Presented by Independent Schools Victoria, Monash University Museum of Art and ACCA

Social practice and education in contemporary art – in conversation with Mary Mattingly and Kym Maxwell


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Culture & ethics, Performing arts, Visual arts, Critical thinking

This seminar for teachers brings together New York-based artist Mary Mattingly, local artist Kym Maxwell, ACCA’s Artistic Director Max Delany and teachers Leanne Skaftouros and Alison Rogers for an informal discussion about the expanding role of social practice in contemporary art.


The discussion will focus on the development of Mary Mattingly’s ongoing project Objects in the Round, premiering in Australia at the Arts Learning Festival, and Kym Maxwell’s ambitious new commission Objects of Longing, presented at MUMA during Shapes of Knowledge. Specifically, the artists will tease out their common interest in collaborating with young people to examine the politics of everyday objects and institutional collections through a multidisciplinary approach to storytelling and performance.


Mary Mattingly has been brought to Melbourne by Independent Schools Victoria for its Arts Learning Festival. Her work has been featured in prestigious art festivals, galleries and museums around the world, and she has also collaborated with New York’s Museum of Modern Art Teen program.

Kym Maxwell’s practice explores the relationship between education and social space. She creates cultural products that are performative and often co-produced with children, linking art institutions with communities in unexpected ways.


The discussion will be convened by Monash University Museum of Art’s Senior Curator Hannah Mathews, and the project has been generously supported by Gandel Philanthropy and Creative Learning Partnerships, a Victorian Government Initiative.


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  • Thu 2 May 2019
  • 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA)


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Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA)

111 Sturt Street, Southbank


The No. 1 South Melbourne tram goes right past the venue – get off at Stop 18. You can also catch any tram down St Kilda Road — jump off at Grant Street, Stop 17 and take a three -minute walk.

The nearest train station Flinders Street Station.

There are plenty of car parks and bike racks.