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Artspace Residency Opportunity for Christchurch Artist

Artspace, in association with SCAPE and through a grant from Creative New Zealand, is proud to support the Christchurch arts community by hosting a Christchurch artist in an Artspace Residential Studio.  

This residency opportunity will provide a Canterbury-based visual artist with an opportunity to spend twelve weeks at Artspace Sydney from August to November 2012.

The recipient of the residency will be offered accommodation at Artspace and return flights to Sydney. In addition they will receive an artist-in-residence production budget, one return economy domestic airfare in Australia, up to three nights accommodation and the opportunity to present an Open Studio @ Artspace.  

Applications close Friday 24 February 2012.
 For more information and to download an application form visit the SCAPE website

Image: Sara Givins, Open Studio @ Artspace, 2011, courtesy of the artist

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Posted by Tracy Burgess
21 December 2011



Thanks for a great 2011

Artspace would like to thank everyone involved in our successful 2011 program of activities. Over the course of this year Artspace has presented fifteen exhibitions and artist projects in our gallery spaces and nearby locations as well as international exhibitions in Korea and Croatia. From Blank Pages saw the work of Brook Andrew, Alicia Frankovich, Deborah Kelly and Minouk Lim exhibited alongside the work of Jung Yoon Suk, Donghee Koo, Bona Park and Rho Jae Oon at art space pool, Seoul, Korea. Brook Andrew, Alicia Frankovich, Deborah Kelly, Minouk Lim, Daniel Malone and Hiroharu Mori are currently exhibiting work in Burn What You Cannot Steal, Galerija Nova, Zagreb, Croatia open until 28 January 2012. 

Among the 2011 highlights have been a major collaboration with Sydney Festival in the staging of a survey exhibition of the recent work of Singaporean artist and filmmaker Ho Tzu Nyen who like another 2011 Artspace exhibitor, Praneet Soi, also presented a major project at this year's Venice Biennale. We presented performances by Oren Ambarchi, Mark Brown, Fiona McGregor and Brown Council amongst others, and the major symposium 'Mirrors, Doubles, Shadows, Caves: Plato and Contemporary Art' in advance of the exhibition Platon’s Mirror by Düsseldorf-based media artist Mischa Kuball. 

In 2011 Artspace also welcomed two new staff members, Curator Mark Feary and Communications and Publications Coordinator Caraline Douglas, and began work on a new contemporary art publishing initiative with Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane that will be launched early in the new year. In October Mark undertook a month-long curatorial  residency at BankART, Yokohama, Japan, in association with artist Kate Mitchell. The results will be seen in a new project by Kate Mitchell launched at Artspace on February 1st, alongside projects by Alex Gawronski and Alex Martinis Roe. Later highlights in 2012 will include a two-part group exhibition Everything Falls Apart in the middle of the year and a major solo exhibition by Marco Fusinato towards the end of the year. 

To the artists, performers, visitors, curators, speakers, writers and supporters who contributed to this incredible year we thank you for the support and look forward to continued activity. We wish everyone an enjoyable and relaxing holiday break.

The Artspace office will close Friday 23 December at 6pm and reopen 9 January 2012 for normal business hours.

Posted by Blair French
20 December 2011


2012 Artspace Artistic Program

Artspace opens the 2012 exhibition program on 1 February 2012 with a curatorially ambitious season of exhibitions and public programs. Highlights include the presentation of three solo projects by Alex Gawronski, Kate Mitchell and Alex Martinis Roe; two major new commission projects by Adam Geczy and Khaled Sabsabi; The Other's Other an exhibition that will attempt to build a story of what it is to redefine territorial borders and reconfigure the idea of home from a distance; the Everything Falls Apart exhibition series which brings together a number of significant recent works by international and Australian artists over two exhibitions; Beyond Infinity a solo exhibition of the work of Marco Fusinato; and the 2012 artistic program will conclude with a short multi-faceted project Woolloomooloo 20.4.30 marking the inception of Artspace thirty years ago and Artspace’s twenty years in the Gunnery building in Woolloomooloo. The 2012 artistic program will also feature the touring exhibition How Yesterday Remembers Tomorrow which will see work by six previous Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship recipients exhibited across NSW. 

2012 Artspace Exhibition Program at a Glance
[Program subject to change. Check the Artspace website for up-to-date information about exhibitions.]

1 February – 11 March 
Alex Gawronski, Kate Mitchell, Alex Martinis Roe

21 March – 29 April 
Adam Geczy, Khaled Sabsabi

9 May – 17 June
The Other’s Other
Jun Yang, Rafaat Ishak, Newell Harry 
and other artists to be confirmed
Curator: Mark Feary  

27 June – 5 August 
Everything Falls Apart 1
Curators: Mark Feary & Blair French
Artists to be confirmed 

10 August – 16 September 
Everything Falls Apart 2
Curators: Mark Feary & Blair French
Artists to be confirmed

28 September – 14 October 
NSW Travelling Art Scholarship
Artists to be confirmed upon application process
Presented in association with Arts NSW

30 October – 9  December
Marco Fusinato: Beyond Infinity
Guest Curator: Charlotte Day
In association with IMA, Brisbane

24 November – 16 December
Garden Flat 
Gary Carsley
Artspace Studio 2

14 – 16 December
Woolloomooloo 20.4.30

For more information about the 2012 Artspace Artistic Program click here to download a 2012 media kit. 

Image: Alex Martinis Roe, Encounters, Conversation in Practice, 2010, Limbus Europae, Berlin

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Posted by Caraline Douglas
19 December 2011


Blair French on the opening of Burn What You Cannot Steal Galerija Nova, Zagreb, Croatia

The Artspace exhibition Burn What You Cannot Steal opened at Galerija Nova, Zagreb, Croatia on the evening of Monday 5 December. The exhibition was curated by Reuben Keehan at the invitation of curatorial collective WHW (What, How and for Whom) who were guests of Artspace in February-March 2010. Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and the Keir Foundation, Burn What You Cannot Steal brings together the work of six artists who have worked alongside collaborators to tease out the histories, effects and tensions inherent in the privileged status of the readymade – particularly its relationship to modes of ownership – within the global art world. I joined the curator and four of the artists – Alicia Frankovich, Deborah Kelly, Minouk Lim (with collaborator Minwhee Lee) and Daniel Malone – at the opening on 5 December.

The large turnout of visitors included a number of prominent Zagreb artists who filled the downstairs space to view Brook Andrew’s rescripting of Charles Chauvel’s iconic but deeply contested 1955 feature film Jedda. A range of collages produced by Deborah Kelly and participants in her Zagreb workshops lined the upstairs walls of Galerija Nova, supplemented by a fascinating array source material that the artist has meticulously collected since childhood. At the opening, Daniel Malone was busy gifting disks of carefully selected images and sounds copied, appropriated and ripped from on-line sources (a work composed of material literally ‘stolen’ and ‘burnt’). Next door a local performer crouched and stretched and leapt and punched the air over and over again in an action based on and redolent of the emotional as well as physical exhortation of a triumphant sportsperson in Alicia Frankovich’s new work presented in addition to the projected Jumping Guy (pictured) from her recent project in Seoul. Video works by Hiroharu Mori and Minouk Lim detailed performative actions, the former a series of acting workshops based on interpretations of a bizarre section of a transcript from an early 1960s meeting of the Japanese Diet (parliament), the latter a collective community action against the forced removal of tenants in Seoul in the face of urban development. Late in the opening Minwhee Lee performed a rendition of the piece of music at the heart of this work International Calling Frequency – a wordless, altered rendition of the Internationale – the melody ringing through spaces upstairs and down, meandering through, wrapping around and binding together the exhibition spaces and their occupants.

