Tickets for Day 1 of the conference (11 Sept) have sold out. Tickets are still available for the Conference Day 2 (12 Sept).
Does a socially engaged practice inhibit artistic excellence? What is the curatorial role in front-end community consultation? What is the role of artists in urban and social planning processes?
Delving into these crucial questions, Civic Actions: Artists’ Practices Beyond the Museum focuses on the intersection of social and public projects, and the possibilities of art practice in public space. This essential conference is international in focus and features a diverse range of high-profile artists, curators, academics and cultural practitioners from Australia and around the world, all recognised as thought leaders in their field.
Civic Actions represents an important moment for artists and arts professionals working in the region to come together to analyse and reflect upon their work, as well as share best practices and develop ideas for the future.
The dual strategies of social and public art practice have been employed in substantial projects in Australia and internationally for years. The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia’s C3West program is an exemplary model within this field, having produced a dozen major projects across Greater Sydney in less than a decade.
C3West continues its leadership role by bringing together its peers, national and international, in a context of collegiality, scholarship, debate and exchange. Featuring four keynote lectures, three panel discussions, and participatory workshops the Civic Actions conference will highlight issues of art, urban planning, architecture, culture and the future of Sydney.
Conference speakers include:
Civic Actions: Artists’ Practices Beyond the Museum is presented by C3West in association with Information Cultural Exchange (ICE) and Parramatta City Council. This project is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts-funding and advisory body.
6.00 – 8pm, Thursday 10 September 2015
Lloyd Rees Lecture with Nato Thompson Chief Curator, Creative Time
MCA Foundation Hall
9am – 5pm, Friday 11 September 2015 (SOLD OUT)
Conference Day 1
MCA Veolia Lecture Theatre
9am – 7pm, Saturday 12 September 2015
Conference Day 2 & After Party
FutureCampus Parramatta – University of New England
Lloyd Rees Lecture only:
$45 / $36 Students and Members
More information here
Full conference package: Lloyd Rees Lecture and 2 Day Conference (SOLD OUT):
$200 / $160 Students and Members
Single day tickets:
$90 / $72 Students and Members
*Inclusive of daily morning and afternoon tea, lunch and conference after party.
Tickets can also be purchased over the phone by calling 1300 762 545
Co-convenors: Anne Loxley (Senior Curator, C3West), Yael Filipovic (Public Engagement Manager, MCA) and Blair French (Director, Curatorial & Digital, MCA)
Administration: Peter Johnson (Assistant Curator, C3West) and Kirsty Mitchell (C3West Assistant)