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AUSTRALIAN ART WORKS TO TOUR

Paintings and sculptures by two Australian artists are to tour the east and west coasts of Australia with the support of Australian Government funding, the Minister for the Arts and Sport, Senator Rod Kemp, announced today.

Senator Kemp announced funding of $425 000 to support the development and touring of the two major exhibitions, through the Government’s Contemporary Touring Initiative.

“The Contemporary Touring Initiative is making contemporary Australian visual arts and craft more accessible to audiences across the country. As a part of this initiative, the works of artist Tim Johnson and sculptor James Angus will tour across four Australian states,” Senator Kemp said.

The Queensland Art Gallery, in collaboration with the Art Gallery of New South Wales, will receive $225 000 to develop and tour an exhibition of the work of Tim Johnson. Tim Johnson: Painting Ideas will focus on the principles that underlie Johnson's artistic practice, his engagement with Aboriginal culture and his collaborative approach to making artworks.

The Tim Johnson exhibition will feature key individual works and collaborations from 1970 to the present, including early light sculptures, films, performances and artist books of the late 1960s and early 1970s, paintings and installations.

In addition, Senator Kemp said the Museum of Contemporary Art will receive $200 000 to develop and tour an exhibition by Australian sculptor James Angus across four Australian states. The exhibition focuses on the artist’s ongoing experimentation with processes and new technologies.

The exhibition presents a selection of key works by Angus from the mid 1990s to the present. His work explores the physical properties of objects and their manipulation. He often uses computer models in the realisation of his works and consults mathematicians, engineers and biologists as part of the research process.

Angus has exhibited and been collected by museums in Australia and around the world, including the Art Gallery of Western Australia and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. The exhibition will provide the first opportunity for Australian audiences to view an entire body of his work.

The Australian Government's Contemporary Touring Initiative aims to promote contemporary Australian visual arts and craft through quality publications, education and public programs that are a part of touring exhibitions, and that encourage partnerships between major collecting institutions.

Further information can be found at www.dcita.gov.au/arts/arts/contemporary_touring_initiative

CANBERRA June 2006

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