18 – 20 June 2021

Applications are closed

ACE Open is calling out for emerging queer identifying artists from across Australia to apply to be part of Togetherness – a weekend of collectivity, intimacy, affinities and collaboration from 18 – 20 June. Togetherness emerges from Sidney McMahon’s Of Sorrow and Release, the forthcoming exhibition at ACE Open that explores emotional registers when processing experiences of loss, change and revelation.

Co-facilitated by Sidney McMahon and Frances Barrett, a group of 6 artists will spend time together developing a collaborative video document, sharing meals and making connections.

The weekend will be structured around a series of ‘sharings:’ each participant will be asked to develop an informal presentation on a personal interest topic to give to the group, collaborate on a video project that will document the groups experience, and prepare a co-cooked meal with another participant. 

The collaborative video will then be screened as part of Release: a closing party,  held on Saturday 3rd July, the last night of Of Sorrow and Release (more to be announced soon). 


If you have any questions, contact grace@aceopen.art

Applications close 23 May at 11:59pm ACST (Applicants will be notified no later than 28 May)



Program Details:
– 18 – 20 June
– Departing from ACE Open at 1:30pm on Friday 18 June, arriving back to ACE Open at 3pm on Sunday 20 June.
– All meals and accommodation will be covered from dinner Friday 18 – lunch Sunday 20)
– Interstate artists will be supported with a $300 contribution towards travel
– All artists will be given a $150 honorarium 

About the facilitators:

Sidney McMahon is a Sydney-based artist that works across sculptural installation, video and performance. McMahon has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. Recent solo exhibitions include Of hope and longing, Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, Goulburn, New South Wales 2020; and Canter, Outer Space Gallery, Brisbane, 2019. Recent group exhibitions include Overlapping Magisteria: The 2020 Macfarlane Commissions, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, 2020; Space Syntax, Verge Gallery, Sydney, 2020; and Tender rip, Auto Italia, London, 2019. McMahon has also been the recipient of numerous residencies, including at Parramatta Artists Studios from 2016–18, at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, 2017, Studio Voltaire, London, 2017, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 2018, and Move Arts Japan and Asia link Arts program between Kyoto and Tokyo, 2018.

Frances Barrett is an artist whose recent projects pivot around the modalities of listening and touch, taking the form of immersive sound installation, live performances and performances with Museum collections. Such projects include: Meatus, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Forthcoming; All Ears: A Listening Party, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney, 2018; Into My Arms, Ace Open, Adelaide, 2018; and Handle, CCS Bard Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson, 2018. In 2019 she was one of the recipients of Suspended Moment: The Katthy Cavaliere Fellowship. She is one member of the collective Barbara Cleveland (with Diana Baker Smith, Kate Blackmore and Kelly Doley) who have presented projects at Adelaide Biennial, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Biennale of Sydney, Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art and Hayward Gallery. In 2020 Barbara Cleveland presented their first survey exhibition, Thinking Business, at Goulburn Regional Art Gallery.