modern world. The first debate on Thursday 24 September will be livestreamed at 7.30pm from Sydney’s Carriageworks via Bell Shakespeare’s website on a ‘pay what you feel’ basis.

Bell Shakespeare will present a series of debates to take place around the country and available virtually to celebrate the company’s 30th anniversary year. The Bell Debates will bring together high-profile Australians from a range of industries to debate direct quotes from Shakespeare, addressing and tackling ideas from his plays in the context of our modern world. The first debate on Thursday 24 September will be livestreamed at 7.30pm from Sydney’s Carriageworks via Bell Shakespeare’s website on a ‘pay what you feel’ basis.

With two teams of three debating for and against, the debates will provide a forum to demonstrate the enduring relevance of Shakespeare’s ideas and his unique ability to provoke thought and discussion about the human experience. The first debate will focus on the line “We have seen better days” from As You Like It, a particularly relevant idea to discuss in light of the current situation. Debaters will include team captains Benjamin Law and Jane Caro AM alongside Jess Scully, Jan Fran, Jonathan Biggins and Miriam Corowa. The event will be moderated by Bell Shakespeare Board Member Rebecca Huntley, one of Australia’s foremost social researchers, and hosted by Artistic Director Peter Evans.

Image: Bell Shakespeare’s As You Like It (2015) (c) Rush.

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August 25, 2020

MAJOR PUBLIC ART INSTALLATION INTERCHANGE PAVILION UNVEILED AT SOUTH EVELEIGH

A major new public pavilion and sculptural landmark by Australian artist and architect Chris Fox has been unveiled today in the heart of South Eveleigh’s revitalised Village Square in Sydney.

For Interchange Pavilion, a major new commission by Mirvac and its consortium partners for South Eveleigh, Fox drew inspiration from the precinct’s rail history combining over 250 metres of stainless steel ground rails, 15 tonnes of robotically moulded glass reinforced concrete and 1400 pieces of router cut hardwood.

A major new public pavilion and sculptural landmark by Australian artist and architect Chris Fox has been unveiled today in the heart of South Eveleigh’s revitalised Village Square in Sydney.

For Interchange Pavilion, a major new commission by Mirvac and its consortium partners for South Eveleigh, Fox drew inspiration from the precinct’s rail history combining over 250 metres of stainless steel ground rails, 15 tonnes of robotically moulded glass reinforced concrete and 1400 pieces of router cut hardwood. This unique material palette is supported by a 14 tonne structure made up of over 1650 pieces of digitally fabricated aluminium to create a 350 square-metre public art installation. The project is curated by Carriageworks.

The arcing architectural forms of Interchange Pavilion reference the geometry of a railroad switch; the point at which a train can change its course, moving from one trajectory to another. The pavilion is a meeting place where tracks converge, a place of interchange where paths cross. Peeling from the ground plane, geometries arc overhead to create an embracing volume; a point of confluence.

Image: Josh Raymond

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August 20, 2020

SYDNEY OBSERVATORY APPOINTS KARLIE NOON AS AMBASSADOR AND ANNOUNCES INAUGURAL RESIDENCY PROGRAM

Sydney Observatory has today announced the appointment of Indigenous Astrophysicist Karlie Noon as the first Astronomy Ambassador, and its inaugural residency program for researchers and creatives. Built in 1858, Sydney Observatory is one of the most significant sites in Australia’s scientific history. The heritage listed site is positioned on the highest point of Warrane (Sydney) boasting panoramic views of Sydney Harbour and is considered a site of significance for the Eora nation.

Noon is passionate about Indigenous astronomical knowledge and was the first Indigenous female to obtain a double degree in physics and mathematics.

Sydney Observatory has today announced the appointment of Indigenous Astrophysicist Karlie Noon as the first Astronomy Ambassador, and its inaugural residency program for researchers and creatives. Built in 1858, Sydney Observatory is one of the most significant sites in Australia’s scientific history. The heritage listed site is positioned on the highest point of Warrane (Sydney) boasting panoramic views of Sydney Harbour and is considered a site of significance for the Eora nation.

Noon is passionate about Indigenous astronomical knowledge and was the first Indigenous female to obtain a double degree in physics and mathematics. The multiple award-winner was an ACT Young Australian of the Year 2019 finalist and a Eureka Prize Emerging Leader 2019 finalist.

Noon will work with the Observatory to develop a portfolio of science engagement programs during the six-month period. As part of National Science Week and the Sydney Science Trail, on Saturday 22 August, Noon will present her first program, a livestream exploring the planets, stars and highlights of the Southern Sky live from the Sydney Observatory.

Image: Karlie Noon, Sydney Observatory’s first Astronomy Ambassador. Courtesy University of Newcastle

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August 19, 2020

POWERHOUSE ANNOUNCES NEW EXHIBITIONS: DESIGN FOR LIFE AND HYBRID

The Powerhouse today announced two new exhibitions launching September 2020; Design for Life, which explores the role of design in medicine and Hybrid an exhibition investigating the future home.

Opening on 12 September, Hybrid aims to interrogate the contemporary urban condition and explore the role of the home in 2030. The Powerhouse, in collaboration with Creative Director and writer Stephen Todd, has commissioned nine design studios to work with researchers and practitioners from alternative industries to create a series of furniture and objects exploring the rapidly changing global landscape and the most pressing issues of our time.

The Powerhouse today announced two new exhibitions launching September 2020; Design for Life, which explores the role of design in medicine and Hybrid an exhibition investigating the future home.

Opening on 12 September, Hybrid aims to interrogate the contemporary urban condition and explore the role of the home in 2030. The Powerhouse, in collaboration with Creative Director and writer Stephen Todd, has commissioned nine design studios to work with researchers and practitioners from alternative industries to create a series of furniture and objects exploring the rapidly changing global landscape and the most pressing issues of our time. The selected designers, including Amsterdam based Rive Roshan and acclaimed Australian designers Adam Goodrum, Trent Jansen and Elliat Rich, have responded to issues such as the global pandemic, air quality, bush fires, rising temperatures and wellbeing to premiere new objects ranging from a contemporary home shrine, a space to refocus and de-stress, a responsive light source that brings the experiences of nature into the home, a table and stool from recycled plastic to artefacts developed from the objects left behind by loved ones.

Design for Life explores the central role of design in the health and medical sector and celebrates the intersection between science and design, showcasing design innovation in the creation of medical equipment, devices and tools that save and improve the quality of human life. Drawing on the Museum’s rich collection of medical and scientific material from the late 1800s to present day, the exhibition will bring together over 200 objects from the collection with the latest in medical and scientific product design.

Image: Half-piece reusable respirator. Made by 3M Australia, 1997-2000. Photographed by Ryan Hernandez, MAAS.

