CONSTANCE is an off-site, project based A.R.I (Artist Run Initiative) based in nipaluna / Hobart. CONSTANCE is focused on creating critical dialogues and engagement within, and beyond, the local Tasmanian arts community through supporting experimental and critical praxis.

We create paid opportunities for early career arts practitioners to develop and present innovative and experimental work in varied settings. CONSTANCE provides artists with critical support, resources, and audience engagement to realise quality projects.

CONSTANCE projects are situated in, and responsive to, a wide variety of sites. Our projects have occupied historic buildings, vacant real estate, underground spaces, city streets, arts festivals and partnered with conventional galleries.

CONSTANCE’s site-less model minimises ongoing administrative expenses, allowing us to position artist remuneration and production quality as the priority of all our projects. Furthermore, this model allows CONSTANCE to be flexible and adaptive, pushing the organisation into ambitious, new territory with every show.


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Event for Grace Gamage’s CONSTANCE Solo artist project 2019



THE BOARD OF CONSTANCE 2020


Priscilla Beck
Chair

Priscilla Beck is an artist and writer living in nipaluna/Hobart. Priscilla completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Queensland College of Art, Brisbane in 2011, and received Honours (first class) from the University of Tasmania, Tasmanian College of the Arts in 2016. Priscilla was a founding director of Addition ARI, and is currently Chair of the Board of Constance ARI. Priscilla was an Artist In Residence at UTas in 2017 and a studio resident at Contemporary Art Tasmania in 2018/19. Her work has been shown both locally and interstate. Priscilla’s art practice is open-ended and speculative, she often works within set frameworks to create subtle, material-based installations. Each work is deeply connected to process and place, and uses art practice and systems as the ‘site’ within which to respond. Her practice is complemented by a portfolio of critical and creative writing and facilitating projects in the community.

Tess Cambpell
Secretary

Tess Campbell is a media artist and freelance videographer based in nipaluna/Hobart, Tasmania. She regularly collaborates with other artists and film makers and has worked in areas of dance, theatre and performance. Her own practice is preoccupied with speculative fiction in film.


Caitlin Fargher
Public Officer

Caitlin Fargher is a multi-disciplinary artist working in sculptural installation and curating. Graduating with a Bachelor of Media Arts and Honours in Fine Arts at UNSW Art and Design in 2017 in Sydney, she has now returned home to be based in nipaluna/Hobart. Her work is created through an embodied practice that explores the space between romantic and colonial/destructive understandings of landscape. Her curatorial practice aims to bring artists together to create a necessary conversation concerning both personal and entangled histories, materials and sites. Alongside her arts and curatorial practice, Caitlin is an arts administrator at Rosny Farm Arts Centre (Clarence City Council), Public Officer at CONSTANCE ARI and Treasurer at Good Grief Studios.


Pirrin Francis
Treasurer

Pirrin Francis is an artist based in Hobart, Tasmania. She completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) at the Queensland University of Technology in 2011 and has exhibited interstate and internationally. Prior to moving to Tasmania, Pirrin worked at the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern art in Brisbane as a public program’s officer where she had the opportunity to work on programming for the 8th Asia Pacific Triennial and the GOMA turns 10 Summer festival in 2017. Pirrin uses installation, video, sound and sculpture to present personal narratives using material derived from ephemeral experiences like dreams and recollections to explore ideas of belonging, place and identity.


Nadia Refaei
Marketing Officer

Nadia Refaei is an artist based in nipaluna/Hobart. She received a Bachelor of Arts in 2014 and Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) in 2015 from the University of Tasmania and has exhibited locally and interstate. Drawing on both personal and broader histories, Nadia uses photography, installation and video to explore cultural tropes and intersectional identity from a de-colonial perspective and as an Arab-Australian. Alongside her arts practice, Nadia is a freelance creator and has worked in migrant support, event management, and communications, including most recently at Contemporary Art Tasmania.


