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Discover the art stars of tomorrow today in the MCA's annual showcase of fresh talent
Each year, the Museum of Contemporary Art invites an artist or curator to take the reins of Primavera, an exhibition for emerging artists under 35. The brief is simple: showcase artists from across Australia who they feel represent current trends or styles emerging in the next generation. This simplicity is its greatest asset: it means each artist-curator gets the chance to put their own stamp on the exhibition, and every show is unique. As a bonus, the show has a reputation for identifying Australian art’s next big thing before they go on to international stardom.
This year, the exhibition is curated by Archibald Prize-winning painter Mitch Cairns, who has brought together seven artists who all incorporate language forms and poetic expression in their practice. Ranging from drawing, painting and sculpture to sound and video installations, this year’s crop includes two Indigenous artists, Rosina Gunjarrwanga and Kenan Namunjdja, who live and work in the Northern Territory’s remote Maningrida community, alongside artists from across Australia, including Mitchel Cumming, Lucina Lane, Aodhan Madden, Zoe Marni Robertson and Coen Young.