G'day luv! Crikey!
She'll be right mate!
Oi! Oi! Oi!
Let's throw another shrimp on the barbie!
This is the world's impression of Australians today. But how many of us believe in these stereotypes? How many of us have asked the questions, Who are we? What are we doing here? Where are we going? Do we even belong here? For each of these questions there are potentially 22 million unique responses, answers and opinions.
The Australia Project is asking Australian creatives and the general public, to engage in a national debate regarding the current status of contemporary Australian culture.
We are seeking to explore and redefine clichéd national stereotypes in the hope of revealing unique and personal perspectives on Australia today.
The Australia Project is encouraging this debate by organising the following initiatives:
Prominent Australian artists have been hand-selected and invited to creatively interpret the Australia Project Brief.
Workshops are conducted in a diverse range of communities throughout each state and territory in Australia. Participants of the Workshop series include students, outback communities, and urban neighbourhoods.
The Australia Project team is actively interviewing and documenting the opinions of the general Australian public. Meeting and listening to a broad demographic of Australians is vital to establishing a diverse and detailed view of contemporary Australian culture.
Contributors of The Australia Project include artists, designers, illustrators, musicians, filmmakers, university students and members of the general public.
Works will be exhibited on our Online Gallery as well as a curated selection being included in the traveling Australia Project exhibition.
The Inaugural Australia Project Exhibition took place in April/May 2010 at the C3 Contemporary Artspace in Abbotsford, Melbourne. View photos here.
The Australia Project was invited to exhibit in Brisbane in October 2010 as part of Unlimited: Designing for the Asia Pacific and ICOGRADA International Design Week.
In January 2011, the Australia Project was invited by the Australia Day Council of Victoria to exhibit at Melbourne's Federation Square to coincide with Australia Day. View photos here.
Presentations and Lectures
AGIdeas 2010 International Design Week, Melbourne, Australia
Fabrica, Benetton's Communication Research Centre, Treviso, Italy.
Optimism, ICOGRADA International Design Conference.