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The Hon Peter Garrett MP
Minister for Environment Protection, Heritage and the Arts

$1.2 million funding for touring exhibitions

Media release
9 July 2010

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Arts Minister Peter Garrett has announced funding of $1.2 million to support the development and touring of 16 cultural exhibitions through the Australian Government's Visions of Australia program.

The exhibitions, many drawn from Australian public collections, showcase the diversity of Australia's unique cultural life, with contributions from contemporary new media artists, craft practitioners, photographers and street artists.

The exhibition themes under this latest round of funding range from the history of the legendary Australian rock band AC/DC to insights into the isolation of remote townships as seen through the unique collaboration between the photographer Martin Mischkulnig and the Australian author Tim Winton.

"This funding shows the Government's commitment to making Australia's cultural heritage accessible to more Australians," Mr Garrett said.

"The support being provided by the Visions of Australia program is successfully encouraging the development and touring of exciting and innovative exhibitions to regional and metropolitan communities across Australia.

"These touring exhibitions mean more Australians get the opportunity to enjoy our unique cultural collections." Touring exhibitions in this round will visit 94 venues across all Australian states and territories, including 57 venues in regional locations. Some of the unique exhibitions supported in this round of Visions funding are:

The Visions of Australia program supports not-for-profit organisations and public collecting institutions to develop and tour exhibitions of Australian cultural material across Australia.

See  for full details of the latest funding recipients and further program information.


Funding recipients

New South Wales

Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery
Development Funding: $51,700
Life in your hands: solastalgia, resilience and the value of contemporary art, craft and design

The exhibition will showcase the work of 10 contemporary artists and craft/design practitioners that will address the impact of environmental stresses on select regional centres.

Museum of Contemporary Art
Touring Funding: $127,005
Almanac: The Gift of Ann Lewis AO

This touring exhibition draws upon works donated by collector and philanthropist Dr Ann Lewis AO to three public museums—the Museum of Contemporary Art, Newcastle Region Art Gallery, and the Moree Regional Gallery. The exhibition comprises painting, photography, sculpture and printmaking by some of Australia's leading contemporary and Indigenous artists including Sally Gabori, Rosemary Laing, Dorothy Napangardi, Ralph Balson, Ricky Swallow, Anne Zahalka, Gloria Petyarre and Rosalie Gascoigne.

The exhibition will tour to eight venues throughout the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales and Victoria.

Grafton Regional Gallery
Touring Funding: $27,300
Fire & Fruition: Geoff Crispin – a regional practice in clay

Fire & Fruition explores the 35 year career of the New South Wales based ceramicist Geoff Crispin and his involvement, exchange and impact on ceramic practice in Indigenous communities in the Tiwi Islands, Ernabella, Papua New Guinea, Ethiopia and other international communities. Crispin’s pottery combines the local materials from northern New South Wales with the traditional forms and techniques of early Chinese pottery to express a unique synthesis of material, form and tradition. The exhibition will feature 52 artworks including the artist’s wood fired stoneware and porcelain and works from artists in communities where Crispin has taught and worked.

The exhibition will tour to six venues throughout the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales and Queensland.

Bathurst Regional Art Gallery
Touring Funding: $74,375
MAYS: The May's Lane Street Art Project

MAY’S is the first comprehensive exhibition of Australian street art to tour nationally and will survey street artworks created at May Lane in St Peters, Sydney, between 2005-2010 by 25 celebrated Australian and international street artists. The exhibition seeks to ask questions about high art and street art and explores issues that arise from this juncture. The exhibition targets a youth demographic and there will be a strong focus on education and public programs particularly for youth audiences.

The exhibition will tour to six venues throughout the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, South Australia and Queensland.

Object – Australian Centre for Craft and Design
Touring Funding: $57,555
Robert Baines: Metal

This exhibition is the sixth in the Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft exhibition series showcasing the career of the gold and silversmith, Robert Baines. Baines is an internationally respected artist, researcher, academic and author who creates jewellery and larger, wire works which combine precious metals with plastic components and powdercoating. His work encompasses references to the archaeological artefact through to iconic interpretations of everyday items. The exhibition will be accompanied by a major monograph publication.

The exhibition will tour to ten venues throughout the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania and Queensland.

Tweed River Regional Art Gallery
Touring Funding: $97,610
Surface Tension: the art of Euan Macleod 1991 - 2009

Curated by Gavin Wilson Surface Tension is the first major exhibition of the work of the painter Euan Macleod. The exhibition will include 47 works that explore the artist’s interpretation of the figure in Australian and New Zealand landscapes. The works range from the damaged back blocks of New South Wales Central West, through the prescribed suburban interiors of memory and muted waterways and headlands of New Zealand’s South Island, back across the Tasman to the soaring massif of the MacDonnell Ranges near Alice Springs and the splendour of Antarctica.

The exhibition will tour to five venues throughout New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland.

Historic Houses Trust of NSW
Touring Funding: $97,100

Smalltown is a dialogue between photographer Martin Mischkulnig and seminal Australian author Tim Winton travelling through remote areas of Australia and chronicling the marginal and disenfranchised small town environments rarely encountered by most Australians. The exhibition comprising 50 photographs made using a rare 8 x 10 inch large format camera offers audiences an immersion into the physical and social isolation of small town life. A film featuring Tim Winton accompanies the exhibition with the author reading extracts from his publication Smalltown.

The exhibition will tour to 13 venues throughout New South Wales, Queensland, Australian Capital Territory, South Australia and Western Australia.


