An artist-led development program

The Constellations program is a response to the shifting expectations, knowledge and skill requirements of artists. Discursive and collegial in its approach, the program is formed through consultation with artists and arts professionals. As the program generates there will be opportunity for experimenting with alternative structures for participants to develop new modes of teaching and learning to support individual and collaborative development.

What’s cooking? #3, Caleb Nichols-Mansell presentation. Photo: Lisa Campbell-Smith 2021

Background

Artists are increasingly seeking meaningful critique, connection and development opportunities beyond formal education institutions to progress their work. Program planning commenced in 2021 with a cluster of What’s cooking? sessions to launch the initiative. What’s cooking? provided a context for discussing topics important to artists now and was an opportunity to pose the question; what do artists want from a development program? The learnings from 2021 and ongoing consultation with artists and arts professionals informs the program content and structure. The name was changed from MACHINE to Constellations in 2022 to better reflect the nature of the program, the bringing together of different groups of artists and forms of practice.

The program is initiated by the Constellations curatorium comprising: Bill Hart, Kylie Johnson, Michelle Maynard and Robert O’Connor.

Enquiries to CAT Curator Kylie Johnson – kylie@contemporaryart.org.au

Bobby K, recent work, text, photographs, sculpture and found material. Constellations: Dream Work (installation view), 2023. Image: Cassie Sullivan

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