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THURSDAY, APRIL 22 2010
Rounds artists Bennett Miller & George Egerton-Warburton in Melbourne for Next Wave's No Risk to Great Festival


Bennett Miller, Dachshund U.N.

Image courtesy of Bennett Miller, 2010.
"World renowned dachshund artist", Bennett Miller, is currently in Melbourne putting the finishing touches on his Dachshund U.N. project, the greatest dachshund project ever to be attempted by the Perth-based artist. Dachshund U.N. is both a large scale architectural installation and a performance work that examines the role of the United Nations as a risk management organisation. Miller has spent the last year recruiting dachshunds from all over Victoria, and it's very nearly time for these dachshunds to take the stage. Audiences are invited to these exclusive live viewings of the operations of the Dachshund U.N., where 47 specially recruited dachshunds will engage in rigorous debate...read more

George Egerton-Warburton, The Chicken Stampede
Photo by Florence Keeley, 2010.
The day a herd of chickens almost stampeded down Smith Street. An exhibition and performance documenting a young artist's attempt to culturally reposition Australia through the stampeding of several hundred chickens. In 2009-10, in an absurd and fantastical attempt at emphasising the sterility of contemporary culture, George Egerton-Warburton endeavoured to organise a stampede of 500 chickens down Smith Street, Collingwood. There, a surplus of food donated by local restaurants was to be made available to the gaggle of excited poultry, before they were carefully mustered into the backyard of Next Wave Festival director, Jeff Khan; to fertilise it for the upcoming gardening season. At the conclusion of the stampede, the chickens were to be given away to members of the public, to take home and care for, in the interest of self-sufficiency... read more

To find out more visit 2010.nextwave.org.au.


FRIDAY, APRIL 16 2010
Congratulations Andrew Varano

Andrew Varano, END 2009. Image courtesy of the artist, Installation view of Hatched 2010: National Graduate Show at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts. Photo by Andrew Varano.
Rounds writer Andrew Varano is the recipient of the inaugural Dr Harold Schenberg Art Prize for his artwork at this years Hatched exhibition.


MONDAY, APRIL 12 2010
Jump Mentorships Announced - Rounds Curator/ Artist Sarah Rowbottam is a recipient

Image courtesy of the artist, 2010. Photo by Sarah Rowbottam.
Federal Arts Minister Peter Garrett recently announced the thirty-six successful applicants to JUMP - Australia's largest national mentoring program for young and emerging artists funded by the Australia Council. Six artists in Western Australia are being supported including Rounds Curator/ Artist Sarah Rowbottam who will be mentored by PICA's Curator, Leigh Robb in the development of an exciting new body of work.