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Fiona Foley – National Art School Fellowship
The National Art School Fellowship acknowledges the achievements of eminent visual artists, arts administrators, writers, advocates and academics who have made outstanding contributions to the visual arts community in Australia. This year’s recipients – Fiona Foley, Peter Powditch AM, and Tim Storrier AM – were honoured at a celebratory dinner on Thursday 18 May 2017, held at the National Art School (NAS) in the gallery space that was once the studio of celebrated Australian sculptor and NAS teacher, Rayner Hoff.
Artist, writer and curator Fiona Foley is a Badtjala woman from Hervey Bay and Fraser Island in southeast Queensland. She completed a Certificate in Arts at the National Art School in 1983. Her practice comprises of a range of media, including digital video, photography, sculpture, painting and installation. A co-founder of the Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative in 1987, her work examines and dismantles historical and cultural stereotypes, and explores a broad range of themes that relate to politics, culture, ownership, language and identity. Her works have revealed little known and un-acknowledged atrocities or underlying racist attitudes throughout Australia’s recent histories regarding Aboriginal and Chinese and have brought to public consciousness the systemic violence of a colonial past toward Aboriginal nations, particularly in Queensland.
Between 19 May and 10 June 2017 Karla Dickens will feature prominently in an exhibition at Margaret Lawrence Gallery in Southbank, Melbourne. Restless comprises recent works by Karla Dickens, Megan Evans, Nick Devlin and Jordan Marani presented as a counterpoint to a suite of 'welt' paintings by Gordon Bennett from the early 1990s. At the time, Bennett's work confronted audiences with an unprecedented questioning of the ways in which Australian history is constructed and presented. In 2017, these same paintings sensitively articulate both personal and shared experiences, and shine a light on the processes of revealing and concealing the past. More than unpacking the complexities of history, Bennett's often chilling imagery can be understood as a declaration of new possibilities, responsibilities and sensitivities for Australian artists and curators.
Three of Sydney’s premiere cultural institutions – the Art Gallery of NSW, Carriageworks and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia – have established a major new partnership to present a single curated exhibition across the three venues.
Over three editions in 2017, 2019 and 2021, The National will profile a mix of emerging, mid-career and established artists from around the country and practising overseas. New and recently commissioned works encompass a diverse range of mediums, including painting, video, sculpture, installation, drawing and performance.
In inaugural edition of this significant event Karla Dickens is showing two installations, Bound and Fight club, at Carriageworks and Taloi Havini's video installation Habitat features in a gallery of its own at Art Gallery of New South Wales.
Between 30 November 2016 and 15 January 2017, Lincoln Austin will feature in a solo exhibition at Caloundra Regional Gallery.
After Reflecting on the Matter brings together recent works by the artist, including reiterations of works made during the artist’s 2015 residency at the British School in Rome.
On 19 June Karla Dickens featured in an episode of SBS/NITV's Colour Theory (Season 3, Episode 2).
For Wiradjuri artist Karla Dickens, art is a source of healing and redemption. From her sanctuary in the hinterlands of northern NSW, Karla discovers treasure in the trash of a modern world.
View this episode at SBS ON DEMAND
From late-May until mid-June 2016, Karla Dickens will be one of six Indigenous artists whose artworks will be projected onto the sails of Sydney Opera House. As a part of Sydney's Vivid Live Festival, Lighting The Sails: Songlines will run from 6pm until 11pm every night between 27 May and 18 June 2016.
Artists included in this large-scale exhibition are: Karla Dickens (Wiradjuri), Djon Mundine OAM (Bandjalung), Gabriella Possum (Nungurrayi), Reko Rennie (Kamilaroi/Gamilaraay/Gummaroi), Donny Woolagoodja (Worora)and the late Gulumbu Yunupingu (1954-2012, Gumatj).
Running from 19 February until 22 May 2016 is Kenji Uranishi's exhibition Momentary at Museum of Brisbane.
The sixty-odd porcelain sculptures in this exhibition evoke a monumental and atmospheric urban landscape. Kenji expands:
"The exhibition was inspired by things I saw riding my bike through the city to the lookout at Mt Coot-tha, and the Seto [Inland] Sea (in Japan) where cities meet the ocean’s edge.
For me the connection between the built and natural world is an important one – I am captivated by the patterns and forms found in both worlds and finding that beautiful space or moment where these worlds collide."
See more here.
Above: Fiona Foley, Black Velvet II 1996, Nine cotton dillybags with cotton appliqué, 72 x 23 cm (each)
Between 21 October 2015 and 5 September 2016, Fiona Foley and Michael Cook feature in an exhibition at Musées de la Civilisation in Québec, Canada. This large and significant exhibition was produced by Musée de la civilisation in collaboration with the University of Virginia's Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection; it was assembled by guest curator Professor Françoise Dussart from the University of Connecticut.
