Tweed Regional Gallery announces Fancy Dress Party for 22nd Les Peterkin Prize

The annual Les Peterkin Portrait Prize, on show at the Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre from Friday 28 September until Sunday 2 December 2018, is a huge celebration of the artistic talent of local primary school students. The Prize is one of the Gallery's most popular exhibitions, and has once again attracted an enormous number of entries and participating schools.

Working on the theme Going to a Fancy Dress Party, primary school students sketched, collaged, photographed and painted images that capture their unique character in costume through portraiture. This year's theme was set for students to create a portrait that captured themselves in fancy dress. Students were encouraged to explore the pose, costume and facial expressions of their character.

Tahmina Barikzai,   The day my tooth fell out,  Byron Community Primary School First Prize (5–7 years), Les Peterkin Portrait Prize, 2017

Tahmina Barikzai, The day my tooth fell out, Byron Community Primary School
First Prize (5–7 years), Les Peterkin Portrait Prize, 2017

The judges in 2018 were local artist Caz McDougall; Tweed Regional Gallery's Curator Sarah McGhee, representatives from the Friends of the Gallery Malcolm Reid and Penny Hall; and art loving mums, Dale Garrow and Yaiwa Goodwin. The judges were all amazed with the creativity and effort of every child who entered the competition.

Prize Coordinator, Marianne Galluzzo, said that this year submissions were a true indication that art in our schools is alive and well, displaying great imagination both in subject matter and in the use of materials. 

"Every year I look forward to the judging day, to see everyone's responses to the theme. This year our students certainly demonstrated a candid and tremendously talented attempt to produce their works of art," Ms Galluzzo said.

The Prize is named after legendary local artist and art teacher Les Peterkin, and is made possible by the financial support of Tweed Shire Council and Tyalgum Public School, with assistance from the Friends of the Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Arts Centre Inc., Derivan - maker of quality artist materials, School Art Supplies - leading supplier of art and craft materials, Bunnings at Tweed Heads South, Murwillumbah Services Club and Office Max. 

On Thursday 27 September at 3.30pm, the Gallery will host the official opening and prize-giving ceremonies, which promises to be one of the biggest events of the year. Children, family and friends are invited to come dressed up in costume. At 4.30pm the exhibition will be officially opened by the Principal of Tyalgum Public School, Janelle Cloherty, followed by the keenly anticipated announcement of winners and prize-giving presented by Marianne Galluzzo, Prize Coordinator; Alan Hann, President of the Friends of the Gallery and the Prize's namesake himself - Les Peterkin.

Mullumbimby Steiner School announces fifteenth Wearable Arts event

For everyone who wishes they could have gone to a Steiner school, where beauty and creativity are part of the curriculum, Shearwater's Wearable Arts is an opportunity to unleash your imagination (and your sewing machine, hot glue gun or maybe even your welder!).

This year marks the Mullumbimby Steiner school's fifteenth Wearable Arts event, known by staff and students as WAVE – Wearable Arts Vision in Education, and the school is calling on creatives from around Australia to enter costumes.

The title of this year's event is 'Homecoming: Labyrinth of Twists and Turns'. Entries will be assessed by a panel of independent industry judges and vie for a prize pool of almost $8,000, making the event one of Australia's largest.

Costumes, which must be relevant to one of the event's five sections, can be sewn, riveted, welded, glued, painted, collaged, knitted, woven, built and assembled from metal, leather, rubber, natural fibres, industrial waste and recycled objects. The entries are then incorporated into a highly professional choreographed production, which will take place in the Shearwater hall, in November.


According to WAVE Production Coordinator Joshua Rushton, it is always an exciting moment when the intricate and extravagant garments begin arriving at the school, where they are embraced by the student-led production, an all-singing all-dancing theatrical spectacular.

“The story is always drawn from the life of teaching and learning and is deeply concerned with the passage of students from adolescence to adulthood," sais Rushton.

A highlight of the school’s performing arts calendar, the event is also a ton of fun, with around 200 students taking on roles as musicians, actors, writers, filmmakers and editors, lighting and audio technicians, carpenters, dancers, singers, tailors, artists, set and prop designers and makers, choreographers, photographers, graphic designers, stage hands, models, judges, ushers, and caterers.

