SafARI 2016

SafARI is the unofficial fringe exhibition to the Biennale of Sydney. It is a ‘zeitgeist’ driven series of events timed to coincide with the crucial first opening weeks of the art festival.

SafARI 2016 presents a platform for a cutting edge, dynamic, and socially engaged series of events and projects that critically examine the emergent arts practices of Australia today. Co-curated by Sophie Kitson and Louise Dibben, the SafARI 2016 program will feature a series of events and exhibitions taking place around the Kings Cross area of Sydney between 11 to 26 March, 2016.

SafARI 2016 showcases the new work of 27 emerging and unrepresented artists from around Australia working across the full spectrum of contemporary multi-disciplinary practice, spanning sound, text- based, digital/online, and performance.

For the first time SafARI 2016 will present the Explorer Writing Program, featuring ten emerging and unpublished Australian writers. Paired with mentor, Tulleah Pearce, each writer is working towards developing pieces of writing for publication both online and in the SafARI 2016 printed catalogue. Designed by amazing SafARI 2016’s Jack Dunbar and Kailana Sommer, the SafARI 2016 Book will be made available for the March 2016 Program and feature extensive contributions by all our artists, writers, and team; serving as an integral part of the SafARI conversation. From now until mid-December 2015, the team at SafARI are running an all-important fundraising campaign through the launch of an Australian Cultural Fund created to raise the much needed funds to realise the SafARI catalogue that will document the full spectrum of activities and projects included in SafARI 2016. An important component, this publication serves as an essential archival document. Show your support and donate what you can!

Operating since 2004, SafARI is a recognised Artist-Run Initiative (ARI) without a venue. It has has maintained a direct link with ARIs (hence the name) and other independent creative practitioners across Australia. For 2016, SafARI is pleased to announce partner venues Alaska Projects, Cross Art Projects, and Minerva; with a very special collaboration taking place with Runway Magazine, an official online venue. SafARI is also excited to be working with FBi, Young Henrys and Chaffey Brothers Wine Co. to deliver parts of the program. Artist Benjamin Forster is working with SafARI to create a dynamic digital platform that will house artwork online through a new SafARI 2016 website debuting this December.

Co-curator Sophie Kitson says, “SafARI 2016 promises to be the most exciting version yet. We are working with some of the most engaged and interested emerging practitioners within Australia, and it is with great pleasure we can present their work around Sydney in March next year. It has been a tough year for the arts, and with this in mind, SafARI has been focused on establishing new connections and conversations within the Australian arts ecology. Through the collaboration process, we show support and recognise the possibilities of what we can acheive when we work together.

At a time when Sydney hosts its most important international visual arts event, SafARI augments the dynamism of the visual arts landscape by reminding us of where it all begins and pays homage to grassroot initiatives.