Rebecca Holmes
Rebecca is an artist, art educator and administrator. She completed a Bachelor of Fine Art at the University of Newcastle in 2010 and a Master of Art Curatorship at the University of Sydney in 2013. Rebecca moved to Hobart to work as an Art Educator at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery,  where she started the TMAG Children’s Festival. She now works as the Visual Arts Program Officer at the Moonah Arts Centre.


Nadege Philippe-JanonNadège Philippe-Janon is an emerging artist based in nipaluna/Hobart.
Nadège frequently works at the intersections of science, nature, culture and personal narrative to question our physical and learned ways of perceiving, often critiquing anthropocentric relations with the more-than-human world.



Maria BlackwellMaria Blackwell is a visual artist based in Hobart, Tasmania. She began her Fine Art studies in Dublin (Colaiste Dhulaigh) before relocating to Melbourne to complete a BA in Fine Art (RMIT). She received a scholarship to study Photography and Painting in Mexico (UDLAP), and in 2015 completed Honours in Painting at the University of Tasmania.
Her work explores the strange ebb and flow between displacement and belonging. She is interested in people, the construct of memory, and personal narratives informed by location and relocation. She experiments with communicating these stories through visual material and sound.


Georgia Morgan
Georgia Morgan is a Tamil Australian artist who lives and works in lutruwita/Tasmania. Georgia’s practice explores the assumed hierarchies of materials and places through site based research, performance/invented ritual and sculptural installations.She uses photocopies, building materials and detritus, assembled with ceramics, videos and paintings that result in a blending of ‘high’ and ‘low’.Georgia’s re-reading of non-prescribed spaces as charged with spiritual energy is an act of transformation. Remarkable experiences are conjured from her resourcefulness, pragmatism and imagining.



Theia Connell
Theia Connell is a visual artist and facilitator working in Hobart, Australia.


Jay Song Their artistic practice centres on audience interaction and activation. Potentiality is key. Through installations, ephemeral and temporal spaces filled with created and found objects, audience members complete a work by either engaging or refusing to engage – both equal validations of a work’s existence.


Sophie Ambler


Hannah Foley


Grace Herbert
Director of Hobiennale
Grace Herbert is an artist and facilitator based in Hobart, Tasmania. She studied a Bachelor of Fine Art (Sculpture) at RMIT University and Honours in Sculpture at the University of Tasmania. Her work uses a mix of installation, sculpture, video, photography and digital media to examine practices of material production, architecture, construction and ownership of property. Grace has exhibited her work in solo and group shows and festivals locally and internationally. Grace’s individual arts practice is co-constituted by curatorial and arts writing activities. Alongside her arts practice, Grace is the Co-Founder and Facilitator of Visual Bulk and Co-Founder and Facilitator of HOBIENNALE.




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CALL FOR ARTISTS Applications close Friday 28 August

HOUSE SHOW  2.0





Constance ARI in partnership with Sawtooth ARI are calling for expressions of interest from artists for House Show 2.0

House Show 2.0 will feature 6 artists living in Tasmania who will each present their work in a room/space in their own home. Using 3D publishing software a “digital twin” of each room/space will be captured. These digital 3D rooms will then be stitched together to create a house that exhibition visitors can virtually walk through online.

The software used for this project is most commonly seen in real estate listings. To see a sample of the software follow this link.

Artists working in 2D, 3D, performance and digital mediums are welcome to apply. This project accommodates the digital presentation of real-world work in a virtual context, as well as integration of digital components. Artists do not need to have experience working in digital formats to apply. Artists must live in Tasmania. Artists living in regional areas are encouraged to apply.


Applications are now closed. Successful applicants announced soon.



 




This project is made possible by the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund, which supports the arts in regional and remote Australia.

