The curators for the second edition of the multi-venue contemporary art biannual exhibition, The National: New Australian Art , have been announced, with a graduate of UNSW Art & Design amongst those chosen. Set to open on 30 March 2019, the exhibition will once again span three key institutions; Carriageworks, the Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney (MCA), and the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW).
Dr Anna Davis joined the MCA in 2009, and has curated a number of remarkable shows for the institution, including the award-winning exhibition Energies: Haines & Hinterding and Jenny Watson: The Fabric of Fantasy, an acclaimed survey of works by the expressionist painter from Melbourne. Davis in good company, chosen alongside three other curators: Clothilde Bullen, Isobel Parker Philip and Daniel Mudie Cunningham.
The inaugural edition of The National featured notable works by UNSW Art & Design alum Gordon Hookey, Heath Franco, Khaled Sabsabi, Claudia Nicholson and Keg De Souza, as well as alumni and UNSW Art & Design lecturers Gary Carsley and Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, UNSW Art & Design lecturer Dr Zany Begg, and lastly, a critically acclaimed large-scale wall mural that continues to adorn the entryway by alumnus Khadim Ali.
Dr Anna Davis is an alumna of UNSW Art & Design, where she received a PhD in Media Arts, and a BFA. Her strong interest in experimental and interdisciplinary contemporary practices has led her to work on innovative projects with a range of artists including Patricia Piccinini, Hayden Fowler, Kyungwon Moon and Joonho Jeon, Sangeeta Sandrasegar, and UNSW Art & Design alumni Justin Shoulder, and Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro.