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Tuesday, 14th October 2014

David Burrows
Stereoscopic slide photographs, outdoor stereoscopic viewers
Lake Ranfurly, Mildura
Photograph courtesy Kristian Häggblom & David Burrows

Open Call for Artist Proposals - Mildura Palimpsest Biennale 2015
by Monday 17 November 2014

Mildura Palimpsest Biennale: everywhere all at once …here is calling for proposals from artists wishing to take part in the 10th Mildura Palimpsest Biennale, 2-5 October 2015.
Mildura Palimpsest Biennale #10 invites artists to propose a new site specific work which responds to the curatorial theme, everywhere all at once …here.’ Co-Curated by Jonathan Kimberley and Helen Vivian. For a detailed description of the curatorial thesis please see the Arts Mildura website
Artists are invited to create a new residency based, site specific work and are strongly encouraged to visit Mildura prior to finalising their proposals. Successful artists will be notified prior to the end of 2014 to enable them to apply for funding in 2015. Artists’ residencies are supported with accommodation and petrol and should take place between December 2014 and August 2015.
Artists can propose a work in response to two site categories:

  1. A site-specific work responding to the natural and cultural environment of the region.
  2. A site-specific work responding to the Historic Rio Vista House, Mildura Arts Centre.
Please contact Rohan Morris at Arts Mildura for further information:
P: 03 5022 9542 

Stay tuned for regular updates from our artists and the Mildura Palimpsest Biennale team, including a new website, blog and full biennale program to be launched in early 2015

Thursday, 3rd October 2013


Image: Rohan Morris

With international event Palimpsest #9 creating a presence in Mildura this coming weekend from 4th - 7th October, local artists Rachel Kendrigan and Rohan Morris have taken the opportunity to contribute to this remarkable event.  Rachel and Rohan are two of twelve local artists selected to exhibit in Palimpsest #9, a biennial event.
Both Rachel and Rohan completed their Bachelor of Visual Arts Degrees in Mildura with Palimpsest’s educational partner La Trobe University and between them have many years contributing to this community, primarily with Arts Mildura.
Sitting on various committees and offering countless volunteer hours, Head Curator of Palimpsest #9, Helen Vivian, recognised the significant contribution of both young emerging artists and offered them each the position of Assistant Curator for Palimpsest #9, as well as the chance to participate in the program and exhibit their work.
The process for selecting artists to participate in Palimpsest #9 is by invitation from the committee and through an open call for submissions.  As assistant curators, Rachel and Rohan have worked closely with the open artists who were required to describe the work they would produce and how it would be influenced by the Mildura region.  From here, just under 20 artists were selected then divided between Rachel and Rohan who have spent the past eight months guiding and assisting them in developing their work for the October event.
In addition to planning and executing an event including over 50 international and Australian speakers and artists, both Rachel and Rohan have had to find time to create their own pieces to include in the program.  Following Palimpsest #9, Rachel will relocate to Hobart to commence her Honors degree at the Tasmanian College of the Arts in 2014.

"I have been working in arts management for years now, in particular logistics and festival management, so for me the opportunity to take on a new role as assistant curator and approach things from a different perspective is exciting."

Rachel sees her performance piece for Palimpsest as a starting point for her Honors research; her process based practice engages with themes of love, sexuality, immortality, memories and the self.  Being involved with Palimpsest as an artist and curator has allowed Rachel to build a wide network, to work closely with artists in the development of their work and to receive mentoring from experienced people such as Head Curator Helen Vivian and performance artist Jill Orr.
Working full time as a Student Engagement Officer at La Trobe University Mildura, in addition to curating whitecubemildura, Rohan is also studying his Honors degree this year.  After commencing a career in Graphic Design, Rohan felt trapped by the lack of personal input he was able to display in his work and began to explore Art Therapy and Psychology.
“I’ve always been a strong believer in the arts and community engagement.  Working on the Palimpsest Biennale has been an invaluable learning experience for me through bringing together such a variety of people in this wonderful event.”
For his installation at Palimpsest #9, Rohan has created a series of short videos, the evocative nature of which is to express his intent of questioning the masculine identity in contemporary society.  By covering the individual identity in the videos in an abstracted layer of cloth, the work holds its minimalistic nature so as to avoid the stereotypical judgment of the male within each role that he is depicting, whether it be making the bed, washing the dishes or mowing the lawn, prompting individual reactions to the work.

