What Happens Now?  Public Art Melbourne Biennial Lab 

Situations Director Claire Doherty co-convenes Melbourne’s inaugural Public Art Biennial Lab this June, over a two-week intensive she will work with ten artists and collectives, alongside a team of curators, writer and thinkers to re-imagine and inflect new understanding of art and the public sphere and how we come to experience it.

“It is rare when working towards a major multi-sited public project such as the Melbourne Biennial that artists have the opportunity to come together in the research process and to share, test out and explore ideas. That this has process been foregrounded as a fundamental part of the artistic process is testament to Natalie King and her team’s commitment to artists’ development and to the city itself – embedding this significant project in the fabric of the city from the beginning. It is a privilege to be a part of that process with my long-time collaborator David Cross and to see what wonders emerge.” – Claire Doherty

“Community is rarely born out of geography, but out of common purpose”

Listen in to Claire discuss public art in relation to Melbourne

Ten proposals have been accepted from more than 150 applications by early mid-career artists from across Australia including; Hiromi Tango, whose experiments in materials frequently involve community engagement; Will Foster from A Centre for Everything, which explores ideas via participatory gestures; Willurai Kirkbright, whose lab research will focus on a site-responsive installation to the complex history of Queen Victoria Market; and Timothy Moore of SIBLING, a multidisciplinary design group working at the intersection of architecture, urbanism, cultural analysis and graphic communication to produce unexpected spatial outcomes.


Hiromi Tango, Breaking Cycle (Lizard Tail)


SIBLING, Dream Space Station

Full list of artists and information on Public Art Melbourne Biennial Lab

As part of her visit to Australia Claire will present a keynote lecture at The Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing & Ideas, to share insights on commissioning public artworks, working with artists and producing ambitious public art projects.

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