Penrith Regional Gallery, NSW
27 August - 27 November 2022
Artspace & M&G NSW are currently developing a national itinerary for the tour
Artspace's celebrated digital commissioning project 52 ACTIONS is launching as a nationwide exhibition tour that will travel across Australia over the next three years.
52 ACTIONS brings together 52 leading Australian artists from across the country to present the diversity, complexity and dynamism of contemporary Australian art now. This exhibition has evolved from Artspace’s online commissioning platform of the same name, which was a year-long project from May 2020 to June 2021 that presented new works by a different artist or collective each week on Artspace’s Instagram @52artists52actions and website. 52 ACTIONS centres around the social and cultural importance of art as action—something that can offer a greater understanding of one another and the nuances of our individual and collective circumstances.
The 52 ACTIONS tour will transform these works across physical and digital spaces through a nationally touring exhibition and public program series. Artspace will partner with numerous venues around the country to deliver adaptive, site-specific exhibitions that are responsive to each unique context, and collaborate with venues to develop targeted public programs relevant to local interests and demographics. The ideas presented by these 52 artists and collectives from across generations, geographies and cultural backgrounds touch on critical contemporary issues 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.
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 participating artists are:
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, Jian Guo, 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, Ozanam Learning Centre, Henri Papin (Meijers & Walsh), Jason Phu, Patricia Piccinini, Kenny Pittock, Yhonnie Scarce, Sancintya Mohini Simpson, Rolande Souliere, Stelarc, Shahmen Suku, Seini F Taumoepeau, James Tylor, Unbound Collective, Ivey Wawn, Kaylene Whiskey, Min Wong, Chris Yee, Gutiŋarra Yunupiŋu, Louise Zhang
52 ACTIONS was developed and curated by Artspace, Sydney. The exhibition is touring nationally with Artspace, Sydney, with support from Museums & Galleries of NSW. This project is proudly funded by the NSW Government through Create NSW. It has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Visions of Australia program and through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. It is also supported by the City of Sydney and by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund.