SPARK Curators

Inaugural SPARK NT Curator Clare Armitage with her touring exhibition 'Fecund: Fertile Worlds' at GYRACC, Katherine. Photo by Jocelyn Tribe.

Clare Armitage – SPARK NT Curator 2017 – 2018

Clare Armitage was born in Sydney and has been in the Northern Territory for six years. She has worked in commercial art galleries in Sydney, Darwin and Canberra, as well as public exhibition spaces. In 2014-2015 Armitage undertook an Australia Council for the Arts Curatorial Fellowship at Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre (GYRACC) and in 2017 returned to work at GYRACC as Curator.

Armitage has a particular interest in cross-cultural curatorial practice and story-telling, and has curated two major cross-cultural shows. Garnkiny to Ganyu – Artists who capture the night, which was exhibited at GYRACC in 2015. In 2017 Clare was named the inaugural Artback NT SPARK Curator and Fecund: Fertile Worlds commenced touring the Northern Territory in March 2018.

Armitage comes from an academic background in Art History and Philosophy. She has a Bachelor of Art Theory (Hons.) from the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, and a Master of Art History and Curatorial Studies from the Australian National University.

Sarah Pirrie – SPARK NT Curator 2018 – 2019

Sarah Pirrie is a Darwin-based educator, artist and curator. She works across a conceptual, site-responsive and often collaborative art practice that incorporates drawing, sculpture, installation, events and public interventions. Pirrie’s work has referenced a range of social and environmental issues and is often shaped by local activity and phenomena. She is Lecturer in Art at Charles Darwin University and current SPARK NT Curator with Artback NT.

As SPARK NT Curator, Pirrie is awarded a $10,000 development budget and $10,000 curatorial fee to initiate and deliver the exhibition We Eat We Are.

‘This a golden opportunity and one which provides me great joy. As an artist/curator/educator I am appreciative of all the unique opportunities NT artists have to collaborate and exhibit. I would like to believe that ‘We Eat We Are’ will provide me with greater insight concerning development of a touring program,’ said Pirrie.

Pirrie’s exhibition, We Eat We Are, will draw on of a range of contemporary Northern Territory artists to consider food as a cultural determinant, shared language and environmental resource.

‘Everyone loves food and I feel it’s one of our best communication tools’, said Pirrie. ‘I hope the universality and local specificity of the theme will resonate with both regional and urban NT audiences to freely identify with the diplomacy of food in our society, environments and everyday existence’.

Pirrie will spend 2018 working with Artback NT and industry mentors to prepare the exhibition for tour in 2019. Stay tuned!