SITUATE Arts Lab 2016 Artists announced

Posted by Situate
18 Dec 2015


SITUATE Arts Lab 2016 Artists Announced

Salamanca Arts Centre has today announced the 15 artists selected for the 2016 national SITUATE Art in Festivals Arts Lab in Hobart, scheduled to run alongside Mofo in January.

Fifteen early-career artists have been selected from 230 applications following a rigorous selection process involving established artists and curators. The fifteen artists all work experimentally and have a collaborative approach to their art practice.

The national assessors certainly found it challenging to reach a shortlist of 15 from such a strong field,” says Rosemary Miller, CEO/Artistic Director of Salamanca Arts Centre and the Lead Producer of the Arts Lab.

The selected artists are such a vibrant, diverse and talented group. We can’t wait to welcome them to Hobart to find out more about their ideas and their long-term aspirations for festival-based work.”

The 2016 SITUATE Arts Lab Artists are:

  • artist and designer Adele Varcoe, who creates fashion experiences that explore the social affects of clothes, from Victoria;
  • artist and Electrona 7054 co-founder Alasdair Doyle from Tasmania;
  • contemporary fibre artist Aly De Groot from the Northern Territory;
  • interactive art specialist Amelia Kalifa from Queensland;
  • interdisciplinary arts activist Dale Collier from New South Wales, who is focused on producing “sustainable and equitable creative arts outcomes”;
  • multi-disciplinary artist and proud Kamilaroi woman Dominique Chen from Queensland; 
  • composer, performer, sound artist and academic Eve Klein from Queensland; 
  • theatre-maker and performance artist Harriet Gillies from New South Wales, whose show They’ve Already Won is currently on at Belvoir’s Downstairs Theatre;
  • sound artist and researcher Julia Drouhin from Tasmania;
  • performance-maker and choreographer Natalie Abbott from Victoria;
  • interdisciplinary artist and MONA Scholarship winner Rahni Allan from Tasmania;
  • interdisciplinary artist Tanya Lee from Western Australia, who creates “narratives that subvert the protocols and politics of social environments”;
  • Tom Blake from Western Australia, whose practice responds to contemporary perceptions of “isolation, in the context of recent advances in information and communication technology”;
  • Tom Borgas, whose work extends from a sculptural foundation across a range of media, from South Australia;
  • and international guest artist Sethembile Msezane from South Africa, whose work interrogates issues of identity shaped by her upbringing in the ‘New South Africa’.

These artists will be working with a core provocateur-mentor team: performer, artist and director Deborah Pollard; Kelli McCluskey and Steve Bull, who create tactical media artworks that seek out radical, darkly humorous solutions for living in an unstable twenty first century” via the Perth-based pvi collective; and Dr Ricardo Peach, Director of the Vrystaat Kunstefees/Arts Festival/Tsa-Botjhaba, a multi-artform arts festival in Mangaung, South Africa.

Guest provocateurs include visual artist and Sidney Myer Fellow Brook Andrew, Perth-based festival favourite Bennett Miller (Barnraiser, Dachshund UN) and creative producer and artist Karen Therese (KISS Club, The Hunting Party).

The first SITUATE Arts Lab was produced and hosted by Salamanca Arts Centre in June 2013, alongside the first Dark MOFO. Works by four of the 2013 artists have since been commissioned by festivals (Mofo, Dark MOFO and Vrystaat Arts Festival). SITUATE artist Cigdem Aydemir will attend the 2016 Arts Lab to share her experiences making the work Plastic Histories, which was commissioned for Vrystaat Arts Festival in 2014.

The SITUATE Arts Lab 2016 will feature several forum events that are open to the public on 16 January 2016.

Artwork image: Plastic Histories by Cigdem Aydemir