Throughout the exhibition preparations the visiting artists undertook visits to the Zagreb Museum of Contemporary Art – an aggrandising piece of new glass shopping-mall style architecture but home to an extraordinary collection, particularly in the areas of post-WWII painting and sculpture from the former Yugoslavia and Central European conceptual and action-based work of the 1960s, 70s and 80s and also host to an impressive temporary art and design exhibition Socialism and Modernity: Art, Culture and Politics 1950 – 1974. The artists also utilised their time in Zagreb building new relationships with other artists and curators over various meetings and meals, formal and otherwise.

On the evening following the opening London-based academic Anthony Gardiner gave a lecture as part of the overall project in which he proposed a ‘rebuilding’ of the discourse of the biennale from the multiple positions of the ‘south’ – not simply a spatial or geographical term but one encapsulating a range of political, economic and cultural positions. Gardiner will be one of a number of contributors to the resulting 2012 book Burn What You Cannot Steal.

Image: Alicia Frankovich, Jumping Guy, 2011, Seoul, Korea, still from single channel video projection, courtesy of the artist and Starkwhite, Auckland

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Posted by Blair French
8 December 2011





Open Studio @ Artspace - David Burns

Please join artist David Burns for an Open Studio @ Artspace on Friday 9 and Saturday 10 December from 11am - 5pm. David Burns creates objects and spaces that manipulate perception through designed indeterminacy. Common to each project is a layering of materials or patterns yielding unexpected results; a simulation of complexity through simple repetition. At his Open Studio the artist will show a series of small constructions, photographs and drawings created at Artspace that extend his research into the relationship between the image and three-dimensional space.

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Posted by Tracy Burgess
7 December 2011


2011 Artspace Artist Multiple

Just released: 
The 2011 Artspace Artist Multiple A Rich Sips has been produced and developed by Sydney-based artist Justene Williams, whose exhibition Hot Air Hillbilly Weekend Workshop was one of the highlights of the Artspace 2011 gallery program. Available in a limited edition of eight this beautifully presented multiple contains an excerpt from Williams’ film Piss Chair on a USB flash drive, photographic prints from Piss Chair and Dom Doll Death and a hand-painted 375ml bottle of Bollinger champagne. For more information about A Rich Sips click here.  

Still available: 2010 Artspace Artist Multiple

The 2010 Artspace Artist Multiple was produced by Ms&Mr, exhibitors at Artspace with their 2010 exhibition 808.838 / grandfather paradoxMs&Mr are artist duo, Stephanie & Richard nova Milne who approach their practice as a form of domestic science fiction. In It Came From Outer Space and Hovered Over 1988, a grade four exercise book illustrating Greek mythology collides with visitors from the future which include the archival author’s future wife and an archival version of himself. For more information about It Came From Outer Space and Hovered Over 1988 click here.

Ms&Mr are currently undertaking a short residency at Artspace whilst preparing for their Art Gallery of NSW Contemporary Projects exhibition Xerox Massive 1977/2011 on exhibition from 8 December 2011 to 5 February 2012. For more information about their upcoming exhibition click here

For more information about the multiple program and to enquire about available editions please contact 
Artspace.


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Posted by Caraline Douglas
6 December 2011


Burn What You Cannot Steal Opens in Zagreb, Croatia

Artspace and Galerija Nova are pleased to present Burn What You Cannot Steal, opening Monday 5 December in Zagreb, Croatia. Burn What You Cannot Steal features the work of Brook Andrew, Alicia Frankovich, Deborah Kelly, Minouk Lim, Daniel Malone and Hiroharu Mori.  

Burn What You Cannot Steal proposes the readymade as an unsurpassable horizon of the art of our time, but also as a sign functioning within a distinctly Euro-American canon, that system of legitimations under which the supposedly global art world continues to operate. Through a range of radical aesthetic strategies from assemblage to performance to public intervention, it seeks to tease out the problems and possibilities of this contradiction and other tensions embodied within it to question the ownership of time, ideas and things, to ask how and why a given practice enters the orbit of the global art world, and to propose the body and the city as objects ripe for reframing, reinterpretation and reuse.   

Burn What You Cannot Steal was conceived in response to an invitation from the dynamic Croatian curatorial collective What, How & for Whom (WHW) to develop an exhibition for Galerija Nova in which Australian practitioners would be included among a selection of international artists. 

The Burn what you cannot steal book, to be published in 2012 by Artspace in association with Galerija Nova, will include feature essays by Anthony Gardner, Lily Hibberd, Reuben Keehan, Heejin Kim and Sean Lowry as well as texts on each of the participating artists. The exhibition will continue through 28 January 2012.    

Image: Hiroharu Mori, Student Actors team #2, 2009, stills from HD video installation, Japanese with English subtitles

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Posted by Caraline Douglas
5 December 2011





Open Studio @ Artspace - Lara Merrett

Please join Artspace Studio Resident Lara Merrett for an Open Studio @ Artspace this Friday and Saturday 2-3 December 2011, 11am-5pm. Working in her Artspace studio since July Lara will present paintings that integrate both geometric forms and text into her characteristically fluid canvasses. Lara will share these newly completed works and provide visitors with an opportunity to view other work that is still in progress as a part of this working studio. 

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Posted by Tracy Burgess
29 November 2011


Artspace Executive Director Blair French to present ‘The Fine Stagings of Hany Armanious’ at the Art Gallery of NSW 30 November

As a part of the new lecture series The spirit of our age: Art since the 1960s Blair French will present his talk 'The Fine Stagings of Hany Armanious' on 30 November from 6pm at the Art Gallery of NSW.

Abstract: Whether considering the unmoulded lumps and spills of Snake Oil (1994) or the finely cast facsimiles of everyday objects currently placed throughout the Australian pavilion at Venice (The Golden Thread), discussions of Hany Armanious’ sculptural practice tend to focus upon its palpable materiality. But as this talk will consider with reference to a range of work, including Turns in Arabba (2005), the meticulous staging of forms, materials and processes in space - it's condition as 'installation' – is equally important to the works's generation of a rich array of narrative and mythology, of psychological and emotional triggers and cultural associations.

Image: Hany Armanious, Turns in Arabba 2005, Contemporary Collection Benefactors 2006, courtesy of the Art Gallery of NSW collection © Hany Armanious

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Posted by Caraline Douglas
28 November 2011


Deborah Kelly Zagreb Collage Workshops

Deborah Kelly arrives in Zagreb, Croatia on 23 November to lead a series of collage workshops in association with the Artspace off-site exhibition Burn What You Cannot Steal at Gallery Nova opening 5 December 2011. 

As a part of her Artspace exhibition, Make More Monsters, earlier this year we filmed the artist as she discussed the background of her interest in collage and the experience of working collectively through the workshop process.

To view the video and learn more about this work click here.

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Posted by Caraline Douglas
23 November 2011


Open Studio @ Artspace - Elise/Jürgen

Please join Elise/Jürgen (Elise Harmsen & Jürgen Kerkovius) for Open Studio @ Artspace on Friday and Saturday 25 -26 November from 11am - 5pm, additionally the studio will be open to visitors on the evening of 24 November during the Nothing Like Performance exhibition launch 6-8 pm. 

During their residency at Artspace Elise/Jürgen are creating body of work that congruently draws attention to what is represented, and in doing so emphasize what is no longer there. Their video installations explore the nature of projection as a metaphor for the ways in which we understand our surroundings and how it describes both presence and absence through light. For the Open Studio Elise/Jürgen will share new work and work in progress alongside research material. 

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Posted by Tracy Burgess
23 November 2011


Paul O'Neill lecture now available online and on itunes

Listen to UK based curator, artist and writer Paul O'Neill present his recent lecture 'The Exhibition-as-Medium, the Exhibition-as-Form: Three Principal Categories of Organisation: the Background, the Middle-ground and the Foreground' at Artspace (25 October 2011, 6.30pm). 

