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Art Almanac March 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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in this issue

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art month, sydney

Experience Sydney’s thriving arts community this month during the ninth annual festival of ‘Art Month’ on from 1 to 25 March across a multitude of galleries and creative spaces from the city to the suburbs. The program is brimming with exhibitions, performance, workshops, talks, walks and studio tours featuring a vast array of works across all contemporary art forms. Highlights include: ‘the Collectors’ Space’ exhibition at MAY SPACE from 1 to 17 March; Marrickville’s ‘Inner West Open Studio Trail’ on 18 March, 10am to 5pm, and Australian Technology Park is holding ‘The Other Art Fair’ for emerging artists from 22 to 25 March. Apy Art Centre Collective presents ‘Malatja tjutangku ara irititja kunpungku kanyini – Old Knowledge, Young Blood at APY Gallery, Darlinghurst opening Friday 23 March at 5pm. Saturday…

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wall to wall festival

The ‘Wall to Wall Festival’ has elevated the small Victorian township of Benalla to the ranks of a regional street art capital with local, national and international artists creating new murals on public walls, some over three-storeys high, from 9 to 12 March. Take a guided tour around the city and view the works of Guido van Helten, Adnate, Rone, DVATE, Sirum and Kaff-eine, to name a few; stumble upon temporary, inflatable sculptures by Anthony Lister, or visit Benalla Art Gallery’s ‘Born on the Street’ exhibition. Additional highlights include a moonlight cinema, two new satellite sites on nearby silos at Goorambat and Devenish, as well as a virtual reality component simulating what it feels like to be a street artist. walltowallfestival. com benallastreetart.com.au Courtesy the artist and Wall to Wall Festival, Victoria…

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20 years of collecting

Canberra Museum and Gallery (CMAG) is commemorating two decades of collecting with an exhibition showcasing the breadth of the Canberra region’s art. Staged from 24 March to 17 June, the presentation features historical and contemporary works by more than 100 established and emerging artists including Vivienne Binns, Imants Tillers, Janet Dawson, George Gittoes, Janenne Eaton, eX de Medici and Peter Maloney. CMAG’s collection is managed by the gallery on behalf of the Australian Government, and features a diverse spread of painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, drawing, digital art, ceramics, glass, textiles, metalware and jewellery. A large-scale sculptural component is on display at Gallery 4 on Civic Square, and can be viewed 24 hours a day throughout the exhibition. cmag.com. au Courtesy the artist and Canberra Museum and Gallery, Australian Capital Territory…

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lorne sculpture biennale

The Lorne Sculpture Biennale (LSB) celebrates contemporary Australian and international sculpture with an outdoor festival transforming the foreshore of the Victorian Otway region. From 17 March to 2 April, the 2018 LSB explores the theme ‘Landfall’, presenting major works and new commissions from 41 artists in response to pressing global issues of nature and endangerment. Highlights include Nicole Voevodin-Cash’s inflatable tree museum, and performances by Jill Orr and Anton Hasell that encourage audience interaction. ‘Sculpturescape’ reimagines the landscape as seen in Ryan Kennedy’s installation of 10,000 glass bottles in which visitors can write and insert messages. ‘Major Projects’ include Shirin Abedinerad’s curved wall of mirrored TV sets, which capture the ocean and viewer – reflective of the biennial theme and the intersection of nature, humanity and art. lornesculpture.com oil on concrete, 165…

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melbourne art book fair

The National Gallery of Victoria presents what is steadily becoming the largest fair for self and independent arts publishing from 16 to 18 March. Now in its fourth year, the fair comprises book launches, free talks, performances and stalls with the unique opportunity to meet the advocates and makers behind this important but niche industry. At the opening ‘The Cornish Family Prize for Art and Design Publishing’ will be announced, an award that celebrates outstanding art, design, architecture or contemporary culture titles; winner takes home $15,000 and $1,000 for up to five finalists. ngv.vic.gov.au Courtesy National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne…

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festival of live art

Staged across Melbourne’s Arts House, Theatre Works and Footscray Community Arts Centre from 13 to 25 March 2018, the third biennial ‘Festival of Live Art’ (FOLA) features a program of immersive and interactive art experiences. FOLA nurtures engagement between artist, artwork and audience with four new works. Jonathan Homsey’s ‘Mx.Red’ blurs the lines between virtuality and physicality by bringing together motion capture technology and live performances, creating a new experience of dance, expression and intimacy beyond gender lines. Homsey’s ‘Waackin’ Ball’ is a queer futurist celebration that unites the local and international waackin’ community. ‘Self Seekers’, The Amplified Elephants’ electronic sound art piece of live video, abstract sound and performance, delves into ‘selfie’ culture and the unique ways each person listens to the world around them. ‘Lovely Mess’ sees theatre…