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, 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.

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.

Visitors have commented:

“Amazing – very powerful. Always has been – always will be”

“Enlightening and timely”

“Beautiful works and amazing curation by Emily”

“Stunningly beautiful & powerful work”

“Fabulous exhibition! Respect for the land, water & sky”

Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, NSW



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 – 1 August 2020
Geraldton Regional Art Gallery, WA 22 August – 26 September 2020
Bendigo Art Gallery, VIC 21 November 2020 – 31 January 2021
Newcastle Art Gallery, NSW 13 February – April 2021
Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Arts Centre, NSW 8 May – 4 July 2021
Artspace Mackay, QLD 23 July – 17 October 2021
Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, NSW 6 November 2021 – 30 January  2022





To launch the Void tour, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery will host the Void Education Symposium that will bring together educators from each venue along the tour to workshop ideas and identify programming opportunities. Emily McDaniel and the education resource authors (drawn from UTS and MCA) will provide further support, assistance and skill-sharing opportunities for regional partners.



Void – Art Almanac

Void is a touring exhibition with works in various media by 14 Aboriginal artists – by Sasha Grishin, The Canberra Times

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

Group Exhibition: Void: Touring exhibition – Art Collector



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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