Collective Identity(IeS)

13 September – 17 November 2013

This project examines the phenomenon of art-collecting practice in Australia, and how we define our interests as a society. The research has focused on the role played by private collectors in shaping notions of a collective cultural identity. In order to contextualise the research, this exhibition concentrates on artists who were practising at the time of the Australian Bicentenary in 1988; a time when complex issues were raised about Australia’s collective identity. The work for this exhibition has been selected from the collections of a small group of private individuals who have collected artworks by these artists. A project of this nature is timely given the robust international conversations surrounding the role of private/public collectors. Furthermore, the exhibition considers the role of contemporary art: its acceptance today, and how it may reflect on our time to future generations.

A gallery project curated by Lisa Corsi of Artcell.This exhibition has been assisted by a Curatorial Support Initiative grant. The Curatorial Support Initiative is assisted by the NSW government through Arts NSW and is managed by Museums & Galleries NSW.

[image right, detail] Jon Cattapan Documentary: Melbourne as Rome 1989, oil on canvas, 210 x 180cm, Warson Collection © the artist

Artwork: detail of Jon Cattapan's 'Documentary: Melbourne as Rome'