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Between People and Things

Tuesday, 15 March 2016


field  working  slow  making  is an exhibition at Edith Cowan University’s (ECU) Spectrum Project Space and adjoining Spectrum Spaces. Current ECU PhD candidate Annette Nykiel and ECU lecturer Dr Nien Schwarz have collaboratively facilitated this exhibition to extend both artists’ research into field-based artistic practice.

field  working  slow  making  features creative works by artists who are renowned for working with collections of materials (text, image, objects and raw materials) gathered specifically from field-based experiences in non-urban spaces (bush). Their ’slow-making’ and ’place-making’ evolves from personal relationships with the WA bush (remote and regional communities, native forests, spinifex country, mine sites, stations), using found bush materials and exploring the experiences in these places for creative inquiry.

Participating artists include; Nandi China, Sharyn Egan, George Karpathakis, Annette Nykiel, Perdita Phillips, Nien Schwarz, Nalda Searles and Holly Story.Selected works from the ECU Art collection will also be in Spectrum Project Space and on display through a triple campus (Joondalup, Mt Lawley, Bunbury) recommended walking tour. All of the participating artists have had links with ECU as past or current students, lecturers and studio workshop leaders.

Nien Schwarz says, “Contextually and philosophically the project also references ‘vital materialism’ and ‘thing power’ as espoused by political theorist Jane Bennett. field  working  slow  making  considers the relationships between people and things. Bennett’s call is for us to become more materialistic (in an environmental sense) by considering the time and energy embedded in the Earth’s raw materials that fuel our economy versus our throwaway sense of materialism.”

This project has received assistance from The Bellwether Fund. This fund was inaugurated through the efforts of the 2008 visual arts graduates at ECU. The aim of this fund is to give current students or recent visual arts graduates of ECU opportunities for professional development not otherwise available and help to foster a sense of community among this group.

The exhibition has also received funding through the Australian Artists’ Grant. The Australian Artists’ Grant is a NAVA initiative, made possible through the generous sponsorship of Mrs Janet Holmes à Court and the support of the Visual Arts Board, Australia Council for the Arts.

Event details

field  working  slow  making exhibition runs from Thursday, 7 April until Friday, 22 April 2016 at Spectrum Project Space, Mount Lawley Campus, Edith Cowan University.

Opening event

This exhibition will be officially opened by Gregory Pryor with an exhibition tour beforehand at 5:30pm
Date: Thursday, 7 April 2016
Time: 6.00pm - 8.00
Venue: Spectrum Project Space, ECU Mount Lawley Campus, Building 3, Room 3.191


Slow making workshop by Annette Nykie
Date: Saturday, 16 April 2016
Venue: Spectrum Project Space, ECU Mount Lawley Campus, Building 3, Room 3.191

Open hours

Tuesday to Friday 10.00am - 5.00pm
Saturdays 12.00pm - 5.00pm


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