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Inviting Proposals for un Magazine 11.1

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We are thrilled to be inviting proposals for the next issue of un Magazine, 11.1, to be published in April 2017 with Editor David Capra.

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"I often say that I would not be an artist if it wasn’t for my 'babcha', my Ukrainian grandmother. She had lived most of her early years in labor camps in Poland and Germany. Upon arriving in Australia she granted herself the liberty of being a child again, this time safe in the suburbs of Sydney. I spent my formative years with her and have strong memories of waiting each week for the grocery catalogue to arrive in the letterbox. We would get a pair of scissors to our favorite sale items, like glossy mince meat wrapped in cling wrap or pizza shapes, cut them out and safety pin them to the laced curtains in the lounge room. We would marvel at the tiny specks of colour dancing in a floral sea, whilst the television projected a smartly choreographed light show. I'm not quite sure what it all meant, but I know it felt like Christmas and worth celebrating. My grandma would often tear out my teacher's stickers from my school work books and stick them in a row on the window sills, sometimes I would feel unsure about this - I had worked hard for them - but always concluded they looked better there anyway."
-David Capra

Issue 11.1 of un Magazine will focus on artistic practice, and the artist themselves. We want to shine a light on the aspects of practice that often remain invisible within the final product; the collaborations, the hidden treasures found but unused, the contextual inquiries. Exploring the idea of 'the artist at work', we're looking to blur the distinction between artist pages and articles, between critique and reflection, between arts writing and arts practice, between the artist and the audience.

Some ideas:

  • An interview with a fellow peer that acts as research for an upcoming project.
  • A moment of reflection on a recently competed work.
  • Insight into the process behind a work (your own, or someone else's).

un Magazine publishes reviews, interviews, artworks, essays, creative writing, and commentary. We are also open to experimental approaches within printed and online formats.


Please download the Proposal Form for submission details.

All enquiries (editorial and logistic) can be directed to Sarah Gory: sarahgory@unprojects.org.au.

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Launch: Issue 10.2 & un Anthology

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LAUNCH: un Magazine 10.2 & un Anthology

We're delighted to invite you to a double launch!

Join us to celebrate the launch of un Magazine issue 10.2, and the launch of the special-edition un Anthology 2004-2014: a decade of art & ideas, a retrospective of un Magazine.

un Magazine Issue 10.2

Edited by Shelley McSpedden, with Sub-Editor Alana Hunt, issue 10.2 explores configurations of contemporary coexistence, social connections, and community.

Featured artists and writers: Nikos Pantazopoulos, Virginia Fraser, Elvis Richardson, Raafat Ishak, Ross Coulter, Tom Civil, Sam Wallman, Phuong Ngo, Laura Castgnini, Rose Gibbs, Tristen Harwood, Tiarney Miekus, Zanny Begg, Pedro de Almeida, Sumugan Sivanesan, Elise Routledge, Luke Letourneau, Anusha Kenny, Michelle James, Lauren Burrow, Georgina Griddle, Matthew Taft, Julian R. Murphy, Georgia Robenstone, Anna Dunnill, Nick Terrell, Nathan Gray, Nick Modrzewski.

un Anthology 2004-2014: a decade of art & ideas

We are excited to launch the much anticipated un Anthology! A compendium of articles, essays, reviews and artist pages selected from a decade of publishing, un Anthology offers a unique take on Australia's independent contemporary art scene. Featuring hundreds of artists and writers from un Magazine's archive plus new commissions from Lily Hibberd and Kelly Fliedner, Anthony Gardner, Justin Clemens, Bianca Hester, and Lisa Radford, the book is co-edited by Ulanda Blair, Rosemary Forde and Phip Murray.

The un Anthology will be for sale at the launch, and on the un Projects website.


WHERE: "Gormenghast" - a temporary architectural work by Damp and MAP, located in the Ian Potter Sculpture Court at Monash University Museum of Art
900 Dandenong Road, Caulfield East
WHEN: Thursday 6th October 2016
TIME: from 6pm

Watch this space for event details!


WHERE: 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
181 - 187 Hay Street, Haymarket 2000
WHEN: Friday 7th October 2016
TIME: 6 - 8pm
RSVPs required, and drinks available by donation.

To mark the launch of this issue, un Projects and 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art will present a performance by Brian Fuata, Hot Topic.

"Taking in the architectural spaces of 4A’s unique nineteenth-century heritage building, Brian Fuata’s site-responsive work centres on formal and conceptual frames for the act of writing, specifically the object of the white page. Long used as the ultimate visual metaphor – at once signaling the birth of creation and the death of ideas, and indeed the author – the white page is pulled apart by Fuata in an embodied testing and teasing of its historical and cultural significance as both site and object for the production of narratives."


Image: Raafat Ishak, Graduate Research and
Withdrawal, 35 (detail) 2015, mixed
media, image courtesy the artist and
Sutton Gallery, Melbourne

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Sub-Editor Call Out: un Magazine 2017

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un Magazine 8.1 Launch, August 2014

Sub-Editor Call Out: un Magazine 2017

un Projects is currently seeking expressions of interest for a Sub-Editor of un Magazine issues 11.1 and 11.2, to be published in 2017.

The Sub-Editor position is an exciting opportunity to take a central role in the development and production of one of Australia’s most respected contemporary arts publications. This role will be mentored by the Editor, and supported by the Magazine Advisory Committee, and un Projects Board and General Manager.

Total remuneration is a $1,750 fee per issue. Download a detailed Position Description here.

Submissions close 5pm, Monday October 10th 2016.

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Introducing the Editor of un Magazine Volume 11

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un Projects are pleased to announce that David Capra will be editor of Volume 11 of un Magazine in 2017.

David Capra is a Sydney based artist who has a history of working with communities. In 2015 he co-directed with Kate Blackmore, Motion Pictures: A Festival of New Cinema in Fairfield NSW; in 2014 he curated a comprehensive survey of Western Sydney for an edition of Das Superpaper. In 2013 Capra invited the public to dance alongside Teena his dachshund in a throne room inspired by the The Wizard of Oz (Workout, MCA). In Birthing Things in the Spirit: The Water Birth, he developed a synchronised swimming performance with locals at Eaglevale Pool (Campbelltown Arts Centre, 2014); in Ministry of Handshakes (2013) he greeted the public with a 2 meter prosthetic arm inspired by encounters with Elizabeth, who moves through Sydney trains and shakes commuter's hands. In 2015 Capra was commissioned to create Teena's Bathtime for the Bella Room (National Centre for Creative Learning, MCA), an experiential space designed for people with specific needs. He recently launched a fragrance, Teena's Bathtime: Eau de Wet Dogge. Soon after he collaborated with the 7 Network to produce a new infomercial video work.

un Magazine 11.1 and 11.2 will launch in April and October 2017 respectively.

**Image credit: Zan Wimberley*

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