Jenna Muir, Andrew Copolov, Fi Wilson, Nell Fraser , Orissa Keane, Amy Weng, Sandra Bridie, Joslyn Hobbis, Tamara Tallent, Georgia Cheesman, Bethany O'Connor, Emmy Robinson-Shaw, Bridget Barnett, Mark Schroder, Channon Goodwin, Priya Namana
9 Sep–5 Dec 2022
On the premise of self-organised practice, Blindside will facilitate digital exchanges between three Naarm-based spaces and three parallel spaces in Aotearoa New Zealand. Through a series of online planning sessions, we will facilitate discussions between the organisations in order to devise the final public program. This program is the first in the series of Co-Ordinate, with this iteration engaging Naarm-based Blindside, Melbourne Art Library and George Paton Gallery and Aotearoa-based RM Gallery, The Physics Room and Ramp Gallery.
Each pairing will meet over three-four mapping sessions. In dialogue with each other, paired organisations will work together over the course of eight weeks, meeting regularly to formulate self-organised activities/ discussions/ workshops that are recorded and documented online and via social media.
These digital/online explorations will look to how our spaces are run and bring together a series of programs exploring parallel processes and ways of working, with the potential for future collaborative practice and co-hosted programs across Oceania. Digital streaming will allow global audiences and audiences with varying access needs to participate, and rethink and expand the concept of mobility through testing dynamic engagement models that include digital, hybrid and in-person connection.
Through a reciprocal engagement with our neighbours in Aotearoa, we hope to understand the potential for self-directed conversation and consider what it might mean to be an artist-run space today, and to challenge its origins and limitations. This approach will foster risk-taking, experimentation and innovation in creation, distribution, connection, and profile-building.
Co-Ordinate Symposium, Public Program | BLINDSIDE
Blindside ARI ___________ RM Gallery
Georgia Cheesman, Public Programs Coordinator, Blindside
Bethany O’Connor, Board Member, Blindside
Emmy Robinson Shaw, Public Programs Intern, Blindside
Mark Schroder, RM Gallery
Jill Sorensen, RM Gallery
George Paton Gallery ___________ Ramp Gallery
Sandra Bridie, Director, George Paton Gallery
Tamara Tallent, Student, University of Melbourne
Joseph Doggett-Williams, Student, University of Melbourne
Hollie Tawhiao, Ramp Gallery
Wendy Richdale, Ramp Gallery
Joslyn Hobbis, Student, Wintec’s School of Media Arts
Bridget Barnett, Student, Wintec’s School of Media Arts
Round Table ___________ These sessions culminate in an online round table conversation across all spaces in December 2022.
A series of digital exchanges between three Naarm-based spaces to three parallel spaces in Auckland Tamaki Makaurau, hosted online + live streamed.
This program takes place on the land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We recognise that sovereignty was never ceded - this land is stolen land. We pay respects to Wurundjeri Elders, past, present and emerging, to the Elders from other communities and to any other Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders who might encounter or participate in the program.
Jenna Muir is a Meanjin-based arts worker supporting the development of Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) and Melbourne Art Library (MAL) by enhancing the experiences of local philanthropic communities, and supporting fund raising and special events. Jenna is a passionate about accessibility and sustainability in the arts.
Andrew Copolov is a designer, researcher and educator. Having graduated with an MA in Architecture from the Royal College of Art, Andrew works as an architectural graduate, and is a Design Studio Leader and PhD student at Monash University. He is interested in designing social infrastructure.
Fi Wilson is a creative producer with a background in law. She has worked on local and international feature films, founded a small film festival, and is currently in the ad industry. Her passion is laughing and her interests are many, including art libraries.
Nell Fraser is passionate about community engagement with local histories. She has worked across cultural collections in Canberra and Melbourne, most recently as the General Manager at the Castlemaine Art Museum. Nell is a librarian, with a background in Art History and Theory.
Orissa Keane is an artist, exhibition technician, writer, and publisher based in Ōtautahi. Orissa is the current Writing and Publications Coordinator at The Physics Room and the founder and the facilitator for Vernacular, an online platform for art criticism in Aotearoa, which launched in 2021. Orissa is driven by the excitement of working with artists and writers across her different roles in the arts, whether in a technical or publishing capacity. In her own creative practice, Orissa enjoys looking at the intricacies and tensions within structures both physical and non-physical, looking to architecture, language, and social connections to explore this interest.
