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

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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. Features studios: The Creator Incubator, HQ, Pinkerton, Red Shed and The Soap Factory.

A gallery exhibition curated by Meryl Ryan in consultation with the studios and supported by the Australian Design Centre

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


8 December 2018 – 25 January 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.