"The students’ engagement in the experience teaches them logic, consequences and cause and effect; encourages and fosters heartfelt idealism and cultivates will, so they can go into the world as responsible, confident and capable adults,” said Rushton.

The performances will take place from November 7 to 10.  All entry forms must be received by October 16. A late entry fee will apply to entry forms received after September 27. Closing date for costume entries is October 22.

See the website for section descriptions and an entry form for the 2018 event, as well as an explanation of what defines wearable art and photos and video of previous Wearable Arts performances at Shearwater. 

If you require any further information about Wearable Arts, please contact costume entry supervisor Praba Manning or phone Shearwater on (02) 6684 3223.

BSA ArtState Exhibitions: APOLLO & Nine

Byron School of Art is presenting two exhibitions as part of ArtState: Nine, at the BSA Project Space, and APOLLO in Lismore.

Diana Miller's  Quilted Earth , acrylic on linen

Diana Miller's Quilted Earth, acrylic on linen

Also, BSA Alumni are showing throughout Lismore, including at the old Lismore Regional Gallery site.

FRIDAY 1 December 6 - 8pm : Opening of Nine

112 Dalley St, Mullumbimby
Exhibition runs from 1 - 13 December
Open six days, closed Sundays, 10am to 2pm
or by appointment 0431 034 892



Showing as part of ArtState Lismore 2017


James Guppy
Alex Hudson
Travis Paterson
Melissa Poole
Zuzana Kovar & Nicholas Skepper
Christine Willcocks

An assembly without the limits of the square

30 November - 3 December 2017

James Guppy's  Touching her back , acrylic on canvas, 2016  

James Guppy's Touching her back, acrylic on canvas, 2016  

Apollo is a group show from the Byron School of Art BSA Project Space.  It is a re-pairing of works and an assembly without the limits of the square: both documenting a number of past exhibitions and responding to the semi-submerged toy theatre where the exhibition is housed.

Downstairs Studio, 152 Keen Street, Lismore
Thursday 12pm - 3pm | Friday 10am - 8pm
Saturday 10am - 8pm | Sunday 10am - 3pm

Art Basel releases gallery list for its sixth edition in Hong Kong

Art Basel's sixth edition in Hong Kong will feature 249 leading galleries from 32 countries, presenting work ranging from Modern masterpieces of the early 20th century to the most contemporary work by both established and emerging artists.


28 galleries will participate in the Hong Kong show for the first time, including important galleries from the United States and Europe as well as a younger generation of galleries from the East. The show will also feature strong presentations by galleries from Asia that have graduated into the main sector of the show, reflecting the further strengthening and broadening of the art scenes across Asia.

Art Basel takes place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) from Thursday, March 29 to Saturday, March 31, 2018.


The sixth edition of Art Basel in Hong Kong will feature a line-up of prominent returning galleries, who this year will be joined by 28 first-time exhibitors, including 14 with exhibition spaces in Asia and theAsia-Pacific region: Asia Art Center with spaces inTaipei and Beijing; Capsule Shanghai, Don Gallery and MadeIn Gallery from Shanghai; Dastan’s Basement from Tehran; Gallery Baton from Seoul; Gallery Espace from New Delhi; Gow Langsford Gallery from Auckland; Johyun Gallery with spaces in Busan and Seoul; Maho Kubota Gallery from Tokyo; Mori Yu Gallery with spaces in Kyoto and Tokyo; Öktem & Aykut from Istanbul; Tarq from Mumbai and Wooson from Daegu. In addition, 14 premier galleries from the Americas and Europe are making their debut at the fair this year.

Once again, Hong Kong will be strongly represented at the fair with 24 galleries having an exhibition space in the city.

BAM will be at Art Basel Hong Kong 2018 with full coverage, including artists representing the Northern Rivers region!


Arstate Lismore | Early Registration Discount Extended

Early Bird registrations for Artstate Lismore have been extended until Monday 23 October, 11:30PM.

Join the conversation and celebrate the arts in regional NSW at Artstate Lismore, from 30 November – 3 December.


Artstate Lismore 2017 Unveils Festival Program

Regional Arts NSW announced the program for the inaugural Artstate Lismore, a four-day event that will welcome an anticipated 200 arts industry delegates from 30th November to 3rd December 2017.

