What’s coming up on our Cultural Fund Calendar

March 24, 2022

The Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund will support visual artists and galleries in the following exhibitions across Australia.

The 2022 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Free/State opened on 5 March, with an outstanding selection of artists challenging histories and art forms. Curator Sebastian Goldspink has compiled a Spotify playlist with an eclectic mix of songs (chosen by artists and writers involved in the exhibition) that served as inspiration for the feel of the Biennial.

Featured artists include:

Abdul-Rahman Abdullah (WA), Serena Bonson (NT), Mitch Cairns (NSW), Dean Cross (NSW), Shaun Gladwell (VIC), Dennis Golding (NSW), Loren Kronemyer (TAS), Laith McGregor (NSW), Kate Mitchell (QLD), Tracey Moffatt (NSW), Stanislava Pinchuk (VIC), Tom Polo (NSW), JD Reforma (NSW), Reko Rennie (VIC), Julie Rrap (NSW), Kate Scardifield (NSW), Darren Sylvester (VIC), Jelena Telecki (NSW), Rhoda Tjitayi (SA), James Tylor & Rebecca Selleck (ACT), Angela & Hossein Valamanesh (SA), Sera Waters (SA) and Min Wong (NSW).

Free/State closes on 5 June 2022. Read more about the exhibition in Gina Fairley’s story for ArtsHub.

Adelaide-based artist Frances Barrett has a major upcoming exhibition at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) in Melbourne. Opening on 2 April, Frances Barrett: Meatus incorporates new sonic compositions and live performances by multiple artists.

Barrett is exploring practices of listening that decentre the ear to activate the entire body, attuned to both conscious responses and unconscious intensities. The exhibition title refers to an opening or passage leading to the interior of the body (e.g. ear canal, nasal passages), represented at ACCA by the four galleries exhibiting works.

As well as curating three specially commissioned sound compositions by Nina Buchanan, Del Lumanta and Sione Teumohenga, and inviting a series of incursions by Debris Facility Pty Ltd, Barrett has developed a major sound installation with Hayley Forward and Brian Fuata.

See Meatus at ACCA from 2 April until 19 June 2022.

Vivienne Binns: On and through the surface is a major survey exhibition currently at Monash University Museum of Art in Victoria. It closes on 14 April to travel to Sydney, where it will show at the Museum of Contemporary Art from 15 July until 25 September 2022.

This language that is every stone is a group show at Brisbane’s Institute of Modern Art (IMA), featuring ‘1008’ (2020) by our 2020 Visual Artist Fellow Khaled Sabsabi. This work is inspired by stories, myths and legends from Arabic, Indian and Persian folklore and literature dating back to the 9th century. From a distance, ‘1008’ – made from 56 hand-embellished archival photos – resembles a Persian rug; up close, however, the distorted images of historical monuments and scenes from daily life highlight dispossession, appropriation and loss.

Curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Asad Raza and Warraba Weatherall, the exhibition features the following artists:

Vernon Ah Kee, Robert Andrew, Daniel Boyd, Megan Cope, Manthia Diawara, Taloi Havini, Koo Jeong A, Sancintya Mohini Simpson, Phuong Ngo, The Otolith Group, Philippe Parreno, Raqs Media Collective, Khaled Sabsabi, Anri Sala, Yhonnie Scarce, Latai Taumoepeau, and Shireen Taweel.

This language that is every stone closes 6 April 2022. You can also visit the exhibition at the IMA virtually.

In international news, Artspace’s new commission untitled [transcriptions of country], by Wiradjuri and Kamilaroi artist Jonathan Jones, was exhibited at the Palais de Tokyo (Paris, France) from 26 November 2021 to 20 February 2022. This exhibition, Jones’ first solo show in Europe, investigates the colonial transport, trade and acclimatisation of Australian native plants, animals and objects, together with the colonisation of associated local Aboriginal knowledge.

You can visit the Palais de Tokyo exhibition remotely, immerse yourself in a video walk through and watch a short interview with the artist. You can also read an article by Jane Ure-Smith in ArtReview (January & February 2022).

untitled [transcriptions of country] will be launching at Artspace’s new building in 2022.

Finally, applications for the Cultural Fund’s Grants for Organisations (Round 1 for 2022) are open! Read more about our priorities and eligibility criteria and contact us by email (culturalfund@copyright.com.au) if you have any questions.

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