Are you a budding young artist and would like to apply for the Matt Clark Travelling Scholarship, but unsure as to which professional opportunities and events held outside of Townsville would best benefit your future career? We’ve taken the liberty of listing a few ideas, and information about key events, held around the country that might fit the bill!
Is there a particular visual artist you’ve always been inspired by? Or an organisation or collective that creates amazing work you’d like to learn more about? If so, you could consider searching for contact details on official websites, and approach these artists/organisations/collectives to try and arrange a tailor-made professional development opportunity. Artists are frequently in need of a studio assistant, while organisations and collectives regularly take volunteers and interns. A week spent working directly with such inspirational figures, speaking to them about their career progression, expanding your networks and picking up technical pointers could have a long-lasting impact on your practice. Should you wish to go down this route, the Matt Clark Travelling Scholarship trustees would consider providing letters of introduction to support your initial approach on request. Please note such letters being provide would have no bearing on the assessment of your final application materials.
One of the largest events of its type, Semi-Permanent is a creative platform spreading art and design inspiration. It consists of a conference and side events which include exhibitions, competitions, workshops and parties. It’s a week long celebration of all things design. Graphic Design, Film, Art, Illustration, Web Design, Photography, Visual Effects, Animation, Graffiti, Motion Graphics, Stop Motion; all these things and more. Semi-Permanent explores the diverse and exciting design world bringing together exceptionally talented artists and designers to speak at the event.
Starting in Sydney, Australia in 2003, the event has established itself over the last ten years as a leader in presentations and exhibitions throughout the creative world. With annual events hosted in Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, and Brisbane, plus events in Mumbai, Los Angeles, Portland, New York, London, Wellington, Perth, Hong Kong and Stockholm, Semi-Permanent is a truly global platform that inspires people from a variety of cultures. Throughout the days of the event there is an amazing feeling of inspiration and energy. A sense of shared views and ideals. Of like-minded people who have much to learn and also knowledge to impart. It’s a casual atmosphere where new friends are made and new colleagues discovered. It’s this that sets Semi-Permanent apart from other more corporate conferences, a shared feeling that you belong to a community. That you’re a creative individual, not just a commodity.
The event, however, is not just a conference. Side events give Semi-Permanent a festival-like atmosphere with a number of different events running throughout the host city. These include exhibitions, parties and workshops.
To learn more: www.semipermanent.com
The Australian Print Symposiums have been held at the Australian National Gallery since 1987. Convened by Roger Butler, Senior Curator of Australian Prints and Drawings at the NGA, the Symposiums provide a forum to discuss prints and printmaking in the Australasian region. The papers, presented by artists, print curators and art historians are predominantly concerned with contemporary prints and printmaking practice.
The focus of the Australian Print Symposiums on the Australia, Asia, Pacific region makes this unique. Speakers representing Australia, Aboriginal Australia, Papua New Guinea, Aotearoa New Zealand, The Pacific islands and Singapore have participated while attendees have come from other countries in the region including Thailand, Korea, India, Japan and China. The papers presented during the symposiums provide a wealth of information about prints and printmaking in the region.
The Symposiums are also social events. With over 250 attendees drawn together by their interest in prints and printmaking there is plenty of time for informal discussion and to view complementary exhibitions held in other public institutions, print workshops and commercial galleries.
To learn more: www.nga.gov.au/PrintSymposium/
The Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art is the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art’s flagship contemporary art project, and one of the region’s most respected and influential exhibitions. Since 1993, the APT series has driven the Gallery’s focus on contemporary art and regional engagement, and enabled the development of one of the world’s most significant collections of Asian and Pacific contemporary art.
To learn more: www.qagoma.qld.gov.au/exhibitions/apt
The Biennale of Sydney was the first biennale to be established in the Asia-Pacific region and, alongside the Venice and São Paulo biennales and documenta, is one of the longest running exhibitions of its kind. The inaugural edition in 1973 heralded the new generation of biennale exhibitions, whose primary aim is to provide a platform for individual artists, their creativity and ideas, rather than representations of nationhood.
Widely respected for working with independent artistic directors to exhibit prescient themes and artists, the Biennale has a reputation for showing renowned senior artists early in their careers. The Biennale was also the first to focus on Asia and the contemporary art of our region (1973 and 1976); the first to show Indigenous art in an international contemporary art context (1979); and in 2008, the first biennale to present an online venue.
The exhibitions and programs provide a counterbalance to traditional institutionally driven exhibitions and programs, and act as a cultural catalyst by encouraging innovation and experimentation. They also offer major opportunities for artists, facilitating cultural interchange and global connections.
Since its inception, the Biennale of Sydney has provided an international platform for innovative and challenging contemporary art, showcasing the work of nearly 1600 artists from over 100 countries. Today it ranks as one of the leading international festivals of contemporary art.
The event also accepts volunteers by application, as well as offering a limited number of vocational and internship placements as part of its commitment to developing the next generation of Australian artists and arts administrators. These placements are offered to help students or recent graduates meet the requirements of their Australian-based educational or training courses; and to enhance vocational skills in the arts sector.
To learn more: www.biennaleofsydney.com.au
Sculpture by the Sea is the world’s largest free public art event, and each year the organisers are grateful to receive help from a number of volunteers, who assist us in the organisation and execution of this large-scale event.
Volunteers continue to provide invaluable support to Sculpture by the Sea staff and the general public. The event aims to provide our volunteers with a wonderful opportunity to meet new people, to experience the excitement of the exhibition first hand and to gain an insight into the production and management of a major arts event, as well as providing a direct route to discuss ideas with participating public artists.
Sculpture by the Sea is a not for profit organisation and would not be able to run to the high standard it does without the help of dedicated volunteers.
To learn more: www.sculpturebythesea.com
Vivid Sydney is an 18-day festival of light, music and ideas. Vivid Sydney features many of the world’s most important creative industry forums, a mesmerising free public exhibition of outdoor lighting sculptures and installations and a cutting-edge contemporary music program.
Vivid Sydney is where art, technology and commerce intersect.
Vivid Light transforms Sydney into a wonderland of ‘light art’ sculptures, innovative light installations and grand-scale projections for all to enjoy – for free. It is a magical celebration of light-design excellence and the world’s largest outdoor ‘art-gallery': a unique Vivid Sydney experience.
Vivid Light engages lighting artists, designers and manufacturers from around Australia and the world to illuminate, interpret and transform Sydney’s urban spaces for 18 nights through their creative vision.
Vivid Music presents a cutting-edge contemporary music program.
From local and international acts performing at the iconic Sydney Opera House, to other large venues and small bars, Vivid Sydney hosts a lively and eclectic range of live performances and ground-breaking musical collaborations.
Vivid Ideas is the Asia Pacific’s annual celebration of innovation, creativity and community, building audiences and markets for the creative industries, and offering professional development opportunities across the sector. The program truly spans the innovation and imagination sector: from technology and start-up culture to design and architecture, film and screen content to visual arts and performance, advertising and marketing to animation, VFX, lighting and events.
Over the Festival’s 18 days, Vivid Ideas brings together business and creative leaders for professional development, information updates on their industries, market opportunities and innovation: gathering all the conversations, conventions and big announcements in Sydney.
To learn more: www.vividsydney.com