Wednesday, 2nd October 2013


Image credit: Eric Demetriou, Photo: Christo Crocker

Leading universities across the country are sending hand-picked postgraduate arts students to Mildura to take part in the uniVARS Project which will feature at Mildura Palimpsest Biennale #9, 4th – 7th October 2013.
uniVARS is an innovative adjunct to Palimpsest #9 and showcases the most current and critically engaging contemporary art emanating from postgraduate students in high profile universities throughout Australia.  
Palimpsest #9, through their education partner La Trobe University, has extended an invitation to promote these talented art students onto the national and international stage.  La Trobe University (Mildura Campus) is mentoring and supporting these students through its sponsorship of Palimpsest, and by providing the Visual Arts Research Studios (VARS) as a venue.
La Trobe University Lecturer and Arts Mildura Board Member Geoffrey Brown has been working with visiting students on the uniVARS Project, providing assistance and direction in 2013.  “The Mildura Palimpsest Biennale uniVARS Project is well on the way to putting Mildura back on the map as the centre of cutting edge art in Australia, as the Sculpture Triennials did in the 70s and 80s, becoming the nation’s only national showcase of new experimental work by the best (nominated) postgraduate visual arts students from universities throughout Australia.”  
“Seven students are included in uniVARS as part of Palimpsest #9, from four states and six universities: University of Tasmania, University of NSW (COFA), University of South Australia, and three universities from Victoria; Monash University, Melbourne University (VCA) and La Trobe University. It is intended that in 2015 Queensland, Western Australia and the ACT will be included.”
uniVARS artist Eric Demetriou was excited to be selected for his interest in sound installations.  Eric has visited Mildura numerous times in the lead up to Palimpsest and is currently working on a new site specific piece Bunghole, to be installed next week. 
“It's been both a pleasure and a daunting challenge to be invited to Palimpsest amongst such esteemed artists.  The development of Bunghole has been generated through a site-specific response to the abandoned railway site on Seventh Street.  Seeking a thrill for danger and lured by the mysterious relic of the Vinelander, the site now provides a shelter to suck back bongs and tinnies at the end of the line.  Bunghole responds to the site with an inquisitive and mischievous demeanor and a teen age craving for destruction, and investigates the waste material of noise.”
In addition to site specific installations, all students will exhibit at the VARS, located at 7 Chaffey Avenue, next door to the Rio Vista House. Entry to the uniVARS exhibition is free and will be open to the public Saturday 1.00pm – 5.00pm and Sunday 10.00 – 5.00pm during Palimpsest.

Tuesday, 1st October 2013


Image credit: Who Speaks Words With My Mouth, Domenico de Clario

This coming Sunday night, artist Domenico de Clario will perform his piece for Palimpsest #9 from moonset at 8.58pm to sunrise at 7.01am, on Snake Island at the confluence of the Murray and Darling Rivers in Wentworth. 

Dom de Clario, an interdisciplinary artist, academic, writer and musician has created new work entitled if i can dream, a duet for one voice in reference to a young soldier who lost his life during World War I and whose memorial plaque rests at the confluence.

The confluence has long been regarded as a site of great transformative power supporting numerous thriving indigenous communities for over forty thousand years.  Dom’s solo ‘duet’ will delve into the lives of two men, one who used to walk in solitude along the promontory separating the two rivers, who lost his life far from the quiet flow of the river.  The other who walked along a far more restless body of water on the other side of the world, composing a series of verses over ten years.

As Dom plays his soft, melodic tunes throughout the evening, visitors will have the opportunity to sit together through the new moon night and listen to the waters flowing around them.  The voices of the two men will flow once more, firstly apart and then in unison, in a duet, as they finally come together at the very point where the two rivers become one.

Local Wentworth resident and Artist Steve Hederics said; Dom de Clario’s performance is interesting on many levels, not least because it brings a focus to this little known site in Wentworth, a significant place in Australia.

