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News - 30th of April 2020

MEDIA RELEASE | Hatched: National Graduate Show 2020 | Artist Announcement

MEDIA RELEASE | Hatched: National Graduate Show 2020 | Artist Announcement

Exhibition Dates | Stay tuned for dates
Opening Night Party | Postponed

Michelle Vine, Affirmation Tub, 2018-2019
Michelle Vine, Affirmation Tub, 2018-2019


The work of 24 recent visual arts graduates from every State and Territory will be presented across all of PICA’s gallery spaces from 2 May to 5 July, as part of the 29th Hatched: National Graduate Show at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA). For the eleventh consecutive year, the Schenberg Art Fellowship of $50,000, the most significant prize for emerging artists in Australia, will be awarded to one exceptional Hatched artist during the opening night event.

The Hatched: National Graduate Show 2020 features arts graduates with an exciting and diverse range of practices rigorously selected from 20 tertiary art schools nationally. Fifty-six students were nominated by their schools and the final selection was made by a panel of artists and arts professionals from around Australia. This year’s panel included: Nathan Beard, Artist; Hannah Presley, Curator Indigenous Art, National Gallery of Victoria; and Megan Monte, Director Cement Fondu, Sydney.

“The most rewarding takeaway from the selection process for Hatched 2020 was seeing how many artists are emerging from their institutions with uniquely engaged and thoughtful perspectives surrounding an overlapping variety of timely themes” said panellist Nathan Beard.

The exhibition tells the story of the nation’s emerging arts practices while acting as an important platform for artistic careers. Countless leading Australian artists, including David Noonan, Lynette Walworth, Shaun Gladwell, Julie Dowling, Nick Mangan, Julie Gough, Khaled Sabsabi, Ramesh Nithivendran and Curtis Taylor have exhibited their work in Hatched.

Works on display in this year’s Hatched feature a broad range of contemporary practice including installations, audio/sound works, photography, sculpture, jewellery, ceramics, textiles and graffiti.

Informed by the artists’ lived experiences, many of the works share ideas around social constructs, individual identity and cultural heritage. Issues of racism, displacement and the concept of the cohesiveness of a multi-ethnic identity are examined. The role of fashion in shaping self-perception, how sound can affect our sense of place and how grand personal narratives can come unstuck are some of the concepts explored.

Jody Rallah, 250 Years (The Coolamon Project), 2019. Photo by Andrew Willis.
Jody Rallah, 250 Years (The Coolamon Project), 2019. Photo by Andrew Willis.

Jody Rallah is a descendent of the Biri Gubba, Warangu and Yuggera peoples whose large-scale installation of 250 ceramic coolamons (Indigenous cultural vessels) has been produced through a community-based practice. Michelle Vine’s interest in the sense of touch grew from her lived experience of chronic illness and her Hatched works offer a tactile and immersive reimagining of common household objects as tools for self-soothing. Siahne Rogers presents a creative response to their grandfather’s fantastical biography as the founder of the Fast Eddy’s empire.

For the second year, PICA is pleased to offer a Hatched artist the opportunity to undertake a residency in partnership with North Metropolitan TAFE. This program aims to build strong connections between interstate and Perth-based artists.

Emerging curator and writer Miranda Johnson will assist in the planning, administration and delivery of Hatched as part of a two-year Curatorial Fellowship supported by the Minderoo Foundation.

“Hatched is a significant means by which PICA supports emerging Australian artists,” says PICA Director Amy Barrett-Lennard. “Hatched frequently provides artists with their first opportunity to present work within a supportive and professional public gallery environment as well as providing an instant network of peers across the country. The impact of these experiences cannot be underestimated.”

“PICA is very proud to be working with the University of Western Australia, in particular, UWA’s Cultural Precinct, on the very significant award for emerging artists, the Schenberg Art Fellowship, to be announced at the opening night celebration on 1 May. This $50,000 prize is a major investment in the burgeoning career of an Australian artist.”

In what has become something of a PICA tradition, the Hatched opening night is a free party featuring live entertainment and an outdoor bar. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy an unforgettable night of art, food and entertainment, along with the opportunity to meet and celebrate these extraordinary artists.


Selected artists:

Ohni Blu (NSW)
L.A.K.R.M. Bruce (NSW)
Ella Callander (QLD)
Olivia Davies (VIC)
Saleheh Gholami (WA)
Rory Gillen (ACT)
Alexandra Hobba (VIC)
Emma Rani Hodges (ACT)
Annie Huang (WA)
Emma Hutton (QLD)
Alexandra Jonscher (NSW)
Nina Juniper (WA)
Daniel Kristjansson (WA)
Luci Lee (NT)
Patrick McDavitt (NSW)
Brooke Mitchell (SA)
Philip Sulidae (TAS)
Jody Rallah (QLD)
Siahne Rogers (WA)
Rachel AV Sherwood (NSW)
Tina Stefanou (VIC)
Truc Truong (SA)
Michelle Vine (QLD)
Keemon Williams (QLD)

Hatched would not be possible without the generous support of Major Exhibitions Partner the Minderoo Foundation.



Hatched 2020 Opening Night Party

Join us to celebrate the opening of Hatched National Graduate Show 2020!
See the next generation of emerging artists across Australia and indulge in a selection of Perth’s hottest food trucks and live entertainment.

FREE | More information here



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Image credits: Michelle Vine, Affirmation Tub, 2018-2019