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TCotA Forum - John Vella


TCotA Forum is a public program of the Tasmanian College of the Arts

Start Date

6 Mar 2015 12:30 pm

End Date

6 Mar 2015 1:30 pm


Dechaineux Lecture Theatre

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TCotA Forum welcomes all students and members of the public.

Tina TurnerWhat's art got to do with it?

John Vella commits acts of physical and conceptual frottage on communities, objects and systems; 'rubbings' that recycle the act and artefact of lived experience. Mediating status, value and 'damage by design' Vella develops diverse testimonies to the epic and incidental aspects of our personal and material histories.

John was born and raised in Sydney, Australia and moved to Hobart, Tasmania in 1996. Since dropping out of studying architecture in 1988, he has travelled extensively overseas, worked as a waiter, labourer, photographer, telemarketer, truck loader, phone book factory hand, exhibitions officer, and gallery attendant; completed a DipFA with Distinction (National Art School, Sydney), a BFA (Hons) first class and an MFA (Tasmanian College of the Arts, University of Tasmania, Hobart).

John has exhibited across diverse Australian and international contexts that include: the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Hobart, Australia; the Stockholm Independent Art Fair, Sweden; Glasgow International Arts Festival, Glasgow, UK; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia; The Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award, Melbourne, Australia; the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Australia and Contemporary Art Tasmania, Hobart, Australia. In addition to having been awarded five major public art commissions John has received a number of highly competitive grants from the Australia Council and Arts Tasmania.

John Vella has guest lectured at a number of Australian and European tertiary institutions and was appointed as the Tasmanian College of the Arts Head of Discipline (Art), University of Tasmania, Hobart in 2014.

In his Art Forum presentation John will explore incidental experience and image as triggers for creative potential and practice.

image credit: Tina Turner, PBS Arts from Cleveland: Women Who Rock on WXXI-TV | WXXI 

TCotA Forum is a weekly series of free public lectures held at the Tasmanian College of the Arts (Hunter St) during the semester. TCotA Forum welcomes all students and members of the public, providing a unique opportunity to hear local, national and international visiting scholars and presenters from diverse sectors of the arts discuss their area of professional practice.