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What: ‘Indefinite Substitution is a public art project, hosted by the Geelong Art Gallery and the National Exhibition Touring Support (NETS) Victoria. The artist on the project is Tom Nicholson, a mid career conceptual artist and Lecturer in Drawing.

in the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at Monash University. Tom’s work has been exhibited widely internationally and throughout Australia and his work is held in collections of the National Gallery of Victoria, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Art Gallery of Western Australia; State Library of Victoria; Art Gallery of South Australia; Australian War Memorial; Monash University of Art as well as in private collections.

The project is a set of ongoing participatory events involving clay busts of two important and singular protagonists in the very early history of non-Indigenous settlement of Victoria: John Batman and William Buckley. Tom explains that the work centres on these two busts being exchanged between shifting sites over four days. Four people will carry the busts between the two sites in an action that suggest both a procession as well as the more perfunctory movements of a group of removalists. Each bust is unfired wet clay, more than life size and fashioned from a number of pictorial records of the two men. Participants in the daily action of interchange of the busts are drawn from the local community/visitors to the project. 

The Friends of Collins Settlement have asked Tom to deliver a short address exploring the concept behind the installation and invite you to attend

When: 4 July at 3.15 pm to hear the address, learn more about this innovative project, witness and participate in the installation if you wish.

Where: Settlement Centre in Leggett Way

RSVP: Judy Walsh (Secretary Friends of Collins Settlement) 5988 9853



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