Social practice and education in contemporary art – in conversation with Mary Mattingly and Kym Maxwell

Thu 2 May 2019

This is a past program.

This seminar for teachers brings together New York-based artist Mary Mattingly, local artist Kym Maxwell and teachers Leanne Skaftouros and Alison Rogers for an informal discussion about the expanding role of social practice in contemporary art.

The discussion will focus on the development of Mary Mattingly’s ongoing project Objects in the Round, premiering in Australia at the Arts Learning Festival, and Kym Maxwell’s ambitious new commission Objects of Longing, presented at MUMA during the exhibition Shapes of Knowledge. Specifically, the artists will tease out their common interest in collaborating with young people to examine the politics of everyday objects and institutional collections through a multidisciplinary approach to storytelling and performance.

Mary Mattingly has been brought to Melbourne by Independent Schools Victoria for its Arts Learning Festival. Her work has been featured in prestigious art festivals, galleries and museums around the world, and she has also collaborated with New York’s Museum of Modern Art Teen program. Kym Maxwell’s practice explores the relationship between education and social space. She creates cultural products that are performative and often co-produced with children, linking art institutions with communities in unexpected ways.

The discussion will be convened by Monash University Museum of Art’s Senior Curator Hannah Mathews, and the project has been generously supported by Gandel Philanthropy and Creative Learning Partnerships, a Victorian Government Initiative.

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