Design in Melbourne
$9.2 million has been committed by the Victorian Government in a serious bid to fast-track the development of design and promote Victoria as an international centre for design. To help make this happen Museum Victoria will inaugurate the Victorian Design Showcase program, which includes a big biennial exhibition of Victorian design showing everything from textiles, furniture, cars to computer games plus an awards program including a Premier's Design Award. In addition, RMIT University will be funded to establish a Centre of Excellence in Digital Design. Look out for exhibitions in late 2003.

ABC keeps trying
Critical Mass is the new Sunday afternoon TV arts program from the ABC which premiered on 2 February, hosted by comedian/actor Jonathan Biggins with a rotating panel of three directors, writers, actors or critics, looking at film, theatre, television, books, art and architecture.

Being mature about youth
The slow-moving searchlight of the Australia Council has lately come to rest on youth and their participation in the arts. What they saw prompted them to bring out a new policy by which more attention will be paid to young people's practices and how they could be encouraged and enriched. Each Board of the Council has resolved to consider how they can include and advocate for young people and youth culture in all of their programs, even it seems, crossing the border to formal art education, normally out of bounds to Council. So young people and people who love to work with young people may find their arts projects more readily supported at various levels in the future. For a copy of the really groovy policy booklet Young People and the Arts ring 1800 226 912 or

Friends like this&
South Australian artists were disappointed to hear their Premier and Minister for the Arts the Hon Mike Rann denigrating them at a luncheon held in October last year for the largely corporate members of the Adelaide Festival Centre Foundation. Announcing an Arts Summit for early in 2003 he accused the sector of immaturity and in need of a reality check. When what the arts in Adelaide really need is more support from the corporate sector this was at best a missed opportunity and at worst very poor judgement. He also foreshadowed that he would be considering downgrading the peer assessment system and making more of the funding decisions himself, which rang alarm bells at every level.

Putting money where mouth is
The second round of acquisitions of the Adelaide Festival Centre Foundation's Contemporary Indigenous Art Collection, made possible as a result of a donation from the City of Adelaide, includes works by Gloria Petyarre, Dorothy Napangardi, Freddy Timms, Mabel Queama, Nici Cumpston and eight painted carvings from various Utopia artists. Dr Christine Nicholls has advised on the purchases, which are part of the Festival Centre's efforts to advance reconciliation.

Hear them live
The Tate Modern has started a Webcasting Programme for artists' lectures presented live on the Tate website. You can experience the events online in audio and video using Real Player. To find out more, visit:

" Over $6.3 million worth of art sales was recorded at the Melbourne Art Fair 2002 of which 60-65% goes to living artists. 21,000 people attended over the 4 days. There were more overseas galleries especially from the Asia-Pacific including new participation from China, Korea and Japan.
" Eight designs for floor rugs by Indigenous artists from Victoria have been produced in conjunction with Museum Victoria and an established commercial rug company in Melbourne RugsCarpetsByDesign.
" For 5 years the Artists Foundation of WA through ArtSource, its employment agency for artists, has been matching artists with clients. Now ArtSource's large data base is on-line at providing free access to the work of Western Australian artists: images of public art projects, paintings, sculptures, ceramics, glass. You can find artists by name, by type of art, by project or by locality, by artists who specialise in community based work, public art projects, or are experienced teachers or lecturers.

" In 2003, Experimenta will create the House of Tomorrow, a major project that explores fantasies of future domestic life. As well as a significant interactive media exhibition designed as a domestic space, the project will include Homepage, an online exhibition, and a number of high-profile screening programs. For info on how to submit proposals for Interactive projects, Films, Videos and Animations and Online projects contact
" CSIRO's coordination of the excellent science art biennale, metis, is continuing in May 2004. This year it is focusing science-art collaborations on Time. The exhibition will be held across a number of states and involve established national and international artists. CSIRO is seeking someone who is working in a scientific field relating to time and who would consider working collaboratively with an artist in 2003. see or email
" The Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize (total prize money $85,000.) Australian and international artists are encouraged to submit art works relating to natural history and wildlife. Closing date 30 May 2003. Entry Forms : or The Waterhouse Art Prize, SA Museum, North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000.

