Sydney Art SCAF Culture + Ideas Forum

August 24th, 2010

*  RSVP ess by 6 September 2010

Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation presents the next event in their Culture + Ideas Forum series Memory and Monuments

  • Thursday, 16 September 2010
  • 5.45 pm for a 6.00pm start followed by refreshments and exhibition viewing of  The Cell   FREE

Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation
The SCAF Annexe
16 – 20 Goodhope Street, Paddington

RSVP Essential Monday 6 September or 02 9331 1112
Seating is strictly limited – book early to avoid disappointment.

In a discussion facilitated by Anna Waldmann, Dr Gene Sherman AM, psychoanalyst Dr Tessa Philips and Tony MacGregor National Arts Editor ABC Radio National , explore how personal and symbolic memories and memorials reconnect us to the past and to each other.

A room within a room, a sanctuary, a womb, The Cell is the kind of art that raises our consciousness. At the same time, it navigates the tension between memorials as sacrosanct, long term, respectful and the actual work which is playful, ephemeral and iconoclastic. Together with other recent installations by Brook Andrew, 8 Months of War and Jumping Castle War Memorial, The Cell reflects on “people affected by genocide and diasporas around the world”, how to remember, how to reconnect with the past and how to honour history.

Speakers include:
Dr Gene Sherman AM
Dr Gene Sherman is Chairman and Executive Director of Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation. She was formerly Director and Proprietor of Sherman Galleries, representing major artists across Australia and the Asia-Pacific region (1986 – 2007). She is a current Board member of the National Portrait Gallery, Art & Australia magazine and the Australia-Israel Cultural Exchange. Dr Sherman’s Awards include the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (2003), Doctorate of Letters honoris causa (University of Sydney, 2008) and Member of the Order Australia (2010)

Dr Tessa Philips
Dr Tessa Philips has practiced as a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist in Bondi Junction since she qualified in the mid 1980’s. Leaving apartheid South Africa in 1977 left her with an interest in race and her PhD thesis, Race, Place and Self, was awarded the Isi Liebler Prize at Deakin University. In addition to her private practice she has a post on the faculty of the Sydney University Master of Medicine and Master of Science (Psychotherapy) Program and various Psychoanalytic Institute Faculties. She is also on the board of two major International Psychoanalytic Organisations and has published and presented papers locally and internationally.

Tony MacGregor
Tony MacGregor is the national Arts Editor for ABC Radio National with more than 20 years experience as a documentary maker, sound artist and broadcaster. In 2008 he won a Walkley Award for Excellence in Radio Documentary Production. His radio documentary features have been broadcast in Europe, the US and Australia. He has created sound designs for galleries, museums and performance works in Australia, Germany, Austria and the UK. His writing credits include the libretto for the opera Cosmonaut with music by David Chesworth which premiered in 2002. Tony received his MA in history and cultural studies from UTS (2001) with his thesis Sympathetic Vibrations: Effecting Sound Histories.

Anna Waldmann
Anna Waldmann is currently National and International Art Adviser at the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation; on the editorial Advisory Board of Art & Australia magazine; a consultant for Lend Lease; and Visiting Fellow and Postgraduate lecturer at the College of Fine Arts, UNSW.  Anna is a former director of Visual Arts at the Australia Council for the Arts. Before joining the Australia Council, Anna worked as a curator at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and as Manager (Visual Arts, Museums and Galleries) at the Ministry for the Arts. Anna has been a member of numerous art and cultural committees, judged competitions, lectured and published books, catalogues and articles on contemporary and heritage art.

Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation
16–20 Goodhope Street, Paddington
Sydney NSW 2021 Australia
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