For visitors travelling from Mildura, a bus will depart the ADFA Building on Deakin Avenue at 6.30pm and arrive at Snake Island in time for a campfire dinner, prior to Dom’s performance.  Tickets for the dinner are available now for $30, booking essential.  A bus will return to Mildura later in the evening, and for those staying overnight to see the entire performance, another will return at 9.00am Monday morning.

Friday, 27th September 2013

Image: Jonathan Kimberley and Puralia Meenamatta (Jim Everett), The Global Dome Unlimited, mixed media installation, interior shot (detail), Mildura Palimpsest #8, 2011. 

Three eminent international curators and  will be arriving in Victoria next week for the Mildura Palimpsest Symposium, on Saturday 5th October at La Trobe University, Mildura from 9.00am – 12.00pm. The speakers will also be appearing in Melbourne at the Palimpsest at La Trobe series of public lectures at the State Library of Victoria on Thursday 3rd October and Tuesday 8th October at 6.30pm.  The Palimpsest Symposium is part of the Mildura Palimpsest Biennale #9, which will see 45 artists installing work across Mildura following twelve months of research and preparation.
Curator Helen Vivian said, “Mildura is unique in regional Australia as a site for experimental contemporary art, but there are examples of similar things happening around the world and I wanted to find out more about them and connect Mildura with a growing international interest in regional Biennales like ours.  Site specific events like Mildura Palimpsest have a lot to offer adventurous art lovers because they take people into unusual and inspirational locations and reveal the place through an artist’s eyes.”
Shamim Momin, former Curator of the Whitney Biennal (NYC) and a leading force in North American contemporary art will speak on site and context in contemporary American art outside the gallery. Ms Momin will discuss her motivation for establishing the Los Angeles Nomadic Division (L.A.N.D.), in 2009.  L.A.N.D. aims to cultivate and curate site and situation specific contemporary art projects in locations as diverse and inspirational as a mountain in Malibu, an empty strip mall in West Hollywood or Videotrons on Sunset Boulevard.
Joining us from Minneapolis, Jack Becker, editor of Public Art Review, will lead us on a high speed journey through current developments in public art around the world.  Jack will discuss public art as visible evidence of our culture. Today, artists around the world are moving beyond simply placing works of art in public places. They are leading collaborative engagements with communities working toward common goals and the common good.
International Curator Rob Garrett will travel from New Zealand to speak about aesthetic activism, community engagement and the influence of art on pathways into the future.  Rob will traverse places as diverse as Taksim Square in Istanbul; a watchtower in Treptow, Berlin; the gardens of Venice; bombed and burnt out ruins in Gdańsk, Poland, a claustrophobic basement in Sydney; community committees in France; a housing estate in London and a wasp nest.
Australian interdisciplinary artist Jonathan Kimberley, the only artist speaking at the Palimpsest Symposium, is engaged in solo studio practice alongside a long term series of collaborations with indigenous artists from Tasmania to the far north of Western Australia. His highly original and compelling work provokes and articulates the perpetual intercultural discussion that is the cornerstone of his work. Kimberley will discuss collaborative art practice and present a lively critique of the many layered mythologies and preconceptions about intercultural identity in a global world. 
Tickets for the Symposium are $30 (Students FREE) and can be purchased online at  At the conclusion of the Symposium, guests embark on a tour to view art works around Mildura and enjoy lunch at Lake Ranfurly, bookings essential. Artworks on view throughout the weekend.
For more information and to view the full program, please visit

Friday, 20th September 2013


Image: Mass Windwalk, 2013. Photograph: Tim Knowles 
UK artist Tim Knowles will be arriving in Mildura today, travelling from London to participate in Mildura Palimpsest Biennale #9, taking place from 4th – 7th October 2013.

Mr Knowles proposes to make a new walking work through the dry and ancient Lake Mungo, which will both capture and portray the landscape and his journey through it.  This piece follows on from Mr Knowles’ previous Kielder Forest Walk, in which he attempted to walk in a straight line through the forest for eight hours.  The expedition resulted in a film and a series of large scale prints, highlighting the scenic journey.

