Carnival of the Bold 2017

107 Projects, Sydney. 24 May – 4 June 2017

Carnival of the Bold and MLC Gallery presented “Cause and Effect”, a 2-week visual arts exhibition by six artists, designed to shine a spotlight on some of the more current and pressing social issues faced by Australian society: War & Conflict, Environmental Destruction and Racism. Running as part of Vivid Ideas 2017, the exhibition prompted audiences to consider and deliberate some complex, multi-faceted and sensitive themes, aiming to raise awareness and conversation around these social issues and also give a voice to marginalised communities. It celebrates artists who have used their art to enrich our cultural identity, explore shared values, spark imagination and empower communities, the exhibition launched with an Artist Showcase and closed with an Arts and Social Change Forum.

Promo Reel

Exhibition Highlights Reel

Line-up and Talks

ARTIST SHOWCASE

The six participating artists who developed work for this exhibition shared their inspiration, personal connection with the cause, process, reflections, perspectives and hopes.

Andrea Srisurapon

Andrea’s practice is centered on cross culture and what it means to have two cultures as part of your identity. Drawing on our Australian political history, racism and personal experiences, Andrea explores social and cultural inconsistencies in comparison to her own identity as a Thai Australian. Experimenting with her own body, family and cultural adornments, Andrea testifies to how stereotypes within Australian ideology fail to mimic reality. Andrea’s practice is an exploration to the ‘push and pull’ that exists in a cross-cultural identity, and attempts to dissect these issues that reside in our Multicultural Australia. Andrea has exhibited in various exhibitions in the Sydney and Central Coast regions.

Mandy Schöne-Salter

Mandy is a Blue Mountains-based artist working in urban art, photography and community art. She studied photography at the Nepean Arts and
Design Centre and participated in an intensive Public Art workshop lead by New York Artist and Curator, Kendal Henry. Giving a voice to those who need it the most is a strong theme in Mandy’s art, focusing on social and environmental issues. Mandy believes living in urban environments makes us more removed from nature than ever and that this disconnection allows us to not care or notice that many species are disappearing from the face of the earth.

Marwa Charmand

Marwa believes that art is a medium that should be used to communicate strong messages of truth in a world where media platforms censor, twist and shape stories to attract a particular audience. Her works have been displayed in various exhibitions, including Campbelltown Arts Centres Fishers Ghost Art Award and the Sydney Downing Centre. In 2011 Marwa was selected as one of eight women across Australia to participate in an open themed project for the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre called ‘No Added Sugar’.

Miriam Cabello

Miriam established MLC Powerhouse Design Studio in 1993 and launched MLC Gallery in 2004. Her art and artistic practice are emblematic of cross-cultural understanding and respect for human rights. Cabello’s oil paintings emerge from these themes and are exquisitely realised in her iconic bodies of work: White Rope, The Pugilist Passion and The first 911-The Chilean Military Coup. Recently, Miriam won the EOI to launch her new studio/gallery at 5 Eliza, Newtown. The inaugural exhibition, ‘Layering Black’ examines the #BlackLivesMatter protests in the USA and will coincide with ‘Cause & Effect’, part of Vivid Ideas. Cabello has been acknowledged nationally and internationally with over 25 awards for her contribution to art, education and cross-cultural engagement.

Sherine Tan

Born in a tropical rainforest country in Malaysia, Sherine is strongly influenced by the local flora and fauna of the country. She is passionate about using her art in painting, craftwork, knitting and origami to address environmental destruction and animal extinction. Mainly targeted towards children, she uses origami to educate the young about climate change. She has a Masters in Design from UNSW, and currently works in the advertising, digital and multimedia sector in Sydney. Sherine has previously exhibited at Converging Latitudes at Warringah Creative Space, NB Group Maker and The Other ArtFair at the Commune.

Tia Kass

Tia Kass, a 2nd generation Greek-Australian is an artist and illustrator based in Melbourne. He and his artistic expressions became heavily politicised first through the Melbourne street art scene, which he is still very much active in. Then, through political and philosophical clarity, leading him to become involved in grassroots activism. These experiences continue to shape his work on socio-political issues as he depicts these topics in a highly stylised manner, wanting the artwork to be bold, intelligent and witty, yet remain aesthetically pleasing and unique in their approach.

ARTS & SOCIAL CAUSE FORUM

A panel discussion with selected academics, arts workers and directors of NGOs to discuss the themes showcased, what perspectives and insights these artworks bring to the conversation, and how artists can play a more active role as agents for social change.