Amy Weng is an art writer, editor and curator based in Ōtautahi Christchurch. She is the founder of Hainamana, a website dedicated to Asian New Zealand contemporary art and culture, and has contributed to a number of local and international publications. She was the organiser of the inaugural Asian Aotearoa Artists Hui in 2017, and has curated projects at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, Te Tuhi, RM, Meanwhile Gallery and Window Gallery. She is currently Curator at The Physics Room, and Associate Editor at Contemporary Hum.
Sandra Bridie’s work straddles individual practice, collaboration, exhibition curation, teaching, gallery management, writing, and the interview as documentation of individual and collective artistic practice in Melbourne. Bridie has documented the processes and ideals of both the individual artist and artist’s collective activities, such as the running of Melbourne Artist-Run Initiatives. Sandra is currently Director of the George Paton Gallery, Melbourne University.
Joslyn Hobbis is a painter and print maker, specialising in contemporary abstract expressionism, who lives in Aotearoa New Zealand. She believes that art should be defiant, surprising & fun, and she enjoys disrupting the regular square frame, bursting the boundary of borders, letting the paint fly. The act of creation is like a science experiment and trying out all of the variables to make something beautiful is endlessly fascinating.
Tamara Tallent is a contemporary artist based in Melbourne. Her work is thematically diverse, as are the mediums she uses. Combining printmaking, poetry and drawing, with puppetry, film and dance, Tamara assembles new narratives from personal experiences and historical events. By re-imagining the past, memories are distorted, shifting the perspective between fiction and reality. Whilst exploring the nature of strong emotion, she remains devoted to aesthetics, always aiming for a sense of beauty.
Georgia Cheesman is an artist, curator, researcher and arts worker based in Naarm. Georgia holds a Masters of Art Research (Exhibition Studies) from Central Saint Martins in London, UK, she also gained a Bachelor of Design (Fashion)(Honours) from RMIT University in 2014. Georgia has worked in arts administration, exhibition and project management, digital marketing, public programs and sponsorship. She is passionate about community engagement and is dedicated to supporting artists and their practice. She places emphasis on embracing positive growth and continuous learning in every experience. Georgia also maintains her own creative practice working with glass, metal and the body.
Bethany O'Connor (she/her) is an artist, writer and arts administrator. Most recently Beth has worked in strategy roles across universities and in the public sector supporting the creative industries. Beth grew up on Taungurung Country and is currently working and living on Wurundjeri Country with her partner and rabbit.
Emmy Robinson-Shaw (she/her) is a writer and arts worker living in Naarm. Her theoretical interests are social practice, contemporary aesthetics, and alternative economies in art.”
Bridget Barnett Having finished her second year of the Bachelor of Contemporary Art at Wintec / Te Pukenga, Bridget loves to experiment with a diverse range of creative mediums. Fascinated by line and form, Bridget paints with vibrant colours in gestural abstraction and hard edge whilst exploring themes of childhood and nostalgia. She has recently found a new love of sculpting from clay, creating works inspired by organic forms from nature.
Mark Schroder is an installation artist based in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. He is currently a member of the collective that runs RM Gallery and Project Space. Prior to that he helped run Glovebox. Mark is also a member of the Public Share collective.
Channon Goodwin is an artist and artsworker whose work engages with collective, collaborative, and artist-run practice and forms of artist-led organisation building. Channon is the founding Director of Composite Moving Image Agency & Media Bank, and Convener of All Conference, an organising network comprised of 17 artist-led, experimental and cross-disciplinary arts organisations from around Australia. From 2012–2021, he was Director of Bus Projects, one of Narrm/Melbourne's longest-running Artist-Run Initiatives. He aggregates his various collaborative and independent videography work under Fellow Worker. In 2019, Channon was awarded an Australia Council for the Arts International Residency at ACME in London, where he examined the lineages of artists’ video and filmmaking cooperatives. He also edited Permanent Recession: a Handbook on Art, Labour and Circumstance (2019), published through Onomatopee Projects. This book is an enquiry into the capitals and currencies of experimental, radical and artist-run initiatives in Australia and the labour conditions of working artists.
Priya Namana is an Indian contemporary artist, curator and producer living and working on the unceded lands of the people of the Kulin Nations in Naarm. Her practice is enquiry-based and asks emergent questions in the present to probe into possible future ecologies.