" The Tweed River Art Gallery in Murwillumbah is to get a new building this year, having outgrown the charming old Queenslander on the river. Local patrons Larry and Margot Anthony donated a parcel of land on the outskirts of town several years ago for a larger gallery of museum standard. After a long delay while local councillors bickered and quibbled about money (during which the gallery and the visual arts came in for some serious rubbishing from some sectors of the community), the earthworks have begun, but not until two out of the three main gallery spaces were excised. Director Gary Corbett is licking his wounds but is optimistic that the full plan will be implemented when more funds are available and the citizens of this small NSW regional centre start to see the value in a proper venue for touring exhibitions. He has made it clear that the controversial Moran National Portrait Collection, subject of another bitter saga of claim and counter-claim, will not be permanently displayed until the axed spaces are added.
" Contrary to earlier reports, the Adelaide Central Gallery has had a reprieve. It was reopened in February as Adelaide Central Gallery2 with a charter of 'Launching Careers' and has a new director Juliet Young-Thornton.
" The latest stage of the City West campus of the University of SA designed by John Wardle architects with Hassells, is finally underway. When it is finished in 2005 all depts of the SA School of Art, as well has the University Art Museum, will be housed in the City, making the Underdale campus redundant. There will be some sharing of facilities with Architecture on the new campus and also with TAFE at AIT Arts on nearby Light Square, an obvious rationalisation of the cost of setting up expensive art, craft and design facilities for the full range of media. Much reviled as the Underdale campus was, the new sharing arrangements may make students and staff look back at the spacious, well resourced studios of that blighted suburban bunker and its wistful gum trees with nostalgia.
" Meanwhile the Ivan Dougherty Gallery attached to the College of Fine Arts at the Univ of NSW, has awarded the design commission for its new building to Cracknell and Lonergan Architects, (a startling cube on an angle) and fundraising is in process in preparation for construction to start early 2004.
" The Commonwealth has given the purpose-built National Archives storage complex at Rosny to the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. solving its critical and longstanding lack of international museum-standard storage space and allowing more of the Museum to be used for display of its collections.
" Yuill/Crowley gallery has a new exhibition space: 5th floor, 4-14 Foster St, Surry Hills.
" Just a few blocks away a new space, Limelight, at 155 Campbell St, Surry Hills is a design studio and gallery with an emphasis on jewellery.
" Artspace Mackay opened to the public in the new year in a striking building by Cox Rayner architects, designed to international museum standards but with a nod to the tropical vernacular. As well as a permanent social history exhibit, Spirit and Place, and two new public artworks, one by Craig Walsh, being incorporated into the façade, this new regional gallery boasts major holdings of Artists' Books.

50th Biennale of Venice: June - November 2003.
" Patricia Piccinini is to represent Australia with We Are Family, a group of sculptures which will 'inhabit' the Australian Pavilion, young cloned boys with wrinkles, a litter of semi-human pups and a young girl with stem cell creatures (see Artlink cover December issue 2002). The work explores our perceptions of what is natural/artificial and evokes current debates about rapid changes in biotechnology which outstrip our ability to comprehend the implications of interventions in the genome. The show is curated by Linda Michael, Senior Curator at Monash Museum of Art and the Commissioner is Victoria Lynn, Chair of the VACB of the Australia Council and Director of Creative Development at ACMI in Melbourne.
[PIC: CAPTION: Patricia Piccinini Young Family (detail), 2002, mixed media)
" Representing New Zealand at Venice, the city without cars, Michael Stevenson will unpack the story of the intrepid Trekka, the late lamented New Zealand-made utility vehicle, and the Pacific nation's ingenious bartering arrangement with an Iron Curtain country, trading sheep-skins for the Czechoslovakian Skoda engine. This is the Trekka will be installed in the newly restored 18th C church La Maddelena on La Strada Nova. It is co-curated by Boris Kremer (Germany) and Robert Leonard (curator at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki.
[PIC : CAPTION: Michael Stevenson installation This is the Trekka for the Venice Biennale]
" Ten Queensland furniture designers and ten futuristic chairs will go to Milan early in 2003 to participate in the annual Milan Furniture Fair, the biggest in the world and a showcase for new design. The chairs were spotted as a result of the exhibition 21st Century Chairs held at the Brisbane City Gallery in August 2002 (see review Artlink Vol 22#4). Arts Queensland and the Brisbane City Council will provide the major funding for the trip.
" Two Australian museums, Sydney's Powerhouse and Museum Victoria, will present an Indigenous exhibition in Athens at the Benaki Museum's prestigious new venue from May - August 2004, for the 2004 Olympic Games. 60,000 years in the making: Indigenous Australia now, is Australia's gift to the people of Greece. The exhibition is presented in recognition of the Greek Government's gift in 2000 to NSW - 1000 years of the Olympic Games: treasures of ancient Greece - staged at the Powerhouse Museum for the Sydney Olympics.
" Indigenous culture was seen at the Guangzhou Museum of Art in China from Dec – Feb in an exhibition specially curated by the National Museum of Australia and funded by the Chinese government and business leaders. Stories from Australia: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples profiled urban artists and Ngarrindjeri, Wik, Yarrabah people and communities in Central Australia, Arnhem Land, the Kimberley and Saibai island using objects from the collection which explore the influence of ancestors and country, ceremonies and survival of ancient traditions.


