Meet Felicity Fenner & Anne Loxley

Monday 14 November 2016

They spend their days exploring art and galleries around the world, collaborating with artists and immersing themselves in a multitude of mediums – all to bring the world’s most evocative and thought-provoking art to WA. Meet PIAF’s dynamic programming duo for our visual arts program – Felicity Fenner and Anne Loxley.

What is your favourite part of Western Australia?

Felicity: I love Perth and my favourite spot in Perth is Kings Park — an oasis in the middle of the city.

Anne: Warburton Ranges is one my favourite places in WA. I had the pleasure and privilege of getting to know the Ngaanyatjarra people and their culture. And I adore Fremantle.

What does a program associate for PIAF do?

Anne: Take inspiration from the riches of Perth, Wendy's vision and PIAF's visual arts legacy, and collaborate with a huge range of people to present extraordinary and diverse projects by leading contemporary artists.

What do your parents think you do for a living?

Felicity: That I 'work in an art gallery'. While it is sort of true, my role as a curator has evolved tremendously since my early days of trying (and mostly failing) to sell paintings to well-heeled collectors in London’s West End.

How do you go about putting together a visual arts program?

Felicity: I travel a lot and am always on the lookout for art that resonates on a number of levels but is at the same time 'outside of the box'.

Anne: You agree on what you want audiences to get out of the program, do a lot of active listening, a heap of research, much robust discussing and relentless pursuing.

What are the key attributes that make a visual arts program amazing?

Felicity: Exciting new ideas presented as a coherent, yet sometimes unexpected, program. My particular interest is in work that speaks across cultures and continents about the big issues of our times such as climate change, migration, social and gender inequality – things that impact us all in some way.

Is there a particular media that seems to be ‘in vogue’?

Anne: Participatory projects are very much of the moment.

What will make the visual arts program in Perth unique?

Anne: Our program ranges from local to international artists, from jewellery to video to participatory and experiential projects. We explore local issues such as celebrating the new female Fremantle Dockers team and reflecting upon desalination, to global subjects such as our magnificent oceans.

What do you hope PIAF’s visual arts exhibitions will bring to the people who go and see them?

Felicity: New ways of understanding the places we inhabit, the lives we lead and the ways in which we relate to each other. Art is a great medium for offering alternative perspectives without being overtly didactic.