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Amateur/ Professional

  • LOCATION: The Festival Hub, 46 Northbourne Ave : Civic
  • ARTIST/S: Vanessa White
  • WHEN: 11am to 1:30pm
    9 April 2017


Amateur/Professional is a participatory performance artwork, mixing the fun and childlike play of drawing with labelling. The audience are invited to interact with Vanessa, and move freely through the space to explore their own perspective.
Explore the humour, absurdity and transience of categorising within the ever expanding context of the arts. Using gentle clown-like humour to challenge established notions of what is “true” and “beautiful”, the piece questions the distinction between professional and amateur work – and the use of creating a divide.


Vanessa White is a Melbourne based artist whose work predominantly combines painting and performance. Her hybrid creations provoke laughter and question longstanding traditions of aesthetic and philosophical debate about art and identity. Vanessa will be artist in residence at SIM, Iceland 2017. Previous galleries and events include: Geelong After Dark Festival; Federation Square 2016; ArtVenice Biennale 3 Project, Venice Biennale; The Substation 2015; FELTspace ARI 2014; Ebeltoft Glass Museum, Denmark 2013; Firstdraft Gallery 2012. Vanessa has undertaken residencies at Bundanon Trust and Hill End NSW and is represented in the Artbank collection.

  • Photo: Paul Dunn