Void explores the multiple ways in which artists visually articulate the unknown as space, time and landscape. The work of the included aritsts does not simply define the void as presence and comparative absence, but rather they utilise form to represent the formless.

The void is a multifaceted concept that brings together contemporary Aboriginal artistic practice from across the country. Curated by Emily McDaniel, the exhibition will feature existing works across the mediums of drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, textiles and photography by eminent artists such as Pepai Jangala Carroll, Rusty Peters, Jonathan Jones, Mabel Juli, Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri, Thancoupie, James Tylor, Andy Snelgar, Hayley Millar-Baker, Freddie Timms, Doreen Reid Nakamarra, John Mawurndjul, Jennifer Wurrkidj, Josephine Wurrkidj and Lucy Simpson.

Educational and public programming is a key feature of the exhibition and tour drawing on resources and research produced through the Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research at UTS, in conjunction with the exhibition’s curator.



Emily McDaniel is an independent curator, writer and educator from the Kalari Clan of the Wiradjuri nation in central New South Wales. In 2017 she joined Australia’s team for the Venice Biennale as Aboriginal Emerging Curator. Her recent exhibitions include Walan Yinaagirbang | Strong Women at Firstdraft Gallery, Dhuwi at Australian Design Centre and Wala-gaay for Artlands 2016. In 2015 she curated the first public art commission for the Barangaroo precinct. Formerly, she was the Assistant Curator for the 18th Biennale of Sydney.

Emily has also held numerous public programs and education roles at the Art Gallery of NSW, Museum of Contemporary Art and Object Gallery, with particular emphasis on outreach, access and Indigenous programs. She most recently was the Lead Artist Educator, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, at the MCA. Emily holds a BA Communications (Media Arts and Production), University of Technology Sydney.



Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, NSW 6 December 2019 – 2 February 2020
Canberra Museum and Art Gallery, ACT 15 February – 3 May 2020
Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, NSW 16 May – 19 July 2020
Geraldton Regional Art Gallery, WA 22 August – 26 September 2020
Bendigo Art Gallery, VIC 17 October 2020 – 31 January 2021
Newcastle Art Gallery, NSW 13 February – 25 April 2021
Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Arts Centre, NSW 8 May – 4 July 2021
Artspace Mackay, QLD 23 July – 3 October 2021



Void education resource 


Void – Art Guide Australia review

Void at UTS Gallery  – ArtsHub review

Void  – Artlink review

Speaking Out with Larissa Behrendt – ABC Radio

Void – Time Out Sydney



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.


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