Ian Milliss

Ian Milliss began exhibiting in 1968 as the youngest member of Central Street Gallery. By 1971 his early conceptualism developed into a practice based on cultural activism working with community and political groups rather than the art market. The cultural issues he has worked with include green bans, prisons, unionism, artists rights, sustainable farming, community media and arts programmes, heritage and conservation and climate change. He has worked as a media and IT consultant for trade unions, business and government and has used an extensive range of media, only some of which are conventionally regarded as art, from painting and installation to publishing and online media. In the last two years he has exhibited in: a solo survey exhibition at Artspace; a joint exhibition with Lucas Ihlein at the Art Gallery of NSW about PA Yeomans sustainable farming innovations; a joint exhibition with Vernon Treweeke at Macquarie University  Gallery; in group shows ranging from cementa 2013,  Monash University’s Art As A Verb to the Redfern Biennale 2014. He has written for Art Monthly Australia, Artlink, Journal of Aesthetics and Protest, RealTime Arts.

Writings and images can be found at http://milliss.com, the Yeomans Project is at http://yeomansproject.com and his Cementa 2015 work The Kandos Red Book is at http://kandosredbook.com.

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