EVENTS GALLERY INSIGHTS: MUMA: Strategic approaches to partnerships
Public Galleries Association of Victoria
MUMA’s Director, Charlotte Day, will provide an introduction to the Francis Upritchard exhibition and discuss the model she has introduced for developing and presenting shows in partnership with other organisations, as well as the bi-annual international guest curator program. While Kate Barber will discuss MUMA’s public programs developed in association with the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival (VAMFF) Cultural Program Project Series 2016.
FRANCIS UPRITCHARD: JEALOUS SABOTEURS
Spanning almost twenty years of work, MUMA is excited to present the first major survey exhibition of London-based, New Zealand-born artist, Francis Upritchard. From her early collections of mock burial artefacts, to primate-like figures constructed from discarded fur coats, and her more recent enigmatic gurus, Upritchard has developed a highly idiosyncratic language of sculpture that frequently borrows from craft practices and a broad range of references from the deep recesses of museum collections folklore and counter-cultures to high modernist design.
This exhibition will include little-seen and significant early artworks, her arresting sloths, a selection of curious personal and ritualistic artefacts and talismans, small sculptures accompanied by their bespoke furniture supports, as well as recent life-size free-standing technicolour figures, such as Blue and Green Scarf 2013 and Sun Worship 2013 (pictured above), which blur the lines between the archaic and futuristic.
Francis Upritchard: Jealous Saboteurs is a joint project with City Gallery Te Whare Toi, Wellington and has been curated by their Chief Curator Robert Leonard and MUMA's Director Charlotte Day.