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August 18, 2020

Vale John Nixon | Anna Schwartz Gallery remembers Australian artist John Nixon and extends Groups & Pairs exhibition until end of 2020

Anna Schwartz Gallery will honour the life and work of Melbourne-based multidisciplinary artist and seminal figure in contemporary Australian abstraction, John Nixon (b 1949), who has passed away following a year-long illness. In memoriam of the artist, Anna Schwartz, founder of Anna Schwartz Gallery, who has held a valued, close friendship with the artist throughout his career, has announced she will extend the institutional-scale solo exhibition currently installed at the Gallery until the end of 2020.

Anna Schwartz Gallery will honour the life and work of Melbourne-based multidisciplinary artist and seminal figure in contemporary Australian abstraction, John Nixon (b 1949), who has passed away following a year-long illness. In memoriam of the artist, Anna Schwartz, founder of Anna Schwartz Gallery, who has held a valued, close friendship with the artist throughout his career, has announced she will extend the institutional-scale solo exhibition currently installed at the Gallery until the end of 2020.

“John has been a fundamental artist and source of inspiration for me in the gallery; a friend for 35 years whose support and enthusiasm have been generously given to all who he has worked with. As I assured him on the last day of his life, his work will endure and I am privileged to be part of making it so. John’s beautiful exhibition Groups + Pairs 2016-2020 will remain in the main gallery until the end of this year as a tribute, a memoriam and a great experience for all who visit”, said Anna Schwartz.

The exhibition Groups + Pairs 2016 – 2020, will remain on view at Anna Schwartz Gallery until the end of this year. The exhibition features 116 new and existing works and is a dedication to this leading Australian artist who is known for his elegant experiments in non-objective painting.

Image: Groups + Pairs 2016 – 2020, 2020, Installation view, Anna Schwartz Gallery

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August 14, 2020

Curatorial+ Co. launch a new gallery space in Redfern, Sydney

Online gallery and art consultancy Curatorial+Co. has opened a new physical gallery space in Redfern, Sydney. The new warehouse-style gallery will showcase accessible, one-of-a-kind and limited edition works by established and emerging artists and designers from around the world.
Founded in 2015, Curatorial+Co. seeks to break down the traditional stereotypes of the white cube gallery by presenting a vibrant mix of work by contemporary artists alongside contemporary design objects in a warm environment that welcomes both emerging and established collectors. 

Online gallery and art consultancy Curatorial+Co. has opened a new physical gallery space in Redfern, Sydney. The new warehouse-style gallery will showcase accessible, one-of-a-kind and limited edition works by established and emerging artists and designers from around the world.
Founded in 2015, Curatorial+Co. seeks to break down the traditional stereotypes of the white cube gallery by presenting a vibrant mix of work by contemporary artists alongside contemporary design objects in a warm environment that welcomes both emerging and established collectors.  The gallery will be a meeting place to connect collectors with the artists and designers themselves.

Image: Installation view for the inaugural exhibition Here With Me, Anne Graham

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August 7, 2020

Carriageworks reopens to the public

Carriageworks, one of Australia’s largest and most significant contemporary multi-arts centre, has reopened to the public. Visitors now have free access to a range of visual art installations by leading Australian and international artists, including eight new commissions as part of the 22nd Biennale of Sydney, a major exhibition by Giselle Stanborough and public artwork by Reko Rennie.

The weekly Carriageworks Farmers Market has also returned, providing the freshest seasonal produce from the best growers and producers from around NSW.

Carriageworks, one of Australia’s largest and most significant contemporary multi-arts centre, has reopened to the public. Visitors now have free access to a range of visual art installations by leading Australian and international artists, including eight new commissions as part of the 22nd Biennale of Sydney, a major exhibition by Giselle Stanborough and public artwork by Reko Rennie.

The weekly Carriageworks Farmers Market has also returned, providing the freshest seasonal produce from the best growers and producers from around NSW. Strict health and safety measures will be in place at the Carriageworks Farmers Market and they will continue to operate as a strict shop-and-go service for the community.

Image: Giselle Stanborough, Cinopticon, 2020, Carriageworks. Photo credit Mark Pokorny.

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July 24, 2020

HOTA, HOME OF THE ARTS, ANNOUNCES 20 ARTISTS SELECTED FOR EXHIBITION IN NEW GALLERY OPENING 2021

Contemporary cultural precinct HOTA, Home of the Arts on the Gold Coast has commissioned 20 Australian artists to present new work as part of the inaugural exhibition program for its new Gallery opening in April 2021. Both established and emerging artists have been selected who have strong connections to the Gold Coast and will be commissioned to create new works that reflect the diversity of the region. The project marks the largest presentation of new works by Gold Coast artists undertaken by HOTA.

Contemporary cultural precinct HOTA, Home of the Arts on the Gold Coast has commissioned 20 Australian artists to present new work as part of the inaugural exhibition program for its new Gallery opening in April 2021. Both established and emerging artists have been selected who have strong connections to the Gold Coast and will be commissioned to create new works that reflect the diversity of the region. The project marks the largest presentation of new works by Gold Coast artists undertaken by HOTA. Artists including Hiromi Tango, Michael Candy, Samuel Leighton-Dore and Libby Harwood will create artwork for the $60.5million new HOTA Gallery including sculpture, weaving, textiles, ceramics, performance, painting, photography, video, and installation works.

Image: Hiromi Tango Photography by Greg Piper

 

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July 24, 2020

AUSTRALIA’S LEADING GLASS ARTISTS SHINE ON WORLD STAGE AT VENICE GLASS WEEK

Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre and acclaimed Italian design consulting studio Mr.Lawrence, together with 1+1 Design Gallery, Milan, will present the collective exhibition GLASS UTOPIA as part of the international Venice Glass Week from 3 until 26 September 2020.

A signature exhibition for DESIGN Canberra Festival 2019, the GLASS UTOPIA was curated by Mr.Lawrence co-founders Annalisa Rosso and Francesco Mainardi for Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre and presents a selection of 24 contemporary pieces by 12 leading Italian and Australian designers.

Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre and acclaimed Italian design consulting studio Mr.Lawrence, together with 1+1 Design Gallery, Milan, will present the collective exhibition GLASS UTOPIA as part of the international Venice Glass Week from 3 until 26 September 2020.

A signature exhibition for DESIGN Canberra Festival 2019, the GLASS UTOPIA was curated by Mr.Lawrence co-founders Annalisa Rosso and Francesco Mainardi for Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre and presents a selection of 24 contemporary pieces by 12 leading Italian and Australian designers. As a realized utopia, GLASS UTOPIA tells of the new glass Renaissance that blossoms today both locally and internationally, demonstrating how the power of beauty is stronger than ever, and that creativity has no borders.

