Collective Memory

To live and work as a professional artist is a badge of honour and sharing the journey with your peers in an open and supportive environment is something extraordinary. Being part of a creative network is important for developing a sustainable career in the arts, as well as for general health and wellbeing.

Whether artists come together through artist residencies, as part of artist collectives, progressive studios or galleries, having the space to experiment and test ideas while critically engaging with art and the broader art world is a crucial aspect of the artistic journey. Creative communities help give people a sense of belonging and identity; they build knowledge, reciprocity, collective memories and a shared history.

Collective Memory brings together a selection of work by emerging, mid-career and established artists that illustrate the strong artistic outcomes that stem from a close and aspirational art community. At Arts Project Australia, we see individual artists flourish when working in the studio or online within the best and trying times in a perfect art and peer symbiosis.

Artists include Lygin Ang, George Aristovoulou, Desmond Beavis, Shoshanna Brott, Dionne Canzano, Jacob Cartelli, Valerio Ciccone, Ashlee Cochrane, Alan Constable, Wendy Dawson, Ross O’Meara, Daniel Richardson, Rebecca Scibilia, Michael Trasancos and Doreen Youlten.

Walk through the exhibition via entering a virtual room, scrolling the slideshow below or downloading the Collective Memory Catalogue (this link redirects to a PDF).


Mapping Our Own Future is a weekly series of solo and group virtual exhibitions curated from the Arts Project Australia stockroom. An extension of the gallery to a virtual space, the series offers a place to connect with APA artists from home. Visit other virtual exhibitions here.

Collective Memory has been produced by Arts Project Australia curator and gallery manager Sim Luttin.