SCU curatorial lab
The SCU curatorial lab is a mobile forum for SCU students from a range of faculties to conceive, organise and participate in the production of exhibitions, events, lectures and critical publications, with emphasis on creative collaborations between students, academic staff and industry professionals. Overseen by Dr. Wes Hill, lecturer of visual art theory and coordinator of the Bachelor of Creative Arts in the School of Arts and Social Sciences, the SCU curatorial lab mentors students on how to initiate curatorial projects, how to undertake appropriate programs of research, how to form partnerships with academics from other disciplines, and assists in bringing original curatorial projects to fruition.
Expanding upon the 'artist as curator' model, the initiative encourages cooperation with a range of creative industries, and extends opportunities to creative practitioners throughout the Northern Rivers and Tweed regions, asking: 'what role should regional culture play in Australia?' In an era in which discourse on globalisation dominates, the lab addresses key issues concerning the benefits of local culture, stressing diversity, intellectual rigour and the dialogical aspects of cultural production.
In August 2013, Peter McKay, curator of Contemporary Australian Art at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) Brisbane, delivered the inaugural lecture in the lab's ongoing series of public discussions about curatorship, examining practical curatorial strategies and critical distinctions between metropolitan and regional culture. Future exhibitions and events will be similarly directed towards invigorating creative arts activity in the Northern Rivers and Tweed regions, highlighting the proximity of local cultural practices to broader contemporary debates about art and creative production. Former students have pursued curatorial projects concerned with such diverse topics as: unofficial war veteran art, ephemeral public art practice, the history of surfing culture in Byron Bay, and the role of sound in moving image narratives.
The SCU curatorial lab has ongoing collaborative relationships with Lismore Regional Gallery, Byron Bay Library, (Lone Goat Gallery), Tweed River Art Gallery, Grafton Regional Gallery, Southern Cross University Library, Queensland Art Gallery, and is developing a large-scale public art event to be staged in the Murwillumbah region in 2015. SCU curatorial lab students are also given the opportunity to work collaboratively in a research capacity with Dr. Hill on curatorial projects at venues such as Metro Arts, Brisbane, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia (CACSA), Adelaide, and Contemporary Art Tasmania (CAT), Hobart.
Dr Wes Hill
Course Coordinator, Bachelor of Creative Arts
School of Arts and Social Sciences
T: 02 6620 3291