Powered by Power

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A program for supporting projects and initiatives within Australia’s broader art history and artistic community.

Every year, the Power Institute engages with and presents leading ideas in art and visual culture from Australia and around the world, through publications, collaborative research, and a vibrant program of talks, symposia and conferences. Alongside Power’s curated series and initiatives, however, is a dedication to partnering with Australia’s broader art history and artistic community. These efforts are framed under an initiative we call ‘Powered by Power’, or P×P for short.

This initiative extend the Foundation’s support towards ideas and projects being developed by a range of individuals and institutions across Australia, from new, university museums-led publications focused on Australian artists, to city-based festivals and the public presentation of new research. And our support comes in different forms: from financial grants, advice and administrative assistance, as well as help with distribution and communications.

With P×P, we aim to give an electric spark of support to important work already going on in Australia, and to illuminate such work within our broader global network of scholars, artists, and curators.



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Eloquence Prize 2023

28 September 2023, 2:00PM
National Gallery of Australia
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A prize for students across Australia addressing French and Australia art history.

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Talanoa Forum: Moana Rising

10 October 2023, 10:00AM
Powerhouse Theatre, Powerhouse Museum
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A public forum on small island ecologies, climate justice, decolonial museology, diasporic and Pacific alliances.

Still from Ari Aster's film Midsommar

The Horror Cinema of Ari Aster

31 October 2023, 9:00AM
New Law School Lecture Theatre 026, University of Sydney
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A research symposium on the pioneering horror cinema of Ari Aster, including a livestream conversation with the filmmaker himself. 

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Louise Bourgeois: Tides and currents

10 March 2024, 10:00AM
Art Gallery of New South Wales
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A symposium on the work of artist Louise Bourgeois, including talks, performances and screenings.

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Japanese Art History: Research Seminar

30 May 2024, 12:00PM
Woolley Common Room, University of Sydney
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A seminar with Japanese art historians Yukio Lippit and Melissa McCormick, presenting their recent research


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D Harding: Through a lens of visitation
By: Hannah Mathews and D Harding

A descendant of the Bidjara, Ghungalu and Garingbal peoples, much of D Harding’s multilayered practice is motivated by the cultural inheritances of his families, who originate in the Fitzroy Basin and the sandstone belt of central Queensland. Harding’s works pay homage to the stories and presence of matrilineal figures in his family.
The cover of the book "Vivienne Binns: On and Through the Surface"

Vivienne Binns: On and Through the Surface
By: Anneke Jaspers and Hannah Matthews

This book is the first monograph on Australian artist Vivienne Binns. Binns' groundbreaking and experimental work has tested the philosophical underpinnings of art itself, both preempting and participating in the most significant cultural discourses of our times: from women’s social and sexual liberation to Australia’s regional identity.
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Yhonnie Scarce: The Light of Day
By: Edited by Clothilde Bullen with contributions by Timmah Ball, Kelly Gellatly, Natalie Harkin and Tamsin Hong

Edited by Clothilde Bullen, with essays by Timmah Ball, Kelly Gellatly, Natalie Harkin and Tamsin Hong, this volume is an image-rich, comprehensive survey of internationally acclaimed Kokatha and Nukunu artist Yhonnie Scarce.