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2021

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In Conversation: Sam Smith & Nella Aarne

Learn more about the work of Australian artist Sam Smith in a conversation with curator and...

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Performance Lecture: The archive of we

This exhibition-history-birdwatching tour considers the knotted histories we find in archives...

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In Conversation: Designing with companions/company

Zoë Sadokierski and Timo Rissanen discuss their collaborative design project PRECARIOUS BIRDS.

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Exhibition Tour with Kirsten Coelho

Join Adelaide-based ceramicist Kirsten Coelho for an intimate tour of the ‘The Return’.

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In Conversation: Fernando do Campo and Sophie O’Brien

Join Fernando do Campo in conversation with Sophie O'Brien, Head of Curatorial & Learning at...

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Performance: Untitled (Death Song)

In this live performance, musicians activate Megan Cope's sound installation ‘Untitled (Death...

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In Conversation: Melanie Jame Wolf with Miriam Kelly

Melanie Jame Wolf discusses her new work 'Acts of Improbable Genius' 2021 with curator Miriam...

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In Conversation: Sara Morawetz with Miriam Kelly

Sara Morawetz discusses their ongoing project 'All My Anxieties' 2017– with curator Miriam Kelly...

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In Conversation: Gerwyn Davies with Hamish Sawyer

Gerwyn Davies discusses camp as an aesthetic strategy in image-making with curator and writer...

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John Fries Award: Artist Talks

As part of the John Fries Award opening weekend, join curator Miriam Kelly in conversation with...

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Keynote: Art & Design in the Age of Ecocide

Climate activist and creative Suzanne Dhaliwal (UK) presents a keynote address on decolonial art...

2020

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In Conversation: Macon Reed & Jade Muratore

Macon Reed discusses their installation 'Eulogy for the Dyke Bar' which revisits the legacy of...

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Flesh Meet with Daniel Marshall: Archiving Queer Kinship

Daniel Marshall talks about the ways we try to connect to the queer past and build...

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Flesh Meet: DJ Sezzo

Advocating for the importance of QPOC (Queer People of Colour) party spaces, DJ Sezzo reflects...

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Flesh Meet with Paul Byron: Social Media as Queerspace

Digital media scholar Paul Byron talks Tumblr, TikTok and more, discussing how queer digital...

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Flesh Meet: Dr Kerryn Drysdale & Dr Sophie Robinson

Part Two: Exploring the productive role of trans and gender diversity within lesbian and queer...

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Flesh Meet: Dr Kerryn Drysdale & Dr Sophie Robinson

Part One: Traversing the rise, decline and transformation of lesbian and queer spaces

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In Conversation: Dani Marti & José Da Silva

Dani Marti uses the body as a central subject in his work, exploring ideas of vulnerability,...

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In Conversation: Helen Grace & José Da Silva 

Helen Grace reflects on her extensive photographic archive, tracking life at the radical, women-...

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Flesh Meet: Timothy Roberts

Leather historian Timothy Roberts discusses the politics, culture and histories of motor clubs...

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Heart On My Sleeve

'Heart On My Sleeve' is a series of online graphic design and printing workshops. Learn to...

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In Conversation: Frances Barrett & Kelly Doley

Exhibiting artist Frances Barrett discusses her practice with UNSW Galleries Deputy Director,...

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In Conversation: Nikos Pantazopoulos & Madé Spencer-Castle

Reflecting on the public dimension of private experience, exhibiting artist Nikos Pantazopoulos...

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In Conversation: Nick Henderson & Kelly Doley

Nick Henderson, ​Committee Member of the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives (ALGA), will be in...

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In Conversation: Ella Sutherland & Sarah Rodigari

Join artists Ella Sutherland and Sarah Rodigari, discussing the relationship between printed...

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In Conversation: Holly Bates & Tay Haggarty

Holly Bates and Tay Haggarty form the collaborative duo, Parallel Park. Together they will...

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Ngatu Learning Space

A ngatu workshop with members of the Fifita family, in partnership with IVI designs. The Ngatu...

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The Practice of New Media Art

Paul Thomas, Mari Velonaki, Alex Davies, and Sean Cubitt unpack perspective on the practice of...