" SSABSA Art Show is a selection of final work by Year 12 students. Light Square Gallery, 28 March – 7 May.
" Light Black is porcelain, steel and wood by Robin Best, Sue Lorraine and Catherine Truman, and touring to Japan. JamFactory Craft & Design Centre to 4 May.
" Shelf+Self 4 by Zeliko Markov explores furniture as abstract sculpture, 10 May – 6 July, JamFactory Craft & Design Centre.
" Seeing the Centre: the Art of Albert Namatjira 1902 – 1959 is a selection of the best pieces from public and private collections plus early works, NGA touring exhibition on at the Art Gallery of SA to 4 May.

" Synergies exhibition will provide a focus for viewers and participants in the concurrent Fusions across the Arts symposium at the ANU in April, including artists influenced by cross-cultural engagements, and involved in collaborative or convergent practices, hybridity, appropriation etc: Artists: Ian Abdulla, Gordon Bennett, Kate Benyon, Robert Campbell Jr, Tony Coleing, Julie Dowling, Tim Johnson, Imants Tillers, William Yang, Sang Ye. Authors and curators: Geremie Barmé, Roger Benjamin, Gordon Bull, Mary Eagle, Ursula Frederick, Nigel Lendon, Ian McLean, Howard Morphy, John E. Stanton. ANU Drill Hall Gallery, 27 March - 27 April.
Part of the Fusion events, The Rugs of War, rugs from Afghanistan, curated by Nigel Lendon and Tim Bonyhady is in the Foyer of the Canberra School of Art, 2 - 15 June (see p.48).
" Rare Trades: Making things by hand in the digital age showcases the stories of 24 tradespeople who have maintained the tools and traditions of often-forgotten trades. Co-curator is Mark Thomson, author of the books Rare Trades and Blokes and Sheds. A National Museum of Australia exhibition touring to Adelaide and Ipswich in 2004, at Scienceworks Museum in Canberra, until 11 May.
" Creating a Gothic Paradise: Pugin at the Antipodes is the first comprehensive exhibition of the Australian work by the early Victorian British architect, designer and theorist Augustus Pugin (1812-52) who was largely responsible for the Gothic Revival. Evidence of his impact can be found in every city, town or village in Australia. National Library of Australia until 18 May and Powerhouse Museum 5 June – 20 July.
[CAPTION: Augustus Pugin St Paul's Church, Oatlands, Tas, by unidentified Australian photographer c.1860s, Archdiocese of Hobart Museum and Archives, photo Simon Cuthbert.]

