Taloi Havini, 'Habitat', 2018, still, four channel HD, colour, black & white, surround sound, 10 min 33 sec, digital video installation, courtesy the artist

Taloi Havini

17 January – 23 February

Artspace and Sydney Festival present Reclamation, the first Australian solo exhibition of Taloi Havini. Creating a site-specific installation throughout the Artspace gallery, this exhibition will consider the resonance of place, ceremony and material culture translated through contemporary practice and politics. The exhibition will include the premier Sydney showing of Habitat, an immersive multi-channel video installation, that examines the complex and precarious cultural, socio-economic and environmental context of the region and by extension speaks to other cultural contexts globally. A further iteration of this work will be presented at the Dhaka Art Summit 2020. 

Reclamation is presented by Artspace in partnership with Sydney Festival and is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its funding and advisory body, the New South Wales Government through Create NSW, and the Gordon Darling Foundation. Co-commissioned and produced by Artspace, Sydney and the Samdani Art Foundation for the 2020 Dhaka Art Summit.


Ibrahim Mahama, 'A Grain of Wheat', 2015-2018, detail, mixed media, dimensions variable, courtesy the artist and White Cube London/Hong Kong. Photo: Ollie Hammick

22nd Biennale of Sydney: NIRIN
Artistic Director, Brook Andrew
14 March – 8 June

The 22nd Biennale of Sydney, NIRIN, is artist and First Nations-led, presenting an expansive exhibition of contemporary art that connects local communities and global networks.

Exhibiting artists include: Colectivo Ayllu (Argentina/Chile/Ecuador/Spain/Venezuela), Fátima Rodrigo Gonzales (Peru), Ibrahim Mahama (Ghana), Taqralik Partridge (Norway/Canada), Tennant Creek Brio (Australia).

Presentation of the 22nd Biennale of Sydney will be made possible with the generous support of the Andrew Cameron Family Foundation. 

VOLUME | Another Art Book Fair, 2017, Artspace, Sydney. Photo: Jessica Maurer

VOLUME 2020 | Another Art Book Fair 
26 – 28 June

Presented in partnership with Printed Matter Inc (New York) and Perimeter Books (Melbourne), VOLUME returns for another installment in 2020. Open for three days in June, VOLUME 2020 | Another Art Book Fair will include a line up of local and international publishers, artists, collectives, galleries and distributors. The three day bookstravanganza  will also include a third installment of BOOK MACHINE (One Star Press, Paris), connecting tertiary design students with members of our local community to create and print unique books documenting their histories, communities and cultural connections.

BOOK MACHINE is supported by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund and Government Partner, City of Sydney

Ever Widening Circles 
23 July – 25 October 

Ever Widening Circles examines the way one gesture or idea can ripple out through time to leave profound impressions on ourselves and others. Taking mark making as its starting point, the exhibition draws connections between the works of ten Australian and international artists, focusing on expanded drawing to incorporate performance, ephemeral and time-based practices.

2019 NSW Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship, installation view, Artspace, Sydney. Photo: Zan Wimberley

2020 NSW Visual Arts
Emerging Fellowship
12 November –13 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.

The NSW Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship is awarded by Create NSW and presented at Artspace, Sydney



We're pleased to announce the seven 2020 One Year Studio Artists: Marian Abboud, Seth Birchall, Rainbow Chan, Rochelle Haley, Fiona Lowry, TV Moore, The Re-Right Collective

With our commitment to supporting 70+ Australian artists over 10 years, this is the fifth 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 2020, the Artspace studios will be a platform for the development of major projects and co-commissions for domestic and international exhibitions.

We thank our 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. — and congratulate them on their achievements this year.

Amy Suo Wu, THUNDERCLAP, 2019, installation view, Ideas Platform, Artspace, Sydney. Photo: Richard Phillips


In 2020, the Ideas Platform will continue to host a spectrum of projects from emerging and established artists. Our Ideas Platforms exhibitions program for 2020 will include projects by Jilamara Arts and Crafts Association, Marian Abboud, Danie Mellor 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: Kevin Diallo, Rosalind Stanley with Front Up, M. Sunflower, Min Wong, Chevron Hassett, Di Baker Smith & Bree Richards.