Initiated following the success of Artlands Dubbo 2016 presented by Regional Arts NSW, Artstate is a four-year program aiming to build on conversations, partnerships and opportunities for regional artists and arts organisations. The event will include a line-up of inspirational speakers alongside a multi-genre arts program showcasing the very best in arts from the North Coast region.

Chair of Regional Arts NSW, Stephen Champion said “Regional arts practice of the highest order is prolific in NSW but it still often occurs without recognition; particularly by reviewers and our urban counterparts. Artstate is set to change this by placing the spotlight on a different regional hub each year for the next four years. Artstate will also demonstrate that regional NSW is at the epicentre of national and international debate and discourse about the vital relationship of the arts to communities.”

Speaking at the launch event today, Minister for the Arts, the Hon Don Harwin MLC said “Artlands Dubbo 2016 was a fantastic achievement for NSW in its entirety; a regional conference, curated in the regions, showcasing extraordinary regional, metro and international work and speakers to the world. It is strongly felt across the sector that we need to keep the momentum going and that NSW has clearly demonstrated leadership in an area that should be further strengthened.”

The event will commence with two days of keynote speakers and panels exploring the themes of Partnership and Practice and other specialised areas. Featured speakers in the program will include British-Indian composer and virtuoso player of the sarod, Soumik Datta;  Director of the Norway international indigenous arts and culture festival, Riddu Riđđu Festivála, Karoline Trollvik; and member of the Bundjalung nation Rhoda Roberts, who is Head of Indigenous Programming, Sydney Opera House, Creative Director, Gallery & Events, Festival Director, Boomerang Festival and Curator of the second annual Parrtijima – A Festival in Light event in Alice Springs.

Alongside the speakers program will be an arts program featuring the likes of local theatre company, Northern Rivers Performing Arts, and the world premiere of their new production Djurra, a free public concert by the Regional Youth Orchestra NSW featuring talented students from regional conservatoriums, and Cheeky Cabaret presented by Brett Haylock from the Brunswick Picture House. The opening of Artstate Lismore will also coincide with the opening of the new Lismore Regional Gallery building and exhibition.

Early bird registration tickets are on sale now at




A sneak peak into Sydney Contemporary's anticipated Opening Night

Sydney Contemporary is giving a 20% discount on tickets to BAM readers! Click HERE to book

Music will be curated by VICE, featuring Marcus WhaleGinger and the Ghost, Mossy, and more.

An After Party series presented by Concrete Playground features venues throughout Redfern. Drop into local haunts 107Arcadia, The Bearded Tit, The Dock and GDR for some experimental performance, curated cocktails and creative flair. More venues to be announced.

Sydney Contemporary, Australia's largest ever contemporary art fair features over 90 galleries from across the globe. Now in its third edition, the Fair is one of Australasia's most celebrated art events, and the perfect destination to discover and buy visual art.

Here is a sneak-peek of Sydney Contemporary's Opening Night (Thursday 7 September, 5pm-9pm). One of the most anticipated events on Sydney’s cultural calendar, the Opening Night celebrates some of the city’s most exciting musicians and performers transform the Fair into an immersive, all-encompassing night of art, music and entertainment.

Performance Contemporary will showcase 8 bold performance pieces that will take place throughout the Fair. Justene Williams presents her new live performance work, A Sonorous Body, which will intertwine choreography, song, percussion and outrageous textile design in a procession during the Opening Night, while Claudia Nicholson undertakes the romantic gesture of eating a raw lamb's heart upon a traditional South American sawdust carpet.

Splendour in the Craft 2017

Splendour in the Grass returned this year in the North Byron Parklands with a sell-out crowd. As glitter bugs and music lovers waited with their tickets in anticipation for a weekend of some of the worlds biggest musical artists, a team of dedicated crafties set up for what turned out to be the busiest stall of the festival: Splendour in the Craft.

Byron-based Craft Mafia returned for Splendour in the Craft for the sixth year, bigger than ever. Attached to a converted school bus, the creative hub was open daily, equipped with glue guns, scrap materials and copious amounts of glitter. New activities were free of charge for festival-goers to get their hands dirty, with popular sessions including jewellery making, bedazzling and t-shirt bag making.

