George Egerton-Warburton in ‘Love in Bright Landscapes’ at PICA

George Egerton-Warburton’s Raw Factory / Drugs / Echo no no no me, 2017– 21, mixed-media installation is included in Love in Bright Landscapes, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, curated by Annika Kristensen.

Raw Factory / Drugs / Echo no no no me is a mixed-media installation engaging sight, smell and sound. A reprisal of an earlier work, Paddock Addiction (2017), previously shown at Los Angeles gallery Château Shatto, the work centres around a handmade fountain joyously spurting forth pink foam. Despite its alluring bright colour, the substance signifies the highly toxic agricultural crop marker used to demarcate an area where pesticide has been sprayed. A reference to the agricultural histories of both the cities of Perth and Los Angeles, the fountain is also suggestive of the chemical dopamine, issuing ‘hits’ to the brain.

Aleks Danko at Buxton Contemporary

Aleks Danko is included in This is a poem at Buxton Contemporary. Bringing contemporary art and poetry into dialogue, This is a poem is a multi-disciplinary project encompassing new commissions in a diverse mix of media and forms, live performances, a publication and an exhibition. Curated by Melissa Keys, The project draws notable artists and poets into creative discourse. Each participant has been invited to write, perform, read or present in visual form an original work of poetry in response to an artwork held in the University’s Buxton Contemporary collection.

Kate Beynon announced as 2021 Collingwood Yards Resident

Bank of Melbourne and Collingwood Yards have today announced the recipient of the second Bank of Melbourne Collingwood Residency, a program created in partnership between the two organisations. A $30,000 package of support for a start-up creative enterprise consisting of a large studio space in the refurbished Johnston Street building, a $10,000 Bank of Melbourne bank account and professional development opportunities has been awarded to artist and educator, Kate Beynon.

Sophie Travers, Director of Collingwood Yards said “Kate is an artist with so much to offer the Collingwood Yards community. We are delighted to welcome her and support her beautiful work and connections to our creative tenants and Collingwood neighbours.”

Sara Hughes at Whirinaki Whare Taonga

Sara Hughes new interactive installation is on show at Whirinaki Whare Taonga New Zealand from 17 April – 27 June 2021. Hughes has created an interactive installation, based on the idea of the building block: it’s an artwork you can build with. Especially popular with families, visitors can build their own cityscape using hundreds of wooden blocks which are modelled on the local architecture and landscape. Focused on experimenting with colour, composition, shape and pattern this is a site specific work celebrating the city of Upper Hutt.

Jane Trengove awarded Australia Council for the Arts Grant

Jane Trengove and Katie Ryan have been awarded an Australia Council for the Arts: Arts and Disability Mentoring Initiative grant of $30,000 for a peer-to-peer collaborative project to develop inclusive practice models in artist-run spaces

Nusra Latif Qureshi at Bendigo Art Gallery

Nusra Latif Qureshi is included in SOUL fury at Bendigo Art Gallery. Bringing together the work of leading Australian and international contemporary artists working across sculpture, photography, painting, installation, video and textiles, the exhibition reflects on the essential nature of female agency in the current social and political climate. 

Jackson Slattery at Museum of Contemporary Art, Montreal

Jackson Slattery’s major painting Siamese Dream is currently on view at Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal, as part of Des horizons d’attente. This exhibition highlights the practices of twenty-one artists whose works, recently acquired by the Musée, are being shown here for the first time. They speak of political, feminist, social, aesthetic, material, conceptual, spiritual, ecological, poetic, linguistic and identity-related concerns specific to our time.

Nicholas Mangan at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art

Nicholas Mangan’s new work Core-coralations, 2021, will be on view at ACCA from 26 June – 5 September, 2021. A Biography of Daphne is a curatorial project that revisits the Classical myth of Daphne as the starting point for an investigation of trauma and metamorphosis, symbiosis and entanglement in contemporary art. Daphne, the nymph who turned into a tree to evade the assault of the god Apollo, is a figure in, and of, crisis, but also a symbol of resistance and transformation.

George Egerton-Warburton in TarraWarra Biennial 2021: Slow Moving Waters

George Egerton-Warburton’s new installation, Some words/concepts/moods (kitchen sink drama), 2021, is currently on view as part of the TarraWarra Biennial 2021: Slow Moving Waters. Sequestered within the museum’s storage cavity, the work explores the radical attraction of the withdrawal of one’s labour and its awkwardness for the productivity and efficiency mandated by capitalist ideology. The exhibition continues until Sunday 11 July.

Lindy Lee MCA national touring exhibition continues

The latest iteration of Lindy Lee: Moon in a Dew Drop is on view at Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo, until 1 August 2021. For a full list of tour dates, see the link below.

David Rosetzky commissioned to make major work for Castlemaine Art Museum

With support from the Federal Government’s RISE Fund, Castlemaine Art Museum have commissioned David Rosetzky to create a major new work to be exhibited in early 2023.

Gordon Bennett: Selected Writings wins MAPDA Best Book for 2021

Gordon Bennett: Selected Writings was named Museums Australia Publication Design Awards (MAPDA) Best Book for 2021 at the annual Australian Museums and Galleries Association (AMaGA) national conference in Canberra this week. Selected Writings was edited by Angela Goddard and Tim Riley Walsh, and co-published by Power Publications, Sydney, and Griffith University Art Museum, Brisbane.

