Image: Jenna Pippett, Tender Thing, 2015, installation view Adelaide Town Hall. Courtesy the City of Adelaide.
This is the third year of the ART WORKS program, which delivers on the City’s Cultural Strategy 2016-23 for Adelaide to be recognised as a cultural incubator where people, enterprises and audiences flourish.
The introduction of an Emerging Curator role to the ART WORKS program enables emerging cultural practitioners to develop and thrive. The Emerging Curator role will facilitate broad cultural engagement and audience development through a program of artist and writers in residence, exhibitions and public programs, supported through embedded professional mentoring.
The Guildhouse Emerging Curator partnership is a further exploration of the highly regarded Emerging Curator program that has been previously delivered by Helpmann Academy and Carclew in association with City of Adelaide.
ART WORKS 2020 Inaugural Guildhouse and City of Adelaide Emerging Curator
Steph Cibich is an Adelaide-based emerging curator with a passion for brining creative projects to life. She believes in arts palpable ability to help us lead more engaged and informed lives and is committed to the promotion of contemporary artists.
Steph is the Assistant Curator/Program Officer at the Centre for Creative Health and was selected as Emerging Curator for 2019 by the Art History and Curatorship Alumni Network and Floating Goose Studios. As part of this program, she curated the exhibition Material Connections at Floating Goose (SALA 2019) and was awarded the City of Onkaparinga Contemporary Curator Award.
Steph founded Art Vending Machines Australia (AVMA) in 2019 – a public art initiative that launched its first ‘Adelaide Art Vending Machine’ at the Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA) and came to life while Steph undertook an internship as part of her Master of Arts (Curatorial and Museum Studies) at the University of Adelaide (2018).
In 2017 Steph received AGSA’s Excellence Award for Marketing and Development support and completed a 12 month internship at Artlink Magazine.
Steph will be based at Guildhouse for 1 day per week throughout 2020 and will be liaising closely with the 2020 Art Works Artists in Residence and Writer in Residence. She will also be curating three exhibitions of South Australian artists that will be presented at the Adelaide Town Hall Mankurri-api Kuu (Reconciliation room) and First Floor Gallery.