vivonne thwaites



about artroom5

Adelaide based art curator Vivonne Thwaites established artroom5 to showcase work by young, emerging and unknown artists. In 2010 artroom5 was awarded some Arts SA funds to continue into 2011. It opens again on March 4, 2017 with selected artists showing throughout the home.

artroom5 is in the home of Vivonne Thwaites. If you would like to know more about artroom5 or speak to Vivonne please call her on 0414 225 846.

Current project under development is titled ‘animating the present’, it is a partnership with the Migration Museum and the artists Lachlan Murray, Ali Baker, Troy Baylis, Sera Waters, Sue Kneebone and Chris De Rosa. It is scheduled for March 2018. Funded by the Australia Council.

Vivonne Thwaites was Visual Arts Director, Adelaide Festival Centre for many years and was the Curator of the School of Art Gallery University of South Australia in 2006. In July/August 2006 Vivonne was awarded the University of Sydney Power Studio at Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. As a result, in 2010 she launched her project Littoral at Carnegie Gallery, Hobart with the artists Judy Watson, Bev Southcott, Toni Warburton, Aadje Bruce and Julie Gough. The project was funded by Aust Co and GDF, based on the work of Charles Alexandre Lesueur, French artist on the Baudin voyage and contemporary responses to these works and our oceans today. The project was reviewed by Mary Eagle in Art Monthly and Daniel Thomas in The Australian.

Vivonne curated the project Roads Cross, 2012 with Flinders Universities Fiona Salmon with Visions Development funds.

Vivonne was the curator on a project ' me a city', a partnership with the Architecture Museum, Uni SA and the aeaf, scheduled for Architecture Week October 2012. The project has been awarded funds from Arts SA. Artists in the project are Sera Waters, Kirsten Coelho, Nicholas Folland, Nici Cumpston, Lily Hibberd, Jacobus Capone and Sandra Selig.

Selected curated projects:

2012 Roads Cross with Flinders University Art Museum, Visions funded. Curators Vivonne Thwaites, Fiona Salmon, Anita Angel. Since the late 20th century, opportunities to engage with Australian Aboriginal art, its makers and their communities have increasingly informed Western approaches to art-making. Roads Cross explores how this development has left traces and echoes in recent Australian art - literally, in terms of subject matter and direct collaboration, and formally or conceptually, as expressed through art and ideas. More broadly, the project underscores the place of art as a means of dialogue, a platform for communication between Australia's Indigenous and settler peoples. Alison Alder, Nyukana Baker, Lauren Berkowitz, Robin Best, Angela Brennan, Yaritji Connelly, Gus Clutterbuck, Richard Dunn, pura-lia meenamatta (Jim Everett), Franck Gohier, Jonathan Kimberley, Ildiko Kovacs, Pamela Lofts, Molly Nampitjin Miller, Una Rey, Tobias Richardson, Therese Ritchie, Nalda Searles, Quentin Sprague, Rover Thomas, Hossein Valamanesh.

2011 build me a city with the Architecture Museum, University of South Australia and the Australian Experimental Art Foundation (Arts SA funded) ; 2011 Roads Cross with Flinders University Art Museum and Charles Darwin University (Visions funded) ; 2011 Home Stories with Adelaide Central School of Art and the Migration Museum of SA (Arts SA funded)

2010 Littoral with the French Department University of Adelaide (Aust Co, GDF, Hobart City Council funded)

2006 Adelaide Bank Festival of Arts project titled Writing a painting, opening on March 1, 2006. This project was funded by Uni SA International, Arts SA, The Australia Council, The Gordon Darling Foundation, the Australia China Council and Asialink. Artists Robin Best and Helen Fuller with Nyukana Baker and Huang Xiuqian. Writers Vivonne Thwaites, Prof Nicholas Jose, John Kean and Mary Eagle.

2006 Tamworth Fibre Textile Biennial. Project title: in the world - toured nationally throughout 2007/08. Artists Beth Hatton, Jean Baptiste Apuatimi (Tiwi), Minymaku artists, Julie Gough, Irmina van Niele, Kay Lawrence, Ilka White, Sandy Elverd, Helen Fuller, Michelle Nikou, Bede Tungatalem, Rosemary Whitehead and many others. Catalogue essay Vivonne Thwaites, Australia Council and Visions of Australia funded.

2004 Holy Holy Holy was funded by Arts SA, The Australia Council’s Visual Arts Board and ATSIAB, The Gordon Darling Foundation, The History Trust and Visions of Australia. Holy Holy Holy was a project of the 2004 Adelaide Festival and toured nationally. This project looked at the impact of Christianity on Indigenous people in Australia through a range of works by contemporary artists and museum and social history material. Artists such as Michael Riley, Linda Syddick Napaltjarri, Darren Siwes, Jarinyanu David Downs, Ian W Abdulla, Irene Mbitjana Entata, Christine McCormack, Trevor Nickolls, Alan Tucker, Harry Wedge, Julie Dowling, Nici Cumpston and James Cochran are included and the writers Marcia Langton, Bill Edwards, Rob Amery, Mary Eagle, Varga Hosseini and Christine Nicholls explore the topic in the accompanying catalogue, Introduction by Vivonne Thwaites. This project was featured in articles in Art Monthly by Nick Waterlow and in Art and Australia by Tracey Lock Weir and was written up twice in The Age with full-page features in each instance.

2001/02 Home is where the heart is, representing twelve Australian artists: Joyce Winsley, Julie Gough, Yvonne Koolmatrie, Nalda Searles, Irene Briant, Jo Crawford and others. Catalogue essays by Vivonne Thwaites, Mary Eagle and Stephanie Radok. Funded by The Centenary of Federation, Arts SA, Arts WA, The Australia Council and Country Arts SA. The catalogue for this project won The Award of Merit/Visual Communication in the Design Body Two Awards, Design Institute of Australia announced in November 2001. The catalogue also won the Graphic Design Award and The Diamond Award at the Australian Institute of Professional Communicators National Serif Awards announced November 2001. This project received major attention in The Australian and Art Monthly. Funded by the Australia Council, Arts SA, the Centenary of Federation and Country Arts SA.

2000 Karra/Karrawirraparri, a project about the significance of the River Red Gum and the role of this tree in the ecosystem of the Murray. The artists Agnes Love, Jo Crawford, Chris De Rosa participated in this project, curated for the Telstra Adelaide Festival 2000 and funded by The Myer Foundation, Arts SA, Trees for Life and The Adelaide Festival Centre Trust. Catalogue essays by Vivonne Thwaites, Eric Rolls, Stephanie Radok, Martin O’Leary. This project was given attention in The Australian Review of Books by Drusilla Modjeska and was featured in The Bulletin. The US journal Ethics and Environment, Indiana University Press requested an article on this project.

1998 Three Views of Kaurna Territory Now curated for the 25th anniversary of the Adelaide Festival Centre with the Indigenous artists Darren Siwes, Nici Cumpston and Agnes Love, funded by The Australia Council and The Adelaide Festival Centre Trust. Catalogue essays by John Kean and Vivonne Thwaites.

1994 talking.listening with the artists Ian Abdulla, Yvonne Koolmatrie, Ellen Trevorrow, Aland Tucker, Jo Crawford for AFCT (AFCT funded); 1994 The Pam Harris show for AFCT and eaf; 1997 Mapping the Comfort Zone and many other projects.