GNAP17 artist talks, workshops & seminars

GNAP17 EDUCATION / PUBLIC PROGRAMS

MECHATRONICS WORKSHOPS

Creative mechatronics workshops with experimental artists Cake Industries

Artist duo Jesse Stevens and Dean Petersen are Cake Industries. They use mechatronics, robotics, 3D printing, and reworked everyday objects to create performative sculptures that investigate the world around us. These workshops are presented in collaboration with Federation University Australia’s Guirguis New Art Prize 2017. Class sizes are strictly limited, so book early to secure your place!

ALL CLASSES HELD AT THE ART GALLERY OF BALLARAT

SUPER BOX FRIENDS

SAT 1 APRIL, 10AM - 12PM& 6–10 YEARS $10 BOOK HERE

Make friends with a cardboard box, give your box friend real moving motorised parts, a personality, and then set them free! Kids will enjoy the fun of bringing inanimate everyday objects to life, and then customising them to become new little friends in a twist on a classic pastime. This activity is group oriented, with children working together without parents involved, and finishes in creations being set free.

SUPER BOX MECHANICS

SAT 1 APRIL 1.30 - 4PM 10–15 YEARS $15 BOOK HERE

Unleash your imagination and creativity to make weird and wonderful mechanical creations. Participants will work in groups to build weird and nonsensical working machines using motors, cardboard, bearings, pulleys and a whole new set of skills. No prior experience necessary, just bring your creativity and imagination!

SUPER BOX ROBOTS

SUN 2 APRIL 10AM - 4PM (with lunch break) 16 - 25 YEARS $30 BOOK HERE

Can cardboard creations think? Using special motors, electrics, cardboard, and programming, participants will work in groups to build creations from the ground up that can make decisions and move. No prior experience is necessary as everything will be covered in the workshop - just bring your imagination.

ESTHER STEWART

WED 5 APRIL, 5.30, FOR 6PM ART GALLERY OF BALLARAT FREE

Local artist Esther Stewart is interested in exploring domestic spaces through the dimensions of abstraction as a way of questioning gender, socialised gender roles, and personal and cultural identities. Often using the visual languages of Hard Edge Abstraction and Minimalism, Stewart creates the illusion of three-dimensional space, intuitively appealing systems, deductions and propositions.

GNAP17 FORUM - ART & DISRUPTION

SAT 8 APRIL @ 6PM RSVP HERE

Black Box Theatre (rear Post Office Gallery) Arts Academy, Federation University Australia

Contemporary art can offend, be disquieting, beguiling, and challenge notions of the world and current social, cultural and political issues. Is the artists’ role to engage in challenging societal views and ideas or should the deeper, darker issues be left to politics and the social critics? Hear GNAP17 winner Yhonnie Scarce and finalist Abdul Abdullah and Melbourne-based artist Gabrielle de Vietri and guests debate these issues and how artists negotiate this fraught and fickle territory.

PETER VANDERMARK

WED 12 APRIL @ 5.30, FOR 6PM RT GALLERY OF BALLARAT FREE

Peter Vandermark’s practice explores the interplay between function and form, with a sustained - and (hopefully) often humorous engagement considering the modernist desire to integrate art and life on both the domestic level (design) and the larger, more public level (architecture).

YHONNIE SCARCE

WED 19 APRIL @ 5.30, FOR 6PM ART GALLERY OF BALLARAT FREE

Yhonnie Scarce born in Woomera (SA) belongs to the Kokatha and Nukunu peoples. Embracing a non-traditional approach to glass and glass-blowing, Scarce’s work and art practice metaphorically reflects, exposes and examines early scientific ethnographic studies of indigenous cultures and tragedies of Australia’s colonisation.

CARLY FISCHER

WED 26 APRIL @ 5.30, FOR 6PM ART GALLERY OF BALLARAT FREE

Carly Fischer’s sculptural and audio installations explore some of the complexities and contradictions involved in notions of place and cultural identity. Adopting an ethnographic process of collecting objects, stories, stereotypes and mythologies from place to place, her installations weave found and fabricated fragments into alternate narratives that suggest a more ambiguous contemporary place.

GNAP17 VISUAL ARTS TEACHERS' PD

A unique teacher PD on contemporary artistic practice & GNAP17, with Kathryn Hendy-Eckers, Curriculum Manager, Visual Arts & Media, Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority.

YEAR 7-10 VISUAL ART, VCE ART UNIT 3 & STUDIO ART UNIT 3

WED 10 MAY @ 4.00 - 5.30PM ART GALLERY OF BALLARAT
FREE but RSVP essential: by Mon 8 May 2017
BOOK ONLINE @ artgalleryofballarat.com.au/learn or email artgal@ballarat.vic.gov.au

Join us for a discussion-based tour of GNAP17 with an emphasis on exploring, analysing and interpreting contemporary art.

Led by Kathryn Hendy-Eckers, Curriculum Manager, Visual Arts & Media, VCAA, and Shelley Hinton, Curator, Federation University’s Post Office Gallery and curator of GNAP17.

Integrating aspects of both the Victorian Curriculum and VCE Art and Studio Arts and contemporary works of art in GNAP17, Kathryn will explore;

  • Learning in the Visual Arts through Making and Responding for students from Years 7 -10, focusing on visual conventions and viewpoints
  • VCE Art, Unit 3: Artworks, Ideas and Values: Area of Study 1, Interpreting Art, Outcome 1
  • VCE Studio Arts, Unit 3: Studio Practices and Processes, Area of Study 3, Studio Practices and Ideas, Outcome 3

GNAP17 finalist, Natasha Johns-Messenger artist talk will follow at 6pm, with drinks and light refreshments from 5.30pm.

NATASHA JOHNS-MESSENGER

WED 10 MAY, 5.30, for 6PM ART GALLERY OF BALLARAT FREE

Using standard materials in inventive ways, Natasha Johns-Messenger examines spatial perception, site and viewer interaction. Through a complex process of imitation, illusion and trickery, activated by architectural interventions and optical physics, Johns-Messenger uses the principles of architecture and optical illusion to build a new, experiential ‘live’ sculptural framework.