Image: Maggie Baxter, documentation from Unfolding: Contemporary Indian Textiles exhibition. Hand woven cotton Telia sari by Bappaditya and Rumi Biswas. Photographed on location in Kolkatta by Leena Kejriwal.
Tuesday - Saturday 11am - 5pm.
Artsource and UWA Cultural Precinct present Art Cargo, a forum to discuss trends in the visual arts industry in Western Australia and its Indian Ocean neighbours.
Art Cargo will examine recent locally produced art and the relationships forged by travel and the trading of ideas. How has travel and trade in the past shaped the identity of Western Australia and its art? Does WA art have strong affinities with art in other cultures or communities? Are there potentially stronger affinities to explore than the one with the eastern states?
In 2014, The Undiscovered: A National Focus on Western Australian Art was a symposium co-presented by Artsource and the University of Western Australia’s Cultural Precinct. It highlighted key aspects of the visual arts industry affecting the Western Australian sector. Conversations arose about the future of the industry, suggesting a need for artists and curators to branch out, get online, and work together to turn WA’s perceived isolation into a selling point.
A study commissioned by Lotterywest was conducted in 2014 to determine the feasibility of a major international visual arts event in Western Australia. While the event has not yet eventuated, three key areas of interest were identified as worth exploring for WA: Aboriginal Art, the Indian Ocean Region and Experimental Art.
The day will feature discussions and presentations about key projects that foster new, productive and sometimes challenging work and interactions between contemporary artists and communities in neighbouring countries, as well as examining cultural exchange over time. A particular focus of discussion will be the Indian Ocean Region and the cyclical nature of the exploration of identity in relation to the history and politics of the region. Why does it keep coming up? What worked? What didn’t? Why not?