The exhibition features six Italian designers – in collaboration with many furnaces and companies from the heartland of glass Murano – and six Australian designers including Elizabeth Kelly, Federico Peri, Gala Fernandez, Jenni Kemarre Martiniello, Liam Fleming, Matteo Zorzenoni, Mel Douglas, Peter Bowles, Stories of Italy, Tom Skeehan, Federica Biasi, Zanellato/Bortotto.

Image: Installation view Glass Utopia, Canberra. Photo credit Anthony Basheer

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July 23, 2020

Powerhouse unveils major new exhibition Maton: Australia’s Guitar

The Powerhouse today unveiled Maton: Australia’s Guitar, the largest retrospective of Australia’s leading guitar manufacturer Maton.

Melbourne-born jazz musician, woodwork teacher and luthier Bill May founded Maton in 1946 and became a pioneer of Australian guitar manufacturing. Starting in a small workshop in May’s garage, Maton became a success against the odds, and has since created over 200 guitar models. The manufacturer has gained recognition across Australia and the world for creating instruments of the highest quality.

The Powerhouse today unveiled Maton: Australia’s Guitar, the largest retrospective of Australia’s leading guitar manufacturer Maton.

Melbourne-born jazz musician, woodwork teacher and luthier Bill May founded Maton in 1946 and became a pioneer of Australian guitar manufacturing. Starting in a small workshop in May’s garage, Maton became a success against the odds, and has since created over 200 guitar models. The manufacturer has gained recognition across Australia and the world for creating instruments of the highest quality.

Australian musicians who play Maton guitars include ARIA award-winning artists Archie Roach AM and Tommy Emmanuel AM, New Zealand-Australian singer-songwriter Keith Urban AO, Australian singer-songwriter Gordi (Sophie Payten), Australian Rock Legend Tex Perkins, former frontman of Men at Work Colin Hay and jazz guitarist George Golla, and Australia’s rock pioneers The Easybeats. International performers have included Elvis Presley, Keith Richards (The Rolling Stones), Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page and the Beatles’ George Harrison, Billy Joe Armstrong (Green Day) and Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age).

Photo credit: Zan Wimberley

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June 10, 2020

Internationally renowned glass maker, Kirstie Rea announced as the 2020 DESIGN Canberra festival designer-in-residence

Internationally celebrated Canberra-based glass maker Kirstie Rea has been announced as the 2020 DESIGN Canberra designer-in-residence. Rea was commissioned to create a new work that responds to the festival’s 2020 theme of care. The glass sculpture will be exhibited during the annual three-week event, presented across the nation’s capital from 9 until 29 November, celebrating Canberra as a global city of design and a living design laboratory.

Composed of her signature glass blankets, balanced in a threshold, Rea’s new work, With care, is a work relevant to this time.

Internationally celebrated Canberra-based glass maker Kirstie Rea has been announced as the 2020 DESIGN Canberra designer-in-residence. Rea was commissioned to create a new work that responds to the festival’s 2020 theme of care. The glass sculpture will be exhibited during the annual three-week event, presented across the nation’s capital from 9 until 29 November, celebrating Canberra as a global city of design and a living design laboratory.

Composed of her signature glass blankets, balanced in a threshold, Rea’s new work, With care, is a work relevant to this time. Kirstie Rea explained, “The form of the blanket is used as a generic symbol for comfort and care, but the glass ‘blanket’ has an obvious fragility attached to it. The doorway structure represents the inside and outside and the comings and goings of our lives over the threshold. The stack of ‘blankets’ symbolising care whether coming or going.”

“Glass, the material at the heart and core of my studio practice calls for care. Care not only in handling the material but embedded in an understanding of the material, the glass processes attached to explorations and to mastering the skills needed to work with it. The care we embed within the making reflects the care that those who taught us put into the sharing and passing on of skills, processes and knowledge and love for materials and making” said Rea.

Image: KirstieRea, With care, 2020. Image LeanTimms

 

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June 1, 2020

Australian Chamber Orchestra celebrates Richard Tognetti’s 30th year as Artistic Director with free digital season

The Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) has announced a new digital season commemorating 30 years of fearless artistic leadership from Richard Tognetti. Launching on Monday 15 June, the season will showcase Tognetti’s enduring legacy as a renowned performer, composer, director and as a creative force for the internationally celebrated Orchestra over the last 30 years. Programmed across the Orchestra’s website and social platforms, the week-long digital offering will include premiere performances, re-broadcasts of the Orchestra’s most cherished concerts, new music, guest artists and artist interviews.

The Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) has announced a new digital season commemorating 30 years of fearless artistic leadership from Richard Tognetti. Launching on Monday 15 June, the season will showcase Tognetti’s enduring legacy as a renowned performer, composer, director and as a creative force for the internationally celebrated Orchestra over the last 30 years. Programmed across the Orchestra’s website and social platforms, the week-long digital offering will include premiere performances, re-broadcasts of the Orchestra’s most cherished concerts, new music, guest artists and artist interviews. On World Music Day (Sunday 21 June), the ACO will conclude the week of celebrations with the online premiere of their breathtaking performance of the cinematic collaboration with BAFTA-nominated Sherpa Director Jennifer Peedom, Mountain, which premiered at the Sydney Opera House in 2017.

ABC Classic has partnered with the ACO and will also celebrate the 30th anniversary with a program of live performances, artist interviews, archival footage and curated playlists, programmed to take place across it’s radio, online and social platforms throughout the week. As part of the celebration week, Richard Tognetti and the Orchestra will perform live in the ABC Classic studio on Thursday 18 June at 1pm, for the first live classical broadcast at the ABC since lockdown began earlier this year.

Image: December 1991 recording Goossens Hall

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June 1, 2020

ANNA SCHWARTZ GALLERY PRESENTS DANIEL VON STURMER AT MELBOURNE ART FAIR ONLINE SHOWROOM

Anna Schwartz Gallery will present Daniel von Sturmer’s ongoing series Electric Light (facts/figures…) as part of Melbourne Art Fair’s free Virtual Art Fair taking place from 1-7 June 2020 in partnership with Ocula. The online viewing room can be accessed at https://ocula.com/art-fairs/ maf-viewing-rooms/viewing- rooms/anna-schwartz/

As part of the public program, Anna Schwartz Gallery Director Tania Doropoulos will participate in a live discussion, conducted online on 4 June 2020, that explores the topic of An artworld in crisis: overcoming the impact of COVID-19. 

