Artist floor talk: Catherine Bell

event date: 
Saturday, 23 March 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

In 2019, Warrnambool Art Gallery is delighted to present Craftivism. Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms – a collaborative, playful and immersive Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) curated exhibition, touring nationally by NETS Victoria, featuring craft-based materialities with a political intent, by contemporary Australian artists and artist collectives. As a part of the exhibition program, Associate Professor and artist Catherine Bell will be delivering a special artist floor talk and discussion on the use of craft material and techniques as vehicles for activism and social change. 

+ Free, no bookings required.

+ Light refreshments provided

+ Hearing loop and wheelchair accessible.

+ Suitable for all ages.

Catherine Bell

Catherine Bell is a multi-disciplinary artist and Associate Professor teaching visual art in the Faculty of Education and Arts, Australian Catholic University. She holds a BA (Art History & English Literature) from the University of Queensland, Bachelor of Visual Arts (Sculpture) from Queensland University of Technology, MFA (Sculpture) from RMIT University, DPhil (Fine Art) from Monash University, and was a research fellow at the Ruskin School of Fine Art, Oxford University (2001-02). Her creative-led research is focused on the role of the artist in the archive and healthcare setting, art on the margins, socially-engaged art practices, and redefining and repositioning the female in contemporary society.

For 25 years Bell has exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions across Australia including: Australian Centre of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of South Australia, Queensland Art Gallery, Centre of Contemporary Photography and Australian Experimental Art Foundation. Internationally, Bell has exhibited at NGBK (Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst) & Georg-Kolbe Museum, (Berlin); Whitechapel Gallery, Plymouth City Museum & Sheffield Institute of Arts (UK); Aram Art Gallery, (Korea); National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts; and Chulalongkorn University Art Space, (Bangkok).

Craftivism. Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms

Broadening our understanding of craft-making traditions, the artists in this exhibition subvert and extend these forms as vehicles for activism and social change, reflecting on the world in which we live. While some respond directly to artistic or political movements, others encourage social connection between community members with works that require participatory activation through collective processes. Craft, activism and social change have long been interlinked; they have crossed boundaries and borders, genders and generations. craftivism. dissident objects and subversive forms presents the work of artists and groups who evidence this moment in contemporary art, embracing ceramics, textile and fibre art techniques along with everyday materials in order to explore and articulate ideas and issues of our time. Click here to find out more about this exhibition.

Image credit: Catherine Bell, Crematorium Vessels, 2012-13. Photo by Andrew Curtis.