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 NewActon1NewActon 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. .Cole 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 Name Art, Not Apart
Project Type Annual (March) multi-arts festival
Purpose Showcase Australia’s cultural scene and to have fun
Size +200 contributors; +15,000 attendees
Status Ongoing