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Take 2 - Confident Collecting: the second glance

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M16 Artspace

21 Blaxland Crescent

Griffith, ACT 2603


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Attention Art Lovers and Aspiring Art Collectors

Remember last year's Confident Collecting series?

It's back with a new cast and a modified format so join us for

Take 2 Confident Collecting: The Second Glance

Opening session on Monday 19th June, 6-8 pm at M16Artspace.

Last year we flirted with love at first sight. This year it's time for the second glance!

Our new art purchase may be based on love at first sight but will it stand the test of time?

Will it remain fresh and exciting as we both age and change?

Will we still love and value it in 20 or 30 years?

Does it matter if we don't?

After all there's always separation and divorce, loaning, swapping, auctioning or moving on-and besides-now we've changed the sofa and wall colour..!

Vasiliki Nihas Bogiatzis - Chair M16 Artspace

Let's find out. Each session will feature 2 speakers. They will help us unpack the mystery of Indigenous, Abstract and Contemporary art as well as provide insights into art markets, galleries and auctions. Our guest speakers will use images to explore different art forms and introduce us to art and artists we may not yet have encountered.

We kick start the season next Monday 19th June between 6 and 8pm with a timely and exciting introduction to better understanding Indigenous art from traditional to contemporary. We are bringing together two young vibrant Indigenous speakers, Jackson Taylor Grant, Senior Indigenous Ranger, Healthy Country for the ACT and Cara Kirkwood, Senior Program Producer at the NGA who coordinates the Wesfarmers Leadership and Fellowship Program and will walk us through key works in the 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial, now on at the National Gallery of Australia (NGA).

We have invited some of the most interesting curators, speakers, collectors and gallerists in the country on visual arts to join us in conversation, creating an intimate salon like environment which invites discussion and exchange. Our lineup of speakers also includes, in our second session, the NGA's Lara Nicholls, an eminent curator in Abstract Art, teamed with Ham Darroch. Ham is a young artist driven by transforming the familiar into the abstract and is about to be exhibited in Berlin. The third session will introduce Dr Cam Webber, Doctor, Art lover and Collector. He will walk us through his collection story on the same evening as top NGA curator Elspeth Pitt helps us understand contemporary print collecting.

The closing session will feature Ursula Sullivan and Phillip Jones. Ursula is co-Director of Sullivan+Strumpf gallery, Sydney and Singapore. This gallery represents some of Australia's hottest and most talented artists. This is also the first Australian gallery to establish a permanent presence in Asia. Ursula's own background in fine arts informs her understanding ofthe best in contemporary art and artists and she is well placed to share this knowledge with us. Phillip Jones from Mossgreen will induct us into the mysteries of the auction process and how to navigate buying and selling at auction.

Together, we willthink through those tricky questions, undoubtedly increase our enthusiasm for art and grow our confidence in interpreting artworks and navigating the world of art exhibitions and art purchasing. So, come along and bring your friends. Relax after work on a wintry Monday evening over a glass of Quarry Hill wine and some nibbles. It's a great way to ease into the week! (Detailed program below).

As an incentive, we will reward the first twenty of you who sign up for the full series of 4 sessions with a private tour of the 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial.


6.00pm with nibbles and a glass of wine for a 6.30 pm start.

(2 Speakers from 6.30 to 7.30 pm and half hour question time. Concluding at 8 pm)


4 wintry Monday evenings,

June 19 and 26 and July 17 and 24


M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Street Griffith


Full price: $40 a session with nibbles and a glass of wine/Concession: $30

Series Ticket : $135/ Concession $110


Session 1:

6pm Monday, June 19th

Reading Indigenous Art: Traditional to Contemporary

Jackson Taylor Grant, Senior Indigenous Ranger, Healthy Country is speaking on the links between traditional art and Country, ie how art responds to Country and its stories. He will look at how art reflects a knowledge memory system relating to songlines, its geographic, geological, seasonal markers and indicators.

