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Artbank Panel: Contemporary Commissions and Australian Art

Thursday, 2 August, 2018
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Artbank, 18-24 Down Street, Collingwood, 3066

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The contemporary world seems awash with “commissioning” from Nikes to Swatches, often using online tools. In art, architecture and design there is also a turn towards the personalised and bespoke pieceCommissioning an artist is the earliest form of art patronage. The architect and artist used to work very closely indeed (and in the case of Bernini or Michelangelo or even Corbusier were the same person). Modern architecture and modern art privileged the authorial voice of a sole creator and did away with many collaborative processes; in the contemporary this sort of joint authorship returns. Is commissioning having a comeback?

Artbank strategically commissions a small number of works each year from artists in line with partnerships or for targeted projects. For Melbourne Art Week, Artbank has invited a panel of artists and commissioners to explore the way people commission contemporary Australian art. We look at the challenges and rewards of this fluid and creative process.


Hannah Presley, curator,  Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA)

Jon Campbell, artist

Louise Paramor, artist

Jeremy Worstman, Founding manager and Director, Jacky Winter Group

Chaired by Miriam Kelly, Senior Curator, Artbank



Artbank Melbourne featuring commission by artist Sam Songailo. Image: Dianna Snape.