Splendour in the Craft has become a huge part of the festival, with people returning for it each year. The huge knitted letters made it a hard area to miss — “Knit happens, sew what!” — with quirky sayings and puns greeting people as they walked the festival grounds. The huge stall was decorated with rainbow flags, words of affirmation, fairy lights and cozy beanbags. Volunteers sat on the converted school bus with body paint and glitter ready to take everyone’s festival outfits up a notch, and they did not disappoint. Along with these admirable features, the colourful tent also presented four days of unique festival craft sessions, which ended up being the go-to activity between musical acts.

The creative festivities kicked off for campers on Thursday afternoon with the very fitting ‘Night Lights’ LED lantern making activity. The tent filled with eager participants who used up-cycled milk bottles to create bedazzled lanterns to help their gazebos stand out in the campgrounds. The craftiness continued on Friday with a fresh set of activities. First up was ‘That Felt Good’ which saw felt sprawled across the craft benches where people were advised how to create their own Grizzly Bear Hats, which were all worn with pride at the conclusion of the session. The popular hat making activity was followed up with an hour and a half of bedazzling. Craft Mania supplied old recycled gear but BYOs were welcome. Upcycled sunglasses were a hit and ended up being a weekend staple. The last activity for Friday was t-shirt bag making. T-shirts and crafty tools were all provided to participants, setting them up to invent the ultimate one-of-a-kind festival bag. The SITG said it best with “we know shirts are considered optional at festivals, so we thought we better think of another use for them”.

Saturday kicked off with a t-shirt bedazzling session, where glue guns and felt were once again utilised to create unique wardrobe staples. The Craft tent filled up to capacity once again for Saturday’s second activity for the day, which was led by the ladies from Each to Own, a Brisbane based jewellery brand. The crafty jewellery company is known for its funky shapes, colours and patterns and was the perfect fit for a Splendour in the Craft visit. Pliers and chains came out in between musical acts and eager festival-goers crafted charm bracelets and choker necklaces. As the t-shirts from the mornings activities continued to dry, Saturday afternoon wound down with straw prism making, using up-cycled materials to help convert plain paper straws into fancy home (or tent) décor. Finally for the concluding day of Splendour in the Craft, Byron Bay gallery Art Park brought forward the artistic forces of Paul McNeil and Craig Rochfort to join the Craft team and lead the tote bag making session. The community driven movement Boomerang Bags, who focus on ‘tackling plastic pollution at its source’, provided the plain totes (made from 100% recycled materials), which were then screen-printed and bedazzled to capacity. The post-lunch activity on Sunday was focused on ecological jewellery with Byron Bay based company Polli, who specialise in sustainable jewellery and clothing. All things bling were being crafted, taking form in earrings, necklaces, key rings and more. The directors at Craft HQ definitely hit the nail on the head with the bedazzling theme, the tent filled up considerably faster whenever glitz and glam were involved. ‘Craftivism’ wound down the chilly Sunday afternoon, encouraging festival craft-heads to do some conscious crafting. Knitting and sewing were the popular choices, with creators crafting for animal shelters, asylum seekers or anyone else in need.

Sustainability and social responsibility were definitely key undertones amongst this year’s crafty line-up, with compassionate encouragement to up-cycle materials and BYO shirts and bags. ‘Mend it Like Beckham’ was a cleverly named program running from Friday to Sunday where festivalgoers could take damaged outfits or accessories and mend them with supplied materials for free, instead of seeing them end up in landfill. The sustainability continued with a convenient coffee stand that encouraged and supplied keep-cups and waste free refreshments. Getting crafty can work up an appetite, but Southside Tea Room came to the rescue with coffee, tea, kombutcha, brownies and much more.

Rachel Burke and Patience Hodgson are the human definition of glam if there ever was one. The crafty duo have been working at Splendour in the Craft for a number of years and BAM was lucky enough to have a chat to Rachel on entry to the craft tent. When you look at her bright red hair and head-to-toe bedazzled outfit, it is hard to imagine anything topping it, but she recalled a crafty visitor to the tent who could have come close. “Someone once used the felt to make a whole felt outfit which was really cool,” Burke said, “but people do a really good job of the bedazzled sunglasses each year.” The pair, along with all the other volunteers, had infectious positive vibes and made Splendour in the Craft the place to be this SITG. We cannot wait to see what is in stall next year, our crafty countdown has already begun!


