ACCA brings forth online and exhibition program


Denilson Baniwa, Pajé Yawareté brings news in the village of Santa Isabel Oiapoque 2018, digital photograph. Courtesy the artist. (Photographer: Sallisa Rosa)

Adapting to these current COVID times in Melbourne, ACCA has had to delay the opening of NIRIN NAARM exhibition. It is hoped that this satellite exhibition of key works from NIRIN, the landmark 22nd Biennale of Sydney curated by leading First Nations artist Brook Andrew, will now open in September, followed in October by Frances Barrett’s Katthy Cavaliere Fellowship exhibition, Meatus.


In the current, uncertain environment, these exhibition opening dates are subject to change. We will update you as soon as possible, in keeping with public health advice from the Victorian Government.


In the meantime, ACCA will launch the first of the online ACCA Open commissions in August. The series, devised as a way for ACCA to continue to work with and support contemporary artists during the COVID-19-related gallery closures, invited Australian artists and collaborations from all backgrounds, career levels and practices to submit ideas for projects that could be presented through digital platforms.



After an overwhelming response and more than 340 submissions, artists Archie Barry, Zanny Begg, Léuli Eshrāghi and Sean Peoples, and collaborators Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey, and Amrita Hepi and Sam Lieblich were selected, each receiving $8,000 to create their work, which will be ‘unveiled’ in online platforms in coming months.


The launch date for these works are as follows:

  • 19 August – Melbourne artist/choreographer Amrita Hepi and neuroscientist/psychiatrist Sam Lieblich’s Neighbour, a chatbot programmed to uncover the answer to the question “how does it feel?”.

  • 2 September – Melbourne audio artists Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey’s project How much time do we have?, an audiovisual piece of breaks, flows, segments, junctures and shifts that is made during the timeless state of the present evernow, generated live on screen.

  • 16 September – Melbourne interdisciplinary artist Archie Barry’s Multiply (working title), an artwork in the form of a soundtrack, and an exploration of suburban domestic life from the perspective of a pathogen asking; what is human self-determination?



  • 30 September – Sāmoan-Australian artist, curator and researcher Dr. Léuli Eshrāghi’s AOAULI, a digital platform and online artwork that encompasses drawings of ancestral motifs and deities, long form multilingual epic manifesto poetry, and performance videos of shimmering, glistening bodies, also marked with ancestral aesthetics.

  • 14 October – Melbourne artist Sean Peoples’ OFFWORLD (working title), a virtual galaxy employing a cosmological mise-en-scène to highlight the increased sense of imbalance and unease in the modern world. The protagonist of this work is a modified Earth (missing Australia).

  • 28 October – NSW filmmaker and artist Zanny Begg’s The Magic Mountain, an interactive filmwork set inside the now abandoned Waterfall Sanatorium in Sydney, where her great grandfather in-law, Bernard Patrick Murray, was quarantined and subsequently died from tuberculosis. Touch will shift the direction of the video, mixing fiction with personal experience and local histories to reflect on the urgencies and sicknesses of our world.

Photographer: Charles Dennington


ACCA’s popular annual lecture series Defining Moments: Australian Exhibition Histories 1968–1999, a two year series exploring key exhibitions and projects that have shaped Australian art since 1985, is now available as illustrated online lectures.

  • Recently launched – Peter Cripps on Recession art and other strategies, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, 1985. Cripps, Melbourne artist and former Director of the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, will discuss the exhibition he curated at the IMA in 1985 in response to the social, political and cultural contexts of the 1970s and 80s. Channon Goodwin, Director of Bus Projects and founding Co-Convener of All Conference, provides a response.

  • Launched on Monday 27 July – curator, writer, artist and activist Djon Mundine OAM will reflect on the development of The Aboriginal Memorial, a landmark project he initiated for the 1988 Biennale of Sydney, now permanently installed at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

ACCA’s Education Team release new weekly Artivities, a series of fun and thought-provoking art making activities for the home and classroom. With low-resource requirements, Artivities are appropriate for use in most households, and can be undertaken by individuals, groups or families looking to get messy and stuck into some stand-alone art-making together.

For information on ACCA’s programs that are going online, check out their programs and exhibitions.