Anna Schwartz Gallery will present Daniel von Sturmer’s ongoing series Electric Light (facts/figures…) as part of Melbourne Art Fair’s free Virtual Art Fair taking place from 1-7 June 2020 in partnership with Ocula. The online viewing room can be accessed at https://ocula.com/art-fairs/ maf-viewing-rooms/viewing- rooms/anna-schwartz/

As part of the public program, Anna Schwartz Gallery Director Tania Doropoulos will participate in a live discussion, conducted online on 4 June 2020, that explores the topic of An artworld in crisis: overcoming the impact of COVID-19. The panel discussion will be moderated by VAULT Magazine Editor Alison Kublerand includes Gagosian Gallery New York Director Louise Neri and Mark Hughes, Director Mark Hughes Advisory.

VIRTUAL DISCUSSION DETAILS: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/1715904807551/WN_D9pzdv0KR56d5PzfTunW9w

 

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May 25, 2020

SYDNEY FRINGE GOES GLOBAL

Sydney Fringe has announced that Sydney Fringe Festival 2020 will not take place as planned in light of ongoing uncertainty around COVID-19 restrictions. Kerri Glasscock, Sydney Fringe Festival CEO said: “We are devastated not to be presenting our annual festival but the uncertainty and risk no longer make it viable for us to proceed this year. Instead of this year’s festival, Fringe will undertake a number of new, innovative projects designed to lead the independent sector through the vital recovery process following the pandemic.”

One new project will see Fringe partner with five international Fringe Festivals to present an online Global Fringe event to be streamed live during September 2020.

Sydney Fringe has announced that Sydney Fringe Festival 2020 will not take place as planned in light of ongoing uncertainty around COVID-19 restrictions. Kerri Glasscock, Sydney Fringe Festival CEO said: “We are devastated not to be presenting our annual festival but the uncertainty and risk no longer make it viable for us to proceed this year. Instead of this year’s festival, Fringe will undertake a number of new, innovative projects designed to lead the independent sector through the vital recovery process following the pandemic.”

One new project will see Fringe partner with five international Fringe Festivals to present an online Global Fringe event to be streamed live during September 2020. Working together with Stockholm Fringe, Brighton Fringe, New Zealand Fringe, San Diego Fringe and Hollywood Fringe, Sydney Fringe will present new and recent work through a new digital platform. This digital platform will premier four Sydney produced events and eight international events as part of Global Fringe, with each production to be professionally recorded and streamed to audiences globally.

Image: Courtesy of Sydney Fringe

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May 19, 2020

HOTA, HOME OF THE ARTS ANNOUNCES COMMISSIONING OPPORTUNITY FOR 20 ARTISTS TO BE PRESENTED IN MAJOR EXHIBITION IN NEW GALLERY OPENING 2021

Contemporary cultural precinct HOTA, Home of the Arts has announced it will commission up to 20 Australian artists to create a suite of new work for a major exhibition to be presented in its new Gallery opening in 2021. Australian artists who can demonstrate a significant link to the Gold Coast region, are invited to submit ideas for indoor and outdoor works, ranging from medium to large-scale installations, video projections, free-standing sculptures and performance, to all types of outdoor art that can be executed well in the environment.

Contemporary cultural precinct HOTA, Home of the Arts has announced it will commission up to 20 Australian artists to create a suite of new work for a major exhibition to be presented in its new Gallery opening in 2021. Australian artists who can demonstrate a significant link to the Gold Coast region, are invited to submit ideas for indoor and outdoor works, ranging from medium to large-scale installations, video projections, free-standing sculptures and performance, to all types of outdoor art that can be executed well in the environment.

As well as receiving an artist fee for their participation in the exhibition, successful applicants will have the support from the HOTA Gallery Curatorial and Exhibitions teams to develop, prepare, and install their work. Applications open on Tuesday 19 May and can be submitted online at hota.com.au/opencall. The deadline for applications is Friday 19 June.

The new AUD$60.5 million HOTA Gallery is currently under construction within HOTA precinct on the Gold Coast in Queensland and once completed will be the largest public gallery outside a capital city in Australia. HOTA Gallery will become the permanent home for the $32 million City Collection, whilst presenting international exhibitions exclusive to Australia alongside an ongoing commitment to present the work of local artists.

Image: Artist impression of HOTA Gallery

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May 14, 2020

Craft ACT launch two new online exhibitions celebrating the power of collaboration and exchange during uncertain times

Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre, one of Australia’s longest running visual arts membership associations, will present two new exhibitions online from 15 May to 27 June featuring emerging and mid-career artists from Canberra, the NSW South Coast and Adelaide who have openly exchanged knowledge of their respective materials and explored how these materials connect us as humans.

Craft ACT CEO and Artistic Director Rachael Coghlan said, “Craft ACT is delighted to present the work of four talented women artists who demonstrate the great advantage we have when we work together.

Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre, one of Australia’s longest running visual arts membership associations, will present two new exhibitions online from 15 May to 27 June featuring emerging and mid-career artists from Canberra, the NSW South Coast and Adelaide who have openly exchanged knowledge of their respective materials and explored how these materials connect us as humans.

Craft ACT CEO and Artistic Director Rachael Coghlan said, “Craft ACT is delighted to present the work of four talented women artists who demonstrate the great advantage we have when we work together. These new exhibitions celebrate the long tradition of collaboration, mentorship and exchange within the craft community; traditions that will serve designers and makers well as we emerge from the COVID-19 crisis.”

Transference is a collaborative exhibition by ceramic and glass artist Robyn Campbell (ACT) and ceramicist Jo Victoria (NSW) that expresses their shared fascination with light and surface, and the potential of glass and porcelain to convey fragility and transience. By exchanging deep knowledge of their respective materials, through a supportive process of learning, teaching, experimentation and play, the artists have developed a new body of work in which the intangible elements of light, shadow and reflection are significant, changing the pieces as natural light and perspectives shift.

A Common Thread by emerging makers Sam Gold (SA) and Harriet McKay (ACT) is a multidisciplinary collaboration encompassing textile painting, ceramic sculpture and installation. Concerned with the concept of connection – connection to a material and in turn the way this connects us as humans – this exhibition seeks to explore how time and space inform the artist’s behaviour with material, and lament on the almost ritualistic process of repetitious acts during the creation process.

IMAGE: Sam Gold, Stillness Votive Vessels, 2020. Photo Sam Roberts

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May 13, 2020

ARTSPACE ANNOUNCES FIRST WAVE OF AUSTRALIAN ARTISTS COMMISSIONED TO CREATE WORK FOR NEW ONLINE SERIES, 52 ACTIONS

Artspace has announced the first wave of Australian artists, creatives and collectives set to participate in their new 52 ACTIONS series, launching on 18 May 2020.
The selected Australian artists and creatives will receive $1000 for the development and presentation of new work and will see the creation of 52 artworks including live performances, photography, video, sound and text-based work, interventions and digital public programs. Each week for a year, a different creative will present a new commission shared globally across Artspace’s digital platforms.  

