Robert Fielding and Tom O’Hern have been announced finalists of the 2021 Hadley’s Art Prize, an acquisitive Australian landscape prize presented by Hadley’s Orient Hotel. Hadley’s Orient Hotel has a long history with art starting with art-loving landlords in the late 1800s. The Hadley’s Art Prize, Hobart is about contributing to the art community, promoting cultural tourism in Tasmania, bringing art back to the historic walls of Hadley’s Orient Hotel though a landscape prize like Howard Hadley won in 1895, and celebrating the work of contemporary Australian landscape artists. Further details here
Jeremy Blincoe is currently exhibiting as part of Not Fair, an independent art fair showcasing artists who often do not fit the commercial mould and are overlooked and under-recognised. Currently temporarily closed to the public during Melbourne’s lockdown, you can still experience the fair online here.
Portrait of Robert Fielding by Meg Hansen Photography for Mimili Maku Arts
Tom O’hern has been announced one of twenty-four finalists for the Ramsay Art Prize 2021, a $100,000 acquisitive prize for contemporary Australian artists under the age of forty. Works will be exhibited in a major exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia from 22 May to 22 August 2021. Further details here
James Geurts is currently showing in the TarraWarra Biennial 2021 from 27 March - 11 July 2021, at TarraWarra Museum of Art. Featuring twenty-five artists from across the country ‘Slow Moving Waters’, curated by Nina Miall, responds to two related cues: the idea of slowness, and the gentle, measured flow of the nearby Birrarung (Yarra River). The exhibition’s title comes from the translation of the local Woiwurrung word ‘tarrawarra’, after which the Museum, and its surrounding area of Wurundjeri Country in the Yarra Valley are named. The exhibition develops from the idea that between the acceleration of our current age and the impossibility of stopping altogether is a temporal space of possibility and resistance: slowing down. Through works which unfold conceptually, spatially, materially and temporally over the course of the exhibition, it seeks to heighten our awareness to the overlooked subtleties of the present. Further details here
Nadia Hernández has been included in an exhibition at Artbank’s Melbourne gallery space. Curated by Sabrina Baker and Anja Loughhead as part of the Artbank Emerging Curator program, 'The Work of Art' brings together a selection of works from the Artbank collection that interrogate our relationship to art and traditional notions of labour. The exhibition holds a mirror to the perceived value of arts practice in contemporary Australian society and fiercely champions its sustained and celebrated place within it. Artists include Darcey Bella Arnold, Pat Brassington, Oscar Capezio, Lorraine Connelly-Northey, Lottie Consalvo, Renee Cosgrave, Julie Gough, Nadia Hernandez, Michael Lindeman, Claudine Marzik, Janine McAullay Bott, James Nguyen, Maria Josette Orsto, Kiron Robinson and Paul Wood. The exhibition runs 15 April - 21 May 2021. Further details here
Robbie Rowlands has been awarded the Ballarat Railway Station Public Art commission for his work Slow Order which utilises heritage rail track salvaged from the site. The title ‘Slow Order’ is a railway term traditionally used as a requirement to lower the set speed limit of a section of rail due to maintenance. Rowlands’ work considers the significance the rail track held through its time in service and will stand as a signifier to the many industries and the community it has supported.
Working with project manager Pellicano and Lovell Chen, this work will be a significant outcome for the heritage interpretation of the historic Goods Shed site and is part of the broader Ballarat Station Precinct Development. The development represents a significant Victorian Government Investment of $28.3 million thanks to the Regional Infrastructure Fund. Robbie’s work is slated for installation in mid 2021.
Amala Groom and Saha Jones have been announced finalists in the 2021 Footscray Art Prize with their collaborative work ‘this is a sign’.
THIS: It is irrefutable that climate change is a direct result of the devastating onslaught and ensuing impacts of colonisation. The world IS changing. This is A call for us to change with it. See the SIGN - sea of change.
Documentation of Robbie Rowlands’ 90x45 exhibition at the old Bernie Cook Timber site in Preston in 2020 is now live via its own dedicated website Finding the Edge. It features exhibition images (still and moving), field recordings, an ‘in conversation’ between Robbie and James Hewison, and an essay by David Cross.
In November 2010 we set off for an art fair in Milan. It was the first of over 120 projects that we’ve collaborated with artists on over the past 10 years. It has been a privilege to work alongside such a vast array of creative people; from emerging talents to leading practitioners. It has led us not only to Italy but America, South America, Indonesia, Switzerland, Singapore and, of course, right across Australia at private and public galleries, art fairs, festivals and through institutional, government and corporate events.
The arts community is often overlooked, underrepresented and insufficiently funded. However, it is extraordinary in its resilience. It gives us a voice, gives us knowledge, and gives us immeasurable pleasure.
We raised a glass for our little birthday last month. For what we have been able to contribute, big or small, we thank you.
Particular thanks to all of the artists, collaborators, collectors, curators and institutions who have supported Blackartprojects throughout the strangest of years. Wishing you a safe and happy holiday season.
Robert Fielding is currently showing as part of the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery’s Works on Paper exhibition. His burnt and pierced print Nganampa Wangka, Our Language has been acquired by the gallery. The work of fellow Mimili artist Linda Puna, who exhibited alongside her mother Puna Yanima in an exhibition held at Linden New Art in 2018, was also acquired. Further details here
Robert Fielding is currently showing as part of the 2020 Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA). The exhibition runs to 31 January 2021 at the MAGNT, Darwin. Further details here
A suite of multi-metal cast piti (bowls) on woven camel hair 'munu' pads and bronze-cast wana (digging sticks) with gold-leaf details by Robert Fielding have entered The Wesfarmers Collection and are currently on display.
