In 2020, UTS ART programs will consider the environmental, the social, and the local, supporting the work of Australian and international artists and designers working across contemporary art, fashion, architecture and design.

A woman models a coat and tracksuit in front of an atelier of around 17 fashion workers inside a design studio.

Curated by Armando Chant, lecturer in the UTS School of Design, Fit For Purpose brings together six international fashion designers and collectives united in their sustainable, ethical and collaborative approaches to design. The exhibition will be extended through a program of workshops and events including a weekly public lecture series an a multidisciplinary panel on the intersection of art, design and sustainability as part of Art Month Sydney.

In April The Frank Watters Gift will be exhibited at UTS Gallery, featuring major artworks by artists Richard Larter, John Peart, Ruth Waller, Chris O’Doherty and Euan Macleod. The Frank Watters gift is the single largest artwork donation to the collection in our thirty-year history and is a testament to Frank’s generosity and friendship, providing a vibrant snapshot of Australian artistic practice across five decades.

Opening in July, There we were all in one place will be the first early career survey of artist Hayley Millar-Baker. Recently named the 2020 Monash University Prato Centre artist in residence, Millar-Baker uses photography to frame, examine and re-imagine Aboriginal narratives from south-east Australia.

Our final exhibition of 2020 is the first Australian presentation of London-based research agency Forensic Architecture. The exhibition will feature three of their internationally-acclaimed investigations into human rights abuses on behalf of the affected communities, including the acclaimed film Triple-Chaser, made in partnership with Praxis Films and presented as part of the 2019 Whitney Biennial.

2020 will also see the launch of the UTS Broadway Screen, featuring large-scale digital commissions by leading Australian artists Daniel Crooks, Ishmael Marika & Patrina Munuŋgurr (The Mulka Project) and Grant Stevens, as well as newly acquired works by Daniel Boyd and Angela Tiatia.

As part of UTS ART Live and to mark the launch of a new visual identity for the Equal Futures Athena SWAN gender equity program at UTS, we will feature an exhibition of collages by artist Deborah Kelly, produced in workshops with UTS STEMM staff and students, presented in the UTS Tower foyer.

Finally, we are delighted to announce the inaugural UTS Artist in Residence program, a fully-funded opportunity for one Australian artist/collective with a socially-engaged practice to undertake an embedded residency at UTS. The UTS Artist in Residence program supports the creation of new work with the support of UTS research and facilities across disciplines. Visit the link below to register your interest or join the program as a supporter.

Explore the 2020 UTS ART Program at the links below and we look forward to welcoming you next year!