Post and photographs by Liz Calligeros

The Art of Splendour: Craig Walsh on the SITG 2017 Arts Program

While thousands prepare for this weekend’s festival, SITG’s Craig Walsh is installing works for the 600-acre outdoor gallery that will be the 2017 Splendour Arts presentation.

“I think it is important that current contemporary visual art is represented alongside current contemporary music and the mash of these art forms provides a full sensory experience for the Splendour In The Grass festival–goer,” says Walsh, SITG's visual arts manager. “We also provide the opportunity for artists to share their work with 30,000 odd punters, an audience unattainable in most other venues for art.”

Gateway  by Sam Songailo

Gateway by Sam Songailo

What was the most prominent concept behind this year’s Splendour in the Grass Arts presentation?

"I like to work with Contemporary artists who have an interest in working outside traditional art sites. Each artist defines the direction and concept they would like to pursue and we collectively discuss and develop these ideas. We don’t define a curatorial rationale for each festival but rather allow the freedom for artists to respond to this environment the way they see fit. Creating a work that is responsive to the site and the audience are key considerations. Second to that is to create diversity across the art program, so that there are multiple experiences and forms of engagement." 

What are you aiming for festival-goers to experience?

"An unexpected event which can only happen in this environment expanding the overall Splendour in the Grass experience. In many ways, it is the perfect environment to surprise and seduce the punter into contemplating an experience they never expected."

Arch Tunnel Response  by Ash Keating

Arch Tunnel Response by Ash Keating

Who are the artists that will be involved/performing/presenting?

"We have been fortunate to work with many of the most innovative artists in Australia and beyond, artist who embrace the challenge of working in these environments. From longterm local contributors like Andy Forbes to major contemporary artists like Patricia Piccinini, Shawn Gladwell, Bennett Miller, Sam Songailo, Cool Shit and many many more. Diversity of art forms is something we embrace and everything from performance to installation, sculpture, live art, video art, and painting fill the history of our art program."

Is this the first of this kind of project that you have directed?

"I have been the visual arts manager for 16 years. The program and geographical reach has evolved over that time, as initially it was all local artists and much smaller projects. One thing that is unique and specific about the Splendor arts program is almost all works are new, commissioned projects and works developed by contemporary artists."

Find out more!

Byron Writers Festival 2017: New Arts Events added to Program

Byron Writers Festival has partnered with Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre as well as local visual arts organisations Byron School of Art and c.a.s.e. inc to present a compelling series of satellite events during the Festival. These include three exhibitions – two by renowned Australian artist Joshua Yeldham at Tweed Regional Gallery; an exhibition of Artists’ Books at Lone Goat Gallery in Byron Bay; Art in the Pub (Mullumbimby) with author and Boston Globe art critic Sebastian Smee; and a workshop with celebrated Indian artist Venkat Shyam at Byron School of Art.

Venkat Shyam.  Excerpt from his memoir  Finding My Way

Venkat Shyam. Excerpt from his memoir Finding My Way

Artists’ Books Exhibition Opening: The Image Unbound
Artists' books are individual works of art that use the bound form or concept of the book. Meredith Cusack and Christine Willcocks of Byron School of Art have curated a group exhibition of Artists' Books by local artists Karla Dickens, Christian Morrow, Sabine Brosche, Dr Jan Davis, Fiona Fraser, Helle Jorgensen, Dr Glen Skein and Dr Gali Weiss. 
“Artists Books are a particular genre not known to many outside of the art world. This exhibition provides an introduction to an exciting art-form that takes its premise from books,” said Christine Willcocks, Byron School of Art. “We are very proud to introduce this exhibition to the community as well as the Byron Writers Festival audience.”

The Image Unbound 28 July - 9 Aug, Lone Goat Gallery. Event Partner: Byron School of Art. Cost: Free.

Art in the Pub: Sebastian Smee on The Art of Rivalry

Sebastian Smee is the author of The Art of Rivalry and the art critic for The Boston Globe. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 2011. He has written for The Atlantic, The Daily Telegraph (UK), The Guardian, Prospect, The Spectator, The Australian and the Sydney Morning Herald. He teaches non-fiction writing at Wellesley College, Massachusetts.

“Art in the Pub has been running since 2013 at the Courthouse Hotel in Mullumbimby and has gone from strength to strength. It brings together a community of artists and art lovers to explore individual artists’ practice through their personal stories,” said Christine Willcocks, Byron School of Art.