Mr Knowles has adopted a number of different mechanisms to direct his walking works, whether guided by wind, following the path of greatest incline or attempting to walk a straight line.  Chance is crucial to his work, which is directed by external forces working towards an unpredictable outcome.

Mr Knowles will travel to Lake Mungo early next week to film the piece which will be on display during Palimpsest at La Trobe University City Campus, 29 Deakin Avenue.  Also showing at La Trobe Deakin Avenue will be a video installation by renowned artist Ash Keating, titled Continuum, consisting of footage from both the eroding prehistoric landscape of Lake Mungo and the new and futuristic Solar Farm in Carwarp, creating a continuous passage through time.

The exhibition at the La Trobe Deakin Building will add to the Art Strip on Deakin Avenue between Seventh and Eighth Street, including Stefano’s Gallery 25, the ADFA Building, Wallflower Photomedia Gallery, Arts Mildura and the Art Vault.

Entry to La Trobe will be free, and the exhibition will be on display from 10.00am – 5.00pm on Saturday, 5th and Sunday, 6th October.

Wednesday, 18th September 2013

Image credit: Chaco Kato, ADFA Building. Photo: Paul Lambeth

The old ADFA Building at 31 Deakin Avenue has had a comprehensive make over, just in time for Mildura Palimpsest Biennale #9, taking place from 4th – 7th October 2013.

The iconic ADFA building at 31 Deakin Avenue was in a sorry state when it was purchased earlier in the year by Arts Mildura Chair Ross Lake and his partner Palimpsest #9 Curator Helen Vivian.  Ms Vivian set to work, guided by the hand of Minifie van Schaik Architects of Melbourne, to turn the iconic building into something beautiful that could be utilised by the community once again. 

After months of weekend working bees, Palimpsest committee members, artists and volunteers are excited to see the old ADFA building, once the lifeblood of our community, become revitalised with the intention of becoming a gallery for Mildura Palimpsest #9 in October and many more community events in the future. 

The transformation of the ADFA building has completed a thriving art strip on Deakin Avenue between 7th and 8th including Stefano’s Gallery 25, Arts Mildura, Wallflower Photomedia Gallery, the Art Vault, and now the ADFA Building.

This week sees the first public event in the building on Thursday 19th from 10.00am – 12.00pm with an art workshop for schools taken by Palimpsest artist Chaco Kato, a renowned environmental artist from Japan/Melbourne. Chaco is creating a massive three dimensional sculptural drawing in the window of the ADFA.  Using everyday objects like string, dried fruit, leaves, beads and other basic materials the students will assist with the making of one of the most visible works in Mildura Palimpsest Biennale #9.

“The concept that art is a kind of magic provides the core belief and drive for my art. I like the challenge of transforming very simple, humble and ordinary materials into something extraordinary that evokes the scenery of a dream land.” Chaco Kato

The Palimpsest art workshop is one of many school programs organised by Arts Mildura throughout the year with visiting artists, writers and performers coming to Mildura for our five annual arts festivals. For teachers and students wishing to participate in the workshop, please contact Arts Mildura on 5022 9542.

The building will officially open to the public for the first time, for a gold coin donation, on Friday, 4th October from 5.00pm, with the Palimpsest #9 Opening commencing at 6.30pm. Everyone is welcome.

The full program can be seen online at and will be distributed as a fold out poster in the Sunraysia Daily on Saturday, 28th September 2013.

30 September, 2013

This map is part of the 'Mildura Murray Digital Lines', an hypermedia painting project by Fabrice de Nola, on display at the Mildura Palimpsest 9 (October 4-7, 2013).

The project consists of 4 paintings that integrate multimedia contents accessible on the Internet.
The works 'Seventh', 'A20 to MQL', and 'Murray', were painted observing Mildura with Google Street View. 'Mungo' was inspired by a photo taken by Vivian Gerrand at Lake Mungo.

Visitors to the exhibition can access on their smartphone this map and others digital components of the paintings, framing them by using the Layar app.

For more information, please visit:
The interactive map:
Fabrice de Nola's project webpage:

27 August, 2013
Sunraysia Daily, Photo: David Sickerdick, Article: Lauren Roden

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