Artspace's annual Finissage will take place on Saturday 9 December. Join us for a free program of events to celebrate the end of another year at Artspace.
The 2018 Program Launch — including the announcement of the seven 2018 Artspace One Year Studio Artists — will be followed by a public talk with artists Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley. After this, free live music performances by Jack Shit and Mere Women along with a performance by 2017 Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship Recipient, Claudia Nicholson.
2pm | 2018 PROGRAM LAUNCH
Artspace Executive Director, Alexie Glass-Kantor and Artspace Chair, Andrew Cameron AO will announce the 2018 Artspace Program, including the seven new Artspace One Year Studio Artists.
3pm | PERFORMANCE LECTURE | Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley
Artists Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley in conversation with Serena Bentley, Curator at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI). Through the works of the artists, this free public lecture will explore how comedy and absurdity can be used to reveal more serious concerns about race, work, gender and politics.
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4pm | ARTIST PERFORMANCE | Claudia Nicholson
2017 NSW Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship recipient Claudia Nicholson will be staging a live performance in the Artspace main gallery.
4pm | LIVE MUSIC | Jack Shit, Mere Women
Free live performances by DJ and broadcaster Jack Shit followed by the Sydney-based band Mere Women.
2 – 6pm | OPEN STUDIOS
Take one last look inside the studios of the 2017 Artspace One Year Studio Artists: Karen Black, Bianca Hester, Mason Kimber, Tom Polo, Agatha Gothe-Snape, Keg de Souza and Justene Williams. Also welcoming visitors to their studios will be current Residential Studio Artists Paul Knight Perdita Phillips.
Saturday 9 December is the last day of our current exhibitions, the 2017 Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship and the 2017 Parramatta Artists Studios Exhibition in the Ideas Platform. Open from 11am – 6pm.
Artspace and Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) present a performance lecture with artists Mary Reid Kelly and Patrick Kelly. Through the works of the artists, this free lecture will explore how comedy and absurdity can be used to reveal more serious concerns about race, work, gender and politics.
Mary Reid Kelley combines painting, performance and distinctive wordplay-rich poetry in graphically stylised black-and-white videos. Made in collaboration with her partner Patrick Kelley, her videos playfully jumble historical periods such as World War One and France’s Second Empire to trace the ways in which present concerns are rooted in the past. In particular Mary presents her take on the clash between utopian ideologies and the realities of women’s lives in the struggle for liberation.
Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley will host this lecture in conversation with Serena Bentley, Curator at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI).
Location: Level 2, Seminar Room
2017 NSW Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship Recipient Claudia Nicholson will be staging a live performance in Artspace's main gallery.
The performance lecture will be followed by free performances featuring Jack Shit and Sydney-based band Mere Women.
Jack Shit is a DJ, broadcaster and eclectic specialist best known for his detailed site-specific sets and long running show Jack off on FBi Radio.
Mere Women is a Sydney-based four piece band that have continually explored new structures in greater depth with a collaborative writing process, aiming to find new ways of expressing and writing popular music through post-punk. They work to actively break barriers and predictable, unimaginative musical structures that reinforce the status quo of male-dominated popular music.
Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley’s participation is co-presented by Artspace and Monash University of Modern Art (MUMA).