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Object is seeking a Curatorial & Exhibitions Intern

Object is looking for a Curatorial & Exhibitions Intern to work with the creative programs team on the nationally touring program CUSP: Designing for the Next Decade. Responsibilities will range widely but will be focused on supporting all aspects of the exhibition and events program, which includes a major exhibition presented in Sydney at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre in July 2013 that then tours nationally to six other venues until mid 2015.

For more information view the info sheet here.

Applications close Friday 23rd November 2012, with the internship ideally starting in December 2012. (Object office closed 21 December – 7 January)

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SafARI 2014 & 2016 — Calling Emerging Curators

For the last four years, our Creative Programs Producer Danielle Robson has been involved as co-curator of SafARI, the unofficial fringe event to the Biennale of Sydney (you can read about the 2012 instalment here.)

SafARI works in such a way that each co-curator only participates in two instalments — in her second stint, Danielle co-curated with Nina Stromqvist, who will carry on to the 2014 event. As such, SafARI are currently calling for an emerging curator to join Nina for 2014, and then impart the experience they gain in 2014 to a new curator in 2016.

Running since 2006, SafARI exhibits works by emerging and unrepresented Australian artists working in diverse media, timed to coincide with the opening weeks of the Biennale. In 2012, SafARI took over spaces in The Rocks and Kings Cross for three weeks of talks and exhibition.

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Donating Our PCs

At Object we recently underwent a computer upgrade that left us with some older PC’s that needed a new home.  We pride ourselves on being environmentally responsible and community friendly so we were looking into ways to donate them or recycle them.

Our friendly IT whizz Rob at Gizmo suggested a great idea!

Goodstart are a not-for-profit organization that helps provide high quality, affordable, community-connected early learning centers. Rod suggested that Goodstart might be keen to relieve us of our computers for use in their centres.

Perfect! We help another organization and as you all know, we are all about the kids at the moment! (See our recent Pozible campaign for Design Emergency if you want to see other ways we are helping the kids!)

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City of Sydney has joined Creative Spaces!

In their ongoing work to assist artists and the creative industries in finding space, the City of Sydney has signed up to Creative Spaces!

This unique portal is designed to help artists and creative enterprises find a suitable space to develop, exhibit or perform their work. The website is a free classifieds-style site matching property owners to spaces for hire, lease, to share or to occupy. The website began as a partnership between City of Melbourne, Arts Victoria and RMIT and has been hugely successful in Victoria, attracting over 130,000 visits during 2011.

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Jeff Mincham at Mornington Peninsula

Last Saturday afternoon Jeff Mincham: Ceramics opened at its final venue at the Mornington Peninsula Regional Art Gallery. A great crowd rolled up to listen to Dr Kevin Murray and Jeff talk about the Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft program – (Kevin was on the second selection panel when Jeff was chosen as our 2009 Living Treasure so there was a relevance to his opening of this final exhibition).

It has been an interesting exercise to see the diverse manifestations of this show in venues both large and small around the country. With the exhibition finishing its long national tour, I felt a certain melancholia walking around the exhibition space looking at the works for the last time. The popularity of the Living Treasures exhibition with audiences has mainly been due to the pictorial relationship between the artist, his works and his landscape experiences throughout South Australia.

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Object magazine issue 63 is now available

Ross is Object’s Digital Programs Producer. In addition to managing this here blog and website, he produces Object magazine in digital form and keeps the local Thai restaurant in business.

I took over producing Object magazine a couple of months after the first digital issue, issue 60, was released back in late-February 2011. Since that first issue, focused on International Ceramics, we have looked at Design Thinking/Design Action with issue 61 (the first issue to also appear in a browser-friendly web version, for those without iPads), and Studios with issue 62 earlier this year.

In collaboration with our fabulous friends at Canvas Group we have gradually been exploring ways to present our stories, articles and news with you, our readers, in exciting and engaging ways. Our Studios issue gave you tags attached to each article, allowing you to explore based on the themes you were interested in, or that related to that article, rather than necessarily following our pre-determined, editorial pathways.

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Pozible Cake Stall — 2nd Instalment

You may have read about Object’s internal fund raising toward our Design Emergency Pozible campaign — the now infamous cake stalls.  Well I can tell you that we are all a little bit rounder around our tummies after eating our way throguh another successful cake stall the other week. We have been able to increase the Pozible amount by another $150.  It might seem a small amount in the big scheme, but remember that every little bit counts towards us reaching our final target of $20,000.

So dear friends, for the sake of all our waists and the need for another cake stall to help reach the target, please remember to make your pledge before midday 5 November 2012. Head here to visit the Pozible campaign site and watch the video; here to find out more about Design Emergency; here to read a live blog of the recent Design Emergency celebration, and; here to read a live blog of the Design Emergency intensive workshop that took place as part of Vivid Creative Ideas in May this year.

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Goodbye Menagerie

Sandra is Object’s Touring Coordinator, and has spent the last three years installing and uninstalling Menagerie: Contemporary Indigenous Sculpture in various venues around Australia. She may or may not have shed a tear as she uninstalled it for the last time this week.

Here I am in Canberra at the National Museum of Australia, second day of the de-install of the Menagerie exhibition for the last time. It is sad saying goodbye to the works that I have got to know intimately over the past there years: Vicky West’s Tassie Devil always looked if it wanted to run away; the peacefully floating seven stingrays; the cheeky camp dog pups and their harassed mother. So many wonderful works that have been to every state in the country, and amazed and appealed to children and adults alike.

Menagerie will be returning home to the Australian Museum in Sydney, and after a short rest will be on show once more there. Goodbye Menagerie.

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Sidney Myer Fund — Australian Ceramic Award

Object-er Alexandra Standen returns home from installing a new series of work at Shepparton Art Museum as part of the 2012 Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award.  She shares what winning the award means to her. To read about her win earlier this year, head here.

I am a recent graduate from the National Art School in Sydney and it was here that I first fell in love with clay and its addictive quality. I spent four amazing years at art school learning from some of the most wonderful teachers and practicing artists. Therefore it would be hard for me to start this post without acknowledging the profound impact they had on my artistic career.

Stepping out of an art institution is a very scary prospect and like so many emerging artists I realized that in order to sustain my art practice I would need a studio space. I needed kiln access and bench space and my little house in Sydney’s Inner West just wasn’t going to cut it.

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National Contemporary Jewellery Award at Metalab

Last week I managed to get along to the National Contemporary Jewellery Award 2012 finalist exhibition at Metalab and it was fantastic! The converted industrial space that Metalab is housed in, just off Crown Street in Surry Hills at 10b Fitzroy Place, is a hidden gem itself. With its polished concrete interior it creates a cool and reverent atmosphere for what almost feels like a temple of worship to the beautiful and brilliant pieces exhibited.

The contemporary works by the 23 finalists in the awards (Nina Baker, Julie Blyfield, Claire Brooks, Bin Dixon-Ward, Joungmee Do, Sian Edwards, Emma Fielden, Yuko Fujita, Kath Inglis, Bridget Kennedy, Vicki Mason, Leslie Matthews, Christopher Earl Milbourne, Sarah Murphy, Nicole Polentas, Brenda Ridgewell, Kaoru Rogers, Emily Snadden, Andrew Welch, Alice Whish, Amy Zubick, Pennie Jagiello and Helena Bogucki) are diverse and truly push the boundaries with design and execution of jewellery production.

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