Thursday, October 24, 2013

Meet the Town Hall Gallery Team: Kent Wilson

Art Admiral - Kent Wilson

Hello THGers! I'm Marion, your trusty gallery and curatorial support officer at Town Hall Gallery, nice to meet you.

In the lead up to our November 22 launch we thought you might like to meet your THG curatorial team. We are so excited to be back and ready to introduce you to our new spaces, retail store, Community Project Wall and all of the fantastic artists in our 2014 exhibition program.

We all asked one another a set of 5 questions designed to act as a bit of an ice-breaker. So pull up a chair, grab a coffee, and let's get to know each other a little better!

Kent Wilson - Assistant Curator

Kent joined the team at THG but a few weeks ago, bringing with him a wealth of experience as a curator, academic and an all-round nice guy. Kent holds a PhD in Fine Arts from Monash University and is a practicing artist: his installation and sculptural works explore our human relationship with nature.

At THG, Kent will be curating a major exhibition in the second half of 2014 and assisting Mardi with various curatorial projects and educational programming. Our social media platforms will be monitored by Kent (with posts by Mardi and Marion) so keep an eye out as you might pick up a few new tips and tricks!

Kent has curated numerous shows across private, public and artist-run spaces, including a satellite event for Craft Victoria's 'Craft Cubed' festival and the Macedon Ranges Projection inaugural projection prize in 2013. He was the Gallery Director at Stockroom in Kyneton in 2012 and has held positions at C3 Contemporary Art Spaces and the Convent gallery in Daylesford.

The Sub-Machine, Kent's arts website, contains reviews and critical writings about art in and around Melbourne. He chooses to call the lovely town of Kyneton in regional Victoria 'home' with his wife, artist Lucy James, and their cat, Marcel.


When you're not at the gallery, how do you spend your free time?
I am a certifiable art-nerd, so when I'm not at the gallery here I'm usually writing about art, visiting other galleries or making my own art. At the moment I'm actually working with my wife, Lucy James (who grew up in Kew and is an alumni of MLC, just up the road) on a collaborative art project, which will be exhibiting in Melbourne early next year.

If you could have dinner with any artist, living or deceased, who would it be and why?
I would love to have a meal with the Australian artist who made the world's oldest known representation of the human face. Up in the Burrup Peninsula of Western Australia we have some of the most amazing and important engravings, carved into the surface of rocks tens of thousands of years ago. At some point in history, one particular person decided to scratch a shape into the ground or sand, or in this case a rock, that looked like something else. That impulse was an evolutionary advance of monumental impact. Imagine chatting to that person over crumbed barramundi fillets, served on a bed of wild rice and washed down with a nice chilled bottle of your favourite wine.

What superpower would you have and why?
Time travel. Imagine the things you could go back and look at! Or, you know, fix up. That time I tripped over in front of the whole class on my first day at a new school, trying to demonstrate the triple-jump? Eradicated from history.

What three words would you use to describe the new Town Hall Gallery?
Spacious, alive, comforting.

What are you looking forward to the most in 2014 at Town Hall Gallery?
There's quite a lot of things going on that it's hard to pin down just one. The public programming is going to be great, allowing for an interaction with the community, providing insights into artists' ideas and working methods, and sharing skills and knowledge. 

The Community Project Wall is also going to be exciting, allowing artists from Boroondara to show their work alongside international artists, rising art stars and icons of Australian art. We've got some big names in the regular programming, some great partnerships teed up with talented people and we'll be pushing some new boundaries in the way we show work and communicate it. There's nothing I'm NOT looking forward to!

Stay tuned for another 'Meet the Town Hall Gallery team' installment featuring our Senior Curator soon!

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