Kaldor Public Art Projects announces 12 Residents to be mentored by Marina Abramović

Marina Abramovic’s arrival this June will not only challenge and engage audiences, but aims to have a lasting impact on the development of performance art in Australia.


See MONA and KALDOR present Marina Abramovic

Internationally renowned pioneer of performance art, Marina Abramovic will mentor 12 Australian artists during an intensive live-in Residency Program for the 30th Kaldor Art Project. A part of Marina Abramovic: In Residence, the selected Australian performers will be in residence on the top floor of Pier 2/3.

Taking Walsh Bay by storm, the 12 Residents and Abramovic will work within Pier 2/3, participating in the extensive public program as well as developing their own creative practice with Abramovic and Abramovic Method trainer lysey Peisinger.

Personally selected by Abramovic from a list of 65 performance practitioners, suggested by Kaldor Projects, each performer challenges and experiments with performance traditions. The selected participants are: Nat Abbott (Melbourne); Frances Barrett (Sydney); Clark Beaumont comprised of Sarah Clark and Nicole Beaumont (Brisbane); Lottie Consalvo (Newcastle); Nicola Gunn (Melbourne); George Khut (Sydney); Sarah Jane Norman (Berlin & the Blue Mountains); Sarah Rodigari (Sydney); Christian Thompson (London); and Zin, comprised of Harriet Gillies and Roslyn Helper (Sydney).

John Kaldor, Director of Kaldor Public Art Projects, said: “The Artist Residency Program, presented by Kaldor Public Art Projects, is a once in a lifetime opportunity for these 12 Australian artists to be mentored by one of the world’s most renowned performance artists and teachers Marina Abramović. We believe the experience will create an immediate impact on the artists involved as well as a lasting legacy for the wider Australian arts industry.”

“The artists taking part in the residency are an outstanding group representing diverse fields spanning performance, visual arts, experimental theatre, dance, choreography and digital media. We expect the program to encourage conversation, collaboration & debate, whilst reflecting the current cultural landscape of performance art in this country.”

The Residency Program is a public platform for the aritsts to engage with the public through their creative practice. Participating in talks, workshops, panel discussions, the Residents will also have the opportunity to meet with leading Australian academics, curators and performance practitioners as part of a professional development series.

An amazing opportunity for Australian art, as well as for the public to bear witness to the creative process of Abramovic, this event will be nothing short of ground breaking.

Kaldor Art Projects
24 June until 5 July

Free entry
Restricted to 12 years and above

Image 1: Sarah-­‐Jane Norman,Corpus Nullius/Blood Country, Unsettling Suite, 2013
Image 2: zin, THE OAFFICE, Oxford Arts Factory, 2013,
Image 3: Christian Thompson, Tree of Knowledge, Art Gallery of NSW, 2013
Courtesy the artists and Kaldor Public Art Projects

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