Canvas: Art & Ideas

Canvas: Art & Ideas is FBi’s weekly arts program, brought to you by artists Abdul Abdullah, Nat Randall and David Capra. Tune in for your weekly dose of Sydney arts and culture, with interviews and critical conversations on contemporary Australian practice and exciting local projects.

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Monumental Art & Cultivating Care with Asad Raza and Ramesh Mario Nithiyendren

On today's episode of Canvas, we chat with Kaldor Projects NYC based artist Asad Raza about his methods of cultivating care in the everyday. Then we chat with cermacist, and western Sydney art throb Ramesh Mario Nithiyendren about human hair, giant dicks, and masculinity in his latest exhibition Creator at Casula Powerhouse Art Centre. 

 


Exit Strategies, Community and Art with Anney Bounpraseuth, and Makeda

On this Easter Sunday, we have a special extended interview with artist, educator and ex Jehovah's witness Anney Bounpraseuth. Join us as we chat about her current artistic practice, paradisical imagery used in church promotion, and how she left the church. This episode also features an interview with our guest music curator Makeda. 


Mythology & Ancient Proverbs with Angela Tiatia, Naomi Segal + Connor Xia

This week on Canvas we hear from artists and practitioners whose current work is inspired by ancient tales, proverbs, and narratives. Up first, is artist Angela Tiatia, whose most recent video work Narcissus reframes the Greek tale of desire, exuberance, and beauty within a local Sydney arts context. Then we hear from curator Naomi Segal and artist Connor Xia, as they discuss Peach Blossom Spring an exhibition showing at Firstdraft Gallery, that explores the Yuanming tale of the same name as a metaphor for Chinese Diaspora. We chat about Han Chinese identity, the reality of erasure for those living in Urumqi, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China


Guest Music Curator: Makeda


Curators of Colour, hosted by Nanette Orly Ft. Talia Smith and Seb Henry-Jones

This episode of Canvas is hosted by guest presenter Nanette Orly, and tackles the importance of curatorial care with fellow curators of colour Sebastian Henry Jones and Talia Smith. We play audio snippets of British artist, writer and curator Zarina Muhammad taken from The White Pube's article The Problem with Diaspora Art, lament over diversity KPIs and discuss the problematics of public programming across Sydney. It's a really good episode. Trust us. 


#TDOV, hyper-visibility & accessibility in the arts with Ohni Blu + Archie Barry

For International Trans Day of Visibility, we discuss hypervisibility, and accessibility in the arts! On this episode of Canvas David Capra and Sabella D'Souza chat with artist, and board director of Firstdarft Ohni Blu about their tattoos, their identity, and how to advocate for accessible spaces. Then we hear an interview with Archie Barry, a Melbourne based artist who recently co-authored Clear Expectations: a guideline for institutions, galleries and curators working with Trans, Non-Binary and Gender Diverse people. 


Speculative Dance & Western Grief with Ivey Wawn, Daniel Mudie Cunningham + Cherine Fahd

From grief to speculative notions of debt, and ant colonies Canvas has got you sorted. This week, David Capra and Sabella D'Souza finish up their coverage of the National with FBi Radio's neighbour Carriageworks! Joined in studio by curator Daniel Mudie Cunningham, and artist Cherine Fahd they chat about western displays of grief, family art collaborations and upcoming public programs. Then we're joined by artist and dancer Ivey Wawn, promoting their upcoming experimental lecture performance Talking Bodies at Surry Hills Library as part of March Dance. 


Institutions, Fonts, and Performance with Tina Havelock Stevens + Anna Davis and Marilyn Schneider

This week on Canvas, Sabella D'Souza and David Capra continue coverage of The National with the Museum of Contemporary Art. We chat with curator Anna Davis and artist Tina Havelock Stevens about their upcoming projects. Then Artist Marilyn Schneider informs us that there are in fact, "no neutral fonts" with her current exhibition Disappear Here showing at Verge Gallery. 


10 March | Gemma Smith + The National (AGNSW Ed.) Ft. Isobel Parker Phillip, Izabela Pluta

On today's episode of Canvas Sabella D'Souza discusses Eugene Yiu Nam Cheung's Running Dog article The Canonisation of Quilty. Then we sit down with Sydney based painter Gemma Smith to talk about her milestone exhibition Rhythm Sequence at UNSW Galleries, along with the importance of art schools, and the passing of practical knowledge. Then we sit down with Curator Isobel Parker Phillip, and artist Izabela Pluta to chat about their work for The National, and their personal histories with photography. 

 

 

Guest Music Curator: Jan Terri


3 March | C-A-C x Third Ear Podcast Ft. Jess Olivieri, Frances Barrett, ft. Kate Britton & Hayley Forward

We hear a sneak preview of The Third Ear Podcast as Jess Oliveri and Frances Barrett discuss queer listening with podcast hosts Kate Britton and Hayley Forward. We hear sound art and music from queer Western Sydney based artists Samia Sayed, Emily Crocker, Enoch Mailangi, Kilia Tipa, and Brian Fuata.


24 February | Mikala Tai, Adelaide Bannerman and Joleen Mataele

This is a powerful week on Canvas, join David Capra and Sabella D'Souza as they sit down with boss women of colour Dr Mikala Tai and Adelaide Bannerman to talk about sharing knowledge and building friendships through an international exchange programme organised by Diversity Arts Australia and the British Council called INTERSECT. Then we share a special moment with Tongan LGBTIQ activist Joleen Mataele, as we talk about her feature in the upcoming Queer Screens Mardis Gras Film Festival in Leitis in Waiting. 

Guest Music Curator: Jan Terri


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