A NEW FESTIVAL BRINGING TOGETHER ARTIST-RUN INITIATIVES AND EMERGING ARTISTS FROM ACROSS AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND FOR 10 DAYS OF EXHIBITIONS, MUSIC, PERFORMANCE, PARTIES AND TALKS.
HOBIENNALE acknowledges and
respects the palawa people as the
traditional and ongoing owners and
custodians of lutruwita.
The 2017 HOBIENNALE (or HB17 for short) brings together a large group of artist-run initiatives from across Australia and New Zealand, with each curating an exhibition as part of the festival program.
HB17 is showcasing the work of around 100 emerging and mid-career artists. It is a free festival that will occupy a range of existing galleries and unusual sites across Hobart. The extensive festival program includes exhibition openings, artist talks, music and performances.
HOBIENNALE is the first festival of its kind in Australia and will continue biannually.
Artist-run initiatives are grassroots organisations, led by groups of volunteers. HB17 believe that some of the most interesting, critical and diverse exhibitions are shown by artist-run initiatives, and that these varied organisations are incredibly important to Australia’s art landscape and to their respective communities.
There is a national climate of uncertainty within the arts, influenced by changes to the structure of major arts organisations and diminishing funding opportunities. These changes will continue to have an impact on young Australian artists. HB17 aims to create a space for conversations around this issue to take place, and for organisations and artists to demonstrate current strengths and future potential to a wide audience.
HB17 is facilitated by Hobart based artist-run initiative Constance and is curated by Grace Herbert and Liam James.
HB17 is funded by the Australia Council for the Arts, Hobart City Council and Tasmanian Regional Arts.