Education Hub: Billy Bain – Talk Tour Discussion
Talk, tour and discussion – secondary school students
High school students, meet Billy Bain for an artist-led tour and informal discussion about his creative processes; from ideation and research, to drawing and experimentation, then to the visual realisation of finished works. Hear directly from an arts practitioner, learn more about the art world and help develop your knowledge of critical analysis.
Billy Bain draws upon his multi-disciplinary arts practice to present a unique exhibition of new works for MAG&M which unpack ideologies surrounding Australian masculinity, taking agency in his Indigenous identity having growing up on Sydney’s ‘Eurocentric’ Northern Beaches. This exhibition will also be part of the Gai-mariagal Festival celebrations which aim to raise awareness of First Nations People living in the Northern Sydney region.
Being Manly seeks to unsettle colonial narratives of masculinity by playfully deconstructing popular iconography and histories related to Manly’s cultural identity. By subverting these narratives using the presence of Indigenous figures, Bain shifts our perception of Manly’s cultural identity away from being a strictly white construct to imply the continued presence of the traditional custodians of the land. As an Indigenous man, Bain aims to reclaim self-agency in how he identifies with the Manly area where he was born and raised.
Billy Bain explores representations of Australian masculinity through taking perceptions of the Australian male and playfully deconstructing them. By interrogating and subverting representations of the Australian male in both popular culture and the everyday suburban life he exists within, Bain seeks to create works that humour our Australian sense of identity. By poking fun at perceptions of who he is meant to be, Bain reclaims power and autonomy over his sense of identity as an Indigenous man.
Cost: Free, bookings required
Bookings via MAG&M Eventbrite
Location: Manly Art & Museum, West Esplanade, Manly