Soda_Jerk, 'TERROR NULLIUS', 2018, HD Video, 54 mins, courtesy the artists

Just Not Australian
18 January – 28 April

Just Not Australian brings together 19 artists across generations to deal broadly with the origins and implications of contemporary Australian nationhood. This timely thematic show will showcase the sensibilities of larrikinism, satire and resistance to interrogate presenting and representing Australian national identity. Included in the exhibition is the recent long-form video TERROR NULLIUS from Soda_Jerk, dubbed as part political satire, eco-horror and road movie - a political revenge fable that offers an unwriting of Australian national mythologies.

Just Not Australian will feature works by: Abdul Abdullah, Hoda Afshar, Tony Albert, Cigdem Aydemir, Liam Benson, Eric Bridgeman, Jon Campbell, Karla Dickens, Fiona Foley, Gordon Hookey, Richard Lewer, Archie Moore, Vincent Namatjira, Nell, Raquel Ormella, Ryan Presley, Joan Ross, Soda_Jerk, Tony Schwensen

Abdul Halik Azeez for 52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS, September, 2018, courtesy the artist

17 May – 4 August

52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS surveys Artspace’s ambitious, year-long online project running from January 2018 – January 2019 highlighting artistic practice across Asia. The project commissioned 52 artists and collectives to stage actions in unique locations throughout the region and share them with global audiences online. The exhibition brings this rich collection into the Artspace galleries to address the social, cultural and political implications of working in the region and consider how art as action has the power to invoke change. Key to the project is an engagement with Asia and its diaspora as an endlessly evolving region with sub-cultures and subjectivities that defy traditional or rigid narratives.

With 52 artists and collectives from 31 countries. 

Mel O'Callaghan, 'Centre of the Centre', concept image, courtesy the artist

Mel O'Callaghan
Centre of the Centre
21 August – 27 October

Centre of the Centre is a major new commission for Artspace that traces the origins of life and its regenerative forces, iterated through video, performance and sculpture. The catalyst for this new body of work is one small mineral given to the artist by her grandfather, renowned mineralogist Albert Chapman. The mineral contains a small pocket of water, possibly millions of years old, which holds traces of the elemental forces responsible for all life on earth. Inspired by the potentialities and extreme conditions within this primordial liquid, the exhibition submerges the audience in a highly visceral experience through sensory breathing techniques and experiential performance.

NSW Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship, installation view, Artspace, Sydney, 2018. Photo: Zan Wimberley

2019 NSW Visual Arts
Emerging Fellowship
14 November – 15 December

The NSW Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship is awarded annually by Create NSW and presented in partnership with Artspace. Each year Create NSW convenes an independent judging panel of artists and industry professionals to determine the finalists from a highly competitive pool of NSW-based applicants. These artists then undertake a period of development with the Artspace curatorial team, working towards an ambitious group exhibition, from which one artist is awarded $30,000 to contribute to a program of professional development.



We're pleased to announce the seven 2019 One Year Studio Artists: Club Ate (Justin Shoulder and Bhenji Ra), Lauren Brincat, Chris Dolman, Abdullah M. I. Syed​, Salote Tawale, Jelena Telecki and Marian Tubbs.

With our commitment to supporting 70+ Australian artists over 10 years, this is the fourth year Artspace will offer free studio spaces for artists. The practitioners selected represent a cross-section of contemporary Australian art practice, spanning generations and disciplines.

In 2019, the Artspace studios will be a platform for the development of major projects and co-commissions for domestic and international exhibitions.

We thank our 2018 One Year Studio Artists — Eugene Choi, Cybele Cox, Heath Franco, Matthew Griffin, David Griggs, Elizabeth Pulie and Snack Syndicate — and congratulate them on their achievements this year.

Emma Finneran, 'Personal Space', Ideas Platform, Artspace, Sydney, 2018. Photo: Zan Wimberley


In 2019, the Ideas Platform will continue to host a spectrum of projects from emerging and established artists including: Amy Wu, Belem Lett and Front Up, as well as our annual collaboration with Parramatta Artists Studios. We are also excited to announce the successful applicants from our 2019 Ideas Platform call-out: Baden Pailthorpe & Denise ThwaitesTalia SmithLillian O'Neil and GHOST (Madison Bycroft, Kari Robertson and Natalia Sorzano).


2019 will see the continuation of Artpace's national and regional touring commissions: Angelica Mesiti, Relay League, and Tracey Moffatt and Gary Hillberg's Montages: The Final Cut 1999–2015. Supported by Museums and Galleries NSW, these major projects will tour to over 30 different venues across regional NSW and Australia.


The 2019 Artspace and UNSW Art & Design International Visiting Curators Program: Jay Pather, Director, Institute for Creative Arts, Cape Town; Laura Raicovich, independent curator and writer, New York; Pavel S. Pyś, Curator of Visual Arts, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Wonseok Koh, Chief Curator and Head of Exhibition Division, Seoul Museum of Art; and Jamillah James, Curator, Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. 


Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan
The Hoop Project

This project will see international collaborative duo, artists Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan, connect with local Woolloomooloo audiences to create a site-specific installation and socially engaged program in which community groups can come together, unified by sport and space. While in residence in Artspace's studios the artists will work in consultation and collaboration with the community to create a temporary sculptural installation around the local Pring Street basketball court.