Curated Highlights: Karina Harris and Neil Hobbs' Selection from Spring1883

Spring1883
Jul 31, 2021 9:38AM

Karina Harris and Neil Hobbs are art collectors, producers and landscape architects based on Ngunnawal, Ngunawal and Ngambri country.

Together, they have been collecting art since their first purchase from Sydney’s Mori Gallery in 1985. Karina and Neil are passionate supporters of their local Canberra art scene, having served on many boards. Currently, Karina is a director of Canberra Contemporary Art Space and Neil is a director of the Alastair Swayn Foundation.

Their award-winning practice Harris Hobbs Landscapes is recognised national and internationally through their signature projects.

In 2016, they curated the first edition of contour 556, a biennial public art festival. More than 150 practitioners have been involved over three editions. In 2022, they will present the fourth edition of the festival, now called Canberra’s Art Biennial.

While we all wanted to be together at the Windsor to see the work and each other, we find ourselves living Stephen Still’s song from 1969, ‘Helplessly Hoping’

‘There is a host of work on the Spring1883 platform, and while we all wanted to be together at the Windsor to see the work and each other, we find ourselves living Stephen Still’s song from 1969, ‘Helplessly Hoping’.

We have selected some old friends, some bright buttons but really things that resonated with us in one way or another. It is a mix of works we would be more than happy to have on our walls, we hope you agree!’

– Karina Harris and Neil Hobbs

Stephen Bush
The Lure of Paris #35, 2021
Sutton Gallery
Spring1883
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