Dangerous & Weird.
Eleanor is an Adelaide-based independent curator and writer. From 2013 – 2019 she was the Visual Arts Program Curator at Country Arts SA, and before that the Visual Arts Coordinator at Tandanya – National Aboriginal Cultural Institute from 2011 – 2013. She has previously held volunteer roles including co-director of FELTspace ARI. She graduated with a Masters in Curatorial and Museum Studies from the University of Adelaide in 2012, and is the current Chair of the Art History and Curatorship Alumni Network, which supports graduates with networking and professional development opportunities. She is a Board member at ACE Open and spent five weeks in Venice in 2015 working in the Australian Pavilion at the Biennale. In 2018 she received a Darling Travel Grant, which saw her travel to the UK and Italy to research community engagement strategies in contemporary art spaces.
Scicchitano’s curatorial practice commonly involves working with artists to explore identity and the body, and the way in which the body is used as a vehicle in contemporary art to challenge and explore who they are. In 2017 she presented I’m a feminist but... at Praxis Artspace, Adelaide, as part of FRAN Fest 2017. It was represented in the Walkway Gallery, Bordertown in 2018. She has previously curated exhibitions at the Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, the Australia Experimental Art Foundation, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, FELTspace ARI and Artbank, Sydney.
Country Arts SA
Visual Arts Program Curator
November 2013 – January 2019
curator/project coordinator, Tom Borgas Port Pirie Residency.
curator/project coordinator, Limestone Coast Video Art Residency with artist Heath Franco.
curator/project coordinator, Burra Regional Residencies and Ephemeral Art Trail, April – May 2016.
- curator, Handheld, Handheld II (co-curator), Island to Inland: contemporary art from Kangaroo Island (co-curator), Our Stories, Our Way: Our Mob 2015 on tour, Craft Anonymous (co-curator) as part of Country Arts SA Visual Arts Touring Program.
oversee programming and coordination of touring exhibitions and external projects.
maintain the Country Arts SA Collection, and co-ordinate loans of artworks to external clients.
develop and execute artist residencies in regional centres.
- develop budgets and a six year visual arts program, ensure that projects are delivered within budgets and on time.
work with Marketing team to develop, write and execute Marketing campaigns including social media.
marketing for the Visual Arts Program.
provide professional development opportunities for artists including regional and metro artists.
SA representative with the National Exhibitions Touring Services.
coordinate the Learning Connections education program including professional development.
presentations for secondary and tertiary institutions.
- maintain mailing list and network of artists, curators and galleries.
Venice Biennale - Australian Pavilion
Volunteer team leader
- Lead a team of three volunteers to maintain the Australian Pavilion during the 2015 Venice Biennale: lead tours, coordinate media, work with Australia Council for the Arts staff during Vernissage week to coordinate crowds, welcome VIPs and present tours, complete weekly reports and condition reporting, ensure artworks are not damaged and perform minor maintenance when needed.
Tandanya - National Aboriginal Cultural Institute
Visual Arts Officer/Visual Arts Coordinator
April 2011 – June 2013
- Curator, Speaking Wave exhibition at Tandanya, in partnership with the South Australian Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander Storytellers’ and Writers’ Group.
Curator, RECONCILIATION WEEK AT THE CROWNE PLAZA external exhibition.
Curator, On What Grounds exhibition at the Town Hall and Tandanya work with the visual arts team,
organisational staff, artists and suppliers to curate exhibitions across four exhibition spaces.
Maintain, research and acquire works for the Tandanya Permanent Collection.
Coordinate public programs and external exhibitions.
- Develop budgets, and report on finances and programming regularly .
AP Bond Art Dealer / Gallery 139
2007 – 2010
- Curator, The Unsolicited Proposals Unit, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, ACT.
- Curator, Island to Outback, praxis ARTSPACE, SA.
- Co-curator, Bringing the outside in, Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide.
- Curator, A Vacant Space, Artbank, Sydney.
- Curator, I’m a Feminist but… re-presented Walkway Gallery, Bordertown.
- Curator, I’m a Feminist but… presented as part of FRAN Fest 2017, praxis ARTSPACE, Adelaide.
- Curator, The Sun Tone Harvester, Vicky Browne and Peter Blamey, Gardenspace, Contemporary
Art Centre of South Australia.
- Curator, Performing Identity, odradekAEAF (series of four exhibitions).
- Curator, On Men, re-presented at Canberra Contemporary Art Space.
