Performing Mobilities

Australian Performance Exchange; Brogan Bunt, Lucas Ihlein and Kim Williams; David Cross and Jem Noble; Mick Douglas; Paul Gazzola and Nadia Cusimano; David Thomas and Laurene Vaughan. Mobile performances by Julieanna Preston, Brian Ritchie, Stuart Tanner, Sam Trubridge and more. Curated by Mick Douglas with companion curators: David Cross, Paul Gazzola, Bianca Hester, James Oliver, Paul Rae, Laurene Vaughan, Meredith Rogers and Fiona Wilkie.

Opening Celebration: Thu 8 October, 5.30–7.30 PM

This exhibition presents traces of new Australian and international arts projects that explore and reimagine systems of movement, place and event through challenging performance practices and ideas. The projects reveal tensions around the movement of people migrating lands or crossing a city; the movement of cultural ideas and social practices; the movement of matter through time and across space and through transformations of state; and the movement of non-human species and other than human forces. Gathered together, the projects across the performing, visual, new media and social and spatial arts reveal interplays of worlds in motion.

The PASSAGES mobile performance program departs into the surrounding area of the Gallery over the opening weekend 8-11 October to challenge forms of performance and ways of encountering contemporary live art.

Performing Mobilities is the Australian program of Fluid States - a globally distributed performance research project taking place in a sequence of 15 different locations over 2015. More details here.

Performing Mobilities is held in conjunction with RMIT Gallery: 25 September to 24 October, 2015. More details here.

Image: David Thomas, taking a timeline for a walk, Melbourne, 2015

The Margaret Lawrence Gallery is a contemporary art space located in the heart of Melbourne’s arts precinct. It was established in 2001 to provide crucial links between the VCA School of Art and the University of Melbourne (with its community of academics, artists and students), the wider communities of Victoria and on a national platform.The gallery performs an integral and generative function within the VCA artistic community and is a showcase for new work, playing an educational role for the Victorian and Australian community.

The gallery offers established practitioners an opportunity to create new work in a supported and critically engaged environment. It also encourages meaningful connections and exchanges between professional artists, academics, students and the wider public.

The program focuses on new work by local, national and international artists. Exhibitions are presented in an environment that fosters critical discussion, as well as an understanding and promotion of visual art and its broader social contexts, with accompanying forums, artist and curator talks, residencies and public lectures. The exhibition program has a strong emphasis on research, developed by directly responding to exhibition proposals, and by inviting artists, curators or groups whose work or research is of particular contemporary relevance to devise a project for the space.

The program is determined 12 to 18 months in advance to allow a reasonable period of exhibition development in discussion with gallery staff. Application proposals may be submitted to the Director at any time.

The gallery is also responsible for the care and management of the VCA Art Collection, which spans the history of the College and its predecessor, the National Gallery School of Art and the Margaret Lawrence Australian Ceramic Collection.

The Margaret Lawrence Gallery is generously supported by the Margaret Lawrence Bequest.

Director: Vikki McInnes
Gallery and Collection Coordinator: Scott Miles