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Art of the world

Thursday, 8th August, 2019

Blake Griffiths is going to the famous Venice Biennale as part of a professional development program. PICTURE: Supplied Blake Griffiths is going to the famous Venice Biennale as part of a professional development program. PICTURE: Supplied

By Callum Marshall

Blake Griffiths, the Regional Art Gallery’s Programs Officer, is about to head off to one of the most prestigious visual arts exhibitions in the world.

The young artist will attend the Venice Biennale next month where he will join 14 other arts professionals from Australia selected for the Australia Council’s Venice Biennale Professional Development Program.

While there, Blake will gain valuable insight and connections while also contributing towards Angela Misiti’s ‘Assembly’ art exhibition in the Australia Pavilion in the Italian city.

“It is huge, it’s totally art-fatigue if you do it all,” he said.

“There’s basically two main exhibitions that are curated by an external curator and which encompass artists working from all over the world. 

“Pretty much every country has its own pavilion and they each select a particular artist from their country to represent them.

“So it’s a great place to be doing professional development, not only for the stuff happening there, but because art leaders from all over the world go there to see the Biennale of the Year.

“It’s great to be able to capitalise on the fact that there’s so much happening, aside from the art, in terms of professional development.

“We’ll get appointed to a team where we go over and develop a program that accompanies Australia’s exhibition of the year.”

He said that Angelica Mesiti had visited Broken Hill and her exhibition will be a survey of her video work from her whole career.

“I think it’s quite apt that Angelica’s films are all in reference to our environment and language, which are two very pertinent things in Australia’s art industry at the moment.

“Interestingly, she made a series of works about a goat inside the Palace Hotel while she was in Broken Hill doing a residency at the Art Exchange.

“It’ll be cool to work with her video, having come from this area and bringing that experience with me.”

Outside of the personal experience gained, Blake said representing Broken Hill in an international arts setting was also very valuable.

“I wanted to go to make sure Broken Hill was represented in that international art world which can be very foreign when we’re so regional,” he said.

“But also to gain the experience of working in that very high-paced commercial art world, and to bring back the skills and stories of what’s happening over in Venice.

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