Critical Animals 2018 will run in various venues over Newcastle, NSW from Thursday 27 – 30 Sunday September 2018.
The Critical Animals Creative Research Symposium is an annual conference held in conjunction with the contemporary and emerging arts festival, This is Not Art. The symposium brings together students, researchers, writers, artists, academics and thinkers who are critically engaged in creative and experimental art practices.
Do you feel like the world is in the midst of significant change? We do! While this uncertainty might be making us a little nervous, we’re ultimately excited about what’s in store for the future and the role we can all play in igniting discussion and action around the issues most pertinent to our time. Queue Critical Animals 2018, a program jam packed with presentations and artwork that will explore the concept of ‘Give and Take’.
From encouraging collaboration and connection, to reconsidering the role of ritual in contemporary life, this year we’ll be presenting our official exhibition plus the work of over 20 artists and researchers from around Australia.
With a focus on identity, our official exhibition, Full Circle, curated by Nanette Orly at The Lock-Up will be a key component of the program.
Nanette Orly is an emerging curator based in Sydney, Australia. Her curatorial practice is deeply engaged with themes surrounding identity development, cultural histories and offering alternative perceptions of contemporary society. Drawn to fine techniques and research-based practices to form interdisciplinary group or collaborative exhibition concepts, Orly has curated exhibitions in a number of galleries across Sydney.
Nanette’s exhibition, Full Circle explores how artists come to reconsider their roots and identity, and go on to create and express versions of their cultural traditions in contemporary art practice to be passed on and communicated to a wider audience. Bringing together the works of local and international artists in a variety of mediums ranging from sculptural installation, video works and large scale textiles, this exhibition highlights the shame of lived experiences, pays tribute to family members and diasporic histories, and engages in traditional forms of art making passed down through generations. Featuring artists Athena Thebus, Hossein Ghaemi, Sancintya Mohini Simpson, Elham Eshraghian and Quishile Charan.
Artists taking part in Critical Animals’ 2018 program include:
Leeroy Chapman, Caitlin Dempsey, Evelyn Araluen Corr & Jonathan Dunk, Steven Finch, Hannah Furmage, Justine Walsh & Luna Mozrik Gawler, Genevieve Graham, Kailum Graves, Gabriela Green, Naomi Hamer, Nithya Iyer, Gillian Kayrooz, Adele Sliuzas & Simon Koehn, Lady Producer Gang, Ryan Martin, Graham Mathwin, Naomi Lee McCarthy, Carlin McLellan, Bastian Fox Phelan, Sunday Francis & Tino Spaghetti, Jeanette Stok, Alberto Di Troia and Fiona Spitzkowsky.
For a full list of all artists involved in TiNA 2018 head to the brand new festival website.