"It is very exciting to be hosting Sebastian Smee as part of Art in the Pub and hear him speak about the relationship between two giants of British art – Lucian Freud and Frances Bacon,” said Carolyn, of c.a.s.e inc. “His book The Art of Rivalry is a fantastic read.”
Art in the Pub with Sebastian Smee Sunday 6 August, 6pm
Courthouse Hotel, Mullumbimby Event Partners: Byron School of Art and c.a.s.e inc. Cost: Free.
The A to Z of Gond Art: A workshop by Venkat Raman Singh Shyam
As an indigenous Indian Gond artist tracing his roots to the cave art and bounteous nature of Central India, Venkat will demonstrate how this ancient art has moved from the sacred and ritual realms to court a new, secular public.
A workshop by Venkat Raman Singh Shyam, Thursday 3 August, 10am.
Byron School of Arts, Mullumbimby. Cost: $140 / $120

Joshua Yeldham Exhibitions: Endurance & Surrender
Drawing from a reverential love of nature and deep spiritual affiliation with the land, Joshua Yeldham creates intricately rendered works that oscillate between narrative and myth, imagination and real experience. During the Byron Writers Festival he will have two concurrent exhibitions at Tweed Regional Gallery – Surrender and Endurance
Join artist Joshua Yeldham for a floor-talk on his exhibition Surrender, followed by an opening preview of Endurance in the Friends Gallery, created during his time in the Gallery’s Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence Studio. 
“I consider the Gallery’s ongoing partnership with Byron Writers Festival to be one of synergy, offering engaging experiences for our visitors, and vice versa! The extension of the Festival to include the visual arts is a wonderful opportunity for Festival-goers, our visitors and the artists involved,” said Tweed Regional Gallery Director, Susi Mudiman.
“Joshua Yeldham is one of Australia’s leading artists and it is an honour for the Gallery to be able to present his work in conjunction with the Festival. His new exhibition, titled Endurance, presents a new body of strong artworks, which reflect Joshua’s powerful connection to the landscape. His residency at the Gallery provided him with inspiration and material to create works in direct response to our captivating region.”

Joshua Yeldham Exhibition Opening Endurance. Friday 4 August, 4pm. Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre. Cost: Free

Joshua Yeldham. Self Portrait – Morning Bay 2013. oil, can and instrument on carved board

Joshua Yeldham. Self Portrait – Morning Bay2013. oil, can and instrument on carved board

Glenfiddich to host 3rd annual Artist in Residence Competition

This year’s submissions for the annual Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Prize will officially open from April to June 30, 2017 as William Grant & Sons hosts the coveted art competition for a third year in Australia. The competition is open to all Australian artists using any art medium, including but not limited to print, photography, animation, performance and installation. The winning artist will use the residency to create work taking inspiration from the characteristic location, history, heritage, people and craftsmanship of the Glenfiddich Distillery.  Alongside 18 artists from around the world, the winner will work at the same location where William Grant & Sons crafted its world-renowned Glenfiddich whisky.

Celebrating Glenfiddich’s commitment to the arts and the communities it serves, the program awards the winning artist with a unique residency prize valued at $21,000, where they will work and live for three months at the Glenfiddich Distillery located in Dufftown, Scotland in 2018. The Artists in Residence Program has seen over 100 artists from 18 different countries take part in the summer residency program to date. Over the past 16 years the residency has become widely commended in the art world for its contemporary and supportive approach to art, which has seen artists producing incredible and diverse works which are finally exhibited in the Glenfiddich gallery.

An exhibition of the five finalist's work, along with a Glenfiddich pop-up bar, will take place at Sydney Contemporary, Australasia’s premier international art fair hosted at Carriageworks from 7 -10 September 2017. Entries this year will officially close on June 30, with finalists announced in August.

Artist Liam Benson

Artist Liam Benson

Choosing the finalists will be a selection of illustrious judges including Barry Keldoulis (Group Fairs Director) who will lead the panel, Evan Williams (CEO of Williams Land Trust), Dr. Gene Sherman (Chairman and Executive Director of the Sherman Contemporary Arts Foundation), Mark Hughes (art advisor) and legendary actress Rachel Griffiths.

