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(left to right): Nic Granleese; John Gollings (detail).

The Nature Of Commissioning

Wednesday 27 August 2014, 6—8pm
at Robin Boyd Foundation.
bookings required.
Members $30, Non-members $40
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The Sievers Project Public Programs at Walsh Street

In collaboration with Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP), The Robin Boyd Foundation presents a series of discussions on themes inspired by The Sievers Project. Currently exhibiting at CCP, early career artists, working across media from photography through to installation, have responded in diverse ways to renowned Australian photographer Wolfgang Sievers (1913—2007), icon of 20th century Australian photography. In the first session panelists will address changing fashions in architectural photography since Wolfgang Sievers and the second panel will investigate the process of commissioning in architecture, photography and contemporary design.

These sessions will be presented at Walsh Street, the house that architect Robin Boyd designed for his own family in 1957. Now the home of the Robin Boyd Foundation, Walsh Street is an exemplar of modernist Australian architecture.

Practitioners from a range of disciplines speak about how they approach the process of making work that has been commissioned. Does the transaction between the commissioner and the commissioned vary between art forms? How have these esteemed practitioners engaged with their commissions? Is the tenor of the relationship with the commissioner relevant to the outcome?


Naomi Cass
Director, Centre for Contemporary Photography

Kyla McFarlane
Co Curator, The Sievers Project


Andrew Maynard
Director, Andrew Maynard Architects (AMA)

Andrew is a Tasmanian architect, living and working in Fitzroy. Andrew Maynard Architects was created to strike a balance between built projects and polemical design studies. The resulting highly crafted built work and socio-political concepts have garnered global recognition and his work has been awarded, published and exhibited throughout the world.

Susan Cohn
Director, Workshop 3000

Susan Cohn is a contemporary jeweller, designer, writer and curator. Her long-standing practice works across the art-craft-design divide, thinking through the implications of technology, social function and user experience, with a key interest in contemporary jewellery as wearable technology. Cohn holds a doctorate degree of Philosophy in Fine Art Theory, is the current artist representative on the Council of Trustees of the National Gallery of Victoria and is represented by Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne and Sydney.

Damien Wright
Founder and Director of Wright Studios / Designer and Timber Craftsman

Damien Wright is an award-winning furniture designer and craftsman. Wright realises his designs through the painstaking use of indigenous Australian hardwood species that are not traditionally used to make furniture. Through extensive research and sensitive cross-cultural collaboration, Wright incorporates into his design philosophy a wealth of knowledge regarding Australian history, politics and land management practices.

Phuong Ngo

Contemporary visual artist, Phuong Ngo's practice explores the individual and collected identity of the Vietnamese Diaspora through the exploration of history, politics and culture. Lullaby (2014) and selections from Mother Vietnam (2014), currently exhibiting at CCP, are sculptural and photographic works created in response to a single work by Wolfgang Sievers; as well as Sievers' declared interest in the dignity of labour.

Supported by

Architectural Photography, then and now

Centre for Contemporary Photography Centre for Contemporary Photography Centre for Contemporary Photography Centre for Contemporary Photography Centre for Contemporary Photography