Images (L-R): Coby Edgar. Photograph James Tylor; Hannah Presley. Photograph Hayley Millar-Baker.

Guildhouse announces Coby Edgar (NSW) and Hannah Presley (VIC) as guest curators of its 2022 reVision Speaker Series  

We are pleased to announce Coby Edgar and Hannah Presley as guest curators of its reVision Speaker Series for 2022.  

To be delivered in June and September respectively, Coby Edgar and Hannah Presley will each curate a season of two sessions featuring panels of artists, curators, and arts practitioners from around the country.  

Delivered online, the reVision Speaker Series was developed in 2020 in response to COVID-19 and has evolved into an ongoing annual program designed to deepen connections, strengthen practices, and grow the skills required to maintain a creative practice in ever-changing times.  

The first season, presented in June and curated by Coby Edgar, is titled Level-Level; the roles and contributions of non-First Nations peoples in First Nations industries, lives, and culture. Over two sessions, Level-Level will explore colonist cancel culture, relationships, and power dynamics, and what true, fair collaboration looks like. 

Coby Ann Edgar is a Larrakia, Jingili, Anglo, Filipino, queer, cis woman from Darwin. She is currently the curator of Strategic Projects, First Nations at the Powerhouse Museum. With over 10 years of experience working in government positions across education, galleries, and museums she is invested in how First Nations and non-First Nations people work together across industries, especially the arts sector. 

The second season, presented in September, will be curated by Hannah Presley. Hannah is an Aboriginal curator based in Melbourne. She is a Director of Agency and Senior Curator, Museums and Collections at the University of Melbourne. Presley was Curator of Indigenous Art at the National Gallery of Victoria and the inaugural Yalingwa curator at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, where she curated A Lightness of Spirit is the Measure of Happiness in 2018 and was First Nations Assistant Curator for Tracey Moffatt at the 57th Venice Biennale.  

Debbie Pryor, Guildhouse Artistic Programs Manager says that engaging with guest curators is an important development in the reVision program.  

Debbie says “Bringing in national, independent voices to shape the speaker series allows the program to respond with greater community criticality and resonate with a wider network of artists. Stewarded by two esteemed First Nations curators, this year’s conversations with Coby and Hannah will unpack our relationships, institutional structures, and artmaking deeply, with an equally esteemed array of guests.”  

Details about the second reVision Speaker Series will be released later in the year.  

Tickets for Level-Level; the roles and contributions of non-First Nations peoples in First Nations industries, lives and culture will be released in the week commencing 16 May 2022.  

The Guildhouse reVision Program is generously supported by the Day Family Foundation.  

The program was developed in 2020, with support from the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and Creative Partnerships Australia. 

Strengthen your practice.

reVision is a seasonal online program thoughtfully curated to help you deepen connections, strengthen your practice and grow your skills in these ever-changing times.

Hear from local and inter/national artists, arts leaders and thinkers as they unpack their approach to practice, community, criticism and future planning, especially in times of crisis.