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Artbank's Emerging Curator 2019/20 Program Announced

Left to right: Emerging curators Sophia Cai, Sabrina Baker and Anja Loughhead. Portrait of Sophia Cai by Pia Johnson, 2017.

Three dynamic emerging curators will explore themes of love, labour and the workforce in two new exhibitions as part of Artbank’s Emerging Curator program. With the assistance of Artbank, the curators will produce exhibitions in 2019 and 2020 for the public showcasing some of Australia’s best contemporary art held in the Artbank collection.

Sophia Cai is a Melbourne based independent curator with a particular interest in Asian art history, feminist methodologies and community-based practices. Ms Cai will work closely with Artbank’s curators to develop her upcoming exhibition The Four Letter Word which will open later this year at Artbank’s Sydney premises.

“It’s an incredible opportunity to curate the ‘Four Letter Word’ as part of the Artbank Emerging Curator’s Program. It will give me the chance to work for the first time in my career with a permanent collection. I look forward to exploring the theme of love whether it be platonic, familial or romantic and bringing together artworks from a diverse range of artists,” said emerging curator Sophia Cai.

Sabrina Baker and Anja Loughhead are a collaborative team based in Melbourne and the ACT. Their new exhibition will examine society’s concept of labour which will open at Artbank’s Sydney premises in early 2020.

“It will be a fantastic opportunity to work with Artbank – one of Australia’s largest collections of contemporary Australian art. There are so many incredible works which really unpack the idea of labour and the link between success and failure,” said emerging curator Sabrina Baker.

“Artbank’s emerging curator program is one you want to be part of. Their support and guidance is invaluable as we push the boundaries and develop fresh perspectives. We’re thrilled to work on such a professional, poignant exhibition,” said emerging curator Anja Loughhead.

The program began in 2018 and aims to assist emerging curators gain experience within a professional institutional environment and work with Artbank’s impressive collection of contemporary Australian art. The previous recipients are Eleanor Scicchitano and Talia Smith. Applications for the next round will open in 2020 for exhibitions in 2021.

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About Artbank

Established in 1980, Artbank is an Australian Government arts support program. The program aims to increase the sustainability and accessibility of Australian contemporary art through initiatives such as the leasing scheme.