William Kentridge: Five Themes

Australian Centre for the Moving Image, 8 March to 27 May

Tickets are now available via the ACMI website

About the Exhibition

Premiering in Australia after travelling to San Francisco, New York, Paris, Vienna, Jerusalem and Moscow, the exhibition explores five key themes that have captivated Kentridge throughout his career.

Well known for his stop motion films of charcoal drawings, Kentridge’s multi-disciplinary approach will be showcased through over 60 works ranging from animations, drawings and prints to theatre models, sculptures and books.

More on the ACMI website.

William Kentridge: Public Programs held from 4 March until 27 May 2012

Coinciding with the exhibition William Kentridge will inspire and take part in a series of public programs presented by the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI).

Note some programs have limited places and require pre-booking.


Date: Sunday 4 to Saturday 10 March, Opening times vary (Closed Wednesday 7 March) Venue: Flinders Street Amphitheatre, Federation Square

Presented by Arts Access Victoria, Nebula is a revolution in inclusive design. It is Australia’s first portable and adaptive art space intentionally designed to meet the needs of artists with a disability.

Located alongside ACMI, Nebula provides an accessible and functional space for artists to create work, conduct workshops, mount exhibitions and invite public engagement.

The Nebula studio will also showcase animations that have been inspired by the works of William Kentridge.

Visitors are invited to watch the artists as they work during Artists in Residence sessions, explore the gallery, and attend a talk with Nebula creators Andrew Maynard Architects.

General Gallery Access

Monday 5 March, 10am – 4pm Saturday 10 March, 10am – 12pm Free Admission. Drop in.

Artists in Residence

Sunday 4 March, 1pm – 4pm Tuesday 6 March, 1pm – 4pm Thursday 8 March, 1.30pm – 4pm Friday 9 March, 1pm – 4pm Free Admission. Drop in.

Public Talk with Nebula creators Andrew Maynard Architects

Date: Monday 5 March, 4pm Venue: Nebula, Flinders Street Amphitheatre, Federation Square

Join Andrew Maynard Architects as they discuss the creation of Australia’s first portable arts space for artists with a disability. Free Admission. Tickets available on the day from the ACMI Tickets & Information Desk.

In Conversation with William Kentridge

Date: Tuesday 6 March, 6.30pm Venue: ACMI Cinemas

Join curator and art historian Mark Rosenthal in conversation with William Kentridge. An artist that has created a remarkable body of work ranging from drawings and films to prints, tapestries and sculptures, Kentridge’s work offers a fresh and distinctive glimpse of the daily lives of South Africans. Tickets on sale soon via acmi.net.au

Intermix: Nebula + Five Themes

Date: Wednesday 7 March, 1pm

Venue: Flinders Street Amphitheatre, Federation Square

Enter Nebula – a dynamic portable arts space created for artists with a disability – and get animated. This hands-on workshop offers young folks 13 to 18 years old the opportunity to create a portion of a short film in collaboration with Nebula artists in the Nebula hub.

Inspired by the works of William Kentridge, the animations produced in this workshop will pay homage to the artist’s unique and distinctive techniques, and will be incorporated into an animated film created by Nebula to be released later in 2012.

Free admission but limited spots are available. Participants must register in advance via intermix@acmi.net.au

21st Century Museums: SFMOMA ‘Looking Back/Looking Forward’

Date: Thursday 8 March, 4pm

Venue: ACMI Cinemas

Neal Benezra, Director of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) – the first institution to exhibit William Kentridge: Five Themes – talks about the history of SFMOMA, its collections, exhibitions and architecture, and the museum’s future directions and expansion. Tickets on sale soon via acmi.net.au

Anti-Entropy: A Natural History of the Studio

Date: Thursday 8 March, 6.30pm

Venue: ACMI Cinemas

A public lecture by William Kentridge, who will delve into the anti-entropic world of the artist’s studio and its ability to provide a safe place for productive stupidity. Tickets on sale soon via acmi.net.au

Video Garden: Art Day South Film Works

Date: Thursday 8 March to Sunday 27 May

Venue: Video Garden, ACMI

Experience a collection of short films by artists with a disability from the Art Day South collective. Ranging from hand drawn animation to digital works made with custom software and motion tracking technology, the collection includes new works inspired by William Kentridge.

William Kentridge Curator Tours

Date: Thursday 29 March, 2pm; Thursday 19 April, 2pm; Thursday 3 May, 2pm

Venue: Gallery 1, ACMI

ACMI Curator Sarah Tutton and Assistant Curator Ulanda Blair will share their perspectives on various works in the exhibition, exploring the five key themes found in William Kentridge’s work. Free with an exhibition ticket.

William Kentridge: Creative Animation

Date: Saturday 28 April, 10am

Venue: Studio 2, ACMI

Inspired by the work of William Kentridge, this workshop will explore how hand drawn animation can be created from drawings and cut out images. Participants will put together backgrounds, design characters, and learn through step-by step-tutorials how to animate their work using desktop computers and stop motion software. Tickets on sale soon via acmi.net.au

On Apartheid

Date: Wednesday 2 May, 6.30pm

Venue: ACMI Cinemas

Reflecting the themes of the William Kentridge exhibition, human rights lawyer and activist Andrea Durbach presents a screening of A Common Purpose and a discussion of her experience of Apartheid. Indigenous consultant Jason Eades will also explore some of Australia’s separatist practices of the past. Tickets on sale soon via acmi.net.au

William Kentridge: Degrees of Separation

Date: Sunday 27 May, 2pm

Venue: Studio 1, ACMI

Three presentations from Prof Jill Bennet, Dr Anne Rutherford and curator Victoria Lynn will explore the work of William Kentridge – the themes of his work, the mediums he explores and his distinctive creative process – drawing from the speakers’ intimate knowledge of the artist’s work. Tickets on sale soon via acmi.net.au