Curators in Conversation - Woods Street Youth Art Prize 2020

Next date: Wednesday, 25 November 2020 | 03:00 PM to Saturday, 28 November 2020 | 11:59 PM

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Join Hobsons Bay’s emerging curators and Emerging Curator Program mentors and professional artists Phuong Ngo and Nikki Lam as they discuss this year’s Woods Street Youth Art Prize exhibition, the curatorial ideas behind it, and how the events of 2020 have influenced artistic practice.

View the Curators in Conversation along with the Woods Street Youth Art Prize exhibition and other associated content from 13-28 November 2020 at

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The Woods Street Youth Art Prize and associated events have been produced by Hobsons Bay City Council, Creative City in partnership with the Emerging Curators Program ( ECP).ECP is a professional development program that sees professional curators and arts managers mentor and support young aspiring curators.  

Artist Bios

Phuong Ngo

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Phuong Ngo is a Vietnamese-Australian artist and curator living and working in Naarm (Melbourne). He is co-director of Hyphenated Projects, based in Sunshine West with Nikki Lam. His practice is concerned with the interpretation of history, memory and place, and how it impacts individual and collective identity of the Vietnamese diaspora.

Ngo’s collaborative practice with Hwafern Quach, Slippage, examines the cycles of history in conjunction with current geopolitical and economic issues through the lens of vernacular cultures, artifacts and language. Taking their Vietnamese and Chinese ancestry as a starting point and foregrounding their work in the personal, Slippage utlises ceramics as a medium to further critique issues closely linked to historic and contemporary forms of imperialism and global politics.

Image Credit: Jacquie Manning


Nikki Lam

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Nikki Lam is an artist, curator and producer based in Kulin Country (Melbourne). Born in Hong Kong, Nikki's work deals with the complexity of migratory expressions within and beyond the concept of diaspora. Working primarily with moving images, performance and installation, her work explores hybridity often through studies of rituals, language and representations, as well as the ephemeral medium of video.

Nikki is currently Co-Director of Hyphenated Projects, as well as board member at NETS Victoria. She has been the Artistic Director of Channels Festival (2014-2017) and has taken on programming and production roles at Australian Centre for Moving Image (ACMI), Next Wave Festival, Footscray Community Arts Centre, Peril Magazine and Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (UK).


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Georgia Steele

Melbourne based artist and curator Georgia Steele holds a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts) in Printmaking from RMIT. In 2021, Georgia is completing a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts) (Honours) in Curation. Currently practicing as a print-based artist, Georgia also runs workshops at Fire Station Print Studio, Armadale and Wood Street Art Space in Laverton.

In 2019, Georgia curated an exhibition and was an elected committee member for the Print Council of Australia. Georgia is currently undertaking an internship at Vivien Anderson Gallery, St Kilda. Georgia is represented by Fire Station Print Studio and is currently showing at Sydney Contemporary 2020. Georgia has been a resident of Hobsons Bay for many years now and is passionate about the west.


Mitchell Webster

Mitchell Webster is a local Hobsons Bay resident and active community member who is passionate about the vibrant arts scene the municipality has to offer. Mitchell is a preservice teacher excited to work within the diverse schools within our communities.

Mitchell has a background in Fine Arts, majoring in Ceramics. Mitchell has sold his works in various retail stores and pop markets throughout Melbourne. Mitchell has worked closely with Mesh Mash, a local social enterprise located in Laverton that supports the empowerment of young voices through art. Mitchell work with Mesh Mash and the Woods Street Youth Art Prize has enabled him to develop rich networks within the Hobsons Bay creative community and beyond.  


Chandler Smith

Chandler Smith is a Melbourne based artist who studied Visual Art at Australian catholic University (ACU) and will be completing her post graduate degree in Arts and Cultural Management this year. Chandler has interned with the Montsalvat Artist Colony and was selected to exhibit as part of the Nillumbik Art Prize in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Chandlers art practice involves mainly working with textiles and other traditionally “feminine” mediums in an attempt to  ‘rethink’ how we view and value female artistic contributions throughout history and within contemporary society.


  • Friday, 13 November 2020 | 12:00 AM - Saturday, 28 November 2020 | 11:59 PM

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