Somewhere in the City
Frances Wilkinson | On 15, Jun 2015
Somewhere in the CityÂ exhibition opened at Arts Project AustraliaÂ in Northcote, Melbourne on the warm afternoon of Saturday 13th of June. Â AÂ gallery that supports and promotes the work of artists with intellectual disabilities, advocating for their inclusion in contemporary practice, Arts Project Australia hosted a packed out gallery of old and new friends who came along to the opening.
Somewhere in the CityÂ exhibition was curated by Karra Rees, currently the Managing Curator at theÂ Centre of Contemporary Photography,Â and opened as part of Arts Project’s external curator program. Twice a year Arts Project invites a curator from another organisation to curate a show in the Arts Project gallery exhibiting a mix of artists who practice in the Arts Project studio, and external contemporary artists.
The opening was a success as theÂ gallery filled with a mixed crowd of regular Arts Project friends and supporters, as well as friends and supporters of CCP and local artists including Shannon Smiley and Charlie Sofo.
In the words of the curator,Â Somewhere in the CityÂ explores the fabric of our urban environment and aspects of daily life through both individual and collective experiences. Everyday, mundane routines and scenes are re-imagined, revealing the way that built environments can both activate and impede our engagement with our surroundings. Set against the backdrop of the city and the suburbs, quotidian rituals unfold through visions that are familiar and unexpected. From quiet, overlooked corners of the metropolis, to the drone of rush-hour traffic and city crowds, the artists navigate shared spaces and the structures that form them.
Somewhere in the city is a conceptually and aesthetically pleasing exhibition, with the works placed around the space in a subtle and effective way. The exhibition shows a selection of artworks that exist in response to everyday, commonplace, and unspectacular events and places and that therefore sit on a personal level with many viewers, making them accessible to a wide variety of audiences.
Artists includeÂ Boris Cipusev, Miles Howard-Wilks, Kate Knight, Gavin Porter and Terry Williams from Arts Project Australia, as well as Junebum Park, Liesl Pfeffer, Â Shannon Smiley, Charlie Sofo, and Kensuke Todo.
The exhibition brochure to Somewhere in the City can be downloaded here.
SOMEWHERE IN THE CITY
13 June – 11 July 2015
Arts Project Australia
24 Hight St, Northcote, Melbourne VIC 3070