2020 will see the continuation of Artpace's national and regional touring commissions: Angelica Mesiti, Relay League, Tracey Moffatt and Gary Hillberg's Montages: The Final Cut 1999–2015 and Just Not Australian. Supported by Museums and Galleries NSW, these major projects will tour to venues across regional NSW and Australia.

Images: Soda_Jerk, 'TERROR NULLIUS', 2018, HD Video, 54 mins, courtesy the artists; Angelica Mesiti, 'Relay League', 2017, still, commissioned by Artspace, courtesy the artist, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne and Galerie Allen, Paris; Tracey Moffatt and Gary Hillberg, 'Montages: The Full Cut', 1999 – 2015, 2016, still, courtesy the artists, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney and Tyler Rollins Fine Art, New York


Taloi Havini, 'Habitat', 2018, still, four channel HD, colour, black & white, surround sound, 10 min 33 sec, digital video installation, courtesy the artist

Taloi Havini | Reclamation
Dhaka Art Summit, Dhaka
7 – 15 February 

Dhaka Art Summit (DAS) and Artspace will premiere a new co-commission by Australian/Bougainville artist Taloi Havini as part of an ongoing collaboration with DAS. Curated by Diana Campbell-Betancourt, Alexie Glass-Kantor & Michelle Newton, Havini will collaborate with her community in Bougainville, creating a monumental, site-specific installation for the DAS 2020. 

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body

Daniel Boyd, 'Untitled (SSFSITP)', 2018, oil paint, water colour and archival glue on paper mounted to board, 30.5 × 23 cm, courtesy of the artist

Everything Not Saved
Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju
4 September – 10 October 

Everything Not Saved is a group exhibition that engages with the restless present moment and anxieties about our unstable and always changing future. Occupying the Gwangju Civic Centre, the artists in this exhibition approach the architecture as something to inhabit, reconsider, disrupt or reject altogether.

Presented as part of the Pavilion Project and in partnership with 13th Gwangju Biennale. This project is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and by the Australian Government through the Australia-Korea Foundation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

proppaNOW. Photo: Lewis James Media

Dhaka Art Summit, Dhaka
7 – 15 February 

Dhaka Art Summit 2020, will gather more than 30 collectives from Asia, Australia, Africa, Central and South America, and Oceania to create programming and workshops between and across invited collectives and the public on how to build and sustain grassroots institutions and investigate the power of working collaboratively. Artspace will facilitate the inclusion of representatives from Australian collectives proppaNOW, with artist representatives Richard Bell and Vernon Ah Kee and eleven, with artist representatives Abdul Abdullah and Nur Shkembi.

Presented in collaboration with the Dhaka Art Summit and Artspace, this project is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.


The 2020 Artspace and UNSW Art & Design International Visiting Curators Program includes: Aric Chen, Curatorial Director for the Design Miami/ and Design Miami/Basel fairs, Curatorial Consultant to the Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA; and Curator-at-Large for M+, Hong Kong; Anthony Huberman, Director and Chief Curator of CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, USA; Pablo León de La Barra, Curator at Large, Latin America at the Salomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, New York and Chief Curator at MAC Museum of Contemporary Art of Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro; and Chus Martínez, Head of the Art Institute at the FHNW Academy of Arts and Design, Basel, Switzerland.

The International Visiting Curators Program is developed and presented by Artspace in partnership with UNSW | Art & Design. Anthony Huberman’s visit is supported by ACE Open, Adelaide. Aric Chen’s visit is supported by Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide. Pablo León de la Barra's visit is supported by ACE Open, Adelaide, and Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide. 

Images: Aric Chen. Photo: Mark Cocksedge; Anthony Huberman, supplied; Pablo León de La Barra, supplied; Chus Martínez. Photo: Nici Jost