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Hatched 2011

Hatched 2011

It is with great pleasure that PICA invites you to the opening of HATCHED 2011


Hatched has been the launching pad for the professional careers of many of the country’s most successful contemporary artists. The exhibition, now in its 20th year, has been exclusively presented by PICA since 1992. It is a landmark occasion for both Hatched and PICA and firmly places the event as one of the most significant fixtures on Perth’s cultural calendar.

The show always offers a broad array of mediums and new approaches to contemporary art practice. This year is no exception. 35 artists from 20 of the country’s most prestigious art institutions have embraced diverse art forms, such as painting, collage, photography, ceramics, printmaking, textiles, performance, video, sound art and mechanical engineered installations to express their social concerns. The show sees an ambitious group of artists keen to critique the conditions of our time, unpacking issues such as ethics, consumerism, depression and body image.

Every available space within PICA’s vast building is dedicated to the show. Public and educational programs will be held throughout the exhibition period so that audiences can engage with the artists and their ideas.

The Dr Harold Schenberg Art Prize, this year valued at $35,000, was awarded to one outstanding Hatched artist. This new award combined with the show’s reputation for showcasing the work of the country’s best art school graduates has led to Hatched quickly gaining recognition as Australia’s premier art exhibition for emerging artists. The winner of the art prize was announced to be Chloe Hughes from the University of NSW at the opening on 15 April 2011.

Chloe Hughes is a Sydney-based photographer and video artist. Her practice is preoccupied with various structural determinants within social life and art that both contour and enable human action and behaviour. Her work incorporates aesthetic interventions contrary to the usual ways in which the findings of the social sciences are presented and the way in which conventional documentaries are composed. Her 17 minute high definition video Structures to move to (conversations on work), 2010 was judged to be a stand out in the collection of works by 35 different graduate artists. It is an introspective piece, exploring the way 3 different people interpret the work they do and what it means to their lives.