2017 Emerging Curator

Andrew Purvis is a curator, artist and arts writer based in Adelaide, South Australia.

In 2010, Andrew obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Art) from Curtin University (WA), later going on to complete a Masters of Arts (Art) in 2012. Andrew has also worked as the Project Officer for Visual Arts, Craft and Writing at the Department of Culture and the Arts in Western Australia. 

In 2014, Andrew co-curated the exhibition Tropaeum with Abdul-Rahman Abdullah at the Fremantle Art Centre. In 2015, Andrew was selected from a competitive field of applicants to work as the emerging curator for the annual Here & Now exhibition at the Lawrence Wilson Gallery, contained within the cultural precinct of the University of Western Australia. The exhibition involved eight new commissions from some of Western Australia’s most outstanding young artists. 

As an artist, Andrew has exhibited at the John Curtin Gallery (WA) and Paper Mountain (WA). He has also completed residencies at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art and the Fremantle Art Centre. Andrew was also the recipient of an Australia Council JUMP mentorship in 2014.

As a freelance arts writer, Andrew has written numerous catalogue essays and had work published in ArtLink, Art Monthly, Art & Australia and Un Magazine. In 2013, Andrew was selected for the Gertrude Contemporary Emerging Writers’ Program. 

2017 Exhibition Program: January 2017 – January 2018

2015/16 Emerging Curator

Joanna Kitto

Joanna Kitto is an emerging curator and arts writer based in Adelaide, South Australia.

In 2009 Joanna graduated from the University of South Australia with a Bachelor of Journalism with an Arts Writing focus before completing a Graduate Diploma of Art History and a Master of Arts in Curatorial & Museum Studies at the University of Adelaide in 2013. The same year, Joanna interned in the Australian Paintings & Sculpture curatorial department at the Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA) working on projects such as the major Dorrit Black retrospective and joined the Flinders University Art Museum (FUAM) & City Gallery as a Gallery Assistant.

In 2014 Joanna was the Visual Arts Assistant for the 2014 Adelaide International exhibitions Worlds in Collision, curated by London based curator Richard Grayson, and the Artist Week 2014 symposium as part of the internationally acclaimed Adelaide Festival of Arts.

As a freelance curator, Joanna has independently curated shows across Adelaide gallery spaces for programs such as the South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival and in 2015 Joanna developed a series displays under the title Peculiar Familiar at the Australian Experimental Art Foundation (AEAF) in the odradek exhibition space.

As a writer and editor, she contributes to local arts based publications and is a founding member of independent contemporary arts writing magazine, fine print.

2015/16 Exhibition Program: December 2015 – November 2016

2014/15 Emerging Curator

Polly Dance

Polly Dance is an Adelaide-based emerging curator, arts writer and artist. Her practice is concerned with modes of communication, curation, storytelling, materiality and site-specificity.

In 2012 Polly graduated from the University of Adelaide with a Masters in Curatorial and Museum Studies. Prior to this she completed a Bachelor of Visual Art (Honours), specialising in History and Theory at UniSA.

Recent curatorial pursuits include PAINTFACE presented by Constance Artist Run Initiative (ARI), The Writing Project at FELTspace and CACSA@70 Archives: Gathered Histories during the South Australian Living Artists Festival at the Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia (CACSA).

Polly’s art reviews have been published in Real Time, Artlink and dB Magazine, Vitamin – The Redux, PLATFORM: Youth Arts & Culture Magazine and Point Blank magazine which she also edited.

As City of Adelaide’s 2014-15 Emerging Curator, Polly is focused on curating accessible, vibrant and innovative contemporary art exhibitions that engage new audiences and artists. She aims to develop new partnerships, collaborations and conversations across sites and practices, while also initiating professional development opportunities that lead to positive and unique exhibition outcomes.

Polly is currently preparing for an upcoming solo exhibition at Archive_space in Sydney.

For more on Polly Dance’s arts practice check out her website: http://www.pollydance.com

Contact: (Tue & Fri) 08 8203 7887, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

2013/14 Emerging Curator

Carollyn Kavanagh

By collaborating with local visual artists both emerging and established, as well as ARIs (Artist Run Initiatives) my curatorial aim as City of Adelaide’s first Emerging Curator is to offer an accessible exhibition program that exposes audiences to unfamiliar and exciting art forms. By including elements from popular culture with more traditional artistic practices like portraiture, photography, printmaking and painting, I plan to highlight City of Adelaide’s vision of ‘one city, many places’. With this goal in mind aerosol art, moving image, illustration, historical collections, textiles, comic books and the art of hand sign writing will all make appearances in 2014, both at Art Pod and the Adelaide Town Hall.

Since completing my Masters in Curatorial & Museum Studies at The University of Adelaide in 2012, my objective has been to build a set of strong and diversified curatorial skills and understanding, by learning from and working with dynamic forces in the cultural and creative world. These organisations and opportunities have included:

Nov - Oct 2012:      AGSA (Art Gallery of South Australia) - Internship

February 2013:       GOMA (Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art) - Internship

June 2013:              Future Perfect (Commercial Gallery Singapore) - Internship

                                  Equator Art Projects (Commercial Gallery Singapore) -  Internship

August 2013:          SALA exhibition: Come as You Are at Bistro Dom

October 2013:         City of Adelaide’s Emerging Curator

                                   Arts SA Emerging Curator

November 2013:     Singapore Biennale If the World Changed – Volunteer

Read: Carollyn Kavanagh’s acquittal of her experience as Emerging Curator. (PDF, 4MB)

Website: carollynkavanagh.com