Constellations: Dream Work
Public event and exhibition
2 – 4 February 2023
Artists will come together at CAT to present new work or work in development, share information and engage in a dialogue with their peers. This event is presented through CAT’s education and development program Constellations. Discursive and collegial in its approach, Constellations has been initiated in response to the shifting expectations, knowledge and skill requirements of artists and provides a context for sharing ideas and fostering connection. The Constellations: Dream Work event includes: artist talks, presentations, performance and public conversations alongside an exhibition of video, sculpture, drawing, jewellery and sound work.
Guest provocateurs Grace Herbert and Andrew Harper will meet with artists participating in Constellations: New Work to discuss work developed through the program and to provide critical feedback. Artists participating in New Work are supported through a customised mentorship program, critical cluster sessions and engagement with guest provocateurs. This is the second guest provocateur session in this program with Scot Cotterell and Keren Ruki participating in the first group session.
Public event program – Thursday 2 February
5.30pm – start
Peter Maarseveen – A talk about photographing the remains of the early 1900s huts on Kunanyi/ Mount Wellington using alternative analogue. Artwork in progress installed in the gallery.
Richard Langley – New and in-development assemblages presented in the gallery. The work comprises found objects rearranged into new forms through a process involving thinking-through-making and chance.
Bobby K – The ordinariness of parking tickets and bird cadavers are given special significance in this range of recent text and photographic works produced through a process of miniature rituals and quiet rites.
Nani Graddon – New work introduced by Lucy Bleach. Considering prefab, readily available, and mass-produced objects, Nani has been investigating ways to trace contemporary movement through these apparently complete, still, definable and unmoving objects. Nani further attempts to use there chosen objects to contemplate expanding urban Australian landscapes.
Lila Meleisea – Sharing her evolving methodology and the stories of place, community and culture that inform her Resonance Mapping works.
Rory Dick & Jonny Scholes – A discussion about Vibrance, the origins of the organisation, how they stay in touch with the graffiti and street art community, the projects and activities they facilitate and how they sustain the organisation.
Claire Johnston – Reflecting on her time in bands, unlearning her childhood music lessons and why punks need to learn how to invoice.
6.30pm break – with light refreshments
Bianca Templar – Presenting a range of wearable cultural objects. Bianca is a proud palawa woman, artist, advocate for Aboriginal rights and owner/operator of Takamuna rrala designs (stand strong designs). In conversation with Gabbee Stolp.
Sarah Rhodes – A talk about recent photographic based work focussed on how we draw on nature to understand ourselves and the upcoming Venice Biennale of architecture project, Unsettling Queenstown.
Aleks Crossan – Improvised and choreographed movement as performative drawing; mapping the language of line. A live performance prompted by the residue from a previous iteration of a work performed in the gallery in recent days.
7.30pm – pizza
Constellations is a CAT development program initiated in response to the shifting expectations, knowledge and skill requirements of artists. Discursive and collegial in its approach, Constellations is brewed from 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.