Artspace has announced the first wave of Australian artists, creatives and collectives set to participate in their new 52 ACTIONS series, launching on 18 May 2020.
The selected Australian artists and creatives will receive $1000 for the development and presentation of new work and will see the creation of 52 artworks including live performances, photography, video, sound and text-based work, interventions and digital public programs. Each week for a year, a different creative will present a new commission shared globally across Artspace’s digital platforms.  The first selected practitioners include: Abdul Abdullah, Brook Andrew, Bankstown Poetry Slam, Archie Barry, Johnathon World Peace Bush (Jilamara Arts), Rainbow Chan, Erin Coates, Ruha Fifita, Henri Papin (Meijers & Walsh), Hayley Millar-Baker, Jason Phu, Stelarc, Tyza Stewart, Shahmen Suku | Radha, James Tylor and Kaylene Whiskey.

The project expands upon 52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS, Artspace’s year-long Instagram project that ran from 2018–19, inviting 52 artists and collectives across Asia to respond to important concerns in their local contexts. Utilising the digital framework established by 52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS, this new iteration centres around the social and cultural importance of artistic practice and art as action in times of uncertainty and transformation.

IMAGE: Stelarc, Reclining StickMan, 2020, installation view, Monster Theatres: 2020 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia. Photo: Saul Steed

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May 4, 2020

HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART AND LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE STUDIO OPENWORK REVEAL DESIGNS FOR NEW HEALING GARDEN

Heide Museum of Modern Art and leading landscape architecture studio Openwork today revealed design details for the new Healing Garden. Inspired by Heide founder Sunday Reed’s profound love for her garden, the Healing Garden draws on the curative properties of plants and the ever-growing body of knowledge that positions gardens as a powerful tool for connecting communities, reducing social isolation and providing positive, life-affirming experiences.

Slated to open in late 2020, the Garden has been designed to facilitate healing and restoration for vulnerable communities and will now be a vital space for the broader community in the wake of COVID-19. 

Heide Museum of Modern Art and leading landscape architecture studio Openwork today revealed design details for the new Healing Garden. Inspired by Heide founder Sunday Reed’s profound love for her garden, the Healing Garden draws on the curative properties of plants and the ever-growing body of knowledge that positions gardens as a powerful tool for connecting communities, reducing social isolation and providing positive, life-affirming experiences.

Slated to open in late 2020, the Garden has been designed to facilitate healing and restoration for vulnerable communities and will now be a vital space for the broader community in the wake of COVID-19.  Circular in design, the garden draws on the concept of proxemics which considers the boundary between personal and public space and the amount of space that people feel it necessary to set between themselves and others.

The new Healing Garden is situated between Sunday Reed’s original heritage-listed kitchen garden and the brick wall of the Heide cottage, which is the most wheelchair-accessible garden on site. Incorporating six distinct clusters of different planting styles that each facilitate a variety of sensory activities, the design is sensitive to Sunday Reed’s original paths and trees. Throughout these clusters will be a series of nooks that have developed existing spaces into social areas, including seating made from leftover limestone from Heide Modern.

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April 6, 2020

Biennale of Sydney to become virtual biennale

The Biennale of Sydney announced initial details of how it is taking the 22nd edition, titled NIRIN, online through a series of activations and experiences. Its online programming is linked to the seven themes that inspire the exhibition will be held daily over 10 weeks on the Biennale of Sydney’s website and social channels. Every Tuesday, teachers, students and families across the globe will be able to access a range of learning material about NIRIN – from environmental studies to Indigenous histories and cultures – through to interactive resources, podcasts, artist interviews, videos and tutorials.

The Biennale of Sydney announced initial details of how it is taking the 22nd edition, titled NIRIN, online through a series of activations and experiences. Its online programming is linked to the seven themes that inspire the exhibition will be held daily over 10 weeks on the Biennale of Sydney’s website and social channels. Every Tuesday, teachers, students and families across the globe will be able to access a range of learning material about NIRIN – from environmental studies to Indigenous histories and cultures – through to interactive resources, podcasts, artist interviews, videos and tutorials. Further details about how audiences can experience the 700 artworks featured in the 22nd Biennale of Sydney through Google’s Arts & Culture platform will be announced in the coming weeks. This platform will bring artworks from all six exhibition partners online for audiences to experience in compelling new ways including 360-degree tours, video walkthroughs and curated content.

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March 23, 2020

SYDNEY FRINGE FESTIVAL 2020 FORGES AHEAD AS PLATFORM FOR RECOVERY FOR THE ARTS, IN THE WAKE OF COVID-19

Sydney Fringe Festival, New South Wales’ largest independent arts festival, announced that the 2020 Festival will go ahead, playing a crucial role in creating income-generating opportunities for Sydney’s creative sectors in the wake of COVID-19.

Fringe CEO and Creative Director Kerri Glasscock said, “The creative sector has registered a loss of more than $200 million in income since Friday 13 March due to the cancellation of events and presently Sydney’s artists, technicians and venue staff are looking to suffer a terrible six months between now and September, with their work opportunities screeching to a halt.

Sydney Fringe Festival, New South Wales’ largest independent arts festival, announced that the 2020 Festival will go ahead, playing a crucial role in creating income-generating opportunities for Sydney’s creative sectors in the wake of COVID-19.

Fringe CEO and Creative Director Kerri Glasscock said, “The creative sector has registered a loss of more than $200 million in income since Friday 13 March due to the cancellation of events and presently Sydney’s artists, technicians and venue staff are looking to suffer a terrible six months between now and September, with their work opportunities screeching to a halt. Sydney Fringe is committed to being here for them, creating income-generating opportunities once Spring is here. There’s no question, come September, this stimulus and celebration of culture is exactly what Sydney will need. There are so many reasons that our show must go on!”

The positive economic impact of Sydney Fringe 2019 was to inject $11,939,441 into the Sydney economy, with $660,000 crucially going to artists during the month of Fringe. 2019 saw Sydneysiders attend 498 Fringe events across 25 postcodes, with all of the flow-on effects to small business. With an enormous amount of culture happening in small to medium venues right across the city and greater Sydney, Fringe stages events that are perfectly sized for the people of Sydney to safely venture out to reclaim their city.

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March 18, 2020

HEAD ON PHOTO FESTIVAL GOES DIGITAL FOR 2020 IN LIGHT OF COVID-19

Head On Photo Festival, Australia’s leading annual international photography event, has today announced that it will go ahead as a predominantly online event from 1-17 May, accompanied by a diverse program of webinars and events. Recipients of the Head On Photo Awards, including categories for Portrait, Landscape and Student, will be announced on 1 May as planned. Head On plans to stage a scaled-back physical festival in November 2020.

