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Precarious Movements: Choreography and the Museum


Precarious Movements: Choreography and the Museum

Monday April 29th, 2024

This freely available, online resource focuses on choreographic work in the context of the museum and addresses how we can better serve and represent the artist in this context. Drawn directly from our research into the field of practice through interviews, consultations and practical case studies, all information is designed specifically to improve conditions for artists working in this field and to assist museums and arts workers with this task. Equally, it is intended as a reference for artists working with museums to provide knowledge and to support their agency and autonomy in such situations.

Precarious Movements: Choreography and the Museum brings artists, researchers and institutions into dialogue about good practice to support both the choreographer and the museum, and to sustain momentum in theory and practice around choreography and the visual arts. The project was awarded a Linkage Grant of nearly $400,000 over three years from 2021 to 2024 worth double this amount including in-kind support from partner organisations University New South Wales (UNSW), National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), TATE UK, Art Gallery New South Wales (AGNSW) and Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) and independent artist Shelley Lasica.

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Caretaker: Institutional support and guidance from the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) has been fundamental to the development of the Sector Resource for Choreographic Works in the Museum. In its role as caretaker, NAVA sustains the continuous publication of this toolkit by financing its web hosting.

This research project is grounded on the Country of the Eora, Kulin, Ngunnawal and Noongar nations. We would like to acknowledge the Ancestors and Custodians of these places who have cared for the land and engaged in cultural practice on Country since time immemorial. We recognise our privileged position as individuals living and working on stolen, unceded Indigenous land. We thank all of the First Peoples and Indigenous collaborators who have enriched our work and research by generously gifting their knowledges and practices to this project.

Access the Sector Resource here
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The Public Galleries Association of Victoria (PGAV) acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Owners of the lands where our office is located, and all Traditional Owners of country throughout Victoria and Australia. We recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples enduring traditions and continuing creative cultures. We pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

We are an LGBTQIA+ friendly organisation and celebrate cultural diversity.