Issue 25:3 | September 2005 | Stirring
Issue 25:3 | September 2005
Issue 18:2 | June 1998 | Public Art in Australia
Public Art in Australia
Issue 18:2 | June 1998
Issue 17:4 | December 1997 | Emerging Artists
Emerging Artists
Issue 17:4 | December 1997


Gleaning Relational Aesthetics
The term Relational Aesthetics was first coined by Nicolas Bourriard, French curator and, since 1999, co-director with Jerome Sans of the Contemporary art centre Palais de Tokyo in Paris. Relational art doesn't produce a product but focuses on relations between audience members, events and ideas.

Founded as recently as 1888 the West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum in Wharfedale was by reputation the biggest madhouse in Western Europe, and Brooks small village lay huddled beside it. Brook tells the story of living in sin, celebacy and the wall that proposed a division between madness and sanity.

Comment, upcoming events, people, news and views
Qin Ga: 'Miniature Long March'
The Long March A Walking Visual Display is an international collaboration involving over 250 Chinese and international artists taking place along 20 sites of the historical Long March. Each site was chosen for its symbolic import; the Long March was tatooed onto Qin Ga's back transforming his body into both an artwork and a Long March object.
Here Come the Jets
Current trends in image reproduction, addressed through the introduction of giclee technology and industry. Neylon deals with issues of prints authenticity and some of the controversial debates surfacing within Australias art community.
Philanthropy, Sponsorship, or Dinner?
On July 29 2005 the Prime Minister, John Howard, was guest of honour at the annual Australian Business Foundation for the Arts (AbaF) Awards Dinner. Joanna Mendelssohn reports on the event.
Biennials of the World: Myths, Facts and Questions
In recent years, in the rarefied world of high art, in the places where international curators meet and work, amongst critics, commentators, artists, sponsors and collectors there has been no subject more widely discussed than that of the international recurrent exhibition. While Stephanie Britton recognises that the more closely it is examined the larger and more complex the subject becomes she has set out to tackle some of the essential ideas and questions surrounding these exhibitions. Includes two double fold out charts exclusive to Artlink: 1) a map of the world showing all the current biennales and triennials plus a new analysis of the 112 most frequently invited artists; 2) a star chart titled Artlink's Intergalactic Guide to the Curators of International Biennials and Triennials which lists the most frequently employed curators on these events and which events they have worked on.
Echoes of Home
Museum of Brisbane, 6 May - 21 August, 2005
An Inauspicious Occasion
In May 2005 Brisbane lost a landmark. Wendy Mills water sculpture On this auspicious occasion, commissioned in November 1998 as part of a major refurbishment of Brisbanes Queen Street Mall and a broader attempt to achieve a more culturally sophisticated city, came down in the dead of the night.
Public Interrogations
Architecturally-trained artist Richard Goodwin regards built and urban spaces as his performative stage. He has sought out parks, passageways, plazas, under and overpasses and other connective, forgotten and in-between spaces to insert an often absurdist mark of his presence.
Give Wings to the Arts

This article outlines a radical new model for arts funding in Australia which will seek to adequately address many of the economic and creative necessities of young and established artists. Hall clearly sets out the proposal for the model, pointing out the four wings which would come into place to assist various sectors of the creative industries including Visual Arts, Literature, Crafts and Composition and Choreography and would replace both existing Fellowships and New Works Grants.

New Museum Creates Cafe Society in Shenzhen
At the end of January 2005 in the He Xingning Art Museum in Shenzhen, a conference was held to coincide with the opening of the first dedicated Contemporary Art Museum in China named OCTA Contemporary Art Centre. The conference was essentially looking at the major issues confronting contemporary art in China as it goes through yet another dramatic evolution.
