VISUAL ARTS GRADUATE SEASON ANU SOA
Sad thing is right now … that everything we do in the arts (and innovation), is clouded by politics. Last night ANU School of Art introduced its Visual Arts Graduate Season with work by Gregory Hodge (Ph.D), Carolyn Young (Ph.D) and Kelly Austin (M.Phil) all of whom are emerging into an art world that has become a shadow of its former self. However, a challenged sector can have its advantages – solidarity. We saw it with the Senate Enquiry into Arts Funding when an unprecedented number of submissions were received in response to Senator George Brandis, myopic Minister for the Arts, removing $104 million from the Australia for his short lived National Program for Excellence in the Arts (NPEA). These funds would normally go to small to medium arts organisations and CCAS is one of the first sacrificial lambs on Brandis’s “Caravan of Chaos” for the arts. While the new Minister Mitch Fifield, it could be argued, is doing his best, he doesn’t have much left to work with. Weirdly these awful events do bring the sector together and so paradoxically Greg, Carolyn and Kelly’s graduate shows open in an atmosphere of heartening camaraderie, unity, cohesion ….. Congratulations to all of them. CCAS showed Greg’s A Fabled Gesture last year along with emerging geniuses Zoe Kirkwood (Adelaide) and Amelia Zaraftis (Canberra). While we shouldn’t have to labour the point – we do – and such is the value of CCAS (and similar organisations in the CAOs network) who bring you Australia’s great artists first.
Here are some shots from the opening at ANU School of Art Gallery last night taken in the section where Greg Hodge’s work was exhibited. Great fun with – some issues. All work in the background by Gregory Hodge.