2017 Program




2017 One Year Studio Artists


Artspace is pleased to announce the seven 2017 One Year Studio Artists: Karen Black, Keg de Souza, Agatha Gothe-Snape, Bianca Hester, Mason Kimber, Tom Polo and Justene Williams.


This is the third year that Artspace has offered its studios Free for Artists, a landmark initiative that will support seventy Australian artists over ten years. The practitioners selected represent a cross-section of contemporary Australian art practice, spanning generations and disciplines.


Next year’s artists range from senior practitioners with established international practices to emerging artists working in local and national contexts. In 2017, the Artspace studios will be a platform for the development of major projects and co-commissions with the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; Performa, New York; as well as the Art Gallery of New South Wales; Carriageworks; the Museum of Contemporary Art and Performance Space, Sydney.


We thank our 2016 One Year Studio Artists — Barbara Cleveland, Benjamin Forster, Hossein Ghaemi, Nell, Raquel Ormella, Koji Ryui and Khaled Sabsabi — and congratulate them on their achievements this year.


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Image: Animated GIF sequence of work by 2017 Artspace One Year Studio Artists. Courtesy the artists 



Superposition of three types


Sydney Ball, Rebecca Baumann, Ry David Bradley, Lara Merrett, Elizabeth Newman, Jonny Niesche, Huseyin Sami, Nike Savvas, Gemma Smith and Brendan Van Hek. With sound by Julian Day; writings and text by Spence Messih; and performances by Shelley Lasica


Exhibition dates 10 February – 17 April

Opening | Thursday 9 February 2017


Featuring newly commissioned and recent works, Superposition of three types brings together 13 living Australian artists across generations and mediums dealing broadly within the vernacular of colourist abstraction, and also features durational works of sound, movement and word that will activate the gallery at different points throughout the exhibition. 


The exhibition aims to highlight the continuing efficacy of practices drawing on colour and form. Works in the exhibition will engage with space and architecture, bleeding and blurring across the Artspace galleries, creating connectivity between practices and a layered, immersive environment.


The title speaks to the layers of the exhibition, with ‘types’ of artistic practice explored in parallel. In addition to the ten colourists, three artists working with durational pieces of sound, movement and word will activate the gallery at different points throughout the exhibition. These additional works, such as the performances by dancer and choreographer Shelley Lasica, engage with the temporal and the bodily, and draw on the experiential, so audiences will encounter an active, evolving space.


Superposition of three types resists an often-oversimplified appreciation of abstraction as purely aesthetic and acknowledges its rich avant-garde origins. Over the last two centuries artists have turned to abstraction as experimentation and resistance, as both a spiritual practice and a political position offering an alternate perspective on the complexities of world affairs and rejecting the increasing grasp of commercial culture.


Image: Sydney Ball, Chromix Lumina #11, 2016, automotive enamel on aluminium. Courtesy the artist and Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney



Relay League

Angelica Mesiti


Opening | Thursday 4 May 2017

Exhibition dates | 5 May – 9 July


The development of this project is generously supported by the Keir Foundation


The fourth edition of our Commissioning Series — following on from Tracey Moffatt & Gary Hillberg, Nicholas Mangan and Justene Williams — will see internationally-renowned Australian artist, Angelica Mesiti presenting her ambitious new work, Relay League. After its world premiere at Artspace, it will tour nationally and internationally through 2017–18.


Image: Angelica Mesiti, Relay League (video still), 2016, commissioned by Artspace. Courtesy the artist, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne and Galerie Allen, Paris.





Opening | Thursday 27 July 2017

Exhibition dates | 28 July – 2 October


The second in this three-part exhibition series over three years, THE PUBLIC BODY .02 will build on the themes of the 2016 iteration but delve deeper and look back across decades to artists whose practices are embedded in feminist, queer and anti-racist subjectivities, revisioning a certain history of representation and addressing the individual and collective agency of the public body. THE PUBLIC BODY .02 will draw on the body as a speculative site of personal and collective production and transformation.


