Acme Studios — Peta Clancy

Supporting Artists since 1972

Peta Clancy

Australia Council for the Arts Residency

Peta Clancy is an Australian artist and photographer. She is a descendent of the Bangerang people, and her works explore the hidden histories of colonialism that threatened the survival of her ancestors. Through manually manipulating photographic prints and re-photographing them, Peta layers past and present to re-construct and bring to light these hidden histories in a contemporary setting, challenging the viewer to focus on what has been denied and hidden.

In 2018, Peta was awarded the inaugural Fostering Koorie Art and Culture grant from the Koorie Heritage Trust to collaborate with the Dja Dja Wurrung community to create a body of work investigating massacre sites on Dja Dja Wurrung country. The exhibition Undercurrent at the Koorie Heritage Trust, Melbourne (2019) explored these sites as ciphers for the hidden history of massacres throughout Australia and the denial of this aspect of our history and the trauma these sites evoke.

Other recent solo exhibitions include: Aurelian, Locale 2017: Yarra City Council, Richmond Library (2017); Blood Life Uncut (with Helen Pynor), The Old Operating Theatre, King’s College London, Science Gallery London (2017); Puncture: Linden Projects: Paper, Linden New Art, St Kilda (2015); The Body is a Big Place (with Helen Pynor), Galerija Kapelica, Llubljana (2013) and Performance Space Sydney (2011).

Australia Council for the Arts

Since 1992, the Australia Council for the Arts has partnered with Acme to provide London work/live residency opportunities for Australian visual artists. These residencies are located at Acme's Fire Station in Poplar, E14. Application and selection is undertaken directly by the Australia Council for the Arts.

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