Peter Kennedy 30 min Educational Interview

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A 30 min educational interview for schools with Queensland artist, Peter Kennedy. This educational interview is part of the James C. Sourris AM Artist Interview Series which contains a number of interviews by prominent Australian artists. In this interview Peter Kennedy talks to Max Delany about his artistic career which has spanned across five decades. In recent years, Kennedy has featured extensively in group exhibitions at the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, and the National Gallery of Victoria, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art and Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne.
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Peter Kennedy, born 1945, Brisbane, Queensland. Lives and works Melbourne, Victoria. John Hughes, born 1948, Coburg, Victoria. Lives and works Melbourne, Victoria. Peter Kennedy began exhibiting in the mid 1960s. By the end of that decade, he had begun to forge new territory in Australia through his conceptually aligned art practice and light-based installations. He was one of the first Australian artists to work with light as installation, creating immersive environments through minimalist arrangements of coloured neon tubes. Since this time, his experimental, groundbreaking body of work has encompassed installation, performance, photography, sound, video and drawing. In the late 1970s his practice became more politically engaged and activist in nature, exploring and interrogating actual political events. Later works have encompassed notions of death and mortality from both historical and personal perspectives.