Reef Knot talk at inaugural &Company exhibition

2010 May 9
by reefknot

Last Saturday we gave a presentation at the first &Company exhibition. Held in the truly excellent new Gaffa complex just behind the QVB, we shared the bill with Oliver Smith (silversmith & designer) and Danielle Hairs (Object Gallery). A little peculiar to be paired in with such a design focussed bill but strangely we all seemed to arrive at the similar threads of collaboration, incorporation of environmental and sustainable practices and general resourcefulness. The day’s talks were loosely themed as ‘Thrills & Spills: here & now & then what?’ so were looking at current developments, trends and future possibilities for creativity and particularly its inter-relationship with community and social sub-groups. Particularly of interest for folks who like to take their creativity outdoors and to the community are Object’s upcoming Spring Series & Revolution program – keep an eye out as details go online.

We gave a bit of a guided history of Reef Knot from the early Knot Gallery themed group exhibitions / installations through to our most recent re-configurations of the knitting produced for last year’s Kings Cross project whilst giving an insight to the changing nature of collaboration and a few of the killer learning curves along the way. Well, that was the bulk of the content – the last few minutes was ultimately more interesting as we laid out some thoughts on the future of public art in Sydney.

Some of those thoughts?

  • Infuse the permanent works with the same degree of community consultation and engagement as many temporary works possess.
  • Up the public artist consultation on commercial design, architecture and urban planning jobs – the time spent on the front line talking with the public while installing work develops a wealth of first hand feedback on the role and value of public art
  • With increasing opportunities for public art commissions is it not time to increase the amount of tertiary education centering on public art?
  • How about commissioning the odd permanent work as part of annual festivals that feature temporary installations and sculptures?
  • Let’s start to infuse some character in Sydney’s permanent public works. Sydney-siders love their landmarks and love to identify with things, but they’ve got to have a resonance with the community. Tending to this, our sense of identity can be helped along its way.

If you’re not familiar with Sydney’s public art have a look at Michelle’s ongoing enquiry into public art (in all its guises) in Sydney.

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