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Art Almanac June 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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Curated by Eugenio Viola, ‘Hatched: National Graduate Show’ examines the pulse of the nation’s emerging arts practices while acting as an important platform for artistic careers. In an expansive exhibition across all galleries of the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA), work by 30 recent arts graduates from 22 nation-wide higher education institutions will be on show until 15 July. Through painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, performance, sound and video, this year’s new batch of works show ‘creativity, originality, sensitivity and dexterity,’ says Annika Kristensen, co-judge for the $40,000 Schenberg Art Fellowship – awarded annually to one of the nominated graduates – ‘who, in their own distinct ways, tackle ideas from the environment to society, identity to technology, with sophistication, perception and occasionally, humour.’ pica.org.au Aden Sargeant, Flag 3, 2017, pinewood, plywood, cotton, inks,…

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blak box: barangaroo’s past, present and future

Urban Theatre Projects presents the inaugural BLAK BOX project, a state-of-the-art sound pavilion designed by architect Kevin O’Brien, on show at Barangaroo Reserve, Sydney, from 2 to 24 June. A stream of Aboriginal voices will immerse audiences in a ‘deep listening’ experience; a concept based on stories, silences and the spaces in between. Titled ‘humechochorus’ (hum echo chorus) the work is a composition of oral histories, informal interviews and spoken word performances sharing stories of the Barangaroo site before colonisation, once a place for fishing and hunting, with reflections on the complexities of urban development, memory of place and historical truths. BLAK BOX offers a unique platform for the exploration of sound and language from a First Peoples perspective. urbantheatre.com.au Blak Box artist impression by Kevin O’Brien Courtesy © Kevin O’Brien and Urban…

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c3west arts project

Through the Blacktown Native Institution Project, The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and Blacktown Arts present ‘Ngara – Ngurangwa Byallara (Listen, hear, think – The Place Speaks)’, an arts initiative acknowledging the symbolic Aboriginal site in Sydney’s western suburbs – the former home of Blacktown Native Institution. Established in 1823, the residential school is one of the earliest known examples of institutional removal of Aboriginal children from their families. In collaboration with local communities, Indigenous artists Tony Albert, Sharyn Egan and Moogahlin Performing Arts, created new works that celebrate the continuum of Aboriginal culture – in particular the Darug peoples – and honour the place as a living memorial to Australia’s Stolen Generations. To be revealed at a free public event on Saturday 9 June, from 4-8pm. bniproject.com Moogahlin Performing Arts, NgAl-Lo-Wah…

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bay of fires winter arts festival

The east coast of Tasmania is set to light up with the ‘Bay of Fires Winter Arts Festival’ from 9 to 11 June, in a wide-reaching celebration of the arts. A dynamic program of exhibitions, craft, live music, performance, workshops, a writers studio and two-day Arts Market provides a platform for emerging artists, artisans and craftspeople to present their work and tell their stories. Festival highlights include the ‘Bay of Fires Art Prize and Exhibition’ and ‘Youth Art Prize’, both on show at Tidal Waters Resort, St Helens. Nine studios across Binalong Bay, Akaroa, Scamander, Four Mile Creek and St Mary’s will be open to the public with the work of 17 local artists on show and for sale. bayoffireswinterartsfestival.com.au Wolfgang Glowacki, Sunrise over Elephant Rock, Binalong Bay, 2017, photograph, 90 x…

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dark mofo

From 13 to 24 June, the Museum of Old and New Art’s (Mona) winter solstice celebrations return to Tasmania with a colourful line-up of art, music, food and more. ‘Dark Mofo’ delves into human rituals to explore the links between ancient and contemporary mythology, man and nature, religious and secular traditions, darkness and light, birth, death and renewal. The sixth annual festival kicks off with the Prelude from 7 to 10 June, featuring ‘Dark + Dangerous Thoughts’ – a confluence of film, literature, performance and ideas, plus a masked costume ball. Major show openings include ‘ZERO’ at Mona and ‘A Journey to Freedom’ at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. Weeks one and two will see musical performances by Laurie Anderson (USA), St. Vincent (USA), Chrysta Bell (USA), Electric Wizard (UK), Alice…

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Two years in the making, ‘imagine’, the inaugural exhibition of the new Gippsland Art Gallery, featured 134 works from 81 national and international artists, spanning five centuries of the human imagination, and a 152-page catalogue. The Prelude poetically conceptualises the meaning behind the title. While the text touches on the exhibition and its artists: ‘collectively they create a thing alive; a story for the ages that dances and sings as we navigate its pathways,’ writes Simon Gregg – who expands this thought with a detailed narrative of each work in the exhibition. Alongside other paracosms, the succeeding pages depict prismatic rainbows, Earth’s shimmering atmosphere, hyperreal sculptures, embroidered star clouds, miniature cities, and a skeleton reborn in a veil of flowers.…