Art Talks

The Joy After Matisse Madonna Marcel, Video still

Justene Williams: The Joy After Matisse Madonna Marcel, Video still. Justene Williams is represented by Sarah Cottier Gallery

Sydney College of the Arts presents an annual series of free public talks by local and international artists, critics, curators, directors, writers, academics, researchers and leaders in the arts industry.

The Art Talks program runs during teaching periods each Wednesday in the SCA Auditorium from 1 to 2pm, unless otherwise noted.

2017 Program

APRIL 11, Transcultural Collaborations: Activating Reciprocal Spaces, First Nations & First Peoples Artist Panel Discussion

Rolande Souliere, Modern Day Syllabics, 2008-2016

Rolande Souliere, 'Modern Day Syllabics', 2008-16, detail, 52 double sided panel boards, 26 plywood plinths, enamel paint, 20m x 20cm x 70cm. Photo: Peter Endersbee.

As a result of colonial heritage in places such as Canada and Australia there can be a profound lack of understanding between the dominant culture and First Nations and Indigenous peoples, with the appropriation of First People's culture entrenched in contemporary art practice. This panel discussion addresses this issue and explores how the sharing of images, histories, experiences, ideas, skills and culture as communication tools can activate collaborative practices and reciprocal spaces in an increasingly globalised world.

Moderator: Mariko Smith (Yuin)
Speakers: Janelle Evans (Dharug/Bundjalung), Emma Hicks (Kamilaroi), Rolande Souliere (Anishinaabe – Michipicoten First Nation)

Tuesday 11 April
1 - 2pm
SCA Auditorium

MAY 3, Alterations: Recent, and Less Recent, Works with Space, Alex Gawronski

Alex Gawronski, Threshold, from

Alex Gawronski, Threshold, from 'Ghosts', AGNSW, The National, 2017. Photo: Felicity Jenkins

Alex Gawronski is an artist, writer and academic based in Sydney. His recent projects include Ghosts, a series of 3 architectonic works across the Art Gallery of NSW, the MCA and Carriageworks as part of The National, a survey of contemporary Australian art, and Harbinger a site-specific sound installation for Cementa 2017, Kandos, NSW.

Gawronski has also exhibited at Artspace and the Performance Space, Sydney; the Experimental Art Centre, Adelaide; the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane; the Physics Room, Christchurch, NZ; Tokyo Wonder Site, Japan and the British School in Rome among other venues.

Wednesday 3 May
1 - 2pm
SCA Auditorium

MAY 10, Elizabeth Pulie: Post Conceptual Practice

Elizabeth Pulie, #62 (Josie II), 2016

Elizabeth Pulie, #62 (Josie II), 2016, acrylic, wool, hessian, cotton, cane. Courtesy the artist, Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney, and Neon Parc, Melbourne

Elizabeth Pulie is a Sydney-based artist whose work is currently included in The National 2017 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. Pulie’s recent research concerning contemporary art’s ontology has led to experimentation with new materials and techniques such as sewing and embroidery, alongside the development of a discursive, theoretical practice.

Recent group exhibitions include Fabrik (Ian Potter Gallery, Melbourne), Painting. More Painting (ACCA, Melbourne), and Writing Art (Artspace, Sydney). Pulie co-directed Front Room gallery, edited and published Lives of the Artists magazine, and is represented by Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney and Neon Parc, Melbourne.

Wednesday 10 May
1 - 2pm
SCA Auditorium

MAY 17, New Contemporaries Panel Discussion

Anna McMahon, New Contemporaries installation view, 2016

Anna McMahon, 'Untitled #3-6' from the series Being Found Out, 2016. Installation view SCA New Contemporaries 2016.

SCA lecturer Dr Julie Rrap will chair a discussion with recent SCA graduates Consuelo Cavaniglia and Sylvia Griffin about their work in the postgraduate showcase exhibition New Contemporaries, the value of postgraduate study and how an art practice develops over time.

Wednesday 17 May
1 - 2pm
SCA Auditorium

MAY 24, David Haines and Joyce Hinterding

Haines & Hinterding,

Haines & Hinterding, 'Soundship (descender1)', 2016. Courtesy the artist and Sarah Cottier Gallery

David Haines and Joyce Hinterding, live and work in the Blue Mountains of Australia, and lecture at Sydney College of the Arts. They maintain independent practices and also collaborate on large-scale art works that explore diverse subject matter, often with a focus on revealing the unseen and the unheard. These collaborative works have gained international recognition and are continuing to explore the possibilities for 3D visualisation, animation and real-time technologies in the art context.

David Haines and Joyce Hinterding are represented by Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney.

Wednesday 24 May
1 - 2pm
SCA Auditorium