Art Collective WA

Literature & Publishing

Olga Cironis | Artist Monograph

Art Collective WA tells the stories of Western Australian artists through a ‘Book Club’.

We invite you to join the Club in 2020 as we embark on publishing our fourth book, this time on the work of Olga Cironis.

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The Art Collective WA ‘Book Club’ is responsible for telling important stories about Western Australian artists. We invite you to join us in this valuable task, to firmly place the artists in the wider Australian and international art context, and to record their work for posterity.

We are excited to produce our fourth book – the first publication to focus exclusively on the art career of Olga Cironis.

Olga is an inherently multidisciplinary artist whose practice traverses photography, film, sound, embroidery, weaving, stitching, and who fearlessly collects new skills to present new ideas

Born to Greek parents in Czechoslovakia in 1963, Olga’s family emigrated to Sydney in 1971. After visual arts training and travel, she settled in Western Australia in 1997.

Her early experiences as a migrant continue to deeply influence her art expressions. She ardently researches, observes and comments on identity and belonging – examining inequality and the trials of those living on the fringes of society.

WHETHER INSTALLATION, WALL-WORKS OR PUBLIC ART, OLGA’S WORK TYPICALLY INDUCES DIALOGUE. The aesthetics coax one in, only to be nudged towards the edgier aspect, to self reflect, and thus, as viewers, we become integral players.

Olga is frequently commissioned and selected for awards, invited to exhibit across Australia and internationally, and has achieved over 30 solo exhibitions and inclusion in over 150 group shows, including Sappers and Shrapnel at the Art Gallery of South Australia in 2016. Her work resides in many national private and institutional collections.

WHY? This monograph will provide an in-depth retrospective of her important contribution to contemporary art in Australia, providing new insights and personal context.

WHAT WILL THE BOOK LOOK LIKE? The 150-page monograph will feature over 100 colour plates, with essays by renowned arts writers Lisa Slade (Artistic Director, Public Programs, Art Gallery of South Australia) and Paola Anselmi (independent curator). It will be fully produced in WA and launched in March 2021.

OUR BOOK CLUB HAS IMPERATIVE FUNDRAISING GOALS: We aim to raise $10,000 by 30 September to contribute to production costs of design, print, editing and writing fees.

Your tax-deductible donation through the Australian Cultural Fund (ACF) will go directly to the cost of producing this major publication.

YOUR CONTRIBUTION AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: Donations over $2 are tax deductible, but please note we are unable to provide a copy of the book in gratitude for your donation due to taxation laws.

UNDER $250 contributions are most welcome and are eligible for tax-deductibility.

OVER $250 individual donor contributions will be acknowledged in the book, unless you prefer to be anonymous.

CORPORATION AND INSTITUTION contributions start at $2500 and are also eligible for tax-deductibility.

By adding your shoulder to the wheel, together we can make sure our contemporary artists are not lost in history. We appreciate your support! Thank you.

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Art Collective WA is an internationally recognised artist collective based in Perth, Western Australia.

Emerging from humble beginnings and established in 2013, Art Collective WA has matured into a significant player in the Australian contemporary art scene. Run by artists, the not-for-profit Collective focuses on creating opportunities that involve and benefit significant Western Australian artists.

Through a strategic program — including exhibitions, recorded interviews, public talks, publishing, artist residencies and representation at art fairs — the Collective aims to elevate the status of WA artists now and to document their work for future generations.

Art Collective WA’s core artist membership group is bolstered by a diverse range of other artists who are invited to participate in select monthly exhibitions, keeping the program fresh and robust. A board of six artists oversees the organisation which is managed by a Director, supported by two part-time staff. Operations are financed through art sales, a Benefactor and donor program, and project-specific public funding.
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The Book Club and Collective Conversations are a deliberate contribution by Art Collective WA to the art history of Western Australia. We publish substantial artist monographs and record artist interviews for posterity, making them available on our website and on SoundCloud. Both of these initiatives firmly place the artists and their work in the global visual art context, as well as being accessible to a wide audience.

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