For more information click here and to download on itunes click here.

Paul O’Neill was in Australia to take part in Iteration:Again, Hobart, Tasmania, with his project ‘Our Day Will Come’ – a free-school project within a school. His visit was supported by Contemporary Art Services Tasmania, Culture Ireland, Arts Tasmania and Litmus Research Initiative at School of Fine Arts, Massey University, Wellington.

Image: Coalesce: Happenstance, SMART Project Space, Amsterdam, 2010. Curated by Paul O'Neill


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Posted by Caraline Douglas
18 November 2011


Artspace Executive Director Blair French chairing conference session: 'Sustainable Cities: Big Visions and Master-plans vs. Tactical Interventions'

As a part of the day-long conference, Curating Cities: Sydney-Copenhagen,  Blair French will chair the discussion Sustainable Cities: Big Visions and Master-plans vs. Tactical Intervention, featuring presentations by Professor Jan Gehl (Copenhagen) and Jeppe Aagaard Andersen (Copenhagen) with artists Jennifer Turpin (Sydney) and Prof David Cross (Massey University) acting as respondents.  

Curating Cities: Sydney-Copenhagen
 takes place at Customs House, Sydney Tuesday 22 November from 9.00am. The conference is organised by the National Institute of Experimental Arts, COFA, University of NSW in association with the City of Sydney, the Danish Arts Agency and the Visual Arts and Design Educators Association. It is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Curating Cities: Sydney-Copenhagen, Customs House, 17 November -18 December.


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Posted by Caraline Douglas
16 November 2011
Artist Talk and Reception @ Artspace 5pm Thursday 17 November

Join Fiona McGregor for an artist talk Thursday 17 November at 5pm during which the artist will discuss her Water Series accumulative project and performances. The talk will be followed by an open reception at 6pm. 

The Water Series exhibition continues until Sunday 20 November. 

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Posted by Caraline Douglas
15 November 2011
Water #3: Expulsion performance @ Artspace begins 12pm Tuesday 15 November

The final endurance performance of Fiona McGregor's Water Series will see the artist consume large amounts of water, thus producing urine that will activate a small fountain. 

Artspace is open to the public for the duration of this performance. Please note that although the doors to Artspace may be locked from 9pm-7am, an Artspace staff member will be available to allow visitors in to the gallery during these late hours.


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Posted by Caraline Douglas
10 November 2011


Open Studio @ Artspace - Vincent J.F. Huang

Please join Vincent J.F. Huang for his Open Studio @ Artspace Friday 11 and Saturday 12 November 11am-5pm. During the course of his eight week residency which is supported by the Council for Cultural Affairs, Taiwan Vincent has embarked on a new body of work entitled The Atlantis Project.

The Atlantis Project uses an aquarium tank to house coral reefs growing on miniature sculptures of iconic landmarks of civilized and capitalist society. With the concept of creating a modern day Atlantis city, where all that is known to civilized mankind will be flooded over by the rising sea levels. The corals are free to develop and grow until all its resources within the aquarium are fully consumed, and eventually inducing a coral bleaching event where they die off. Under the microcosm of the aquarium, the project wishes to show metaphorically the limitations of Mother Earth's resources. As a subset of the Earth's vast system, the human behavior of unrelentingly seeking for infinite growth will inevitably lead to extinction. 

The Open Studio will also showcase paintings from Huang’s climate change series.

More information: http://ecoartist.blogspot.com/view/sidebar

Image: Atlantis Projectlive marine eco system, glass tank, live corals, lionfish

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Posted by Tracy Burgess
7 November 2011
Water #2: Passage performance @ Artspace begins 8.30pm Tuesday 8 November

The second in this series of performances at Artspace, Fiona McGregor will appear coiled in tubing for Water # 2: Passage. As one line introduces saline into her body, the other draws blood from it. This performance will conclude with the artist’s back being tattooed with water. This two-part performance will begin at 8.30pm and last for approximately five hours. 

Artspace is open to the public for the duration of this performance. Please note that although the doors to Artspace may be locked from 9pm, an Artspace staff member will be available to allow visitors in to the gallery during these late hours.

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Posted by Caraline Douglas
3 November 2011


Open Studio @ Artspace - Petra Maitz

Please join Petra Maitz this Friday, Saturday and Sunday 4 - 6 November 11am-5pm for a glimpse at her ongoing investigations into the visual manifestations of scientific practice and ideas. On display will be the work in progress Desire of Beauty, 13 Vaginas.

The artist will also host an informal open reception on Friday evening from 5-8pm.

Image: THE REASONS OF SCIENCE
Petra Maitz & Mariateresa Sartori


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Posted by Tracy Burgess
31 October 2011


From Blank Pages Opens in Seoul

Blank Pages: Eight Artistic Propositions in the Time of Catastrophe opened Friday 21 October at art space pool in Seoul, Korea. The project, co-produced by Artspace and pool, is a curatorial collaboration by former Artspace Curator Reuben Keehan and pool Director Heejin Kim. pool’s location at the northern fringes of this seemingly infinite metropolis served as no hindrance to the large amount of Korean and international artists and wider audience who gathered for the engaging artist discussions which preceded the opening of the exhibition. With the assistance of simultaneous translations the artist talks, foregrounded by Heejin and Reuben, took the form of each artist, with all being present, discussing their own work on their own terms. There seemed a certain democracy within this format, enabling that which would be written upon each of the artists’ blank pages to be written by their own hand.    

Featuring new and recent works by Brook Andrew, Alicia Frankovich, Jung Yoon Suk, Deborah Kelly, Donghee Koo, Minouk Lim, Bona Park, Rho Jae Oon, the exhibition completely enveloped the former domestic space of pool. The particular dimensions of the various spaces, and the evident traces of having adopted the slick precisions of the white cube format, only to have this state later redressed, allow the space an architectural affect of being stripped back and rendered bare, rather than of distress. The environment lends the work presented within it a form of history over which to assert other stories and histories.    

From Blank Pages featured reconfigured incarnations of projects Brook and Deborah had presented at Artspace in July of this year as well as a new duel-channel video work produced by Alicia in Berlin. Their projects, as those of their Korean peers, seemed to exist less in the space, as upon and throughout it, navigating and absorbing the various idiosyncrasies of its architecture. It was with a certain degree of spatial refinement and consideration that the projects seemed to operate both individually and collectively.  

The exterior area of pool provided a convivial context for the artists and audiences to meet during the course of the exhibition opening, with a generous and sumptuous offering of vegetarian food and makgeolli (Korean rice wine). The gathered crowd reflected the hugely influential nature of pool as one of Korea’s most innovative and longest-running alternative spaces, but also the huge degree to which the city of Seoul and its surrounding satellite cities have invested in international residency programs for artists.  

From Blank Pages continues until 30 November 2011.

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Posted by Mark Feary
25 October 2011


Watch Michael Goldberg discuss Toward a New World Order

Artspace video resources are now available online. Our first Artspace video features Michael Goldberg as he discusses his recent off-site project Toward a New World Order. The artist provides some insight into the off-site project that was recently installed in a vacant Woolloomooloo lot just behind Artspace. He sheds some light on this dynamic Sydney neighbourhood and some of the influences behind the work.

Follow our news updates and announcements for more information about our video and audio resources.  

Image: Michael Goldberg, Toward a New World Order, site installation detail, 56-58 Nicholson St, Woolloomooloo

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Posted by Caraline Douglas
24 October 2011


Open Studio @ Artspace – Cath Brophy

Join artist Cath Brophy in her Open Studio @ Artspace 11am - 5pm, Friday 21 and Saturday 22 October.

During this Open Studio, the artist invites visitors to view current works-in-progress, based on her recent experiments incorporating photographic images into her large-scale drawings.  

