In This Issue

We acknowledge and pay our respect to the many Aboriginal nations across this land, traditional custodians, Elders past and present; in particular the Guringai people of the Eora Nation where Art Almanac has been produced.

December 2018 | January 2019

In summer, we look back on the year that was and sow hope for the next. By chance this issue attracted artists who are storytellers; the varied practices enshrine or challenge what has passed but go on to imagine bright futures. The young artists in ‘Primavera’ reappraise histories from colonialisation to gender as do those included in the ninth ‘Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’, who are ‘vehemently transgressive and in search of the new’.

Our cover artist Tai Snaith, included in the group show of leading Australian artists, ‘Craftivism. Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms’ and Toby Ziegler at the Museum of Old and New Art share a multivalent approach to narrative; using ceramics and podcasting to muse on the question ‘why make art?’ where as digital technology and an electrical sanding machine posit ‘what is art?’

NewsBooks – Art Almanac team


The Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art – Eugene Yiu Nam Cheung
Craftivism. Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms – Kathleen Linn
Primavera – Eleanor Zeichner
Toby Ziegler, Your shadow rising – Melissa Pesa
Olsen Ormandy: A Creative Force – Chloe Mandryk

Cover: Tai Snaith, A world of her own, 2018, ceramic, ten pieces and audio. Audio production: Bec Fary. Photograph: Matthew Stanton. Courtesy the artist and Shepparton Art Museum, Victoria