NotFair 2016

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Sign O’ the Times
16 – 21 August 2016
524 Flinders Street, Melbourne

Curated by Kirsten Rann

Artists exhibited in 2016:

Lillian Senga Addie  Steven Asquith  Jeremy Blincoe  Michael Candy  Isabelle de Kleine
Nick Devlin  Colin Duncan  Megan Evans  Joel Gailer  Connor Grogan  International Airspace
Tristan Jalleh  Anna Madeleine  Ilya Milstein  Geoff Overheu  Tim Page  Steven Rhall
Natalie Ryan  The Ryan Sisters  Mia Salsjo  Erica Seccombe  Debbie Symons
Jasmine Targett  Marshall Weber  Jason Wing

Some thoughts on NotFair 2016 from the curator, Kirsten Rann.

Being invited to curate the 2016 NotFair was a wonderful opportunity for me to focus on the really fresh and exciting talent that exists across Australia in both the emerging and independent artist sectors.

This is the fertile ground in which I often find myself, so I know it well. And many working in these sectors are grateful that NotFair’s founders – Sam Leach, Tony Lloyd and Ashley Crawford – worked so hard to establish and build this interesting and challenging platform as a satellite to the Melbourne Art Fair, which has benefited a number of careers, galleries and art collections!

My approach to this year’s exhibition was to show works that I see as being ‘Right Now’ – as expressing a ‘Sign Of Our Times’ in the way the artists are informed by history and the present as much as they are pushing their ideas, techniques and materials to new realms.

Two exceptionally talented and socially aware artists the world has lost in 2016 – Prince and David Bowie – worked like this. The global impact they had on music, video and drawing attention to social issues – from global warming, war and the ‘space race’ to racism, marginalization, identity politics, poverty and death, questioning government and social responsibility in the mix – cannot be underestimated. In acknowledgement, I decided to draw a curatorial parallel to the content of Prince’s Sign O’ the Times as it directly or indirectly relates to the ideas being expressed by a number of the artists whose studios I visited in my research, and hence the (borrowed) title of the 2016 NotFair exhibition.

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NotFair Programme 16 – 21 August 2016

 

 

Tuesday 16 August

  • Grand Opening Party: 7pm – late
  • We’re closing off Katherine Place, the food trucks are rolling in (tacos, burgers and brulée – mmm) and we’re ready for a party to mark the start of Melbourne Art Week.
  • Included the announcement of the fourth Arkley Prize, a $10,000 cash prize sponsored by gorman to Isabelle de Kleine and the Nicholas Projects Prize to The Ryan Sisters of a mentored exhibition at Nicholas Projects.

Wednesday 17 August

  • Opening hours: 11am – 6pm: Pop-up artist talks and conversations
  • NotFair VCE education sessions.
    Conducted by Art Education Consultant Catherine Read
  • 4pm – 6pm: NotFair Bar open for business

Thursday 18 August

  • Opening hours: 11am – 6pm: Pop-up artist talks and conversations
  • NotFair VCE education sessions.
    Conducted by Art Education Consultant Catherine Read
  • 4pm – 6pm: NotFair Bar open for business

Friday 19 August

  • Opening hours: 11am – 9pm: Pop-up artist talks and conversations
  • 1pm – 3pm: Eastside Art Discovery Tour taking in NotFair, Blindside, Nicholas Projects, Stephen McLaughlan Gallery, Flinders Lane Gallery, TCB and finishing at Spring 1883.
  • 4pm – 6pm: Twilight Street Art Tour. Explore the city’s laneways at dusk. Run by street artists with all the knowledge about the best hidden treasures.
  • 4pm – 9pm: NotFair Bar open for business

Saturday 20 August

  • Opening hours: 11am – 6pm: Pop-up artist talks and conversations
  • 1pm – 3pm: Eastside Art Discovery Tour taking in NotFair, Dissect Journal 3 event, Murray White Room, Flair Art Fair galleries with some street art along the way finishing at the  Arts Projects pop-up @ NKN Sofitel.
  • 2pm – 4pm: Westside Art Discovery Tour taking in NotFair, The Dirty Dozen, Blindside, Nicholas Projects, Caves, Daine Singer gallery including floor talk, &art fair sculpture spaces and finishing at 602 Melbourne where nine galleries are exhibiting.
  • 4pm – late: NotFair Bar open for business
  • 5pm – 6pm: A fun 3-Way Speed Dating event for artists, writers and curators. The possibilities for new collaborations and projects are endless. Hosted by the fabulous Geraldine Quinn.
  • 6pm – late: Artist Network Party. All artists, curators, writers, musicians, performers, gallerists,  collectors and other arty types are welcome to come along.  Print up some business cards and get networking. The bar is open and a Geraldine will stick around to play some tunes to help you “collaborate” late into the night.

Sunday 21 August

  • Opening hours:11am – 6pm: Pop-up artist talks and conversations.
  • 1pm – 3pm: Eastside Art Discovery Tour taking in NotFair,  The Dirty Dozen, Hosier Lane, Flair Art Fair galleries and finishing at Spring 1883.
  • 1pm – 3pm: Melbourne Street Art Tour, run by street artists with all the knowledge about the best-hidden treasures.
  • 4pm – 6pm: NotFair Bar open for business

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