Images: Chelsea Farquhar, 2021, lead light; Chelsea Farquhar, 2021, pewter hooves. Images courtesy the artist.

The Collections Project: Chelsea Farquhar

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra with Adelaide Festival Centre

Chelsea Farquhar’s interests lie in responding to the performative rituals and historic importance of the ASO and their archive. Utilising sculpture, performance and video to highlight moments of exchange and collaboration, Farquhar is researching the ASO as a living collection, including sheet music, performance brochures and posters, instruments, architecture and the players themselves.

The Collections Project: Adelaide Symphony Orchestra with Adelaide Festival Centre

Following on from the inaugural partnership in 2020 between Guildhouse and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and the Adelaide Festival Centre, the 2021 The Collections Project connects visual artists with musicians and composers, and public cultural spaces to result in the creation and presentation of new digital artwork. Situated within the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra a South Australian visual artist or artist team will undertake research and create new media-based work in response to the ASO as a ‘Collection’ – potentially comprising the ASO archives, Composer in Association and key members of the orchestra. The new work will include a digital outcome, and will be presented at the Adelaide Festival Centre external screen as part of SALA 2022. A digital catalogue, in addition to digital documentation of the project and its creative processes and outcomes, will accompany the exhibition.

Chelsea Farquhar at Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Photograph Lana Adams.

Chelsea Farquhar

Chelsea Farquhar is a South Australian based emerging artist who utilises sculptural and performative outcomes to highlight moments of exchange and collaboration.

Farquhar graduated with first class honours from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2020 where she received the West Space Window Exhibition award to exhibit in 2021. In 2017 Farquhar graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Adelaide Central School of Art and in 2018 received a Carclew Fellowship. In 2022 Chelsea will be undertaking a residency at Watch This Space gallery in Alice Springs NT.