Art of Sound

Stereo sound in touring exhibition
6 minutes duration
Caboolture Regional Art Gallery, QLD
19 October – 14 December 2013
Holmes à Court Gallery at Vasse Felix, WA
9 June – 15 September 2013
Grafton Regional Gallery, NSW

23 January – 13 February 2013

Selected artist in three consecutive iterations of a touring exhibition developed by Brendan Smith for the Australian National Film and Sound Archive.
The Art of Sound
was a collaborative project combining sound with visual art, having four showings in 2013-14.

Dusk Til Dawn (from the Alice Springs Sound Atlas) included in the Sound Palette for the Art of Sound and selected by curators for Caboolture, Holmes a Court and Grafton gallery shows - the only piece from the sound palette to feature in three consecutive shows. Other works in the Sound Palette, curated from the national archive of the NFSA, including pieces from Dirty Three, The Necks, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Percy Grainger, Mark Atkins, Skyhooks, Scattered Order, Dame Joan Sutherland, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Hunter & Collectors, Not Drowning Waving and Archie Roach.


The Art of Sound
was a collaborative project between the NFSA and selected regional art galleries examines the intersections between sound and the visual arts. It was inspired by the NFSA’s mandate to share its audiovisual collection with the people of Australia through touring projects, film festivals, screenings and exhibitions.

NFSA curators compiled a ‘sound palette’ for the project – a package of Australian recordings that represent the breadth and diversity of the sound collection. The palette includes songs, speeches, experimental works, spoken word, orchestral compositions and environmental recordings. You can learn more about the palette and listen to some of the works here. The palette is shared with the partner galleries, whose curators explore both the sounds of the palette and the galleries’ own collections to create unique exhibitions, linking sound recordings to selected artworks that they feel complement each other. The final combination of sounds and artworks is different at each gallery visited by The Art of Sound.

The Art of Sound also involves a collaborative partnership with composer and sound artist James Hurley of the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). James’ knowledge, research, expertise and invaluable technical and acoustic advice has been vital throughout the project’s development and successful delivery.

In the first year of the project, the NFSA partnered with two regional galleries, to explore the concept and the colourful opportunities and challenges it presented: the Grafton Regional Gallery in northern NSW and the Holmes à Court Gallery at Vasse Felix in Margaret River, WA.

In the second year of the project, we partnered with two more regional galleries:
Caboolture Regional Art Gallery in Queensland and the Burnie Regional Art Gallery in Tasmania.

Dusk til Dawn was installed as part of the following exhibitions:

Caboolture Regional Art Gallery
19 October – 14 December 2013
Free entry
Curator Sound Forum: 19 October, midday
Caboolture Hub – 4 Hasking Street, Caboolture Qld
Opening hours: Monday to Friday – 9.00am-4.00pm; Saturday: 9.00am-3.00pm; Sunday: closed
(07) 3205 0555

Holmes à Court Gallery at Vasse Felix
9 June – 15 September 2013
Free entry
Curator Sound Forum: 9 June, 10am
Corner Tom Cullity Drive and Caves Road, Cowaramup WA
Opening hours: 7 days, 10am-5pm
(08) 9756 5000

Grafton Regional Gallery
23 January – 13 February 2013
Free entry
Curator Sound Forum: 9 February, 2pm
158 Fitzroy Street, Grafton NSW
Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday (closed Monday), 10am-4pm
(02) 6642 3177

 

Visitors to these exhibitions experienced the curated combination of artworks and associated sound recordings in the gallery environment, exploring the curatorial intersections and the combination of art and sound.

The Art of Sound was supported by the National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program, an Australian Government program aiming to improve access to the national collections for all Australians.