Occurrent Affair: symposium and workshop
Client: Museums and Galleries of New South Wales (MGNSW), National Art School (NAS) and the University of Queensland Art Museum
Artists: Richard Bell, Jennifer Herd, Laurie Nilsen, Megan Cope, Gordon Hookey, Vernon Ah Lee and Tony Albert
Date: 24 June 2023
In June 2023 at the National Art School, MGNSW and NAS Gallery hosted educators, programmers and curatorial staff as well as First Nations gallery collaborators and local Elders connected to the John Curtin Gallery (WA), Gosford Regional Gallery (NSW), Artspace Mackay (QLD) and University of the Sunshine Coast Gallery (QLD) for an education symposium.
The symposium included yarning circles, a ‘scrub club’ cleaning oyster shells for a Megan Cope artwork commission, as well as a workshop by FLENK Collective. Along with Merindah Funnell and Emily Lienert, FLENK collective’s workshop for symposium participants introduced the content in the Occurrent Affair exhibition kit. Participants learned about ways to actively Acknowledge Country and creative learning strategies based on artworks about resistance, protest and sovereignty.
Participants at the ‘Occurrent Affair’ symposium. Photos courtesy and © MGNSW and Jacquie Manning