vivonne thwaites
curator

 

 

projects

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 she was awarded the University of Sydney Power Studio at Cité Internationale de Arts in Paris. Vivonne has curated many exhibitions since 1994.

Vivonne was awarded Arts SA and Australia Council grants for international research in 2013, travel to Stockholm, Åland, Helsinki, Berlin, Copenhagen, Malmo, Hässelholm and Göteborg.

 

Build me a city2012

'build me a city' presented with the aeaf and the Architecture Museum Uni SA and the artists Lily Hibberd, Jacobus Capone, Sandra Selig, Kirsten Coelho, Sera Waters, Nicholas Folland and Nici Cumpston. This project was funded by Arts SA's New Exhibitions fund.
Interview with Cath Keneally 5UV
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Interview: Radio Adelaide
Review: Artlink vol 33 #1 2013
Review: Art Monthly

 

2012 roads cross

Roads Cross with Fiona Salmon, Flinders Uni. & Anita Angel, Charles Darwin Uni.
The exhibition was held at:
Flinders University City Gallery
State Library of South Australia, Adelaide 29 June – 26 August 2012
and
Charles Darwin University Art Gallery
Chancellery, Casuarina campus Charles Darwin University, Darwin 22 Nov 2012 to 2Feb 2013
The project was funded by Visions of Australia.
Media Release
View: Invitation SA
View: Invitation NT
Review: Art Monthly
Review: Artlink
Review: Australian Art Review
Blog: Flinders University

 

Home Stories2011

Home Stories curated in 2011 by Vivonne Thwaites for Adelaide Central School of Art in partnership with the Migration Museum.
Home Stories was an exhibition in the Adelaide Fringe Festival. The exhibition included new works by Roy Ananda, Sera Waters, Irmina van Niele, Kylie Waters, Christine Aerfeldt, Lee Salomone, and Carolina Facelli.
Exhibited at ACSA, Norwood, 11 February to 19 March, 2011 and then at the Migration Museum, 31 March to 8 June, 2011, Gallery 2, 82 Kintore Ave, Adelaide
The project was funded by Arts SA.
Winner: Fringe Eran Svigos Award for Best Visual Art 2011
Review: Adelaide Fringe Vis Arts by Kelli Rowe 2011
Review: The Adelaide Reivew by John Neylon, 'Art Interprets History', March 2011
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Littoral2010

Littoral curated by Vivonne Thwaites with Professor Jean Fornasiero, French Department, University of Adelaide.
A 54 page catalogue, Littoral, was published. The exhibition opened in Hobart at Carnegie Gallery, April 2010 and toured to Burnie Regional Gallery and featured the marine works of Charles-Alexandre Lesueur and responses from contemporary Australian artists, Aadje Bruce, Chris de Rosa, Julie Gough, Beverley Southcott, Toni Warburton, Judy Watson.
The project was funded by The Australia Council, Gordon Darling Foundation, The Power Institute Foundation for Arts and Visual Culture, the Maritime Museum of Tasmania
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Reviews of Littoral:
Review: The Australian by Daniel Thomas August 2010
Review: Art Monthly by Mary Eagle Sept 2010

 

Earlier projects:

2006

writing a paintingAdelaide Bank Festival of Arts project titled Writing a Painting, opened 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.
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On Writing a painting Visual Arts at the 2006 Adelaide Bank Festival of Arts:
"Restorative peace, beauty and cultural connections flowed from Writing a Painting at the South Australian school of Art, the kind of art project that Adelaide always does well and in curator Vivonne Thwaites' hands, extremely well. This poetic and richly layered presentation (exploring Australia's relationship with China through recent work by locally based artists, Helen Fuller and Robin Best, in association with Huang Xiuqian of Jingdezhen, China and Nyukana (Daisy) Baker of Ernabella) pushed the persistent but seemingly coincidental undercurrent of cultural roots within the entire AF06 visual art program in other directions. "
Review: Artlink 'Roots and All' by John Neylon, Vol 26 no 2, 2006
Melinda Rankin worked with curator Vivonne Thwaites on an accompanying exhibition, Out of Site -
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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.
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holy holy holy2004

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.
Review: Art Monthly by Nick Waterlow
Review: A faith-to-history mission by Larry Schwartz, The Age, Metro Review, p 8, 3 June, 2005
Review: Mighty but not merciful by Robert Nelson, The Age, Metro Arts, p 8, 29 June, 2005.