Hossein Valamanesh
Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide 29 June - 24 July 2005
Sculpture by the Sea
Artists and the public converge on Cottesloe Beach, Perth for the WA incarnation of the famous Bondi Beach event, 17 - 28 March 2005
Barney and Tibby Ellaga
New paintings from SE Arnhem Land at Raft Artspace, Darwin, 1- 23 April, 2005
Aaron Seeto: For Silvered Tongues
Ese Jaske Gallery, Sydney, 23 March - 16 April 2005
The Dreaming Festival
The Dreaming Festival, director Rhoda Roberts, Bush Galleries, Woodford, Queensland, 10  13 June 2005
December Saints by Emma van Leest
Seventh Gallery, Melbourne, 5 - 16 April 2005
Pantjiti Mary McLean: A Big Story
Pantjiti Mary McLean: A Big Story, Paintings and drawings 1992 - 2005 Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute Inc., Adelaide 7 May  7 August 2005
Neil Taylor
Niagara Galleries, Melbourne 1 April - 3 May 2005
22nd Telstra NATSI Art Award
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) 13 August - 23 October 2005
Intimate Transactions 3:2005
QUT Creative Industries Precinct, Brisbane The Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne 25 - 30 April 2005
Ghost River Paintings
Jo Darbyshire Span Galleries, Melbourne 1 - 19 March 2005 Gallery East, North Fremantle 13 May - 5 June 2005
Nell: Happy Ending
Roslyn Oxley9, Sydney 26 May - 25 June 2005
Ill & Vexed - Modernity Makes Me Sick
Carnegie Gallery, Hobart 9 June - 10 july 2005
Eduardo Kac Workshops
Experimantal Art Foundation, Adelaide 18 - 21 May 2005
Mirrored Worlds: Troy Ruffels
Bett Gallery, Hobart 10 June - 6 July 2005
Pitch Your Own Tent
Curated by Max Delany Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne 23 June - 27 August 2005
Lynne Sanderson: Lucid Touch
Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide 14 July - 13 August, 2005
Fremantle Print Award 30 Years Later and Still Standing
One of the many pleasures of running an annual award for excellence in printmedia is the thrill of unpacking the entries and encountering a work that takes your breath away. That thrill can evaporate when the judging panel dismisses the favoured work, or simply die away amongst the endless piles of entries waiting to be processed before you.
Degenerates and Perverts

Degenerates and Perverts: The 1939 Herald Exhibition of French and British Contemporary Art by Eileen Chanin and Steven Miller, with an introduction by Judith Pugh Miegunyah Press, 2005, RRP $69.95 Reviewed by Paula Furby

The tyranny of paradise or ... On being an emerging artist in Darwin
Emerging Artists
A Revolutionary Digital Summer in the UK
Digital technology is driving the revolution in visual culture and consciousness. Exploring the ninth International Symposium of the Electronic Arts [ISEA98].
The Big Pond: Australian Artists Overseas
Sydney Biennale Every Day
Exploration of the 11th Biennale of Sydney curated by Jonathon Watkins.
The Big Pond: Australian Artists Overseas
Tracey Moffatt's Lost Highway
Tracey Moffatt has since the end of 1997 had two solo exhibtions overseas -- 'Freefalling' at the Dia Center for the Arts in New York and 'Tracey Moffatt' at the Kunsthalle Vienna touring 16 galleries in Europe. She was included in the 10th Biennale of Sydney in 1996, followed in 1997 by the Venice Biennale, the Basel Art Fair and the Sao Paulo Bienal in Brazil. Adrian Martin looks at her show at the Arnolfini Gallery in Bristol.
The Big Pond: Australian Artists Overseas
Passion, Rich Collectors and the Export Dollar: The Selling of Aboriginal Art Overseas
The author with Djon Mundine explore the paradox which is faced by Aboriginal dealers and curators who take Aboriginal art to the world. Issues of viability to ethnocentricity and notions of the primitive as well as the role of art in educating audiences and promoting the culture of indigenous Australians are discussed.
The Big Pond: Australian Artists Overseas
To Go Abroad: Australians-in-residence
Explores the issues of residencies overseas for Australian artists: Jeffrey Smart, Justin O'Brien, Norma Redpath, Clement Meadmore and Colin Lanceley.
