This year, PICA will replace the usual Opening Night Party with a rousing finale to Hatched: National Graduate Show 2020. Night School is a special free event that will celebrate the value of arts and humanities education. Prepare yourself for an evening of entertainment with a few surprises, as well as the long-awaited announcement of the Schenberg Art Fellowship, a $50,000 prize awarded to one Hatched artist.
The Schenberg Art Fellowship will be judged by an all-local line-up including PICA Director, Amy Barrett-Lennard, and University of Western Australia Chief Cultural Officer, Ted Snell and Aboriginal Art Centre Hub of WA (AACHWA) Chief Executive Officer, Chad Creighton. The largest award for emerging artists in the country, the Schenberg Art Fellowship allows one Hatched artist to pursue their career, take risks, and invest in their future.
Get ready for an uplifting evening of politics and partying as we celebrate the achievements of this year’s Hatched: National Graduate Show exhibiting artists and remind ourselves of what we love about the arts.
Mitch is an exciting and exceptionally raw and hardworking multi-instrumentalist talent. With a sound massively inspired by Tash Sultana and Kevin Parker, Mitch Santiago has developed a uniquely bold, low fi and introspective signature style across hundreds of performances from the streets to the late-night haze of Perth’s best known live music venues.
Perth act Priscilla have only been out and releasing music into the world since 2018, but have already been referred to as “the Electro-Pop sound of the future” (Max Lewis – Purple Sneakers). With a sole purpose to move you with passionate lyrics, hit you with harmony and make waves with endless breakneck bops, Hayden from Pilerats will tell you “Priscilla’s swirling melodies have won us over time and time again.”
ABOUT THE RALLY
In this moment when access to arts and humanities education is increasingly under threat, PICA presents a celebration of the value of the arts and rally to action by three incredible speakers. Daley Rangi, Tanya Lee and Cassie Lynch, whose artistic backgrounds range across various artforms and relationships with formal education, will share their experiences of life-changing encounters with the performances, poems, learning and teaching, to reinforce the love we share for the arts and humanities and the transformative ways that education can enrich our lives.
Daley Rangi (Te Ātiawa) is an eclectic multidisciplinary Māori artist generating unpredictable and uncomfortable works. A proud advocate for neurodiversity and bodily integrity, they evade categorisation and invade the status quo. Daley spends their energy intensely focusing on speaking truth to power, nurturing marginalised voices, and encouraging social change. They create participatory live performance, write plays and poetry, and paint self-portraits and mountains.
Daley would like you to know that asking the hard questions is all part of the journey, and that no one has all of those hard answers.
Cassie Lynch is a writer, researcher and arts facilitator living in Perth, Western Australia. She is currently researching a creative writing PhD investigating Aboriginal memory of ice ages and sea level rise. She is a descendant of the Noongar people and belongs to the beaches on the south coast of Western Australia. She is a student of the Noongar language, and her Noongar language haikus won the 2019 Patricia Hackett Prize. She is the co-founder of Woylie Fest, an all-Aboriginal storytelling festival based in Walyalap/Fremantle.
Cassie’s writing has been featured in Perth Festival, Fremantle Arts Centre, City of Perth, Westerly, Artsource and the Brio publication ‘Stories of Perth’. She spends a lot of time thinking about the wetlands buried beneath the pavers of Perth City, and sees the ghosts of swamp banksias in skyscraper lobbies.
Tanya Lee is a visual arts maker, performer and educator. Her diverse social practice is highly shaped by audiences and people she pulls in to collaborate with her along the way. Creating sculptures and costumes to be used in humorous ways, her absurd works often interrupt or subvert everyday social protocols.
Tanya completed her master’s degree in visual art at Curtin University after spending a year as a visiting scholar at the École Nationale Supérieur d’Art de Dijon (ENSAD) in Dijon, France. Tanya’s videos and sculptures have been shown across Australia in galleries including ACCA in Melbourne, the MCA in Sydney and Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery in Perth.
When not in the studio Tanya tutors sculpture-based skills in a diverse range of educational settings including Curtin University, North Regional TAFE and a range of online and studio workshops. She has worked with students and audiences from ages 6 to 96.