Head On Festival Director Moshe Rosenzveig OAM said: “The Head On Photo Festival team have been regularly checking updates regarding the coronavirus pandemic and we are making plans to best protect the public, our artists, volunteers and staff.

Head On Photo Festival, Australia’s leading annual international photography event, has today announced that it will go ahead as a predominantly online event from 1-17 May, accompanied by a diverse program of webinars and events. Recipients of the Head On Photo Awards, including categories for Portrait, Landscape and Student, will be announced on 1 May as planned. Head On plans to stage a scaled-back physical festival in November 2020.

Head On Festival Director Moshe Rosenzveig OAM said: “The Head On Photo Festival team have been regularly checking updates regarding the coronavirus pandemic and we are making plans to best protect the public, our artists, volunteers and staff. We recognise the extraordinary effort photographers have put into delivering Award submissions and preparing exhibitions over recent months and plan to honour and celebrate this by working to create an online Head On Photo Festival.

This online version of the Festival will be held as scheduled from 1-17 May and will be accompanied by an exciting program of online seminars and events throughout the Festival period. We will then work to present a scaled-back physical festival later in the year. At a time when many people will be in isolation, this digital platform will provide our audiences around the world with a variety of interesting artworks, images and activities to engage and interact with.”

Image: Lisa Tomasetti. Courtesy Head On Photo Festival

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March 17, 2020

DESIGN CANBERRA 2020 TO EXPLORE THE THEME OF ‘CARE’

DESIGN Canberra 2020 is calling for leading architecture, design and craft initiatives to be part of the annual three-week festival, that takes over the nation’s capital from 9 until 29 November, celebrating Canberra as a global city of design and a living design laboratory.

Now in its seventh year, the fast-growing festival – which attracted a record 114,770 people in 2019 – showcases the city’s thriving design community and in 2020 will present more than 200 events, exhibitions, talks, tours, activations, markets, collaborations, artists’ studios and open homes.

DESIGN Canberra 2020 is calling for leading architecture, design and craft initiatives to be part of the annual three-week festival, that takes over the nation’s capital from 9 until 29 November, celebrating Canberra as a global city of design and a living design laboratory.

Now in its seventh year, the fast-growing festival – which attracted a record 114,770 people in 2019 – showcases the city’s thriving design community and in 2020 will present more than 200 events, exhibitions, talks, tours, activations, markets, collaborations, artists’ studios and open homes.

With humanity facing unprecedented challenges including climate change and a global health pandemic, DESIGN Canberra’s 2020 theme of ‘Care’ is intensely relevant.

“In 2020, the value of care is more important than ever: for our community, for our environment, for architecture and for our world. The festival will become a collaborative forum for contemporary, experimental and authentic design to celebrate and explore the ways that care and caring is valuable and vital,” explained CEO of Craft ACT: Craft & Design, and Artistic Director of DESIGN Canberra, Rachael Coghlan.

For the craft and design sector, care underpins a designer’s or maker’s commitments: to forge new relationships to materials; to invest time in developing techniques and skill, and to honour design’s tradition of exchange, mentoring and collaboration.

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February 20, 2020

ABORIGINAL ARTIST JONATHAN JONES’ NEW INSTALLATION AT HYDE PARK BARRACKS UNVEILED

On Thursday 20 February, Wiradjuri /Kamilaroi artist Jonathan Jones’ new public artwork was unveiled to media ahead of the public opening on Thursday 20 February. Speakers included the Hon. Don Harwin, Minister for the Arts & Aboriginal Affairs, Adam Lindsay, Executive Director, Sydney Living Museums, Clover Moore, Sydney Lord Mayor, and artist Jonathan Jones.

Covering 2500 square metres of Hyde Park Barracks courtyard, Jones’ art installation untitled (maraong manaóuwi) is comprised of 65 tonnes of red and white stones from Wiradjuri Country in NSW (Cowra & Griffith) and took ten days to install. 

On Thursday 20 February, Wiradjuri /Kamilaroi artist Jonathan Jones’ new public artwork was unveiled to media ahead of the public opening on Thursday 20 February. Speakers included the Hon. Don Harwin, Minister for the Arts & Aboriginal Affairs, Adam Lindsay, Executive Director, Sydney Living Museums, Clover Moore, Sydney Lord Mayor, and artist Jonathan Jones.

Covering 2500 square metres of Hyde Park Barracks courtyard, Jones’ art installation untitled (maraong manaóuwi) is comprised of 65 tonnes of red and white stones from Wiradjuri Country in NSW (Cowra & Griffith) and took ten days to install. The artwork juxtaposes two remarkably similar symbols, the maraong manaóuwi – meaning emu footprint in Gadigal language – and the English broad arrow – evoking colonial military power – to re-contextualise the vastly different stories and experiences of the same historical period.

Image: Jonathan Jones,, untitled (maraong manaouwi), Presented by City of Sydney and Sydney Living Museums. Image: Pedro Greig

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February 13, 2020

Heide Museum of Modern Art to celebrate pioneering Australian artist Joy Hester and the centenary of her birth with major exhibition

From 21 March – 14 June 2020, Heide Museum of Modern Art will celebrate the centenary of Australian modernist artist Joy Hester (1920-1960) with a major survey of her distinctive oeuvre. Joy Hester: Remember Me is the first solo exhibition of Hester’s art in almost twenty years and brings together more than 130 significant works from public and private collections, including seldom-seen impromptu studies that shed light on Hester’s unique style and creative process.

Acknowledged today as one of Australia’s most original and compelling artists of her generation, Joy Hester worked almost exclusively in brush and ink, focusing on the expressive potential of the figure and face as metaphors for the human condition.

From 21 March – 14 June 2020, Heide Museum of Modern Art will celebrate the centenary of Australian modernist artist Joy Hester (1920-1960) with a major survey of her distinctive oeuvre. Joy Hester: Remember Me is the first solo exhibition of Hester’s art in almost twenty years and brings together more than 130 significant works from public and private collections, including seldom-seen impromptu studies that shed light on Hester’s unique style and creative process.

Acknowledged today as one of Australia’s most original and compelling artists of her generation, Joy Hester worked almost exclusively in brush and ink, focusing on the expressive potential of the figure and face as metaphors for the human condition. Unconventional and courageous, she freed herself from orthodox methods and brought a powerful female sensibility to subjects considered provocative during her life time such as love, sex, birth, and death.

This long-overdue survey traces Hester’s artistic trajectory from early naturalistic student drawings to her psychological portraits, her powerful responses to the oppressive climate of war, and later investigations into human intimacy and the theme of childhood. Joy Hester: Remember Me includes a number of Hester’s defining series—the Incredible Night Dreams, Faces, Lovers, and Girls—and reveals her experimentation with remarkably diverse stylistic modes as she found her own voice, using drawing as a vehicle to represent life in all its complexity.

