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Art Almanac May 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

1 min.
next wave festival

‘Next Wave’ features 31 world-premiere productions in creative spaces, theatres and galleries across the city of Melbourne from 2 to 20 May. Solo and curated exhibitions, workshops, inspiring dialogue and a lively program of performance-based works will showcase diversity in Australian artistic practices with questions directed at current social and world matters. Festival highlights include the highly charged ‘Apokalypsis’ – 100 historical disasters presented in 60 mins – Kai Bradley, Rosie Clynes, Marcus McKenzie, Charles Purcell. ‘Deep Water Dream Girl’ by sculptor and filmmaker Athena Thebus considers queer identity, Catholicism and Filipina femininity, while Taree Sansbury’s dance-based piece ‘mi:wi’ explores climate change, culture and new generations. ‘Next Wave’ brings powerful new experiences to the audience reflecting on the past and present to determine challenges of the future. nextwave.org.au Photograph: Sarah Walker Courtesy the artists…

1 min.
head on photo festival

‘Head On Photo Festival’ brings the art of photography to centre stage in Sydney from 5 to 20 May. Over 100 exhibitions showcasing more than 700 photographers from 22 countries are centred around Paddington’s Festival Hub, in galleries and creative spaces across the city and at The Royal Botanic Garden, for the first time. Finalists and winners of recent national and international photo competitions are a highlight of the event, from the ‘Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize’ to the ‘Tokyo International Photography Competition’, and Sony ‘Alpha Awards’, to the annual ‘Wildlife Photographer of the Year’ and ‘Head On Photo Awards’. ‘Head On’ presents the audience with a compelling visual storyboard of deeply personal narratives, culture and diverse perspectives on current world issues. headon.com.au…

1 min.
the 40th alice prize

This acquisitive national art award is open to Australian entries in any medium or theme. The Prize contributes to one of the largest regional collections of Australian art, with works by leading artists including Janet Laurence, Naomi Hobson, Clifford Possum, Bea Maddock and John Wolseley. This year’s selection panel was Kelli Cole, Cassandra Lehman and Luke Scholes, with judge Brian Ritchie, MONA FOMA Curator and Violent Femmes bass player, announcing the winner on 27 April. A finalists exhibition will run from 28 April to 17 June at Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, and the People’s Choice Award will be announced on 18 June. aliceprize.com…

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hillview sculpture biennial

The landscape of the Southern Highlands on the regional outskirts of Sydney is the setting for the ‘Hillview Sculpture Biennial’. On until 27 May with over 50 regional, national and international artists showcasing an equal number of contemporary sculptural pieces in spectacular locations within the historic Hillview estate in Sutton Forest – an idyllic hillside backdrop for this monumental outdoor exhibition curated by Axel Arnott and David Ball. Participating artists will be in the running to win one of three non-acquisitive prizes: $20,000 Hillview Sculpture Award, $10,000 Hillview Indoor Sculpture Award and $5,000 Hillview People’s Choice Award. Visitors are invited to explore the works between 9am and 5pm each day, and from 10am can nourish themselves at the pop-up café with local produce, beer and wine. hillviewsculpture.com Photograph: Ashley Mackevicius Courtesy the artist and…

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colours of impressionism

More than 65 Impressionist masterpieces from the collection of the Musée d’Orsay in Paris are on show at the Art Gallery of South Australia until 29 July. Exclusive to Adelaide, the exhibition charts the revolution of colour that drove Impressionism’s radical reshaping of painting in the 19th century. Curated by Marine Kisiel and Paul Perrin of the Musée d’Orsay, the presentation visualises shifts towards a modern palette of lighter, brighter colours – from the dark tones of Manet’s Spanish-influenced paintings to Renoir’s rosey female figures and the vibrant greens and blues of the French countryside by Cézanne, Monet and Pissarro. Fittingly, the exhibition is staged in one of Australia’s few 19th century gallery spaces, the Elder Wing, which reflects the light-filled interior of the museum in France. artgallery.sa.gov.au ©photo Musée d’Orsay / rmn…

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wide open space festival

Now in its tenth year, ‘Wide Open Space Festival’ is an annual three-day camping event celebrating contemporary and traditional Indigenous culture. Held at Ross River Resort, nestled in the majestic East MacDonnell Ranges, Northern Territory, the festival offers a unique opportunity to experience the Central Australian landscape. ‘Wide Open Space Festival’ opens with a Welcome to Country, Akeyulerre Smoking Ceremony, music, circus, dance, and aerial performances. The weekend continues with food and craft markets, as well as a range of panel discussions, workshops, arts and cultural programs. Look out for multidisciplinary artist Tamara Cornthwaite’s interactive mural consisting of numerous boards designed and cut to shape using iPad programming, painted on site by visitors throughout the festival, from 4 to 6 May. wideopenspace.net.au Photograph: Jewelszee Courtesy the artist and Wide Open Space Festival, Northern…