Curated by Paul Gazzola in association with OSCA. A project commission by the City of Onkaparinga. 14 Oct to 4 Nov 2017

  • 50 performative events took place across 31 suburbs
  • 9 lead artists created new works spanning performative, installation & time based outcomes
  • Over 2500 people witnessed the unexpected events
  • Locations included local markets, skateboard parks, suburban shopping centre entrances, train platforms, coastal esplanades, car parks, beaches, unused plots of land, public parks, playgrounds, road side verges, sidewalks and sports ovals

SUE was a creative festival of performance based interventions that explored how innovative art events within outer suburban locations, spaces not normally associated with contemporary arts practice, can produce fleeting moments of difference, interest and intrigue to daily routines.

“It’s beautiful, the simplicity of it brings you right into the centre of everything – breath, connection, the beat of life. It’s quite profound” TRIO, Willunga Farmers markets

SUE explored the curatorial themes of the unexpected, wonder and play to open-up a fluid and playful space for artistic strategies that would surprise, startle and astonish the public through uncommon and extraordinary activities. The diversity of sites offering the artists and curator alike a fertile space for experimentation and innovation within form, practice and content.

“I thought the event was such an incredible creative way to engage young people with art and community, it is so great for all these young people to come together and experience different ways of thinking together”.  TTTSCT, Triggs two car park

SUE negotiated how the temporality of unexpected performance based interventions can add another creative dimension to public art strategies that explore and celebrate the diversity of culture, community, geography, history and land in the area.

“Oh, it’s an art work! Great! I thought there was a gas leak”. SURVEY, O’Sullivan Beach Rd

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS: Carlie Angel, Valerie Berry, David Cross, Alison Currie, Nadia Cusimano, James Dodd, Ruby Dolman, Heidi Kenyon, Sara Morawetz, Tobiah Booth-Remmers, Cinzia Schincariol, Henry Jock WalkerJosephine Were, Meg Wilson and Young and the Wrestlers.