Next Festival: 14 March 2020

Art, Not Apart is an annual contemporary arts festival based in canberra, established in 2012. 


Exhibitions, performance art, multiple music stages, interactive installations, film and moving image, spontaneous interventions, delicious food and drink, and one wild after-party. The 2020 festival theme is Today, I Tomorrow, You. Some art is commissioned, but most is received by local artists and carefully placed throughout the NewActon Precinct, the Shine Dome (Australian Academy of Science), National Film and Sound Archive and QT Hotel in Canberra.

The festival isn’t just about art, but uses art as a metaphor. Art, Not Apart fades boundaries. Giving light to the lesser heard, lesser seen, inspires each of us.

Jean-Luc Nancy’s idea is pretty great. Termed loosely, art expresses more than what is meant by ‘you’ or ‘I’. Art is freedom from these fragments. The festival searches for art the left hemisphere might not see – connections we need for a connected society.

Dienstag has made related comments: Art shapes the patterns of existence into something recognisable. Ignoring these patterns limits our lives without notice.

Cultural patterns were also a focus for T.S. Eliot. He urged the overlapping and sharing of interests, by participation and mutual appreciation so we’re cohesive. Otherwise we’ll fall apart.