" True Stories - Art of the East Kimberley Aboriginal art from the East Kimberley region of WA: 80 paintings, sculptures and works on paper from circa 1976 to the present by over twenty East Kimberley artists, significant works by pioneering artists including Rover Thomas, Paddy Jaminji, George Mung Mung, Queenie McKenzie, Jack Britten and their contemporaries, Hector Jandany, Rusty Peters, Paddy Bedford and Madigan Thomas, Art Gallery of NSW to Sunday 27 April 2003.
" Resurgence is textiles by 25 leading artisans from Kutch region of Gugarat state in India, responding to the earthquake which struck in 2001, Manly Art Gallery and Museum 28 March – 4 May.
Anita and Beyond: The 1986 murder of Mrs Anita Cobby continues to impact on the psyche and reputation of Western Sydney. 12 contemporary artists including Adam Cullen, Elvis Richardson, Robert Pulie and Jasmine Hirst investigate, assess and critique the impacts of this searing event. Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest (in partnership with the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and Liverpool Museum) 1 March - 27 April.
" FRUiTS: Tokyo street style – photographs by Shoichi Aoki show radical Japanese fashion subculture combining alternative designer fashion with traditional Japanese dress in a DIY approach. FRUiTS magazine was started by Aoki in 1997 and now has an international following. Powerhouse Museum, Sydney to 27 July.
PIC: CAPTION: Shoichi Aoki Photograph from FRUiTS magazine no. 4, September 1997, courtesy of artist]
" True Stories: Art of the East Kimberley comprises 80 works by over 20 artists from c.1976 to the present, including a core group by the late Rover Thomas; a focus on the continuity of the 'true stories' depicted whether they are about creation, massacres or the building of a new highway. Art Gallery of NSW to 27 April.
" A selection of the work of Brit-pack artist Tracey Emin will be at the Art Gallery of NSW until 23 March.
" Jon Lewis Retatu Timor Orosae: Photographs from East Timor 2000-2001 image revealing the Timorese getting on with their lives after their long struggle for independence. Campbelltown City Bicentennial Art Gallery 14 March – 20 April.
" Parthogenesis explores arcane concepts of virgin birth, installation and shopping through the work of Keith Haring, Julie Rrap, The Kingpins, Cary Liebowitz, Luke Roberts, Craig Russell and Cindy Sherman. Grapple with it at Ivan Dougherty Gallery 27 March – 3 May.
" Michael Riley: Cloud and Empire, two poetic and spiritual works - a suite of large photographs about Christian upbringing and Indigenous states of being, and a video showing the degradation of the landscape. Wollongong City Gallery until 23 March.
" Shanghai Star, two Chinese artists and one Chinese-Australian artist explore transition, Wollongong City Gallery 29 March – 11 May.
" The Artist Abroad is work by Joachim Froese, Lynn Roberts-Goodwin and Rose Farrell & George Parkin made on overseas residencies, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney 28 March – 27 April.

" Beneath the Monsoon explores the artistic history of Mackay and North Queensland including such artists as Ray Crooke, Ian Faiweather, and Claudine Marzik. Curated by Gavin Wilson for the new regional gallery, Artspace Mackay, it runs until 6 April.
" Material Witness: 15th Tamworth Fibre Textile Biennial is on at QUT Art Museum, Brisbane 18 April – 22 June.
" Last Days at Big Harry's Place is about the working lives of the people affected by the closure of the BHP Steelworks in Newcastle. Global Arts Link, Ipswich 29 March – 9 June.
" Witness is a selection of the work of 10 Australian photojournalists recording political events as well as personal stories. Australian Centre of Photography Travelling Exhibition at Cairns Regional Gallery to 6 April.
[CAPTION: Stephen Dupont Ahmed Shad Masoud on noticeboard, Dash-I-Qala 2001 photograph]
" Madonna Staunton: New work/ Retrospective: formality, calm and spirituality from one of Queensland's most significant artists Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, 13 March – 18 April
" Fields : four site specific installations by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists Mickey Durring, Ken Thaiday, Roy Wiggan & Fiona Foley explore the ways non-Indigenous audiences have understood Indigenous art as 'primitive' or as part of the tradition of modernist abstraction, curated by Diane Moon and Djon Mundine Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, 1 May – 7 June.
" 4 x 4 :Four curators select an emerged artist whose work they have followed over a period of time in group shows : Vernon Ah Kee/ Michael Snelling, IMA ; Annie Hogan/Ruth McDougall, IMA ; Jewel McKenzie/David Broker, IMA; Kim Demuth/Julie Walsh, QAG, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, 12 June – 19 July.

