Curator’s Corner – October 2017
with BMI Curator Amy Tsilemanis
A Lasting Impact
What an amazing Ballarat International Foto Biennale it has been! It was my absolute pleasure to curate ‘Imprints: Storytelling the City’ (pictured above with BMI Librarian Rosemary McInerney) as part of the BIFB Fringe program, bringing close to 1000 people into the BMI Library and Heritage Reading Room to explore it. Huge thanks go to guest artists Barry Gilson and Ellen Sorensen, and Henry Sutton’s great granddaughter and tireless researcher Lorayne Branch (pictured right with volunteer Vanessa Brady). I hope you had a chance to speak with them throughout the month. Big thanks also to the Ballarat Arts Foundation and Federation University for their support of the exhibition. Collaboration across the city is what makes multi-layered projects like this possible and builds the foundations for ongoing work together.
My practice-led curatorial work all feeds into my PhD research and I’m looking forward to speaking at an upcoming Twilight Talk about the role the arts can play in bringing local history to life. Also look out for the audio recordings that I will get up online from our two library-side talks with Ellen Sorensen (pictured right) and Barry Gilson, exploring their paths to becoming artists and how they created works for Imprints, and with Lorayne Branch, on her connection to Henry Sutton and his amazing achievements.
Up next in sharing the beautiful BMI we are looking forward to being part of Open House Ballarat, and planning for the return of White Night to Ballarat next year!