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Art Almanac April 2018

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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in this issue

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21st biennale of sydney

The latest iteration of the Biennale of Sydney presents the work of 70 artists and artist collectives from Africa, Asia, Australia, North America, South America and Europe at seven venues across the city: the Art Gallery of NSW (AGNSW), Artspace, Carriageworks, Cockatoo Island, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA), Sydney Opera House and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art until 11 June 2018. The works form personal responses to the curatorial theme ‘SUPERPOSITION: Equilibrium & Engagement’, which focuses on multi-layered perspectives of the world and its histories that simultaneously interact and create balance. Among the highlights are Ai Weiwei’s Crystal Ball (2017) at Artspace, examining the complex future of our world in the face of the current global humanitarian crisis; Marco Fusinato’s Constellations (2015/2018) at Carriageworks inviting visitors to hit a…

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fecund: fertile worlds

Katherine-based curator Clare Armitage presents ‘Fecund: Fertile Worlds’, the first exhibition from the SPARK NT Emerging Curator Program initiated by Artback NT. Drawing on the connotations of fecundity, Armitage has selected works that are connected by notions of fertility in the natural world. This exhibition brings together artists from the Northern Territory and Australia, presenting a collective response to life, death and renewal. Talitha Kennedy’s anthropomorphic leather mangroves conflate the human, animal and plant, while Nikala Bourke’s macroscopic photographs evince the otherworldliness of nature. Djirrajirra Wunungmurra’s Yukuwa yam paintings juxtapose the erotic works of Pony Express as sounds from Claire Bridge’s film permeate the space. Showing at Northern Centre for Contemporary Art until 14 April and touring the Northern Territory until March 2019. netsaustralia.org.au artbacknt.com.au photography on cotton with embroidered detail, 72 x…

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2018 creative exchanges

Asialink Arts has announced a suite of creative exchange projects for 2018 through its Global Project Space (GPS) initiative. Chosen from an open call, 27 Australian artists and arts professionals have been awarded opportunities in Asia while five Asian-based artists will head to Australia. Each recipient has been linked with one of over 40 global collaborators – spanning publishing houses, galleries, theatres, universities and arts residency spaces – to develop new works, expand their professional networks and strengthen Australia’s artistic reputation. Many of the projects explore pressing socio-environmental issues across film, performance, sound, visual art and writing. Director Sarah Bond comments, ‘the work being undertaken by the selected 2018 artists offers a subtle experiential approach to global engagement and alternate ways to look at everyday things anew.’ asialink.unimelb.edu.au Photograph: Dian McLeod Courtesy the…

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apy gallery opens in sydney

With shared ideas of creating new and lasting opportunities for Indigenous artists from remote communities of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands located in the Far North of South Australia, the APY Art Centre Collective of ten Indigenous owned and governed enterprises have recently launched the new APY Gallery at 45 Burton Street, Darlinghurst. This Aboriginal cooperative aims to support emerging APY artists to further develop their artistic skills and practices, engage with audiences on a broader scale, build strong networks within the arts, and provide them with the tools needed to work towards successful careers in their chosen fields – carrying with them the knowledge passed on by their grandparents; the senior men and women of the APY Lands. Throughout the year the APY Gallery’s exhibition program will showcase paintings, traditional…

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justice in justice

‘justiceINjustice’ features six newly commissioned works developed through research and collaborative conversation between seven contemporary Australian artists and three lawyers – Karen Wells, Ray Watterson and Robert Cavanagh. Miscarriages of justice, official corruption, wrongful detention and mistreatment, and investigative failures are explored via several high-profile cases – baby Azaria Chamberlain, murderer Kathleen Folbigg and unlawfully detained Cornelia Rau, among others. Curated by Carolyn McKay, the exhibition is on show at Newcastle’s The Lock-Up until 20 May; accompanied by a panel discussion on Sunday 7 April from 3-4pm, and a symposium, in partnership with the University of Newcastle Law School & Legal Centre on Friday 18 May. Artists include Corinne Brittain, Rob Cleworth, Blak Douglas, John A Douglas, Leah Emery, Lezlie Tilley and Richard Lewer. Courtesy the artist, Hugo Michell Gallery, South Australia and…

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festival 2018

From 4 to 15 April ‘Festival 2018’ is showcasing arts and cultural events to celebrate and share the excitement of the Commonwealth Games. With Queensland festivities spilling out across the Gold Coast to Brisbane, Townsville and Cairns, visitors can partake in a full program of visual arts, music, theatre, circus, dance and film by local, national and interstate artists and performers. Highlights include: ‘The Night Watch’ at The Walls Art Space, Miami, Yothu Yindi and The Treaty Project performing at Surfers Paradise and Luke Jerram’s floating seven-metre-wide ‘Museum of the Moon’ sculpture in Chinatown, Southport. North to Brisbane and ‘Botanica Contemporary Art Outside’ enlivens the City Botanic Gardens, while ‘Big Design’ becomes a site for temporary public artworks on the Cairns Esplanade. gc2018.com Courtesy the artist and Festival 2018, Queensland…