Does place still matter?
This was the question put to a number of artists from across Australia ahead of the next group exhibition sailing to Umbrella Studio contemporary arts this Friday.
The Partnershipping Project is a touring exhibition, stopping at Burnie (Tasmania), Lismore (NSW), Port Gambia (SA) and Townsville, and features the work of artists installed in eight small boats.
Local artist Anne Lord said the timing of the exhibition, following the floods earlier this year, changed the way she had approached her artwork.
“Though I think boats in the ‘urgent currency of today’ are about migration, I wanted to refer to the way all living things need to move, migrate, defend and some of them love in the way they move,” Anne said.
“The recent deluge and floods across Townsville and North West Queensland coincided with this project in a serendipitous way.
“I had been making artworks over the last year and a half, but the weather event certainly changed the chronological sequence of events for the exhibition … and the way I saw the project. It made me realise I could provide a 21st century perspective on a place that had always been important to me and many others; it has had an amazing prehistorical and geological history.
“All these things overlap in my work, with paintings and maps of place, time, a long ago inland sea and the creatures that in my imagination encapsulate the place in their colours – which reference the colours of the North West Queensland landscape but in a very different way.”
The Partnershipping Project’s Townsville stop-over will include the following events:
- Curator’s Floor Talk, Friday 17 May at 5pm
- Exhibition Opening, Friday 17 May at 6pm
- Artists’Panel Discussion, Sunday, 19 May at 10am
The work of two Townsville artists will be selected by the Project’s curators to continue onto exhibitions in Lismore and Mt Gambier.
“Though there are a number of locations, only two artists are chosen at each to tour to the next place. That creates some friendly competition, as between six and eight artists from Townsville and Cairns are involved,” said Anne.
Catch the launch of The Partnershipping Project and other exhibitions with Umbrella Studio contemporary arts (currently in the Future Cities office, opposite City Lane) on 17 May – check Umbrella’s Facebook page for more details.