Making Art Work
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Making Art Work

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08 June–31 December 202008 Jun–31 Dec 2020

#MakingArtWorkIMA

A commissioning initiative of the Institute of Modern ArtMaking Art Work proposes an experimental role for the institution as administrators of economic stimulus for artists. Drawing on the historical model of the Roosevelt administration’s New Deal Federal Art Projects of the Great Depression, this expansive project reimagines the idea of ‘relief measures’ for artists working in the 21st century.

Taking place across 2020—during and post COVID-19 lockdowns—the project will see over 40 artists create new works that reinforce the importance of creative labour in a time when the cultural and economic value of art has been diminished. Drawing from the politicised language of our current crisis, each artist has been asked to respond to the provocations posed by four curatorial pillars; Unprecedented TimesIndustrial ActionsPermanent Revolution, and Relief Measures.

Released in four rounds of presentations, commissions will span new artworks, texts, workshops, ephemeral projects, and more. The outcomes will be presented via makingart.work, a forthcoming publication, and at the Judith Wright Arts Centre gallery space.

In the spirit of solidarity, organisational resources have been reallocated to provide opportunities to as many artists as possible. IMA staff from across the organisation have collaboratively developed Making Art Work and are engaged as curators, managing different aspects of the project.

As a whole, this initiative not only responds to the current global emergency, but more importantly reinforces the value of artists during a time of increased precarity and apathy towards the arts. A call to action, Making Art Work demonstrates the public ‘use’ of art and the art institution in contemporary life.

View makingart.work here.

Artists

Tony Albert, Kieron Anderson, Mariam Arcilla, Mia Boe, Hannah Brontë, Michael Candy, Emil Canita, Monika Noémi Correa, Merinda Davies, Julian Day, ∑gg√e|n, Ana Paula Estrada, Chantal Fraser, Hannah Gartside, Mindy Gill, Kinly Grey, Susan Hawkins, Gordon Hookey, Natalya Hughes, Peter Kozak, Jenna Lee, Tori-Jay Mordey, Archie Moore, Sally Olds, Steven Oliver, Sarah Poulgrain, Kiah Reading, Angelica Roache-Wilson, Amy Sargeant, Shandy, Jacqui Shelton, Des Skordilis, Hannah Smith, David Spooner, Grant Stevens, and Tyza Stewart

Off-Site Venues

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands where the IMA now stands. We pay our respect to Elders past, present, and emerging.

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