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Art Almanac October 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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contour 556

Sixty Australian and international artists will participate in Canberra’s public art biennial ‘Contour 556’ from 5 to 28 October. Curated by landscape architect Neil Hobbs the event will see works by Emma Beer, Alex Asch, Byrd, Alexander Boynes, Kael Stasce, Chris Carmody, Dan Lorrimer, Alex Seton, Rosalind Lemoh and others inspired by the local environment and its history. In addition to exploring the site-specific installations audiences can add to their experience with talks and performances, or attend a forum on public art and space on Friday 26 October which ties into the guiding principle of ‘Contour 556’, ‘to transform how viewers remember or recall the Canberra landscape… searching for a link between art and the place they experienced it in,’ says Hobbs. contour556.com.au…

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‘Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art’ returns to Performance Space at Sydney’s Carriageworks, from 18 to 28 October with a stimulating program of conversations, workshops and innovative new works by artists from Australia and the Asia Pacific region; bridging ancient traditions with radical new perspectives, challenging national and cultural boundaries or transcending narrow definitions of gender, sexuality and identity, in a reflection of this year’s overarching theme ‘bodies at the edge’. Immerse yourself in a sonic wave of 100 plastic keyboards playing in unison, or step into the shoes of a refugee held in detention through the consoles of a video game. Experience a stranger’s embrace, fear the rise of the machine or ‘fembot’, or escape to a visionary matriarchal future inspired by First Nations cultural practices. performancespace.com.au…

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‘Spectra’, presented by the Australian Network for Art and Technology draws on the interactions of Australian and New Zealand artists and scientists who have come together to share knowledge and explore creativity from their diverse perspectives with an interdisciplinary approach. Throughout October, across various Adelaide venues ‘Spectra’ shows us new ways of seeing, experiencing and interpreting the world we live in. Highlights include ‘The Art and Consequence of Collaboration’, an exhibition curated by Experimenta Media Arts illustrating the creative potential of collaborative investigation, at South Australian School of Art Gallery (SASA). A three-day symposium hosted by art and science industry delegates at the University of South Australia, and a lively public program of talks, screenings, special events and a one-night-only performance by A Galaxy of Suns. spectra.org.au…

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this wild song

Ilona Nelson’s latest exhibition ‘This Wild Song’, currently on show at Town Hall Gallery, Hawthorn in Melbourne until 21 October is a vibrant celebration of women in the arts. As part of a long-term project to photograph 100 Australian female artists, Nelson presents over 25 portraits of women artists from diverse backgrounds working across a range of creative mediums, chosen for their unique artistic styles – channeled through the female lens. Nelson captures the essence of her subjects by infusing visual aspects, motifs and language drawn from their individual arts practice. The gallery’s After Dark event on Friday 5 October from 6-8pm pairs the exhibition with live entertainment by local musicians and offers visitors the chance to meet the artists and curators. boroondara.vic.gov.au…

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biennale of australian art

The ‘Biennale of Australian Art’ (BOAA) showcases over 150 contemporary artists from around the country across three designated art villages in the Victorian town of Ballarat. On until 6 November, the festival covers exhibitions, talks, music, video projection, performance, and the writer’s festival. Highlights; Art Camp projects at the Mining Exchange where each week two artists will create large-scale works through drawing, painting and installation. The Art Gallery of Ballarat’s ‘BOAA Art 2018’ exhibition presents works by Marlene Gilson, Numina Sisters, Pip & Pop, David Jensz, Gerwyn Davies, Jason Sims, to name a few. While St Andrew’s Hall, the George Farmer Building, Ballarat Welcome Centre, the Eureka Stockade and several other venues also host a diverse line-up of artists including Marina Pumani Brown with painting work which captures cultural knowledge,…

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clare belfrage: rhythms of necessity

‘Rhythms of Necessity’ is the first major publication for artist Clare Belfrage. Beginning with reflections on childhood and family life this monograph traces her journey from ‘falling into art’ at a young age, to a significant career in the field of studio glass art. Combining a series of texts by Kay Lawrence and Sera Waters with a selection of photographs of the artist as well as images of her unique glass-worked vessels and glass drawings, this book charts the development of Belfrage’s techniques and practice over 25 years and reveals her deep-felt sentiments for the rhythms and flows of life and the natural world, that inspire her work.…