Swinburne and Immerse art festival take over the east

Monday 23 October 2017

Larry Parkinson (left) and Roh Singh (right)

Larry Parkinson (left) and Roh Singh (right) have designed ‘Untitled House’ to comment on home affordability.

In summary

  • Swinburne is teaming up with Knox City Council for Immerse 2017
  • Feature artwork is ‘Untitled House’ led by Swinburne’s Roh Singh
  • Swinburne’s Wantirna’s Gallery 369 will host artwork as part of program. 

Swinburne is teaming up with Knox City Council for Immerse 2017, an arts festival that will take over Melbourne’s east.

Involving 30 venues across the Knox region, Immerse is an exhibition program hosting 30 exhibitions over 30 days.

The feature artwork is ‘Untitled House’, a project led by Swinburne’s Roh Singh, a public artist and visual arts educator.

It will see a Ferntree Gully house transformed into a major artwork, with internal rooms also transformed into gallery spaces.

 Architectural Photographer Rhiannon Slatter's photos of a house.
'Untitled House' before its transformation| Image: Rhiannon Slatter

A multidisciplinary artwork incorporating interconnected installations and visual techniques to instil the concept of a ‘Home’, it will be constructed by Swinburne visual arts staff.

“The elements contained in the artwork talk to the central theme and current debates of home affordability and ownership and the slipping of the commonly described ‘Australian Dream’,” says Mr Singh.

“The artwork reflects a state that many find themselves in as they search for the basic right of shelter and eventually a safe home.”

“This is true for generations of Australians and those now recently seeking to call Australia home that having shelter, a home, intrinsically links people with place and creates connections and the vital ingredient for healthy diverse communities. “

'Untitled House' will be open to the public from 11 November.

Swinburne gallery

Swinburne’s Wantirna campus new gallery, Gallery 369, will also be hosting artwork as part of the Immerse exhibition program.

‘Who is Carolina?’ photo by Steve Sumpton
'Who is Carolina?’ photo by Steve Sumpton

This is a collaboration between Swinburne and the curator Kim de Kretser who has been commissioned by Knox to oversee the installation of contemporary works.

Nathan Blackwell artwork
Digital piece by Nathan Blackwell

Artists to be exhibited at the gallery include photographer Steve Sumpton, Local video artist Tash Jury and photographic artist Rachel Phillips.

Gallery 369 will be open from 11 November to 11 December at 369 Stud Road, Wantirna. 

A photo by Rachel Phillips
Photograph by Rachel Phillips