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Kaldor Public Art Projects

This summer, I have been incredibly fortunate to be involved in some great creative projects. I have just finished up working on Project 28 and 29 for Kaldor Public Art Projects and taken up a role with Object: Australian Design Centre.

The way in which art and design are exhibited in public spaces has always intrigued me. Working in public contemporary art exhibition has allowed me to start interesting conversations with the public about its relevance, definition and financing. Watching people digest concepts and articulate how much they love or loathe an artwork—whether verbally or through body language— provides fascinating insight into audience preferences.

For Project 28, Roman Ondák’s transitory occupation of Parramatta Town Hall challenged and engaged local audiences. The distinctiveness of Ondák’s exhibition comes from his ability to transform private rituals and behaviour into public spectacle and communal experience. Audiences strongly responded to the idea of participating in constructed situations that attempted to replicate things that are somewhat mundane. Maybe transforming a private ritual into the public realm gave the activity new meaning. 

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WOOD: art design architecture at JamFactory

Co-curators of WOOD: art design architecture, Elliat Rich and Brian Parkes, have created a little wooden forest of objects for us to float around and get lost in. The insightful duo have collected together the sublime works of 28 talented contemporary Australian artists, designers, and architects and created an engaging celebration of all things wood.

The exhibition of these works is a wonderful exploration of the historical, technological, and social significance of this ancient material.

Even though wood appears to be a simple, static material to work with, it is often not the case. Wood can crack, expand, and warp (I have experienced all three of these occurrences at once), and only the most skilled craftspeople can get the most out of this deceptively problematic substance.

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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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SafARI 2012

The Winter Solstice it may have been, but the shortest day of the year didn’t stop the opening of SafARI 2012 in Sydney’s The Rocks last night. The ‘unofficial fringe event to the Biennale of Sydney’ (which opens next week), SafARI 2012 focuses on highlighting Australia’s emerging, innovative and unrepresented artists, coming in a week ahead of the Biennale to platform these artists alongside their more established contemporaries.

Run by volunteers, the SafARI curatorial model matches their emerging artist mandate. Two emerging co-curators lead the charge for each incarnation (with 2012 being the fourth), with each co-curator participating for two years. However, the tenure ends on alternating SafARIs, meaning each co-curator gets a chance to cut their teeth alongside someone who has put in the yards on one event, before taking on that more senior, experienced role two years later, fostering another emerging curator. This year, Object’s Creative Programs Producer Danielle Robson participated in her second SafARI, alongside first-timer Nina Stromqvist.

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