Nicholas Mangan will be a guest in Art Programme/Melbourne School of Contemporary Art sculpture discussion in mid-May
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[AP] operates on the unceded lands of the Wurundjeri of the Kulin Alliance and acknowledges and pays respect to their Elders past and present. We offer our ongoing support for the Victorian State Government's Treaty process and hold expectations that the Federal Government will recognise the Uluru Statement from the Heart (2017) that asks for Federal parliamentary voices for Australia’s first peoples.

Art Programme [AP] is a small, private arts' organisation based in Melbourne, Australia.

[AP] was formed by artists and writers for artists, writers, thinkers, and filmmakers to come together to critically explore contemporary ideas and developments in studio practice, art, film, politics, and philosophy. 

[AP] is a non-exploitative employer that respects the knowledges and specialisations of all its facilitators and participants. Thus, it is formed as a flexible organising system of unranked independent elements that can be arranged/rearranged, depending on the task at hand. This structure is also called a ‘heterarchy’, which means relationships resists hierarchical ordering. 


MSCA in collaboration with Art Programme is presenting a new 6-week course on contemporary sculptural practice (considered in its expanded form to include not only objects but installations, texts, films, paintings, etc.). Our guest artists:

Susan Jacobs—April 4
Dan Arps —April 11
Nabilah Norden—April 18

Mid Break—April 25

Elizabeth Presa—May 2
Emily Floyd—May 9
Nicholas Mangan—May 16

Across the course, we will question whether art in the 21st century has a continued political role to play; what it means to make objects in the climate crisis; the impact of working in a landscape of diminishing gallery representation; and what art would look like if it were solely produced for a commercial market. Readings drawn from philosophy, poetry, literature, film, music, or other disciplines will be used for group discussions.

Enrol through the MSCA website:

Our ethos

[AP] is an anti-institutional collective that brings years of experience and specialist knowledge to bear upon all its activities.

We recognise the limitations that institutions and bureaucracies place on creative thinking and are intent on maintaining a supportive environment in which all participants feel free to explore new ideas in confidence and without judgement.

This extends to our studio critiques which are led by experienced artists who ensure that all feedback is constructive, empathetic, and relevant in the context of current contemporary art practices.

Angel Brennan, Planet Abstract I (2021) oil on linen, 125.5 x 146 cm.

Nicholas Mangan, Core-coralations, 2021,
coral, aragonite, gypsum, steel,
110 x 62 x 62 cm (approx), including table.