If you’re travelling around regional Australia this summer season, be sure to check out one (or a few) of M&G NSW’s touring exhibitions. All six shows will be on display over the coming months, including Arlo Mountford Deep Revolt; Eugenia Lim The Ambassador; Just Not Australian; Material Sound; Montages: The Full Cut 1999-2015 Tracey Moffatt and Gary Hillberg; and Void.
We are proud to be collaborating with a multitude of artists and galleries to bring contemporary art to all audiences.
Arlo Mountford Deep Revolt at Walkway Gallery (SA) – final venue
Working across video, sculpture and drawing, Arlo Mountford’s practice questions our individual and collective memories of the artistic canon. His works form a dense trove of art historical references that playfully probe the terms in which we engage with art and the way meaning can be twisted, all through a contemporary lens.
Amusing, strange and laden with references, his animated films are hand drawn with a mouse directly in to a computer. He reimagines both real and created spaces from the art world, digitally reconstructing the interiors of iconic museums or retracing the brushstrokes of European masterpieces well known and loved for centuries. This process allows him to experience art with fresh eyes and unpack its ongoing meaning and relevance in contemporary society.
Arlo Mountford Deep Revolt is on display at Walkway Gallery from December 2020
A Goulburn Regional Art Gallery and Museums & Galleries of NSW touring exhibition. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.
Eugenia Lim The Ambassador at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery (NSW) – final venue
Eugenia Lim is an Australian artist of Chinese–Singaporean descent who works across video, performance and installation. In her work, Lim transforms herself into invented fictional personas who traverse through time and cultures to explore how national identities and stereotypes cut, divide and bond our globalised world.
This 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and Museums & Galleries of NSW (M&G NSW) initiated touring project presents Lim’s most recent body of work, The Ambassador series. In this three-part project, Lim takes on a Mao-like persona who sits halfway between truth and fantasy – dressed in a gold lamé suit and matching bowl haircut. Throughout each of her works, the Ambassador takes on new roles in uncovering the Australian-Asian narrative – drilling down into racial politics, the social costs of manufacturing and the role of architecture in shaping society.
Eugenia Lim The Ambassador is on display at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery from 20 November 2020 – 16 January 2021
A 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and Museums & Galleries of NSW touring exhibition. This project is assisted by the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia program.
Just Not Australian at Wollongong Art Gallery (NSW)
Just Not Australian, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Arts Centre. Photo by Sarah McGhee
Just Not Australian presents work by Australian artists at the forefront of national debate and practice. This exhibition brings together 20 artists across generations and diverse cultural backgrounds to deal broadly with the origins and implications of contemporary Australian nationhood. Showcasing the common sensibilities of satire, larrikinism and resistance so as to present a broad exploration of race, place and belonging, Just Not Australian interrogates what it means to be Australian at this challenging point in time.
Just Not Australian engages with the moral and ethical undertones of the loaded rejoinder ‘un- Australian’ – a pejorative now embedded in our national vocabulary that continues to be used to further political agendas and to spread nationalistic ideals of what it means to be Australian. Far from a simple comparison, a consideration of what’s not Australian ultimately leads to questions of what is, and the artists in Just Not Australian consider this in detail.
Just Not Australian is on display at Wollongong Art Gallery from 21 November 2020 – 7 February 2021
Just Not Australian was curated by Artspace and developed in partnership with Sydney Festival and Museums & Galleries of NSW. The exhibition is touring nationally with Museums & Galleries of NSW.
Material Sound at Warrnambool Art Gallery (VIC)
Material Sound brings together a group of contemporary artists who each create an experience of sound within installations and apparatus constructed from everyday materials.
Sound is often thought of as immaterial and while perpetually present – there is no such thing as true silence – it is frequently neglected. A visual experience will commonly be afforded primacy over an aural one. Recently the contemporary arts have turned to sound and in doing so have incorporated a greater spectrum of the senses.
Curated by Dr Caleb Kelly and developed by the Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA), Material Sound features newly commissioned work by artists Vicky Browne, Pia van Gelder, Caitlin Franzmann, Peter Blamey, Vincent and Vaughan Wozniak-O’Connor and Ross Manning, whose work and practice investigates sound and materials within art and performance.
Material Sound is on display at Warrnambool Art Gallery from 21 November 2020 – 14 February 2021
A Murray Art Museum Albury exhibition, curated by Caleb Kelly and presented nationally by Museums & Galleries of NSW. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.
Montages: The Full Cut 1999-2015 Tracey Moffatt and Gary Hillberg at Art Gallery of Ballarat (VIC) – final venue
Montages: The Full Cut 1999–2015 presents the full suite of eight montage films by artist Tracey Moffatt and collaborator Gary Hillberg. Presented together for the first time, the exhibition spans 16 years of the artist and editor’s collaborative practice and includes their most recent work, The Art (2015).
The exhibition is an ode to cinema and to the cinematic form, offering unprecedented insight into the stereotypes that populate our collective cultural imagination. In this suite of montages, Moffatt and Hillberg source footage from Hollywood films, tapping into the humour and pathos of universally shared subjects like art, revolution, love and destruction.
Montages: The Full Cut 1999–2015 is on display at Art Gallery of Ballarat from 14 November 2020 – 14 March 2021
Montages: The Full Cut, 1999 – 2015 was curated and developed by Artspace, Sydney and is touring nationally in partnership with Museums & Galleries of NSW
Void at Bendigo Art Gallery (VIC)
Void, Curated by Emily McDaniel. 25 September – 16 November, 2018, installation view. Photo: Jessica Maurer Photography
Curated by Emily McDaniel, Void explores the ways in which artists visually articulate the unknown as space, time and landscape. This exhibition brings together contemporary Aboriginal artists from across the country, with works spanning drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, textiles and photography by eminent artists such as Pepai Jangala Carroll, Mr R Peters, Jonathan Jones, Mabel Juli, Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri, Dr. Thancoupie Gloria Fletcher AO, James Tylor, Andy Snelgar, Hayley Millar-Baker, Freddie Timms, Doreen Reid Nakamarra, John Mawurndjul AM, Jennifer Wurrkidj and Josephine Wurrkidj.
Void is on display at Bendigo Art Gallery from 21 November 2020 – 31 January 2021
Void is an exhibition curated by Emily McDaniel, in conjunction with UTS Gallery and Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, presented nationally by Museums & Galleries of NSW. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia program.