Bi­en­nale of Aus­tralian Art

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The ‘Bi­en­nale of Aus­tralian Art’ (BOAA) show­cases over 150 con­tem­po­rary artists from around the coun­try across three des­ig­nated art vil­lages in the Vic­to­rian town of Bal­larat. On un­til 6 Novem­ber, the fes­ti­val cov­ers ex­hi­bi­tions, talks, mu­sic, video pro­jec­tion, per­for­mance, and the writer’s fes­ti­val. High­lights; Art Camp projects at the Min­ing Ex­change where each week two artists will cre­ate large-scale works through draw­ing, paint­ing and in­stal­la­tion. The Art Gallery of Bal­larat’s ‘BOAA Art 2018’ ex­hi­bi­tion presents works by Mar­lene Gil­son, Nu­mina Sis­ters,

Pip & Pop, David Jensz, Ger­wyn Davies, Ja­son Sims, to name a few. While St An­drew’s Hall, the Ge­orge Farmer Build­ing, Bal­larat Wel­come Cen­tre, the Eu­reka Stock­ade and sev­eral other venues also host a di­verse line-up of artists in­clud­ing Ma­rina Pu­mani Brown with paint­ing work which cap­tures cul­tural knowl­edge, Yhon­nie Scarce with her hand-blown glass sculp­ture, Ab­dul Ab­dul­lah ex­plor­ing the young Mus­lim ex­pe­ri­ence within the Aus­tralian mul­ti­cul­tural con­text, brother and sis­ter duo Nawu­rapu Wu­nung­murra and Djir­rirra Wu­nung­murra from the North­ern Ter­ri­tory share sto­ries of iden­tity, fam­ily and con­nec­tion to coun­try, Jill Orr will cap­ti­vate the au­di­ence with per­for­mance work, and Skunk Con­trol’s im­mer­sive in­stal­la­tions bring art and sci­ence to­gether through ac­ti­vated light and colour­ful for­ma­tions. Louise Paramor presents brightly coloured pop in­spired sculp­tural works, and Ken + Ju­lia Yone­tani’s per­for­mance and in­stal­la­tion en­gages the five senses. Mov­ing out­doors Lake Wen­douree is a stun­ning back­drop for a spring­time walk among 36 sculp­tures. In 2018 ‘BOAA’ tells sto­ries of the past, present and fu­ture through com­mu­nity con­nec­tion and cre­ativ­ity.

Ma­rina Pu­mani Brown (SA), Ngayuku Ngura Kuwari (My Home Now), 2018, acrylic on linen, 198 x 122cm Cour­tesy the artist and Bi­en­nale of Aus­tralian Art, Vic­to­ria

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