• Michelle Ahern Bevans

You're invited to contribute your creativity

During global lockdown, do it (australia) invites audiences to follow an artist’s instructions, enter their world and realise an artwork of their own…

On the 13th May, Kaldor Public Art Projects launched its 36th project since the Sydney-based contemporary arts organisation opened its doors in 1969, titled do it (australia).  In partnership with London’s Serpentine Galleries, Independent Curators International and Google Arts & Culture, collectively the global partners will premiere 50 new artworks designed to inspire creativity during isolation periods.

do it (australia) invites artists to create simple instructions that generate an artwork from the audience, whether an object, a performance, an intervention, or something else entirely.

Kaldor Public Art Projects commissioned 18 Australian artists including visual artists and key creative figures from other disciplines, among them indie singer-songwriter Julia Jacklin, acclaimed author Gerald Murnane, florist Saskia Havekes, Sydney Dance Company Director Rafael Bonachela and TEDxSydney 2016 performer, Indigenous dancer, writer and activist Amrita Hepi.

The result is an eclectic mix of ideas that range from the active to the absurd and the philosophical with the instructions and audience responses collated and shared on Kaldor’s dedicated webpage and Instagram showcasing Australians’ creative interpretations of the instructions.

Launched during Australia’s COVID-19 lockdown, do it (Australia) is Kaldor Public Art Projects’ first digital project and is designed to respond to the spatial isolation necessitated by the pandemic. do it encourages activities away from the screen, inviting audiences to respond to the artist’s call, follow their lead, enter their world and realise an artwork on their behalf.

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