Cath’s 2D mixed-media installations explore the experience of constructed space evoked by our everyday interaction with architecture, referencing both its scale and formal elements. While her work highlights the viewer’s awareness of the built environment, her working process - drawing, collaging, assembling and deconstructing - aims to discourage any easy reading of the images by creating a complex, disrupted illusion of space. Recently, Cath’s work has progressed from generic architectural elements to working with particular buildings, including domestic dwellings and public landmarks.  

For this project, Cath has incorporated her abstracted, geometric drawings with photographs of specific architecture, thereby playing with perceptions and illusions of structure and space. She uses local imagery, as well as images from the built environment in Hong Kong, which - although geographically and culturally distant from Australia - shares a history as a former British Colony. Viewed from this post-colonial perspective, her choice of subject matter aims to raise questions about contemporary property appropriation, ownership and development.  

By drawing her architectural sources from a range of geographical locations and developing these site-specific ‘photo-drawings’ in new and disparate contexts - each with its own existing, on-going narratives - Cath aims to stimulate new meanings and associations for the viewer and to create fresh ways of viewing common threads of history between diverse cultures.

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Posted by Tracy Burgess
19 October 2011


Opening Friday 21 October at art space pool, Seoul, Korea: From Blank Pages

Artspace and art space pool are proud to announce the presentation of From Blank Pages: Eight Artistic Propositions in the Time of Catastrophe opening Friday in Seoul, Korea. The exhibition will feature the work of Brook Andrew, Alicia Frankovich, Jung Yoon Suk, Deborah Kelly, Dong Hee Koo, Minouk Lim, Bona Park, Rho Jae Oon.

From Blank Pages questions the role and capacities of art in dealing with such abstract social and mental spaces as panic, uncertainty and paralysis, through the reconsideration of these states as ‘blank pages’ by the poet Su-Young Kim (1921-68). Participation by artists from Australia has been coordinated by Artspace and supported by the Keir Foundation. 

Following the exhibition of From Blank Pages in Korea, Artspace presents Burn What You Cannot Steal at Gallery Nova, Zagreb, Croatia from 5 December 2011 to 28 January 2012. Curated by Reuben Keehan and supported by the Australia Council for the Arts this exhibition will see the work of Brook Andrew, Alicia Frankovich, Deborah Kelly and Minouk Lim further exhibited alongside that of Daniel Malone and Hiroharu Mori. 

Artspace is pleased to continue these ongoing collaborations and to support the work of Australian artists internationally. A book resulting from these two projects will be published by Artspace in 2012.

Image above: Alicia Frankovich, Super Segue, installation view, Artspace, Sydney, 2009 

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Posted by Caraline Douglas
19 October 2011


Artspace and Where Art Starts

Over past few months Artspace has been part of Where Art Starts, an initiative of the Crown Street Public School Parents & Carers, established to help the children of Crown Street Public School develop an appreciation of art in their local community. Artspace Studio Resident Sara Givins, along with other local emerging artists, presented workshops to classes Crown Street Public School, and Artspace hosted an excursion with class 3J in September. 

Where Art Starts will present an exhibition of the artwork created by the students in these workshops on Friday 21 October 6-8:30pm at the Crown Street Public School, 356 Crown Street, Surry Hills. The exhibition will be opened by Artspace Executive Director Blair French.

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Posted by Tracy Burgess
18 October 2011


Congratulations to Brown Council

NSW Artists Brown Council were awarded a Qantas Foundation’s Encouragement of Australian Contemporary Art Award which was hosted at Artspace on 29 September 2011. Three artists or artist collectives from each State and Territory were nominated for the Award, with NSW nominations made by Artspace Executive Director Blair French. One recipient from each State and Territory was then selected by a panel of arts industry representatives convened by the Qantas Foundation with assistance from the Australia Council for the Arts. Other 2011 Award recipients were Ash Keating (Vic), Hiromi Tango (Qld),  Sue Kneebone (SA), Anthony Johnson (Tas), Adam Viekkanen (ACT), Thea Costantino (WA) and Talitha Kennedy (NT). The Award for each recipient consists of a mix of international or domestic Qantas flights, a cash prize and funding for a community residency undertaken by the recipient. 

The Qantas Foundation Encouragement of Australian Contemporary Art Award was established in 2008. Previous NSW recipients have been Alex Davies, Izabela Pluta and Newell Harry.

A new project by Brown Council will feature in Artspace’s upcoming exhibition Nothing Like Performance, 25 November – 22 December 2011.

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Posted by Caraline Douglas
13 October 2011


Update from BankART, Yokohama, Japan: Part I

It has been just over a week since Artspace Curator Mark Feary and artist Kate Mitchell arrived in Yokohama to participate in the BankART project at Shin Minatomura within the associated context of the Yokohama Triennial. The extended title for the BankART project - A Small City for the Future has taken on a greater resonance since the events of March of this year, with the organisational objective of generating new methods of civic activity and increasing cultural awareness toward the redevelopment and rejuvenation of this once thriving port city necessarily broadened to become a think tank about the rebuilding processes and future development of the whole country.

Over the course of the week we have experienced torrential rain and at least one earthquake (5.6 magnitude earthquake centred off the coast of Fukushima on 10 October). For the initial period of our stay we were provided with accommodation in an apartment block in the outlying area of Totsuka, although we have since moved to one of the BankART studios located in the lively area of Koganecho. We are now working towards presenting Kate’s performative video work Being Punctual (2010) within our apartment, utilising the window of the fourth floor apartment to project the work outwards to the surrounding environment. The area, with its vista out across the Ookagawa river, and situated within an area riddled with love hotels and brothels, provides a unique and uncanny context within which to present this work.

The surrounding area of Koganecho has become an epicentre of cultural rejuvenation within the wider Yokohama area lead to a large degree by the Koganecho Bazaar. This initiative, developed out of the desire of neighbourhood groups and local businesses and with the assistance of the local government to address the widespread prostitution within the area, is in the process of transforming the area under the Keikyu train line between the Hinodecho and Koganecho stations. The Koganecho Bazaar now houses a vast array of artist studios, galleries and areas of community engagement to establish a site for local artists and designers to produce their work as well as enhancing the wider area for both local residents and visitors alike.

One of the projects within the Koganecho Bazaar where we have spent some time over the past week is the Kogane Shokudo project by artist Hirofumi Masuda. Within one of the sites of Koganacho Bazaar Hiro-san has established a kitchen that provides a context for local and visiting artists to come and share his and others’ cooking as a means of creating new communities and celebrating the specific regional cuisines of the area. The project has emerged out of Hiro-san’s three year process of research within the area, during which he has spent time in the kitchens of local residents to develop a bi-lingual cookbook examining the home cooking within this unique ward. The book, and the provision of the hospitality more generally, is a means to record the local characteristics of the region and the inter-generational way through which recipes are imparted, thereby operating as a sort of archive and capture of a community at a certain time. Hiro’s Kitchen, as it is affectionately known, has become a hub for us to meet local artists and better understand the artistic and cultural conditions within the area and more widely within Yokohama.  

More news about the BankART project and the associated exhibitions and events to come next week.

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Posted by Mark Feary
11 October 2011


Open Studio @ Artspace - Sara Givins

During her Open Studio @ Artspace Sara Givins continues her research into the specifics of psycho-physiology in urban spaces, and invites visitors to view a selection of works in progress. Experimenting with colour, the porosity of materials and the specifics of site this series of experiments point to new directions in her sculpture and installation practice.

Visit the Open Studio this Friday 14 October 11am - 5pm and Saturday 15 October 11am - 3pm.

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Posted by Tracy Burgess
10 October 2011


2011 Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship Recipient Announced

Congratulations to Soda_Jerk, the 2011 Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship recipient.   

