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Shannon Lyons

Exhibition; Infrastructuralism

Tuesday 06 February 12:00am until Saturday 17 March 12:00am

A fusion of process, presentation and form.

Infrastructuralism Launch

Thursday 08 February 05:30pm until Thursday 08 February 07:00pm

Agatha Gothe- Snape, Carolyn Eskdale, Helen Grogan, Jessie Bullivant, Shannon Lyons. The gallery is more than a frame. More than an architectural setting. In Infrastructuralism, five artists produce and deliver work that ingratiates itself inside the physical system of the gallery. The exhibition exposes the hidden, neglected or secretive support structures that serve as platforms for the presentation of art objects. Presented across all spaces at LAI, the artworks marry humour with material awareness in a playful incursion into the nature of our cultural organisations. All the various facets that go into making up architecture, display, function and administration are brought into play.

Public lecture one: Shouting from the studio-top the artist as activist

Thursday 08 February 06:15pm until Thursday 08 February 07:30pm

Throughout history, artists have been active participants in key social and political debates. Pablo Picasso's Guernica is one of the greatest paintings to protest the brutality of war.

Public Lecture The search for a new civic imagination

Thursday 15 February 06:15pm until Thursday 15 February 07:30pm

In this lecture, Dr Vincent Alessi will discuss the role of artiste and creative practioners in the public space, investigating how they have and continue to contribute to the creation of a new civic imagination ensuring that the city of the future remains equitable and sustainability for the communities which inhabit it.

Art Therapy Masterclass: Yayoi Kusama

Friday 02 March 10:00am until Saturday 03 March 02:00pm

This masterclass brings together experts from La Trobe University’s Art Institute and Master of Art Therapy program to explore connections between Kusama’s life and practice and the practice of art making more generally.

Ryan Sisters


Tuesday 03 April 12:00am until Sunday 13 May 12:00am

Collaboratory is a series of exhibitions that reflects on the nature of collective endeavour. It offers a way of understanding the relationships inherent in working partnerships, the impact of such practices on medium and process, and the ways in which audiences are engaged.

Nawurapu Wunungmurra

Collection Focus

Tuesday 29 May 12:00am until Saturday 07 July 12:00am

La Trobe University is the custodian of one of Australia's largest collections of art, artefacts and antiquities. On a regular basis the LAI will present an exhibition that reflects upon aspects of the Collection.

Paul Kaptein

The Grammar of Glitch

Tuesday 24 July 12:00am until Sunday 02 September 12:00am

In evolutionary biology it is the mutation that drives changes in offspring to help species adapt to shifting environmental circumstances. Some apparent errors adn mistakes are the answers to problems that are often unseen. The Grammar of Glitch takes a look at how the language of this processed is expressed in artwork. Whether through fragmentation of the visual field in landscape drawings or the distorted forms of the sculptural figure, this exhibition offers ways of understanding how glitches in systematic regularity can produce creative ends.

Chart Form

Chart Form

Tuesday 18 September 12:00am until Saturday 27 October 12:00am

Chart Form celebrates a data aesthetic and a systems language. Presenting the work of four artists whose work evokes flow charts and process maps, the exhibition offers ways of understanding implied meaning generated by formalist tropes.

Brigid Hansen

Emerging Curators Program: Brigid Hansen

Tuesday 18 September 12:00am until Saturday 27 October 12:00am

The Emerging Curators Program has been established to provide a mentoring experience for new curators to conceive, develop and produce an exhibition of their own choosing with the guidance and assistance of the Institute’s curatorial team and professional staff.The Program is application based and the inaugural participant is recent RMIT graduate Brigid Hansen.

Sam Martin

Support Structure

Tuesday 13 November 12:00am until Saturday 22 December 12:00am

Support Structure assembles the work of artists who paint with a sculptural sensibility. Acknowledging the physicality of paintings, these artists produce artwork that blurs the boundary between media, offering ways of rethinking the nature of contemporary painting.