An independent curator and producer, Amanda Alderson has curated solo and group exhibitions, managed exhibitions within Perth, the regions, and in her prior roles, nationally and internationally, including touring exhibitions. Exhibitions predominately focus on contemporary, hybrid and emergent media, and have often been held in untraditional art spaces. Recent curatorial projects flirt across the disciplines of contemporary art, local history and the narrative.

Currently Exhibition Coordinator at the John Curtin Gallery, Amanda works on the development and delivery of the vast exhibition program with the team, which includes the Great Southern touring program of the Carrolup Artworks. She was previously the Curator at the City of Joondalup, managing the City’s contemporary art collection.

 

John Curtin Gallery

John Curtin Gallery

The John Curtin Gallery is one of Western Australia's major public art galleries and one of the largest and best-equipped university galleries in the country. The Gallery enlivens the intellectual life of the University and its surrounding communities through exhibitions, events and public programs that explore global perspectives on contemporary art. Exhibitions include the annual Perth International Arts Festival.
Refer to the exhibition program of: 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013
Role: Exhibition Coordinator 2013 - present

 Herbert Mayer Collection of Carrolup Artwork

Herbert Mayer Collection of Carrolup Artwork

The Herbert Mayer Collection of Carrolup Artwork, cared for by the John Curtin Gallery, is a unique collection of 122 artworks created by Aboriginal children of the Stolen Generations in the late 1940’s at the Carrolup Native Settlement in Western Australia’s Great Southern region.
Role: Exhibition Coordinator 2013 - present

City of Joondalup's Art Collection

City of Joondalup's Art Collection

The City of Joondalup's Art Collection has a primary focus on the work of Western Australian contemporary artists, and also represents artists connected with, and themes relevant to, the region.
Role: Curator 2010 - 2013

Trace

Trace

Timed to coincide with Open House Perth, the curators of this exhibition will invite local and national artists and architects to create and present original works that explore the ‘nature of the act of drawing’ and architecture.
Featuring:
Architects: Pia Ednie-Brown, Beth George, Simon Pendal and Stephen Neille (Pendal and Neille), Drew Penhale and Shane Winter (Penhale and Winter) Artists: Jacqueline Ball, Bevan Honey, Shannon Lyons and Shannon Williamson
Role: Co-Curator with Leonie Matthews
Exhibition: Mundaring Arts Centre, 3 October – 9 November 2014

Suburban Archaeology

Suburban Archaeology

Exploring notions of suburbia and place, Suburban Archaeology, narrated through poetry, combines contemporary art, local housing history, and artefacts salvaged through social engagement.
Featuring:
Merrick Belyea, Brad Coleman, Rebecca Dagnall, Stuart Elliott, Eva Fernandez, Kate Koivisto Wheeler, Alan Muller, Ron Nyisztor, Judy Rogers, Patrizia Tonello and Tony Windberg. Poets Dick Alderson, Renee Pettitt-Schipp,Shereen Ricupero and Annamaria Weldon. Local History housing plans from Local History at the City of Joondalup and salvaged suburban relics from the local community.
Curatorial assistance from Miranda Stephens and Brad Coleman.
Role: Curator
Exhibition: Spanning two venues in the Swan Valley, Ellenbrook Arts, 4 February - 13 March 2013; Fillaudeaus, 8 February – 4 April 2013.

SymbioticA's Adaptation

SymbioticA's Adaptation

Exploring the microbe to the macro, and everything in-between, Adaptation is SymbioticA's art and ecology research project.
Featuring:
Art Orienté Objet, Juan M. Castro, Oron Catts, Galliano Fardin, Catherine Higham, Gloria Kearing and Rob Ewing, Perdita Phillips, Vyonne Walker, Carmel Wallace and Annamaria Weldon.
Role: Exhibition coordinator and Adaptation project manager, 2009-2010
Exhibition: 6 May to 10 June 2012 at INQB8.mandurah Centre for Contemporary Art, Mandurah; Touring with Art on the Move, 2013-2015.

Landscapes: Real and Imagined

Landscapes: Real and Imagined

A group show exploring real and imagined landscapes and the inhabitants within. Featuring painting, photography, poetry, print-making, sculpture and wearable objects.
Featuring:
Contemporary artists: Ron Nyisztor, Moira de la Hunty, Michael Doherty, Amanda and Harry Alderson, Brad Coleman, Daniel Webster, Emma Geary. Poets: Dick Alderson, Renee Pettitt-Schipp,Annamaria Weldon Photography: Jo Wicks, Grant and Kristina Alderson
Role: Curator
Exhibition: Kidogo Arthouse, Fremantle, 4 - 27 October 2013.

Expedition of Discovery

Expedition of Discovery

Juxtaposing contemporary art and historical narrative, the lives and discoveries of the French Explorers of the Western Australian Coast are examined in this exhibition.
Featuring:
Penny Bovell, Victor France, Andre Lipscombe, Alan Muller, Tony Nathan, Ron Nyisztor and Judy Rogers.
Role: Curator
Exhibition: Fillaudeau's- Nyisztor Studio annex, 14 June – 7 August 2013.

Sojourn 2012

Sojourn 2012

Sojourn 2012 reflects upon journeys into the Western Australian landscape. The diversity of the landscape is paralleled in the diversity of approaches by the artists.
Featuring: Penny Coss, Moira de la Hunty, Michael Doherty, Alan Muller and Ron Nyisztor.
Role: Co-curator with Ron Nyisztor.
Exhibition: December 2012 – January 2013, Fillaudeau's- Nyisztor Studio annex.

Green Plough

Green Plough

This series of paintings was produced in response to a unique revegetation program of degraded farmlands known as the Gondwana Link.
Featuring: Ron Nyisztor.
Role: Curator
Exhibition: September - November 2012, Fillaudeau's- Nyisztor Studio annex.

Standeven

Standeven

As still life subjects for paintings the found objects are incorporated into dynamic compositions. The mundane subject matter used in Nyisztor's work attains compelling intrigue; it communicates a sense of the metaphysical expressed through familiar and extra-ordinary means. Featuring: Ron Nyisztor.
Role: Curator
Exhibition: Inaugural exhibition, July - September 2012, Fillaudeau's- Nyisztor Studio annex.

Great food, wine and art

Great food, wine and art

From 2012-2013, through a shared passion for great food, wine and art, Amanda Alderson, established a partnership between Nyisztor Studio and Fillaudeau's café – restaurant to showcase the artworks of significant mid-career Western Australian artists.