Straight Outta Canberra

- curated by Alexander Boynes, 2018

21 March to 14 April

It was once said that the best thing to come out of Canberra was the Hume Highway, yet in the space of a decade the national capital has gone from being a place where residents said 'Don't tell anyone I'm from Canberra' to now saying 'Don't tell anyone ABOUT Canberra'. More than anything this has to do with the city finally developing a personality independent of what happens up at Parliament House, and the recognition of the rich cultural sector bubbling below the surface.

Once upon a time the rite of passage for ANU School of Art graduates was to leave Canberra as soon as possible in order to 'make it'. The irony is that internationally recognised artists who have called Canberra home (including Alison Alder, Vivienne Binns, Robert Boynes, eX de Medici, Rosalie Gascoigne, Richard Larter, Mandy Martin, Jorg Schmeisser, Ruth Waller etc. etc.) in part made it because they stayed.

Following in these footsteps, "Straight Outta Canberra" presents a group of ambitious emerging artists who have realised the benefits of an easygoing city that is host to every national institution under the sun. Artists include Tom Buckland, Tony Curran, Sanne Koelemij, Julian Laffan, Cat Mueller, Dionisia Salas, Rebecca Selleck and Rosalind Lemoh.

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Todd Fuller, UNITE project

- Black Box Projects, 2018

1 to 17 March

In the face of the postal plebiscite, Sydney based artist Todd Fuller made a third iteration of his video, "Unite Project", the first edition shown for Mardi Gras 2016. This project is a participatory artwork surveying a range of responses to love and marriage equality.

Fuller sent members of the public black + white drawings depicting two men engaged in a passionate kiss. The participants were encouraged to respond to the image by colouring in the figures, with the resulting images complied by Fuller into a mixed media video animation.

"The bulk of responses were overwhelmingly positive, although I did receive a few drawings that were torn up, crushed or with the eyes violently poked out, the vast majority of responses depicted love, support, rainbows and strength. It was a really important project for us when it started and in the face of the postal plebiscite, it felt more important than ever to illustrate the shift in views on this issue through art", says Fuller.

"In the end, nearly a thousand people engaged in the process of having received, responded and returned the drawings, each one becoming a single image in the thousands of stills edited together into the animation. The ritual used in the original process seems quite apt as our community faced a postal vote to decide our rights… and so "Unite Project - 3rd generation" was born".

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Art Month Collectors' Space

- curated by Kate Britton, 2018

1 to 17 March

Art Month's much-loved Collectors' Space exhibition is back, offering a glimpse into the private collections of some of Sydney's art luminaries.

This year, Artistic Director, Kate Britton, has focused on the complex and entangled relationships collectors have with the objects in their care. Occupying the entirety of MAY SPACE, Collectors' Space will run from 1 - 17 March, and feature works from the collections of Abdul Abdullah, Tony Albert, Tess Allas, Daniel Mudie Cunningham, and Emma Price.

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- curated group exhibition, 2018

7 to 24 February

Simple lines and forms constantly surround us. We house ourselves in geometrical shapes, work in towering blocks and marvel over inventive configurations of contours and boundaries. 'On-site' brings together a group of artists with differing aesthetics who have chosen the built environment as the subject of their work. Interpreting urban landscapes, enlivening industrial sites and representing domestic structures, the artworks in this exhibition will reveal the unnoticed elements, hidden moments and engaging angles of our everyday surroundings.

Featuring Sybil Curtis, Todd Fuller, Darren Gannon, Eliza Gosse, Waratah Lahy, Glenn Locklee, Kevin McKay, Catherine O’Donnell.

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Caroline Garcia, peripheral (en)vision

- Black Box Projects, 2018

7 to 24 February

peripheral (en)vision is a survey of Garcia's video and performance practice over the last five years. This selection of video works focuses on centering peripheral bodies, presenting the gaps between cultures, experiences of otherness, and timeless clichés of exotic femininity. In peripheral (en)vision, Garcia takes an intersectional approach to contemporary dance, reimagining forgotten choreographies, alternate ways of viewing images of the past that eschew classical myths with the aim to bring visibility to the subaltern.

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