Carclew, in partnership with the City of Adelaide, presented the Emerging Curator Program, which offered three young arts practitioners the opportunity to curate visual art projects within Council locations.
Chiranjika (ChiChi) Grasby
During the program curator, emerging visual artist and tattooist Chiranjika (ChiChi) Grasby was undergoing her final year of a Bachelor of Visual Art at Adelaide Central School of Art. Having explored the intersections and experiences of mixed race individuals in contemporary Australia through a curated Urban Cow Studio exhibition, ChiChi has gone on to exhibit and curate across multiple artist-run initiatives including Sister and Garage Gallery, with a focus on highlighting marginalised identities. ChiChi completed an internship at the Flinders University Art Museum, and further developed her skills as co-President of the Student Exhibition Program.
During her final year studying a Bachelor of Contemporary Art at the University of South Australia, Christina’s work was been selected in group exhibitions including Unwearable, Cloister Workrooms, 2018; Duck and Art on Campus, West Oak Hotel, UniSA Student Association, 2018, Side Effects 2018 and Inevitability at Carclew. Fascinated by the role of the curator bringing together different artworks and artists to explore different ideas, issues and themes, not only to enlighten, but also to educate through the celebration of visual and contemporary art, Christina is using her creative practice and exhibition experiences to guide her curation.
Jack McBride’s interest in art curation and museum studies was sparked when chosen as an exhibiting artist in the Emerging Curators program as part of the 2018 SALA (South Australian Living Artists) Festival. As Carclew’s 2019 Curator in Residence, Jack simultaneously developed his own visual arts practice, completed his final year of a Bachelor Degree in Contemporary Arts and worked with corporate and community clients in his role as a Carclew Creative Consultant. Jack brought a depth and diversity in perspective to his emerging curatorial practice and will be showcasing multiple exhibitions throughout the Adelaide CBD.
The curators worked closely with mentor Jill Newman (Manager – Arts in Health at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital Foundation), to curate two multidisciplinary art exhibitions over an eight-month period, within the iconic Adelaide Town Hall (1st Floor Gallery & Mankurri-api Kuu/Reconciliation Room) and contemporary 24/7 street front gallery, Art Pod.
The Emerging Curator Program supported professional pathways and provided vital practical experience by programming exhibitions.
Beyond All Disposition
Wednesday 22nd May 2019
25 Pirie Street, Adelaide
Monday 5th August 2019
Adelaide Town Hall, 128 King William Road
Banner image: the emerging curators (left to right: Christina Massolino, Jack McBride, Chiranjika (ChiChi) Grasby) – Photo taken by Morgan Sette