Image: Image: Kate Just, Feminist Fan #19 (Juliana Huxtable, Untitled in the Rage: Niburu Cataclysm, 2015), 2016. Courtesy the artist



VOLUME 2017 | Another Art Book Fair


Dates | Thursday 12 – Sunday 15 October 2017


VOLUME 2017 | Another Art Book Fair is presented in partnership with Printed Matter, Inc., New York

BOOK MACHINE is supported by the City of Sydney


Presented in partnership with Printed Matter, Inc., New York, VOLUME 2017 | Another Art Book Fair will open for three days in October, during which The Gunnery will be taken over by independent publishing and an expansive public program of free talks, lectures and performances. With the support of City of Sydney, we will again present the major public program, BOOK MACHINE (One Star Press, Paris) an inclusive and engaging project which links young design students across Sydney with members of our local community to create unique books documenting their histories, community and cultural connections.


Image: VOLUME 2015 | Another Art Book Fair. Photo: Zan Wimberley



2017 NSW Visual Arts Fellowship (Emerging)


Opening | Wednesday 8 November 2017

Exhibition dates9 November – 9 December


The NSW Visual Arts Fellowship (Emerging) is presented by the NSW Government, through Arts NSW, in partnership with Artspace.


Entering into its 20th year at Artspace, the NSW Visual Arts Fellowship (Emerging) is a key exhibition for profiling the dynamism and breadth of emerging contemporary artistic practice in NSW. With a 100-year history, and held annually at Artspace since 1997, it continues to define new generations of contemporary art practice for both artists and audiences.


Image: 2016 NSW Visual Arts Fellowship (Emerging), installation view, Artspace, Sydney. Photo: Zan Wimberley



Ideas Platform 2017

The Ideas Platform is supported by Andrew Cameron AM and Cathy Cameron


In 2017, the Ideas Platform will continue to host a broad spectrum of projects from emerging and established artists including Glenn Barkley, Ciaran Begley, Lauren Berkowitz, Mark Titmarshand Jelena Telecki, as well as our annual collaboration with Parramatta Artists Studios.


Image: Glenn Barkley, itsallright, 2016. Courtesy the artist and Utopia Art, Sydney



International Visiting Curators Program


The International Visiting Curators Program is developed and presented by Artspace in partnership with UNSW Art & Design


In partnership with UNSW Art & Design, this program will support four curators in 2017, including François Quintin, Director, Galleries Lafayette Foundation, Paris; Christina Li, Director/Curator, Spring Workshop, Hong Kong; Yung Ma, Curator of Contemporary and Prospective Creation Department, K11 Art Foundation and Centre Pompidou, Paris; and Radhika Subramaniam, Director and Chief Curator, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, and Assistant Professor of Art and Design History and Theory, Parsons School of Design, The New School, New York.


Image: Radhika Subramaniam. Photo: Conway Liao



International Co-commissions


Warm Ties

Helen Johnson

Co-commissioned by Artspace, Sydney and Institute of Contemporary Art, London

The development and presentation of Helen Johnson's Warm Ties is supported by our Commissioning Partner the Keir Foundation


Artspace and the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), London, with Commissioning Partner the Keir Foundation, will soon premiere Helen Johnson's new co-commission and first major institutional exhibition, Warm Ties. The exhibition will debut at ICA in February 2017 before its Australian premiere at Artspace in 2018. The ICA exhibition runs from 1 February – 2 April 2017. 


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Image: Helen Johnson, Barron Field, installation view, Glasgow International, 2016. Courtesy the artist 



International Co-commissions (continued)


Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran

Co-commissioned by Artspace and the Dhaka Art Summit


Artspace with the Dhaka Art Summit (DAS) have co-commissioned Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran who will premiere new work at the fourth DAS in 2018.


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Image: Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, Elephant Island, 2014. Photo: Zan Wimberley. Courtesy the artist and Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney



National and Regional Touring


2017 will see an unprecedented number of Artspace Commissioning Series projects touring concurrently: Richard Bell’s Imagining Victory; Justene Williams’ The Curtain Breathed Deeply; Tracey Moffatt and Gary Hillberg’s Montages: The Full Cut, 1999 – 2015; and Angelica Mesiti’s Relay League. Supported by Museums and Galleries of NSW, these major projects will tour to over  30 different venues across regional NSW and Australia.


Image: Tracey Moffatt, Other (still), 2010, edited by Gary Hillberg. Courtesy the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney and Tyler Rollins Fine Art, New York



2016 (at a glance)

2016 (at a glance)