Exhibitions

OBSESSED: COMPELLED TO MAKE

8 December 2018 – 3 February 2019

This exhibition explores the preoccupations that drive the creative process, providing an insight into the working practices of 14 artists from across Australia. Moving beyond the finished work, this project tells the hidden stories of making, uncovering the artists’ inspirations, day-to-day studio experiences, hours of expertise, and the joys and frustrations of obsession. Obsessed: Compelled to make is touring throughout Australia, accompanied by a series of films, and features artists Gabriella Bisetto, Lorraine Connelly-Northey, Honor Freeman, Jon Goulder, Kath Inglis, Laura McCusker, Elliat Rich and James B Young (Elbowrkshp), Kate Rohde, Oliver Smith, Vipoo Srivilasa, Tjunkaya Tapaya, Louise Weaver and Liz Williamson.

Obsessed: Compelled to make is an Australian Design Centre (ADC On Tour) national touring exhibition, presented with assistance from the Australian Government Visions of Australia program

Tjunkaya Tapaya at work, 2017, Photograph Angus Lee Forbes

HEADQUARTERS

8 December 2018 – 3 February 2019

Conceived to complement the companion touring show Obsessed: Compelled to make, this exhibition investigates some of the burgeoning Hunter-based studio clusters and the preoccupations of the labour-intensive, time-invested, hands-on practices that take place in these spaces. Selected tools, raw materials, process documentation, and finished works combine to conjure a sense of the makers’ realms. Some of the gallery spaces will be activated and offer opportunities for visitors to interact with the installation during the exhibition.

A gallery exhibition curated by Meryl Ryan in consultation with the artists

From HQ in Islington: High Tea with Mrs Woo at work in their studio space. Photograph Alexander McIntyre

NEWCASTLE SCHOOL: MAKING IT!

8 December 2018 – 3 February 2019

Newcastle School caters to the needs of local primary students with a moderate or severe intellectual disability. The school believes in a quality art education program to develop students’ skills. This exhibition will be selected from works the students have created around ideas invoked by the concept of the simple need to make.

A gallery project coordinated by Rob Cleworth in consultation with Newcastle School.

Newcastle School student enjoying making art.