The Big Pond: Australian Artists Overseas
Residencies in Asia
Examines Asialink's artist in residency program. Complete with a list of Visual Arts/Crafts Residency destinations.
The Big Pond: Australian Artists Overseas
Seven Little Australians
Artists Louise Paramor, Yenda Carson, Damon Moon, Jayne Dyer, Matthew Calvert, David Jensz and Helga Groves write about their experiences in residencies throughout Asia: India, South Korea, Indonesia, Beijing, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam respectively.
The Big Pond: Australian Artists Overseas
The Culture of Exporting Art-cargo
How does Australia export its visual culture overseas? What have been the positive achievements and the low points of this process? Looks at the role of the Australia Council and the Visual Arts/Crafts Board.
The Big Pond: Australian Artists Overseas
Export What! Where!
Looks at the issues facing the export of the Australian visual art product overseas.
The Big Pond: Australian Artists Overseas
Narelle Jubelin at the Tate: Case No T961301
Looks at the international career and art practice of Narelle Jubelin.
The Big Pond: Australian Artists Overseas
Enjoin to the Philippines
Profiles the exhibition 'Enjoin' which opened in November 1998 at the Museo ng Sining (CSIS Museum) in Manila as part of the centenary celebrations of the Philippines' independence from colonial rule.
The Big Pond: Australian Artists Overseas
Asialink's Exhibition Program: A Sampling
Describes Asialink's exhibition program which commenced in 1991 at the same time as the residency program with funding from the VACB and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The Big Pond: Australian Artists Overseas
Telling Tales to Austria
Telling Tales an exhibition curated by Jill Bennett and Jackie Dunn about trauma, subjectivity and memory began an international tour in March 1999 as part of the SOCOG Cultural Olympiad 'Reaching the World' . Opened at the Ivan Dougherty Gallery at the College of Fine Arts Sydney in conjunction with a major conference 'Trauma and Memory--Cross Cultural Perspectives'.
The Big Pond: Australian Artists Overseas
Larrikins in London to London
An exhibtion curated by Nick Waterlow and Felicity Fenner which examines the extensive and multifarious nature of the cultural exchange which took place between London and Australia in the 1960s. OZ magazine and activists and writers such as Germaine Greer, Juno Gemes, Robert Hughes, Clive James, Richard Neville, Robert Whitaker and Wendy Whiteley provide a vehicle of narration for the exhibition. Part of the Olympiad theme of 'Australia to the World' 1999/2000
The Big Pond: Australian Artists Overseas
Parachuting Postponed: Birmingham
Claire Doherty is a curator at the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham, England's second city. The 'Art into Action' program supports artists working in process based or research based ways over extended periods of time in direct communication with groups and individuals in Birmingham. The exploration of 'home' suggested itself as a universal metaphor as the 'sacred place' from which all else could be mapped.
The Big Pond: Australian Artists Overseas
International Programs
Discusses the cultural policy of the Victorian Government Arts 21 promulgated in 1994 which aimed to reinforce the government's agenda to promote Melbourne and Victoria as an international centre of excellence.
The Big Pond: Australian Artists Overseas
Kultural Kommuting
Kultural Kommuting is a collaboration between 18 artists resulting in installations in public locations in Melbourne and Berlin during 1998. Initiated by Claudia Luenig and Maggie McCormick, Kultural Kommuting is a 'cityartpublicspace' project run in association with Galerie Trepenhaus and the Public Office and is a project of the City of Melbourne's public art program.
The Big Pond: Australian Artists Overseas
John Kelly: London to Brighton
John Kelly was the recipient of a Samstag Scholarship in 1996 to study at the Slade for a year. The article looks at Kelly's current work and the tensions between working in London and Australia.
The Big Pond: Australian Artists Overseas
Steven Holland: Game Over
Steven Holland was awarded a Samstag scholarship in 1997 which allowed him to enrol in Natural History Illustration and Sculpture at the Royal College of Art in London and to travel to Europe.
The Big Pond: Australian Artists Overseas
Zhong Chen: Adelaide - London - Adelaide
Zhong Chen as a relatively recent graduate of the SA School of Art won a Samstag Scholarship to travel to the Chelsea College of Art in late 1997.
