Jen Valender: Field – artist in conversation at SAM
Thursday 11 April 2024
6 to 7.30pm.
New commission coming soon to the big screen in
in the heart of Melbourne. Launching April 2024!
This November Jen is exhibiting her work
Sediment White Cube
in Venice at the Arsenale Nord as a finalist in the 2024
Arte Laguna International Contemporary Art Prize
Jen Valender presents
a solo exhibition of work developed during the artist’s creative residency at the University of Melbourne’s Agricultural Campus for the Centre of Visual Art’s Art + Ecology program.
Shepparton Art Museum
Open 3 Feb - 5 May 2024.
M&C Saatchi & Saatchi Art for Change Prize
Award Ceremony at Saatchi Gallery London, Duke of York Square.
Winners were selected from over 3,000 entries from across 130 countries within M&C Saatchi key global regions. The evening included a panel discussion with some of the leading voices in arts, culture and sustainability, who discussed the power of global creativity to transform the conversation around the climate emergency: Justine Simons OBE, London's Deputy Mayor for Culture & Creative Industries and Founder and Chair of the World Cities Cultural Forum; Hannah Peck, Deputy Director at Cool Earth Action; Kate Waters, Director of Client Strategy and Planning at ITV, chaired by Tom Firth, Founding Partner of M&C Saatchi LIFE. December 2023.
Interview for the Centre of Visual Arts (CoVA) December screening at Federation Hall. Jen spoke about her experience working with scientists in regional Victoria from within the stunning Dookie Quarry. Watch
For the 2023
Art Association of Australia and New Zealand
Conference, Jen convened the panel ‘Artist & Animal’ and presented new research along with Chandra Sekararn, Director for Biological Arts Theatre (BAT) Singapore, and Professor Shannon Johnstone, Meredith College (USA) / University of Canterbury (NZ). Gold Coast QLD 6 – 8 December.
In November 2023 Jen presented new research at the
Australasian Animal Studies Association
Conference, University of Sydney. For the panel, ‘Birds and Language’ she convened and presented alongside Dr Madeleine Kelly, Dr Zoë Sadokierski and Dr Timo Rissanen.
Aeolus: Wind Harp Jam
was a combination of sculpture, the elements and live performance at the 2023 MPavilion. Three aeolian harp-sculptures were played by the wind within the Queen Victoria Gardens accompanied by Harpist Genevieve Fry to form a cross-elemental quartet. Sat 25 November 2023.
Jen Valender Named Regional Winner of
Art For Change Prize,
Art Now NZ.
Jen’s moving image artworks
Artist as Animal
exhibited on the
Benalla Art Gallery
outdoor projection façade every evening for the month of September, 2023.
Dr. Suzie Fraser and Jen in conversation for the September First Mondays session at
Benalla Art Gallery
. Suzie and Jen provided insights into the University of Melbourne’s Art + Ecology residency program at Dookie College and a glimpse into the creative process behind the art showcased in the exhibition
Always and Altered
. 4 September 2023.