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TCotA Forum (Inveresk) - Joan Marie Kelly | Pushing Boundaries


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

Start Date

28 Apr 2016 12:30 pm

End Date

28 Apr 2016 1:30 pm


Lecture Theatre 1A181, Inveresk Campus

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Students and members of the public are welcome to attend.

Joan Marie Kelly - Pushing Boundaries

Pushing Boundaries: Narratives of Engagement Beyond the Social Frame

Joan Marie Kelly facilitates social art events consisting of interdisciplinary collaborations with several researchers and communities. Collaborating changes the intension and outcome of the social art events, opening up whole new fields. Creativity and rudimental tools of drawing applied in different contexts with scholarly researchers has the ability to transform the intension and meaning of the scholarly work in collaboration with visual language.

The discussion focuses on her most recent social art events between Bangladesh and Indian foreign workers and a group of engineering students in Singapore. She will also discuss a series of art making workshops with sex workers in Kolkata India. Lastly she will discuss "Language Made Visible," an interdisciplinary collaboration with Linguists, illustrators and the communities of oral speakers. This involves three linguist working in different focus areas in Asia. Each linguist has spent a decade learning the community's oral language and documenting cultural heritage. Kelly leads a group of illustrators in creating the first illustrated children's books using the new text of oral language.

Joan Marie Kelly has been living and teaching in Asia since 2005 as a Senior Lecturer at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.  She has pursued a career in painting and ceramics yet Asia inspired her to develop a social art practice. She is an Urban Ecologist, investigating the ecosystem of the city initiating artistic connections with migrant workers and disenfranchised communities. The act of painting is a point of encounter, empowering people through creativity in neighbourhoods of Kolkata, Shenzhen, Singapore, and Thailand. Kelly majored in painting but is just as comfortable with sculpting in clay using various firing techniques from wood fire to Ruku. Her recent solo exhibitions were held in New Delhi India, Blue Mountain Gallery New York City and Smith College USA. Recent Biennale's include, Beijing Izmir Turkey, Korea, and Casablanca. A 2012 publication of her work "Zones of Contact: The Public Art of Joan Marie Kelly" includes an essay by New York Art critic David Cohen.

Upcoming Arts Forum
5 May | Deepti Gupta, Artist-in-residence
12 May | Graduate Colloquium
19 May | Kay Flavell
26 May | Angelika Bock, Artist-in-residence

Image credit: Scott Nathaniel, Engineering Students with Bangladesh and Indian Foreign Workers, March 2016.

TCotA Forum is a series of free public lectures held at the Tasmanian College of the Arts (Inveresk). Students and members of the public are welcome to attend. Lectures are presented by staff, visiting scholars from Tasmania, mainland Australia and overseas, industry professionals and artists-in-residence.

Thursdays 12.30 - 1.30pm

Lecture Theatre 1A181
Tasmanian College of the Arts (Inveresk)
Academy of the Arts
University of Tasmania
Inveresk Campus
Launceston 7250 AUSTRALIA