Richard Tipping, Artwork (End Artwork / Artwork Ahead), 2004
reflective tape and metal, 120 x 150 cm, edition of 4

Photo by J. Evans-Tse

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October 2020

LAKE BURLEY GRIFFIN
ASPEN ISLAND / BOWEN PLACE
KINGSTON ARTS PRECINCT
HENRY ROLLAND PARK
CITY HILL / SPRINGBANK ISLAND
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AUSTRALIA

Contour 556 / 2020

more information coming soon!

 

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October 2018

LAKE BURLEY GRIFFIN
ASPEN ISLAND / BOWEN PLACE
KINGSTON ARTS PRECINCT
HENRY ROLLAND PARK

Contour 556 / 018

was a free public art event over three weeks presenting artworks and performances by 60 artists in the world famous public realm and national cultural icons around Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra. contour is unique in the field of public sculpture and performance events as it takes place in a consciously designed and culturally layered landscape, in one of only three designed capital cities.


The festival site is a place with deep cultural and heritage overlays. All artworks and performances are site specific, drawing inspiration from or reflecting on the cultural or physical character of Canberra. The sense of place of the Canberra lakeside landscape resonates with the artworks and performances. The connections to Canberra’s history provoke a variety of responses from the public that embed a memory of place. The event reinforces the beauty of the designed landscape, and recognises landscapes hidden from view through design.  It presents stories of Australia political, cultural and physical history. It includes stories from all Australians, from our past and our future.

Contour 556 / 018 coincided with the last week of Floriade, Canberra’s Spring Festival.

 

21 October - 

13 November 2016

LAKE BURLEY GRIFFIN
BOWEN PLACE
KINGSTON ARTS PRECINCT
HENRY ROLLAND PARK

Contour 556 / 016

The inaugural contour 556 intervention into the Canberra landscape ran from 21 October – 13 November 2016. 

Contour 556 was curated by Neil Hobbs, with assistance from the contour 556  team: Karina Harris, Jordan Evans-Tse, Bronwyn Blake and Georgia Hobbs.

The inaugural Contour 556  was a case study for Neil’s PhD research project on ‘the transformative nature of public art on the public realm.’ Artworks and performances linked in some way to Canberra’s cultural and political history.

Contour 556 saw 41 artworks and performances by 48 local, national and international artists installed on the lake shore and around the Kingston Arts Precinct. The artworks transformed iconic designed landscapes within the central lake area such as Bowen Park, Central Basin, The National Library foyer and forecourt, the National Gallery of Australia Sculpture Garden, Megalo Print Studios and the Fitters Workshop. The artworks included light, sound and digital projections and added vibrancy to the lake edge and parkland. One of the works, Katy Mutton’s dazzle camouflage boat ‘In Plain Sight’ will remain visible on Lake Burley Griffin (and available for hire by the public) for 12 months. 

Of the 48 participating artists 33 were from the Canberra region, 13 from Brisbane, Tweed Heads, Sydney, Southern Highlands or Melbourne, and 2 international artists, from China and Germany.

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