Protest and Peter Tyndall
Join Peter Tyndall and Sam Burke for a conversation unpacking protest and art
A series of groundbreaking events held in regional Victoria in the 1970’s, the Mildura Sculpture Triennials left an indelible mark on the Australian contemporary art landscape. Led by curator Tom McCullough, who would use his Mildura Model to later fashion his directorship of the Sydney Biennale, the Triennials were
‘a freewheeling consideration of contemporary forms that the state art museums could barely contemplate, let alone accommodate’ Julie Ewington
Sam Burke will discuss with Tyndall his participation in the Triennials and their influence on his early career. Uncovering the roots of his protest practice and its continuation to the present day, the conversation will examine works within the exhibition and Tyndall’s central role in the ‘book burning’ fiery demise of one of Australia’s most seminal experimental art events.
Buxton Contemporary will be open from 11am with talks commencing at 1.30pm. Protest and Peter Tyndall talk will also be followed by Peter Tyndall: Artist Walkthrough commencing at 3pm.
Saturday 25 March, 1.30pm–2.30pm
Free event, RSVP essential
Buxton Contemporary is fully wheelchair accessible.
Peter Tyndall was born in Melbourne and lives and works in Hepburn Springs. Maintaining a rigorous studio practice spanning 50 years, Tyndall interrogates how art, language, presence and absence operate in relation to one another in comprehending the world around us.
Exhibitions include Serial and Conceptual Photography, Spare Room 33, Canberra (2017); Geniale Dilletanten (Brilliant Dilletantes): Subcuulture in Germany in the 1980s + Australian ingenious amateurs, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne (2015); Howard Arkley (and friends…), TarraWarra Museum of Art, Victoria (2015); Pop to Popism, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (2014); Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2013); Reinventing the Wheel: the Readymade Century, Monash University Museum of Art (2013); Mix Tape 1980s Appropriation, Subculture, Critical Style, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2013); detail, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Sydney (2012); Let the Healing Begin, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2011); Unscripted: Language in Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (2005); The Song of the Earth, Museum Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany (2000); Peter Tyndall, Bendigo Art Gallery, Bendigo (1997); Postcards: Peter Tyndall Contemporary Art Archive 5, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (1994).
Sam has held residencies at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Canada, The British School at Rome, Bundanon Trust in Australia, and received support for her work from numerous bodies, including the Ian Potter Foundation, Creative Victoria, Regional Arts Victoria, The University of Melbourne, RACV, MECCA, Apple Australia, the City of Melbourne and the City of Adelaide. She is currently writing and directing Raised on Fertile Ground, an art documentary that looks at the groundbreaking Mildura Sculpture Triennials and was a Leading Lights awardee at the 2022 AIDC.