Working with all 52 participating artists and collectives from the original project, Artspace is partnering with over a dozen venues nationally to present a dynamic and site-responsive exhibition tour, co-curated by Artspace with each venue and supported by Museums & Galleries of NSW.
The 52 ACTIONS national tour showcases the breadth and diversity of leading artists from all states and territories, connecting them to audiences through the social and cultural importance of art as action.
52 ACTIONS Touring 2022 - 2025
Jervis Bay Maritime Museum
22 June – 2 October 2023
Thursday 29 June, 4pm
Artspace’s acclaimed 52 ACTIONS presents the launch of its national tour, featuring works from 52 Australian artists and collectives across generations, geographies and cultural backgrounds. Working in a wide variety of mediums, together they highlight the diversity, complexity and dynamism of contemporary Australian art.
As the title suggests, 52 ACTIONS is grounded in art as action. The artists explore and reflect on what art is, what it can do within the gallery and far beyond: art as a political motivator, a cultural transmitter, a means for understanding, a tool for shifting perspectives, holding memory, bridging divides and inciting change. These ideas are intimately connected with the role of the artist, from facilitator to provocateur, creator to witness.
Guided by the local, the artists’ actions speak to critical global concerns including systemic discrimination, climate change, forced migration and colonial legacies. Notions of freedom are ever present, as is the sacred knowledge of First Peoples, the importance of family and community, and speculations about our shared future.
The exhibition has evolved from Artspace’s online commissioning platform of the same name, which from 2020 to 2021 presented new works each week by the 52 participants on Artspace’s website and standalone Instagram @52artists52actions. In close collaboration with Artspace, Penrith Regional Gallery brings together a selection of these works and others in an adaptive, site-specific exhibition that is responsive to our unique context.
With participating artists: Eddie Abd, Abdul Abdullah, Adrift Lab, Brook Andrew, Aphids, Archie Barry, Nathan Beard, Naomi Blacklock, Diego Bonetto, Pat Brassington, Johnathon World Peace Bush, Chun Yin Rainbow Chan, Erin Coates, Lill Colgan & Sab D’Souza, Michael Cook, Nici Cumpston, Léuli Eshrāghi, Ruha Fifita, Guo Jian, Rochelle Haley, Tyza Hart, Larissa Hjorth, Naomi Hobson, Jannawi Dance Clan, Karrabing Film Collective, Gillian Kayrooz, Loren Kronemyer, Adam Linder, Dani Marti, Pilar Mata Dupont, Hayley Millar Baker, TV Moore, Raquel Ormella, OLC Art Collective, Henri Papin (Meijers & Walsh), Jason Phu, Patricia Piccinini, Kenny Pittock, Yhonnie Scarce, Sancintya Mohini Simpson, Rolande Souliere, Stelarc, Shahmen Suku, Sēini F Taumoepeau, James Tylor, Unbound Collective, Ivey Wawn, Kaylene Whiskey, Min Wong, Chris Yee, Gutiŋarra Yunupiŋu, Louise Zhang
52 ACTIONS: Made in Penrith
As part of Penrith Regional Gallery’s presentation of 52 ACTIONS, participating artists Eddie Abd, Brook Andrew, Diego Bonetto, Chun Yin Rainbow Chan and James Tylor have been invited to revisit their projects and present newly commissioned works. 52 ACTIONS: Made in Penrith, sees these artists engaging with and responding to cues from the local community context as well as the Gallery’s collection.
Read more on the participants here
From the Collection: Brook Andrew
Brook Andrew will present works in Ancher House from his Hope and Peace series against the backdrop of one of the artist's iconic wall-paintings. Chun Yin Rainbow Chan has been invited to establish a temporary studio in Lewers House and produce an audio description of the heritage garden. Eddie Abd will undertake a series of workshops at Nepean Creative and Performing Arts High School, while Diego Bonetto will conduct a series of wild edible foraging workshops in the Gallery's historic gardens. In collaboration with Café at Lewers, James Tylor's recipes will be featured on the opening day alongside text, photography and collectable recipes profiling native edible plants that are found across both the Gadigal Basin and Kaurna Country.
More information here
52 ACTIONS is curated by Artspace, Sydney. The exhibition is touring nationally with Artspace, Sydney, with support from Museums & Galleries of NSW. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia program and is proudly funded by the NSW Government through Create NSW; the City of Sydney; and the Copyright Agency.