Merilyn Fairskye – News
MERILYN FAIRSKYE in PLANETARY GARDENING
3 March – 26 March 2017
Photo Access, Manuka Arts Centre, ACT
Planetary Gardening explores the symbiotic relationships between the cultural and the chemical, the organic and the technological, and the agency of human and non-human actors.
MERILYN FAIRSKYE in BLACK MIST BURNT COUNTRY
24 February – 23 April 2017
Swan Hill Regional Gallery, VIC
MERILYN FARISKYE in BLACK MIST BURNT COUNTRY
24 September – 30 October 2016
National Trust S.H. Ervin Gallery, NSW
On 27 September 1956 the British exploded an atomic bomb in the southern part of the Great Victoria Desert of South Australia. The place would become known as Maralinga. It was the first of seven British atomic tests in Australia in 1956 and 1957, which were followed by over 600 so called ‘minor tests’ with highly toxic substances such as plutonium and beryllium until 1963. Black Mist Burnt Country is a national touring exhibition project, which commemorates the 60th anniversary of the British atomic test series at Maralinga.
JOSEPHINE ULRICK & WIN SCHUBERT PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD
until 21 August 2016
Gold Coast City Gallery, QLD
Stills is delighted to congratulate Merilyn Fairskye who is a finalist in the 2016 Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photography Award.
JOSEPHINE ULRICK & WIN SCHUBERT PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD 2015
28 March – 31 May 2015
Gold Coast City Art Gallery, QLD
Stills is delighted to congratulate Merilyn Fairskye whose work Birds from the series Plant Life (Dungeness) (2015) is a finalist in this years Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photography Award.
MERILYN FAIRSKYE & ANNE FERRAN in THE SCEPTICAL IMAGE
1 – 30 August 2014
Sydney College of the Arts, NSW
This exhibition responds to the theme of scepticism, presenting works by eleven contemporary artists. Anne Ferran is represented by works from her recent series Box of Birds (2013) and Merilyn Fairskye will present a new video work, MARCH. Shot on location, this work engages with the annexation of Crimea and the subsequent events in Ukraine.
MERILYN FAIRSKYE & PETRINA HICKS finalists 38th ALICE ART PRIZE
10 May – 9 June 2014
Araluen Arts Centre, NT
Congratulations to Merilyn Fairskye and Petrina Hicks, selected as finalists in the 38th Alice Art Prize. Merilyn Fairskye is represented by Long Life (1), a video work shot in Kakadu National Park. Petrina Hicks is represented by New Age (2013).
ELLA DREYFUS, MERILYN FAIRSKYE, ANNE FERRAN & JUSTINE VARGA finalists ‘THE JOSEPHINE ULRICK AND WIN SHUBERT PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD’
6 April – 19 May 2013
Gold Coast City Gallery, The Arts Centre Gold Coast
Congratulations to Ella Dreyfus, Merilyn Fairskye, Anne Ferran and Justine Varga who have been selected as finalists in this years ‘Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award’.
Now in its 13th year, ‘The Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award’ is considered one of the most important annual surveys of contemporary Australian photographic practice.
Ella Dreyfus will be represented by her work #11 from Under Twelve Under Twenty which exhibited at Stills Gallery in 2012. This series follows a group of young boys first photographed at 12 years of age and photographed again seven years later.
Merilyn Fairskye’s new work Open Pit from Long Life, 2013 has been selected in which she looks at the impact of mining on the environment in Mirarr country inside Kakadu National Park.
New work from Anne Ferran’s forthcoming series Box of Birds is included in the prize, as well as Justine Varga’s beautifully minimalist work Moving out #8 from her 2012 exhibition at Stills Gallery.
The award will be judged by another Stills Gallery favourite, New Zealand photographer Anne Noble.
MERILYN FAIRSKYE in ARTISTS’ ALPHABETS, MOMA
August 1 to October 22, 2012
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, US
Merilyn Fairskye’s publication Alphabets of Loss for the Late 20th Century: Alchemy– Zeitgeist, is included in this exhibition of artists’ books under the letter B – as it is written entirely in braille. The selection of publications, which span the past 100 hundred years all share the same initial inspiration, the ABC book.