" Moments of Mind, the Sweeney Reed Collection includes concrete poetry by Sweeney and other material revealing the life and times of this troubled supporter of contemporary art. Heide Museum of Modern Art, until 6 July.
" Renate Nisi shows new sculpture until 19 March, and Ros Bandt curates Acoustic Ecology until 30 March at the Yarra Sculpture Gallery, 117 Vere St, Abbotsford.
" The good, the great & the gifted, Camera Portraits by Yousuf Karsh of Ottawa and Athol Shmith of Melbourne a NGA travelling exhibition of portraits of famous people of the mid-late 20th Century is on at Monash Gallery of Art until 30 March.
" William Robinson: The Revelation of Landscape, a selection of paintings and pastels of farmyard, rainforest and coastal subjects from 1982 – 2002. Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery 1 April – 18 May.
" NEW is the first group in a series of major commissions for ACCA by emerged Australian artists. Woks by Emily Floyd, Christine Morrow, David Rosetzky, Daniel von Sturmer, Louise Weaver and Andrew McQualter will occupy all four gallery spaces. Australian Centre for Contemporary Art March 15 - April 27.
" Augustine Dall'Ava: sculpture and drawings 1983 – 2003, mid-career survey includes documentation of public sculpture, Geelong Gallery, 16 April – 1 June.

" Phoenix is an installation by Tim Maslen and Jennifer Mehra alluding to the positive effects of bushfire on the ecology, the regeneration of trees and the seedlings activated by the heat. For the Perth International Arts Festival (PIAF) at holmes à court Gallery until 23 March.
" Call of the Wild: Patricia Piccinini, science and ethics through art and technology, at John Curtin Gallery for PIAF until April 6.
" Outside Tokyo: (Ideas about Time and Space) installations by WA artists from the Curtin University collection, John Curtin Gallery, 2 May – 29 June.
" South West Central: Indigenous art from south Western Australia 1833 – 2002 is a major exhibition and social history document about the Nyoongar people from earliest contact to the present day. Art Gallery of WA until 30 March.
[PIC CAPTION : Christopher Pease Monnop (detail),1999, oil on canvas 210 x 150cm]

" Robyn Archer returns to Ten Days on the Island 2003 to celebrate the culture of islands and island cities from New Zealand, the Faroe Islands, Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, Réunion Island, Guadaloupe, Cuba, Sicily, Greece, Staten Island and Venice and to build on the success of her 2001 event. An enticing performing arts program and island-wide gastronomic treats (including a focus on oysters) alongside exhibitions and installations in galleries and other settings around the state such as Highway One - installations by 5 Tasmanian artists along the Midlands Highway, a Muralfest at Sheffield in the north, and Memorial Light by Matt Calvert, a giant beacon afloat upstream of the Tasman Bridge, site of a tragic shipping accident in 1975. Haven, at the Long Gallery, Hobart, asks 8 artists to consider notable people who have used Tasmania as a refuge (see page 60). Three shows at the QVMAG, Launceston: The Nature of Islands, an exhibition of botanical art from islands around the world; Sea and Ink, on loan from New Caledonia - works on paper by indigenous artists of islands of N. Australia and Oceania; Archipelago - work by Phillip Wolfhagen produced during a residency on remote Deal Island, Bass Strait. Breaking the Ice, by Jorg Schmeisser, developed during his 1998 journey to Antarctica, at TMAG Hobart. A mix of innovative work including glass and photography in the City of Hobart Art Prize, photomedia by David Martin and Eleanor Ray at the Carnegie Gallery, video animation and soundscape from Joyce Hinterding & David Haines at CAST, and in Queenstown Hard Rain, works based on this rugged environment. At the new Academy Gallery in Launceston, Univ. of Tasmania, Red Dirt and August Fog. Festival runs Friday 28 March - Sunday 6 April, most visual arts events continue for several more weeks.
[IMAGE: BREAKING THE ICE exhib jpeg 06]
Caption: Jorg Schmeisser Diary and bergs, 1998, etching, 41 x 50, 1998 from Breaking the Ice at TMAG.]
" Singapore Arts Festival 2003 runs 29 May – 22 June, details from
" Art 03 is the biennial West Australian art fair which is on this year 16 – 18 May. Held on Fremantle harbour in the Passenger Terminal, near the new Maritime Museum, it shows the full gamut of galleries from the state from the Art Gallery of WA to the small artist-run space Kerb and includes national organisations ArtBank and Victorian Tapestry Workshop and several galleries from Singapore and India such as Nature Morte from New Delhi which represents international Indian artists with a focus on experimental and new media forms. University galleries and artist's organizations will also be represented. Art 03 is a chance for visitors to become acquainted with the often under-represented artists of WA.

