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Black Art Projects

October 2021

Robert Fielding’s Miil-miilpa is currently showing at the Art Gallery of Ballarat as part of the Ballarat International Foto Biennale program. The exhibition presents two bodies of new photographic work, continuing Fielding’s work connected to the significance of Elders in his community, their stories and their understandings. The exhibition runs to January 23 2022 at the Art Gallery of Ballarat, Victoria. Further details here
 
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Robert Fielding’s screen print Manta miil-miilpa is currently on show as part of the 2021 Geelong Acquisitive Art Award. The exhibition concludes October 17 2021 at Geelong Art Gallery, Victoria. Further details here

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Tristan Chant, Robert Fielding and Kate Stevens have been announced finalists of the 2021 Fisher’s Ghost Art Award. The exhibition runs 30 October - 10 December 2021 at Campbelltown Arts Centre. Further details here

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Tristan Chant has been announced a finalist of the 2021 Korea-Australia Arts Foundation Award with his work Lobster with fruit bowl (pictured). The exhibition runs 5 November - 10 December 2021 at the Korean Cultural Centre Australia Gallery, Sydney. Further details here

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Tristan Chant has been announced a finalist of the 2021 Gosford Art Prize with his work Table with Skull and Flowers. The exhibition runs 30 October - 9 January 2022 at Gosford Regional Gallery, New South Wales. Further details here

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Kate Stevens has been announced a finalist of the 2021 Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize with her work Gaza no.6. The exhibition runs which 20 November 2021 - 13 February 2022 at the Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria. Further details here

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Mia Boe has been announced a finalist of the Koori Mail Indigenous Art Awards, a new art prize for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. The exhibition runs 4 December 2021 - 30 January 2022 at the Lismore Regional Gallery, New South Wales. Further details here

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David Booth has been commissioned by Sydney Contemporary to create this years graphic for Explore Sydney Contemporary. Following the cancellation of the 2021 iteration of Sydney Contemporary due to national Covid restrictions, the fair shifts its focus to an online platform, where we will showcase new works by Ellie Chalmers-Robinson, Tristan Chant, Robert Fielding, Nicholas Ives, Madeleine Preston and Kate Stevens. Visit Explore Sydney Contemporary online from 11-21 November 2021. Further information here

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Presented by Glenfiddich, LIVE is an onsite/offsite performance art and sound program for Melbourne Art Fair 2022. The inaugural program celebrates trailblazers and will feature performances by Amala Groom alongside Scotty So and Angela Goh. Melbourne Art Fair runs 17-20 February 2022. Blackartprojects will present a new body of work by Groom and Mia Boe for the fair. First release tickets are now on sale. Visit Melbourne Art Fair here

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Two works from Robert Fielding’s Holding series, a body of work that looks at the many stories that objects carry - stories of their maker, their origin, their social role, their cultural role - have been acquired by Deakin University.

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Robbie Rowlands’ sculpture Slow Order for the Ballarat Railway Commission has been installed in its permanent location, adjacent to the historic Goods Shed in the newly redeveloped site. The work will be open to the public in the coming months.  

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Littlewhitehead’s Dimensions Meet was recently exhibited as part of Pigeon Park, curated by Joe Dennis, Christopher Steas and Stefano Bardsley at 33 Manor Place, London. Images of the exhibition can be found via Instagram here

Installation view of Dimensions Meet by Littlewhitehead for Pigeon Park, London.

Black Art Projects

June 2021

Mia Boe is included in Elemental, an exhibition that brings together six First Nations artists each working with the base elements of Water, Fire, Air and Earth as inspiration, material, process and subject. Curated by Larrakia, Wardaman and Karajarri artist Jenna Lee, Boe’s mural sits aside the work of Cassie Leatham, Edwina Green, Iluka Sax-Williams, Lisa Waup and Moorina Bonini with a botanical installation by Shahn Stewart of Alchemy Orange. The exhibition runs 19 June - 17 July, 2021 at Craft Victoria, Melbourne. Further details here

Image courtesy of Craft Victoria. Photo: Henry Trumble

Black Art Projects

May 2021

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

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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

Black Art Projects

April 2021

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

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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

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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

Black Art Projects

March 2021

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.

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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.

Black Art Projects

February 2021

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.

Black Art Projects

December 2020

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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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
 
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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

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Two works from Robbie Rowlands’ recent exhibition 90x45 have been permanently installed at the new premises of Bernie Cook Timber in Reservoir, Melbourne.

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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.

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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.

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Blackartprojects returns in 2021 with an exhibition of paintings by Robert Fielding.

Black Art Projects

September 2020

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.

Black Art Projects

July 2020

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

Black Art Projects

April 2020

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.