Soda_Jerk, an artist collaboration between sisters Dan and Dominique Angeloro, receives $60,000 to undertake a program of professional development for one to two years. The artists plan to use the scholarship to travel to the US and UK to participate in an Art Residency with Eyebeam, New York City; perform research for their Astro Black cycle at the Hiphop Archive, Harvard University, Massachusetts; undertake a mentorship with found-footage film artist and Director of Other Cinema, Craig Baldwin in San Francisco; and intern with Turner Prize nominated artists The Otolith Group in London.  

Soda_Jerk’s work After the Rainbow (2009) is currently exhibited at Artspace as a part of the 2011 Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship Finalists Exhibition which continues until Sunday 23 October.  

Join all of the 2011 Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship Finalists at Artspace at 3pm, Saturday 15 October for an artist discussion with Jacqueline Millner.

Image at left: Soda_Jerk, After the Rainbow, 2009, production still

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Posted by Caraline Douglas
6 October 2011





Artspace Executive Director Blair French presents in Yokohama and Istanbul

Artspace Executive Director Blair French has just returned from giving public talks in Yokohama and Istanbul. In Yokohama he took part in an afternoon presentation as part of the BankART Life III: Shin Minatomura – A Small City for the Future evolving studio and exhibition project, speaking alongside Tere Badia, Director of Hangar – a visual arts studio and production facility in Barcelona, Spain. Blair spoke about Artspace's activities with specific reference to the evolving function and significance of the organisation to the development of cultural activity within the inner city, as well as introducing the SCAPE Biennial project he has been working on in Christchurch, New Zealand. In Istanbul he spoke in the 'Who's in Town?' program at SALT, focusing on the SCAPE Biennial's response to the Christchurch earthquakes (click here to view the talk). Alan Cruickshank, Executive Director of Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia and Editor of Broadsheet magazine will also give a talk this week – Thursday 6 October – within the SALT program under the title 'A model for regional cartographies'. 

Artspace Curator Mark Feary and artist Kate Mitchell have now arrived in Yokohama to take up their month-long residency within the BankART Life III: Shin Minatomura – A Small City for the Future project running parallel to the Yokohama Triennale. 

Posted by Caraline Douglas
4 October 2011


Artspace Opening Hours 1-3 October

Artspace galleries will be closed from 1 to 3 October for the Labour Day holiday weekend, but please feel free to visit our off-site project, Toward a New World Order by Michael Goldberg, open through Sunday 2 October. Open to the public from 11am to 5pm, Toward a New World Order is located in 56-58 Nicholson Street, Woolloomooloo (behind Artspace and just near the Tilbury Hotel).
 


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Posted by Caraline Douglas
27 September 2011


Artspace Curator Mark Feary: Exploring the 12th Istanbul Biennial

Artspace Curator Mark Feary was recently in Istanbul to attend the opening of the 12th Istanbul Biennial – Untitled – co-curated by Jens Hoffmann and Adriano Pedrosa. The curatorial focus of their endeavour serves as both a homage to, and a point of departure from, the oeuvre of Felix Gonzales-Torres (1957–1996), with five group exhibitions based around key works by the Cuban-American artist serving as the nuclei around which a further fifty solo artist projects radiated.  

During the course of the Professional Preview held between 15 ­– 17 September Mark explored the biennial venues of Antrepo 3 & 5 and visited a number of the many peripheral projects to the biennial that were presented at galleries and other venues throughout the city. The tightly focussed biennial seeks to reassert aesthetic and formal considerations within the discourse of the pressing political concerns of our time.  

Some of the highlights outside of the biennial presentations include Ahmet Öğüt’s reinstallation of Across the Slope at SALT Beyoğlu and Kutluğ Ataman’s Mesopotamian Dramaturgies at Arter. Ahmet, who presented the project Speculative Social Fantasies at Artspace in 2010, is also represented within Untitled (12th Istanbul Biennial).  

Whilst visiting the Istanbul Biennial Mark researched potential artists and projects for the Artspace Gallery Program and met with a number of international curatorial colleagues including Vienna-based Turkish curator Isin Osin who has invited Mark to contribute toward the development of the 2012 biennial in the Turkish city of Synop – Synopale.  

Executive Director Blair French is now en route to the Istanbul Biennial via Yokohama where he will be delivering a presentation as part of BankART Life III: Shin Minatomura – A Small City for the Future within which Artspace will be developing a series of projects including performances, exhibitions and public programs involving Sydney-based artist Kate Mitchell. Kate and Mark will be in residence at BankART throughout the month of October.  

Untitled (12th Istanbul Biennial) continues until 13 November 2011.  

BankART Life III: Shin Minatomura – A Small City for the Future continues until 6 November 2011.

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Posted by Caraline Douglas
21 September 2011


Khaled Sabsabi Awarded the Blake Prize

Artspace would like to congratulate artist Khaled Sabsabi, winner of the 2011 Blake Prize for his three-channel video installation, Naqshbandi Greenacre Engagement (2010). This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Blake Prize, which is awarded annually to an artist for work investigating ideas and issues surrounding spiritual thought, faith and religion.

Khaled was awarded the 2010 Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship at Artspace and is currently living and working in Beirut. Working across a range of media Khaled's work reflects the complex and often fraught space of border identities, migrant territories and identity production, characterised by an ever changing and contingent nature. Born in Lebanon, Sabsabi migrated with this family to Australia in the late 1970s to settle in Western Sydney. Since the late 1980s he has worked with communities, in particular those in Western Sydney, to create and develop arts programs and projects that explore people and places from broad social, political and ideological spectrums. 

Artspace Executive Director Blair French was one of three judges for the 2011 Blake Prize.

Image at left: Installation view of Khaled Sabsabi, 99, Artspace, Sydney, 2010.

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Posted by Caraline Douglas
16 September 2011


Open studio @ Artspace - Laura Woodward

Melbourne-based artist Laura Woodward will hold an Open Studio @ Artspace Friday 16 and Saturday 17 September from 11am to 5pm. During a two-month Artspace residency Laura has been developing two new projects which both focus on the idea of an 'introverted kinetic sculpture'. The introverted sculpture derives from a logic that comes from within – the system, motion and form are crucial elements of the introverted sculpture and, in the most introverted, are totally inseparable from each other.

During the Open Studio the artist will share the documentation of the processes involved in the development of a large-scale sculptural work she is presenting for Lorne Sculpture, Victoria in October. She will also share a new series of drawings and small kinetic sculpture works.


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Posted by Tracy Burgess
14 September 2011


Open Studio @ Artspace - Yongseok Oh

During a three month Asialink Residency at Artspace artist Yongseok Oh has begun production on a new two-channel video work that incorporates Australian cinematic imagery and imagery gathered whilst in Sydney. For his Open Studio @ Artspace on Friday 9 and Saturday 10 September, 11am - 5pm, Yongseok will preview this work in process alongside existing works.

From 18 September - 2 October Yongseok Oh will hold an exhibition, Square by Square, at The Atrium, Federation Square, Melbourne. View more information about this exhibition here.

Yongseok’s residency at Artspace is kindly supported by The Australia Council for the Arts. The Australia-Korea Foundation has generously supported the artist’s project at Federation Square.


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Posted by Tracy Burgess
7 September 2011


Open Studio @ Artspace - Phaptawan Suwannakudt

Phaptawan is currently undertaking a three month residency at Artspace in order to develop a new body of work to be presented in early 2012 for Edge of Elsewhere in conjunction with Campbelltown Arts Centre, Gallery 4A and the Sydney Festival. Edge of Elsewhere is a major three-year project (2010 – 2012) that brings together some of the most exciting contemporary artists from across Australia, Asia and the Pacific to develop new artworks in partnership with Sydney communities. Phaptawan will host an Open Studio @ Artspace on Friday 19 August, 12pm – 5pm, and Saturday 20 August,  11am – 5pm, where visitors may view the work in development and meet the artist.