A winner will then be revealed in September following a final score of votes and the last round of judgment by Artist in Residence Program Curator, Andy Fairgrieve – the charming man-in-a-kilt who helps the winning artist bring their work to life each year, who will also be attending Sydney Contemporary and personally meeting each finalist.

Australian winner of the 2016 residency Stanislava Pinchuk, a whisky-lover who started her art journey with roots in Graffiti, was chosen for her subtly and thoughtfully executed work. As an artist who maps landscapes, her residency will provide a unique opportunity for her to showcase the scenery through pin-hole drawings, sonic recordings, photographs and textiles.

Stanislava Pinchuk

Stanislava Pinchuk

Guests attending the Glenfiddich pop-bar at Sydney Contemporary Art Fair can also join the Glenfiddich Explorers Program - offering numerous benefits to whisky enthusiasts - and vote for their favourite piece of art. All Glenfiddich Explorers will then go into the running to win an exclusive collection of whiskies from the Glenfiddich range.

For more information to enter visit the Glenfiddich website


Art Basel's Unlimited: Presenting 76 Premier Large-Scale Works

This year's edition of Unlimited at Art Basel will consist of 76 large-scale projects, presented by galleries participating in the fair. Curated for the sixth consecutive yearby Gianni Jetzer, curator-at-large at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C., the sector will feature a wide range of presentations, from historically significant pieces to the latest contemporary works.

The Messeplatz at Art Basel in Basel, Switzerland.

The Messeplatz at Art Basel in Basel, Switzerland.

Renowned as well as emerging artists will participate, including:
Doug Aitken, Carl Andre, John Baldessari, Andrea Bowers, Chris Burden, Julian Charrière and Julius von Bismarck, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Carlos Garaicoa, Subodh Gupta, Jenny Holzer, Donna Huanca, Arthur Jafa, Barbara Kruger, Cildo Meireles, Bruce Nauman, Park Chan-kyong, Marwan Rechmaoui, Mickalene Thomas and Anicka Yi.

Art Basel, whose Lead Partner is UBS, takes place at Messe Basel from June 15 to June 18, 2017. Presented across 16,000 square meters of exhibition space, Unlimited has provided galleries – since its introduction in 2000 – with a unique opportunity to showcase monumental sculptures, video projections, wall paintings, photographic series and performance art that transcend the traditional art-fair stand.

Learn more about Art Basel 2017 here

Cementa 2017

After two hugely successful festival events,  Cementa is back this year, offering an entirely FREE four‐day showcase of independent and experimental arts spread across the New South Wales postindustrial town of Kandos, Thursday 6th through Sunday 9 April 2017.

True to form, Cementa 17 will present the work of more than 60 artists at the vanguard of Australia’s creative community and artist collectives. Since its debut in 2013, Cementa has grown to become a popular destination event with its total focus on arts, community and the land. 

Cementa is a biennial Australian contemporary arts festival that takes place in Kandos,  a small regional town located on the side of Coombermelon Mountain between Lithgow and Mudgee in Central West NSW. The region provides the backdrop to which artists make, exhibit and perform work relating to the social, historical or environmental context of the town and its surrounds.

For more information, visit their website

Cementa17 artists include:  
TonyAlbert,  BradAllen-­‐Waters,  ConnieAnthes,  Artcodex,  JustinBalmain,  ZannyBegg,  MervynBishop, Sarah Breen Lovett, Linda Brescia, Margaret Brooks, Tim Burns, Terry Burrows, Sach Catts, AndrewChristie,  JohnConomos,  ClaireConroy,  JustinCooper,  ClaireHealyandSeanCordeiro,  Annemaree Dalziel, John A Douglas, Jacquelene Drinkall, Kyle Ford, Alex Gawronski, Paul Gazzola, Gilbert Grace, Anne Grahame, Paul Greedy, Billy Gruner and Graham Davis King, Aleshia Lonsdale, JasonLujan,  TeenaMcCarthy,  JulieMontgarrettandSarahMcEwan,  GenevieveMurray,  ParisNorton,  GregPritchard,  PYTFairfield,  JackRandell,  ThomRoberts,  AnyaRosen,  MarkShorter, LaurenSmith,  sodacake,  MelissaStaiger,  SuperCriticalMass,  Scott‘Sauce’ Towney,  TheTwilight Girls, Carol Warner, Sarah Waterson, Nicole Welch and Miriam Williamson.  
Opening Night showcase: Boris Hunt & friends, The Mumps (Tina Havelock Stevens, Liberty Kerrand Adele Pickvance) and A Galaxy of Suns (Michaela Gleave, Warren Armstrong & Amanda Cole). Cabaret Night: Damian Castaldi, Emily Morandini, Jon Drummond, Chris Caines, Gary Warner.

