SafARI 2014 & 2016 — Calling Emerging Curators
Wednesday November 07 2012
For the last four years, our Creative Programs Producer Danielle Robson has been involved as co-curator of SafARI, the unofficial fringe event to the Biennale of Sydney (you can read about the 2012 instalment here.)
SafARI works in such a way that each co-curator only participates in two instalments — in her second stint, Danielle co-curated with Nina Stromqvist, who will carry on to the 2014 event. As such, SafARI are currently calling for an emerging curator to join Nina for 2014, and then impart the experience they gain in 2014 to a new curator in 2016.
Running since 2006, SafARI exhibits works by emerging and unrepresented Australian artists working in diverse media, timed to coincide with the opening weeks of the Biennale. In 2012, SafARI took over spaces in The Rocks and Kings Cross for three weeks of talks and exhibition.
18th Biennale of Sydney
Wednesday June 27 2012
The idea of collaboration — whether between people, disciplines, media or culture — seems to be a dominant theme in the current cultural landscape. It is something we have covered numerous times, and almost became an unofficial theme in issue 62 of Object magazine, so prevalent was it in the practices covered. And it is this idea that underpins the 18th Biennale of Sydney (BoS), open from June 27 to September 16.
Titled all our relations, the latest BoS (the first instalment of which opened in the Sydney Opera House back in 1973) is, for the first time, headed by two Artistic Directors — Catherine de Zegher and Gerard McMaster. The pair, who have previously collaborated at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto and The Drawing Center in New York, reference their partnership through a number of artistic combinations, bringing together artists from various corners to work on pieces at once local and global in their gaze.
Friday June 22 2012
The Winter Solstice it may have been, but the shortest day of the year didn’t stop the opening of SafARI 2012 in Sydney’s The Rocks last night. The ‘unofficial fringe event to the Biennale of Sydney’ (which opens next week), SafARI 2012 focuses on highlighting Australia’s emerging, innovative and unrepresented artists, coming in a week ahead of the Biennale to platform these artists alongside their more established contemporaries.
Run by volunteers, the SafARI curatorial model matches their emerging artist mandate. Two emerging co-curators lead the charge for each incarnation (with 2012 being the fourth), with each co-curator participating for two years. However, the tenure ends on alternating SafARIs, meaning each co-curator gets a chance to cut their teeth alongside someone who has put in the yards on one event, before taking on that more senior, experienced role two years later, fostering another emerging curator. This year, Object’s Creative Programs Producer Danielle Robson participated in her second SafARI, alongside first-timer Nina Stromqvist.