'A Set of New Skills' with Sarah Poulgrain
03 October 2019
Join artist Sarah Poulgrain and collaborators for an extension of her project, A Set of New Skills at the IMA.
Through the project, Poulgrain prioritises skill-sharing as both process and outcome, inviting four other artists to work together to learn how to make welded chairs of their own design: Samantha Axiak, Angelica Roache-Wilson, Tyza Stewart, and Kate Woodcroft.
For this edition of First Thursdays join each of the participating artists for an evening of readings, discussions, skill-sharing, and sound performance, drawing on the collaborative nature of A Set of New Skills.
Poulgrain is interested in the potential for skill-sharing methodologies to form respectful relationships and create less hierarchical spaces for learning. You’re invited to come along and hear more about this approach to learning, sharing, and making.
Currently on display as part of the churchie national emerging art prize, Poulgrain’s A Set of New Skills: Weaving and Welding presents a pair of understated and functional objects—a grey woven and welded seat and a glass table—complemented by a book that documents the process of learning the skills required to make these objects. The objects are the fruitful results of knowledge and skill sharing acquired through one-on-one lessons with local artists, online research, and tutorials on weaving on a loom, natural dyeing, and welding techniques.
Sarah Poulgrain is a Brisbane-based artist whose practice considers the repercussions of post-work labour autonomy for artists. Poulgrain has shown at several ARIs across Australia (Outer Space, Boxcopy, Firstdraft, Metro Arts, Success, Visual Bulk, Bus Projects) and co-founded Wreckers Artspace with Hailey Atkins and Anya Swan. In early 2019 Poulgrain received an Australia Council Individual Project Grant to develop new work and has continued work on long-term Brisbane based projects.