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Art Almanac February 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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asia-pacific triennial of performing arts

Until 30 April, in celebration of Australia’s creative and cultural connections with contemporary Asia, the City of Melbourne will be immersed in a program of live-works, visual, screen and literary art-forms from music to dance, theatre, talks, workshops, installation, cinema and more. Artists from across the Asia-Pacific region explore who we are, and where we might arrive through cultural engagement. Of the many festival highlights, ‘Ex Nilalang’ will be screening at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) from 9 February to 5 March. A project presented by Australian-Filipino video and performance collective Club Ate (Justin Shoulder and Bhenji Ra) will combine urban mythologies and traditional Filipino folklore exploring queer identity through movement, language and costume. The one-night only hybrid party event on 2 March will feature their latest…

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australia’s impressionists

A group of 41 works by Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton, Charles Conder and John Russell represent the first Australian Impressionist show in the United Kingdom and the inaugural Australian exhibition at The National Gallery, London. On view until 26 March it traces the accent of a then contemporary aesthetic as we approached Federation and our cities grew. We see that the philosophical phenomenon of Impressionism was international and site responsive. Some pieces have been sourced from private collections, with 13 from the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Courtesy the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney…

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ku-ring-gai ph: art + science

Manly Art Gallery & Museum, Eramboo Artist Environment and National Parks & Wildlife Service NSW are supporting a new collaborative exhibition for which artists and scientists worked together in response to a year of research and creativity inspired by the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Participants include; Dr Lisa Roberts and Professor Bill Gladstone, Shona Wilson and Si-Chong Chen, Joshua Yeldham and Mia Dalby-Ball, Dr Bonita Ely and Dr Karen Privat, Megan Cope and Roberta Johnson, Julia Davis, Sarah Robson and Dr Asheeta Prasad, Mika Utzon Popov and Suzanne Schibeci, Greg Stonehouse and Shane Fahey, as well as Kassandra Bossell and Garry Daly. Avoiding a prescriptive model the teams were encouraged to contribute equally to produce a unique form and dialogue that would promote conservation. The project is accompanied by a…

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indonesia’s first contemporary art museum

The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara (Museum MACAN) will be the first institution of its kind in Indonesia, providing public access to local and international modern and contemporary art. Museum MACAN’s objectives are spearheaded by recently appointed Director, Aaron Seeto who hails from the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) in Brisbane, where he served as Curatorial Manager of Asian and Pacific Art. He was formerly Director of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art in Sydney. Seeto asserts the importance of Indonesia’s arts scene and need to foster an intercultural dialogue; “Indonesia has an important role to play in the development of a vibrant environment for art in Southeast Asia – to not only nurture understanding of its artists, but also to create viable networks…

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why not ask again?

The 11th Shanghai Biennale highlights the practices of Asian and South-Asian artists until 12 March at Power Station of Art, China and it is anticipated that the audience will exceed 250,000. Leading the way are Raqs Media Collective a group known to operate in shifting roles, as artists, organisers and provocateurs to reflect the plurality of contemporary life, and art. True to form, their iteration of the biennale embraces riddles, proposals and counter-arguments. Australian artists who refract and reflect the ‘demand and query’ of the biennale preamble ‘Why Not Ask Again?’ include Ross Manning, Christian Thompson and Azadeh Akhlaghi. In addition, formerly Brisbane, now New Delhi-based writer Tess Maunder has been enlisted as one of four internationals that comprise the curatorial collegiate. Maunder spoke to Art Almanac about her role in…

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perth international arts festival

The City of Perth’s cultural venues, surrounding regions, streetscapes and parks are hosting a program of visual arts events including performance, conversation, music, theatre, film, and the writers festival with over 700 artists from Western Australia and abroad. PIAF opens with, ‘Boorna Waanginy: The Trees Speak’, transformimg Kings Park into a radiant cathedral of light, sound and imagery from 10 to 12 February, 8-10.30pm. At Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, 11 February to 15 April, ‘Helen Britton: Interstices’ is a 25-year survey of works inspired by Western Australia’s coastline, while Amy Sharrocks, PIAF’s artist in residence works on her ‘Museum of Water’ project inviting visitors to share their connection to water through samples of their own, joining the Western Australian Museum’s collection of bottles capturing the story of the region’s connection…