Business or Pleasure: The Commerce of Creativity in the Australian Art Scene

Come Deeper - Del Kathryn Barton
30 May 2016
17:30 - 19:00
Golden Age Cinema, Paramount House, 80 Commonwealth St, Surry Hills NSW 2010

Join multi prize-winning painter Del Kathryn Barton and rising art star, ceramic sculptor and installation artist Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, as they thrash out what constitutes ‘success’ in today’s art world. Together with Barry Keldoulis, a former gallerist and currently the trailblazing CEO and Group Fairs Director of Art Fairs Australia – organiser of the Sydney Contemporary Art Fair and the Melbourne Art Fair – all three will deliver sharp debate peppered with lashings of introspection on the Australian art scene and how they view the worth and credibility of their own practice and initiatives within it.

Recognised as one of Australia's leading figurative painters, Barton’s large-scale works in their most potent form present male and female figures in states of physical rapture with an array of exotic creatures and fauna in utopian settings as portals to alternative worlds and unconscious states. She has also collaborated with the visionary Sydney-based fashion label Romance Was Born.

Winning a slew of awards in recent years, Nithiyendran’s bulging, oozing and and at times fierce creations are both captivating and disturbing, but above all, bewitching. The Sri Lankan born artist draws on diverse influences from Hindu devotional sculpture to erotica to explore religion and gender, resonating strongly with his cultural background and sexuality.

Topics explored:

·      What constitutes ‘success’ in the art world

·      The rise in popularity of art fairs and their role in promoting local work

·      The influences of biennales (both in Sydney and abroad)

·      Australia’s appetite for collecting art

Organised by The Office Space, Sydney’s boutique share office provider, this key event forms part of their popular monthly Insight talk series. Held within the intimate Golden Age Cinema in Surry Hills, it promotes the endeavours of innovative individuals across various fields.

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Image credit: Artwork "Come Deeper" by Del Kathryn Barton