Early Opportunities

Smart Arts

 

2010

 

Smart Arts is a youth and cultural festival held at Pine Street Creative Arts Centre in Chippendale, Sydney. The festival includes an exhibition, workshops and many events, including a launch or closing party with live music, theatrical performances, art and activities.

 

In 2010 Olivia was a committee member, helping formulate the program with a particular emphasis on organising the exhibition. In 2010 the Smart Arts committee received the Betty Makin Youth Award for our efforts.

 

With YOLK Collective, Olivia was once again connected to Smart Arts in 2013, but this time reporting on the festival.

 

 

Photo credit: YOLK Collective

Art Month

 

 

 

 

March, 2010

 

2010 was the very first year of Art Month Sydney. Olivia was a volunteer for the project. This involved helping with different galleries each week with their events, talks, workshops or demonstrations. It also required directing the public to and between events.

 

Art Month Sydney is a not-for-profit festival of contemporary art for the Australian Art Events Foundation. - www.artmonthsydney.com.au

Generationext

22 April to 17 May

2005 to 2008

 

Generationext is a youth programme run by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney. Launching in 2005, this programme involves a group of teenaged students organising four major youth oriented event nights at the Museum each year that engage in the current exhibitions, under the guidence of the MCA. 

 

Olivia was a part of the initial focus group that came up with the format of the programme and was on the committee for three and a half years. Generationext opened her eyes up to the role of a curator, a position she has been chasing ever since.

 

Art Express

 

2007

 

A group of students were selected from Dulwich High School of Visual Arts, in Sydney's inner-west, to curate an exhibition celebrating 25 years of ArtExpress, an annual series of exhibitions of exemplary artworks created by New South Wales visual arts students for the Higher School Certificate examination. This involved selecting works from the ArtExpress collection and installing them at the William Watkin's Gallery. The promotion, media, opening event and catering were also organised by the students. Olivia was a part of this team. 

Artsidein

 

2006

 

Playing the role of creative matchmaker, the curator, Olivia Welch, paired together artists to see what two minds and four hands produce when working in tandem. This project was not solely concerned with the end product - the entire process was captured and documented on the Brenda May Gallery blog, accessible from their website.

 

Artists included: Melinda Le Guay + Leslie Oliver, Al Munro + Waratah Lahy, Mylyn Nguyen + Todd Fuller.

 

Playing the role of creative matchmaker, the curator, Olivia Welch, paired together artists to see what two minds and four hands produce when working in tandem. This project was not solely concerned with the end product - the entire process was captured and documented on the Brenda May Gallery blog, accessible from their website.

 

Artists included: Melinda Le Guay + Leslie Oliver, Al Munro + Waratah Lahy, Mylyn Nguyen + Todd Fuller.

© 2014. Olivia Welch lives and works on the unceded traditional lands and waters of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. She acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land and waters, and pays respect to Elders past, present and emerging. Always was, always will be Aboriginal land.

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