For this project Phaptawan is collecting stories (through interviews, note taking, photos and sketches) along with used garments from individuals in various culturally diverse Sydney communities. She uses the collected materials to create a collage mural that invites conversations about notions of place, migration and one’s sense of home.

Gallery 4A continues to seek participants from various community groups around Sydney and appreciates the help of community organisations/representatives in spreading the word about this artist's project. Gallery 4A, will host morning tea on Friday 19 August at 10am. The morning tea event is a great opportunity to find out more about Phaptawan's project and how your community organisation can help realise this collective story of multicultural Sydney. Gallery 4A is located at 181-187 Hay Street, Haymarket 2000, Sydney. If you would like to join morning tea please call Simon Soon, Community Projects Officer, Gallery 4A on 9212 0380, or email communityprojects@4a.com.au

Edge of Elsewhere is produced for Sydney Festival by Campbelltown Arts Centre and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, and is supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, through Community Partnerships and the Visual Arts Board, and the NSW Government through Arts NSW.

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Posted by Tracy Burgess
16 August 2011
2011 Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship Finalists Announced

Participants in this year's exhibition are: Nathan Babet, Ella Barclay, David Capra, Michaela Gleave, Daniel Hollier, Anna Kristensen, Kate Mitchell, Tom Polo, Mark Shorter, Soda_Jerk, Justine Varga and Tessa Zettel & Karl Khoe.

The finalists' exhibition will take place 7-23 October 2011 with the recipient of the 2011 Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship announced at the exhibition opening at Artspace, 6pm Thursday 6 October 2011.

The Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship is presented by the New South Wales Government with the generous support of the Helen Lempriere Bequest, managed by Perpetual.

Posted by Tracy Burgess
3 August 2011





Open Studio @ Artspace – Connie Anthes

Visit Connie Anthes’ Open Studio @ Artspace Friday 29 and Saturday 30 July, 11am-5pm. The artist will also host an informal reception Friday 29 July 5-7pm. 

Connie Anthes combines painting, drawing and installation techniques to interrogate everyday systems that we inhabit, be they spatial, cultural or semantic. With a focus on material processes that test our perceptive limits, there is a sense of vertigo to the work that Connie produces. This open studio will highlight some of her experimental methods and approaches to developing new ideas and objects relating to themes of broken symmetry.


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Posted by Tracy Burgess
27 July 2011
Waverley Artist in Residence applications open til Wednesday 31 August 2011

Fancy a six month rent free studio in Bondi?  Waverley's Artists in Residency program is OPEN for applications.

The Waverley Council Artist-in-Residence Program is based at the Bondi-Waverley School of Arts Building on Bondi Road, Bondi. It provides three rent-free, non-residential unfurnished studios for six-month terms for artists to work in.

The aim of the Artist-in-Residence Program is to increase the community’s participation in the arts and to foster collaboration developing the creative industries. During the residency, artists are provided with professional development opportunities to work with Waverley Council community and cultural services.

More information and application form: www.waverley.nsw.gov.au/things_to_do/arts_and_culture/AIR_program


Posted by Tracy Burgess
27 July 2011


Open Studio @ Artspace - Janet Haslett

Join Janet Haslett's Open Studio @ Artspace Friday 22 and Saturday 23 July, 11am-5pm. The artist will also host an informal reception Friday 22 July 5-7pm. 

Janet Haslett uses drawing, painting and installations to explore the possibilities of taking landscape painting beyond the frames that traditionally confine it. She is interested in challenging perceptions of landscape, and in the possibilities of reconciliation between actual space and its representation. She’s been using her time at Artspace to make new drawings and to recycle studio materials in a conceptual and process driven exploration of the workings of Japanese dry and stroll gardens.




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Posted by Tracy Burgess
14 July 2011
Justene Williams Awarded Maddocks Art Prize

Artspace exhibitor Justene Williams has been awarded one of two 2011 Maddocks Art Prizes.

The Maddocks Prizes, which allow two emerging Australian artists to visit the Venice Biennale, were presented by Doug Hall AM, Australian Commissioner for the Venice Biennale, to Trevelyan Clay in Melbourne and by Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE, Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, to Justene Williams in Sydney. The prizes were for artist in residency programs at Gertrude Contemporary in Melbourne and Artspace in Sydney. The winners were selected by judges Doug Hall AM, Australian Commissioner Venice Biennale 2011; Simon Maidment; Ms Lisa Havilah, Chief Executive Officer at CarriageWorks; and Mark Henry, partner at Maddocks and the firm's lead sponsor of the Art Prize.

"The winners were selected based on a portfolio of work submitted from a selected field of candidates. Trevelyan and Justene are to be congratulated on winning the prize from an exceptional group of contenders," commented Mark Henry.

The Maddocks Art Prize is presented every two years at a reception in Melbourne and parallel event in Sydney. The prize consists of a return airfare to Venice, accommodation in an apartment provided by Maddocks for a week during the Biennale and $3,000 in cash. The total value of each prize is around $10, 000.

"Maddocks is committed to supporting contemporary art in Australia. We established the Art Prize in 2005 to provide winners with an opportunity to visit Venice. This was to augment Maddocks' corporate sponsorship in Australia's participation at the Venice Biennale," Mark Henry said. Past prize winners have been Mira Gojak (2005), Benjamin Armstrong (2007) and Richard Lewer (2009).

Posted by Blair French
4 July 2011


2012 Artspace Studio Residency Applications Close Friday 8 July

The Artspace Studio Residency Program provides  local, national and international contemporary visual  arts practitioners, curators, theorists and writers with subsidised studio facilities for the development of new ideas and work.  

Artspace operates four residential and six non-residential studios on-site in the Gunnery Building, Woolloomooloo. These residencies are generally offered for periods of between two and six months. Residency lengths are negotiable, but preference is given to longer-term residencies. Successful applicants are charged a subsidised studio rental. Artspace also operates an Open Studio space where resident artists may be offered the opportunity to publicly present work in progress.

Applications close Friday 8 July 2011

Application form and guidelines available now.


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Posted by Tracy Burgess
30 June 2011


Make More Monsters Art Making Workshops

Deborah Kelly cordially invites interested people to be part of art making workshops throughout her Make More Monsters exhibition at Artspace. Participants will learn technical collage skills and work together to make a large collective artwork. Sessions will also include readings, discussion and shared baked goods. Workshops will be held at Artspace in the gallery for four consecutive Sundays (24 & 31 July / 7 & 14 August)  2-4pm with a final session on Saturday 20 August 2-4pm. Workshop participants will be asked to attend as many sessions as possible with a minimum commitment of two sessions.

ALL WORKSHOPS ARE NOW BOOKED OUT!

To add your name to the waiting list:
Tracy Burgess 
Studio and Public Programs Coordinator
tracyb@artspace.org.au
02 9356 0503


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Posted by Tracy Burgess
24 June 2011
Open Studio @ Artspace - Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky

While in Sydney, Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky have been making photographic records of materials gathered during walks through various areas of the city. The experience of being a stranger in a strange land, deciphering a culture through details, is framed in a way that intersects the disciplines of still life, documentary photography and mapmaking.

Rhonda and Trevor will hold their Open Studio this Friday and Saturday 24-25 June 11am -5pm.

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Posted by Tracy Burgess
16 June 2011
Listen to select Artspace audio podcasts online

Select artist discussions and symposia podcasts are now available online! Listen to our most recent artist discussion as Damiano Bertoli, Meiro Koizumi and Justene Williams talk with Reuben Keehan about their current exhibitions at Artspace.To download the podcasts in itunes click here or to listen on our website click here.

