PICA re-opens with Hatched

 On Friday 10 July PICA will re-open its doors with the much loved Hatched: National Graduate Show Friday 10 July – Sunday 18 October. In this, its 29th edition, the work of 24 recent visual arts graduates from every State and Territory will be presented across all of PICA’s gallery spaces, providing an instant snapshot of the nation’s emerging contemporary art trends.


An enduring institution and a key event in PICA’s ongoing commitment to supporting the careers of Australia’s most promising emerging artists, Hatched will run until Sunday 18 October. The 14-week exhibition is the longest in the exhibition’s history. For the eleventh consecutive year, the Schenberg Art Fellowship, now worth $50,000 and the most generous prize for emerging artists of its kind in Australia, will be awarded to one exceptional artist, this year presented at a special celebratory event towards the end of the exhibition.


From questions of identity to political protest and media consumption, the innovative and exciting range of practices presented in Hatched tell the story of contemporary Australian culture whilst showcasing the future directions of arts practice. 


For this year’s Hatched, fifty-six students were nominated by 20 tertiary art schools nationally, with the final selection made by a panel of artists and arts professionals from around Australia, including: Nathan Beard, Artist; Hannah Presley, Curator Indigenous Art, National Gallery of Victoria; and Megan Monte, Director Cement Fondu, Sydney.


For the first time, the Hatched catalogue will be available digitally for free. The printed catalogue will be released in late July, featuring new images from the installation at PICA.


Once again PICA plans to offer an interstate Hatched artist the opportunity to undertake a residency in partnership with North Metropolitan TAFE, with timing to be determined once travel restrictions have been lifted.


Hatched Curatorial Fellow Miranda Johnson has been instrumental in the planning, administration and delivery of Hatched. The exhibition and two year curatorial fellowship are supported by the Minderoo Foundation.


For further information visit: https://pica.org.au/


Image courtesy of the artist, Michelle Vine, Affirmation Tub, 2018-9.