Jasmin Stephens: Our Studio Selves
Wednesday 5 April
1—2pm, Black Theatre

Independent curator Jasmin Stephens discusses the changing role of the studio in relation to her exhibition Our Studio Selves, curated for the Artspace Ideas Platform, 6 – 21 April.

In this exhibition, artists from Australia and Southeast Asia contribute ideas about the role of the studio. While the exhibition does frame artists in terms of their sites of production, it is intended to be inclusive of those without studios and whose practices are collaborative as well as those who produce and present across material and virtual space. Looking to these artists’ processes of reflection and growth, it explores the persistence of the studio in the context of the digital evolution of the art market and the internationalising of art world relations.

Our Studio Selves is a small exhibition in which artists from Australia and Southeast Asia contribute ideas about the evolving role of the studio. Our Studio Selves explores the persistence of the studio at a time when artists are increasingly working across material and digital space and art world relations are internationalising.

The artists are Teelah George (Perth), Minstrel Kuik (Kajang, Malaysia), Chayni Henry (Wagait Beach NT), Chitti Kasemkitvatana (Bangkok), Todd McMillan (Sydney), Mish Meijers and Tricky Walsh (Hobart).

Jasmin Stephens is an independent curator who lives in Sydney. Following senior positions with Artbank, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) and Fremantle Arts Centre, she has curated exhibitions at PICA, Edith Cowan University, UTS Gallery and Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation and with artist David Haines at Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, in association with Asialink. As part of research platform Contemporary Art and Feminism, she has recently worked with London-based Genevieve Chua and Australians Alex Martinis Roe and Raquel Ormella at The Cross Art Projects in Sydney. A regular panel assessor, exhibition judge and mentor, Jasmin has taught in the Master of Curating and Cultural Leadership at UNSW Art and Design and is currently a collaborating curator on Sugar vs the Reef?, a multi-year project led by artist Lucas Ihlein.

Exhibition: 6 – 21 April
Opening: Thursday 6 April, 6.00pm, opening conversation with curator Jasmin Stephens and artist Teelah George: 5.00pm

Artspace: 43-51 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo NSW 2011 https://www.artspace.org.au/

Image: Tricky Walsh, All the mystical behind the scenes, 2017, gouache on paper, 50 x 65 cm (paper), courtesy the artist and Bett Gallery, Hobart, and MARS Gallery, Melbourne