Proof of Life

Salamanca Arts Centre presents Proof of Life, the SAC Major Curated Exhibition for 2017, curated by Elizabeth Woods and Kevin Leong as part of The Homesickness Project


Proof of Life will present diverse works developed during the Studio Sessions as part of Ten Days On The Island 2017. Tasmanian and interstate artists have been invited to present works with ideas of personal comfort and security, finding their ‘home’, community and connections in a new place and the richness of multicultural society. Many works are based on participatory community partnerships, and include a selection of new and existing works taking the form of video, photographic and 3D works.

Featuring artists: Jim Everett – puralia meenamattaLisa GarlandLeigh Hobba, Daphné KeramidasLPG (Laura Purcell & Paul Gazzola), Dalibor MartinisJames NewittTamas OszvaldElizabeth Woods and Kevin Leong


EXHIBITION DATES:
Saturday 23 September – Saturday 14 October 2017
10:00am – 4:00pm  Monday – Saturday (closed Sundays)

OPENING: 
Friday 22 September 2017 @ 5:30pm

ARTIST TALK:
Saturday 23 September 2017 @ 12:30pm
With Elizabeth Woods, Kevin Leong and Laura Purcell


 

Image Credits: Lisa Garland Fred’s Kitchen, 2016, Giclee print

 

Searching for Proof of Life during Ten Days on the Island

As part of Ten Days on the Island Salamanca Arts Centre is proud to present Proof of Life: Studio Sessions, which is curated by Elizabeth Woods and Kevin Leong as part of The Homesickness Project.

The Homesickness Project’s thesis is that the role of the world as a home for its citizens is under threat and that collectively, we are increasingly homesick.

Artists, experts, community groups and the general public will participate in a series of events that elaborate on and investigate possible answers to these questions: What does it mean to be civilised within an increasingly market-driven system of social values? What is required from our environment for us to thrive?

“SAC believes in the continuing importance of artists having a key role in provoking, leading and facilitating discussions about the human condition,” says Salamanca Arts Centre Acting CEO Joe Bugden. “We’re excited to see what will develop from this ambitious, multi-faceted collaboration.”

The ensuing discussions, lectures, performances, demonstrations and exhibitions will invite public contribution and form the basis of a major exhibition opening in the Long Gallery in September 2017. This is an opportunity to observe and participate in the creative development of collaborative, socially-engaged art works.

“There is a mission for the arts to address the heightened fears around our global future but there is a shortage of existing tools to do so,” says curator Kevin Leong. “Hobart’s tight-knit, highly-cooperative arts community, where disciplines are fluid, and where broad community contact is sustained, is the ideal environment to develop these tools.”

Featured artists include: Lisa Garland, Paul Gazzola, Laura Purcell, Elizabeth Woods, Kevin Leong, Abdul Hakim Hashemi Hamidi, Dalibor Martinis, Daphne Keramidas, James Newitt, Nick Leitch, Peta Cook, Leigh Hobba, and Hussen Ibraheem and Ameen Nayfeh.

The official launch of the project is this Saturday, 18 March in the Long Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre at 12 noon. This will be followed by a Curator’s Talk and an afternoon discussion forum entitled “Are We Really Alive?”.

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Proof of Life:
Studio Sessions

Salamanca Arts Centre and Ten Days on the Island present

Proof of Life: Studio Sessions

Curated by Elizabeth Woods and Kevin Leong as part of The Homesickness Project

The Homesickness Project is a roving, multi-platform, collaborative project in search of home. Its current iteration is Proof of Life, based in Tasmania. The Homesickness Project’s thesis is that the role of the world as a home for its citizens is under threat and that collectively, we are increasingly homesick.

Artists, experts, community groups and the general public will participate in a series of events that elaborate on and investigate possible answers to these questions: What does it mean to be civilised within an increasingly market-driven system of social values? What is required from our environment for us to thrive? The ensuing discussions, lectures, performances, demonstrations and exhibitions will invite public contribution and form the basis of a major exhibition opening in the Long Gallery in September 2017. This is an opportunity to observe and participate in the creative development of collaborative, socially-engaged art works.

Featuring artists Lisa Garland, Paul Gazzola, Laura PurcellElizabeth Woods, Kevin Leong, Abdul Hakim Hashemi Hamidi, Dalibor Martinis, Daphne Keramidas, James Newitt, Nick Leitch, Peta Cook, Leigh Hobba, and Hussen Ibraheem and Ameen Nayfeh.

STUDIO SESSIONS:

VENUE:
Long Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre

Studio exhibition:
Wednesday 15 – Sunday 26 March 2017
10:00am – 5:00pm daily

All are welcome to come into the gallery, look at the work on display and interact with artists and community groups.

Official Launch & Welcome Drinks:
Saturday 18 March 2017 @ 12:00pm

Curator’s Talk:
Saturday 18 March 2017 @ 12:30pm
Elizabeth Woods and Kevin Leong will speak about the ideas behind Proof of Life, its history and the process of development leading to the September exhibition and beyond.

Public Forum: ‘Are We Really Alive?’
Saturday 18 March 2017 @ 1:45pm – 5:00pm. Audience members are welcome to attend part or all of the program.

Iranian New Year (Migrant Resource Centre)

The Iranian community will celebrate Nowruz, the Iranian New Year, which comprises of a wealth of ancient rites and customs, symbolising the continuity of ancient Persian culture. This is an invitation-only event.

Mon 20 March 17:00-23:00

Living in Between (Students Against Racism)

These award-winning workshops are designed to promote mutual understanding in culturally diverse communities. Attendees are able to engage in one-on-one conversations with young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds, and to hear personal accounts of their experiences. This is an invitation only event.

Tue 21 March 11:30-12:30 (World Harmony Day)

The Hazaras: A Thousand Stories (Migrant Resource Centre)

Members of Hobart’s Hazara community present a cultural evening….. more info

Wed 22 March 5:00pm until 8:30pm

What does it take for us to thrive as we age? (Councils of the Ageing, Tasmania)

Panel discussion on ageing and aged-care. Panel featuring: Kym Goodes (Chair), Jim Everett, Michael Fortescue, Sue McGrath, Chris Mead…. more info

Thu 23 March 15:00-17:00

24 Carrot Lunch

MONA’s 24 Carrot program uses the growing, harvesting and preparation of garden produce as an organisational structure for diversified, lifelong learning across twelve Tasmanian schools. Sixty young people will sit for a long-table lunch to share the soup they have prepared from vegetables grown in their gardens….. more info

Fri 24 March 12:00-13:00

Hellenic Dancers (and Afternoon Tea)

Traditional Greek dances will be performed by members of the Greek community. A short explanatory talk will introduce the performance, which will be followed by a Greek afternoon tea…. more info

Sat 25 March 15:00-17:00

PROOF OF LIFE EXHIBITION:  
23 September – 15 October 2017

VENUE:
Long Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre

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mage Credits: Lisa Garland Fred’s Kitchen, 2016, Giclee print