Degrees of Separation
A project at c3 contemporary art space, Melbourne as part of TRAIN/ENNIAL, their 2018 fundraiser exhibition
Degrees of Separation is an exhibition that employs a ‘curate-by-peer’ model, where each artist’s acceptance in the project is conditional upon their nomination of two of their artist peers, who then nominate their peers, and so forth. The basis for this approach is rooted in the artistic community of Melbourne, but also that old adage that it is not ‘what you know but who you know.’ This exhibition also delegates the role of the curator, by giving the responsibilities of selecting the artists and the works to the artists themselves.
Exhibition details: TRAIN/ENNIAL, 29 November - 9 December 2018, c3 contemporary art space, The Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford VIC 3067.
For the last six months I have been a participant in Footscray Community Arts Centre’s Emerging Cultural Leaders (ECL) program, a skills development and mentoring program for emerging artists and cultural facilitators who are seeking to enhance their community engagement and arts practice.
Curated and organised entirely by the 2018 ECL group, the showcase is an opportunity for the cohort to share fresh ideas for engaging audiences through contemporary arts and community practice.
Please join us for an remarkable evening of performance, film, music and art. This will also be the debut of my Diversiknitty project.
Event details: ECL 2018 Showcase, Thursday 22 November 2018, 6:30 - 6:30pm, Footscray Community Arts Centre, 45 Moreland Street, Footscray, VIC 3011
Curated by Sophia Cai and Claire Watson. Exhibition advisor: Yhonnie Scarce
Artists: Paola Balla, Aliça Bryson-Haynes, Shoufay Derz, Marlene Gilson, Jonathan Jones, Eugenia Lim, Danie Mellor, Raquel Ormella, Ryan Presley, Lizzy Sampson and John Young
Exhibition at Bundoora Homestead Art Centre
Lucky? explores the history and effects of gold-mining and the pursuit of wealth in Australia through a contemporary lens. Co-curated by Sophia Cai and Claire Watson, the exhibition brings together a range of works that speak to issues relating to exploitation and mining of the land for gold and desecration of Country. The selected works interrogate wealth and the Australian dream of finding a better life — a fair go — in the context of cultural, racial and political inequalities. The exhibition asks: Does the Australian way of life enable us to remain the lucky country or are there darker forces impacting on this? With over 25 consecutive years of positive economic growth in Australia, what are the hidden social and environmental costs of this wealth generation and how does globalism affect this? How did the Gold-rush impact Australia’s first-nation and Australian Chinese people and are these effects still being felt today?
Exhibition details: Lucky?, 17 November 2018 - 3 March 2019, Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, 7 Prospect Hill Dr, Bundoora, VIC 3083. Exhibition opening Saturday 17 November 2018 2pm.
CALL FOR PROPOSALS: CERAMIX
The Australian Ceramics Association Exhibition 2020
Manly Art Gallery & Museum, Sydney NSW
Guest Curator: Sophia Cai
CERAMIX is an exhibition that invites ceramic-based artists to work in collaboration with invited artists of their choice, working in other mediums, to create new works.
By pairing ceramics with non-ceramics practices, CERAMIX will seek to explore the potential outcomes from cross-disciplinary collaboration and dialogue with a focus on experimentation. Moving beyond medium-specificity, CERAMIX will focus on the open possibilities of clay as a starting point for making work.
CERAMIX will be presented at Manly Art Gallery & Museum (Sydney, NSW) in May 2020, and will be accompanied by an exhibition catalogue published in The Journal of Australian Ceramics.
Applications are now open for ceramic-based artists to work in collaboration with an invited artist of their choice. For further info and to apply please visit https://www.australianceramics.com
MONOGRAPH will present a special program at 2018 MPavilion that is one part panel discussion and one part open book club. Hear guest speakers from Melbourne’s art community share their favourite books and talk about how these texts have inspired or influenced their practice. Speakers include Martina Copley, Rachel Ang, John Brooks and Eugenia Flynn, with Sophia Cai and Charlotte Watson (MONOGRAPH co-founders) to chair the panel.
This panel discussion will be followed by a regular MONOGRAPH reading circle session, open to all members of the public. Bring along a text of your choosing to share with the group and discover new books and some like-minded new friends.
Event details: MMeets: MONOGRAPH Art Lovers Book Club, Sunday 21 October 2018, 5:30 - 7:30pm, MPavilion, Queen Victoria Gardens, St Kilda Road, Melbourne
Curated by Sophia Cai
Artists: Anna Gleeson, Tessy King, Holly Macdonald, Noriko Nakamura and Madeleine Thornton-Smith.
Exhibition at c3 contemporary art space, Melbourne.
Floor Plan is a group exhibition of object-based works that interrogates the relationship between studio practice and exhibition output. The exhibition brings together five artists who work primarily with hand-shaped sculptural or ceramic practice with a particular interest in the vessel and modes of display. All artists also share an interest in form, function, and materiality, although expressed in diverse ways.
Rather than a static display of objects, Floor Plan will see the curator work closely with the artists over the duration of the exhibition period to change the physical arrangement and display. Another key aspect of this show is that the majority of the artworks are floor-based, making this interactive and evolving mode of display more attainable and immediately felt.
Exhibition details: Floor Plan, 19 September – 14 October 2018, c3 contemporary art space, The Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford VIC 3067. Exhibition opening Wednesday 19 September 6pm.
I will be speaking at the Roundtable Discussion for the ‘The Curatorial Age’ symposium, held at RMIT First Site Gallery by RMIT Curatorial Collective.
Event details: Roundtable Discussion: The Curatorial Age, Thursday 2 August, 2:30 – 5pm, RMIT First Site Gallery, Melbourne
Please join Helen Frajman,Charles Justin, Janelle Low and myself for a panel Emerging to Established’ at Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne chaired by Anouska Phizacklea, MGA Director. Topics covered include taking the next step in your career as an artist, how to get your work into exhibitions and ultimately into private and public collections.
Event details: Panel: Emerging to Established, Saturday 14 July, 2-3pm, Monash Gallery of Art, 860 Ferntree Gully Road, Wheelers Hill, VIC 3150. Free to attend.