Presented by Fenella Kernebone
For her final event as host of MCA on The Rocks, Fenella Kernebone will be calling in the big guns with MCA Director Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE, artist Brook Andrew and comedian Hannah Gadsby, to explore our sometimes conflicted relationships with contemporary art. Join them for this candid discussion as they ask the question we’ve been too afraid to ask until now – is it ok to not like contemporary art?
$20/$15 MCA Members and Concessions
(online booking fees apply)
Ticket price includes a glass of wine
Image courtesy and © Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, photograph: Isabella Moore
Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE, Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)
Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE is a regular contributor to conferences, seminars, radio and television programs on arts issues. She is currently on the board of Fauna and Flora International Australia, the Council of Australian Art Museum Directors, the UTS Business School, CIMAM and the Qantas Foundation.
Brook Andrew, Artist
Brook Andrew is a conceptually driven artist who challenges cultural and historical perception, using installation, text and image to comment on local and global issues regarding race, consumerism and history.
Apart from drawing inspiration from public media and found archival collections, Andrew travels nationally and internationally to work with communities and museum collections and displays to comment and create new work reflecting objects, concepts and local thought.
Brook Andrew is currently a Sidney Myer Creative Fellow and Photomedia co-ordinator at the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture Monash University.
Photo courtesy of Diana Snape
Hannah Gadsby, Comedian
Hannah Gadsby is an award-winning Australian comedian who thinks quickly and moves slowly. She is sardonic, laconic and, after numerous bone crunching accidents, bionic. Her droll delivery, delightful wordplay and heart-breakingly funny, self-deprecating observations have delighted audiences all over the world. You can see her on ABC TV’s Adam Hills In Gordon Street Tonight, or live at a festival near you.
Desperate to make use of her art history degree, Hannah has written and presented two specials for ABC TV’s Artscape and takes every opportunity to present her incredibly popular comedic art lectures at festivals around the world.
SPECIAL GUEST: Martha Marlow
Sydney Singer/Songwriter Martha Marlow grew up in a musical household and was performing at many of this city’s leading venues and festivals before finishing her HSC. Still only in her 19th year, Martha is making her mark on the scene having recently supported Matt Corby, Bluejuice, Jinja Safari and US folk-pop duo The Pierces.
Martha’s pure voice and unique open tunings are trademarks of her sound and her carefully crafted songwriting shows an undeniable wisdom beyond her years. With songs that simultaneously portray both innocence and experience, Martha Marlow is a refreshing and unique artist who is quickly establishing her place in the scene.
Martha is currently preparing her debut EP for release in early 2013 and is collaborating with one of Australia’s leading Hip Hop groups
HOST: Fenella Kernebone, Journalist and Presenter
In 2010–2011, Fenella hosted Art Nation on ABC TV and presented and produced the previous arts show, Sunday Arts. Prior to that, she was one of the hosts and film reviewers of The Movie Show on SBS TV. In addition to her role on Radio National’s By Design, Fenella also hosts the long-running cult electronic music show, The Sound Lab on Triple J radio