Robyn Annear

In the works.

Public Art Melbourne Biennial Lab ‘provocateur’

In a first (for me), I was invited in June 2016 to be a ‘provocateur’ at the City of Melbourne’s inaugural Public Art Lab, What Happens Now? Thirteen artists had been selected to take part in a week-long creative hothouse based at the Queen Victoria Market, with mentors including British arts producer, Claire Doherty. We talked history and place and psychogeography. The artworks – ‘temporary public commissions or interventions’ – which emerge from the Lab will be launched at the Vic Market in October as part of the 2016 Melbourne Festival.


Melbourne Prize for Literature

I was shortlisted for the Writer’s Prize (unpublished essay) category of the 2015 Melbourne Prize for Literature. Though I missed out on the prize, my essay, titled ‘Places Without Poetry’, took out the Civic Choice award – thanks, no doubt, to solid Castlemaine support.

‘Places Without Poetry’* weaves from telegraph poles to the jazz-hating gene, poets and bookshops of Melbourne, and the cultivation of a forgettery. You can read or download it here:

*I originally thought of calling my essay ‘Nothing on TV’, and now wish I had done.


From my ‘Ideas’ file

Some things I might write about – soon, one day, or never:
– Teena Rochfort-Smith and the word ‘airtight’
– The cataract surgery racket
A history of my mother’s hair DONE! see ‘Permanent Wave: My mother’s hair’ in Meanjin Quarterly, Winter 2016 –
– The Lady Mayoress’s jumble sale – and the history of op shops
– The spiritualists’ coal venture on St Kilda Bluff