Renegades - an exhibition of Outsider Art

5 September 2014 - 12 October 2014

This exuberant exhibition of Outsider Art will be on show from 5 September to 12 October as part of its Australian tour.

A KickArts Contemporary Arts (Cairns) initiative, Renegades features a colourful variety of images and artists’ stories, coming from people with intellectual disabilities, from community care centres, psychiatric settings, isolated geographical areas, and simply from those people whom we might call ‘free spirits’.
 
Works in this exhibition have been sourced from Concord Mental Health Unit and Insideout Studio (Macquarie Hospital) in Sydney, as well as Arts Project Australia in Melbourne, Bindi Art in Alice Springs, Ngaruwanajirri Artists on Bathurst Island, and from a remote Torres Strait community.

It is the first exhibition of outsider art to bring together mainstream and indigenous Australian artists, and its highly-qualified curator, Camille Masson-Talansier, has worked on similar projects as far afield as France and New Mexico. While planning the exhibition, Camille  accompanied artist John Demos when he went shopping for paints from his home at Macquarie Hospital's mental health facility, and she spent long hours at Arts Project Australia in Melbourne, which gives artists with an intellectual disability a studio setting .

With all that going on behind the scenes, it is no surprise that the exhibition has been very well received, with The Australian’s art critic, Nicolas Rothwell, describing it as an  ‘exceptional journey into realms of otherness’.

 

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