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Contemporary Curating: The Gig Economy

A public forum presented by NAVA, QCA Griffith University and QUT Art Museum, supported by ACUADS.

6.15-8.15pm Thursday 11 May 2017

QUT Art Museum 2 George St. Brisbane Qld

NAVA recently launched a new campaign for artists fees. In this forum we want to discuss issues of precarity: when it comes to artists fees and labour especially given the casualisation and changing nature of arts work. Contemporary curating and the gig economy will examine the changing role of the curator, both in QLD and internationally and ask; how does the shifting global economy and workforce impede or expand the role of an Independent curator?

This forum will explore the role of the contemporary curator by interrogating curating as a creative act that shapes and leads artistic discourse within and outside institutional spaces. Speakers at this forum will investigate the global trajectory of the independent curator, and address the opportunities and challenges of independent work in the gig economy.

Speakers include:

Chantal Fraser - independent artist

Pat Hoffie - artist, former professor and UNESCO Orbicom Chair in Communications, Griffith University

Tess Maunder - independent curator, art critic, editor and researcher working internationally (participating via Skype from New York)

Facilitated by Samantha Littley - curator, UQ Art Museum


Free event, all welcome. Bookings essential via below link.

Drinks and catering provided

Speaker bios:

Born in Auckland, New Zealand, Chantal Fraser is a Brisbane based multi-media artist with a BFA (Honours) from Queensland University of Technology. Fraser’s practice engages in pushing the boundaries of adornment through mediums such as installation, performance and digital media. Fraser has exhibited nationally at various institutions such as QAGOMA, Artbank Sydney, QUT Art Museum, University of Queensland Art Museum and Museum of Brisbane. Fraser has also been included in exhibitions internationally at renowned institutions in California, Paris, Wellington and Noumea. Chantal Fraser uses adornment as an aesthetic and conceptual tool for material exploration and production. The work explores the creation of cross cultural connotations and representations, and neo-colonialism through silhouette and the embodiment of adornment, and more significantly cultural adornment. Fraser’s practice explores ornamentation as an aesthetic resolution to identity and individuality. Fraser’s pushes the boundaries of adornment through her installations, performances and digital media artworks.

Pat Hoffie is a visual artist who has worked extensively in the Asia-Pacific region for the past three decades. She has exhibited regularly as a visual artist for over four decades and her work is included in a number of important collections and survey exhibitions of contemporary Australian art in Australia and overseas. Her curatorial projects have involved international collaborations with artists from the Asia-Pacific region and include work with The Baguio Arts Festivals, Philippines; ARX (Perth); Art and Human Rights (Canberra); Future Tense (Brisbane), The Second and Third Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (Brisbane), and Figuring Landscapes (Tate Modern, London, touring Britain and Australia). Internationally recognised as a curator, researcher and writer, she is a regular contributor to journals, magazines and newspapers and is currently a Professor at the research focus group SECAP (Sustainable Environment through Culture, Asia Pacific) at Queensland College of Art, and was appointed the UNESCO Orbicom Chair in Communications by Griffith University.

Tess Maunder currently works as an independent curator, writer, editor and researcher between Australia, Asia and the US, engaging mainly with projects that have an interest in the politics of the Global South. In 2017 she is working on a a publication project involving curatorial research residencies at the International Studio and Curatorial Programme (ISCP) in New York, and an Asialink residency at the Office for Culture and Design, Manila. Prior to this, in 2016, she was co-curator of the 11th Shanghai Biennale; Why Not Ask Again at the Power Station of art in Shanghai, featuring 92 artists from 40 countries, with Chief Curators, Raqs Media Collective. In 2016, she was awarded the MPavilion and Art Monthly Writing Award for a text on Brisbane based Indigenous artist Archie Moore. She has curated exhibitions in Australian and Asia and actively participates in international workshops, public speaking engagements and conferences. She has published over 100 pieces of critical writing for national and international publications. Prior to working independently she has worked in Non-for-Profit art spaces, Museums, Artist-Run-Initiatives and Commercial Gallery contexts in both Australia and abroad.

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