Saturday, February 7, 2015

ART MONTH SYDNEY 2015 // Artereal Gallery unveils extensive program of events

Left: Tully Arnot, Nervous Plant, 2014, 80 x 80 x 70 cm, artificial plant, servomotors, microcontroller, light sensor, electronics, motion. Right: Liam Benson, Ned Kelly Red Gum: hypercolour, 2014, c type photograph.

This March, Artereal Gallery presents an extensive schedule of contemporary art exhibitions, talks, panel discussions, outdoor film screenings and a mini festival to celebrate the exciting array of contemporary art practices and disciplines within Australia.


Join us Wednesday 4 March at 6PM for celebratory drinks with artists, Liam Benson and Tully Arnot, to mark the opening of their anticipated solo exhibitions.

Entitled Noble Savage, Liam Benson’s new body of work seeks to examine the romanticized white Australian male archetype from the view of a ‘privileged white male of Anglo-Celtic heritage with a queer awareness’, acknowledging the dialogue shared between fellow immigrant and Aboriginal Australians about the incongruities and fundamentals of Australian identity.

Tully Arnot’s solo exhibition will include new work that continues the artist’s exploration of the value of our relationships with non-sentient forms and how these feed into our capacity to interact meaningfully with one another.


Join contemporary artist Liam Benson as he discuss and explores the many ways in which contemporary Australian identity is consistently constructed, deconstructed and re-imagined.

Held in conjunction with his exhibition 'Noble Savage', the talk will examine the romanticized white Australian male archetype, Benson’s ongoing exploration of  masculinity and the paradox of what it means to be Australian.

From the view of ‘a privileged white male of Anglo-Celt heritage with a queer awareness’ Benson unravels the evolving state of ‘White Australia’ by confronting its inherent complexity and dichotomy of cultural anxieties. Bensons self-diagnosis simultaneously responds to the influence of community by acknowledging the dialogue shared between fellow immigrant and Aboriginal Australians about the incongruities and fundamentals of Australian identity.


On Saturday 21 March, pull up a chair and enjoy a drink on us, as Artereal Gallery and dLux MediaArts join forces to bring you a one-day festival of visual arts in the Rozelle Contemporary Art Precinct. The mini festival will include artist talks, panel discussions, outdoor video art screenings and refreshments, making for a fun summer afternoon of stimulating conversation, kaleidoscopic beauty and community.

Kicking things off at 4PM, join us in the gallery space for a conversation between exhibiting artist, Tully Arnot, and Sydney Contemporary Art Fair Director, Barry Keldoulis, who will discuss a range of topics, from Arnot’s individual practice to the nature of the broader Australian contemporary art community.

From 5PM, guests are invited to enjoy refreshments while viewing new solo exhibitions from Liam Benson and Tully Arnot, and at 5.45PM, can venture outside to Artereal Gallery’s car park, which will play host to a panel discussion on video art before making way for an outdoor film screening of IS THIS ART?.

As Chair of dLux MediaArts and Founding Director of Alaska Projects, Sebastian Goldspink will chair the panel discussion from 5.45PM, which is set to bring together some of the nation’s most distinguished members of the art world. Artist, Liam Benson, Artereal Gallery Director, Luisa Catanzaro, Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia Curator, Anna Davis and Studio Director and art collector, Sean Morris will engage in a discussion on contemporary video art and take questions from the audience in a traditional Q&A format.

Presented by dLux MediaArts, IS THIS ART? is a kaleidoscopic selection of exciting new video artworks by emerging artists, handpicked for you by dLux MediaArts curators from their extensive national network of artists. Commencing at 7.00PM, the theme of this special Art Month edition of IS THIS ART? is a retrospective of works chosen as highlights from the ongoing dLux MediaArts IS THIS ART? series, which has enjoyed a growing following throughout 2014.


Wednesday 4 March at 6.00PM: Exhibition Opening Night
  • Liam Benson, Noble Savage, 4-28 March 2015
  • Tully Arnot, 4-28 March 2015
Saturday 7 March at 3.00PM: Artist talk with Liam Benson
  • Artereal Gallery is pleased to host an artist talk with exhibiting artist, Liam Benson, who will explore notions of Australian cultural anxieties and the dialogue around culture and subculture in contemporary Australian art
Saturday 21 March at 4.00PM: Rozelle Contemporary Art Precinct festival
  • 4.00PM: Tully Arnot in conversation with Barry Keldoulis
  • 5.00PM: Light refreshments and champagne and the chance to view current exhibitions by Liam Benson and Tully Arnot
  • 5.45PM: Panel discussion on video art with Liam Benson, Luisa Catanzaro, Anna Davis and Sean Morris, chaired by Sebastian Goldspink
  • 7.00PM: IS THIS ART? Outdoor video art film screening

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