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Diverse and ambitious arts projects supported by latest Australia Council grant round

13 May 2019

The Australia Council will deliver $5.8 million to support close to 200 arts projects, including career development, regional touring and international opportunities for Australian artists. The latest round sees a continued trend of strong First Nations-led projects funded through all areas of arts practice. Female-identified artists also continue to fare well receiving 59% of funding to individual artists in this round.

Angelica Mesiti’s ASSEMBLY officially opened in the Australian Pavilion at the 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia.

08 May 2019

Venice, Italy: Australia’s 2019 representation for the 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, Angelica Mesiti’s ASSEMBLY, was officially opened today in the Australian Pavilion within the historic Giardini della Biennale precinct.


08 May 2019

VENEZIA, Italia, 8 maggio - Il Padiglione Australia alla Biennale Arte 2019 è fiero di presentare ASSEMBLY, una personale di Angelica Mesiti. Un inedito video a tre canali, installato all’interno di un anfiteatro appositamente costruito, ASSEMBLY invita il pubblico a raccogliersi in un raduno semicircolare per affrontare una sceneggiatura multi-filmica. Ciascun schermo attira l’attenzione della platea verso diverse prospettive del nuovo mondo concepito dalla Mesiti, in cui ad un “contingente” raccolto dal “popolo” è consentito di disintegrarsi per poi ricrearsi, perennemente risolvendosi e rivoluzionandosi.


08 May 2019

VENICE, Italy, May 8, 2019—The Australian Pavilion at the Biennale Arte 2019 is proud to present ASSEMBLY, a solo exhibition by Angelica Mesiti. A new, three-channel video installed within a constructed amphitheatre, ASSEMBLY invites the audience into a symbolic circular gathering to encounter a multiple filmic scenario. Each screen draws the audiences’ attention to differing points of view in Mesiti’s imagined new world, in which a ‘contingent’ gathering of ‘the people’ is allowed to disintegrate and resolve by perpetually reforming and revolutionizing itself.

Vale Les Murray AO

30 April 2019

The Australia Council for the Arts wishes to acknowledge the passing of Les Murray, and recognise his extraordinary contribution to Australian literature. Les Murray’s impressive poetry career spanned over more than four decades, with his work translated into around 20 languages.


New details announced for ASSEMBLY, Angelica Mesiti's exhibition at the Biennale Arte 2019

19 March 2019

Angelica Mesiti’s exhibition ASSEMBLY for the Australian Pavilion will open in seven weeks at the 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. Today the Australia Council for the Arts, Commissioner for Australia, released further details of her new three channel video and installation.

Vale Edmund Capon AM OBE

18 March 2019

The Australia Council for the Arts acknowledges the passing of distinguished art historian and curator Edmund Capon AM OBE. Mr Capon made a significant contribution to visual arts in Australia, leading the Art Gallery of NSW for more than three decades.

Eight outstanding artists honoured at 2019 Australia Council Awards

04 March 2019

Three First Nations artists are among the impressive list of Australia Council Award recipients, including Rhoda Roberts who will receive the prestigious Ros Bower Award, along with Rachael Maza (theatre) and Vicki Van Hout (dance).

Vale Dame Margaret Scott

01 March 2019

The Australia Council for the Arts wishes to acknowledge the passing of Dame Margaret Scott AC DBE, and recognise her significant contribution to ballet, dance education and cultural life in Australia.

International Arts Leaders unite for Australian arts leadership program

01 March 2019

Emerging leaders from countries including China, Indonesia, India, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Vietnam and Malaysia will participate in the Australia Council’s two flagship leadership programs, promoting a global exchange of knowledge, ideas and cultural practice.

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