Ash Keating wins 2015 Incinerator Art Award

Art Announcement from Australia. Published by anonymous on Monday 12 October 2015.

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Ash Keating's 2009 video artwork 'Activate 2750' has been selected by Emma Crimmings, Emily Sexton and Linda Williams as the winner of the $10,000 Incinerator Art Award.

Incinerator Gallery Director Richard Ennis remarked that “Activate 2750 greatly captured the exhibition concept and demonstrated an excellence in practice and form.”

The exhibition of 39 finalists of the Incinerator Art Award – Art for Social Change is open through until November 29 2015 at the Incinerator Gallery 180 Holmes Street Moonee Ponds, Victoria.

Activate 2750 (2009) is a video artwork created and filmed in public spaces of Penrith NSW as well as private access waste facilities nearby. This took place over four weeks between 10 February and 7 March 2009 in Penrith.

Activate 2750 (2750 is the postcode of Penrith NSW) comprised an sculptural mountain constructed from 10 tonne, or three truckloads, of clean and potentially reusable materials derived from commercial and industrial waste. It was deposited outside the Penrith Council Chambers.

The installation was the focus of live performances, processions and actions throughout Penrith by a group of young artists and performers from Western Sydney, lead by artist Ash Keating. These waste creatures, dressed ominously in extraordinary costumes fashioned from discarded industrial fabric off-cuts, roamed the city centre in processions pushing abandoned supermarket trolleys, a symbol of suburban consumerism, laden with materials destined for landfill. The performers infiltrated Penrith delivering a disquieting, end-of-the-world form of spontaneous theatre.

Activate 2750 is a C3West project in Penrith, Western Sydney, presented in association with SITA Environmental Solutions and Penrith City Council. C3West is a long-term collaboration between the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Penrith Performing & Visual Arts, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Casula Powerhouse and University of Western Sydney. The project is supported by the NSW Government through ArtsNSW and by the Australia Council, the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body, through its Community Partnership Section.