The Big Pond: Australian Artists Overseas
Nike Savvas: Joining the Inner Circle
Nike Savvas was awarded a Samstag Scholarship in 1996 ans was accepted into Goldsmiths College as an Associate Research Student. She has instigated a number of one day exhibitions with artists from Australia and Europe along with fellow students from Goldsmiths.
The Big Pond: Australian Artists Overseas
Simon Mangos in Berlin
Explores the work of Simone Mangos who left Australia in 1988 to spend a year as an artist in residence at the Kunstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin. During the past 10 years she has maintained a profile in Sydney and Adelaide. Mangos creates site specific installations as well as discrete objects that can be exhibited in art galleries and art fairs.
The Big Pond: Australian Artists Overseas
An Australian or Two in Paris Nineties-style
On four Australian artists working in Paris: Marion Borgelt, Tim Maguire, Helen Kennedy and Heidi Woods
The Big Pond: Australian Artists Overseas
Annette Bezor in Paris
Since 1986 Annette Bezor has been working in both the Cite Internationale des Arts and private studios in Paris. The Adelaide Paris connection, seemingly so contemporary is very much a part of South Australian visual art history. Conducted as an interview with the artist.
The Big Pond: Australian Artists Overseas
Jill Scott: Zurich, Weimar and Sydney
Jill Scott writes about her experiences in Europe particularly Germany. Short biographical details of the artist are also included.
The Big Pond: Australian Artists Overseas
Aldo Iacobelli in Valencia
Explores the artistic tension in the work of Aldo Iacobelli --- between Australia where the lack of tradition may be seen to allow greater movement of ideas and Europe where the cultural territory is much more established.
The Big Pond: Australian Artists Overseas
Anne Pincus in Munich
'Ask the dust' the exhibition of Anne Pincus at Access Gallery in Sydney explores the contrast between the light and sand and dust of Australia and Israel and the darkness of Europe.
The Big Pond: Australian Artists Overseas
Dorothy Erickson: Jetset Jeweller
The strength of the Australian jewellery practice may be attributed to the jewellery departments in Australian universities and art schools as well as to the influence and impact of leading jewellery artists who have arrived from other countries to live, teach or practice in Australia. Looks at the work of Dorothy Erikson.
The Big Pond: Australian Artists Overseas
Get Out There and $ell
Explores the international art market for serious contemporary art, looking at the Australian Visual Art Export Strategy.
The Big Pond: Australian Artists Overseas
Who's Selling What to Whom: Australian Dealers Taking Australian Art Overseas
Although the US is often cited as the holy grail for export, with its huge art-aware public and wealthy collectors, and although it is true to say that many Australian art dealers have links with US dealers and sales are made on a fairly regular basis, Japan, Germany and Spain are the countries to which Australian commercial galleries have exported Australian art since the early nineties.
