For the current Bella Room commission, artist Kathy Temin has created The Koala Room, an immersive, cushioned landscape of green fur grass and trees against blue skies. This environment brings together numerous elements, including costuming, assemblage and performance, inviting visitors to explore cultural identity and actively participate in experiencing the work.
Participation and performance are central to The Koala Room. In early 2016, Temin auditioned people across a range of ages, needs and abilities to take part in her Koala Choir. Participants chose and performed a song with significance to their cultural identity, while wearing elements of Temin’s koala costumes. A selection from these auditions, and more to be held throughout 2016, are included within the artwork, encouraging and inspiring visitors to participate and perform within the space.
The Bella Room commission series invites an artist or artist group each year to realise an interactive artwork for people with access needs. Kathy Temin’s, The Koala Room is the fifth annual Bella Room commission. Previous Bella Room artists have been Emily Floyd, Hiromi Tango, Brown Council, and David Capra.
The MCA Bella program was established in 1993 through the generosity of MCA patrons, Dr Edward Jackson AM and Mrs Cynthia Jackson AM, and the Jackson family, in memory of their late daughter and sister Belinda.
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