International performing artist mentors leading local artists

6 May 2015

Joint media release

Attorney-General
Minister for the Arts
Senator the Hon George Brandis QC

Deputy Premier of NSW - NSW Minister for the Arts
Troy Grant MP

Australian artists will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with a world-class artist as a result of Australian and NSW Government support for a major international art event by Kaldor Public Art Projects.

Kaldor Public Art Projects is bringing internationally renowned performance artist Marina Abramović to Australia for an immersive public art experience and artists’ residency as part of Kaldor Public Art Project 30, Marina Abramović: In Residence.

As a pioneer of performance art, Abramović is one of the world’s most influential artists. She was awarded the Golden Lion for Best Artist at the Venice Biennale in 1997 and was the subject of a major retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2010.

Combined funding of $225,000 to Kaldor Public Art Projects from the Australian and NSW Governments will provide Australian audiences and artists with some unique opportunities, including:

  • 12 leading and emerging Australian artists will be mentored by Abramović during a 12 day residency. These artists from dance, theatre, visual arts and digital fields will have a rare opportunity to participate in a development program with an artist of this calibre. The artists will also perform in a public program which accompanies Abramović’s work.
  • Young people in Dubbo aged between 16 and 20 years will have an exceptional opportunity to learn about contemporary art and performance through a series of workshops and mentoring opportunities over several months.

Attorney-General and Minister for the Arts George Brandis said support from the two governments will supplement the significant private funds already secured for this event by not-for-profit Kaldor Public Art Projects which was founded by arts philanthropist Mr John Kaldor AM to bring international contemporary art to Australian audiences.

“One of my priorities as Minister for the Arts is to increase private sector support for the arts. The Kaldor Public Art Project is an exemplar of public-private partnership that is delivering unique arts experiences for the benefit of both Australian audiences and artists,” Mr Brandis said.

Deputy Premier and NSW Minister for the Arts Troy Grant said strengthening the arts in regional NSW is a key focus for the NSW Government and through combined support from the Australian and NSW Governments and Kaldor Public Arts we will see a very unique pilot program which will engage young regional artists.

“Kaldor Public Art Projects will work with the curators and education team at Dubbo Regional Gallery, local artists and regional arts board Orana Arts to deliver the program. Participants will develop and then perform original work,” Mr Grant said.

Kaldor Public Art Project 30 will take place in June and July. More information is available at www.kaldorartprojects.org.au.