Art & Technology at Art Basel Hong Kong 2017

Art isn’t practical — technology is. The mixture of the two — the intuitive and the practical — was a popular topic at Art Basel Hong Kong this year.

Sadie Coles Gallery at Art Basel Hong Kong

Sadie Coles Gallery at Art Basel Hong Kong

Google Art & Culture paired with Art Basel to present Virtual Frontiers: Artists experimenting with Tilt Brush, with work by renowned international artists boychild, Cao Fei (fresh from a retrospective at MoMA PS1 in New York), Robin Rhode, Sun Xun and Yang Yongliang, created with Tilt Brush by Google (a 3D drawing and painting application). For the duration of the show, fair visitors were able to explore five new virtual reality works that were created by artists who worked for the first time with Tilt Brush. A big supporter of the development of such technology is Peter Boris, Executive Vice President of Pace Gallery. “People don’t need to possess an object — it’s the experience that they take away,” he commented. “Artists will use technology in a different way to people in other fields.”

Of course, Google Arts & Culture is weighing in heavily on the discussion. “I am excited when the people who are really pushing the technology are the artists,” commented Freya Murray, Program Manager and Creative Lead at the Google Cultural Institute Lab. “As humans rely increasingly on technology, how does that affect our place in the world?”.

Perhaps the important factor is the starting point: the art, or the technology. Murray insists that Google Labs is a facilitator — a tool for access —  and they are not the creatives. “We are providing the tools to extend the artist’s emotional connection,” she said. “It starts with what is wanted to be expressed, and the technology is an extension of that. It’s not right to start with the technology. The starting point is important to think about.”

Pace Gallery’s Peter Boris rejects the questioning of digital art’s validity. “If you paint a flower in oil, and make one digitally with technology, neither one is real. So why dismiss one as not being (valid)?” Boris commented. “Right now, we’re going into hyper speed with our evolution, because of technology. Art shows us how we feel about that.”

Takashi Kudo, Communication Director at teamLab, agrees: “Material has boundaries. Art made with materials to express ideas and concepts has boundaries. The digital is always changing and adaptive,” he said. “Digital art can improve the relationships between people.” teamLab’s digital installation piece, Flowers and People, Cannot be Controlled but Live Together, debuted in New York City in 2014. The installation was designed with digital flowers blooming all over the walls and floors, and dying with the presence — the movements — of the viewers.  More people showed up than was expected, and all of the flowers died. The creators soon realised the problem, and allowed less people inside the exhibition. The flowers started blooming again. Blurring the distinction between audience and object, Kudo says, “Technology and (interaction) can enhance art.” With fondness, he remembered falling asleep on the floor of the exhibition after two days without sleep — in the absence of movement, all the flowers spectacularly bloomed around him. “With digital technology, we usually think, how can we use it to extend the humanity?” Kudo commented. “But we want to extend the physical world itself. We think, How do we extend the space itself? We use it only for this.”

Flowers and People, Cannot be Controlled but Live Together,  2014, teamLab

Flowers and People, Cannot be Controlled but Live Together, 2014, teamLab

How can technology contribute to the appreciation of art? In the early 60s, film struggled to be recognised as a legitimate art form. Is the art world in that state now, regarding digital technologies? Roughly ten percent of global art sales are now digital. Perhaps digital technology is indeed an extension of our thinking, a tool. Peter Boris argues that art and technology can be harmonious: “The separation is the mistake — one is intuitive and emotional, one is rational. Just like us. It’s a living thing within another living thing.” Referring to Takashi Kudo’s teamLab, he said, “They are Japanese, so they don’t have that distinction, the sense of separation that the Westerners have. That’s why so much art coming out of Asia, Africa and places like this, it’s like water in a desert in the art world.”

This led to an art dealer raising the question of the future of art dealership: “How do you then hold the art?” she asked. “I think we’ll be selling tickets, rather than an object,” he replied. He added: “There will always be art dealers”.


Posted by Alana Wilson