Date published: 30/10/2014

In October Artsource co-presented The Undiscovered: A National Focus on Western Australian Art, in partnership with the University of Western Australia’s Cultural Precinct. The all-day symposium was held to create a platform for the Western Australian visual arts community to connect, share and explore the current environment in which the sector exists.

The event consisted of four panels featuring representatives from four different areas that play an integral part in the vitality of the sector;

  • artists,
  • curators,
  • gallery and institutional representatives,
  • and the media.

Speakers each presented a short talk on the industry from their perspective, which then led into panel discussions. Members of the audience were invited to contribute to the conversation about the current environment and future of the industry.

"We are very happy with how the event turned out. Over 200 people attended, many of whom were Artsource members," shares Artsource CEO Gavin Buckley. "This is the first time Artsource has presented a symposium of this size and significance and I am grateful to our partners at UWA Cultural Precinct and all our speakers, panelists and audience for contributing to the event."

"To build on the momentum created by The Undiscovered, Artsource will continue its work to support Western Australian visual artists in building their practice, and seek more opportunities to collaborate with others to create an environment where art is valued and visual artists can flourish."

Three sector members who attended the symposium have offered their reflections on their day:

  • Artist and lecturer, Louise Morrison,
  • Artsource artist member and ex-board member, Penny Coss, and
  • Joanna Mendelssohn the Program Director of Art Administration at the School of Art History and Art Education, UNSW Australia. Joanna is also Editor in Chief for the Design and Art of Australia Online, UNSW Australia.

If you would like to offer you own thoughts on the symposium, you can do so via this survey.

You can find out more at The Undiscovered website and read our other symposium content online:

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