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Position Vacant - Moree Plains Gallery Director

The Moree Cultural Art Foundation Ltd (MCAF) is seeking a dynamic, forward-thinking director able to engage with the viewing public and work closely with the board to manage the Moree Plains Gallery and deliver programs. Moree is a vibrant town in rural NSW and home to the Moree Plains Gallery, which boasts the most significant collections of Indigenous art in inland NSW, including donations from the Ann Lewis collection. The gallery is managed by the MCAF Ltd and funded by the MCAF Trust, Moree Plains Shire Council and NSW Ministry for the Arts. The successful applicant would be required to supervise one full time and one part-time staff member, and report to the board of the MCAF. Key responsibilities include collection management, program development, marketing, grant applications and acquittals, budgeting and building maintenance. A salary package of up to $70,000 + superannuation is available depending on qualifications and experience. Applications close 30th July 2014 at 5pm. For further information and an application package please contact Hugh Livingston on 02-67524423 or hughlivingston@bigpond.com

Renegades: Outsider Art

7 July – 27 August

This is a large group show of Aboriginal art with the intent to illuminate the essence of creating art in unlikely environments. KickArts in Cairns, which devised the show, called upon illiterate people, people with an experience of mental illness, hermits and those marginalised through disabilities. It welcomed artists in Cape York Peninsula’s remote indigenous communities, on Bathurst Island and in Central Australia, and others who worked in hospitals, in home and community centres. Moreover, it welcomed those not even aware they are making art.

To realise the exhibition KickArts collaborated with partners Arts Project Australia (Melbourne) and Weave Arts Centre (Sydney). Curator Camille Masson-Talansier combined her knowledge of European art brut traditions with Australian research. Among her generous informants were the key Australian scholars, curators and collectors: Glenn Barkley, Peter Fay, Jonah Jones and Professor Colin Rhodes. This exhibition unveils the free-spirited and often rebellious inner worlds of 62 artists. 

Designing Craft/ Crafting Design: 40 years of JamFactory

28 July – 12 September

In 2013 JamFactory celebrates 40 years of fostering and promoting contemporary craft and design in Australia with this landmark exhibition. JamFactory was established in 1973 by the South Australian Government under Premier Don Dunstan and the institution today remains a unique and iconic South Australian establishment.

The show is curated by Margaret Hancock Davis, Margot Osborne and Brian Parkes and presents new work by 40 selected artists, craftspeople and designers who have had a significant involvement with the JamFactory during its 40-year history and who are presently producing work of outstanding quality.

The exhibitors include alumni as well as past and present staff and studio tenants – from dynamic emerging talent through to some of the most established and recognised practitioners in Australia. Exhibitors include  Frank Bauer, Stephen Bowers, Gareth Brown, Honor Freeman, Brenden Scott French, Christian Hall, Jim Hannon-Tan, Greg Healey, Kath Inglis, Takeshi Iue, Elizabeth Kelly and Bronwyn Kemp, Jeff Mincham, Nick Mount, Michelle Taylor and Prue Venables.