FIRST WAVE OF AUSTRALIAN ARTISTS COMMISSIONED TO CREATE WORK FOR NEW ONLINE SERIES, 52 ACTIONS announced by Artspace
Artists and creatives include Brook Andrew, Abdul Abdullah, Rainbow Chan, Erin Coates and Jason Phu
Sydney, Australia: Artspace has announced the first wave of Australian artists, creatives and collectives set to participate in their new 52 ACTIONS series, launched on 18 May 2020.
The selected Australian artists and creatives will receive $1000 for the development and presentation of new work and will see the creation of 52 artworks including live performances, photography, video, sound and text-based work, interventions and digital public programs. Each week for a year, a different creative will present a new commission shared globally across Artspace’s digital platforms. The first selected practitioners include: Abdul Abdullah, Brook Andrew, Bankstown Poetry Slam, Archie Barry, Johnathon World Peace Bush (Jilamara Arts), Rainbow Chan, Erin Coates, Ruha Fifita, Henri Papin (Meijers & Walsh), Hayley Millar-Baker, Jason Phu, Stelarc, Tyza Stewart, Shahmen Suku | Radha, James Tylor and Kaylene Whiskey.
The project expands upon 52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS, Artspace’s year-long Instagram project that ran from 2018–19, inviting 52 artists and collectives across Asia to respond to important concerns in their local contexts. Utilising the digital framework established by 52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS, this new iteration centres around the social and cultural importance of artistic practice and art as action in times of uncertainty and transformation.
Artspace’s Executive Director Alexie Glass-Kantor said, “We’re very excited to be launching a new iteration of our 52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS project. Designed originally to explore how artists across the broader Asian region could utilise online platforms to create politically engaged art outside of the institution, it makes sense to revive the format at a time when we find ourselves locked out of institutions entirely. This time around we shift the focus onto Australia, highlighting the practices of 52 artists across the country. Through this expansive new commissioning series, we are not only aiming to provide stimulus for Australian artists, but to offer insight into artistic practice here as we move through a period marked by uncertainty.”
52 ACTIONS will launch on 18 May 2020 with James Tylor, the last artist to contribute to 52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS, as a way of connecting back to the original project. Tylor’s multidisciplinary artistic practice focuses largely on Indigenous and European colonial history and its continual effect on present day issues surrounding cultural identity in Australia.
52 ACTIONS will be staged on Artspace’s website via artspace.org.au/52actions. The project will also be broadcast through Artspace’s Instagram (@artspacesydney) as well as the 52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS Instagram (@52artists52actions).
Ever-changing, ever challenging, Artspace is where audiences engage with the artists and the ideas of our times. Established in 1983, Artspace is an independent, not-for-profit contemporary art space. It is an institution in permanent transformation, with a radically progressive vision to support artists and different modes of cultural production through risk, experimentation and innovation.
Artspace is one of the leading institutions for the production and presentation of contemporary art in the Asia-Pacific. Artspace’s mission is to enhance our culture through a deeper engagement with contemporary art. Embracing risk, experimentation, criticality and collaboration, Artspace’s multi-platform program facilitates new commissions, exhibitions, performances, artist residencies, public programs, publishing and advocacy. Underpinned by a commitment to reflecting and advancing social and cultural diversity, Artspace catalyses new artistic visions and enables artists of all generations to test ideas and shape public conversations.
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Abdul Abdullah, Breach, 2019, manual embroidery, 300 x 200 cm, courtesy the artist.
special thanks: Megan Bentley