Gippsland Art Gallery
Development Funding: $23,550

Dreamweavers aims to explore the relationship between art and the subconscious through the work of four Australian and two international 'neo-surrealist' artists including the iconic work of James Gleeson which will provide a historical context for the contemporary works. The exhibition surveys contemporary surrealist trends through a range of multidisciplinary practices in a presentation that will be highly theatrical and designed to be accessible for audiences of all ages. A catalogue and extensive education and public programs will augment the exhibition.

The Arts Centre
Touring Funding: $93,684
AC/DC: Australia’s Family Jewels

AC/DC Australia’s Family Jewels celebrates the history, musical performance and creativity of the Australian international rock band AC/DC. The exhibition, to be undertaken in partnership with the Western Australian Museum, interprets the material culture and performance history of the band and links it to the experience of their music. It includes costumes, original instruments, letters, notebooks and lyrics, performance ephemera, original stage props, photographs and moving image material both screen based and projected such as music videos, live footage and concert posters.

The exhibition will tour to 3 venues throughout Western Australia, Northern Territory and New South Wales.

NETS Victoria
Touring Funding: $92,875
The Spirit of the Land

The landscape genre has dominated Australian art and has been fundamental in the formation of an Australian national identity. Curated by Robert Lindsay this exhibition will explore the often metaphysical relationship to the land through the work, from over the last 50 years, of eleven leading Indigenous and non Indigenous Australian artists including Sidney Nolan, Dorothy Napangardi, Rover Thomas, John Olsen, Fred Williams, Emily Kame Kngwarreye and Rosalie Gascoigne. The exhibition will also be presented in the context of climate change and its impact on the environment.

The exhibition will tour to eight venues throughout New South Wales, Victoria, Northern Territory and South Australia.

Experimenta Media Arts Inc
Touring Funding: $42,490
Experimenta Utopia Now

Experimenta Utopia Now is a new media art exhibition featuring interactive and screen based artworks that allows visitors to engage with, act out, inhabit and experience utopian and dystopian visions and environments. The exhibition critiques the scope for happiness, pokes fun at social and physical boundaries, and questions the human race’s ability to preserve itself. Artists in the exhibition include Kit Wise, Marco Bresciani, Melissa Ramos, Isobel Knowles, Van Sowerwine and Dorata Mytych. The exhibition is designed to allow a general audience to engage with the works and easily understand them.

The exhibition will tour to four venues throughout New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania.

Western Australia

Art on the Move
Touring Funding: $85,857
The Syndicate

The Syndicate exhibition is an installation of ten life size figures by Western Australian sculptor, Simon Gilby. The sculptures are fabricated from a range of materials, often small, patchworked pieces of thin steel plate and ribbons of flat bar that have been scrolled and brazed into filigree. The Syndicate reflects humanity's biological, technological and environmental contexts as well as hinting at the knowledge, beliefs, questions and anxieties carried within.

The exhibition will tour to five venues throughout Western Australia, Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales.


Artisan – idea: skill: product
Touring Funding: $84,040
Tour de force: In case of emergency break glass

This exhibition features nationally and internationally respected Australian glass artists Timothy Horn, Deb Jones, Jacqueline Gropp, Nicholas Folland, Neil Roberts, Tom Moore, Ian Mowbray and Patricia Roan. The curatorial rationale of Tour de force focuses on creating an experience designed to inspire thought and fuel discussion about glass as a cultural medium. It challenges the traditional ideas, methods and materials of glass making and tackles broader issues of the human condition with the aim of inciting greater community thought and debate.

The exhibition will tour to nine venues throughout New South Wales, South Australia, Australian Capital Territory, Queensland and Western Australia.

Australian Capital Territory

National Gallery of Australia
Touring Funding: $114,313
Face: Australian Portraits 1880 - 1960

The first major National Gallery of Australia travelling exhibition to survey portraiture from the national collection Face: Australian Portraits 1880 – 1960 is a timely survey of the genre and the exhibition will provide a compelling image of Australians over the course of time. Portraits were among the first paintings purchased for the national collection and portraiture has played an important part in the history of Australian art. The exhibition will showcase portraits by some of Australia's most renowned artists including Tom Roberts, George Lambert, Rupert Bunny, Margaret Preston, Nora Heysen, Albert Tucker, Sidney Nolan, and John Brack.

The exhibition will tour to six venues in Queensland, Northern Territory, Victoria, Tasmania and New South Wales.

Australian War Memorial
Touring Funding: $88,551
Sidney Nolan: the Gallipoli Series

Sidney Nolan: the Gallipoli Series showcases 80 drawings and paintings selected from the 252 works Nolan presented to the Australian War Memorial in 1978 in memory of the death of his brother Raymond, an enlisted soldier, just before the end of the Second World War. For more at least two decades Nolan was preoccupied with depicting the heroic deeds of Australian soldiers at Gallipoli. The works are both a personal and public memory of Gallipoli events and the series interprets the experience of 60,000 Australian soldiers who endured this campaign.

The exhibition will tour to six venues in Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania, Western Australia and South Australia.

Australian War Memorial
Touring Funding: $39,920
A is for Animals

A is for Animals, a family-focused exhibition, uses the alphabet as a structure to investigate a range of themes relating to animals caught up in times of war. It explores stories of the Light Horse; the donkeys, camels, horses and other creatures used to transport soldiers and equipment; the pigeons and dogs used to carry messages; the dogs who have located injured soldiers and tracked the enemy; and animals adopted as mascots and pets. The exhibition also considers the unwelcome animals in war, such as insects, rats and jungle dwellers, which can make life difficult or dangerous.

The exhibition will tour to four venues in New South Wales and Queensland.

Commonwealth of Australia