home is where the heart is2001/02

Home is where the heart is
An examination of the legacy of the Country Women's Association organisations in the history of Women's art in Australia. Twelve contemporary Australian artists reflected on this great history and exhibited works alongside SACWA museum material: Joyce Winsley, Julie Gough, Yvonne Koolmatrie, Nalda Searles, Irene Briant, Jo Crawford, Rosemary Whitehead, Aadje Bruce, Helen Fuller, Sarah Crowest, Kay Lawrence, Michele Nikou and SACWA members. Funded by The Centenary of Federation, Arts SA, Arts WA, the Australia Council and Country Arts SA. This project was shown at:
– Burra Regional Gallery, 6 July – 2 August, 2001
– University of South Australia Art Museum, 13 September – 21 October, 2001
– Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery, 2 November – 2 December, 2001
– Port Augusta Fountain Gallery, 5 December – 18 January, 2002
– Bundoora Homestead Federation Centre for the Arts, Victoria, 5 April – 19 May, 2002.
This project opened up new material on the CWA and its unique history in Australia. Connections between the South Australian Country Women's Association and an Indigenous Australia were a focus of this exhibition. The President of the South Australian Country Women's Association launched this project at the Art Museum, University of South Australia.
Public forum held Friday 14 September, 2001, 5–7 pm, Nexus Multicultural Arts Centre, Lion Arts Centre, Adelaide. Speakers were Dr Jean Duruz, Dr Mary Eagle and Prof Kay Lawrence.
card from Eric RollsThe catalogue for this project won the Award of Merit/Visual Communication in the Design Body Two Awards, Design Institute of Australia, November 2001 and the Gold Serif Award AIPC, Visual Media Graphic Design, 2001.
Catalogue Commendation Award 2001, sponsored by the School of Fine Arts, Classics and Archaeology, University of Melbourne: Vivonne Thwaites (curator, writer, editor), Roslyn Schumann (State President SACWA 2000) Mary Eagle and Stephanie Radok.

Reviews:
'Celebration of history's old skills' by Tim Lloyd, The Advertiser, 8 January,
p 77, 2001.
'Not all tea and scones, you know' by Terry Plane, The Australian, The Arts,
10 September, p 16, 2001.
'A Federation Pair' by Mary Eagle, Art Monthly Australia, November, No 145,
pp 21-23, 2001.
'Poltergeist, Home is where the heart is' by Stephanie Radok, The Adelaide Review, October, pp 31-32, 2001.
'Celebrate the craft' by Tony Love, The Advertiser, 8 October, p 70, 2001.
'Home is where the heart is' by Pam Zeplin, Artlink, Vol 21, No 4, 2001.
'Home/heart' by Cath Keneally, Art Monthly, No 138, April, p 44, 2001.
'Home is where the heart is', The World of Antiques and Art, July – December, pp 144-145, 2001.
'Home is where the art is' by Noris Ioannou, The Advertiser, Reviews section.
'Home is where the heart is', The Adelaide Review, September, p 22, 2001.
Swifty Coot, The Advertiser, The Arts section, 13 January, 2001.
'Home is where the heart is' by Juliet Peers, 6 July, 2002. www.craftculture.org/review/piers1.htm
Art Notes, Art Monthly, No 14, September, p 44, 2001.
'South Australian Touring Exhibition in Burra', The Burra Broadcaster, No 511, 27 June, p 5, 2001.
'Large Crowd Sees Exhibition Open', Burra Broadcaster, No 513, 11 July, p 5, 2001
Nell Schofield interviewed Helen Fuller and Mary Eagle and the CWA, ABC Radio National, 25 July, 2001.
www.absolutearts.com
A paper on this project presented by Vivonne Thwaites at the AAANZ Conference, Melbourne University, 2001.
ISBN 0-9595800-6-9


