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Art Almanac March 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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1 min.
castlemaine state festival

Since its inception in 1976, the Castlemaine State Festival has grown to become Australia’s flagship regional arts event, unique in scope and its diversity and impact on the social and cultural fabric of the Mount Alexander Shire and environs. This biennial ten-day program encompasses visual arts, music, theatre, opera, and dance. The 2017 visual arts showcase from 17 to 26 March includes a curated exhibition program featuring workshops, conversations and celebratory openings with local talent and creatives from afar, exhibiting across 80 studios and galleries. Visitors will be led on a journey into unconventional, transformed environments and landscapes. The festival also explores Australia’s connection with the Philippines featuring film, visual and socio-political artworks, including a temporary sculpture by Filipino artist Leeroy New, transforming the façade of the Castlemaine Art Museum. castlemainefestival.com…

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ten days on the island

Tasmania’s biennial festival presents a creative arts program of international and local artists this year premiering 10 new performance works, exhibitions, theatre, music, dance and film. On from March 17 to 26, some events to look out for include ‘GASP All Night’ at Glenorchy Sculpture Park presenting Parliament: An Island in an Island by Janet Laurence and Tega Brain followed by a preview of A Plan For Escape, James Newitt’s new film. Also, ‘Sites of Love and Neglect’ the statewide project reflecting on secrets, lost memories, forgotten histories and neglected places across multiple venues, and Gymnasia by Shannon Field explores Australian masculinity with a formidable installation inspired by the boxing gym. Visit the website for more events and ticketing. tendays.org.au…

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silo art trail

For 100 years, silos have shaped the landscape of many rural towns around Australia. Now, the defunct grain towers of Victoria’s Wimmera-Mallee region provide a new aesthetic as they are transformed into giant works of art. The ‘Silo Art Trail’ is set to become Australia’s largest outdoor gallery stretching 200km and linking six of the state’s smallest towns; Sheep Hills, Brim, Patchewollock, Lascelles, Roseberry and Rupanyup. Led by the Yarriambiack Shire Council in partnership with Melbourne street art company Juddy Roller and Creative Director Shaun Hossack, the project sees internationally renowned street artists – Guido van Helten, Fintan Magee, Rone, Adnate and Volchkova Julia Anatolievna – working closely with community members to create large-scale silo paintings that reflect, or tell a story of the local community. The first silo in Patchewollock created…

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art basel & art central

From 23 to 25 March Art Basel, Hong Kong, will showcase Australian artists and galleries; Darren Knight, Jensen Gallery, Roslyn Oxley9, Sullivan+Strumpf, THIS IS NO FANTASY + diane tanzer, and Tolarno Galleries who will unveil a new work by Patricia Piccinini. In addition ‘Encounters’ will be guest curated by the Executive Director of Artspace, Sydney, Alexie Glass-Kantor, exploring the relationship between time and experience with site-specific and new work from Asia Pacific artists. Also on the island, 21 to 25 March, Art Central hosts artists from around the world giving a platform to Art Atrium, Artereal, Chalk Horse, Dominik Mersch, .M Contemporary, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, MARS and Hill Smith Gallery. artbasel.com/hong-kong artcentralhongkong.com Courtesy the artist and Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne Patricia Piccinini, The Bond , 2016…

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art month the national

‘Art Month Sydney’ is a citywide festival supplying a rich and diverse program of exhibitions, workshops, panel discussions, artist studio visits and tours 1 to 20 March. From curated DIY art trails and Art Bars, to gallery openings and after dark happenings, ‘Art at Night’ is an ideal way to discover Sydney’s dynamic arts scene of an evening. For the budding collector, The Collectors’ Space celebrates private art collections comprised of work by del kathryn barton, Nicholas Harding, Lara Merrett and Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran among others. From 30 March three premier cultural institutions – the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Carriageworks and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia – present ‘The National: New Australian Art’. This large-scale biennial event is a single curated program across three venues, focused solely on…

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dance massive v

‘Dance Massive’ is a showcase of 20 productions including 12 world premiere performances by some of Australia’s most outstanding dancers and choreographers over ten days from 14 to 26 March across Melbourne venues. Audiences will experience a spectrum of dance and movement styles inviting the question ‘What is dance and how far can it go?’ ‘Dance Massive’ highlights include new projects by Chunky Move’s artistic director Anouk van Dijk and multimedia artist Ho Tzu Nyen exploring the ethereal influence of clouds with Anti-Gravity. Lucy Guerin Inc presents Split, a drama in the dimensions of space and time while choreographer and performer James Batchelor brings Deepspace to the platform with new work that crosses art and science developed during a residency on Australia’s marine research vessel Investigator, and Rebecca Jensen (Deep Soulful…