Helen Johnson and Gordon Bennett at Tate Modern

Works by Gordon Bennett and Helen Johnson are currently on view at Tate Modern as part of A Year in Art: Australia in 1992, a new exhibition exploring the debate over Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land rights before and after the High Court’s landmark 1992 Mabo decision.

Catherine Bell finalist in STILL: National Still Life Award 2021.

Catherine Bell is a finalist in STILL: National Still Life Award 2021 with her series, ‘Daphne’s Fountain 1-3’. An exhibition of finalists work will be on view at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery from 14 August – 23 October 2021.

Karen Black named as finalist in 2021 Archibald Prize

Karen Black has been announced as a finalist in the 2021 Archibald Prize. Black’s entry is a timely portrait of renowned epidemiologist and professor of global biosecurity at the UNSW’s Kirby Institute, Professor Chandini Raina Macintyre. Professor Macintyre emigrated to Australia with her Sri Lankan Tamil family when she was nine, and is now recognised as a world expert in emerging infectious diseases. Black’s forthcoming solo exhibition at Sutton Gallery, ‘Arepo’, opens in July.

Kate Beynon named as finalist in 2021 Archibald Prize

Kate Beynon has been announced as a finalist in the 2021 Archibald Prize. ‘Collaborative Spirits’ is a striking self portrait of the artist, alongside her 22-year-old son Rali, an emerging artist and animator, and their beloved rescue dog, Tudo. The sitters wear futuristic/talismanic outfits that were adapted from a series of collaborative mask paintings made by Kate and Rali that draw on their mixed cultural backgrounds including Cantonese–Malaysian, Welsh/Celtic and Nordic, with Afro-Caribbean and Native American Pima ancestries from Kate’s husband and Rali’s father, Mike. These paintings will form the basis of a two-person exhibition at the gallery in late 2021.

Elizabeth Gower at Mornington Peninsula Regional Art Gallery

Elizabeth Gower is included in A world of one’s own, a podcast series and exhibition at Mornington Peninsula Regional Art Gallery. With a nod to Virginia Woolf’s iconic 1929 essay A Room of One’s Own, artist Tai Snaith has conducted a series of podcast conversations with female-identifying artists whom she admires. In this third series Snaith presents relaxed, colloquial exchanges with artists selected from the MPRG works on paper collection.

Rosslynd Piggott, Helga Groves and Brett Colquhoun finalists in Geelong Contemporary Art Prize

Rosslynd Piggott, Helga Groves and Brett Colquhoun have been named as finalists in the 2021 Geelong Contemporary Art Prize. An exhibition of finalists work will be on view at Geelong Gallery from Saturday 29 May to Sunday 22 August 2021.

Raafat Ishak and Helga Groves at Counihan Gallery

Raafat Ishak and Helga Groves are included in The Space We Live, the Air We Breathe at Counihan Gallery, Moreland City Council. The exhibition brings together seven local artists in a poetic rendering of the creative life of Moreland. Importantly, the artists in this show are social commentators, forever casting an eye on their social and political surrounds. The artworks included build an interesting dialogue, emphasising Moreland as a hotbed of creative and socio-political discourse.

Laresa Kosloff and Nicholas Mangan at Buxton Contemporary

New work by Nicholas Mangan and Laresa Kosloff is on view at Buxton Contemporary as part of This brittle light until 20 June. Curated by Melissa Keys, the exhibition comprises a series of works made during the past 12 months of pandemic disruption under the title ‘Light source commissions’.

Nusra Latif Qureshi at Warrnambool Art Gallery

Nusra Latif Qureshi’s solo exhibition, Promises of a Parallel Cosmos, will be on view at Warrnambool Art Gallery from Saturday 24 April to Sunday 24 June, 2021. The exhibition presents key artworks from the artist’s oeuvre spanning 2011-2019, alongside a new commission developed in response to WAG’s collection of Colonial holdings. Reflecting upon established narratives within art historical depictions of people and society, Qureshi openly critiques their accuracy and uncovers unknown histories. In Promises of a Parallel Cosmos Qureshi eloquently acknowledges the complexity of colonial stories, and encourages a new dialogue for understanding these in the present day. 

Major works by Vivienne Binns, Nicholas Mangan acquired by Tate/MCA

We are thrilled to announce that major works by Vivienne Binns and Nicholas Mangan have been jointly acquired by Tate, London, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney. The acquisitions were made possible through a corporate gift from the Qantas Foundation that has enabled both museums to expand their collections each year, bringing the work of Australian artists to new global audiences. Binns and Mangan join a group of esteemed Australian artists–among them Gordon Bennett and Helen Johnson–whose work has been acquired as part of this ambitious program.

Arlo Mountford at Walkway Gallery

Arlo Mountford’s mid-career survey exhibition, Deep Revolt, is currently on view at Walkway Gallery in Bordertown, South Australia. Developed by Goulburn Regional Art Gallery and with support from Museums and Galleries NSW, the exhibition has been touring nationally since 2018. Deep Revolt continues until Sunday 5 February, 2021.

Nicholas Mangan receives Australia Council Fellowship

Nicholas Mangan has been named as an Australia Council Fellow for Visual Arts. Worth $80,000, the Fellowship will allow Mangan to develop his current artistic research in to a major body of work.