Nadia Hernández is currently showing alongside artists Stephen Bird, Sadie Chandler, Carla McRae, Nell, Brian Robinson and Vipoo Srivilasa in miffy & friends, an exhibition that celebrates the life and work of Dick Bruna (1927-2017). It runs to 14 March 2021 at the QUT Art Museum, Brisbane. Further details here
Nadia Hernández’s Entre Todo, Todxs is an 8 episode podcast series for Nomad Radio that focuses on the way Latinx identity is constructed in relation to place and displacement featuring interviews from Latin American/Latinx contributors living in New South Wales. Listen here
Two works from Robbie Rowlands’ recent exhibition 90x45 have been permanently installed at the new premises of Bernie Cook Timber in Reservoir, Melbourne.
David Booth has recently completed a large-scale mural for Pace of Ascot Vale, the newly completed apartments nestled between Melbourne’s CBD and its outer suburbs.
A series of paintings by David Booth, first commissioned By Canyon Brand and Jameson Capital in 2017 to launch BE Apartments in Brunswick, Melbourne, have been permanently installed through the completed complex.
Blackartprojects returns in 2021 with an exhibition of paintings by Robert Fielding.
Robbie Rowlands’ Light Falls, a major work initially commissioned by Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville for the biennial sculpture festival Strand Ephemera, has been installed permanently on its original site.
Congratulations to Nadia Hernández, announced by Artspace and Create NSW as one of the eight finalists for the 2020 NSW Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship alongside Akil Ahamat, Tarik Ahlip, Tiyan Baker, Kate Brown, Dennis Golding, Julia Gutman and Kirtika Kain.
With over 100 years of history, the Fellowship is a key exhibition for profiling the dynamism and breadth of emerging contemporary artistic practice in NSW. Valued at $30,000, this Fellowship is offered by the NSW Government through Create NSW to enable a visual artist at the beginning of their career to undertake a self-directed program of professional development. Now in its 24th year at Artspace, it continues to define new generations of contemporary art practice for both artists and audiences.
Each year Create NSW convenes a judging panel of esteemed colleagues to determine the finalists, whom Artspace acknowledges for engaging with insight and passion in assessing what was again a highly competitive round of proposals.
Curators Alexie Glass-Kantor and Elyse Goldfinch have said: 'As a community we are experiencing complex and difficult times, COVID-19 has impacted all facets of our lives and we are also bearing witness to profound and necessary social change. In this current moment Artspace and Create NSW believe that the 2020 NSW Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship offers a critical opportunity for professional development for emerging artists through curatorial advocacy and engagement. We are honoured to be working collaboratively with the eight outstanding artists who are all new to the Fellowship and to jointly shape an exhibition that will offer unique insight into their practices. We warmly congratulate the finalists and look forward to welcoming audiences to Artspace for this highly anticipated exhibition.'
Glass-Kantor and Goldfinch will be working with each of the artists through the development and presentation of their work for the exhibition. The exhibition will run from Friday 30 October through to Sunday 13 December 2020. The $30,000 Fellowship will be awarded to one of the eight finalists on Saturday 14 November.
Visit Artspace here. Image: Jacob Ring
Our thoughts are with all of the artists who have had to close, postpone or cancel their exhibitions as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. The arts industry is reeling right now, but it is made up of resilient, adaptable and most importantly supportive people who have a deep understanding of its value to the fabric of society. Nicholas Ives’ exhibition Sunset Roads has been deinstalled but will remain as a lead exhibition on our homepage, alongside Robert Fielding’s Routes / Roots, for the foreseeable future. Our 2020 programme will be revised in the coming months, however we will endeavour to keep our social feeds rolling with engaging content. Please take the time to visit and support the efforts of these artists in this challenging time.
Shepparton Art Museum’s Education Lab provides a diverse range of students and educators with the opportunity to work directly with an artist and create an immersive installation within SAM's exhibition space. From 13 March - 5 May the 2020 eduLAB will see educational and community groups work with artist Nadia Hernández in the transformation of SAM's gallery into a vibrant, dynamic, story filled space over a 5 week period. Participants work will remain in the gallery space, which will provide them with the opportunity to see their work exhibited in this studio-style display.
SAM eduLAB artist Nadia Hernández will join Professor Raul Sanchez-Urribarrir and SAM Curator Lara Merrington to discuss how global and local communities are using art as a tool for their political expression. Bookings essential via Eventbrite.
Nadia Hernández has been featured in Art Collector’s 50 Things Collectors Should Know issue as an artist to watch in the year ahead. Image courtesy of Art Collector. Photo: Alex Johnstone
The catastrophic fire events that have ravaged much of this country have left the nation and indeed the world, posing more questions about, searching for more answers within and demanding more action be taken by our governments. The loss of life and land is nothing short of tragic. Amongst the devastation we are reminded of the importance of community. It is our responsibility to teach and provide for our future generations who are, at present, most disadvantaged by inadequate leadership.
David Booth’s World Builder, commissioned by the NGV for the Great Hall as part of NGV Kids Summer Festival is an interactive display championing the significance of community. Booth encourages children, big or small, to join him in drawing and discussion about the natural world. The NGV’s Kids Summer Festival runs from 11 - 19 January 2020.
Our First Nations people managed this land for tens of thousands of years. They are the ones from whom we should seek knowledge and counsel.
Please consider donating to one of the many fire disaster relief funds that are providing direct support to those affected, such as the Red Cross, Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul Society and WWF.