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In Conversation: Samuel Hodge & Skye Wagner

Sydney-based artists Samuel Hodge and Skye Wagner discuss their two new exhibitions at UNSW...

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Keeping it Live: Conserving Performance at Tate

UK-based conservator Louise Lawson discusses the documentation and conservation of performance...

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Art Month Sydney: Paddington & Woollahra Precinct Night

UNSW Galleries hosts the Art Month Sydney opening party for the Paddington and Woollahra...

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‘Every War is a Defeat’: Khadim Ali In Conversation

Leading artist Khadim Ali discusses his newly commissioned site-specific billboard on the...

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Propaganda Art in the 21st Century

Internationally renowned Dutch artist Jonas Staal examines forms of 'emancipatory propaganda art...

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In Conversation: Sarah Biscarra Dilley, Angela Tiatia & Léuli Eshrāghi

Artists Sarah Biscarra Dilley and Angela Tiatia are joined in conversation by curator Dr Léuli...

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Shivanjani Lal In Conversation

Exhibiting artist Shivanjani Lal and poet Manisha Anjali discuss experiences of diaspora and the...

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Wansolwara Symposium

This one-day symposium draws together diverse perspectives on the Great Ocean as a connector to...

2019

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A&D ANNUAL 19 Symposium

Talks and performances from emerging artists and designers graduating from UNSW Art & Design...

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Launch: Discipline no.5 / Más Allá del Fin no.3

'Discipline, Más allá del fin' represents an effort to map a South–South relationship between...

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Gazing from the Sinosphere: Media Art as Border Crossings

How are cultural borders depicted and disrupted? This program discusses new media works by three...

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Angela Melitopoulos: Cino(so)matic Cartographies

In this lecture, Angela Melitopoulos unfolds her cinematic and cartographic practices.

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Guest Talk: Wonseok Koh

Wonseok Koh discusses past projects and highlights from throughout his curatorial career.

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Talk: Tania Bruguera

Tania Bruguera examines and exposes the nature of political and social power structures.

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Talk: SOME OF IT IS FAMILIAR, SOME OF IT IS STRANGE

UNSW Galleries Director José Da Silva provides an intimate account of Debra Porch’s life and...

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Lecture: Seth Kim-Cohen

In this lecture, Kim-Cohen considers recordings that unlike music, podcasts, or audiobooks, are...

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Curating Grief: In Conversation with Daniel Mudie Cunningham

Daniel Mudie Cunningham and José Da Silva discuss the complex and intimate process of working...

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John Fries Award: Artist Talks

Finalists present a series of talks on their work in ‘There is Fiction in the Spaces Between...

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Talk & Workshop: Knitting Nannas Against Gas

Knitting Nannas discuss the use of knitting for non-violent political activism and facilitate a...

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Macarena Gómez-Barris: Submerged Memories of the Colonial Anthropocene

In the era of the colonial anthropocene, how do we address histories of loss and disappearance...

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Guided Tour: Material Place

Exhibition tours explore key works, themes and ideas, connecting to the history and geography of...

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From Site to Place

This program convenes artists, thinkers and poets for a conversation about land and space within...

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John Fries Award: Artist Talks

John Fries Award finalists present a series of artist talks to celebrate the opening weekend of...

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In Conversation: Nicholas Aloisio-Shearer

Learn more about the work of Nicholas Aloisio-Shearer and the development of his practice in...

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Lei-bombing with Niki Hastings-McFall

New Zealand/Aotearoa artist Niki Hastings-McFall presents an artist talk and a lei-bombing walk...

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Panel: The Aura of Collateral

Join Elliott Bryce Foulkes and Ella Sutherland for a panel presenting recent projects completed...

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Guest Talk: Holger Schulze

Holger Schulze discusses the possibilities and limitations for acoustic scenography in the...

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Guest Lecture: Dr. Jow Jiun Gong

Dr. Jow Jiun Gong discusses ethnographic positions in contemporary curation in Taiwan.

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Lecture: On Critical Design History

Matthew Kiem explores politics and power in contemporary design in this keynote lecture.

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Guest Talk: Pavel Pyś & Sara Cluggish

Minneapolis-based curators Pavel Pyś and Sara Cluggish discuss key projects that have informed...

