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Sally Smart—P.A.R.A.D.E. at Geelong Gallery

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Inspired by the sets & costumes designed by Pablo Picasso
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The second work in Sally Smart's trilogy, you'll find P.A.R.A.D.E at Geelong Gallery, 55 Little Malop St, Geelong, from Saturday 19 March to Sunday 3 July 2022. Taking inspiration from the historical avant-garde performances and designs of the early 20th century Ballets Russes, widely regarded as the most influential ballet company of the era, Smart has brought it into a contemporary world. Coinciding with Geelong Design Week, Smart has created an environment you can experience and immerse in by using textiles (costumes and curtains), sculptural components and performance (video & sound) inspired by the sets and costumes designed by Pablo Picasso for the Ballets Russes' Parade in 1917.

One of Australia's most highly regarded contemporary artists, Smart is Melbourne-based. Central to her multi-disciplinary practice is the act of cutting, splicing, pinning, layering and manipulating multiple fragments across spaces. She's had a long-standing interest in the domestic and feminine, with a desire to interrupt societal expectations of gendered roles. The main component of the exhibition is the curtain or backdrop, and it functions as a conceptual framework, with costumes seemingly freestanding in space as figures of performance in costume. These performance assemblages are inspired by choreography and point to the body's capacity to express anxiety; individually or collectively.

Other related events are as follows and you can purchase tickets by following the links given.

Sat 19 Mar to Sun 10 Jul 2022 - Learn Space - Kid's Costume Lab - A free event, create your own imaginative costume design inspired by P.A.R.A.D.E.
Thu 24 Mar 2022 from 5.30-7.30pm - P.A.R.A.D.E. Performance - A contemporary dance performance responding to P.A.R.A.D.E.
Fri 25 Mar 2022 from 10-11.30am - P.A.R.A.D.E. Workshop - For ages 3-4 years (accompanied by an adult), it's a collaborative workshop and storytime at Geelong Library and Heritage Centre. Explore art, dance and costume design inspired by P.A.R.A.D.E.
Tue 19 Apr 2022 from 11am-12pm - Eye Spy Art Adventures - For children aged 6-10 years, accompanied by an adult. Create your own costume design using collage techniques inspired by the work of Sally Smart and the legendary dance company, the Ballets Russes.
Thu 21 Apr 2022 from 11am-12pm - Cut and Paste Costume Design - For ages 10 to 13 years, accompanied by an adult. Create your own colourful designs using recycled materials inspired by the Smart's P.A.R.A.D.E.
Thu 5 May 2022 from 9am to 5pm - A day out - Ballets Russes - A Geelong Conservation fundraising event that celebrates P.A.R.A.D.E. Explore innovative designs in dance and theatre
Thu 9 Jun 2022 from 6-7.30pm - Talking Art: Sally Smart - P.A.R.A.D.E. - A special evening with Geelong Gallery Director and CEO Jason Smith and acclaimed Melbourne-based artist Sally Smart in conversation about P.A.R.A.D.E. Ticket includes drink on arrival and canapés.

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Why? Sally Smart—P.A.R.A.D.E. Exhibition
When: 19 Mar to 3 Jul 2022
Where: Geelong Gallery, Little Malop St, Geelong, VIC
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