15/05/2018 - 14:24

Pica showcases emerging artists

15/05/2018 - 14:24

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Pica showcases emerging artists
Elham Eshraghian is one of five WA-based artists featured in the Hatched exhibition, with her installation Bohran. Photo: PICA

Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts will launch its 27th Hatched: National Graduate Show this Friday night, showcasing 30 new graduates from across the country, including five local artists.

After the exhibition ends on July 15, judges will award the winning artist $40,000 as part of the Schenberg Arts Fellowship through the University of Western Australia.

From painting, sculpture and drawing, to installation, video and sound work, the exhibition is designed to offer a snapshot of current contemporary art practices in Australia.

According to Pica, Hatched is one of the most enduring and fundamental ways the gallery fulfills its mission to support innovative and new art practices, and provide career opportunities for emerging artists.

PICA director Amy Barrett-Lennard said Hatched frequently provided artists with their first opportunity to present work within a supportive and professional gallery environment as well as a network of peers across the country.

Among the WA artists featured is Elham Eshraghian, whose 2017-18 installation series explores her mother’s experiences of exile, having escaped from Iran while fleeing persecution during the 1979 revolution.

Another local artist, Claire Gillam, has developed artwork across multimedia and sculpture that simulates musical interactions between plants.

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