PETRINA HICKS & MERILYN FAIRSKYE in MY FAVOURITE THINGS: PHOTOGRAPHIC TALKS
Wednesday 15 August 2012 - Petrina Hicks
Wednesday 12 September 2012 - Merilyn Fairskye
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Petrina Hicks and Merilyn Fairskye both feature in the 2012 line up of My favourite things, a series of photographic talks in which artists discuss their favourite images from literature, music and the visual arts. The artists will explore personal inspirations and their unique relationship with the medium of photography.
MERILYN FAIRSKYE: FILM TO BE SHOWN IN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Merilyn Fairskye’s film Precarious will be screened at the Al Jazeera International Documentary Film Festival in Doha, Qatar, April 19-22. This is the 8th year the festival would have been running and provides a platform for international filmmakers to celebrate creative talent and encourage a diverse cultural interest in documentary films.
STILLS ARTISTS FINALISTS IN JOSEPHINE ULRICK PORTRAITURE PRIZE, 2012
Out of 75 finalists in the Josephine Ulrick Portraiture Prize, three Stills artists were featured - Merilyn Fairskye, Petrina Hicks and Polixeni Papapetrou. Although none were fortunate to take out the prize, we are please to announce that Merilyn Fairskye’s work was acquired for the collection. In this stand out exhibition of excellent contemporary Australian photography we are reminded of ways that artists use photography to make sense of our world and provide the viewer with altered perspectives.
MERILYN FAIRSKYE AND PETRINA HICKS: FEATURED AT 17TH INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY ART FESTIVAL - SESC_VIDEOBRASIL
September through December 2011
SESC Belenzinho | SESC Pompeia | State Art Gallery
São Paulo, SP, Brazil
Merilyn Fairskye and Petrina Hicks have been selected among 5 Australian artists and 1,295 entrants for the 17th International VideoBrasil, the major art video festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Featuring a variety of works including videos, performances, installations, object amongst others, the exhibition provides a comprehensive sampling of contemporary production from different regions of the world. More Information
MERILYN FAIRSKYE: a new film Precarious
University Hall,University of Technology, Sydney
Friday 18th March, Drinks at 6:30pm for 7.00pm start
Merilyn Fairskye will be showing an advance preview of her new film titled ‘Precarious’. “Precarious is a haunting evocation of the aftermath of the explosion at Chernobyl, 25 years on. This visually stunning road movie takes the spectator on a bleak journey from the shores of the Black Sea to the frozen heart of Chernobyl, passing through desolate, snowy landscapes, littered with abandoned villages. Squatting in this icy wasteland, the ghostly sarcophagus of Reactor Number 4 is a constant reminder of the threat still lurking below. While winter exerts its hold, ice keeps the hidden radiation at bay, but the spring thaw will once again release the surrounding rivers’ toxic flow. Accompanied by testimony from a group of unseen veterans of the disaster, Precarious bears witness to both the folly and resilience of humans and to nature’s fragility.”
View trailer at www.precarious.com.au
MERILYN FAIRSKYE: Represents Australia at International Art Festival & finalist in prestigious art prize.
Songzhuan Art Festival, Sunshine International Museum, Songzhuan, China
10 September - 10 October, 2010
Fairskye’s series of works from the Aqua/ocean series will be featured in the (Australian) diversity exhibition at Songzhuang International Art Festival at the Sunshine International Museum, Xiaopu, Tongzhou District, Beijing. The variety and range of practice exhibited in this show reflect the innovative nature of contemporary visual art in Australian as well as the divergent sub-cultural groupings, which constitute Australian society. The (Australian) diversity feature sits within the broader Festival theme - Crossovers.
Merilyn Fairskye is also a finalist in the 59th Blake Prize, showing from 2 September - 2 October 2010. The Blake Prize is one of the more prestigious art prizes in Australia. Since 1951 the Blake Society has been awarding a prize for works of art that explore the subject of religious awareness and spirituality.
MERILYN FAIRSKYE ARTIST TALK
2pm Saturday 12 September 2009
Merilyn Fairskye will be discussing her current multi-screen exhibition 100, which continues her longstanding interest in the relationship between the still and the moving image. Filmed in diverse locations including Chernobyl and the Egyptian pyramids the exhibition explores some of the central challenges of contemporary life, such as the workable coexistence between people, technology and the environment.