So hot right now now now
So hot right now now now

So hot right now now now

Co-curated by Amala Groom, Kris Townsend, and Alex Wisser

Location: Firstdraft, Woolloomooloo-Sydney

Date: 10 Sept 2022 – 16 Oct 2022

About the exhibition: 

So hot right now now now is the final outcome of the Cementa and Arts OutWest Regional Artist Mentoring Program (RAMP), a two year creative and professional development initiative conceived and implemented by Amala Groom, with the support of Alex Wisser and Kris Townsend, to deliver skills, build inroads into arts networks, and present an ambitious public exhibition.

Extending from often autobiographical positions, the eight regional artists involved – Aleshia Lonsdale, Asma D Mather, David Doyle, Freyja Moon, Gus Armstrong, Kate McKay, Lily Cummins, and Ronnie Grammatica –  are expressing the realities of contemporary lived experience to create artworks that reflect our common, contemporary condition. The resulting exhibition is grounded in the concrete, located in particular experience and expressive of the lived realities and truths of the communities, people and places to which these artists belong. Ronnie Grammatica’s ‘portraits’ of roadside memorials document the practice of marking the site of fatal road accidents with arrangements of white crosses, plastic flowers, stuffed toys, photos, and paraphernalia associated with the passions, interests and character of the person memorialised.

This exhibition is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW and the Regional Arts Fund provided by Regional Arts Australia and administered by Regional Arts NSW. Program partners include West Darling Arts, Southern Tablelands Arts, Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, and Glasshouse Regional Gallery.

About the space:

Firstdraft is where the future of contemporary art emerges, through a program that is critical, ambitious and experimental.

Established in 1986, Firstdraft is Australia’s longest running artist-led organisation. Its longevity is testament to the sustained commitment of countless artists, writers, curators and arts professionals who have supported and exhibited at Firstdraft over the last five decades.