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Panel: On Women and Abstraction

Gemma Smith invites a range of Australian painters to discuss the influence of female...

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Panel: On Pedagogy and Post-Conceptual Painting

This panel seeks to interrogate the discipline of painting by considering how contemporary...

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Rhythm Sequence: Guided Audio Description Tours

These intimate tours utilise audio description as an access tool for people with low vision.

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In Conversation: Rose Wong with Yu-Chieh Li

Beijing-based visual artist Rose Wong joins Yu-Chieh Li for a discussion on her recent work.

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Guest Talk: Julian Myers-Szupinska

Art historian and editor Julian Myers-Szupinska discusses a range of curatorial, editorial and...

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Exhibition Tour: Order of Events

Elliott Bryce Foulkes and Maria Smit present an intimate tour of their exhibition 'Order of...

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In Conversation: Gemma Smith

Learn more about the work of Gemma Smith in a conversation between the artist and Julie Ewington...

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Choreography—Gallery—Practice

A public showcase of new research at the nexus of dance and the visual arts.

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Discussion: Justice for Juanita

Zanny Begg moderates a discussion around whether justice for Juanita Nielsen is possible today...

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Screening: There Goes Our Neighbourhood

'There Goes Our Neighbourhood' documents the ambition and resilience of Sydney's Waterloo...

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Panel: Keep Sydney Public

Ian Milliss moderates a discussion exploring the argument for maintaining Sydney’s public...

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Panel: Sydney Subcultures and Club-cultures

A panel exploring the significance of Sydney’s club nights from the 1970s to now.

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In Conversation: Oliver Beer

Oliver Beer and Caleb Kelly discuss relationships between sound, space, voice and architecture...

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Screening: The Eviction

'The Eviction' questions the future of Sydney’s public housing through the story of the Millers...

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Shine A Light: Walking Tour with Julie Bates AO

Sex worker rights activist Julie Bates AO leads a tour of Kings Cross and East Sydney.

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Panel & Screening: Learning From The Green Bans

An esteemed panel of speakers discuss the legacy of the Green Bans activism today followed by a...

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Radical Sydney

This program of talks, documentary screenings and performances engage with the histories and...

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Sound Walk with Sonia Leber & David Chesworth

Exhibiting artists Sonia Leber and David Chesworth lead a guided walk starting from UNSW...

2018

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Thinking Through Design: Floor Talks by Design Graduates

In this series of floor talks, Design Honours candidates share their insights into thinking...

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Symposium: Research Meets Practice

Emerging art theorists and artists graduating from UNSW Art & Design lead an evening of...

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In Conversation: Monira Al Qadiri

Artist Monira Al Qadiri speaks about her practice and current work.

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Spring Season: Artist Talks & Performance

Exhibiting artists David Eastwood, James Nguyen, Georgia Saxelby, and Rochelle Haley engage in a...

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Panel: Where To From Here?

Join us for a panel moderated by Esther Anatolitis and exhibiting artists discussing art...

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Earwitness: Jennifer Stoever, M J Grant And Andrew Brooks

An evening of talks with Jennifer Stoever, M J Grant and Andrew Brooks exploring the politics of...

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Guest Talk: Joselina Cruz

Director and curator Joselina Cruz discusses previous curatorial projects and her experience...

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Local Colour: Workshop

Emma Peters and Liz Williamson lead a workshop with local plant dyes.

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Eavesdropping: Susan Schuppli, Sam Kidel & Jasmine Guffond

'Eavesdropping' is a major project exploring the politics of listening and being listened-to

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Local Colour: Artist Talks

Curator Liz Williamson and exhibiting artists present an exhibition tour and artist talks.

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Local Colour: Seminar

This seminar provides a curatorial overview and illustrated talks by Julie Ryder and Dr Julie...

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Walking Tour: Urban Birdwatching and History

Join artist Fernando do Campo and Dr John Martin for an intimate birdwatching walking tour.

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Australia to Arabia: Feminist Activism in the Arts

This panel explores feminist activism and the agency of Muslim women artists.

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Panel: Art, Identity & The Everyday Business of Changing the World

Can art and curatorial practices bring about world change?