CAF Minutes 05

CAF Minutes 13/08/2015

Present: Cathy, Jasmin, Catriona, Jo, Jacqueline, Miranda (Samuels)

Apologies: Jan, Bronia, Kelly

  1. Gillian Fuller’s report back from the Future Feminist Archive /DAAO project (tabled). Successes at the AGNSW (Brown Council to start working on the AGNSW’s BoS archives, focussing on the 1976 BoS) by end of August), Wollongong, Dubbo, Bathurst projects all starting up after FFA touring workshop/seminars sessions. Planning underway for Lismore (Northern Rivers) 18th October, with expected strong turnout of local artists, organised by Leonie Lane and others. Project outlined is to work on the artist book archives at Southern Cross University.
  2. Discussion around Gillian’s suggestion for an afternoon ‘Hack-a-thon’ project, which would allow artists in to work on the DAAO/FFA sites for one day. Watch this space.
  3. DAAO Moderators class and group organised for the 3rd October, possibly in the Blue Mountains to facilitate artists from Bathurst Dubbo etc to attend.
  4. FFA group at Moree was discussed – logistics, travel etc difficult and so Jo proposed that FFA could take advantage of the upcoming Euraba Papermakers show and talk at Boomali.
  5. Much discussion of how the uncertain future of the SCA (and by extension, also NAS and aspects of ex-CoFA) would affect the future of professional art education in NSW. Discussion centred around possible campaign organisation through the student associations of each of the campuses. Developments are taking place both within Sydney Uni as part of its new strategic plan, and at State Gov level where the idea of a Centre for Excellence in Art and Design is being pursued, which could affect SCA, NAS and UNSWAD. In either event, there could be potentially adverse effects for the diversity and quality of art education. Therefore there may be need for a combined art school grass-roots campaign to stave off mass amalgamation at a later stage.
  6. Miranda Samuels reported on her inter-generational (mother-daughter) art-labour exchange project at Airspace in Marrickville. This lead to some discussion on affective labour, and the artworld blindspot of older women (with or without professional training) who find it difficult to work professionally as ‘emerging’ artists. Miranda has subsequently written up material on the project for the CASF website.
  7. Jasmin Stevens reported on the ’Favour economy’ project, organised through Sydney University’s PG Art Curating and SCA’s MFA student groups, which has an important archival dimension.
  8. The Ute Power lecture visit is still in its organisational phase. The BoS report that the Biennale opening week is full, and so the dates last week in March, or April-May 2016 might be better for all, as this is in semester time and would be of interest to UG & PG students. Jasmin to battle on organising dates and liaising with the Power Institute as host organisation.