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ARTBAR January 2018

Today, 7.00pm, Throughout the MCA


Pipilotti Rist: Sip my Ocean

01 Nov - 18 Feb


Jon Campbell: MCA Collection

04 Dec - 25 Feb

– Learning Events


ARTBAR January 2018

Today, 7.00pm, Throughout the MCA


Contemporary Kids School Holiday Program

23 Jan, 10.30am, Level 3: National Centre for Creative Learning


Pipilotti Rist: Sip my Ocean [Unplugged]

23 Jan, 6.00pm, Level 3: Galleries

– News from inside the MCA

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Six Films that Changed My Life (for better or worse): Antenna's Rich Welch

To pave the way for the soon-to-come cinema binge at Antenna Film Festival,Co-Director Rich Welch shared a few of his life changing films. more

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Press Releases – MCA announces PRIMAVERA 2016 Curator

Posted on Nov. 26, 2015
Primavera 2015 Announcment

Left: From The Collection: Gertrude Contemporary Regional Residencies, Chapter Two, curated By Emily Cormack, Latrobe Regional Gallery, Morwell, 1 August – 20 September 2015. Works rear to foreground: Lauren Berkowitz, Energy Fields, 2015, eucalyptus, coal briquettes, crushed quartz; Geoff Robinson, Propositions For Change (After William Gregory Homo Ludens Caught In The Machine Age), 2015, pine, MDF, acrylic, aluminum tubing, digital print, Open Spatial Workshop – OSW (Terri Bird, Bianca Hester, Scott Mitchell): Open Spatial Workshop – OSW (Terri Bird, Bianca Hester, Scott Mitchell), Splinter, 2015, partially fossilized kauri log excavated from Loy Yang open cut mine, plywood display device with assorted objects form the Latrobe Regional Gallery Collection. Photography by Christo Crocker

The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) is delighted to announce the appointment of Emily Cormack as the Curator for Primavera 2016: Young Australian Artists.

Primavera is the MCA’s annual exhibition of Australian artists aged 35 and under. With a reputation for uncovering new artistic talent, in 2016 Primavera will celebrate its 25th anniversary, a significant milestone for one of the Museum’s iconic programs. Since 1992, the Primavera series has showcased the works of artists and curators in the early stages of their career, many of whom – such as Shaun Gladwell, Mikala Dwyer, Rebecca Baumann, Jonathan Jones and Jess Johnson – have gone on to exhibit nationally and internationally.

Since 2001 Emily Cormack has curated and co-curated over 25 exhibitions in institutional, freelance and artist-run contexts throughout the Asia Pacific region as well as in Europe. These projects include the exhibitions Everyday Rebellions, Gertrude Contemporary (2013), City Within the City, Art Sonje, Seoul and Gertrude Contemporary (2011–12), 21:100:100: 100 sound works by one hundred sound artists from the 21st Century, Gertrude Contemporary (2010), Still Vast Reserves, Magazzino d’Arte Moderna, Rome, and Gertrude Contemporary (2009–10), and The Independence Project, Galerei Petronas, Kuala Lumpur (2007).

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia Director, Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE, commented: “We are thrilled to announce Emily Cormack as the Curator for our 25th edition of Primavera. She has extensive experience working with young artists on the cusp of their career, and we’re looking forward to working with her to present the artwork of a new set of young Australian artists to our audiences in 2016.”

Emily Cormack regularly writes for artists’ catalogues and periodicals including Frieze magazine (UK), Art Agenda (USA), Art Asia Pacific, Art and Australia (ARTAND) and Kaleidoscope (It) magazine. She has worked as curator at Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, the Adam Art Gallery, Wellington (NZ) and as Co-Founder and Co-Director of Conical ARI, Melbourne. In 2005, she managed the New Zealand Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, and in 2003 she undertook a curatorial internship at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Emily holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland University, NZ and a Master of Art Curatorship from The University of Melbourne. She is currently a PhD candidate in Curatorial Practice at Monash University.

Emily Cormack, commented on the appointment: “After nearly a decade working with artists in the early stages of their career I understand the impact an exhibition such as Primavera can have on a younger artists’ creative trajectory, and it is a great privilege to have the opportunity to be part of this process. Often it is at these crucial times in an artist’s career where significant experimentation occurs, and I look forward to working with artists to illuminate these exciting new ways of thinking, and presenting them to the MCA’s diverse audiences.”

Primavera is an annual exhibition for young Australian artists aged 35 years and under. It was initiated in 1992 by Dr Edward Jackson AM and Mrs Cynthia Jackson AM and their family in memory of their daughter and sister Belinda, a talented jeweller who died at the age of 29. The exhibition commemorates Belinda Jackson by celebrating the creative achievements of talented young artists who are in the early stages of their careers.

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
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