Sunil Badami (MC)

Writer, Performer and Broadcaster

Sunil is a writer, performer and broadcaster. He has an MA (Distinction) in Creative and Life Writing (Goldsmiths, University of London) and a Doctorate of Creative Arts (UTS). He has written for publications including the Sydney Morning Herald, Good Weekend, The Australian, The Monthly, Australian Literary Review, Australian Gourmet Traveller, Island and Meanjin. He has appeared on stage at the Sydney and Melbourne Writers Festivals and the Belvoir Street and Griffi n Theatres. He presented the national ABC Local radio show Sunday Takeaway, and continues to appear regularly on ABC Local, Double J, Radio National and Fairfax Radio. He is currently re-writing his first novel.

Grace Partridge

NSW Leader, Amnesty ARTillery Action Group

Grace is a versatile artist whose work involves researching, creating and facilitating across the fields of theatre, music and the arts. She has a passion for working at the intersection of performing arts and social justice. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of Antidote – an online/exhibition network that champions social justice based art, and is currently the State leader of the Amnesty ARTillery Action group – dedicated to artistic excellence and human rights.

Art Is Our Artillery
Antidote

Jiva Partipan

Cultural Development Officer, STARTTS

Jiva is a director, creative producer and arts worker based in Sydney and works internationally with theatre, dance, performance, film and interdisciplinary art. His work has been seen in the UK at Tate Modern, ICA — Institute of Contemporary Arts, Saddlers Wells, National Review of Live Arts, IETM — Paris and Dublin, Bone Festival, Claendestino Festival Sweden, and various festivals in Norway, Netherlands and South Africa. Jiva currently works as an arts and cultural worker at STARTTS in Sydney, initiating, developing and presenting arts and cultural activities with refugees in their own community settings, in partnership with Australian cultural institutions.

NSW Service for The Treatment & Rehabilitation of Torture & Trauma Survivors (STARTTS)

Lena Nahlous

Diversity Arts Australia

Lena is Executive Director of Diversity Arts Australia with 20-years of experience in arts/cultural organisations. She has managed screen and digital initiatives that have engaged thousands of women, refugees, migrants and youth across Parramatta and Western Sydney. Formerly ED of Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE), where she worked for over a decade establishing projects like Switch Digital Arts Centre and the Arab Film Festival. Awarded Asialink Arts Fellowship; NSW Government Arts Advisory Committee (2002-8); participant, Australia 2020 Summit; finalist, CEO of the Year Awards; Sydney’s 100 Creative Catalysts at inaugural Vivid.

Diversity Arts Australia

Miriam Cabello

Artist/Curator/Academic, MLC Gallery

Miriam established MLC Powerhouse Design Studio in 1993 and launched MLC Gallery in 2004. Her art and artistic practice are emblematic of cross-cultural understanding and respect for human rights. Cabello’s oil paintings emerge from these themes and are exquisitely realised in her iconic bodies of work: White Rope, The Pugilist Passion and The first 911-The Chilean Military Coup. Recently, Miriam won the EOI to launch her new studio/gallery at 5 Eliza, Newtown. The inaugural exhibition, ‘Layering Black’ examines the #BlackLivesMatter protests in the USA and will coincide with ‘Cause & Effect’, part of Vivid Ideas. Cabello has been acknowledged nationally and internationally with over 25 awards for her contribution to art, education and cross-cultural engagement.

MLC Gallery

Paula Abood

Writer, Creative Producer, Director & CACD Worker

Paula is a CACD practitioner, writer and educator. She has worked with diverse communities in capacity building projects for 28 years. She teaches community and cultural development at Ultimo TAFE. Her work includes Writer/ Director of The Cartographer’s Curse (2016), Parenting Stories (2010), Hurriya and her Sisters (2009), The Book of African Australian Stories (2006), Poetry on Rooftops (2006), The Book of the Living (2006) and Bread and Other Stories (2002). Paula was the 2013 recipient of the Australia Council’s Ros Bower Award for lifetime achievement in community cultural development practice. Paula was also a directorate for National Theatre of Parramatta from 2015 to 2016. Paula works on creative projects with small and emerging community groups and community organisations.

Priscilla Brice-Weller

Managing Director, All Together Now

Priscilla is the founder and Managing Director of All Together Now, Australia’s racial equity organisation. All Together Now produces creative projects that educate people about racism and compel people to take action. Priscilla was awarded a Churchill Fellowship that enabled her to visit, investigate and learn from antiracism NGOs in Europe and North America during 2014. Priscilla has over a decade of experience managing social marketing and social change projects.

All Together Now

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