ENRICO PARTENGO – ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
This post will follow the Australian adventures of Enrico Partengo our inaugural artist in residence for the CCAS/RESÒ International Art Exchange Residency Program. This exciting project has seen Canberra based artist Kirsten Farrell go to Turin where she has been busy producing and exhibiting work while networking with artist and curators. Enrico arrived in Canberra on Monday morning 7 November following four gruelling flights from Turin to Rome, Abu Dhabi, Sydney and finally Canberra. A little worse for wear, he has, however, hit the ground running with a dizzying schedule of openings and meetings starting with Habitual Ritual and exhibition curated by Sabrina Baker and Anja Loughhead at ANCA (Australian National Capital Artists).
Killing two birds with one stone we took Enrico to see In Plain Sight an artwork in the form of a boat painted in the Vorticist style of the dazzle camouflage by popular local artist Katy Mutton. As the boat is functional for Lake Burley Griffin Cruises Enrico was also able to look at “Canberra from the inside”, sailing past the institutions of state such as the Australian War Memorial, The National Gallery of Australia, The High Court and The National Library of Australia. It was also an opportunity to preview some of the artworks currently located on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin as part of Contour556.
One day on the ground and Enrico discovered that the historic (by Canberra’s standards) ABC flats next to Gorman Arts Centre were being demolished. The flats were originally built in 1959 to support Canberra’s growing public service sector, and between 2006 and 2014 the building was used for student accommodation. They were the first “high rise” apartments in Canberra and during the 1950s a luxurious address for government workers.
NAVA National Association of Visual Arts Bar Talk: Leadership for Organisations
In a friendly atmosphere around 20 people from ACT and regional New South Wales arts organisations came to the fabulous Hotel Hotel to talk about issues of Leadership which, as it turns out, is quite a big ask.
With a an excellent Pinot Gris and amazing food everyone had a relaxed and enjoyable afternoon listening to key thinkers and talking with your industry peers about, what best practices in leadership look like, how might we foster good performance, what is the impact of a rapidly changing economic, political, social and educational environment.The speakers were: David Broker – Director, Canberra Contemporary Art Space
Deborah Ely – CEO, Bundanon Trust, Richard Perram OAM – Director, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery
Facilitated by: Deborah Clark – Senior Curator, Visual Arts, Canberra Museum and Gallery.
Friday 11 November Enrico joined us for Art After Dark + Ride, an annual event when Galleries in Canberra’s inner south join together and stay open late … the audience moves from gallery to gallery and a very good time is had by all. Also stopped of at shows by Laura Hindmarsh and Enrico Scotece at Photoaccess.
MELBOURNE 21-30 November
Visited Victoria College of the Arts Graduation Exhibition (VCA), Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), Westspace, Gertrude Contemporary, Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP), National Gallery Of Victoria, Ian Potter Gallery and Arts Front at Footscray Community Arts Centre.
Lunch Italian Embassy Staff and Russell Kennedy Layers
Alberi Animali (Animal Trees)
Images and work are beginning to emerge from Enrico’s numerous visits to Mount Ainslie – not a mountain by Italian standards – but nonetheless extremely interesting when seen as a representative slice of South Eastern Australian landscape. At 30 degrees the weather is now prefect to set the scene for a place where life and death coexist harmoniously. In a comprehensive set of sepia toned photographs Enrico explores how living nature reclaims the dead and how the dead in turn begin to resemble living beings.
Artists Talk by Dacchi Dang at Gorman Art Centre
In 2016 The Australian War Memorial commissioned Dacchi to create new works that respond to the Vietnamese-Australian perspective on the Vietnam War. These new works are a welcome contribution that will help address the gap in the Memorial’s collection as the Vietnamese-Australian perspective on the Vietnam War has been under represented. The commissioning of artworks for this national collection of significant historical importance will, for the first time, address Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War from an Australian-Vietnamese perspective.
Spare Room 33: Lawrence Weiner
Announcement cards, artist books, exhibition posters, catalogues art and project bulletins from the collection of Peter Jones and Susan Taylor
POP UP EXHIBITION GORMAN ART CENTRE