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KATE MCMILLAN - 2014 PROJECTS AND ARTIST UPDATE

Venn represented Australian artist Kate McMillan is continuing to pursue an international career since relocating to London in early 2013.

Last month, McMillan commenced a sought after Australia Council for the Arts international studio residency, housed at ACME Studios in East London. This will lead to a solo show of new work at the ACME Project Space during 1 – 14 July 2014.




McMillan will present another solo exhibition, The Moment of Disappearance, at Sydney’s prestigious Performance Space in November this year, which will contain her largest body of work yet. To support the development of this major work, McMillan received funding via the significant Creative Development Fellowship from the Department of the Culture and the Arts.

The Moment of Disappearance will see three interlinking films backed by a sound score composed by Cat Hope and performed by the London Improvisers Orchestra. Each work will focus on a historically unique island site, each of which are linked through their obscured histories of isolation, colonisation and banishment. These include Pontikinisi, Greece, Wadjemup (Rottnest Island), Western Australia, and Port Arthur, Tasmania, and will be projected alongside sculptural objects, sound, lighting design and live sound performances.

This exhibition will coincide with the release of a comprehensive artist monograph on McMillan’s practice. This retrospective publication is to be printed in the UK and distributed internationally.



In other exciting news, The Momentum Collection, based in Berlin, Germany, recently acquired Paradise I and II – two of McMillan’s recent video works that first featured in her 2012 solo exhibition at Venn Gallery, Paradise Falls. Momentum is a leading global institution for time-based art and strives to provide a platform for exchange amongst exceptional international contemporary artists. Late last year Momentum collaborated with TRAFO Centre for Contemporary Art in Poland to present the group exhibition Thresholds, which featured McMillan’s video works alongside a host of leading international artists.


Kate McMillan’s photographic triptych Isle of the dead 2012 is currently showing on the ground floor of Venn until 4 April 2014.


A selection of McMillan’s artworks are available to view in the Venn Gallery stockroom. To arrange a viewing, please contact the gallery on 08 9321 8366 or gallery@venn.net



Image credits:

The Moment of Disappearance 2012-2014 (detail), four HD films, sculpture, sound composed by Cat Hope and performed by the London Improvisers Orchestra, dimensions variable. Debuting in 2014. Image courtesy of the artist.

Paradise Falls I (still) 2012, HD digital film, 2:49, editions of three

Isle of the dead I 2012, still from Paradise Falls II film shoot, digital photograph, 170 x 120 cm, edition of five