With the MA conference and the long weekend both over we are back at our desks and there’s news pouring in.
Because the Queen's Birthday long weekend has just passed we should probably start by congratulating those who have been named with Australia Day Honours.
We were very excited to read that our very own Desmond Kennard has been awarded the Order of Australia Medal in the general division for services to the visual arts, particularly to the museums and galleries sector. Desmond had been a Museum Advisor here at M&G NSW for some time working closely with organisations in the Goulburn region. He’s someone who enjoys a challenge and has a deep commitment for the preservation of our regional heritage.
Desmond recently stepped down from the Museum Advisor position due to ill health but we wish him well and warmly congratulate him.
Dr Robyn Sloggett, Director of the Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation (CCMC) received an AM in the general division for “significant service to the arts in the field of cultural heritage management and preservation as an academic, conservator and adviser”. Robyn has had both a direct and indirect hand in training many Australian conservators, and continues to be a driving force in conservation advocacy and entrepreneurship.
Congratulations to both of them.
4A has just announced their new director, Mikala Tai. This is great news for 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art who lost their previous director, Aaron Seeto, to QAGOMA last year. In their formal announcement, the 4A Board noted that “Mikala was selected from a highly competitive pool of candidates, and we feel that she brings the ideal combination of skills, knowledge and vision, and above all a genuine passion and enthusiasm for the role”.
So we’re looking forward to talking to her once she’s settled in to see what ideas and actions might be on the horizon for the gallery that fills such a void in contemporary Asian dialogues.
ArtChat: Art + Space
Coming up on 13 July is our free ArtChat event, Art + Space. This is the third in our series of PechaKucha talks held in partnership with Regional and Public Galleries of NSW at Freda’s Bar & Canteen in Chippendale. We’re looking at how artists and arts managers work with space as integral to creation, as a way of interacting with audiences and envisaging physical space and location in new ways.
We’ve invited Vic McEwan, artist and Artistic Director of the CAD Factory in Narrandera, Indigenous artists Amala Groom and Nicole Monks who are working with Underbelly Arts Festival as well as Jain Moralee, Executive Director of the festival. Christine McMillan, Co-Director of Cementa, the biennial contemporary art festival in Kandos will speak about alternative presentation models, and Nick Dorey current Artspace studio resident, and Nadia Odlum will tackle space from an artistic perspective.
For those that aren’t familiar with PechaKucha, the night promises to be a fun, fast and furious way to explore contemporary issues from a range of speakers, all presenting 20 slides for 20 seconds each. We normally run half the talks then have an interval so you can refill your glass before the second group begins. Each talk is independent of the one before and speakers can connect with the topic in any way they like—artists can talk about their work, their thinking or expound on configuring space hypothetically.
Freda’s is the perfect venue for this event. It’s the type of place equally suited to live music or contemplating weightier issues with friends or a quiet beer. It’s dark, full of atmosphere and very friendly. They serve great bar food which always makes an event like this more satisfying. Come along—it’s a freebie!
Reserve a spot at Freda's here: http://www.eventbrite.com
Koori Mail partnership
And last but not least, M&G is happy to announce a new partnership with The Koori Mail. Every month we will be sending them one of our At Home: Aboriginal artists of NSW articles for publication in the newspaper. We’ve sent them a piece on the Euraba Papermakers to get the ball rolling. It’s a fabulous way to extend the promotion of the artists we write about and to increase audiences for their exhibitions and associated events.
The Koori Mail is produced in Lismore and gives full coverage to Aboriginal issues around the country. If you don’t already have a subscription it’s a good one to consider—it’s packed full of arts, culture, sport, community and political news, it makes excellent lunch room reading. A great way to familiarise yourself with what’s going on in Aboriginal communities and you’ll read about their ongoing struggles and some of their successes as well.