STUDIO A | MAGICAL PUTT PUTT15 January 2022 — 27 February 2022
Image 1: Annette Gaulstaun, Dance of The Angel Fairy, 2021, Video Still. Image 2: Magical Putt Putt installation view. Image 3: Annette Gaulstaun, Tropical Bird with Glowing House – Putt Putt course #1, 2021, Acrylic, Glitter foam, Astro turf on plywood. Image 4: Thom Roberts & Brayden Gifford, Courthouse Cats, 2021, Four Channel Video Installation.
|Cement Fondu has partnered annually with Studio A since its launch exhibition in 2018, supporting their artists to create newly commissioned installations in its Project Space.
Magical Putt Putt represents a major evolution of this partnership with Studio A, producing newly commissioned works that occupy all the main gallery spaces.
In Magical Putt Putt, select artists from their neurodiverse community have produced a spiritual mini-golf experience accompanied by a series of performative activations. Inspired by Annette Galstaun’s passion for angels and putt putt, the exhibition enhances social bonds through participatory experiences themed around reverence, ritual and
Through their works, the artists encourage visitors to think more expansively about reverence, exploring it as a private and collective experience. Some have honoured close family members through portraiture, while others have imagined alternative communities made up of angels, animals or members of law enforcement.
Collectively, the artists create opportunities to break down barriers in the ways we interact and connect with each other through shared experiences and values. Within the community, Studio A reduces the stigma associated with people with disability, offering access to their talent, imagination and ways of seeing the world.
Studio A is a supported studio based in Sydney, Australia, which tackles the barriers facing artists living with intellectual disability. Recent major achievements in 2020-2021 include a major wall mural in the entrance court of AGNSW (pictured below), group installation Butterfly Universe. Rainbow Plait, presented in No Show, at Carriageworks, major illuminated inflatable installation Harbour Garden at the Australian National Maritime Museum, and yearly nominations in the Archibald Portrait Prize.
SATURDAY 15 JANUARY
15 JANUARY – 27 FEBRUARY
PAULA DO PRADO
THURSDAY – SUNDAY
THIS PROJECT IS SUPPORTED BY THE NSW GOVERNMENT THROUGH CREATE NSW.