During his Craft Contemporary residency, Ara Dolatian will create new clay objects. Working from his West Footscray studio, Ara will share exclusive insight into his creative process, including the building and sculpting stage, his glazing processes and the final results fresh from the kiln!

Ara Dolatian is an interdisciplinary artist exploring the relationships between cultural landscapes and the natural ecosystem. He conflates several ideas around the themes of the studio and laboratory, and social and environmental politics.

Ara has exhibited nationally and internationally and has collaborated with a large number of public art projects. He was a finalist for the Darebin Art Prize, Deakin Small Sculpture Prize, The Substation Station Contemporary Art Prize, Incinerator Art Award, Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize. He was commended for Nothfair and a recipient of the 2019 Project Developments Funding from Australian Council for the Arts. In 2016 he completed a residency with Centro Negro AADK, including a solo exhibition, in Spain. In 2017 Ara received a grant to develop a new project for the 2017-18 program at Espacio de Arte Contemporáneo in Montevideo, Uruguay, as well as funding to complete a project and a residency with Soil Science Australia in Brisbane.

Ara holds a Bachelor of Fine Art (sculpture) from RMIT University (2012) and a Master in Social Science Environment and Planning (2014).

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Craft Contemporary

A festival exploring how craft is evolving in the 21st century
1 - 31 October