The Big Pond: Australian Artists Overseas
ODD: business, news, finance and weather
Andrew Petrusevics and Chris Gaston Artspace, Adelaide Festival Centre 28 August to 24 October 1998
The Big Pond: Australian Artists Overseas
Entree: Emerging Adelaide Artists
Curated by Di Barrett Nexus Gallery, Adelaide September - October
The Big Pond: Australian Artists Overseas
Expanse: Aboriginalities, Spatialities and the Politics of Ecstasy
University of SA Art Museum 4 September - 3 October 1998 Curated by Ian North
The Big Pond: Australian Artists Overseas
Warka Irititja Munu Kuwari Kutu/Work from the Past and the Present
A celebration of fifty years of Ernabella Arts Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Adelaide August - September 1998
The Big Pond: Australian Artists Overseas
Sit Up! and Nature as Object
Sit Up!: 100 Masterpieces from the Vitra Design Museum Collection Nature as Object: Craft and Design from Japan, Finland and Australia Art Gallery of Western Australia 2 July - 6 September 1998
The Big Pond: Australian Artists Overseas
Past Tense/Future Perfect
Craftwest Gallery, Perth and Moores Building, Fremantle 4 - 26 July 1998 Centre for Contemporary Craft, Customs House, Sydney 12 September - 11 October 1998
The Big Pond: Australian Artists Overseas
Divergent: Abstraction and the Photographic Object
Recent Works by Adam Bunny, Jane Burton, Penelope Davis, Gavin Hipkins, Brian Jefferies, David Martin, Jeffrey Sturges & Andrew Wilson Curated by Simon Cuthbert Plimsoll Gallery, Centre for the Arts, Hobart, September 11 - October 4
The Big Pond: Australian Artists Overseas
The Meeting of the Waters: The Australian Print Project
24 Hr Art, Darwin September 1998
The Big Pond: Australian Artists Overseas
The Wild(e) Colonial Boy
Leigh Bowery edited Robert Violette published Editions Violette/distributed by Thames and Hudson $89.00 238 pp colour and b&w illustrations
The Big Pond: Australian Artists Overseas
White Aborigines: Identity Politics in Australian Art
Ian McLeanWhite Aborigines:Identity Politics in Australian Art. Oakleigh, Vic, Cambridge University Press, 1998, 204 pp. RRP $39.95 hb.
The Big Pond: Australian Artists Overseas
How the 'Art in Public Places' Debate Shackles Creative Genius
Buckle your seatbelts for a wild, multi-disciplinary ride to explore why all urban space is art... why every individual entering public space is an artist.... how the design of public space either feeds or inhibits this artist.... how professional artists involved in the production of 'public art' should therefore respond.
Public Art in Australia
The Public Interest: Is There Any?
"Living a few hundred metres away from a community arts project has clarified my doubts about the standard and the value of such projects and what they achieve for their supposed audience." Peers explores the current issues facing the production of community and public art looking at 'The Bridge, Construction in Process' an event and exhibition which took place in Melbourne over March- April 1998.
Public Art in Australia
What do THEY make of it?
Jenny Holzer shared some thoughts with Tamara Winikoff during Artist's Week in Adelaide in March 1998 about her relationship with the public, who over the years and in various countries, has been the audience for her artworks in the public arena.
Public Art in Australia
Shelf life, Use by Date and Other Related Issues
Isn't it about time we showed artists and our public artworks a little more respect? We coaxed artists out of their studios to put their creative souls on public display, and now many of those life enhancing objects are looking unloved, forlorn and neglected.
Public Art in Australia
Politics/Poetics: Reflections Documenta
'documenta X' curated by Catherine David from France, opened in Kassel Germany on 21 June 1997 and ran for 100 days. This colossal international event could not be simply understood as an art exhibition and it defied many of the expected ingredients of large scale block busters.
Public Art in Australia
City Provoked: These Questions and More....
RMIT project 'City Provoked' asked questions about the nature of public art emphasising 'new genre public art' - flexibility and responsiveness, specificity and topicality, innovation, challenge, engagement, unregulated encounter. collaboration, temporality and process rather than closure.
Public Art in Australia
The Enduring Moment
It is arguable that temporary public art is a more valid response to the transitory, dynamic and complex nature of the city and public life, more available to be critical and exploratory, than its permanent counterpart.
Public Art in Australia
Five Hundred Sculptors in Melbourne!
Whether Melbourne can support 500 or more sculptors is yet to be proven, but the talent is there and architects, developers and city councils seem to be much more receptive to the concept of public art.
Public Art in Australia
Putting Art in the Landscape
Looks at Herring Island Environmental Sculpture Park, Victoria and the issues which surround putting art into parks and public spaces. Unlike the specialised designs of the contemporary art gallery, the 'environment' is a bundle of concepts distributed across the city and suburbs.
Public Art in Australia
Not Fence Sitting: The Art on Line Project
The 'Art on Line' project initially conceived by Craig Walsh, involved the work of three Brisbane based artists - Wendy Mills, Keith Armstrong and Craig Walsh - who are perhaps better known as working along the experimental edge of fine art, rather than as 'community artists'.
