Creative Spaces Summit 2023


Tom Borgas

Tom Borgas


Tom Borgas has a practice the extends across multiple fields in parallel, including gallery shows, project-based installations, performance, temporary and permanent public art and education. Drawing on research that spans across a range of disciplines including architecture, geology, the politics of public space, philosophy and media theory, his process draws on the structures and optics of digital media but subverts these motifs as a means of fostering vibrantly connective, physical, analogue activations of art, culture and community.

Tom has exhibited at shows and galleries around Australia including PICA (Perth), The Jam Factory (Adelaide), Artisan (Brisbane), Salamanca Arts Centre (Hobart), MARS gallery (Melbourne), Stockroom (Kyneton) and as part of the 2018 Kyneton Contemporary Art Triennial. Commissioning bodies and collaborators include: UAP, The City of Brisbane, Rockhampton City Council, Splendour in the Grass, Sculpture Co, The Hilton Adelaide, Gravity and Other Myths for Adelaide Festival, The Adelaide Festival Centre, The City of Adelaide, Illuminate Adelaide and Renewal SA. Currently, works are in progress in partnership with Moreland City Council for Melbourne’s Level Crossing Removal Project, The District Council of Karoonda East Murray, OSCA and Nonda Katsalidis.

Tom’s practice has received support through contributions from the Australia Council for the Arts, Arts South Australia, Copyright Agency, NAVA and the Helpmann Academy.

All Sessions by Tom Borgas

Day 1
2:30 pm - 4:20 pm

Keynote Session One

Lot 14 Lecture Theatre

Keynote Address - First Nations Art in the 21st Century
Presenter: Sally Scales
How can we do better and support the sharing for First Nations culture within the gallery and visual arts sectors and how do we ensure our creative spaces are safe and respectful places for First Nations People. Join Pitjanjatjara woman, Sally Scales as she speaks to her experiences as a First Nations advocate, artist and cultural leader. Sally is part of the Uluru Statement Dialogue Leadership and a member of the Government’s Referendum Working Group. She has worked with the APY Art Centre Collective since 2013.

Keynote Panel - Looking Forward, Looking Back
Presenters: Margaret Worth & Tom Borgas

Positioning artists at the centre of our conversation, two accomplished South Australian artists will speak to experiences and ideas about galleries and where we’ve come from and where we are going.

Regional Showcase Performance - A Musical Painting of a Thousand Words
Presenters: Pam Makin and Cara Boehm
Join Poet and Spoken Word Artist, Pam Makin and Musician, Cara Boehm as they present a performance exploring the parameters of the individual’s experience of art and art spaces. Considering the influence of cultural bias and the role this plays in our response to artistic provocations, this is a new work created especially for the Creative Spaces Summit. It is being presented as part of the Regional Showcase Program, funded through Country Arts SA.