JS Battye Creative Fellowship Exhibition

Friday 31 May 2019

The State Library of Western Australia is pleased to present an exhibition curated by its 2018/19 James Sykes Battye Creative Fellows, Steven James Finch and Gabby Loo. 

Seasons, Histories, Hopes: Imagined Migrant Futures is a group exhibition featuring artworks by Steven James Finch (Gok1 Lim1) and Susan Finch (Ah1 Kim1), The Doneo Sibs, Gabby Loo and Nang Vo Hom, Patrick Gunasekera, Nadia Macaulay and Giok Lian, Aisyah Aaqil Sumito, Vidya Rajan, Patrick Bryce, Alina Tang, Colin Smith, and Nazerul Ben-Dzulkefli. 

The exhibition is the creative outcome of Imagined Migrant Futures, a community art and research project initiated by Steven and Gabby for their fellowship, which focused on decoloniality and Asian migrant autobiographic expression in Western Australia.

Featuring photography, sound, textiles, sculpture, installation, and performance art, the exhibition explores personal identity through a multiplicity of cultural knowledges.
Steven and Gabby have used the heritage collections at the State Library as a platform to facilitate collaborative workshops and creative responses. Their project sought to promote a more equitable, complete, and emotionally complex understanding of shared local histories around twentieth century migration in Western Australia.

This is the second year the State Library has facilitated the Creative Fellowship, which aims to support creative engagement with the State Library heritage collections. 

The Creative Fellowship is named after James Sykes Battye, who was the State’s Chief Librarian from 1894-1954, and is supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.
Seasons, Histories, Hopes: Imagined Migrant Futures on display in The Nook at the State Library from May 31st until July 3rd 2019.

For further information about please contact Charles Hayne at media@slwa.wa.gov.au

Last updated on: 10 September 2019