Creative Accounting



Drawing from old currencies, banking archives and contemporary art, Creative Accounting scratches below the surface of our economic system to reveal money’s enigmatic side. Money is many things at once: an abstract rendering of value; an agent of propaganda; a decorative device. It plays a central role in all of our lives yet is often overlooked as an object of contemplation. At a time when money is becoming increasingly abstract Creative Accounting speculates on its wider value.

Archival objects and material history loans from local historical collections and lenders such as the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences and Westpac Group Archives will complement recent and newly commissioned work by a selection of Australian and international artists such as Fiona Hall, Andrew Hurle, Kenzee Patterson, Melanie Gilligan, Ryan Presley and David Shapiro.

Creative Accounting promises to be an accessible and thought-provoking exhibition which elicits curiosity and re-appraisal of an intrinsic component of contemporary living, through the combination of art and artefact. Creative Accounting scratches below the surface of the economic system to reveal money’s enigmatic side.



Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, NSW

27 May – 10 July 2016

Manningham Art Gallery, VIC

27 July – 5 September 2016

Albury LibraryMuseum, NSW

17 September – 23 October 2016

UQ Art Museum, QLD

12 November 2016 – 26 February 2017

Western Plains Cultural Centre, NSW

4 March – 28 May 2017

Museum of the Riverina, NSW

7 July – 8 October 2017

Moree Plains Gallery, NSW

20 October – 2 December 2017




An exhibition curated by Holly Williams, in conjunction with Hawkesbury Regional Gallery and toured by Museums & Galleries of NSW.

This project is supported by Create NSW’s Curatorial Support Initiative grant, a devolved funding program administered by Museums & Galleries of NSW on behalf of the NSW Government. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.