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Art Almanac August 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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darwin aboriginal art fair

Artists, curators, gallerists and art lovers are heading north this month for the 12th Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair (DAAF) at Darwin Convention Centre, 10 to 12 August. The fair will run public events from performances to story telling and children’s workshops in collaboration with artists from the Torres Strait, APY Lands, Arnhem Land, Savannah and coastal regions, as well as a fashion show of wearable art ‘From Country to Couture’ at Sky City. DAAF’s participating art centres include Tjarlirli Art, Warlukurlangu Artists, UMI Arts, Maningrida Arts & Culture, Baluk Arts and Babbarra Women’s Centre to name a few. The Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory will host artist demonstrations; audiences are encouraged to hop between the museum and DAAF on a free shuttle bus! darwinaboriginalartfair.com.au Tjukupati James, Kunga Kutjara, 2017,…

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future/forward: artistic courage

On 15 and 16 August, over 200 artists, arts leaders, philanthropists, government advisers and political decision makers will converge on the National Gallery of Australia and Parliament House, Canberra to participate in ‘Future/Forward’. This two-day event presented by National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) aims to facilitate visual artists’ thinking on how best to advance rights, sustain incomes and develop arts practice in Australia today. Hypotheticals, scenarios, games and case studies are highlights of the event with the first day’s focus on institutional aspects of professional practice, while day two discusses politics and policy change. To get involved, view a breakdown of the schedule and purchase tickets visit NAVA’s website. nava.net.au Esther Anatolitis, Executive Director, National Association for the Visual Arts Photograph: Daniel Gardeazabal Courtesy National Association for the Visual Arts,…

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material constructs

Ararat Arts Precinct’s $7.7m redevelopment plan involved a partial refurbishment of the Ararat Performing Arts Centre, the building of a new green room and cafe, improved storage and theatre technical upgrade; as well as the expansion of Ararat Regional Art Gallery, re-opening under the new moniker of Ararat Gallery TAMA (Textile Art Museum Australia). The inaugural exhibition, ‘Material Constructs: The Home Stretch’, features new work by Sarah crowEST in response to two of her earlier pieces acquired by the gallery. crowEST’s work operates in the gaps between geometric abstraction, handcrafted apparel and the expanded field of painting. Presented in association with Craft as part of its Craft Forward series, the exhibition runs from 3 August to 28 October. ararat.vic.gov.au Sarah crowEST, Beaten and Left for Dead (detail), 2013-2018, linen, synthetic polymer paint,…

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The fifth edition of the boutique art fair, ‘Spring.1883’ opens at the historic Hotel Windsor on 1 August, until the 4th, as part of Melbourne Art Week. It is a contemporary art event without compare. The fair will also host a group exhibition ‘In Bloom’ curated by Madé Spencer-Castle and Jeremy Eaton, a real and pictorial play on the tag of the ‘blossoming’ emerging artist. ‘Spring.1883’ promises interest two-fold as artists show new work and galleries adapt, subvert and enrich the heritage interiors of the hotel. spring1883.com Garden roses, dahliahs, lisianthus, oncidium orchids, rose bush, branches, lichen, queen annes lace by Cecilia Fox Photograph: Mark Davis Courtesy Cecilia Fox…

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salon indigenous art projects

A new initiative between Paul Johnstone Gallery and Outstation Gallery in Darwin kicks off in the Northern Territory this month. ‘SALON Indigenous Art Projects’ is a venture developed by gallerists Johnstone and Matt Ward, aimed towards establishing specialised projects for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists within Australia and overseas. ‘SALON’ presents six exhibitions across as many galleries with various pieces on show including finely detailed bark paintings, bold colourfield and traditional ochre works, as well as contemporary photography, film and glass, by emerging and established artists and Aboriginal art centres; Kaltjiti Arts, Ernabella Arts, Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre and Spinifex Art Projects. The program includes a solo exhibition by Barayuwa Munungurr at Searcy Street Gallery, also ‘Maypal: Shellfish of Arafura Coast’ by Mulkun Wirrpanda at Vickers Gallery, and Pepai Carroll’s exhibition at…

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sala festival

The ‘South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival’ returns this August with over 9,000 artists and 700 events – exhibitions, artist talks, workshops, panels and more – across the state; from galleries to open art studios and non-conventional spaces. Inclusive of all mediums from sculpture, ceramics, painting, drawing and photography to mixed media, the moving image and installations, ‘SALA’ is instrumental in the promotion and celebration of visual arts in Australia including this year’s Featured Artist Clare Belfrage. A number of prize opportunities are available such as the SALA Festival Patron’s Art Writer’s Award which acknowledges excellence in visual arts writing about South Australian living visual artists; entries close 31 August. salafestival.com Clare Belfrage, left to right, Segment #15, 2006, Leaf Circuitry, 2008, Passage #41, 2007, Passage #44, 2007, Skin Deep, Orange and…