Salon Series launch
On Monday 29 July 2019, the Art History and Curatorship Alumni Network launched the first event in its 2019 Salon Series. Serena Wong, Arts and Cultural Development Officer for the City of Mt Gambier and curator for the Riddoch Art Gallery was in conversation with Lauren Mustillo, Visual Arts Program Manager at Country Arts South Australia.
Serena graduated from the University of Adelaide with a combined Masters of Art History/Masters of Curatorial & Museum Studios. She discussed her exhibitions and curatorial projects in Adelaide and interstate, for Adelaide's FELTSpace and Tasmania's Hobienniale. Serena shared her experience for the Emerging Arts Professionals program at the recent Venice Bienniale.
Through their conversation, Lauren and Serena stressed on the importance of communities, galleries, artists, and curators in regional South Australia, the importance of the art community and engaging with audiences in interesting and sometimes unexpected ways. Serena Wong provided invaluable insights into her growth and development as a curator and 'storyteller'.
This event was a great success that had a fantastic turnout of local artists, curators, and members of the public interested in art and regional opportunities.
AHCAN Symposium 2019
AHCHAN held its inaugural Symposium in April 2019 at the Art Gallery of South Australia. The symposium focused on the challenges of contemporary curatorial practice. Art Gallery of South Australia Director Rhana Devenport was the keynote speaker. Other presentors included Paul Bowers, Director Exhibitions, Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI); Frances Barrett , Artist and Curator; Toby Chapman, Curator and Exhibition Coordinator, ACE Open; Vivonne Thwaites, Curator, Artroom5; Jared Thomas , William and Margaret Geary Curator, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts and Material Culture, SA Museum and Charlotte Day, Director, Monash University Museum of Art. The event was a great success with close to 100 alumni and friends in attendance.
AHCAN Career Night
AHCAN alumni Celia Dottore, Peter Drew, Ray Forester and Craig Middleton shared how they have developed their careers in the arts for those interested in undertaking the University of Adelaide's Art History and Curatorial course.
Floating Goose Studios opened their doors exclusively to AHCAN alumni for an Open Studio event. Network members met the makers behind the incredible ARI and networked with friends, colleagues, and potential collaborators.
Art Gallery of South Australia Director Nick Mitzevich and University of Adelaide Chief Engagement Officer Leah Grantham officially launched the Art History and Curatorship Alumni Network on Tuesday 6 October 2015.
The launch was held at the Art Gallery of South Australia and included a very special preview of Riverland: Yvonne Koolmatrie, a comprehensive survey exhibition of master Ngarrindjeri weaver, and internationally esteemed artist, Yvonne Koolmatrie. This exhibition was one of the highlights of TARNANTHI, the inaugural Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art.