Card2000

Karra/Karrawirraparri, a project about the significance of the River Red Gum and the role of this tree in our ecosystem especially in relation to the River 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's Review of Books (Dots on the Landscape, 8 March vol. 5, 2000 by Drusilla Modjeska pp 3-4 ) and was featured in The Bulletin (I think that we shall never see...September 14, 1999 by Anthony Hoy, pp 18-19). The US journal Ethics and Environment, Indiana University Press requested an article on this project: Thwaites, V. (2003). Karra: Karrawirraparri-river red gumeucalyptus camaldulensis. Ethics and the Environment, 8(1), 51-56.
Drusilla Modjeska's review was included in an Anthology: The Best Australian Essays 2000 Peter Craven (editor), Melbourne : Black Inc. 2000 anthology prose biography autobiography essay extract criticism short story pg. 312-320
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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.
An exhibition curated for the Adelaide Festival, 25 February – 13 March. The Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists exhibited and worked in Artspace during this exhibition. Works by Ian Abdulla, Alan Tucker, Yvonne Koolmatrie, Ellen Trevorrow and Jo Crawford. Curated by Vivonne Thwaites, essay by Stephanie Radok. Opened by Indigenous elder Shirley Peisley.
Review: 'Chance to share ideas with artists' by Ruth Megaw and Vincent Megaw, The Advertiser, 10 March, p 19, 1994.

The Pam Harris Show
Prints and banners, video and performance. Di Barrett, Lecturer in Photography, South Australian School of Art collaborated on this exhibition to commemorate the life and work of Pam Harris. Writers: Julie Ewington and Jude Adams. This exhibition received assistance from the Exhibition Development Fund of the South Australian Touring Exhibitions Program and the SA Women's Suffrage Centenary.

Reveal/conceal
Artspace, 1 July – 13 August, coinciding with the 3rd International Women Playwrights Conference in July. Anne Neil, Sarah CrowEST, Rebecca Patterson, Laurel Frank, Dorothy Herel, Ruth Hadlow, Nalda Searles, Pantjiti Mary McLean, Andrea McNamara, Sieglinde Karl, Elizabeth Fotiadis, Joanne Croke, Kate Ellis, Lyndell Darch, Janet Neilson – explore the notion of costume as it affects theatre and performance. Assisted by Country Arts Trust SA Touring Exhibitions Program

Patterns of Connection
Cibachrome photo-compositions by Indigenous artist Leah King Smith
Festival Theatre Foyer, 8 – 30 April ,1994, courtesy Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi.
This spectacular exhibition of large scale cibachromes was held in conjunction with Women's Suffrage Centenary, SA, 1894–1994.
Rachel O'Reilly, Realtime, 2005 review for QUT exhibition of Leah King Smiths-Strategies of ambiguity: "When the discourse surrounding archival ethnographic photography came under the control of Indigenous artists and writers in the 1980s and 90s, modes of representing and deconstructing Aboriginality moved out of the hands of white Australia for the first time. In her Patterns of Connection series (1995), Leah King-Smith was one of many contemporary Australian artists to engage with 19th century ethnographic archival photography. This recombinant, 'Indigenous' media art, colliding with the visual culture of Australia's colonial past, did much to reveal the mediated nature of Indigenous oppression and present a cogent visual history of the camera's constructions of whiteness."
Realtime Arts article

Kate Breakey – the Laws of Physics and the Principles of Mathematics
8 April – 7 May, Artspace. Women's Suffrage Centenary exhibition. Hand coloured photographic works by this Australian artist who has relocated to the US. This artist has gained international recognition and in 2001 a monograph was published on her work by the University of Texas Press.
Review: Artlink by Margot Osborne, Issue 14:3, September 1994

1993

Margaret Dodd: some works from 1965–1993
15 July – 14 August, this survey exhibition was opened by Daniel Thomas. Works on loan from ICI, the Art Gallery of South Australia, NGA and other collections.

1992

Bronwyn Oliver
Curated for Artspace, 29 May – 18 July, this survey exhibition comprised many works on loan (from the National Gallery of Victoria, the ICI Collection, Victorian State Craft Collection, Meridian Sculpture Founders Pty Ltd and others from Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne) toured to the Lawrence Wilson Gallery, University of Western Australia, August. Sponsored by ASER Nominees Pty Ltd. Spanning five years of Oliver's practice and with similarities to architectural sketches, made in copper and bronze, lead and fibreglass the works deal with form in an experimental and open way, this exhibition was ideally placed in Artspace looking onto the Hyatt Hotel's Oliver commission.
Review: 'The Fourth Side of the Triangle – Bronwyn Oliver' by Stephanie Radok, Artlink, Vol 12, No 3, pp 69–70, 1992.
Review: 'Sculptured to intrigue' by Noris Ioannou, The Advertiser, 2 July, p 13, 1992.