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Opening Saturday 14th March 5pm | Princes Park Magazine

Elemental Systems: India Kenning  

Image credit: Elemental Systems, India Kenning


Elemental Systems, a solo exhibition by emerging artist India Kenning, explores the agency and vulnerability of the nonhuman. Working sensitively with natural elements from significant sites in Tasmania, the artist forms symbiotic relationships with her work through performative gestures of care and protection. Housed beneath Battery Point in the subterranean corridors of the historical site Princes Park Magazine, Elemental Systems presents ‘assembled landscapes’ of stone, ice and living matter. These fragments or micro-ecologies of Tasmania are a response to the artist’s connection to place and also prompt us to consider the fragility and ephemerality of the nonhuman.

Opening Event: Saturday 14th of March from 5.00pm, with activation of the artworks throughout the night
Exhibition continues: Saturday 14th - Wednesday 17th of March 11-3
Artist in conversation: Tuesday 16th of March 11.30am
Location: Princes Park Magazine, Battery Point.






CONSTANCE acknowledges and respects the palawa people as the traditional and ongoing owners and custodians of lutruwita. We pay our respects to elders past, present and future, and acknowledge that sovereignty has never been ceded.

CONSTANCE ARI 2019 program is assisted through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts..

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Opening 10th, 11th of December 2020 6—8pm | Kelly’s Garden Salamanca Arts Centre 

Gestures of Care  



Sofie Burgoyne
in collaboration with Tess Campbell
& generous participation of Alison Jales, Geraldine Beaubien & Rosemarie Campbell

Gestures of Care peers into the choreographic structures and bodily gestures that emerge from, contain, and imprint women’s bodies while they perform their everyday work in the industries of care. It is an ongoing research project of dance artist Sofie Burgoyne. For the purpose of this event at Salamanca Arts Centre, Sofie would like to work from these questions: In a time when it would seem that care for the self, care for another and / or care for the environment is clouded with complexity, can we learn how to care from these female care-giving bodies? Are there temporal, spatial and corporeal tools that we can practice in order to manifest care giving into our daily lives? The event will include three short films, each of a Tasmanian woman whose daily work is in care-giving, participatory performative practices and live dance performance. Contained in the films, practices and performance are gestures of care decontextualised, re arranged and expanded upon, inviting the receiver to share a proximity to embodied care giving. 








CONSTANCE acknowledges and respects the palawa people as the traditional and ongoing owners and custodians of lutruwita. We pay our respects to elders past, present and future, and acknowledge that sovereignty has never been ceded.

CONSTANCE ARI 2019 program is assisted through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts..

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HOBIENNALE acknowledges and respects the palawa people as the traditional and ongoing custodians of lutruwita. We pay our respects to elders past, present and future, and acknowledge that sovereignty has never been ceded. 


ABOUT HOBIENALLE

HOBIENNALE is a free biennial festival of art, music, performance and public programs presented in and around Hobart by a collective of independent artist-led organisations and cooperatives from around Australia and New Zealand.

In 2019, the festival brought together 21 artist-led organisations and cooperatives, showcasing the work of around 100 artists and musicians in 21 exhibitions across 15 venues.















HOBIENNALE (or HB17 for short) was an arts festival which took place around the greater Hobart region from the 3rd – 12th November 2017. Bringing together a large group of independent initiatives from across Australia and New Zealand, with each curating an exhibition as part of the program, HB17 featured 83 artists in 18 exhibitions across 12 venues.

The festival used a range of existing galleries and unusual spaces across the city. There were exhibition openings, performances, artist talks, workshops, music and many parties.













CONSTANCE is an off-site, project based A.R.I based in nipaluna / Hobart. CONSTANCE is focused on creating critical dialogues and engagement within, and  beyond, the local Tasmanian arts community through supporting experimental and critical praxis.


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CONSTANCE acknowledges and respects the palawa people as the traditional and ongoing owners and custodians of lutruwita. We pay our respects to elders past, present and future, and acknowledge that sovereignty has never been ceded.

Constance ARI program is assiste through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts..




                                 



                      

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Tuesday 15th October - Saturday 19th October 10am-3pm  | Kelly’s Garden, Salamanca Arts Centre

Shadows on the Hill |  Dan McCabe




As housing prices in our major cities continue to climb, the Australian Dream of owning a suburban home becomes an even bigger mountain to conquer. But is it worth the hike?