" Christine Nicholls and Ian North have won the Power Institute/Art Association of Australia and New Zealand Prize for the best book in the History or Criticism of Art for 2001 for the book Kathleen Petyarre: Genius of Place published by Wakefield Press.
" Monash University Collection: Four decades of collecting 1961-2002 a diverse account of contemporary Australian art over the past 40 years, eds. Jenepher Duncan/Linda Michael, authors include Patrick McCaughey, Jenepher Duncan, Kelly Gellatly, Max Delany, Stuart Koop. Over 80 colour plates, 136pp, RRP $35.00 ring Nicola Vance (03) 9905 1632 or
" Big Magazine is a monthly which rotates around the world dedicating each issue to the art, design and writing of a different country. November 02 was our turn, and Big 44 Australia, edited by Russell Storer and Daniel Palmer, featured artists Bill Henson, Anne Zahalka, Brook Andrew and writers Edward Colless, Ghassan Hage, Stuart Koop, amongst many others in an attempt to define contemporary Australia.
" A Limited Catalogue of Endless Things is a CD of the work of Johannes Klabbers whose work was shown recently at the Wagga Wagga Regional Art Gallery and was published by them. For orders ring Sarah Last on (02) 6926 9660.

" Alice-Ann Boylan is the inaugural Director of the new Museum of Brisbane, (morphing out of the Brisbane City Art Gallery) due to launch late in 2003.
" Simon Ambrose, an arts administrator, has been appointed Director of the McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park in Frankston, Victoria.
" Michael Beckmann previously Head of Education Services at the Queensland Art Gallery is the new Director of Global Arts Link in Ipswich replacing Louise Denoon who has joined the team at the new Museum of Brisbane.
" Simon Wright is the new Director of Griffith Artworks in Brisbane.
" Tobias Berger is the new Director of Artspace in Auckland. Previously curator at the Kunsthalle of the Museum Fridericianum, Kassel, (home of Documenta) he has also worked on major international shows in Korea and Lithuania and has curated several shows in New Zealand including Fluxus at the Govett Brewster Gallery.
" Caroline Farmer, previously part of the ANAT team, is the new Director of 24HR Art in Darwin replacing Kath Bowdler.
" Brother Joseph McNally, President Emeritus and founder of the LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts, died last year aged 79, a much-loved member of the arts community in Singapore. A Memorial Exhibition of his painting and sculpture was held at the Earl Lu Gallery in November 2002.

" Call for papers Art Association of Australia and N. Zealand (NSW Chapter) 2003 CONFERENCE Ethics and Aesthetics 19 - 21 September at the Art Gallery of NSW which will explore the ways ethical issues bear on art practice, museology and art historical discourse. Guest speakers include Okwui Enwezor, Artistic Director of Documenta 11, deadline abstracts 31 March.
" 3rd Annual Open Publish Conference for Standards and Process in Publishing 28 – 31 July, Star City Casino, Sydney, for those who write, design, print, manage or publish information. Info contact Nga Cao on 02 9660 8866 or presented by Allette Systems (Australia) Pty Ltd in conjunction with IDEAlliance (USA).
" From Creator to Consumer in a Digital Age international conference on the future of the book, papers on new technologies, print on demand, eBooks, readers as users, copyright in digital age, print-electronic hybrid solutions, changing role of librarians, presented by RMIT University and Common Ground Publishing, 22 – 24 April in Cairns,
" 11th International Fungi and Fibre Symposium looks at fungi for brilliant permanent dyes for textiles and alternative ways of making paper, first time in southern hemisphere, at the Denmark College of Agriculture in the south of Western Australia, 12 – 18 July. Contact (08) 9848 1293 or