As we expand and diversify our artistic program, there is enormous scope for Artspace to develop public programs that engage with contemporary issues and new audiences. Central to this strategy is leveraging our professional networks and creating linkages with the ideas and discourses that form the various touch-points across our artistic program.
There will be a focus on public talks, workshops, performance, film, open studios and book clubs. Recent examples of these successful public talks branded as ‘Artspace Conversations’ are Dr. Claire Bishop (art historian, theorist) on ‘Dance in the Museum’, Casey Legler (artist, female-to-male model and activist) with ‘Bodies on the Line’ and Max Schumann (Acting Executive Director, Printed Matter Inc) speaking about the ‘Art Historical Context for Artist’s Books’, which attracted a combined audience of more than 600 people.
Shelley Lasica presents a series of solo performances that describe ideas of working as an ensemble, imagining theoretical protagonists, proposed spaces and a specious unity.
The second chapter in our investigation into the Biennale’s Archive brings together four witnesses and protagonists to tell stories spanning 1979 to 2014. Approaching its 21st edition and 45th year, the Biennale considers its role over time, both in Sydney and the region. What can we learn from its achievements and controversies? What is its relevance today?