Thursday 29 October 2020 4.30pm & 6.30pm

Contour 556 Symposium

Making art in Canberra’s public domain: Legacies and futures

Chair and introduction Virginia Rigney Senior Curator CMAG

Session 1 Legacies

Speakers: Elspeth Pitt Curator National Gallery of Australia, Lara Nicholls PhD candidate Australian National University, Bruce Reynolds participating artist Sculpture ‘75, Stephen Jones, video and media artist and curator Canberra has a history of being the stage for the presentation of challenging contemporary art practice in the public domain. A panel of artists and curators review the legacy and significance of some of these projects including Australia’75 and the parallel program Sculpture 75, Acts I II III, a series of performance and public participatory art events instigated and organised by Ingo Kleinert and Diana Ashcroft Johnson from 1978 to 1982 and the National Sculpture Forums of 1995 and 1998. With much of this past work ephemeral and loosely documented, the forum is an opportunity to refresh our appreciation of the ambitions and impacts of these works.

Session 2 Futures

Speakers: Alex Wisser Creative Director Cementa, , Michael Jasper, Architect and Contour 556 artists Richard Lewer and Megan Cope. The panel reflects on the challenges and importance of delivering a regional contemporary art festival, the new fashion for temporary pavilions as ‘architectural art’ and some of the considerations for artists on making their work and exhibiting in temporary art events. What have been the impacts on the growing climate of risk aversion and the uncertain culture of the pandemic changing what temporal art projects can say. Will ambitious temporal contemporary art events survive? Richard Lewer’s Contour 556 work is on display at CMAG on the Square until 16 January 2021.

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Synopsis

Thursday 29 October 2020
4.30pm & 6.30pm

Contour 556 Symposium

Making art in Canberra’s public domain: Legacies and futures

Chair and introduction Virginia Rigney Senior Curator CMAG

Session 1 Legacies

Speakers: Elspeth Pitt Curator National Gallery of Australia, Lara Nicholls PhD candidate Australian National University, Bruce Reynolds participating artist Sculpture ‘75, Stephen Jones, video and media artist and curator

Canberra has a history of being the stage for the presentation of challenging contemporary art practice in the public domain. A panel of artists and curators review the legacy and significance of some of these projects including Australia’75 and the parallel program Sculpture 75, Acts I II III, a series of performance and public participatory art events instigated and organised by Ingo Kleinert and Diana Ashcroft Johnson from 1978 to 1982 and the National Sculpture Forums of 1995 and 1998. With much of this past work ephemeral and loosely documented, the forum is an opportunity to refresh our appreciation of the ambitions and impacts of these works.

Session 2 Futures

Speakers: Alex Wisser Creative Director Cementa, , Michael Jasper, Architect and Contour 556 artists Richard Lewer and Megan Cope.

The panel reflects on the challenges and importance of delivering a regional contemporary art festival, the new fashion for temporary pavilions as ‘architectural art’ and some of the considerations for artists on making their work and exhibiting in temporary art events. What have been the impacts on the growing climate of risk aversion and the uncertain culture of the pandemic changing what temporal art projects can say. Will ambitious temporal contemporary art events survive?

Richard Lewer’s Contour 556 work is on display at CMAG on the Square until 16 January 2021.

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PRESENTED BY:
Contour 556

CATEGORY:
Special Event/Other

DURATION:
Approximately 120 minutes, including interval.

SUIT CHILDREN?:
This performance is suitable for children.

VENUE:
The Playhouse
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COVID-19 Update: 26 August

The Canberra Theatre Centre Box Office is open to the public, and we are now hosting limited-capacity performances with extra hygiene and safety measures in place. For a list of rescheduled or cancelled performances click here. Affected ticket holders will be contacted by the Box Office.

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