Public Art in Australia
Getting up to Speed in Queensland: The Learning Curve Levels Off
The Queenslanders Art Alliance was established in 1986, maintaining an artist register as well as project management programs collaborating with the Queensland government in the 'Designing Environments' strategy which is intended to consolidate the quality of the collaborative process in public art projects. Looks at the Kangaroo Cliffs Boardwalk project.
Public Art in Australia
The SCIP Project: The Making of Memories in Amnesia Land
Looks at the Sandgate Town Centre Improvement Project (Suburban Centre Improvement Projects) in South East Queensland.
Public Art in Australia
Against the
There's something about public art projects that seems to either bring out the best or the worst in artists. Looks at the 'loo with a view' on the beach front at Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. The project has not been without its tensions......
Public Art in Australia
Public Art in Sydney - Olympian Heights or More of the Same?
The Olympic Co-ordination Authority and the Sydney City Council, the two commissioning bodies, have the power to transform the capital with their curated programs of site specific public art, some of which will have a limited life span. Ironically, in these environments where relationship to site is one of the criteria for inclusion, it is left to the artist to reconstruct the histories, to illuminate the voices demolished to make way for Olympic progress.
Public Art in Australia
Bridging Art and Ecology
Over the past decade there has been a significant increase in the number of public art projects directed at the improvement of the quality of public environments. Looks at two projects 'Restoring the Waters' in Fairfield (NSW) involving the artists Michaelie Crawford and Jennifer Turpin and the East Perth Greenway Project by artist Nola Farman. Both projects involve urban waterways and are to do with connecting people to place.
Public Art in Australia
Marking the 2000 Moment: Sydney Pulls Out the Stops
Sculpture is often considered a difficult medium. Public art is frequently controversial. Yet, public sculptural art offers the widest possible audience and the greatest opportunity (by far) to experience, within the increasingly intense landscape of our cities, the humanising and deeply satisfying impact of art and culture.
Public Art in Australia
Commissioning Public Art: A Consultant Speaks
"I am looking at the final design and thought 'what went wrong?' Weeks earlier the Arts Committee had selected an exciting concept design. Why did the artist change the concept design so dramatically?"
Public Art in Australia
Public Art can Kill
Looks at issues of the law and public art with references to Richard Serra's 'Sculpture No.3' and Christo's 'The Umbrellas: a joing project for Japan and USA'.
Public Art in Australia
For Arts Sake a Fair Go
The status quo of moral rights of artists in Australia today in respect of site specific works.
Public Art in Australia
The Vision not so Splendid
Prominent gallerist Paul Greenaway and influential educator Pamela J Zeplin speculated recently about the depths to which confidence in the management of Adelaide's Public Domain has sunk. Who is to blame for the rash of mediocrity -- consultants, governments, artists themselves. Interview.
Public Art in Australia
Fire Rituals for Multicultural Times
Describes the public art event for the 1998 opening ceremony of the Adelaide Festival of Arts -- Flamma, Flamma held at the Torrens River, Elder Park Adelaide SA on 27th February 1998.
Public Art in Australia
A Moment of Reflection
Public Art, the Art for Public Places (APP) program, models for commissions and the matter of percent for art in South Australia. "Processes of development can be as important as the final products when trying to stimulate the field of public art."
Public Art in Australia
An Artist Speaks Out
Challenging work, work that made some form of investigative observation about where we stand at this point in time was virtually not appearing anymore....In Adelaide and other cities, decorative design work, which is often very literal and subservient to conservative briefs, commercial interests, political agendas and restrictive models has appeared everywhere under the name of sculpture.
Public Art in Australia
Local Government and Public Art
Increasingly, local governments at the cutting edge are recognising the need to carefully define their role in public art and more broadly cultural development.
Public Art in Australia
Public Art at the Canberra Museum and Gallery
In a city with so many cultural institutions focused upon the national agenda, the new Canberra Museum and Gallery is a significant symbol of the ACTs (Australian Capital Territory) increasing confidence in a local identity, interdependent with its national role.
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