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Sandrine Colard on the 6th Lubumbashi Biennale Ocula Conversation Sandrine Colard on the 6th Lubumbashi Biennale

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the largest Francophone nation in Africa with vast resources and nearly 80 million inhabitants, is a place where commodities play a vital role in the national economy and the country's significance on the world stage. This is the context from which the 6th Lubumbashi Biennale (24 October–24 November...

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52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS Symposium Brings Ideas Offline Ocula Report
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52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS Symposium Brings Ideas Offline 13 Dec 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

From 20 to 21 July 2019, Artspace Sydney held a two-day symposium that brought artists in conversation with leading curators, writers, activists, academics, diplomats, and journalists from across Asia. The symposium was the final chapter of the 52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS exhibition, publication, website, and Instagram project. Instigated and...

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U.K. Election Artist Nicky Hirst Reflects on ‘Fractured and Febrile’ Campaign Ocula News U.K. Election Artist Nicky Hirst Reflects on ‘Fractured and Febrile’ Campaign 13 December 2019

'Seeing the democratic electoral process in action has made me thankful for our system but even more thankful that I am an artist and not a politician,' Hirst said. Boris Johnson's Conservative Party won an overwhelming majority in yesterday's U.K. General Election despite the efforts of artists such as Anish Kapoor and Antony Gormley , who...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight
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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy. Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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Holiday arts guide: What to see around Australia this summer Related Press Holiday arts guide: What to see around Australia this summer The Sydney Morning Herald : 28 December 2016

Tatsuo Miyajima: Connect With Everything , Museum of Contemporary Art, until March 5 The Museum of Contemporary Art has bagged Japanese artist Tatsuo Miyajima's first major show in the Southern Hemisphere. The retrospective explores the concept of time and its passing, through room-size installations with sculptures, lighting, video...

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Bindis, bodies and saris: the art of India's Bharti Kher - artist profile Related Press Bindis, bodies and saris: the art of India's Bharti Kher - artist profile Art Radar : 16 March 2016

From 18 February to 16 April 2016 the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery is holding Bharti Kher: In Her Own Language , the Indian artist’s first solo exhibition  in Australia as part of the Perth International Arts Festival. The works in this exhibition focus on bindis, bodies and saris and range from abstract wall panels to tactile...

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A Look Into Recent Australian Art Related Press A Look Into Recent Australian Art Art Radar Asia / 08 November 2013 : 12 November 2013

From 31 August to 13 October 2013, the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts in western Australia held “In Confidence: Reorientations in Recent Art”, an exhibition exploring the cultural proximity of Australia and nations of the Indian Ocean. In his essay “Australia is not an island” curator John Mateer re-assesses ideas of...

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Perth is the capital city of Western Australia—the state with the largest geographical reach in Australia. The Noongar people are the traditional owners of the Perth region and wider Swan Coastal Plain. The area's main industry and source of population growth is through the mining of natural resources. Perth is located in close proximity to other nearby townships such as Fremantle or Freo, as it is affectionately known, which also hosts a slew of creative activity.

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Despite its regionality and reputation as one of the most remote cities in the world, Perth has a vibrant cultural scene with many supporters of the arts. Leading the way in terms of state institutions is the Art Gallery of Western Australia (AGWA), which houses a collection of more than 17,500 historical, modern, and contemporary artworks. The AGWA was founded in 1895 and occupies a precinct of three heritage buildings on the south-eastern corner of the Perth Cultural Centre. 2019 marks the 40th anniversary of the AGWA's main Gallery.

Near the AGWA is the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA)—the state's leading contemporary, non-collecting art space housed in a heritage building in the centre of the city. PICA includes exhibitions and seasons in contemporary dance, theatre, and performance. In terms of the visual art programme, PICA is home to Hatched, an annual exhibition focused on highlighting the best in graduate practice at a national level. It regularly shares touring shows with other institutions of its size in Australia and overseas, and curates in-house too.

Perth, like many cities, has witnessed a changing landscape in terms of commercial and artist-run spaces. A new artist-run space that opened in 2018 is Cool Change Contemporary, which is situated on Barrack Street in a multi-gallery venue located within the historic Bon Marche Arcade building. The initiative hosts a regular programme of exhibitions supported by regular performances, screenings, workshops, and events, and is home to an artist studio Currently operational commercial art galleries in Perth include Moore Contemporary, Gallery 360, Linton & Kay Galleries, and Artitja Fine Art.

The University of Western Australia's gallery is named Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery. The Gallery presents an annual calendar of engaging exhibitions and educational programmes that draw reference to its 80 years of collection history. Another university gallery in Perth is the John Curtin Gallery, operating on behalf of Curtin University's Perth campus.

Artbank has recently opened a Perth arm to their operations; the space can be found operating out of the Hyatt Regency. The Artbank collective is staged in the five-star hotel's expansive first floor in a manner that creates a showroom for the collection for Perth audiences.

Between Perth and Fremantle is the Heathcote Museum & Gallery. Further abroad in Fremantle, art spaces include Fremantle Arts Centre, which hosts an interdisciplinary programme spanning music, visual arts, performance, and more.

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