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The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) is currently home to Artspace’s acclaimed touring exhibition, 52 Actions. This incredible display of work features 52 artists and collectives from across Australia, generations, geographies, and cultural backgrounds.

By Tierney Seccull

THE EXHIBITION WAS born from Artspace’s online commission platform, where artists addressed themes impacting the globe today, working across a variety of mediums. Bryony Nainby is Senior Curator of Art at MAGNT, and says 52 Actions provides interesting insight into, and the impact of, contemporary Australian Art.

“Contemporary artists today explore and reflect on what art is and what it can do, as a political motivator, as a means for understanding, or as a tool for shifting perspectives, holding memory and inciting change,” she says.

“52 ACTIONS explores the many roles of artists today, from creator to witness and facilitator to provocateur.”

The exhibition, which is on display until June, is accompanied by an exciting public program. This includes a collaboration with Darwin’s much-loved Tracks Dance Company, public talks, and a workshop. MAGNT Director Adam Worrall says it’s an exciting occasion for Top Enders and visitors, that we should get around.

“52 ACTIONS offers Territorians a rare opportunity to witness the diversity of contemporary Australian art today. MAGNT is excited to present the work of 52 artists and collectives from around the country, including some of Australia’s best known and loved artists such as Patricia Piccinini and Kaylene Whiskey,” he says.

“For the duration of the exhibition, MAGNT will host a vibrant showcase of the diversity, complexity and dynamism of contemporary Australian art now.”


Click here to check out the incredible public program.

Header, inset & thumb: Chun Yin Rainbow Chan, 'Fish Song, Bird Song' (still, detail), 2020, single-channel video, 2 mins 12 secs. Courtesy the artist

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