Artemis Projects is a Sydney based art collective by Ben Ferris and Ira Ferris.
Ben is a filmmaker and a video artist whose writings on cinema have been published worldwide in both French and English. As a film writer/director he has won major international awards, including the Grand Prix at the Akira Kurosawa Memorial Short Film Festival in Tokyo, Japan for his short film "The Kitchen" (2003) and the Grand Prix at the One Take Film Festival in Zagreb, Croatia for his short film "Ascension" (2004). His feature film "Penelope" (2009) screened in National Competition at the 56th Pula Film Festival and won a Van Gogh Award for Best Fantasy Film at the Amsterdam Film Festival. In 2016 he completed his second feature film ‘57 Lawson’ which captures daily life within a social housing building in Redfern, under the shadow of impending development. In 2015, Ferris was the curator of the Sydney Cinémathèque. vimeo.com/bferris
Ira is a Zagreb-born, Sydney-based curator, writer, podcaster, and cultural producer working between Australia and Europe. She holds MA in Journalism and is a casual presenter on Eastside Radio’s Arts program. In 2016 she was Director of Folonomo Gallery in Surry Hills, Sydney. To date she has curated fifteen solo and group exhibitions and has exhibited as part of Head on Photo Festival and Sydney Fringe. Her curatorial interests are broad but tend to gravitate towards conceptual art practices. As a former contemporary dancer she is interested in and inspired by somaesthetics and the way our bodies navigate and experience the exhibition space.
As a collective, Ira and Ben make films and video art, curate exhibitions and art festivals, facilitate art talks, produce podcasts, and write about art.
Artemis Projects is passionate about supporting art making and art thinking and has established an art residency in Zagreb, Croatia. This residency is a collaboration between Artemis Projects and cultural organisations in Croatia, Slovenia, and Serbia and is open to visual, performance and sound artists, curators, writers, and researchers.
Artemis Projects encourages and celebrates the creation and expression of art in its myriad of forms.