Exhibitions coming up
1 February – 12 April 2020
Mervyn Bishop is arguably Aboriginal Australia’s most prolific photographer. Through capturing personal images of family and friends, intimate portraits of members of the Aboriginal community, and defining moments in Australia’s political and social history, he has helped shape our understanding of Australia today. This exhibition, which brings together photographs from the Art Gallery of New South Wales collection and material from the artist’s archive, is a celebration of his life and work.
An Art Gallery of New South Wales touring exhibition
First Class 19
14 February – 5 April 2020
Now in its 12th year, First Class is a much-anticipated annual exhibition project celebrating the high calibre of work produced by students from the Hunter and Central Coast regions. First Class 19 is selected from nominated Higher School Certificate Visual Arts submissions produced in 2019 and curated around a theme that emerges from the selection process.
Curator: Helen Willis
Case study: Guan Wei
15 February – 5 April 2020
In line with its commitment to education and youth programs, MAC yapang is pleased to present a further exhibition in the popular case-study series. Previous studies have featured Anne Zahalka, Janet Laurence, Ben Quilty, Judy Watson and Fiona Hall respectively. In 2020, the focus is on leading Australian-Chinese contemporary artist Guan Wei, whose sculpture No1 Sky Pig, installed on the Warners Bay sculpture walk,is a favourite. Referencing the HSC curriculum, art educator Carol Carter curates a thought-provoking exhibition with an accompanying case-study publication specifically for senior school students.
Curators: Carol Carter and Meryl Ryan
Hardenvale – our home in absurdia
11 April – 7 June 2020
Hardenvale is a large-scale immersive environment created by three leading contemporary drawing practitioners: Catherine O’Donnell, Kellie O’Dempsey and Todd Fuller. Constructed with wall drawings, paste-ups, found objects, hand-drawn animations, sound and performances, the space is full of connection and disconnection, sameness and difference, comfort and disquiet.Hardenvaleinvites the audience to connect with their own diverse experiences, memories and emotions associated with domestic space and living on the cultural fringe.
Curators: Catherine O'Donnell, Kellie O'Dempsey and Todd Fuller
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council forthe Arts, its arts funding and advisory body and with s upport from Create NSW, an agency of the New SouthWales Government. In its development phase,Hardenvalewas also supported by the The NSW Artists' Grant which is administered by the National Association for theVisual Arts (NAVA). This project was also supported by the Parramatta Artist Studios andBundanon Trust Artist in Residence program.
18 April – 14 June 2020
As a direct response to the UN International Year of Indigenous Languages, the National Gallery of Australia is touring Body Language which explores the identity of Australia’s diverse Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities. For many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people, identity is a source of strength and reliance and there are many ways in which they identify: what they believe in, how they look, how they feel and how they see themselves in society. An exhibition for all the family, Body language explores the iconography of language as expressed through symbols and patterns and includes works that explore these themes.
Curator: Kelli Cole
A National Gallery of Australia touring exhibition.
Concrete: art design architecture
13 June –9 August 2020
The final exhibition in the touring series with specific materials as the hero. CONCRETE ... is brings together products, projects and artworks that reflect many of the current preoccupations with concrete in the fields of art, design and architecture in this country.
Featured artists: Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Adam Goodrum, Alex Lotersztain, Anna Horne, Baldasso Cortese Architects, Candalepas Associates, CHEB – Deb Jones and Christine Cholewa, Convic, Durbach Block Jaggers Architects, Edition Office, Elvis Richardson, Glenn Murcutt, Kyoko Hashimoto and Guy Keulemans, Inari Kiuru, Jamie North, Megan Cope, Rhiannon Slatter, Tom Borgas, Sanne Mestrom, SMART Design Studio, WOOD Melbourne.
A JamFactory touring exhibition project curated by Margaret Hancock Davis and Brian Parkes.
CONCRETE: art design architecture is supported by Visions of Australia funding through Australian Government’s Department of Communications and Arts and the South Australian Government through the Department for Innovation and Skills. The Principal Sponsor for CONCRETE: art design architecture is Cement Concrete & Aggregates Australia, the peak body for the cement, concrete and quarry industry in Australia.
13 June –9 August 2020
Bringing together contemporary artists of diverse cultural heritage from across Australia, this exhibition reflects on the experiences of the marginalised, the underrepresented and the silenced. It reflects on issues surrounding racism and discrimination against Indigenous Australians and minority groups as well as the lack of respect for culture and the natural environment.Violent Saltinvites artists to speak their truths about these experiences and offers an opportunity for understanding and connection, while seeking to celebrate and honour Australia’s unique multiculturalism and landscape.
Featured artists: Abdul Abdullah, Vernon Ah Kee, Richard Bell, Daniel Boyd, Megan Cope, Karla Dickens, S.J. Norman, Yhonnie Scarce and Jemima Wyman.
Curators: Yhonnie Scarce and Claire Watson
An Artspace Mackay touring exhibition curated by Yhonnie Scarce and Claire Watson.
Violent Salt has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.