#gpgsurvivalkits2020 What are you bringing?
An ISO project devised by Isabella Wadley and Cecilia Stewart
In a reprisal of Kiffy Rubbo and Meredith Rogers’ 1975 Ideas Show Survival Kits at the George Paton Gallery we invite you to be the artist, inventor, and curator of your own survival kit.
Responses will be posted on this page. There is no deadline for this project beyond the end of lockdown, rather we will post submissions as they are sent.
“The Ideas Shows… of the 1970s were playful and open-ended, they broadened the participation in the exhibition beyond the practicing artist, curator, or historian and created their own audiences by virtue of the number of people participating in the exhibition.” – Sandie Bridie, Kiffy Rubbo: Curating the 1970’s
As the first director and curator of the George Paton Gallery, Kiffy Rubbo had a visionary and progressive approach, promoting the artistic expression of all, not simply practicing artists. Specifically, in ‘Survival Kits’ a whole range of people were called upon to contribute, an attitude which we would like to reflect in this project.
Almost fifty years on, we find “Survival Kits” a concept that resonates very strongly with our circumstances today; how are we surviving in our drastically changed world?
Please send your response in the form of (or a combination of)
- Short video, landscape format, no longer than 3 minutes, titled with your name and title of video
- Images (maximum of 3) in jpeg format, titled with your name, and title of image.
- Text included in an email or as an attachment.
- Include your name, location, short bio if you wish (50 words maximum) and short explanation of your choice of materials for your survival kit.
Send your responses to email@example.com to be a part of the online exhibition and share on social media with the hashtag #gpgsurvivalkits2020 to spread the word!
Survival Kits: An Ideas Show, held in June 1975 and coordinated by Kiffy Rubbo, director and Meredith Rogers, assistant director of the George Paton Gallery, was the third in a series of seven Ideas Shows exhibited at the George Paton and Ewing Galleries between 1974 and 1980. The Ideas Shows were open to anybody who wished to respond to the title prompt of the exhibition sent out by the directors of the gallery, including artists, writers, academics and the general public.
Other Ideas Shows were:
The Letters Show: An Ideas Show, July 1974
Boxes: An Ideas Show, August 1974
The Grid Show/ A Structured Space: An Ideas Show, August 1975
The Money Show: An Ideas Show, April 1976
The Maps Show: An Ideas Show, May 1978
Security: An Ideas Show, June 1980
Here is an artwork that I completed in stage 4 isolation. Even though iso creates ample time and opportunities for art it is sometimes even more difficult to be motivated during COVID-19. But when I end up creating I am always happy that I’ve done it.
Ruby Randles | Pandemonium
Peter Anthony Murphy
As a concrete poet/artist, I’m interested in statues as objects of meaning and have been photographing them for years. During the lockdown, I am putting them together in a book, seeking to expose and intensify their meanings through juxtaposing them.
A skateboard rack that I built in Isolation. Provides great storage for my numerous boards!!!
Melbourne is now in times of suspension and transition. Covid-19 has revealed cracks within our social fabric at the personal, community, national and global level. Painting enables me to express how this lockdown in impacting life when words are not enough.
Rachel Douglas: Iso spent at Black range. Watercolour on paper, 2020
Isolation is a unique experience, extroverts like myself need to find fulfilment within themselves. I have leant on my creative outlets, mostly sewing to bring myself (and others) joy! Having a task at hand to look forward to has helped me though, plus now I look extra fabulous.
(Dr) Mardie Whitla
This is my own clay copy of my original mortarboard. It reminds me that if I was able to survive years of academic studies in psychology and criminology, I can surely survive COVID-19.
‘Back,Baby’ by Jessica Pratt is a song which is beloved to my housemate and I. During lockdown you can find us watching Gilmore girls, reading, eating, and of course, sanitising our hands. A quote from an article in the New Yorker reads – “Stories about love offer models for how you might commit your life to another person. Stories about friendship are usually about how you might commit to life itself”. It reminds me that without my friends, near and far, life would be infinitely worse.
Nancy D Lane
Nancy D Lane (Instagram @NancyDeeBrooches), North Melbourne
I create brooches from pieces of metal, wood and tile I find on the streets. My iso survival kit brooches: ‘Yoga 2’, my morning exercise routine; ‘Boiling the Billy’, healthy cooking in the kitchen; and ‘Reaching Out’, staying in touch with family and friends.
Zoe Gleeson and Millie Costigan
We curated the following two Iso playlists with the idea of collective escapism in mind. The photos are of some of our favourite friendship moments, moments we’ve been texting about with such urgency over the past few months. (ie. our summer road trip on the South Australian coast and our travels in Japan a few years ago). The title of playlist 1 ‘When She: Self Isolates’ comes from our radio show – ‘When She Speaks’ – that we co -host on our university airwaves. The song titles and lyrics in this playlist relate quite explicitly to Isolation (Home, Hibernate, Lonesome, Silence, Telly etc..). There’s something comforting about songs that speak to our pandemic. Playlist 2 ‘It’s a pandemic but we can still party!’ is intended to keep those spirits high! For bedroom boogs and Jammie Jives! Together these playlists are little pockets of time, little kisses, little odes – from our bedrooms, to yours.
Our coffee machine became an important part of lockdown survival. Every day I would look forward to the ritual of making coffee, taking in the rich aromas while executing with precision each step: dosing, grinding, tamping, extracting and foaming. In the sound sphere of banging, thumping and hissing I felt totally present, elated with anticipation of a daily treat.
Each puck of coffee became little tokens of indulgence and endurance. Seven weeks, forty nine little disks of compressed caffeine, forty nine days of doing my bit to flatten the curve.
John Stewart, ‘Contribution from lockdown’, 2020
Leah Molony and granddaughter Floss
Created whilst spending COVID-19 time with granddaughter Floss.
Name: Sandra Bridie | Title: Food Library, East St Kilda, 14 May 2020
Each day over the COVID-19 lockdown in my local park a new assortment of provisions is available on the picnic table for those in need to pick up, or for those with plenty to contribute to. Supplies include chocolate, canned items, pasta and animal food. Extra chocolate was left out for mothers with a special note on Mother’s Day.
Matt is a Melbourne based actor and theatre producer, who found himself in isolation for 6 weeks down on the south west coast of Victoria. Sun, sand, sea and the night sky helped to get him through it.