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Hannah Quinlivan

Hannah Quinlivan

A highlight of the 2020 festival will be artist Hannah Quinlivan’s newly commissioned site-specific installation titled Desiderium, a large scale ephemeral 3D spatial drawing that explores the social atmosphere after periods of crisis including Australia’s recent red summer, the subsequent Covid19-induced health and economic crisis, and the fissures they have risen in our communities and collective mood. Building on her previous work Arrhythmia, a collaboration led by Quinlivan at the National Portrait Gallery in 2016, Desiderium features a suspended large-scale light sculpture installed at the City Walk entry to Monaro Mall that forms the centrepiece of a vocal performance by acclaimed classical vocalists Shikara Ringdahl and Louise Keast as they move through the space.

About Hannah Quinlivan

“Hannah Quinlivan is a young artist who has found her own distinctive voice, one which unites the intimate and the personal with the public and universal. Her art is distinctive, intense and very memorable”. – Sasha Grishin, 2018.

Hannah Quinlivan abstract drawing practice has a number of strands, with site-specific spatial drawing becoming increasingly important to her work. In April 2019, the first line of the Canberra Light Rail was opened, featuring Quinlivan’s drawings embedded in the glazing at each of the thirteen stations. In the previous two years, she installed ephemeral site-specific spatial drawings at Jan Kossen Contemporary, New York (2018), Hong Kong Art Central (2017), Colorado State University (2017) and Canberra Museum and Art Gallery (2017). In 2016 and 2017 she mobilised spatial drawing and performance works at the National Portrait Gallery. Also in 2016 she won an ANU Scholarship to install an ephemeral, site-specific work Spatialisation at Pembroke College, Cambridge University.

In 2017, she was awarded the Canberra Critics Circle Award. She has been a finalist in many juried exhibitions, including the 2017 Churchie Art Prize, and the 2018 and 2014 Alice Prize. In 2015 she was awarded the Art at the Heart Residency by the Shire of East Pilbara. In 2017, she was artist in residence at the Zentrum fur Kunst und Urbanistiks in Berlin where she also undertook a mentorship with Monika Grzymala. Quinlivan is represented in number of collections including the National Gallery of Australia, The Australian High Commission (Singapore), ACT Legislative Assembly Art Collection, Deakin University Art Collection, among many others. She graduated dux from ANU School of Art (Honours) in 2013.