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Blog – Primavera 2014: Young Australian Artists

Posted on May 28, 2014

Sneak Peak: Meet this year’s lucky 13 young Aussie artists set to bring you Primavera 2014; Alison Puruntatameri (NT), Barayuwa Mununggurr (NT), Ben Denham (NSW), Caitlin Franzmann (QLD), Emily Hunt (NSW), Hossein Ghaemi (NSW), Ishmael Marika (NT), Lucienne Rickard (TAS), Madison Bycroft (SA), Marian Tubbs (NSW), Nick Dorey (NSW), Paul Yore (VIC) and Sean Peoples and The Telepathy Project (Veronica Kent and Sean Peoples) (VIC).

These brilliant young artists have been selected by this year’s guest curator Mikala Dwyer. Mikala has herself exhibited far and wide, in Australia and abroad. She began a longstanding relationship with the museum, as one of four artists in the inaugural Primavera: The Belinda Jackson Exhibition of Young Artists at the MCA in 1992. She presented a solo exhibition in 2000–01, and as part of the MCA Collection her works have been included in several group exhibitions at the Museum.

Primavera Curator Mikala Dwyer is finding the process of working on the exhibition energising, remarking:

‘I am privileged to have travelled to parts of Australia I have never been to in the process of curating Primavera for the MCA, visiting and viewing the work of many brilliant young artists.

When I think through the work of the artists I’ve selected for Primavera, all sorts of ideas, interests and associations pop up, including Surrealism, robotics, queer fertility, ritual, time, witchcraft, science, alchemy, dreaming and telepathy.

This Primavera is but a small selection of young Australian artists making wonderful work driven by an endless intelligence and deep curiosity. I am ever grateful for their inspiration and resilience.’

These ideas are presented across an extensive range of media including drawing, painting, sculpture, video, ceramics, textiles, installation and performance. It’s an exhibition that can often be a preamble to a young artist’s future career and is well worth more than a passing gawk.


Primavera is an annual exhibition for Australian artists aged 35 years and under. It was initiated in 1992 by Dr Edward Jackson AM and Mrs Cynthia Jackson AM and their family in memory of their daughter and sister Belinda, a talented jeweller who died at the age of 29. The exhibition commemorates Belinda Jackson by celebrating the creative achievements of talented young artists who are in the early stages of their careers.

See Primavera from 23 September.

Madison Bycroft, Nupta Contagioso/Primordial Sound

Madison Bycroft, Nupta Contagioso/Primordial Sound (production still, detail), 2014, single-channel digital video, colour, sound, image courtesy and © the artist