Edge of Elsewhere

Edge of Elsewhere is a major three-year project that brings together some of the most exciting contemporary artists from across Australia, Asia and the Pacific to develop new artworks in partnership with Sydney communities. It is the flagship contemporary art project of Sydney Festival’s program over three consecutive years in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Edge of Elsewhere is produced for Sydney Festival by Campbelltown Arts Centre in partnership with 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.

Sydney is one of Australia’s most rapidly changing cities and is now more culturally diverse than ever before. The continually changing demographics provide an imperative to examine the questions that shape and inspire us as individuals, communities and cultures.

Edge of Elsewhere was launched first at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art on 14 January 2010, followed the next day by the project launch at Campbelltown Arts Centre.

The launch presented two special performances by Pacific community groups in Campbelltown, the Samoan group Fetu O Le Moana, and the Tongan group Matangi Tonga, the latter having worked collaboratively with Newell Harry to produce a performative outcome that engaged with the artist’s installation work presented at Campbelltown Arts Centre.

Matangi Tonga performance in partnership with Newell Harry

A public forum titled the Asia/Pacific Cultural Futures Forum and a series of Artists’ Talks was presented at Campbelltown Arts Centre the day following the launch. The transcript from the Forum is available here by the Adelaide-based contemporary art journal BROADSHEET.

2010 Artists
Brook Andrew (Australia)
Arahmaiani (Indonesia)
Richard Bell (Australia)
YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES (Korea)
Dacchi Dang (Australia)
Newell Harry (Australia)
Shigeyuki Kihara (Samoa/New Zealand)
Kimsooja (South Korea)
Lisa Reihana (Aotearoa New Zealand)
Khaled Sabsabi (Australia)
Wang Jianwei (China)

Edge of Elsewhere is curated by Lisa Havilah, Director of Campbelltown Arts Centre; Aaron Seeto, Director of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art; and Dr Thomas J. Berghuis, Lecturer in Asian Art, University of Sydneyand is produced for Sydney Festival by Campbelltown Arts Centre in partnership with 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and is supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, through Community Partnerships and the Visual Arts Board, and the NSW Government through Arts NSW.

Performance by Matangi Tonga group in partnership with Newell Harry, 2010. Photo by Susannah Wimberley via Edge of Elsewhere blog

More information:

Edge of Elsewhere blog

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art

Campbelltown Arts Centre

Art Nation

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