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Monday, March 27, 2006

Make something of it

As a facilitator of the Blogs, Zines and Publications workshop, I was thrilled by the enthusiasm of the participants on the day. The potential in the room was energising for all of us. I do hope that you make the most of the experience and put your plans into action. Remember that we have created this blog as a support structure, so please keep us informed about your projects and ideas, however small. And it would be great to get some of your friends to blog here too, so that a dialogue gets going. Best of luck – Lily.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Artists Week Rocks!

Well we think it did at least... So, last Wednesday (8th March) a good crowd turned up to hear the keynote speech from Lisa Kelly, a Sydney artist and something of a gun on the Sidders ARI scene. Among Lisa's collaborations is the artist run space, Blaugrau, an artist journal called Uniglory, and Situation, an exhibition and blog. Lisa focussed on the ability for artists to form social groups that in turn support the survival of artist run initiatives.

This was followed with a panel forum in the afternoon which included the following fun (and talented) peeps:

Bridget Currie (Convenor): founding member of Downtown Art Space, Adelaide; lecturer at South Australian School of Art; practicing artist and arts writer, exhibited at Experimental Art Foundation, 24HR Art, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts and Westspace Melbourne.

Lily Hibberd: visual artist working in painting, installation and sound; ten solo exhibitions since 1998, in Perth, Sydney and Melbourne; represented by Karen Woodbury Gallery; founding editor of un Magazine.

Reuben Keehan: visual artist and curator; curatorial assistant at the MCA in Sydney; now with Artspace; very funny too.

Mark Siebert: practicing artist and current co-director of Downtown Art Space, Adelaide; solo exhibitions at Contemporary Art Centre of SA, Downtown Art Space and Firstdraft Gallery in Sydney.

Lisa Kelly: she got a rave above...the girls rock it.

Basically the forum covered the highs and lows of being involved in ARIs that are so hot right now. It all came out looking like heaps of hard yacka for no money and very little ackowledgment. Despite all this truth that somehow got in the way of making art fun, the general feedback was thumbs up from the crowd. After the third happy raving person got up in question time saying how positive and inspired they felt to do good in the art world, the panel said they started to feel evangelical. Perhaps there is a new place for art in the world after all!

The next day there were two workshops run at the State Library of SA and both went quite well (thanks to the hard work and super organisation of Lucy Guster and the Adelaide Festival team). So, rather than bang on about it here, we will start posting all the links and info that was covered in these workshops so there will be a decent resouce online for people wanting to start their own ARI.

More soon...

Monday, March 06, 2006

Art Blogs Collection

The Loreto Martin collection of links is the closest thing to an art blog bible that you could find at the moment. The list covers a world of blogs from low brow chic to poststuctural cheek. Loreto Martin's Art Blogs

Friday, February 24, 2006

Workshops & Magazine Launches

The Artists' Week Workshops are a new initiative that provide networking and skills development opportunities for South Australian and national art students, emerging artists and recent graduates.

D.I.Y. ARI: Artist Run Initiatives
A practical account of the why, what, who, and how of setting up and running an Artist RunInitiative. Facilitated by Andrew Best (SA), James Dodd (VIC), and Lisa Kelly (NSW).

Word Up: Publishing, Zines + Blogs
The internet and do-it-yourself publishing are providing opportunities for artists to create their own publishing outlets and channels. This workshop will focus on innovative publication strategies. Facilitated by Din Heagney (VIC), Lily Hibberd (VIC), and Ianto Ware (SA).

How to participate
The workshops are free but registration is essential. For further information and application details contact Lucy Guster on(08) 8216 4421 or email:

Magazine Launches

Artists' Week is pleased to present lunchtime launches of three important Australian contemporary art magazines.

6 March, 1.15pm, Art Gallery

of South Australia Courtyard

This Festival issue features interviews with two leading lights of the Australian contemporary art scene Sarah Miller and Nick Tsoutas plus a focus on John Nixon and interview with Linda Michael to coincide with the 2006 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art. To be launched by Berlin-based curator and writer Astrid Mania.

7 March, 1.15pm, Art Gallery

of South Australia Function Room

Artlink's March issue Art History: A Forgotten Topic? aims to reconfigure Australian art history. Beyond linear visions of heroic artists, editor Assoc. Professor Joanna Mendelssohn uncovers a multi-faceted vision of our history.

un Magazine
8 March, 1.15pm, Art Gallery
of South Australia Courtyard

As an artist-run initiative, un Magazine is committed to providing opportunities for new arts writers to develop professional skills, while also publishing serious and in-depth responses to recently exhibited work. The Autumn 2006 issue (number 7) is launched by Director of the Experimental Art Foundation Melentie Pandilovski.