Constance have taken up residence in Kelly’s Garden. We have invited Perth artist Dan McCabe to present his performative-installation 'Shadows on the Hill' within the walled colonial garden.

Dan McCabe will pitch a tent he has designed and made to look like a 1980s Mitsubishi Magna wagon. Inhabiting the tent for a few hours each day, McCabe will host conversations with the public about their experience of housing instability in Australian cities.

The work is a tongue-in-cheek, though critical comment on housing instability in Australia. The artist inhabits sought-after waterfront real estate for free in a city where the stressors of tourism, rental instability and the rise of air bnb have left many homeless or insecure. Many young people are increasingly finding themselves locked out of the housing market, and are forced to seek alternative modes of living in the world.

Situating this work in Hobart is particularly resonant at this point in time.

Alongside the installation we have invited Hobart comedian Brittany Szlezak and writer James Dryburgh to reflect on the themes of the work in a critical discussion on Saturday 19th October, as part of the closing event. 
Shadows on the Hill: Conversations with the Artist
Tuesday 15th October — Saturday 19th October 10am-3pm


Shadows on the Hill: Panel Discussion and Closing event
Saturday 19th October 4pm - 8pm

The panel discussion will be chaired by Alexandra Grieve-Johnson, with a Welcome to Country and introduction from Kartanya Maynard.




Shadows on the Hill Panel Discussion from Constance ARI on Vimeo.





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Sunday 18 November 2018 | 4:30-8.30pm—Glenorchy Art and Sculpture Park 

Across the Coals 


Adam James
Theia Connell
Richie Cuskelly
Leen Reith


Following the launch of Julie Gough’s new work, HUNTING GROUND incorporating Barbecue Area, Across the Coals presents new, site-specific work by four early-career artists which further interrogates the space the public barbecue occupies in our collective memories, social landscape and natural environment.

Adam James
Hidden Egg (Qvevri, Amphora)

Adam James will be making a kimchi (of sorts) to be buried in the ground on the waterside. Working with local ceramicist Georgie Vozar to build a vessel which will be filled with vegetables and local ingredients including kelp, sea lettuce, saltbush and pepperberry. Adam has made the salt from local sea water, and has dived and foraged for the other local ingredients. The ingredients are prepared on site then transferred to the qvevri, which is sealed and buried – to be dug up in a years time.

Theia Connell
FREE #democracysausage*

FREE #democracysausage* is a performative sausage sizzle at GASP!’s public barbeque. Connell weaves a complex scenario that questions the use of the barbecue for political ends, provoking us to question in turn what we might be willing to give away for a snag. (vegan and GF options included)








                     

Richie Cuskelly
So The Dolphin Ate The Man

A one act play centred around a bloke at a family barbeque who, after being spotted discarding a plastic tinnie 6-pack holder without breaking the rings by his young niece, gets interrogated about why he doesn’t care about dolphins… as well as most of the other things around him.

Leen Rieth
You and me [5]

Leen Rieth will use a high pressure water hose to clean the exterior and interior of the barbecue spaces. Over the duration of the performance, our attention will shift between the artist, the act of cleaning, the barbecue and GASP. Multiple perspectives can be accessed depending on how we pay attention at any particular time. The barbecue can be an artwork and part of an art institution, a symbol of nationalism and colonialism, a common structure in Australian parks, a public place for communities to meet and so on. Art costs more than sausages, more than women, more than everything.


                             







CONSTANCE acknowledges and respects the palawa people as the traditional and ongoing owners and custodians of lutruwita. We pay our respects to elders past, present and future, and acknowledge that sovereignty has never been ceded.

CONSTANCE ARI 2019 program is assisted through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts..

