CLOSING EVENT: Wednesday 20 September, 5-7pm
the course of things
Megan Kennedy

 The course of things features an assortment of precariously balanced breakable items. Subject to minute forces within the gallery space, some may fall and some may remain, in turn we are left to ponder the logic behind the selection process.

Image: Megan Kennedy, untitled installation mock up (detail). Wood, found glass and ceramic objects, 2017

By All Mens
Participating artists: Kirsten Lyttle, Lara Chamas, T.R. Carter and Stephen Gilette, Peter Waples-Crowe, Samuel Condon, and Arie Rain Glorie

Participating writers: Amelia Winata, Neika Lehman, Karen Maeda, Danielle Toua, Hannan Al Daqqa and  Ella Shi
Curated by Chiara Scafidi  

In a world structured around the invisibility of hegemonic power how do we talk about white men as a category? By All Mens is an exploration of prevailing notions of masculinity and privilege as told through the voices of marginalised and underrepresented arts writers and artists.

Image: T.R. Carter and Stephen Gilette, DIRTY DEEDS, DONE DIRT CHEAP. Video, 2015


CLOSING EVENT: Wednesday 11 October, 5-7pm

Alex Selenitsch

ON the wall, the words atmosphere, smoke, mirror, cloud, mist, haze, fog and air done as one-page blocks, letter by letter, to slow down reading and defocus meaning; not pictures of words, but images of reading, made out of typing, using a standard word-processing program and a standard printer.

Image: Alex Selenitsch, R from AIR. Word program, print on paper, 2016,

POETRY: a text and word-based exhibition
Over 100 contributions of text-based art works, including poetry, performance, video, sculpture and sound installations from students through to seminal Australian concrete poets

Curated by Sandra Bridie

Exhibited in this exhibition will be word/text works that bear a formal relationship to the space they occupy; such as the page, the book, the screen, the board, the wall, time, space, or take an art work as a starting point. Think of concrete poetry, text-works that utilise the page/book as a formal device, ekphrastic poems, word paintings, performance poetry, word & text-based video, and audio works.

Deadline for POETRY submissions is early September. Please click here for more information

Image: Sandra Bridie, POETRY. Digital image, 2017


CLOSING EVENT: Wednesday 25 October, 5-7pm

Bethan Cotterill, Suzy Faiz, Kath Fries, Szymon Dorabialski, James Thomson and Eila Vinwynn

Curated by Upasana Papadopoulos and Tama Woodbury, University of Sydney

[un]made presents a collaboration between Sydney College of the Arts artists as they mark the tumultuous closure of the independent SCA campus. The artists investigate the unmaking of their school and community through varied media as this assimilation of creative knowledge disrupts both their practice and the Australian cultural landscape.

Image caption: Image from VOIS Magazine (16/7/2016)

This exhibition is part of a Verge Gallery / George Paton Gallery student curators and artists exchange. Verge Gallery is the gallery run by the Student Union at University of Sydney




25-28 JULY
Trust For One

Teresa Hsieh

You’re falling backwards waiting for the supportive embrace. You wait, you wait to let go. What if there was no one to catch your fall but an essence of yourself?
Trust in what I needed before you, for you to have now.

Image: Teresa Hsieh, Trust For One (detail). Polyurethane plastic, air movers, resin, 2017

This event is part of the University of Melbourne precinct’s NITE ART



Space, Time and Rock ‘n’ Roll
Penny Walker-Keefe

What happens when you grow up and your bedroom band posters are replaced with pop science books?
Space, Time and Rock ‘n’ Roll asks the big question of where does time actually go in a medley of bedroom rock culture and pop science featuring drawing clocks, painted posters and a guitar.

Image: Penny Walker- Keefe, A Brief History of Time. Acrylic on board, 2016

Nick Archer, Louis Cooper, Vi Macdonald, Kiah Pullens and Rachel Walker

Curated by Nick Archer

A series of gestures reacting to the functional site will exist within the George Paton Gallery. This Dialogue between image, object and architecture will span across the space, discussing issues surrounding perception, the image, the virtual and the beyond.

Image: Louis Cooper, Untitled. Digital photograph, 2017


16-25 AUGUST
The Lurid World
Tori Adams, Haydn Allen, Lief Chan, Marley Holloway-Clarke, Serena Cowie, Amie Green and Lara Navarro

Curated by Jasmin McNeill

The Lurid World celebrates cross-disciplinary visual artists as part of Mudfest 2017. Under the theme of HATCH, this year Mudfest asks the question “How do we respond to an increasingly frightening world?”

Considering the notions and boundaries of space, material and light, The Lurid World invites the audience to take part as creator and spectator.  In the exhibition, current issues such as the under-representation of female perspectives, media oversaturation and disposable attitudes towards consumer goods are explored in exciting new ways.  However, rather than present a dystopian view of the world, The Lurid World emphasises the importance of hope in contemporary times.  Black light spectacles, video works, text installations, sculptures and paintings come together to highlight the power individuals have to effect change.

The Lurid World is an incubator for new thoughts and ideas. The exhibition suggests that by acknowledging
contemporary fears, we can hatch a more hopeful future.

Tori Adams is a textile and paper artist whose practice involves experimentation with unconventional mediums to explore notions of the over saturation of information in the modern world.

Haydn Allen is a multidisciplinary artist primarily using found materials to inform his painting, photography, video, performance and sculptural practice to explore the discontent of living in a consumer society.

Lief Chan is a watercolour portrait artist who has recently extended her practice to encompass digital mediums and new technology. Her work is symbolic of the emotional capacity of humans to find hope within a dark world.

Serena Cowie is a technically skilled painter whose practice utilises classical styles of painting to highlight the on going tensions of gender inequality within contemporary culture.

Amie Green is a writer and visual artist that enjoys multimedia experimentation and art as a craft. Using text and needlework, her interactive installation interrogates the distance between the spectator, the art and the female body.

Marley Holloway-Clarke is a visual artist whose work represents the layers of connections one has to people, places and objects through mixed media installations of found objects and once loved materials.

Lara Navarro is the starving artist type with a penchant for the dark and twisty. As a creative writer, Lara’s work presents visual installations of the untold stories of canonised female archetypes.

Jasmin McNeill is an emerging curator, writer and arts administrator with particular interest in the evolving contemporary critique artists make on the present philosophy of art and society.


Presented by Mudfest 2017, UMSU Creative Arts Festival

Image: Installation detail of ‘The Lurid World’. George Paton Gallery, August, 2017



Parameters / Frameworks
Soma, Andrea Beck, Pattie Beerens, Evgenia Brodsky, John Canty, Zoe Clark, Elizabeth Cole, Alex Dillon, Noni Drew, Sandy Dunne, Robyn Eastgate, Ember Fairbairn, Georgia Herrod, Monique Jedwab, Emma Lamb, Ginny Laver, Martin Lee, Priya Namana, Hoa Nguyen, Gigi Panopoulos, David Porteus, Britt Putland, Marium Quettawala, Katie Stackhouse, Marlee Tant, Peter Toyne, Rebecca Willcox, Sandy Yates

Coordinators: Kate Just, Tully Moore, Veronica Kent, John Meade, Nadine Christensen

Twenty eight students undertaking the Graduate Certificate in Visual Art at VCA were given a 600 x 400mm plywood board. They could use the board as a basis for painting, sculpture, performance and more. This exhibition reveals their investigations of limits and possibilities.

Image: Tully Moore, 2017