So a thing happened at the very brilliant and wonderful Semi-Permanent Auckland last weekend.
I realised to my horror that I had only quoted men. 17 White men. So I called myself out on stage and made a slide of 17 fab women too. And now I need to share that and explain a bit more...
Somehow I was recently invited to do the peculiarly-named but rather important Occasional Address at the end of graduation ceremony for the wonderful Sydney College of Art's class of 2016 - aka the 'Steve Jobs bit'. It was a great honour and surprisingly fun. I wrote this quite windy, worthy, speech. But then I completely failed to read it and instead 'improvised loosely' on these themes so this isn't what I said at all - but, well, I wrote it anyway...
.. You are amongst your friends, your families, you have only minutes to go before we can pour out of those doors and head off into a beautiful Friday afternoon. I imagine many of you will have a drink. And then?? Well and then what exactly? There is a most definitive split between today and tomorrow. Today you say goodbye to a world filled with people employed to inform you, encourage you, to educate even, who mark your success and award you certificates. A world where what you had to do 'to succeed' was probably written down somewhere. Almost certainly with bullet points. From tomorrow there are no more bullet points. Or if there are... run.
Tomorrow is a world where your talents and abilities are unleashed. You can, quite literally, go wherever your passions take you. So that's exciting right?Read More
How perfectly exciting. I am delighted to say that I have been invited to join the Biennale of Sydney's Board of Directors - under the new chairperson-ship of Kate Mills and in time to welcome our wonderful curator Stephanie Rosenthal back to Sydney as she begins final preparations for the 20th Biennale.
Obviously I am a huge fan of the Biennale, mainly for their long, long commitment to bringing world-class international artists to Australia, and also because it has always seemed aligned with the rest of the art-world, making no concession to geography. The biennale is one of the most exciting and unvarnished ways to reconnect with the global contemporary art scene (which can feel a little distant). It is something I am immediately proud to be part of, and hope I can repay that.
Every winter in Sydney for a few weeks or so it gets a little too cold to go to the beach or try out new cafes. That appears to be when the entire cultural quota of Sydney comes together to talk about stuff.Read More