Above: Karla Dickens, Little scrubber 2015, Mixed media, 44 x 38 x 38 cm
Between 2 October and 29 November 2015, Karla Dickens will participate in the inaugural exhibition at the new Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA). Entitled Wiradjuri Ngurambanggu, the exhibition features four other leading Wiradjuri artists: Brook Andrew, Lorraine Connelly-Northey, Nicole Foreshew and Jonathan Jones.
Karla's contribution to the exhibition, entitled Ancestral Twine, comprises three significant installations, click here or on the image above to view the works.
In the foreword of the exhibition cataloge, MAMA Director Jacqui Hemsley explains the rationale for the exhibition:
"The Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA) is located on land that is claimed by the Wiradjuri people; as such, it is of great importance not only that MAMA acknowledges the traditional owners of the land but that we celebrate their contemporary art practitioners."She expands:
"Launching MAMA with Wiradjuri Ngurambanggu cements our commitment to developing and including the work of Aboriginal artists in our ongoing acquisition program, exhibitions, public art commissions, and education and professional development programs. We are constantly looking for opportunities to initiate and engage in projects that celebrate Aboriginal culture."Exhibition: Wiradjuri Ngurambanggu
Dates: 2 October – 29 November 2015
Venue: Murray Art Museum Albury, 546 Dean Street, Albury NSW
For more information, click here
From 1 October until 29 December 2015, Lincoln Austin will undertake a residency at the prestigious British School at Rome, Italy. BSR is one of the most interesting research academies in Italy and for more than a century has provided leading Commonwealth artists and researchers with opportunities to study and work in Rome.
Awarded by the Australia Council for the Arts, the residency will allow Lincoln to engage in a detailed study of 'Cosmati' mosaic floors and produce a number of artworks in response.
Fiona Foley, Karla Dickens and Michael Cook
Courting Blakness: Recalibrating Knowledge in the Sandstone University is a beautiful and unique record of a bold and unprecedented art exhibition in The University of Queensland’s Great Court curated by internationally acclaimed artist, Fiona Foley, in September 2014. For three weeks, Karla Dickens, Archie Moore, Ryan Presley, Natalie Harkin, Megan Cope, r e a, Michael Cook and Christian Thompson reclaimed this historically white space, creating a visual dialogue between contemporary Aboriginal art and colonial-inspired architecture and sparking new conversations about issues that matter to Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
Featuring a foreword by Larissa Behrendt and photography by Carl Warner, the book contains essays by artists, academics and curators including: Fiona Nicoll, Sally Babidge, Jo Besley and Heather Douglas, Morgan Brigg, Fiona Foley and Louise Martin-Chew, Louise Chiodo, Bronwyn Fredericks, Kelly Greenop, Natalie Harkin, Archie Moore, Romaine Moreton, Djon Mundine, Kevin O’Brien, Maurice O’Riordan, Ryan Presley, Katrina Schlunke, Elizabeth Strakosch and Alice Te Punga Somerville.
To be launched by barrister Andrew Boe with opening remarks by Fiona Nicoll:
Saturday 3 October 2015, 2.00 PM
RSVP essential by Thursday 1 October
07 3842 9900 or email@example.com
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From mid-August 2015 Lincoln Austin and Katarina Vesterberg join nineteen other artists in an exciting exhibition at The University of Queensland Art Museum curated by Samantha Littley.
This exhibition considers the work of contemporary artists who employ light and related technologies, and examines their practice in relation to artistic precedents. Historically, artists invoked light’s symbolic power and, from the late-19th century, explored its fleeting optical effects. In the 1920s and 1930s László Moholy-Nagy and his contemporaries equated electric light with Modernist ideals while, in the 1960s and 1970s, Minimalist and Conceptual artists, including Dan Flavin and Bruce Nauman, experimented with fluorescence. Light play, which coincides with the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies, features artworks by artists who use light as a medium in its own right, to create their work or its effects, or to explore socio-political concerns.
Exhibition: Light Play: Ideas, Optics, Atmosphere
Starting in mid-August 2015 Michael Cook is a participant in Discerning Judgment, an exhibition at the Queensland Supreme Court Library that explores the synergies between art and the law.
Brisbane-based CREATIVEMOVE has partnered with the Library in this exciting new initiative that seeks to connect artists and legal practitioners in a creative way. This first exhibition, curated by John Stafford and Jodie Cox, starts a conversation about how artists and legal practitioners may explore areas of the law together resulting in artworks to be presented in the Library spaces.
Exhibition: Discerning Judgment
From July until October 2015 Karla Dickens is on show as a finalist in the Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards 2015.
The Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards, one of the richest
Indigenous arts prizes in the country, is a national award founded in 2008
to celebrate the scope, diversity and excellence of art from all corners
of Indigenous Australia. The awards acknowledge the significant and ongoing
contribution Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists make to Australian
art, culture and society.
Exhibition: Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards 2015