- Curator, The Growing Exhibition, FELTspace, November/December 2013.
- Curator, On Men, FELTspace September 2013.
- Guildhouse LimberUP mentorship, with Professor Ted Snell.
- Darling International Travel Grant: travel to England and Italy to research low and no-cost community engagement strategies employed by galleries working with communities outside art centres.
2017 - Ongoing
- Board Member, ACE Open, Adelaide.
- Chair, Art History and Curatorship Alumni Network, University of Adelaide.
2015 - Ongoing
- Member, Contemporary Collectors, Art Gallery of South Australia.
2014 - 2016
- Board Member, Australian Experimental Art Foundation Council
SA representative, NETSAustralia committee.
2013 - 2016
- Founding member onesixteenth ARI
- Presented workshop on curating as part of ARMATURE, Access2Arts.
- Participated in Artist/Curator speed dating with Access2Arts (curator).
2012 - 2013
- Volunteer Co-Director at FELTspace ARI: Responsibilities: Finance Officer, Coordinated FELTspace at Sydney Contemporary Art Fair (SCAF) 2013, represented FELTspace at ARI UP, ARI discussion panel (SCAF2013), developed and coordinator of the FELTspace Writers Program.
- Editor, The Curatorial Inquisitorial.
- Internship at Art Gallery of South Australia assisting Curator of Australian Art and the Project
Curator on Heartland.
- Compile interviews for Arts Breakfast, Radio Adelaide 101.5fm (volunteer).
- Volunteer Presenter on Arts and About, Radio Adelaide 101.5fm.
- Volunteer Presenter on Culture Sub, Radio Adelaide 101.5fm.
- Community Engagement Strategies in the UK (working title), paper presented as part of the Regional Galleries Association of SA annual road trip.
Studio Residents Exhibition (working title), praxis ARTSPACE exhibition essay.
- Temporary Localised Art Project, catalogue essay, Tom Borgas
residency in Port Pirie.
The Burra Ephemeral Art Trail, paper presented at Museums and
Galleries Australia summit, Melbourne, June 2018.
From Little Things, Heidi Kenyon’s Guildhouse Collections
Director’s Cut, catalogue essay, FELTspace Director’s Cut
Umbra, catalogue essay, Steve Cybulka exhibition at Pompom,
- Meg Wilson: SQUASH!, exhibition review, Artlink.
Tracking, catalogue essay, exhibition at Riddoch Art Gallery, Mount Gambier.
Add-original: Driller Jet Armstrong, exhibition review, Verso.
Shed Wizard, foreword for catalogue, James Dodd touring exhibition.
Island to Inland: contemporary art from Kangaroo Island, catalogue texts, co-written with Celia
- The Burra Ephemeral Art Trail, paper presented at the Regional Galleries Association of South Australian forum, June 2017.
- Deviate, catalogue essay, Carly Snoswell and Rhiannon Jones, Format Gallery, Adelaide.
- Back and Forth, catalogue essay, Meg Wilson and Kirsten Wechslberger, Nexus Multicultural
Collecting Convergences, catalogue essay, Lilly Buttrose at Nexus Multicultural Arts, Adelaide.
Handheld II, catalogue essay, co-written with Coby Edgar, Tarnanthi Festival of Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander Art.
- Handheld, catalogue essay, Country Arts SA touring exhibition.
Moments of intersection: James Tylor, Artlink Indigenous,vol. 34 issue 2, 2014.
The Best Lady Anatomist, catalogue essay, Deborah Prior at FELTspace, Adelaide.
- Subjectify Me, FELTspace writers’ program.
- The quietest river runs the deepest, catalogue essay, FELTnatural ephemeral art project.
Exploring the place between light and dark: Peter Sharrock, MARMALADE, JamFactory.
On Men, catalogue essay, FELTspace, Adelaide September 2013.
Bloom Space review, Dear Eleanor Zine, June 2013.
- Tough(er) Love: Art from Eyre Peninsula exhibition review, Artlink Australia, June 2013.
Independent Makers and Presenters Project Funding, I’m a feminist but... presented in Adelaide and Bordertown.
Strategic Presentation Grant,for On Men to travel to Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Arts South Australia.
Masters in Curatorial and Museum Studies, Adelaide University
Contemporary Art in New York, short course, Sothebys Institute of Art
2009 -10 Completed
Graduate Diploma in Art History, Adelaide University