Amy Tsilemanis' adventure with BAF

Since my grant awarded in 2014 I have been on an exciting ride, continuing my artistic and curatorial work. In February 2015 I had a public screening and exhibition event at Mitchell Harris in Ballarat of my films made in New York, where I showed the film made as Project Documenter for 37degrees 48’ S: artists navigate Melbourne and an artist film made in response to the project and travel to New York.

37º 48' S: artists navigate MELBOURNE is a contemporary Australian print exhibition, curated by Dianna Gold & Carmel Wallace, showing in Melbourne and travelling internationally.

Created by Amy Tsilemanis with sound by Emah Fox Starring New York & Melbourne

In August 2015 I had a solo cross-artform exhibition as part of the Ballarat International Foto Biennale and was one of 12 Fringe artists selected for their calendar. My exhibition “Streets & Skies” includedphotographs, a book, audio work and musical performance. I also collaborated on a keynote work for the Melbourne Fringe Festival (more about these 2 projects here. I co-produced the new digital walking tour “Ballarat Revealed” for Ballarat Heritage Weekend.

In 2016 I commenced my PhD at FedUni linked to a part-time curatorial role at the Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute (BMI), telling the stories of the institute, new and old, and looking at how arts and heritage can intersect in engaging ways. I am working with a new addition to the BMI collection of archives, artefacts and heritage books- the Max Harris Photography Collection of historic Ballarat images, and producing associated exhibitions and events as case studies for my research and to activate the BMI as a vibrant cultural hub.

I also continue my freelance audio work, that can be explored here. Thanks so much to BAF for all their support!