Art, Not Apart

Canberra, Australia (2012 - Present)

Cole Bennetts_IMG_5265_wLee Grant_optical illusions_DSC9842-copy_wArtists see the world differently. Their tolerance, variant interests and participation liberates them from silo living. We admire this and want to spread the good news – hence the name Art, Not Apart (ANA).

Molonglo Group curate, produceCole Bennetts_Ed getting down on the bass_1D4A5605_w and host this March festival of poets, musicians, painters,Cole Bennetts_Trumpeter_IMG_4987_wCole Bennetts_ANA visitor_1D4A5887_wCole Bennetts_1D4A6324_w writers, sculptors and performers once a year in lanes, gardens and 20 indoor venues (galleries, concrete shells, cafés) across NewActon.1Cole Bennetts_1D4A6254_w Since 2012 the festival has Cole Bennetts_IMG_5509_wfeatured work by Wanderlust, Omar Musa, Tom Cosm, Adelina Larsson, Prue Stent, Blaide Lallemand, Suitcase Rummage, MILS Gallery and many others.

Project NameArt, Not Apart
Project TypeAnnual (March) multi-arts festival
PurposeShowcase Australia’s cultural scene and to have fun
Size+200 contributors; +15,000 attendees

NewActon is a precinct on the edge of Canberra’s city centre that Molonglo Group is progressively restoring. It is built on the heritage grounds of Acton House, a late 1920s temporary housing facility for newly arrived employees of the capital. NewActon does at a precinct scale what the Burley Griffins attempted to achieve for the city: vegetable gardens deliver produce to the precinct restaurants; nature and architecture collide; and the architectural envelope folds into flora and art. The high-rise apartments (high but not too high) also feed into this ground level generously.