Galleries and events

SCA Galleries play an important role in the life of Sydney College of the Arts as a resource and educational device for students and staff. By providing the community with access to a range of challenging and innovative exhibitions and events, the galleries also provide an opportunity for SCA to develop a public understanding and appreciation of contemporary art.

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2016 PROGRAMME

FEBRUARY

Image: Hossein Ghaemi, The Ooo in Who 2011 Performance. Photo: Sally Poon. Image courtesy the artist and The Commercial, Sydney

Sunday Punch

Laneway Festival
Sunday 7 February (ticketed event/sold out)

SCA Exhibition Opening
6-8pm Thursday 11 February
Open to the public
11am-5pm Friday 12 February & 11am-4pm Saturday 13 February

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Image: Hossein Ghaemi, The Ooo in Who 2011 Performance. Photo: Sally Poon. Image courtesy the artist

Image: Hossein Ghaemi, The Ooo in Who 2011 Performance. Photo: Sally Poon. Image courtesy the artist and The Commercial, Sydney

Curated by Liam Garstang, Sunday Punch Volumes I and II showcases artists currently studying at or recently graduated from Sydney College of the Arts.

Sunday Punch Volume I is an outdoor exhibition of sculpture, installation and performance created for the one day St Jerome's Laneway festival on Sunday 7 February. Over 10,000 visitors to the festival will view works by Heidi Abraham, Stefano Di Lorenzo, Nicholas Dorey, Chris Fox, Hossein Ghaemi, Anna John, Clare Milledge, Huseyin Sami, Kate Scardifield + Ben Terakes.

Sunday Punch Volume II is an exhibition of sculpture, sound and video installation in the SCA Galleries for the Laneway VIP Bar, featuring Vicky Browne, Eugene Choi, Chris Dolman, Will French, Robin Hungerford, Harley Ives, Richard Kean, James Nguyen, Koji Ryui + Justene Williams.

An adapted exhibition will be open in the SCA Galleries after the conclusion of the festival.


MARCH-APRIL

Image: Roger Ballen, Caged (Asylum of the Birds), 2011, archival inkjet print on paper. Courtesy the artist.

Roger Ballen's Theatre of the Mind


SCA Exhibition
16 March – 7 May

Opening
6-8pm Tuesday 15 March 

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Image: Roger Ballen, Caged (Asylum of the Birds), 2011, archival inkjet print

Image: Roger Ballen, Caged (Asylum of the Birds), 2011, archival inkjet print

International photographer Roger Ballen produces interior worlds that are alluring, fascinating and disturbing. Born in New York in 1950, Ballen has lived in South Africa since the 1970s. His work as a geologist led him to capture through the camera lens the hidden world of small African towns. Curated by Sydney College of the Arts' Colin Rhodes, Ballen's first major Sydney exhibition is a provocative collection of 75 black & white images from the last two decades, and features the artist's award-winning music video for rap-rave group Die Antwoord. The exhibition includes new work created in the underground cells of the former Rozelle mental hospital in Callan Park.

Bookings are essential for Theatre of Darkness: Register here



Phaptawan Suwannakudt, Retold-Untold Stories

16 March - 30 April
Opening
6-8pm Tuesday 15 March

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Image: Phaptawan Suwannakudt, Retold Untold Stories. Installation 2014

Image: Phaptawan Suwannakudt, Retold Untold Stories. Installation 2014

Drawing from her familial history and experiences, in Retold-Untold Stories, Phaptawan Suwannakudt considers their resonances with individual histories of women across generations in the Lanna (Northern Thailand) community. Completed as part of an Asialink residency at Ne'Na Contemporary Art Space in Chiang Mai, this body of work explores the relationship between gendered experience and place and the possibilities for empathetic communication between cultures and individuals.

Born in Thailand, Phaptawan Suwannakudt is a professional Australian artist whose work explores the lived experiences of being in-between places and cultures. It is a timely exhibition for SCA that draws attention to the institution's research strengths in women's art and curating feminism practices.


Invisible Logic

22 February - 30 April
Opening
6-8pm Tuesday 15 March

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Invisible Logic

Invisible Logic presents the perspective of four Chinese artists who address the urgency of everyday life and the resulting decline in civilisation. Curated by Professor Fan Lan, four artists from the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts explore form, conceptual meaning and art's social function based on their personal experiences of life as a Chinese artist. The artists, Feng Feng, Yang Xiaoman, Yang Yifei and Liu Qingyuan rethink identity, cultural influences, and culture's contemporary significance. Their collective comments reveal a deep concern of the social phenomena that shapes the world around them.


Studio A: Flying High

16 March – 30 April

Opening
6-8pm Tuesday 15 March 

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Image: Annette Gaulston, Fluoro Bird, 2015. Mixed media, 20 x 35cm

Image: Annette Gaulston, Fluoro Bird, 2015. Mixed media, 20 x 35cm

Studio A: Flying High will see bird inspired artworks by selected Studio A artists exhibited at the SCA Galleries as a part of Art Month. Curated by Studio A Artistic Director, Gabrielle Mordy and Principal Artist, Emma Johnston, the exhibition will include both individual and collaborative artworks exhibited together in one large, immersive, avian-themed installation. Ultimately, Studio A: Flying High will showcase Studio A represented artists and will be a tribute to their recent and continuing successes in the Australian art community.

Featuring: Arunen Dharmalingen, Guy Fredericks, Annette Galstaun, Daniel Kim, Meagan Pelham, Graham Reed, Robert 'Thom' Smith, Damian Showyin and the Studio A Artisan Props Collective (Tim Bell, Emily Crockford, Skye Saxon, Phil Sidney and Lisa Scott).


