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If the future is to be worth anything: 2020 South Australian Artist Survey
Recent events have exposed how truly our lives are enmeshed with those of others – with potential for support and harm in both a micro and macro sense. What brings together the artists featured in this exhibition is an engagement with a world beyond art, directed towards thoughtful and productive experimentation, the re-imagining of self and structures, and creative tactics for strength, vulnerability and survival.
If artists can show you the world as they see it, what we learn from a project that situates itself here, in South Australia, is about new and local perspectives on the way culture is formed, how art is made and what counts as art.
The 2020 South Australian Artist Survey celebrates the breadth of art practice and critical perspectives emerging from South Australia’s artistic communities. Presented in partnership with SALA – South Australian Living Artists Festival, this major exhibition outcome for ACE Open will support ten artists/collectives based in South Australia to present ambitious new work commissions. The Survey has been developed through state-wide research and studio visits led by ACE Open’s Artistic Director, Patrice Sharkey, and Curator-in-Residence, Rayleen Forester.
The 2020 South Australian Artist Survey has been supported through Creative Partnerships Australia’s Plus1 initiative, Candy Bennett and Edwina Lehmann, and ACE Open’s Visionaries.