Image: Joy Hester, Untitled (From the Love series) 1949

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February 3, 2020

SYDNEY CHAMBER OPERA AND CARRIAGEWORKS PRESENT BREAKING GLASS

Carriageworks and Sydney Chamber Opera (SCO) will present Breaking Glass, four world premiere operatic works by Australian female composers: Peggy Polias, Josephine Macken, Georgia Scott and Bree van Reyk. In partnership with the Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s Composing Women Program these new one-act operas will premiere at Carriageworks on 28 March until 4 April. The season is directed by Clemence Williams and SCO Artistic Associate Danielle Maas, two women determined to expand the possibility for operatic storytelling.

Carriageworks and Sydney Chamber Opera (SCO) will present Breaking Glass, four world premiere operatic works by Australian female composers: Peggy Polias, Josephine Macken, Georgia Scott and Bree van Reyk. In partnership with the Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s Composing Women Program these new one-act operas will premiere at Carriageworks on 28 March until 4 April. The season is directed by Clemence Williams and SCO Artistic Associate Danielle Maas, two women determined to expand the possibility for operatic storytelling.

Image: Sydney Chamber Opera, Breaking Glass, Carriageworks 2020. Image Samuel Hodge

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February 3, 2020

22nd Biennale of Sydney reveals program highlights for NIRIN 2020

The Biennale of Sydney has revealed details of the program for its 22nd edition, titled NIRIN. Under the artistic direction of acclaimed Indigenous Australian artist, Brook Andrew, NIRIN, is an artist- and First Nations-led endeavour, presenting an expansive exhibition of contemporary art and events that connect local communities and global networks.

Meaning edge, NIRIN is a word of Brook’s mother’s Nation, the Wiradjuri people of western New South Wales.

NIRIN is a world of endless interconnected centres; a space to gather and to share, to rejoice, disrupt, and re-imagine.

The Biennale of Sydney has revealed details of the program for its 22nd edition, titled NIRIN. Under the artistic direction of acclaimed Indigenous Australian artist, Brook Andrew, NIRIN, is an artist- and First Nations-led endeavour, presenting an expansive exhibition of contemporary art and events that connect local communities and global networks.

Meaning edge, NIRIN is a word of Brook’s mother’s Nation, the Wiradjuri people of western New South Wales.

NIRIN is a world of endless interconnected centres; a space to gather and to share, to rejoice, disrupt, and re-imagine. Through their own interpretations and experiences, more than 100 artists from around the world will be inspired by, and reflect on, the world today, challenging dominant narratives and proposing exciting new futurisms and paths to healing.

The exhibition is open free to the public from 14 March until 8 June 2020 at six sites in Sydney: Art Gallery of New South Wales, Artspace, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Cockatoo Island, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and the National Art School.

For all of the 87 days of the exhibition, these projects and ideas will also be activated and explored through an interconnected program of free and ticketed events called NIRIN WIR spanning from the Blue Mountains to La Perouse. NIRIN, meaning edge, and WIR, meaning sky, is a series of activations and creative partnerships with communities, arts organisations and tertiary institutions such as the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney Observatory, Parramatta Female Factory and Sydney University.

To find out more and to book for the NIRIN WIR program visit: www.biennaleofsydney.art

Image: Aziz Hazara, Bow Echo, 2019 (video still), 5-channel digital video, colour, sound, 4:17 mins. Produced by the Han Nefkens Foundation

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January 29, 2020

Breaking Ground Ceremony for new environmentally prepared art gallery at Boyd’s Riversdale property

A revitalising smoking ceremony marked the turning of the first sod of construction to realise Bundanon Trust’s Masterplan to safely house and display its collection and expand its education and tourism offerings. The Hon Paul Fletcher MP, Commonwealth Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and The Arts, the Hon Don Harwin MLC, the NSW Minister for the Public Service and Employee Relations, Aboriginal Affairs, and the Arts, together with Bundanon’s Chair Jennifer Bott AO and CEO Deborah Ely AM celebrated the event at Bundanon’s Riversdale Boyd Education Centre.

A revitalising smoking ceremony marked the turning of the first sod of construction to realise Bundanon Trust’s Masterplan to safely house and display its collection and expand its education and tourism offerings. The Hon Paul Fletcher MP, Commonwealth Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and The Arts, the Hon Don Harwin MLC, the NSW Minister for the Public Service and Employee Relations, Aboriginal Affairs, and the Arts, together with Bundanon’s Chair Jennifer Bott AO and CEO Deborah Ely AM celebrated the event at Bundanon’s Riversdale Boyd Education Centre.

At the heart of the Trust’s Masterplan, jointly funded by the Commonwealth and NSW Governments is the building of an environmentally prepared gallery-of-the-future and safe storage facility, designed to display and house the Bundanon Trust’s $43 million art collection.

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January 28, 2020

Anna Schwartz Gallery announces an exhibition of new work by Mikala Dwyer

Taking its title from the old English word for geometry ‘eorõcræft’, Earthcraft 2020 is an exhibition of new work by Melbourne artist Mikala Dwyer. In Earthcraft 2020 the numerous objects and diversions elicit bodily responses to form and space. Incorporating readymades and industrial materials with the handmade and organic, each individual piece functions in the gallery as part of a larger narrative. Dwyer trusts in intuition and the personal ability to build associations and affinities.

Taking its title from the old English word for geometry ‘eorõcræft’, Earthcraft 2020 is an exhibition of new work by Melbourne artist Mikala Dwyer. In Earthcraft 2020 the numerous objects and diversions elicit bodily responses to form and space. Incorporating readymades and industrial materials with the handmade and organic, each individual piece functions in the gallery as part of a larger narrative. Dwyer trusts in intuition and the personal ability to build associations and affinities. Through a synthesis of geometric forms, materials and symbols, Earthcraft 2020 remains deliberately elusive, suggesting a story rooted in both reality and fiction.

Earthcraft 2020 will be presented at Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne from 8 February to 14 March 2020.

 

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January 23, 2020

Political artist Badiucao presents world premiere of Made in Hong Kong, Banned in China at urban art festival Can’t Do Tomorrow

Australia’s largest showcase of urban and street art, Can’t Do Tomorrow, has revealed further programming for its inaugural festival this February (20-29). For 10 days, over 100 street artists, musicians and collectives will transcend on Melbourne’s iconic multi-level warehouse, The Facility, transforming it from top to bottom in an epic celebration of the best in urban art and contemporary culture. Transcending the traditional art fair model, visitors will also be able to purchase original artworks directly from artists, as well as limited edition prints available from a custom-built print store.

Australia’s largest showcase of urban and street art, Can’t Do Tomorrow, has revealed further programming for its inaugural festival this February (20-29). For 10 days, over 100 street artists, musicians and collectives will transcend on Melbourne’s iconic multi-level warehouse, The Facility, transforming it from top to bottom in an epic celebration of the best in urban art and contemporary culture. Transcending the traditional art fair model, visitors will also be able to purchase original artworks directly from artists, as well as limited edition prints available from a custom-built print store.

Chinese-Australian political artist and cartoonist Badiucao will present the world premiere of his never-before-seen exhibition Made in Hong Kong, Banned in China – previously titled Gongle – following its cancellation in Hong Kong in 2018. Badiucao is one of the most popular and prominent political artists in China, creating work that confronts a variety of social and political issues, which has been used by organisations such as Amnesty International and Freedom House. He originally kept his identity a secret at the start of his career, acquiring the nickname “China’s Banksy”.

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January 21, 2020

Heide Museum of Modern Art presents new sculptural installations by celebrated Australian artist Carolyn Eskdale

Heide Museum of Modern Art presents Memory Horizon, an exhibition of new work by Australian artist Carolyn Eskdale, from 15 February to 14 June 2020. Featuring a series of room-scale site-specific sculptures, the exhibition responds to the unique modernist architecture of Heide Modern and animates the former residence as its own cast object.

Carolyn Eskdale’s installations in domestic and public spaces trace the way we physically and psychically inhabit the world, creating a dialogue between the body’s sense and the mind’s view.

Heide Museum of Modern Art presents Memory Horizon, an exhibition of new work by Australian artist Carolyn Eskdale, from 15 February to 14 June 2020. Featuring a series of room-scale site-specific sculptures, the exhibition responds to the unique modernist architecture of Heide Modern and animates the former residence as its own cast object.

Carolyn Eskdale’s installations in domestic and public spaces trace the way we physically and psychically inhabit the world, creating a dialogue between the body’s sense and the mind’s view. For Memory Horizon she worked in Heide Modern in solitude for several months making ephemeral structures from cardboard in each of the rooms and developing a sculptural language of motifs and forms specific to the building’s character and history. The exhibition presents photographs of these temporary in-situ works in conversation with new sculptures and insertions that activate or obscure access to the spaces within the building, altering visitors’ experiences of them. In layering past procedures and present conditions, Eskdale explores the interstices between private and public life and the overlap between the studio and the gallery.

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January 13, 2020

Fivex Art Prize announces 2020 judging panel and call for entries extension

The Fivex Art Prize, Australia’s first award dedicated to digital billboard art, has announced the 2020 judging panel along with an extension to the call for entries to 11pm on 16 February 2020 (AEDT).

Conceived and funded by the Fivex Foundation, the Fivex Art Prize: Billboard Art Reimagined, is a significant new art award that promotes new forms of bold, memorable street art for today’s digital age. The Prize is open to Australian applicants from a range of creative disciplines, including photographers, graphic designers, street and tattoo artists, illustrators and architects.

The Fivex Art Prize, Australia’s first award dedicated to digital billboard art, has announced the 2020 judging panel along with an extension to the call for entries to 11pm on 16 February 2020 (AEDT).

Conceived and funded by the Fivex Foundation, the Fivex Art Prize: Billboard Art Reimagined, is a significant new art award that promotes new forms of bold, memorable street art for today’s digital age. The Prize is open to Australian applicants from a range of creative disciplines, including photographers, graphic designers, street and tattoo artists, illustrators and architects.

The winner of the Grand Prize will take home $30,000 and have their work displayed on two large-scale LED QMS Media billboards – a horizontal corner ‘wrap’ and a vertical ‘podium’ – prominently located at the corner of Flinders and Elizabeth Streets in Melbourne’s CBD, opposite Flinders Street Station. The work will be screened among regular programmed advertising and also in designated showcase slots as a form of public art intervention from 30 March – 3 May 2020. In addition to the Grand Prize, up to five finalists will receive $1000 each and also have their work exhibited on the billboards.

Judging the award for its inaugural year are distinguished figures from the fields of art, media and advertising:

●      Jane Devery, Curator, Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Victoria

●      Liss Fenwick, Public Art Project Lead, Melbourne City Council

●      Gary Deirmendjian, Artist

●      Barclay Nettlefold, Group CEO, QMS Media

●      Alessio Cavallaro, Creative Producer, Fivex Art Prize, and media art curator

For further information about the prize and how to enter: https://www.fivexartprize.com.au/enter

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January 10, 2020

CITY OF SYDNEY & SYDNEY LIVING MUSEUMS ANNOUNCE MAJOR NEW PUBLIC ART INSTALLATION BY JONATHAN JONES

City of Sydney and Sydney Living Museums has announced plans to present a major new public art installation by Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi artist Jonathan Jones, spread across 2,500 square metres around Hyde Park Barracks courtyard, early next year.

Presented from 21 February until 15 March 2020 as part of the City of Sydney’s year-round Art & About program, Jones’ thought-provoking and site-specific artwork untitled (maraong manaóuwi) uses two remarkably similar symbols – the maraong manaóuwi (the Gadigal term for ‘emu footprint’) and the English broad arrow insignia (representing British colonialism) – to illustrate the vastly different stories and experiences of the same historical period.

City of Sydney and Sydney Living Museums has announced plans to present a major new public art installation by Wiradjuri/Kamilaroi artist Jonathan Jones, spread across 2,500 square metres around Hyde Park Barracks courtyard, early next year.

Presented from 21 February until 15 March 2020 as part of the City of Sydney’s year-round Art & About program, Jones’ thought-provoking and site-specific artwork untitled (maraong manaóuwi) uses two remarkably similar symbols – the maraong manaóuwi (the Gadigal term for ‘emu footprint’) and the English broad arrow insignia (representing British colonialism) – to illustrate the vastly different stories and experiences of the same historical period.

The major installation will comprise more than 2,000 maraong manaóuwi/broad arrow designs created out of red and white gravel sourced from Wiradjuri Country and laid across the entirety of Hyde Park Barracks’ courtyard.

Image: James Horan

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January 6, 2020

CARRIAGEWORKS UNVEILS LARGE-SCALE ARTWORKS BY LEADING AUSTRALIAN ARTISTS

Carriageworks have unveiled major new artworks commissioned from leading Australian contemporary artists. In 2020 the Redfern multi-arts precinct will house immersive and participatory large-scale art installations by Rebecca Baumann, Daniel Boyd, Kate Mitchell, open from 8 January, and by Reko Rennie, whose illuminated text work REMEMBER ME will launch in late January. These installations will be presented free to the public, opening as part of the Sydney Festival and continuing throughout the year.

Carriageworks Head Curator Visual Arts Beatrice Gralton said, ‘Carriageworks is a site imbued with history, yet each of these projects are firmly anchored in the present day.

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