The Nurturing Creativity Conference – 16th September 2019, offers visual art educators a workshop program focused on information, inspiration and art practice.
This year, Zart Education is delighted to announce our guest speakers will be the prodigiously talented Abdul Abdullah and Abdul-Rahman Abdullah.
The Abdullah brothers are quickly forging formidable reputations in the art world. They are both currently exhibiting in The National 2019: New Australian Art – a celebration of contemporary Australian art by artists of different generations and cultural backgrounds. They were also shortlisted as the Australian representatives for this year’s Venice Biennale.
Abdul and Abdul-Rahman, each demonstrate remarkable technical prowess in their chosen media areas and wield an enviable ability to engage with an audience that is increasingly disaffected by an incoherent socio-political environment. They are young and talented, presenting provocative, political and poetic observations within a contemporary multicultural Australian context.
The Nurturing Creativity Conference is designed in response to the needs of art educators, an opportunity to engage with contemporary Australian artists, education specialists and industry professionals in a range of workshops built around information, inspiration and arts practice.
Abdul Abdullah works across painting, photography, video, installation and performance. A self described ‘outsider amongst outsiders’, his practice is primarily concerned with the experience of the ‘other’ in society. Abdullah’s projects have engaged with different marginalized minority groups and he is particularly interested in the experience of young Muslims in the contemporary multicultural Australian context, as well as connecting with creative communities throughout the Asia Pacific. Through these processes and explorations Abdullah extrapolates this outlook to an examination of universal aspects of human nature.
His works are included in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, The Art Gallery of Western Australia, The Gallery of Modern Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Artbank, the University of Western Australia, Murdoch University, The Islamic Museum of Australia and The Bendigo Art Gallery. In 2015 Abdul exhibited at Primavera at the Museum of Contemporary Art, and at the Asia Pacific Triennial at the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, in 2016 he exhibited at the Australian Centre of Contemporary Art and in 2017 he showed at PATAKA Art Museum in New Zealand and with Yavuz Gallery at Art Basel Hong Kong and the Asia Now Art Fair in Paris. Most recently Abdul exhibited at MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum in Chiang Mai, The National Gallery of Australia as part of Infinite Conversations, and was shortlisted along with his brother Abdul-Rahman Abdullah to represent Australia in the 2019 Venice Biennale.
Abdul-Rahman Abdullah practice explores the different ways that memory can inhabit and emerge from familial spaces. Drawing on the narrative capacity of animal archetypes, crafted objects and the human presence, Abdul-Rahman aims to articulate physical dialogues between the natural world, identity and the agency of culture. Working primarily in sculpture and installation, his work has been described as magic realism, creating poetic interventions with the space it occupies. While his own experiences as a Muslim Australian of mixed ethnicity provide a starting point, Abdul-Rahman foregrounds shared understandings of individual identity and new mythologies in a cross-cultural context. Living and working in rural Western Australia, he provides a unique perspective across intersecting and disparate communities.
A 2012 graduate of Curtin University, Abdul-Rahman exhibited most recently in The National: New Australian Art 2019 at the Museum of Contemporary Art. In 2017 he participated in Dark Horizons at Pataka Museum + Art (NZ) and in 2016 was included in Magic Object: The Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art at the Art Gallery of South Australia. In 2015 Abdul-Rahman and his brother Abdul Abdullah presented the first WA Focus exhibition at the Art Gallery of Western Australia. In 2018 the Abdullah brothers were shortlisted for the 58th Venice Biennial. Abdul-Rahman Abdullah is a current board member of the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, public art advisor for City of Perth and a founding member of eleven collective.