Knowing Me, Knowing You (KMKY) opened last Saturday with a bang. Despite it being 40 degrees in Melbourne, over 200 visitors braved the heat and joined us for the launch of Knowing Me, Knowing You – our biggest collaborative undertaking in our 40 year history. The exhibition was officially opened by The Hon. Heidi Victoria, Minister for the Arts.

The Knowing Me, Knowing You project was a multi-layered project; complex to orchestrate and resulted in some amazing collaborative artworks being made specifically for the exhibition. Knowing Me, Knowing You is the culmination of a year-long collaboration between ten pairs of artists and the first exhibition in our jam-packed 2014 40th Anniversary Program.

In 2012, Arts Project invited artist and curator Lindy Judge to create an in-depth collaborative investigation that would culminate in a diverse exhibition. The project matched ten Arts Project artists with ten external artists who worked closely over a year to create new, unexpected and dynamic multi-disciplinary artworks. From 2012 through 2014, cinematographer Shelley Farthing-Dawe documented the evolution of the project as a film journal, which will be edited into a documentary later in 2014.

Curator Lindy Judge says, “Knowing Me, Knowing You questions the collaborative process itself, exploring the complex nature of collaboration between professional artists.“ The exhibition has garnered great interest from the public, artists, writers and the media, with write-ups in Three Thousand, The Age and Art Guide (to be published in their March/April edition).

If our first opening for 2014 is anything to go by, we’re in for a big year!

Knowing Me, Knowing You is supported by Arts Victoria and the Besen Family Foundation.

The crowd at the opening.

KMKY artist Catherine Bell with her friend in front of Catherine’s artwork at the opening.

The KMKY artists being introduced to the crowd.

Most of the twenty KMKY artists with The Hon. Heidi Victoria MLA, Minister for the Arts who opened the exhibtiion.

KMKY curator Lindy Judge talking obout the collaboration.

KMKY artists Rebecca Scibilia and Steven Asquith pose for photos in front of their collaborative artworks.

KMKY artists Martin King and Kate Knight (right) with Janet Knight at the KMKY opening.

Former Arts Project Australia President Catherine Easton with artist Fiona Taylor (second from left), Bruce Easton and Angela Cavalieri.

At the KMKY opening.

The Hon. Heidi Victoria MLA, Minister for the Arts (right) with Arts Project Australia President Bronwyn Johnson (left) and
Executive Director Sue Roff (centre front).