Graduate School Gallery - Merryn Hull and Sophie Clague

16 March – 30 April
Opening
6-8pm Tuesday 15 March

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Merryn Hull, Studio, I

Merryn Hull, Studio, I'm OK, You're OK. Installation view. Courtesy the artist.

The Graduate School Gallery will host five exhibitions in 2016 which explore the concepts, technologies and practices emerging from the postgraduate degrees. Merryn Hull and Sophie Clague have been selected to present the first exhibition in the SCA Graduate School Gallery for 2016.

Clague is a Sydney based emerging artist, currently undertaking a MFA at SCA. Working predominantly in sculpture and installation, Clague has held several solo exhibitions at galleries across Sydney and was awarded an Australia Council Artstart Grant (2015).

Hull is a contemporary painter whose current work explores the relationship created between narrative and viewer through painting. She has completed a BFA (Hons) and MFA at the National Art School and is currently a PhD candidate at the Sydney College of the Arts. Merryn Hull’s installation, ‘Me, Isa, And Isa & Me’ is positioned as a series of autobiographical pieces which specifically explore the influence of the German contemporary artist Isa Genzken on her work. The work is neither a critique nor homage to Genzken’s work, but rather an attempt to distil the essential impact of one artist on another.


MAY-JUNE

Ten recent graduates have been invited to exhibit new and existing work in the SCA Galleries . The nominated artists are Cigdem Aydemir, Clare Britton, Janelle Evans, Hayley Megan French, Trevor Fry, Andrew Hazewinkel, Anna John, Anna McMahon, James Nguyen and Helen Shelley.


JULY

Fieldwork: Artist Encounters

Curated by Gary Warner

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Image: Jon McCormack audio recording inside an Iridomyrmex purpureus mound, 2014. photo: Gary Warner

Image: Jon McCormack audio recording inside an Iridomyrmex purpureus mound, 2014. photo: Gary Warner

FIELDWORK : artist encounters creates spatial, conceptual and material conversations between recent works of a collection of artists with decades-long practice trajectories who share concerns for the future of our lived environment and whose practices involve, in various ways, work in [and/or of] 'the field'.

Artists of the Williams River Valley Artists' Project (WRVAP) work together to support environmental activism through art-practice and non-violent direct-action protest; Jon McCormack and Gary Warner build a geodesic dome housing a multi-speaker spoken word environment of biologists' field recordings; Barbara Campbell ploughs a line between mud-flats of the Yangtze delta and concrete floors of the SCA galleries; Maria Fernanda Cardoso imposes order on materials collected during a central Australia camping trip with the Tjanpi Desert Weavers; Eugene Carchesio speaks a silent metaphysical language of colour and form; Jeff Doring installs an immersive 'bush diary' of intricate drawing, pour paintings and 'lux' photography; Helen Grace asks travellers on the trans-Siberian railway to keep a thought-diary; Josephine Lie offers interactive interviews with people impacted by the 2010 eruption of Indonesia's Merapi volcano; Carl Warner creates a pre-photographic reflection system exploring landscape's cultural determination; Catherine Woo experiments with textural elemental pattern morphologies; Jon McCormack presents his slowly evolving 'Colour Field' artificial ecosystem software, and Gary Warner installs an aleatoric audio-visual study of water made in Kyoto, Japan.


AUGUST-SEPTEMBER

Femflix

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Image: The Twilight Girls, Saturday night beaver, 1997, C-type photographic print.

Image: The Twilight Girls, Saturday night beaver, 1997, C-type photographic print.

Femflix captures the unique voices of 90s feminism. Screen culture in various forms, including live action shorts, digital interactive works, and animation, was a rich site for feminist practice during the period distinguished by the emergence of the internet and queer and postcolonial critiques. Developed by the Curating Art and Feminism research cluster, the exhibition profiles four distinct aspects of 90s feminist screen culture: animation, curated by Debra Szapiro; live action short films, curated by Jacqueline Millner and Jane Schneider; and a new contemporary video installation by Elena Knox that draws on the insights of this pioneering period.


OCTOBER

Future Stratigraphy

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Image: Future Stratigraphy: Sean O’Connell, Sparks, 2014

Image: Future Stratigraphy: Sean O’Connell, Sparks, 2014

Future Stratigraphy is a curated exhibition of international and local Australian artists that questions current emergent phenomena in the context of deep and future time, looking forward across complex strata of time imagining how material processes of the Anthropocene will reveal themselves in possible stratigraphies. Future Stratigraphy will feature artworks that subsume themes of new materialism and the Anthropocene, with a view to grappling with entanglement of non-human forces and the conscious ability of humans to reflect upon their material-discursive activities. Participating artists include David Haines, Janet Laurence and Josh Wodak.


The Fauvette Loureiro Exhibition

The Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Artists Travel Award supports an SCA graduate to continue the development of their practice through a $28,000 prize to support international travel. Five SCA alumni are shortlisted and invited to present their work in the SCA Galleries. The Fauvette exhibition has cemented a strong reputation for quality in contemporary art. The recipients and finalists over the past decade include some of the most prominent contemporary artists in Sydney including Justene Williams (2010), Jess MacNeil (2006) and Huseyin Sami (2005).


NOVEMBER

SCA Undergraduate Degree Show

The SCA Undergraduate Degree Show showcases some of Sydney's most talented emerging artists in a vibrant display of artistic experimentation. At the end of each academic year the SCA campus comes to life as over 3000 people attend the Degree Show opening celebrations to see the work of students completing the Bachelor of Visual Arts and Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours). In 2015 works by over 120 third year students were displayed across the campus in each of the studio areas: Film and Digital Art, Jewellery and Object, Painting, Photomedia, Printmedia and Sculpture.