Posted by Caraline Douglas
16 June 2011


Open Studio @ Artspace - Michaela Gleave

Please join Michaela Gleave in her studio, this Friday and Saturday 10 - 11 June 2011 from 11am -5pm, to view current experiments and recently completed works based on research undertaken in Berlin and Iceland in 2010.  These incldue the Milky Way represented in nail-polish glitter, the reworked remains of several thousand left-over sparklers, and a make-shift tennis umpire's chair-cum-performance platform.

Michaela invites you to a glimpse into her working process and the investigations underway for exhibions in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and South Korea later this year.



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Posted by Tracy Burgess
8 June 2011
Call for Applications: 2012 Artspace Studio Residencies

The Artspace Studio Residency Program provides  local, national and international contemporary visual  arts practitioners, curators, theorists and writers with subsidised studio facilities for the development of new ideas and work. 

Artspace operates four residential and six non-residential studios on-site in the Gunnery Building, Woolloomooloo. These residencies are generally offered for periods of between two and six months. Residency lengths are negotiable, but preference is given to longer-term residencies. Successful applicants are charged a subsidised studio rental. Artspace also operates an Open Studio space where resident artists may be offered the opportunity to publicly present work in progress.

Applications close Friday 8 July 2011

Application form and guidelines available now.

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Posted by Tracy Burgess
8 June 2011
Artspace welcomes Caraline Douglas to Communications and Publications Coordinator position

Artspace is delighted to announce the appointment of Caraline Douglas to the position of Communications and Publications Coordinator. Caraline joins Artspace from SCAPE Biennial of Art in Public Space in Christchurch, New Zealand where she has been working as both Publications Assistant and Marketing and Communications Coordinator. Caraline has an MA in Contemporary Art from University of Manchester and Sotheby’s Institute in London and prior to her time with SCAPE worked briefly at both Whitechapel Gallery and Cynthia Corbett Gallery in London. Caraline begins at Artspace on 7 June 2011.

Posted by Blair French
18 May 2011
Applications Close Monday 23 May: 2011 Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship

The Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship, valued at $60,000, supports a visual artist at the beginning of their career to undertake a program of professional development for a minimum of 1 year and a maximum of 2 years. The key focus of the program should be international.

To be eligible for the Scholarship, artists must be within the first eight years of their professional practice. Visual artists living in New South Wales and working in any medium may apply.

Applications to the Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship must be received by Artspace, 43-51 Cowper Wharf Road,
Woolloomooloo NSW 2011 by 5pm on Monday 23 May 2011.

Application form and guidelines are available from Arts NSW: www.arts.nsw.gov.au
Email: arts.funding@communities.nsw.gov.au
Telephone: 02 9228 5533, Freecall (NSW only) 1800 358 594, National Relay Service (NRS) 133 677

The Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship is presented by the New South Wales Government with the generous support of the Helen Lempriere Bequest, managed by Perpetual.

Posted by Tracy Burgess
17 May 2011


Open Studio @ Artspace - Matthew Tumbers

Matthew Tumbers will present, Remembering Rayon, a mixed-media installation of recent work and works in progress over two days Friday and Saturday 20-21 May 2011. The artist will also host an informal early evening reception from 5-7pm on Friday 20 May. 


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Posted by Tracy Burgess
17 May 2011
Critical Reading Discussion: Saturday 14 May

A discussion on temporality and the use of history in art based on a close reading of the texts ‘Comrades of Time’ by Boris Groys and ‘Living with Ghosts: From Appropriation to Invocation in Contemporary Art’ by Jan Verwoert.

Saturday 14 May, 2pm

All welcome. For further information contact melanieo@artspace.org.au.

Posted by Melanie Oliver
5 May 2011


Open Studio @ Artspace - Monika Behrens & Rochelle Haley

Monika Behrens & Rochelle Haley will have an OPEN STUDIO this Friday & Saturday 6 -7 May at Artspace. Come and see individual and collaborative works made in residence since December 2010 and research in progress towards a performance project in Germany later this year. The studio will be open between 11am and 8pm on Friday and 11am and 5pm on Saturday. Join the artists for drinks from 5pm on Friday evening!


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Posted by Tracy Burgess
4 May 2011
Artspace welcomes Mark Feary as new Curator

Artspace is delighted to announce the appointment of Mark Feary to the position of Curator, Artspace. Mark has held programming and curatorial positions at Westspace and the Centre for Contemporary Photography in Melbourne as well as working at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art and at the Australian Pavilion at the 2003 and 2005 Biennales of Venice. He has undertaken a Curatorial Internship at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in New York and participated in the 2009 Gwangju Biennale International Curator Course in Gwangju, South Korea. Mark has curated numerous exhibitions, published widely and taught in curatorial studies at RMIT University, Melbourne. Recent curatorial projects include South by Southeast: Australasian Video Art, Yebisu International Festival for Art and Alternative Visions, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Japan (2011); Event Horizon, Centre for Contemporary Photography (2010); Structural Decline, Melbourne Art Fair (2008); Rules of Engagement, Westspace (2007); and Relentless Optimism, The Carlton Hotel and Studios, Melbourne (2007). Mark begins with Artspace on 3 May 2011.

Posted by Blair French
27 April 2011
Free Film Screening this Saturday

In conjunction with the exhibition Talking Pictures, this Saturday 30 April at 2pm Artspace will be screening Blow-Up by Michelangelo Antonioni on 16mm. An engaging murder-mystery involving a mod-fashion photographer, this film classic from 1966 resonates with the work of Fitts & Holderness as it examines the existential nature of reality through photography.


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Posted by Melanie Oliver
27 April 2011
Artist Discussion 5pm, Wednesday 20 April

Talking Pictures Artist Discussion

Join Fitts & Holderness, Nicholas Mangan, Louise Menzies, Sean Rafferty for a pre-opening discussion on their projects, in conversation with curator Melanie Oliver.

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Posted by Melanie Oliver
20 April 2011
Call for Applications: 2011 Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship

The Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship, valued at $60,000, supports a visual artist at the beginning of their career to undertake a program of professional development for a minimum of 1 year and a maximum of 2 years. The key focus of the program should be international.

To be eligible for the Scholarship, artists must be within the first eight years of their professional practice. Visual artists living in New South Wales and working in any medium may apply.

Applications to the Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship must be received by Artspace, 43-51 Cowper Wharf Road,
Woolloomooloo NSW 2011 by 5pm on Monday 23 May 2011.

Application form and guidelines are available from Arts NSW: www.arts.nsw.gov.au
Email: arts.funding@communities.nsw.gov.au
Telephone: 02 9228 5533, Freecall (NSW only) 1800 358 594, National Relay Service (NRS) 133 677

The Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship is presented by the New South Wales Government with the generous support of the Helen Lempriere Bequest, managed by Perpetual.

Posted by Melanie Oliver
11 April 2011



Call for Applications: 2012 Artspace Studio Residency Program

Artspace is now accepting applications for its 2012 Studio Residency Program. 

Artspace Visual Arts Centre is a leading international residency-based contemporary art centre, housed in the historic Gunnery Building in Woolloomooloo fronting Sydney Harbour. Artspace operates four residential and seven non-residential studios on-site in the Gunnery Building, Woolloomooloo. The Residency Program provides local, national and international artists with the space and time to develop new ideas and work. Residencies in both residential and non-residenidential studios for periods of one, three or six months are offered under this program.

Applications for the 2012 Artspace Studio Residency Program must be received by Friday 8 July 2011.


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Posted by Tracy Burgess
30 March 2011


Brian Fuata SOLO Performances

For a month of Saturdays Brian Fuata of The Cosmic Battle for Your Heart will present a series of performances at Artspace. SOLO will include new works as well as re-enactments and activate both the gallery and studio spaces.

