As part of the Hatched 2023 opening weekend, PICA’s hosting a day of activities, markets, talks and discussions for artists and art lovers. Our Open Day kicks off with an all-day market featuring prints, paintings, zines and more by local collective Plastic Ego. Learn more about Hatched at our artist talks and exhibition tour by Hatched Curatorial Fellow Brent Harrison, followed by an industry forum for emerging artists to share their experiences and gain insightful career advice from artists Timmah Ball, Grace Connors, Kelly Fliedner and Ramesh Nithiyendran. The Open Day ends with happy hour drinks and nibbles with the Hatched artists in the PICA Hub.
9:30am–3:30pm: Plastic Ego Presents: Hatched Art Market
11am–12pm: Hatched Artist Talks
1–2:30pm: Money Talks: Emerging Artist Forum
2:30–4pm: Hatched Happy Hour
Hatched Art Market
Perth Cultural Centre Amphitheatre
Come along to the Hatched Art Market and browse the eclectic range of prints, paintings, zines, merch and more from some of WA’s finest artists and groups, presented by PICA and local and independent cultural collective, Plastic Ego.
Plastic Ego is an independent, Boorloo (Perth)-based cultural collective, with a focus on supporting local art. The brand provides a platform for established and emerging artists to showcase their talents through the medium of a small press zine. Plastic Ego’s annual themed publication champions an eclectic collection of art, literature and photography. Since its inception, Plastic Ego has operated as a creative outlet for these artists to develop their work and harness their crafts.
Presented by PICA and Plastic Ego.
Hatched Artist Talks (Auslan interpreted)
Hear from four Hatched artists as they discuss their experiences exhibiting in Hatched with PICA’s Hatched Curatorial Fellow Brent Harrison.
Anna May Kirk (NSW)
Anna May Kirk makes tangible the spectral nature of anthropogenic climate change through glass, sculpture, smell, installation and film. From shifts in planetary weather patterns to microscopic chemical changes, her practice grapples with the many processes of environmental transformation that go unseen by the human eye.
Ivy Minniecon (QLD)
Through her art practice as a Kuku Yalanji, Kabi Kabi and South Sea Islander woman overcoming shared trauma, Ivy Minniecon’s balji (bags) speak to a story of healing. Using natural fibres, Minniecon weaves balji to reconnect to a significant cultural practice. The process of weaving is revitalising for Minniecon, strengthening her identity and connection to Country.
Nathan Nhan (ACT)
Nathan Nhan responds to the materiality and cultural significance of ceramics to reflect upon place, community and identity from an Asian-Australian perspective. Using the forms of historical vessels such as urns, vases and cups as a foundation, Nhan transforms his ceramics into contemporary objects that play with the medium’s history in both eastern and western culture.
Khashayar Salmanzadeh (WA)
Khashayar Salmanzadeh is a portrait painter whose practice is informed by the teachings of the Bahá’í faith, a religious minority that seeks to promote the oneness of humanity. Born in Iran, Salmanzadeh’s large-scale portraits use Farsi and Arabic calligraphy, located within symbolic elements on the pictorial place, to explore spirituality and love in the Bahá’í faith.
Facilitated by Brent Harrison, Hatched Curatorial Fellow.
Brent Harrison currently works as the Hatched Curatorial Fellow at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts. Previously he has worked at the Kerry Stokes Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia and Goolugatup Heathcote. Harrison curated HERE&NOW20: Perfectly Queer at Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery in 2020.
Money Talks: Emerging Artist Forum
This forum brings together a range of speakers addressing the big question for artists – how do you sustain a career as an artist while still keeping a roof over your head? From funding applications, liveable wages to nepo babies, the arts has always had a complicated relationship with money, and this forum will bring together a range of speakers to provide practical advice and share personal stories of their experiences with funding their practice.
Speakers: Timmah Ball, Grace Connors and Ramesh Nithiyendran
Facilitated by Kelly Fliender
Timmah Ball is a writer, artist and curator of Ballardong Noongar heritage. She was an Arts House Makeshift Publics artist and facilitator 2021-2023, where she developed the publication Do Planners Dream of Electric Trees? In 2020 she created an audio work for the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art’s exhibition Who’s Afraid of Public Space called Exploding the Maribyrnong and has exhibited the video installation Haunted in exhibitions Sky Country at Blak Dot Gallery and These Monuments Don’t know Us at Bundoora Homestead. In 2018 she co-curated Wild Tongue zine for Next Wave festival with Azja Kulpinska, which interrogated wage and labour inequality in the arts industry.
Grace Connors (she/they) is an artist, writer and curator living in Boorloo (Perth, Western Australia). She completed her Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) in 2016, and her practice draws from post humanist studies and cyber feminism to look critically toward systems of control, our relationships to technology and to each other. Connors is presently co-founder and Chair of Cool Change, and was previously Exhibitions Volunteer at Success Arts and Exhibitions Manager at Moana Project Space. She has curated offsite exhibitions for Hobiennale in 2017 and Symbiotica’s Unhallowed Arts Festival in 2018. Additionally, she has presented papers at Revelation Film Festival Academic Conference in 2018, UWA Gender Diversity in Music and Art Conference 2019, and had her performance work featured in Frieze Magazine in 2017. She was previously artist in residence at Gotham Studios, Midland Junction Art Centre, The Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts developing her performance project Running on the Smell of an Oily Rag.
Kelly Fliedner is a writer, editor and Collections Officer and Art Consultant for the Australian Government’s Artbank initiative in Western Australia, and a Board Member of PICA.
Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran (he/him) is a Sri-Lankan born contemporary artist who explores global histories and languages of figurative representation. He has specific interests in South Asian forms and imagery as well as politics relating to idolatry, the monument, gender, race and religion. His work has been presented in museums, festivals, multi-art centres and the public domain. This has included significant presentations at the National Gallery of Australia, The Art Gallery of New South Wales, The Dhaka Art Summit, Art Basel Hong Kong and Dark Mofo festival. His first major permanent public artwork was recently installed at the entrance of the new HOTA gallery. In 2019, he received a Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship which recognised his outstanding talent and exceptional professional courage. His work is held in various other public collections including the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of South Australia, The Art Gallery of Western Australia, The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, The Ian Potter Museum of Art and the Shepparton Art Museum.
Hatched Happy Hour
Join us in the PICA Hub for a chance to meet and network with the Hatched artists over drinks and nibbles.