We invite you to hear from some of the Biennale’s leading curators as they discuss their respective exhibitions, navigating the curatorial terrain, and their careers in this in-conversation event. Joined by Talia Smith, Kat Clarke, Felicity Martin and Oliva Poloni, facilitated by the Ballarat International Foto Biennale Artistic Director, Fiona Sweet.

Curator, Talia Smith
Talia Smith is an artist and curator from Aotearoa, New Zealand and based in Warrang, Sydney. She is of Cook Island, Samoan and New Zealand European heritage. Her artistic and curatorial practice explores time, memory and familial histories with a focus on time based practices. She has curated exhibitions at various institutions in Australia and New Zealand such as the churchie emerging art prize at IMA Brisbane, In a World of Wounds at Artbank Sydney, Here is your Horizon at Cement Fondu, More than all the Ocean between us at Artspace Sydney and The Shape of Memory at The Lock-up Newcastle among others. She was the emerging curator at Firstdraft in 2017, Artbank’s emerging curator in 2018 and participated in 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art’s curatorial intensive in 2016 and was named one of Art Collector’s ‘tastemakers’ for their 2018 ’50 things you should know’ issue. She currently works as the curator at Granville Centre Art Gallery in Sydney.

Curator, Kat Clarke
Kat Clarke is a proud Wotjobaluk writer, consultant, artist and curator from the Wimmera. She is an active advocate within her own community and Land Council and holds strong relationships with multiple Melbourne and Victorian communities. She continues to acknowledge her teachings by writing stories that implement elements of her own interpretations of culture that speaks through different forms of her creative practices. Her skills and knowledge in community engagement, networking, writing, the arts, and education has led her to collaborate with RMIT, Rag and Bone Man Press, Melbourne University, Footscray Community Arts, The Koorie Heritage Trust, Screen Australia and more. In 2018 she was contracted by ACMI as Assistant First Nations Curator working on the Renewal project and Cleverman Exhibition.

Curator, Felicity Martin
Felicity Martin has over 20 years’ experience in arts and gallery management, community arts development, creative industries and curating. As Curator and Director of CACHE Curating, Martin works on independent curatorial and cultural projects exploring feminism, trauma informed practice, sustainability and gender. In 2019 she was the recipient of the Ian Potter Foundation In Focus Curator Forum Award, hosted by the Ballarat International Foto Biennale, and is currently working for the Greater City of Bendigo as Creative Industries Officer, overseeing the implementation of the Greater CREATIVE Bendigo strategy.

Curator, Olivia Poloni
Olivia Poloni is an independent Melbourne-based Contemporary and Public Art Curator. She is currently a Consultant to T Projects, an arts and culture consultancy integrating creative programs and public art into complex built environments, and independently curating a number of contemporary art exhibitions and projects. Olivia sits on the City of Moreland Arts Advisory Board and City Space Architecture Advisory Board (Bologna, Italy). Olivia edited Fukutake House Asia Art Platform (Asialink Arts Setouchi Triennale 2013) and has been published in art journals including UN MagazineArtlinkArtist ProfileArt Monthly and the International Network for the Conservation of Contemporary Art. Olivia holds a Masters of Arts Curatorship from the University of Melbourne.

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Panel | The Role of the Curator
  • Panel | The Role of the Curator
    August 29, 2021
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
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