Saturday 19 March, 4pm
Saturday 26 March, 4pm
Saturday 2 April, 4pm
Saturday 9 April, 4pm (with Michael Moran)

Posted by Melanie Oliver
15 March 2011


The Cosmic Battle for Your Heart Reading Group

Jacques Ranciere's Emancipated Spectator: politics and pedagogy in contemporary art
2pm Saturday 26 March

'Emancipation starts from the opposite principle, the principle of equality. It begins when we dismiss the opposition between looking and acting and understanding that the distribution of the visual itself is part of the configuration of domination and subjection. It starts when we realise that looking is also an action that confirms or modifies that distribution, and that interpreting the world is already a means of transforming it, of reconfiguring it.'

An opportunity to re-read and debate Ranciere's ideas in relation to the current exhibition. Copies of the text available from Artspace or please email melanieo@artspace.org.au.

Posted by Melanie Oliver
15 March 2011


Call for Applications: NSW Visual Artist International Residency Opportunity at Darling Foundry, Montréal

Artspace is now accepting applications from professional visual artists resident in New South Wales and working in any medium. For a fully funded residency opportunity at the Darling Foundry, Montréal to take place October -December 2011.

Application form and guidelines available now, please use 'more info' link.


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Posted by Tracy Burgess
11 March 2011
Open Studio @ Artspace - Peter Alwast

This Friday and Saturday 4 - 5 March Peter Alwast will be holding an Open Studio @ Artspace. Peter will be sharing works in progress for his upcoming exhibition at Gallery 9 in October 2011.

 

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Posted by Tracy Burgess
3 March 2011
SCAPE Biennial

Due to the extraordinary circumstances of the recent earthquake in Christchurch, the 6th SCAPE Christchurch Biennial of Art in Public Space will not be going ahead as planned 4 March – 17 April. The Art and Industry Trust and SCAPE team, including Artspace Executive Director Blair French (convener of the SCAPE Curatorial Group) will meet to discuss the future of SCAPE once the city has settled and begun to heal and rebuild. Artspace extends its best wishes to colleagues, friends and the people of Christchurch.

Posted by Blair French
24 February 2011
Artspace farewells Communications Coordinator Jai McKenzie

Artspace farewells Communications Coordinator who is leaving to devote more time to her work as an artist and academic. Jai has been a key member of the Artspace team for over three years making a major contribution to the development of the public profile of the organization, most particularly through the development of this website and through other e-media strategies but also with regard to specific projects. We wish her well and good luck with her endeavours.


Posted by Blair French
17 February 2011
Open Studio @ Artspace - Michelle Park and final days of Ho Tzu Nyen's EARTH

This Friday and Saturday 18 - 19 February from 11am - 5pm you are invited to visit Open Studio @ Artspace with Michelle Park. Michelle will be presenting her work in progress 'Picked Patters', a video installation that examines repetition and patterns created in three-dimensional space in the process of making pickled foods. 

More information about Michelle Park.

This weekend is also the last chance to see Singaporean filmmaker Ho Tzu Nyen's Earth, presented is association with Sydney Festival 2011. This exhibition closes on Sunday 20 February.

More information about Ho Tzu Nyen's Earth.

Posted by Tracy Burgess
16 February 2011
Opportunity for Emerging Writers

Established in 2005 the Gertrude Contemporary and Art and Australia Emerging Writers Program provides a unique opportunity for emerging visual arts writers to contribute to the critical discussion of Australian contemporary art. This program offers four emerging writers the opportunity to develop their writing practice, publish their work and gain further insight into the field of contemporary art writing. In 2011 for the first time this program will run in Victoria and New South Wales with two candidates selected from each state. 

For further information about the program including this year’s mentors and how to apply please follow the link below or email Emily@gertrude.org.au

Application Deadline: Thursday 10 March, 5pm

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Posted by Blair French
15 February 2011
Two Positions Available CURATOR and COMMUNICATIONS & PUBLICATIONS COORDINATOR

Artspace Visual Arts Centre is inviting applications for the positions of Curator and Communications & Publications Coordinator.

The Artspace Curator will be deeply involved in developing and delivering artistic programs that address, sustain and reflect upon the diverse nature of contemporary art and culture in Australia within local, regional and international frameworks.  

The Communications & Publications Coordinator will be responsible for ensuring that Artspace consistently develops and implements dynamic and effective communications strategies, including the areas of e-media and print production, so as to best communicate Artspace activities to a wide range of audiences and to grow public awareness of Artspace as a leading centre for critical innovation in contemporary art locally, nationally and internationally.  



Posted by Jai McKenzie
9 February 2011
24HR Art International Residency Program - Beijing

The 24HR Art, Darwin, has launched an International Studio Residency Program with the establishment of a large studio at Huantei Art City, Chaoyang District, Beijing. Through a new partnership between 24HR Art and Asialink the program is open to all Australian contemporary visual artists, however there will be a focus on giving international professional development opportunities to artists from regional and remote areas.

Five two month residency periods will be offered each year, with two artists sharing the studio and accommodation facilities during each two month period. Artists are welcome to contact 24HR Art to submit an expression of interest in the program, however there is no open application process as all residencies will be awarded on an invitation basis only. 

More Information: www.24hrart.org.au/residencies.html

Posted by Tracy Burgess
8 February 2011
Open Studio @ Artspace – Makeshift

Moving sale – Art books, kitchenware, bookshelves-in-suitcases, equipment for indoor vegetable growing, robots, typewriters, original artworks (drawings etc.). In the closing days of their Artspace residency, Makeshift are divesting of worldly possessions in preparation for an imminent trip to Europe via Esperance (WA). Part garage sale, part installation, part library, for their open studio they will be piling and arranging and distributing to willing takers a variety of useful and useless objects. All welcome, edible and service or skill-based currency accepted.
 
Open Studio @ Artspace with Makeshift will be held Friday and Saturday 29-30 January 11am - 5pm.

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Posted by Tracy Burgess
25 January 2011
SuperDeluxe@Artspace Wins SMAC Award

SuperDeluxe@Artspace was awarded Best Arts Event for 2010 at the FBi 94.5 FM Sydney Music, Arts & Culture Awards night held on 20 January. SuperDeluxe@Artspace was hosted by Artspace as part of the 17th Biennale of Sydney, 12 May - 1 August 2010. The program included DJs, sound artists, dancers, music, films and the popular PechaKucha nights.

Posted by Blair French
21 January 2011
Artspace farewells Curator Reuben Keehan

Artspace farewells Curator Reuben Keehan who, after five years with the organisation, is leaving to take up the position of Curator, Contemporary Asian Art at Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane. Reuben has been a driving force within Artspace, contributing hugely to the development of our programs and standing both locally and abroad. Amongst his many achievements over the past five years are the exhibitions Publicity (2007), Diorama of the City (Tokyo Wonder Site, 2008) and its partner exhibition Between Site and Space (Artspace, 2009), Raquel Ormella: She Went That Way (2009) and solo artist projects by Vernon Ah Kee, Christian Capurro, Alicia Frankovich, David Griggs, Shane Haseman, Lily Hibberd, Laresa Kosloff, Hiroharu Mori, Ahmet Öğüt, Koji Ryui, Sam Smith, You Are Here and Wilkins Hill. Reuben was instrumental in the founding and editing of the Artspace periodical Column, and was the key figure behind the hugely successful and important Spaces of Art conference (2009) along with a range of finely considered symposia events. Most importantly Reuben was and will no doubt remain a highly active participant within local, national and international contemporary art communities, consistently engaged by and with artists, their ideas and their practices. Reuben’s association with Artspace will continue in the form of major projects in development for presentation in Sydney, Seoul and Zagreb over the coming twelve months, but his key curatorial focus will necessarily be driven by his new position and the wonderful opportunities it affords. We wish him well.

Posted by Blair French
19 January 2011