Call Collect @ AGNSW

CAll collect

Conversations on art making, art collecting and everything in between

In this series of conversations with artists, Daniel Mudie Cunningham dials up what it means to collect and what collections say about the personalities who amass them. An avid collector himself, Daniel confesses to an ambivalent relationship to accumulation. Heeding his childhood advice from his Nan that “you can’t take it with you” after you die, Daniel’s experience fluctuates from periods of manic collecting followed by riddance.

This conversational series will reflect on how personal collections impact on artist’s practices. Each week a different artist will chat with Daniel about their experience as artists whose work plunders from collected troves of found sources, to pick apart the human impulse to hoard and what that means for the management of stuff.

Daniel Mudie Cunningham with Tony Albert

Tony Albert’s practice interrogates contemporary legacies of colonialism, often through imagery and materials from his vast collections of ‘Aboriginalia’ – a term Albert coined to describe kitsch artefacts and souvenirs portraying Aboriginality in a stereotypical and racist way. In this conversation, Tony and Daniel will reflect on how their respective collections of kitsch reflect the politics, nostalgia and revisionism typical of a desire to collect things from the past.


Saturday 7 April 2018 11:30am – 12:30pm

Daniel Mudie Cunningham with Sean Rafferty

Sean Rafferty uses processes of collecting, mapping and archiving to search for meanings in the ways that places and ideas are represented. One of his ongoing collections, ‘Cartonography’, is comprised of Australian fruit cartons, which are archived, catalogued and mapped as source material for his installation practice. In this conversation, Daniel and Sean explore their passion for Australiana and how it acts as an important aspect of their art practices.


Saturday 21 April 2018 11:30am – 12:30pm

Daniel Mudie Cunningham with Nell

Nell’s multidisciplinary art practice melds spiritual traditions with the inherent histories and magic of materials. Her great love of Rock ‘n’ Roll and small joys manifest in artworks that are everyday meditations on what is means to stay familiar with the certainty of your own mortality. In this spirited conversation, Daniel and Nell rave over their mutual pop fandom and how it informs obsessive collecting practices that become incorporated into artmaking.


Saturday 28 April 2018 11:30am – 12:30pm

Daniel Mudie Cunningham with Cherine Fahd

Cherine Fahd is an artist whose photographic work explores portraiture, concealment and the performance of identity. In this conversation, Daniel and Cherine unpack their shared fixation for found photographs and how amateur snapshots from eBay or personal images from their respective family archives is an ongoing inspiration and research methodology for their image making.


Saturday 12 May 2018 11:30am – 12:30pm