The exhibition tour of Suspended Moment: The Katthy Cavaliere Fellowship will commence in February 2022, with significant support from the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia funding just confirmed.
Curated to tour by Daniel Mudie Cunningham (Director of Programs, Carriageworks), the exhibition will showcase formative works by Katthy Cavaliere (1972-2012) loaned from her estate, alongside newly commissioned works by three women artists Giselle Stanborough, Frances Barrett and Sally Rees, who each received $100,000 from the Fellowship. Major presentations of each artist’s new commissions were shown at Carriageworks (Giselle Stanborough, 7 August – 26 September 2020), and forthcoming at Mona (Sally Rees, 2021) and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) (Frances Barrett, 2021), before coming together for presentation in this exhibition curated especially for tour.
The exhibition tour – which is collaboratively produced by Carriageworks and Museums & Galleries of NSW (M&G NSW) – is slated to be presented at eight locations between 2022–2024: Wollongong Art Gallery (NSW); Manly Art Gallery & Museum (NSW); The Glasshouse Regional Gallery, Port Macquarie (NSW); Mildura Arts Centre (VIC); Redcliffe Art Gallery (QLD); Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs (NT); Maitland Regional Art Gallery (NSW); and Goulburn Regional Art Gallery (NSW).
On the announcement of the tour’s funding, curator Daniel Mudie Cunningham said: “Suspended Moment was the name of a seminal Katthy Cavaliere installation that won the artist a major travelling fellowship in 2000, supporting her to travel back to Italy for the first time since she had migrated to Australia from her homeland as a child. Following Cavaliere’s return to Australia, an early career survey named Suspended Moment was organised through Museums and Galleries NSW in 2004-05, seeing her work touring to Goulburn, Bathurst and Campbelltown. Naming the Katthy Cavaliere Fellowship after this exhilarating ‘moment’ in Cavaliere’s career references the life and career-defining potential that a major fellowship offers an artist. For the recipients of this Fellowship, Cavaliere’s gift has enabled significant institutional support and exposure, which through this touring exhibition will extend to the regions and beyond, thanks to the generous support of Visions of Australia.”
Rachel Arndt, Acting CEO of M&G NSW said: “We are delighted to receive funding through the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia program to tour this incredible exhibition regionally, in collaboration with Carriageworks, the talented artists and supporting partners the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art and Mona. As many museums and galleries around the world refocus and readdress their historical and patriarchal collecting practices, regional galleries, who are often at the forefront of engaging audiences in these discussions, are enthusiastic to continue to present the ideas, stories and voices of Australian women artists.
To the many regional communities who have faced the trauma of recent unprecedented bushfires, drought and flood events and are grappling with the ongoing destructive impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, this exhibition nurtures hope, celebrates all women, and recognises their contribution to our cultural milieu.”