What are some of the greatest collaborations you know of?
Chicken and bacon?
Indeed, throughout history there have been alliances of epic proportions, some so great that their legacies will thrive for centuries to come. It is with this highly dramatized introduction that we now take your attention to The National. Bringing together the curatorial brute of three of Sydney’s most revered cultural institutions, Museum of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of NSW and Carriageworks, The National: New Australian Art will present the latest and most interesting ideas and works in contemporary Australian art.
The exhibition, currently on display across all three locations is part of a six-year intiative to bring emerging, mid-career and established artists further into the public view.
The multitude of locations and sheer volume of works can only dictate that this event is not one to be missed. Whilst many events focus on the magnetic attraction that international artists can bring, we often forget the incredible talents that have come from our own shores. What separates The National from previous events is the synergetic effort from three of Sydney’s heavyweight establishments, each bringing their own characteristic to the curation. Five curators, namely, Anneke Jaspers and Wayne Tunicliffe from the AGNSW, Lisa Havilah and Nina Miall from the Carriageworks and Blair French from the MCA spent a considerable amount of time visiting the studios, galleries and workspaces of artists across the country to select and even commission paintings, images, series and installations to make up the mammoth venture.
The result is some 49 artists selected to display their works across the three institutions. The final split, as detailed on their respective websites looks like this:
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
Artists: Khadim Ali, Zanny Begg, Matthew Bradley, Gary Carsley, Erin Coates, Marco Fusinato, Alex Gawronski, Agatha Gothe-Snape, Julie Gough, Gordon Hookey, Peter Maloney, Karen Mills, Rose Nolan, Stieg Persson, Elizabeth Pulie, Ronnie van Hout, Nell
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Artists: Gordon Bennett, Megan Cope, Keg de Souza, Emily Floyd, Alex Gawronski, Gunybi Ganambarr, Agatha Gothe-Snape, Dale Harding, Taloi Havini, Helen Johnson, Nicholas Mangan, Alex Martinis Roe, Tom Nicholson, Raquel Ormella, Khaled Sabsabi, Yhonnie Scarce, Tiger Yaltangki
Artists: Richard Bell, Chris Bond & Wes Thorne, Karla Dickens, Atlanta Eke & Ghenoa Gela, Heath Franco, Agatha Gothe-Snape, Alex Gawronski, Alan Griffiths, Jess Johnson & Simon Ward, Richard Lewer, Archie Moore, Claudia Nicholson, Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, Justene Williams, Jemima Wyman
If you’re still sitting on this page and not immersing yourself in this treasure trove of creatives, we can only encourage you to physically experience the incredible selection of talents! With such an eclectic mix and range of expression, The National: New Australian Art is a truly exciting event for the people of Sydney and further beyond.