GASP is partnering with HB17 to host Meanwhile from Wellington, New Zealand and Alaska from Sydney.  The GASP HB17 program launches on Sunday afternoon 5 November 2017, with a Sunday Session including the exhibitions, music, food and drinks at GASP Wilkinsons Point Pavilion.

The HOBIENNALE (HB17), 3-12 November 2017, brings together a large group of artist-run initiatives (ARI’s) from across Australia and New Zealand, with each curating an exhibition as part of the festival program.

HB17 is showcasing the work of around 100 emerging and mid-career artists. It is a free festival that will occupy a range of existing galleries and unusual sites across Hobart. The extensive festival program includes exhibition openings, artist talks, music and performances.

HB17 is curated by Grace Herbert & Liam James and is the first festival of its kind in Australia.

Artist-run initiatives are grassroots organisations, led by groups of volunteers. HB17 believe that some of the most interesting, critical and diverse exhibitions are shown by artist-run initiatives, and that these varied organisations are incredibly important to Australia’s art landscape and to their respective communities.

There is a national climate of uncertainty within the arts, influenced by changes to the structure of major arts organisations and diminishing funding opportunities. These changes will continue to have an impact on young Australian artists. HB17 aims to create a space for conversations around this issue to take place, and for organisations and artists to demonstrate current strengths and future potential to a wide audience.








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