The National 2017: New Australian Art
- When 30 Mar - 16 Jul 2017
AGNSW (30 March – 16 July 2017) Carriageworks (30 March – 25 June 2017) MCA (30 March – 18 June 2017)
Featuring work by 49 artists The National 2017: New Australian Art is a major new collaborative recurrent exhibition conceived to explore and examine the latest ideas and forms in contemporary Australian art, curated across three of Sydney's premier cultural institutions: the Art Gallery of NSW, Carriageworks and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.
A six-year initiative over three editions in 2017, 2019 and 2021, the curatorial vision for the exhibition represents a mix of emerging, mid-career and established artists drawn from around the country and Australian artists practicing overseas.
Opening on 30 March 2017 the first edition of The National encompasses new and commissioned works across a diverse range of mediums including painting, video, sculpture, installation, drawing and performance. Connecting three of Sydney’s key cultural precincts – The Domain, Redfern and Circular Quay – The National 2017: New Australian Art is the only large-scale biennial presented in Sydney focused solely on contemporary Australian art.
Curators for the 2017 edition of The National are:
UNSW Art & Design graduate, Anneke Jaspers, Curator Contemporary Art and fellow UNSW Art & Design graduate, Wayne Tunnicliffe, Head Curator Australian Art, both at the Art Gallery of New South Wales;
UNSW Art & Design graduate, Lisa Havilah, Director and Nina Miall, Curator, both at Carriageworks;
Blair French, Director, Curatorial & Digital, at the Museum of Contemporary Art.
At the AGNSW, The National 2017 presents contemporary artists who are engaging with marginal narratives and contested histories, including how these are shaped by uneven power relations and conflicting value systems.
Anneke Jaspers said, “The works at the Art Gallery of New South Wales have mostly developed from archival or field research, and are underpinned by social engagement. These artists navigate and reinterpret various histories – aesthetic, social, economic, environmental – to offer new readings of the present and the future. Many of the works offer an Indigenous perspective, or draw out connections to other geographic locations and cultures.”
At Carriageworks, the curatorial approach focuses on the current fluidity of identity – individual and collective, real and imagined. Works presented in The National 2017 at Carriageworks address the fractures and contingencies of Australian identity, with a strong cross-generational and crossdisciplinary focus. Lisa Havilah commented, “Artists at Carriageworks examine 'the self' in the context of history, exploring questions of individualism, shared experience and relationally. Many of the artists will be making works that are created collaboratively and works across disciplines including contemporary performance.”
At the Museum of Contemporary Art, The National 2017 includes artists working with key concerns through time, pulling history through and beyond the present; in particular artists working with repeated gestures and processes, or returning to actions, images or motifs consistently through time in their practice.
The National 2017: New Australian Art
Art Gallery of New South Wales (30 March – 16 July 2017)
Artists: Gordon Bennett, Megan Cope, Keg de Souza (UNSW Art & Design), Emily Floyd, Alex Gawronski, Gunybi Ganambarr, Dale Harding, Taloi Havini, Helen Johnson, Nicholas Mangan, Alex Martinis Roe, Tom Nicholson, Raquel Ormella, Khaled Sabsabi (UNSW Art & Design), Yhonnie Scarce, Tiger Yaltangki.
Carriageworks (30 March – 25 June 2017)
Artists: Richard Bell, Chris Bond & Wes Thorne, Karla Dickens, Atlanta Eke & Ghenoa Gela, Heath Franco (UNSW Art & Design), Alex Gawronski, Agatha Gothe-Snape, Alan Griffiths, Jess Johnson & Simon Ward, Richard Lewer, Archie Moore, Claudia Nicholson (UNSW Art & Design), Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran (UNSW Art & Design), Justene Williams, Jemima Wyman.
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (30 March – 18 June 2017)
Artists: Khadim Ali (UNSW Art & Design), Zanny Begg (UNSW Art & Design), Matthew Bradley, Gary Carsley (UNSW Art & Design), Erin Coates, Marco Fusinato, Alex Gawronski, Julie Gough, Gordon Hookey (UNSW Art & Design), Peter Maloney, Karen Mills, Rose Nolan, Stieg Persson, Elizabeth Pulie (UNSW Art & Design), Ronnie van Hout, Nell.