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TarraWarra Biennial 2018: From Will to Form

Hiromi Tango, 46 Healing Chromosomes, 2017 (detail), mixed media, 200 x 520 x 48 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney .

TarraWarra Biennial 2018: From Will to Form

3 Aug 2018 - 6 Nov 2018

Held in the body, flung through the air, or drawn from the soil. What if art is action made solid?

From throwing liquid bronze to whistling for three days straight, the TarraWarra Biennial 2018: From Will to Form considers how the wild, intangible forces that animate behaviour might be present within an artwork.

For the sixth TarraWarra Biennial, 23 artists and one artist group from across Australia will present anarchic and persistent energies in a range of sculpture, painting, performance and film works. For some, ‘will’ is drawn from a relationship to country and earth, for others it is located in the depths of the psyche, while other works highlight the role of the body as both a conduit or concealer of willful forces.

These manifestations include 19 new commissions, performance events and works that refigure the spaces of TarraWarra itself, including Bidjara artist Dale Harding’s site-specific wall painting on the renowned 45-metre Vista Walk wall as well as new work from Vicki Couzens, Claire Lambe, Michelle Ussher, Mike Parr and Rob McLeish among many others.

Established in 2006 as a platform for identifying new contemporary and cutting-edge work, the TarraWarra Biennial has become a major forum for artistic expression in Australia.

From Will to Form is accompanied by a range of performances, artist talks and a comprehensive catalogue, providing audiences with a variety of contemporary art experiences.

Curated by Emily Cormack.

TarraWarra Biennial 2018: From Will to Form artists:
Belle Bassin (VIC); Vicki Couzens (VIC); Naomi Eller (VIC); Artists from Erub Arts (Torres Strait); Starlie Geikie (VIC); Agatha Gothe-Snape (NSW); Julie Gough (TAS); Dale Harding (QLD); Claire Lambe (VIC); Lindy Lee (NSW); Bridie Lunney (VIC); Rob McLeish (VIC); John Meade (VIC); Sanné Mestrom (VIC); Alison Murray (QLD); Michelle Nikou (SA); Kusum Normoyle (NSW); Mike Parr (NSW); Michael Snape (NSW); Hiromi Tango (NSW); Fairy Turner (WA); Michelle Ussher (NSW); Justine Varga (NSW); Isadora Vaughan (VIC).

Saturday 4 – Sunday 5 August, 11am-5pm
Experience Mike Parr’s durational whistling performance Whistle White, 2018, as well as artist floor talks and performances by Bridie Lunney and Belle Bassin, over the opening weekend of the TarraWarra Biennial 2018: From Will to Form . Free with exhibition entry.  More information

Saturday 20 October, 11am-4pm
A day of transformative performances, artist talks and exhibition activations at this special TarraWarra Biennial 2018: From Will to Form event set in the spectacular surrounds of TarraWarra Museum of Art in the Yarra Valley. Presented in association with Melbourne International Arts Festival.   More information

Image: Hiromi Tango, 46 Healing Chromosomes , 2017 (detail), mixed media, 200 x 520 x 48 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney.

Gallery Details

TarraWarra Museum of Art
311 Healesville-Yarra Glen Road
Healesville VIC 3777
T: 03 5957 3100
E: museum@twma.com.au
W: twma.com.au

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Open Tuesday – Sunday: 11am to 5pm
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$8 Seniors card holders
$5 Pensioners, concession & students
Children under 12 free

Wednesdays – free for 3777 and 3775 postcodes (Yarra Glen, Healesville & surrounds), students, pensioners and concession card holders

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