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MADA Now 2023: Monash Art Design and Architecture (MADA) Graduate Show

Monash University 2 mins read

Each year, the Monash University Caulfield campus comes to life with original and dynamic work from over 600 emerging artists, curators, designers and architects at the MADA Now graduate exhibition.

This year’s exhibition runs from 16-30 November 2023. It features work from Brayden Dopper, whose multidisciplinary practice is interested in how we charge objects with memory and emotions, and Poppy Faul, whose works are inspired by the humble fanaticism of everyday life from celebrity obsession to peppermint tea.

The exhibition showcases the practices of the Art History and Curating cohort, including Camille Hassan, who produced an archival publication documenting her own relationship with her late mother’s work, and Lauren Kennedy, who explores the way we understand and relate to art through our individual embodied experience. 

From the Fine Art Honours program, Teagan Ramsay's curatorial project explores the possibilities of sound as curatorial intervention to decenter the optic in exhibition making, and Lilly Skipper contemplates what it is to cultivate a practice of vulnerable disinterest in resolution, subverting multiplicities of objects to dysfunctional forms.

Associate Professor Spiros Panigirakis, Head of the Fine Art department at Monash Art, Design and Architecture says, “MADA now showcases the breadth of practices fostered by the Fine Art department at Monash. Across the Bachelor of Fine Art, Bachelor of Art History and Curating and our prestigious Honours program, our MADA Now exhibition is the culmination of everything our students have learnt along their journey with us and it’s so exciting to see this incredible work emerge out of the studios and into the gallery. 

“It's incredibly rewarding to see the development of so many different visual languages, perspectives, media, and ways of being in the world. Because the artworld and this exhibition is not just about artworks but about how communities gather, form and strengthen.     

“We congratulate all the students on their achievements and look forward to seeing what the future holds for them as they forge careers across all roles in the arts sector.” 

Interim Dean of MADA, Professor Mel Dodd says, “What’s really special about MADA Now – and by extension Monash University’s Art, Design and Architecture faculty – is the breadth, depth and incredible calibre of talent. Having all three disciplines under the one roof provides fertile ground for cross-collaboration and this fantastic show excites, provokes and explores an array of responses to our rapidly changing environment.”

This year's exhibition will run from 16 to 30 November 2023. 

Entry is free and everyone is welcome. 

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Interviews are available with the following staff:
Associate Professor Gene Bawden, Head of Design
Associate Professor Spiros Panigirakis, Head of Fine Art
Professor Mel Dodd, Interim Dean of Monash Art, Design and Architecture and Head of Architecture


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