Protest and Peter Tyndall

Saturday 25 March, 1.30pm
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.

Event Details

Saturday 25 March, 1.30pm–2.30pm

Free event, RSVP essential


Buxton Contemporary is fully wheelchair accessible.

About the speakers
Peter Tyndall
Peter Tyndall

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): Sub­cul­ture 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 Burke
Sam Burke
Sam Burke is a multidisciplinary artist. She has exhibited and performed throughout Australia, Europe, Asia and the United States and is a 2022 Creative Fellow of State Library Victoria. Sam holds a Masters in Contemporary Art from the VCA, a Bachelor of Music from The University of Melbourne and is a current visiting artist at Monash University’s SensiLab.

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.