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Art Almanac April 2017

Art Almanac is a monthly briefing on national art news, reviews and exhibitions. Since 1974, Art Almanac has proudly published the most comprehensive gallery exhibition listings in the country. The magazine features extended exhibition reviews and a national roundup of current shows as well as a dynamic and comprehensive online offering.

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harmony art collective

Three-hundred creative young people, both migrants and First Australians, joined forces with four top street artists to explore and celebrate the nuances of identity and personal journeys through art. In the lead up to the show eight workshops were held in Adelaide, Garma, Hobart, Wollongong, Bankstown and other regional locations where the participants, from 15-24 years of age, created new works while being mentored by Brad Eastman (aka Beastman), Kaff-eine, Regan Tamanui (aka Haha) and Ben Frost. The project was inspired by the value of positive discussion around how young people feel about where they’ve come from, where they’re going and belonging. The exhibition is supported by SBS, the Department of Social Services and aMBUSH Gallery and celebrates the ethos of Harmony Day. Showing at the Darling Quarter Theatre Foyer,…

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honolulu biennial, hawaii

This new, multi-site, contemporary visual arts festival will activate various locations within the city of Honolulu until 8 May. Entitled, ‘Middle of Now’ the focus is to highlight the creative practices in our Pacific neighborhood. Curatorial Director Fumio Nanjo and Curator Ngahiraka Mason have invited Vernon Ah Kee, Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan and Ken + Julia Yonetani from Australia as well as a strong contingent of New Zealand artists including Brett Graham, Yuki Kihara, Fiona Pardington, Lisa Reihana, Greg Semu and John Vea to participate. honolulubiennial.org © Yonetani, Ken & Julia Courtesy the artists and Mizuma Art Gallery, Singapore…

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cementa17 contemporary arts festival

Kandos is a small town located on the side of Coombermelon Mountain between Lithgow and Mudgee in Central West NSW and is host to ‘Cementa17’ a celebration of contemporary art in Australia from 6 to 9 April. The township, indoors and out, is the ideal setting for local and urban artists to create and present works that focus on community, local history and environment. Running across four days and nights this free festival will showcase performance, sound, cabaret, interactive and electronic arts, video, installation, photography, painting and ceramics by a collective of over 60 Indigenous and non-indigenous emerging and established artists. Works will be on show in shopfronts and cafes, the local museum and nursery, and events will pop up in parks, garages, cars, backyards, the tennis courts, the golf club, community…

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marking the infinite

The work of nine contemporary Indigenous-Australian artists is on a journey across North America with a selection of artworks from the collection of Miami-based collectors and philanthropists Debra and Dennis Scholl, including some new large-scale works specially commissioned by the Scholl family for this tour. Now exhibiting at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU, at Florida International University until 7 May. Over the next two-years the work by artists Nonggirrnga Marawili, Wintjiya Napaltjarri, Yukultji Napangati, Angelina Pwerle, Carlene West, Regina Pilawuk Wilson, Lena Yarinkura, Gulumbu Yunupingu and Nyapanyapa Yunupingu will travel to Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in Arizona, the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC and the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. frost.fiu.edu Photograph: Courtesy the artist…

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you are here

You Are Here (YAH) Festival brings our focus to the present moment in a celebration of the art and culture Canberra has to offer. The city’s CBD and surrounds will host dance, poetry, music, theatre and visual art events in iconic venues and unexpected spaces – such as ‘Electric Avenues’ in Haig Park, ‘Future Ride’, an apocalyptic, future tech bike ride around Lake Burley Griffin, culminating in a dance party at Commonwealth Park amphitheater and intimate storytelling in the suburban homes of the Inner-North for ‘House-bound’. The YAH Festival is on from 5 to 9 April. youareherecanberra.com.au Courtesy the artists and You Are Here Festival, Australian Capital Territory Ashley Bye and Patrick Meessman, Deciduous Waltz…

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sharjah biennial

Taloi Havini has been commissioned to create a new iteration of her installation Beroana (shell money) (2015) by the Sharjah Art Foundation for their Biennial ‘Tamawuj’ on view until 12 June. Havini’s work resembles a vortex. The shape can be viewed as a comment on the extraction of natural resources for a cash economy connected to Bougainville’s recent mining history (1969–1989) and wider systemic exploitation that continues around the world today. As Havini explained, the “water, crops, earth and food have always have been relevant and the main source of survival for Indigenous peoples and agricultural societies all over the world. All the way from Oceania it is an artwork that is kind of saying, ‘we speak these same urgencies too. Let me share our story!’” sharjahart.org…