Cole Bennetts

Art, Not Apart Festival

Art, Not Apart is a convergence of creative Canberra, culminating in an enormous day of concerts, exhibitions, performance art, film and moving image, street art, immersive installations, spontaneous interventions, street food and wild afterparties. From humble beginnings, the event has organically become a reflection of the local cultural industries and Canberra’s largest contemporary arts festival.

Cross-disciplinary works are a focus, with some commissioned, and all are carefully placed throughout the festival footprint which has centred around NewActon, Canberra. Throughout the years, the festival has spread to neighbouring venues such as National Film and Sound Archive, The Shine Dome, Australian National University, Westside and West Basin Foreshore.

The festival isn’t just about art, but uses art as a metaphor. Art, Not Apart is about fading boundaries. Giving light to the lesser heard, lesser seen, and inspiring new perspectives. Since its launch, the festival has presented more than 2,000 artists to over 100,000 attendees. In 2020, the festival celebrated its 10th anniversary with an extended program of events held at the iconic Albert Hall.

Client

Molonglo

Purpose

To hold a mirror to Canberra's culture as a festival showing Canberra's biggest program of contemporary local artists.

Roles

Design, deliver and communicate Art, Not Apart.

When

March 2012 - ongoing

Regularity

Annual

Initiatives

2000+ artists presented to 100,000+ people over 10 festivals, including launching The Soul Defender, Sound and Fury, Extinction and tech-yes.

Project calendar

Project
Client
Purpose
Roles
When

Art, Not Apart 2020

The festival occurred as COVID-19 ripped through the community, with all gatherings cancelled after the day after Art…

Client

Molonglo & ACT Government

Purpose

To hold a mirror to Canberra's culture as a festival showing Canberra's biggest program of contemporary local artists.

Roles

Design, deliver and communicate Art, Not Apart.

Size

~4500 attendees, 271 artists and a $307,000 budget.

When

14 March 2020

Martin Ollman

Art, Not Apart 2019

Client

Molonglo & ACT Government

Purpose

To hold a mirror to Canberra's culture as a festival showing Canberra's biggest program of contemporary local artists.

Roles

Design, deliver and communicate Art, Not Apart.

Size

~15,500 attendees, 217 artists and a $237,480 budget.

When

16 March 2019

Martin Ollman

Art, Not Apart 2018

Client

Molonglo & ACT Government

Purpose

To hold a mirror to Canberra's culture as a festival showing Canberra's biggest program of contemporary local artists.

Roles

Design, deliver and communicate Art, Not Apart.

Size

~16,000 attendees, 269 artists and a $249,974 budget.

When

17 March 2018

Caitlin Welch

Art, Not Apart 2017

Client

Molonglo & ACT Government

Purpose

To hold a mirror to Canberra's culture as a festival showing Canberra's biggest program of contemporary local artists.

Roles

Design, deliver and communicate Art, Not Apart.

Size

~16,000 attendees, 265 artists and a $241,423 budget.

When

18 March 2017

Martin Ollman

Art, Not Apart 2016

Client

Molonglo & ACT Government

Purpose

To hold a mirror to Canberra's culture as a festival showing Canberra's biggest program of contemporary local artists.

Roles

Design, deliver and communicate Art, Not Apart.

Size

~17,000 attendees, 215 artists and a $230,000 budget.

When

19 March 2016

Cole Bennetts

Art, Not Apart 2015

Client

Molonglo & ACT Government

Purpose

To hold a mirror to Canberra's culture as a festival showing Canberra's biggest program of contemporary local artists.

Roles

Design, deliver and communicate Art, Not Apart.

Size

~15,000 attendees, 251 artists and a $190,000 budget.

When

14 March 2015

Martin Ollman

Art, Not Apart 2014

Client

Molonglo & ACT Government

Purpose

To hold a mirror to Canberra's culture as a festival showing Canberra's biggest program of contemporary local artists.

Roles

Design, deliver and communicate Art, Not Apart.

Size

~7,000 attendees, 214 artists and a $86,000 budget.

When

15 March 2014

Martin Ollman

Art, Not Apart 2013

Client

Molonglo

Purpose

To hold a mirror to Canberra's culture as a festival showing Canberra's biggest program of contemporary local artists.

Roles

Design, deliver and communicate Art, Not Apart.

Size

~5,500 attendees, 127 artists and a $44,000 budget.

When

16 March 2013

Katherine Griffiths

Art, Not Apart 2012.2

Client

Molonglo

Purpose

To hold a mirror to Canberra's culture as a festival showing Canberra's biggest program of contemporary local artists.

Roles

Design, deliver and communicate Art, Not Apart.

Size

~3,500 attendees, 116 artists and a $18,000 budget.

When

27 October 2012

Alex Moffatt

Art, Not Apart 2012.1

Client

Molonglo

Purpose

To hold a mirror to Canberra's culture as a festival showing Canberra's biggest program of contemporary local artists.

Roles

Design, deliver and communicate Art, Not Apart.

Size

~1,500 attendees, 78 artists and a $14,000 budget.

When

10 March 2012

Alex Moffatt