Karina Harris and Neil Hobbs

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contour 556

contour 556 is Canberra’s international public art biennial, returning for the 3rd iteration in 2020.

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contour 556 in Canberra’s international biennial of public art. We have built a local and national following over the 2016 and 2018 events and in 2020 we will cement this support with our biggest iteration yet.

In October 2020, over 50 Australian and international artists will descend on Canberra for three weeks, activating the space with sculpture, painting, performance and installation.

Works referencing the political and cultural landscape of Canberra will be presented in five distinct areas of the iconic Lake Burley Griffin:

1. Springbank Island, The National Museum and West Basin;
2. Civic Square, City Hill and University Avenue and Commonwealth Avenue;
3. Commonwealth Place, The National Library forecourt and East Space Gallery;
4. Bowen Place, Kings Avenue and Aspen Island;
5. Kingston Foreshore and the Kingston Arts Precinct.

contour 556 supports Australian and international artists to present their works to a new audience.

Confirmed artists include:
S. A. Adair
Tony Albert
Alex Asch
Jac Bradley
Megan Cope
Dean Cross
Ham Darroch
Sean Davey + Aishah Kenton
Mariana del Castillo
Jack Featherstone
Caren Florance
Frank Gohier
Lizzie Hall
Fiona Hooton
Ellis Hutch
Zulkifli Lee (Malaysia)
Richard Lewer
Rox de Luca
Peter Lundberg
Katy Mutton
Kenzee Patterson
Kerrie Poliness
Restu Ratnaningtyas (Indonesia)
Tawhai Rickard (New Zealand)
Shags
Kael Stasce
Sarah St Vincent Welch
Wendy Teakel
James Tylor
Peter Vandermark
Sian Watson
Louise Weaver

Your donations will directly support artists, ensuring their participation in this significant international event.

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Harris Hobbs Public Projects seeks to engage public space through events, and the insertion of public art, either installed works, performance, ephemeral works or any combination.

Neil Hobbs and Karina Harris have landscape architectural qualifications, Neil is currently undertaking a PhD, researching the transformative effect of public art on public space.

Contour 556 had its first iteration in 2016. It was an extremely successful event, showcasing 48 artists for a 3 week period, delivering performance, song, poetry, installations, paste-ups, kinetic and light based works in the lake, in foyers of cultural institutions, and to the public spaces around the lake and the Kingston Arts Precinct.

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James Newell Osterberg Jr.

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Graphx

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Area Design Consultants

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Philip Leeson and Lee Erickson

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KDN Group Pty Ltd

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Stephanie Glass and Andrew Sissian

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Able Landscaping

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Hester Gascoigne

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Annette Larkin Fine Art

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David Williams

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Rachael Coghlan

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Darren Knight Gallery

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In memory of Colonel Craig Wood

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Claudia Morris

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Dimocks Family Lawyers

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Manteena Pty Ltd

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Patricia Jungfer

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Neil and Jill Wilson

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Clarke Keller

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Rod Baxter

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Hugo Michell Gallery

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Lozza

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Victoria Taylor

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