Wednesday, 1 February 2006

2006 contemporary commonwealth artists released

The Australian Centre for the Moving Image and the National Gallery of Victoria have announced the 22 Australian and Commonwealth nation artists participating in 2006/ Contemporary Commonwealth, opening on 24 February 2006.

Exploring the broad themes of social and cultural connections in the 21st century, the exhibition juxtaposes the ground-breaking works of 11 artists from Australia with 11 artists drawn from countries across the Commonwealth.

Artists displaying work at NGV Australia include:

Yinka Shonibare (Nigeria / United Kingdom), Bani Abidi (Pakistan), Shane Cotton (New Zealand), Rodney Graham (Canada), Yee I-Lann (Malaysia), Lorraine Connelly-Northey (Victoria), Ex de Medici (ACT), Fiona Hall (South Australia), Ah Xian (New South Wales) and Sally Smart (Victoria).

Artists displaying work at ACMI include:

Isaac Julien (United Kingdom), Berni Searle (South Africa), Brian Gothong Tan (Singapore), Mawuli Afatsiawo (Ghana), Shilpa Gupta (India), Ingrid Mwangi and Robert Hutter (Kenya and Germany), Patricia Piccinini (Victoria), Jemima Wyman (Queensland), r e a (New South Wales), John Gillies (New South Wales), Josephine Starrs and Leon Cmielewski (New South Wales) and John Hughes (Victoria).
NGV Director Gerard Vaughan says: "The cross-section of works displayed at NGV Australia represents the dynamic forms of contemporary art practice around the world. The Australian contributions, juxtaposed with the works from the Commonwealth artists, allow us to see some fascinating trends, with many new directions being revealed."

Tony Sweeney, ACMI Director says: "ACMI is delighted to present some of the finest Australian and international new media artists exhibiting in the world today. The works are representative of the fascinating diversity and vibrancy that exists throughout the Commonwealth and ACMI is excited to again collaborate with NGV Australia to present one of the most comprehensive surveys of Commonwealth contemporary art ever mounted in Australia."

In selecting the artworks, NGV and ACMI curators have sought contemporary artworks that most powerfully articulate and encompass visual and intellectual responses to globalisation, which reposition the Commonwealth as a network of changing cultural forces.

The 22 artists selected have responded individually to these notions in very different and sometimes challenging ways.

Many of the artists will be in Melbourne for the opening of the exhibition.

2006/ Contemporary Commonwealth is presented by the NGV and ACMI as part of Festival Melbourne2006 and the 2006 Commonwealth Games. This is the second major collaborative survey of contemporary art to be presented by these two institutions.

The works will be on display at ACMI and NGV Australia; both venues are located next to each other at Federation Square. Entry is free.

A range of programs, artist talks and screenings are being organised in association with the exhibition. For further information please visit or

Festival Melbourne2006 celebrates the breadth of culture and art from across the nations of the Commonwealth.  The Festival is an integral part of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, and it is proudly funded and supported by the Victorian and Australian Governments.


Further information

Tali Borowski, Media Coordinator, NGV 03 8620 2411, 0417 575 088;
Justin Rogers, Communications Coordinator, ACMI 03 8663 2475, 0412 172 887,
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