Cara Kirkwood is Senior Program Producer at the NGA and coordinates the Wesfarmers Leadership and Fellowship Program. She will reference works by contemporary Indigenous artists in the current, 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial at the NGA and help us to read and better understand them.

Session 2:

6 pm Monday June 26th

Seeing into Abstraction: Perspectives of a Curator and an Artist

Lara Nicholls will help us unpack Abstraction, using a series of images. She is Assistant Curator of Australian Painting and Sculpture at the National Gallery of Australia and the Curator of Abstraction: Celebrating Australian Women Abstract Artists. She has completed research and written papers on a range of women artists. She is currently writing on Australian women abstract artists for a forthcoming book by Professor Anne Marsh about Women, Feminism and Art in Australia since 1970. Lara has a Masters of Arts (Art History) from the University of Melbourne where she was also curator and fine arts tutor at Trinity College from 1995 – 1997 when she wrote the collection catalogue, In a New Light (2000). Lara is currently Curator of the Lorne Sculpture Biennale 2018.

Hamilton Darroch is a leading Australian contemporary artist and sculptor working in painting, sculpture, performance and drawing. He will give us a personal insight into his work which is drivenby transforming the familiar in innovative ways, developing a new visual language using colour to reveal new meanings. He is based in Canberra, working at the NGA and represented by Michael Reid Galleries in Sydney and Berlin. He has a forthcoming exhibition in Berlin and an upcoming residency in Perth. His website bio gives us an insight into his work. "His imagery is universal, evoking shared histories and experiences, place and perception while revealing a deep sensitivity to the optical effects of geometric colour. In early 2006, he completed an MFA (research) COFA University of New South Wales and in 1997 a Bachelor of Arts from the Australian National University. From 2006-2009 he lived in London working as an assistant to Bridget Riley."

Session 3:

6pm Monday July 17th

Entering art markets: Collecting prints and a Collector's Story

Elspeth Pitt, Acting Senior Curator, Australian Prints and Drawings, National Gallery of Australia. Elspeth is currently a PhD Candidate at the Centre for Art History and Theory, Australian National University. She has written extensively on Prints and Culture, with a focus on contemporary print culture eg on Martin Sharp and on Mike Parr and was engaged in curating the NGA's recent exhibition on Mike Parr. Elspeth is well placed to help participants better understand and unpack contemporary printmaking and why prints offer an excellent, accessible option to would be Collectors.

Dr Cam Webber, Doctor, Art lover and Collector. Dr Cameron Webber is well known and highly respected as the doctor heading up the Barton General Practice in Canberra. What is less well known is that he has also served as a doctor in places as remote as the Tanami Desert and that he is a passionate art collector. We are fortunate in having him share that other story of his journey as an art collector with us.

Session 4:

6pm Monday July 24th

Buying and Selling: Understanding Galleries and Auctions

Ursula Sullivan, Sullivan+Strumpf is the Co-Director of Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney and Singapore, established in 2005 with Joanna Strumpf. Now one of the leading spaces for contemporary art in Sydney, Sullivan+Strumpf works with over 25 contemporary emerging and established artists, with an exhibition schedule that includes regular participation in key national and international art fairs, including Art Basel Hong Kong, Art Stage Singapore, Art Brussels, the Melbourne Art Fair and Sydney Contemporary. In 2016, Sullivan+Strumpf opened a second gallery space at Singapore’s Gillman Barracks, the first Australian gallery to establish a permanent presence in Asia. Ursula's own background in fine arts informs her understanding of what characterises the best in contemporary art and artists and she will be sharing this with us.

Phillip Jones, ACT representative from leading auction house, Mossgreen

Mossgreen was founded in 2004 and is Australia’s first combined Auction House and Art Gallery specialising in the auction of single-owner collections and the promotion and exhibition of a select group of Australian artists. Mossgreen is now Australia’s leading multi-department auction house with the highest turnover of any Australian auction house offering several auctions throughout the year including fine Indigenous and contemporary Australian art. Phillip is Mossgreen’s representative for the Canberra region and offers a personal point of contact.

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