Sutton Gallery stands on what always was and always will be the land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation. We respectfully recognise their ancestors and Elders past and present. We acknowledge Aboriginal connection to material and creative practice on these lands for more than 60,000 years.
Nicholas Mangan: A World Undone at the MCA
The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) will open the largest museum survey of Nicholas Mangan’s practice to date next year.
Organised by MCA curators Anneke Jaspers and Anna Davis, Nicholas Mangan: A World Undone charts the evolution of Mangan’s distinctive visual language over two decades, culminating with his latest project Core-Coralations (2021–ongoing), inspired by the challenges facing the Great Barrier Reef.
Exhibition highlights will include Ancient Lights (2015), a film that considers our relationship to the sun powered by solar panels installed on the MCA building; Limits to Growth (2016–ongoing), which compares Bitcoin with an ancient form of stone currency from the Pacific; and Termite Economies (2018–2021), a series of sculptures that evoke non-human labour and social organisation.
The exhibition, designed by architect Ying-Lan Dann, will be accompanied by a monograph containing newly commissioned essays. In addition, a series of public programs will take inspiration from the many disciplines and current affairs Mangan draws on in his work.
Nicholas Mangan: A World Undone Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA), Sydney/Gadigal Country 5 April – 30 June 2024
The inaugural Yarra Arts Fellowship has been awarded to artist Kate Beynon by the City of Yarra. This new award provides a $10,000 grant to artists working in the City of Yarra, Melbourne, in order for them to focus more intently on their practice by reducing the financial burden associated with a sustained creative practice.
With support from the fellowship, Beynon will create a body of new works that explore an interest in socially engaged space- both through her studio at Collingwood Yards and other interactive spaces in Yarra- using colour, imagination, and shared experiences.
Vivienne Binns and Elizabeth Gower at Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery
Works by Vivienne Binns and Elizabeth Gower are included in the landmark group exhibition Know My Name: Australian Women Artists 1900 to Now | Part2 at the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery (MPRG). On tour from the National Gallery of Australia (NGA), this exhibition follows on from the success of the first iteration that took place at the NGA in 2020.
A celebration, a commitment and a call to action, Know My Name is a gender equity initiative of the National Gallery of Australia, celebrating the work of all women artists with an aim to enhance understanding of their contribution to Australia’s cultural life.
Know My Name: Australian Women Artists 1900 to Now | Part 2 Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery 25 November 2023 – 18 February 2024
Through sculpture, video, and installation, John Meade draws relations between the metaphysical and surreal in the experience of contemporary life and culture. A refined and adventurous materiality defines his work, through sensuous forms and unexpected juxtapositions inflected by the erotic and uncanny.
John Meade: It’s Personal! is curated to reflect various personal threads in Meade’s work relating to alterity, including queer culture, politics, and artistic experimentation. It’s Personal! is a reflection on some of the psychological and societal drivers that have informed Meade’s life and art. The title refers to the way personal subjectivity shapes the sculptures Meade creates, and references Carol Hanisch’s seminal essay from 1970, ‘The Personal is Political’, which outlines the pragmatism of women coming together to share their personal experience as a basis for collective action.
The exhibition will feature three large new works exploring abstract form alongside key sculptures from three decades of Meade’s practice, installed across three expansive gallery spaces and outdoors at McClelland. The exhibition will coincide with Meade’s major public sculpture Love Flower (2019) being installed at McClelland as part of the Southern Way McClelland Commissions.
John Meade: It’s Personal! McClelland Gallery, Melbourne 2 December 2023 – 25 March 2024