reVision symposium: utopian future

Session 3: Saturday 13 November 2021, 3pm

Speakers: Jamie Lewis (VIC), Catherine Truman (SA), Joel Spring (NSW)

Chair: Andy Butler (VIC)

Andy Butler shapes a conversation questioning traditional modes of engagement and delivery in the arts and investigates the ambitions and ideals of the sector.

Three artists, wearing multiple hats such as festival CEO, mentor and collaborator discuss their experiences and aspirations for a critically positive, sustainable industry.

Andy Butler (VIC)

Andy Butler is a writer, curator and artist based in Naarm (Melbourne). His writing on art and politics has been published to wide acclaim, appearing in The Saturday Paper, The Monthly, Art+Australia, Overland, Runway and more, as well as in publications for institutions such as the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, MUMA and Buxton Contemporary.

Butler is the program curator at West Space, one of Australia’s preeminent independent art organisations. With an interest in investigating structures of power, and the political, cultural and interpersonal legacies of Western history, his recent curatorial projects include Those Monuments Don’t Know Us (2019) at Bundoora Homestead Art Centre and Always there and all a part (2017) at BLINDSIDE.

Jamie Lewis (VIC)

Based on Wurundjeri Country in Melbourne, JAMIE LEWIS is a Singaporean-Australian artist, curator, dramaturg and facilitator. She creates and curates site-responsive performances that engage audiences as participants, and communities as artists; and often works with autobiographical stories, conversation and food.

Committed to diversifying practice, Jamie seeks alternative models in her work and a re-imagining of leadership, governance, and structures. Jamie is currently CEO / Executive Director at Next Wave. She has previously been the Program Manager at TNA (Theatre Network Australia), on the Board of MAV (Multicultural Arts Victoria), and was in the 2018 cohort of Australia Council for the Arts’ Future Leaders program.

Catherine Truman (SA)

Catherine Truman is an established artist working across the disciplines of art and science. She is a co-founder and current partner of Gray Street Workshop, an internationally renowned artist-run workshop established in 1985 in Adelaide, South Australia.

Truman’s practice is renowned for its diversity and depth and incorporates, objects, contemporary jewellery, digital imagery, film and installation works with a focus upon the parallels between artistic process and scientific method.

During 2019 Truman was artist in residence at the State Herbarium and Botanic Gardens of South Australia and the Flinders Centre for Ophthalmology, Eye and Vision Research, School of Medicine, Flinders University undertaking The Visible Light Project: experiments in light and perception. Working alongside botanists, horticulturalists and an ophthalmologic photographer Truman researched the parallels between the ways in which the human eye and plants process light.

Catherine Truman’s major solo exhibition titled Shared Reckonings was presented in the Museum of Economic Botany and the Dead House in the Botanic Gardens of South Australia as a part of the 2021 Adelaide Festival and explored a creative response to these paired cross-disciplinary residencies.

Joel Spring (NSW)
Joel Sherwood-Spring, a Wiradjuri man raised between Redfern and Alice Springs, is a Sydney based Masters of Architecture student and interdisciplinary artist currently focussing on the contested narratives of Sydney’s and Australia’s urban culture and indigenous history in the face of ongoing colonisation.

Joel began working with Future Method in 2017.  Future Method Studio is a collaborative and interdisciplinary practice working across architecture, installation and speculative projects.

The reVision initiative is generously supported by the Day Family Foundation, the City of Adelaide and Guildhouse donors through the 2021 Annual Appeal.

Images: Andy Butler. Photograph courtesy the speaker; Jamie Lewis. Photograph Leah McIntosh; Catherine Truman. Photograph Grant Hancock; Joel Spring. Photograph courtesy the speaker.

Photographic portrait of James Dodd

James Dodd

Built Environment, Installation, Outdoor, Painting, Public Art, Sculpture, Teaching, Wall Work.
Photographic portrait of Fran Callen

Fran Callen

Drawing, Illustration, Mixed Media, Painting, Public Art, Teaching, Wall Work.
A painting by Tom Phillips of a man painting another portrait, while a cat looks up at the work

Tom Phillips