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Mon, 1 September 2014


Filed under: art, Exhibitions — site admin @ 11:12 am

Arts Project Australia in partnership with The University of Melbourne present
Exhibitions running from September 2014 to February 2015
A FREE international conference with associated exhibitions, film screenings, lectures and events across Melbourne from September 2014
Forty years after the term Outsider Art was coined to encompass works by untrained and unschooled artists who work outside the established
art-world, Contemporary Outsider Art asks “Is Out, the new in?”
Artist: Julian Martin
Exhibition: Everyday Imagining: New Perspectives on Outsider Art
1 October - February 2014 at Ian Potter Museum of Art
Outsider Art includes the work of artists who are self-taught and untrained and is often used to describe the work of artists who have had experience of marginalisation, disability or mental illness. However contemporary practices are diverse and challenge definition, including found art, craft, performance, graffiti, street art and much more.

Recently, the interest in Outsider Art has increased in mainstream exhibitions and venues such as Sydney Biennale 2014, Melbourne Now 2014, Venice Biennale 2013, New York’s MoMA and London’s Hayward Gallery.

Just as the very meaning of the term is shifting, Arts Project Australia and the University of Melbourne present Contemporary Outsider Art - a free international conference (23 – 26 October), and a program of events and exhibitions to draw further attention to and exploration of, the work of contemporary Outsider Artists. Starting in September, all events and exhibitions are free and open to the public and industry alike.

The inaugural conference features more than fifty leading artists, curators, educators and researchers from Australia, China, UK, Finland, Germany and America; with keynotes, panel and roundtable discussions, alongside film screenings, a fashion show and a robust program of outsider art exhibitions. Exhibitions will be presented at some of Melbourne’s most established venues including the Ian Potter Museum of Art, Heide Museum of Modern Art and the Alcaston Gallery, with film screenings at ACMI.

Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2014, Melbourne based Arts Project Australia is a gallery and studio for artists with intellectual disabilities. Arts Project has a unique history and is recognised as a leader in the arts and disability sectors with its innovative programs supporting, promoting and presenting artists’ work, advocating for inclusion within contemporary art practice and running an innovative studio program for more than 110 artists each week.

Arts Project Australia and the University of Melbourne present Contemporary Outsider Art in partnership with The Ian Potter Museum of Art and is supported by Bed Bath N’ Table and The Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.

Artist: Henry Dearing
Exhibition: Albert Tucker and the Mystery of H.D
13 September - 15 February at Heide Museum of Modern Art
For a full program of Contemporary Outsider Art conference, exhibitions and events, visit the website www.outsiderartmelbourne2014.com
Dates: 23 – 26 October
Location: University of Melbourne and National Gallery of Victoria
Cost: FREE
Registrations: required as spaces will be limited. Registrations now open.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ContemporaryOutsiderArtConference

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