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Wednesday 24th October—Sunday 28 October | Mawson’s Place and Waterside Pavilion, Hobart Waterfront

Bliss Me | Tiyan Baker







Step into Tiyan Baker’s immersive installation and delve into the nuances of Tasmania’s tourism industry. Through documentary-style interviews with tourists, locals, artists, hospitality workers and academics, Baker’s work takes a close look at the blissful indulgence of Tasmania's arts tourism and its impact on the state. The work explores the positives, negatives and complexity of our state brand of world class arts experiences, premium food and drink products, luxury accommodation and pristine nature, against a backdrop of declining political and fiscal support for the arts in Australia.

Tiyan is a Sydney-based artist who practices across video, sound, installation and performance. Her practice explores the emotional experience of the self as embedded in greater socio-political, cultural and environmental contexts. Learn more about Tiyan Baker here.


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CONSTANCE acknowledges and respects the palawa people as the traditional and ongoing owners and custodians of lutruwita. We pay our respects to elders past, present and future, and acknowledge that sovereignty has never been ceded.

CONSTANCE ARI 2019 program is assisted through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts..

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Friday 5th October—Sunday 14th October | Kelly’s Garden and Sidespace, Salamanca Arts Centre

they tell you which rock they were and how they travelled so far   

Images: Josh Quigley


Alana Collins
Gabbee Stolp
Jessica Quinnell

Curated by Caitlin Fargher

they tell you which rock they were and how they travelled so far
brings together four women: Alana Collins, Jessica Quinnell, Gabbee Stolp and Caitlin Fargher (curator). These artists look to the past to untangle intricate narratives in poetic and sensitive ways within the confines of Kelly’s Garden, delving deep into the emotional and the elemental. A conversation emerges between the materials and personal histories, highlighting the importance of the personal within historical narratives of settlement, trauma and impact on landscapes.



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CONSTANCE acknowledges and respects the palawa people as the traditional and ongoing owners and custodians of lutruwita. We pay our respects to elders past, present and future, and acknowledge that sovereignty has never been ceded.

CONSTANCE ARI 2019 program is assisted through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts..

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Saturday 12th May | Victoria Gunpowder Magazine, 20 Carriage Dr, Queens Domain TAS 7000

Raw Form



Chloe Alison Escott (Hobart)
BABY (fka Callan) (Melbourne)
Carolee Schneemann (New York)
Damien Jalet/Gilles Delmas (Paris)


An exhibition and performance space of raw states, as achingly personal as it is dissonant and uncertain. (Eco)sexuality, identity, spiritual force, a lyrical and narrative reflection on nature, society, its slippages, its resistances. Exploring subconscious and connective forces through the reflective offering of art and the creative mind.




Carolee Schneemann, Fuses, 16mm film. 18 min, still. Courtesy Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York








CONSTANCE acknowledges and respects the palawa people as the traditional and ongoing owners and custodians of lutruwita. We pay our respects to elders past, present and future, and acknowledge that sovereignty has never been ceded.

CONSTANCE ARI 2019 program is assisted through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts..


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Sunday 10 June—Sunday 24 June, 5–9pm | Old Good Year Warehouse, corner of Argyle and Bathurst Street

The Pink Palace





Dexter Rosengrave & Patrick
Maria Blackwell & Karen
Samuel Mountford & Kristy
Tess Campbell & Michael



In 1963, the colour of the Risdon Prison walls led the Mercury newspaper to dub it ‘The Pink Palace’. Despite its slow fade into beige, the nickname stuck.

Over the past six months, four Tasmanian artists have been working in collaboration with four Risdon Prison inmates to create a series of new video works examining time on the inside, as part of a project facilitated by Constance ARI in association with Dark Mofo 2018. The results include a potato currency, virtual inmates, endurance performance by proxy and a horse named Salvadore.











CONSTANCE acknowledges and respects the palawa people as the traditional and ongoing owners and custodians of lutruwita. We pay our respects to elders past, present and future, and acknowledge that sovereignty has never been ceded.

CONSTANCE ARI 2019 program is assisted through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts..

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