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Art Almanac

Art Almanac March 2020

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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international women’s day

Each year ‘International Women’s Day’ (IWD) celebrates the strengths and influences of womankind worldwide, while encouraging gender equality. On Sunday 8 March, this year’s IWD focuses on the theme, ‘An equal world is an enabled world’. Inspired by these words, many galleries across the country are celebrating women in Australian art, showcasing their work or hosting special events. Highlights include; Queensland’s Gallery of Modern Art, where curators highlight the work of women artists within its current multi-installation exhibition, ‘Water’, in a ticketed tour on 8 March at 10.30am. From 2 to 15 March, ‘Out of the Box – This Is Us’ at Box Hill Community Gallery in Melbourne celebrates the bond between nine women artists forged while completing their studies at Box Hill TAFE; providing each other with artistic support and encouragement. Victoria’s…

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how can design shape life?

‘Melbourne Design Week’ will unfold across NGV International, NGV Australia and other Melbourne and Victorian venues from 12 to 22 March. With 300 events on the calendar the 2020 festival showcases leading local, national and international designers, who are at the forefront of the thriving global design industry. Themes reflect on Healthy Cities, Design Cultures, Waterfront, Waste, and Design Evolution, revealing the new ideas and innovations taking sustainable design into the future. Running in parallel ‘Melbourne Art Book Fair’ brings publishers, artists, designers and writers together across lectures, workshops, launches and performances from 13 to 15 March in NGV’s Great Hall, and will also see the announcement of the The Cornish Family Prize for Art and Design Publishing. ngv.vic.gov.au…

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art month sydney

Galleries and art spaces open their doors to share with us a fusion of contemporary art and ideas from our diverse and vibrant arts community during ‘Art Month Sydney’. With something for everyone the enticing program of exhibitions, workshops, panel discussions, studio visits, art at night, parties and art precinct tours offers up an invigorating art-fill, and is on from 6 to 29 March. Festival highlights include: artist Fiona Hall at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Iwantja Arts Centre artists Nellie Coulthard and Angkuna Baker at APY Gallery, ‘Kitty Simon and the Ladies of Lajamann’ at Cooee Art Gallery, the ‘Sparks will Fly’ exhibition celebrating Artbank’s 40th anniversary, and an evening line-up at Parramatta Artists’ Studios. More on the website. artmonthsydney.com.au…

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biennale of sydney nirin

The 22nd Biennale of Sydney is artist and first-Nations led. Opening on 14 March 2020 it will celebrate inclusivity with more than 100 creative people including artists, collectives, scientists, academics and knowledge holders from near and far. Director, Brook Andrew presents all of this in association with NIRIN – a word from the Wiradjuri people of western New South Wales, his mother’s Nation. While meaning ‘edge’, Andrew shares that ‘NIRIN is not a periphery, it is our centre, and it expresses dynamic existing and ancient practices that speak loudly. NIRIN decentres, challenges and transforms dominant narratives, such as the 2020 Captain Cook anniversary in Australia and reorients Western mapping, shining a light on sites of being that are often ignored or rendered invisible. NIRIN is an inspirational journey driven by stories…

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odd roads to be walking: 156 women who shaped australian art

Red Barn Publishing, Ireland ‘It was an odd road to be walking, this of painting. Out and out one went, farther and farther, until at last one seemed to be on a narrow plank, perfectly alone, over the sea.’ – Virginia Wolf, ‘To the Lighthouse’, 1927 In the late 19th and early 20th centuries women around the world began to free themselves from patriarchal domination, seeking to lift the veil on society’s views of a woman’s role to be that of wife, mother and carer. A notion that was robustly challenged by female artists whose creative practices and other professionalisms were shadowed by their male counterparts. ‘Odd Roads to be Walking’ profiles the work and lives of 156 women artists who worked in Australia and internationally during this time. Many began their artistic…

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the light fades but the gods remain

Thames & Hudson Bill Henson has a long association with the Monash Gallery of Art (MGA) and the surrounding area of Glen Waverley where he spent his youth. So it is fitting that for the gallery’s 25th anniversary this special exhibition and monograph came to be. Henson’s connection with the region is the focus of this series of photographs produced in 1985-86, which portrays luminous renditions of twilight suburbia, ruins of antiquity and the fruitful mysteries of adolescence. The publication is divided in two parts (like the exhibition) the first being the aforementioned series and the second commissioned by the City of Monash and the MGA to respond to the earlier works by creating 11 new works. The pages are filled with a non-linear, atmospheric meditation where dichotomous imagery floats in and…