Curated by Alaina Feldman for Independent Curators International, New York (ICI)
Friday, 3 March, 2017 to Friday, 9 June, 2017

Hyung S. Kim, Kim Julja, Dodu Jeju 2013 (detail), 90.5 x 59.0 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

In considering the future of our planet, today's oceans reveal more about the consequences of human actions than ever before. Inspired by the essay-film The Forgotten Space by Allan Sekula and Noël Burch, The Ocean After Nature considers the ocean as a site reflecting the ecological, cultural, political and economic realities of a globalized world through the work of 16 international artists and collectives including: Ursula Biemann; CAMP; Yonatan Cohen & Rafi Segal; Mati Diop; Drexciya; Peter Fend; Renée Green; Peter Hutton; Hyung S. Kim; Manny Montelibano; Deimantas Narkevičius; The Otolith Group; Maria D. Rapicavoli; Supersudaca; Allan Sekula and Noël Burch; and the UNITED BROTHERS.

An Independent Curators International (ICI), New York exhibition organised by Alaina Claire Feldman and made possible, in part, with generous support from ICI’s International Forum and the ICI Board of Trustees. Presented for the 2017 Adelaide Festival.

Curated by Gillian Brown with Erica Green
Friday, 3 March, 2017 to Thursday, 13 April, 2017

Angela Tiatia, Holding On (still from digital moving image), 2015, 12:12 mins, single-channel High Definition video, 16:9, colour, sound. Courtesy the artist and Alcaston Gallery, Narrm Melbourne.

The Pacific Ocean is rich with the history of human passage but marred by our misuse of the marine environment. Through painting, video, sculpture, installation and photography, eight artists with ties to the region tease apart the complex history linked to these waters that both isolate us from—and connect us to—the rest of the world. Presented for the 2017 Adelaide Festival, Countercurrents responds to the global concerns of the concurrent exhibition, The Ocean After Nature, and features works by Daniel Boyd; Baden Pailthorpe; Alex Seton; Fiona Tan; Angela Tiatia; James Tylor; and Ken + Julia Yonetani.

A Samstag Museum of Art exhibition for the 2017 Adelaide Festival, curated by Gillian Brown with Erica Green, and generously assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Arts Council Toowoomba
Saturday, 24 June, 2017 to Sunday, 23 July, 2017

Symbolic Self is the fourth Arts Council Toowoomba (ACT) members’ exhibition to be exhibited at Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery. Curated by Maryika Welter, this year’s exhibition focusses on artworks that explore ideas about who we are as individuals and as a community. 

Bruce Rodger
Saturday, 27 May, 2017 to Sunday, 25 June, 2017

Bruce RODGER / Nocturne 2017 / oil on linen / 102 x 76cm / Reproduced by kind permission

Old Land New Vision by local artist Bruce Rodger explores the Darling Downs and surrounding areas through paintings which are atmospheric, imaginative reminders of what remained in Rodger’s mind after enjoying the moment. The paintings are interpretations of the cool grey blues of the early morning before dawn, the golden after-light of the setting sun, the harsh clarity of midday and the translucent deep blues of a moonlit landscape. They are a translation of Rodger’s love of rural Australia.

This exhibition is part of the Cam Robertson Gallery exhibition program that showcases the work of local artists, curators and arts organisations in the Toowoomba Region.

Hugo SEARLE / Toowoomba Grammar School, 2016 / Section B / Reproduced by kind permission

Featuring the paintings and works on paper of students from preschool to Year 12, this annual exhibition highlights the creativity of young people from the Toowoomba Region.

Organised by the Toowoomba Art Society Inc. in conjunction with ‘The Chronicle’.

Saturday, 6 May, 2017 to Sunday, 28 May, 2017

Chalk Drive Skatepark Installation, 35mm film. Photography: Aidan Ryan

Public: AIR is a 4 week studio residency and public art mentoring program. Five successful artists from the Toowoomba Region, Alysa Mae, Gene Faulknau, Karri McPherson, Rhiannan Johnson and Shani White have had the opportunity to develop their skills in large-scale mural painting, make new work from a shared studio environment, receive mentorship from professional artists, add to their portfolio of work and increase their opportunities within the creative industries. This exhibition, which coincides with the First Coat Street Art Festival, showcases the works of these successful artists. 

Stories from Australians of the Year
Saturday, 29 April, 2017 to Sunday, 25 June, 2017

Bill McAULEY / Cathy Freeman 1994  2010 / type C photograph / Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra / Purchased 2010

With an inspiring array of talent and achievement, this exhibition celebrates and presents many examples of triumph over adversity. With major portraits drawn from the National Portrait Gallery collection and supplemented with works from private and institutional sources, Awesome Achievers showcases selected Australian of the Year recipients from diverse fields of endeavour.

A National Portrait Gallery exhibition. This exhibition is supported by the National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program, an Australian Government program aiming to improve access to the national collections for all Australians.

Mary-Kate Khoo & Emma Mactaggart
Saturday, 22 April, 2017 to Sunday, 21 May, 2017

Mary-Kate KHOO / Where is the True Ewe? (Cover Illustration detail) 2016 / watercolour & ink on paper / 45.0 x 23.5cm / Reproduced by kind permission

This exhibition features original illustrations from the book Where is the True Ewe? written and illustrated by local artists Mary-Kate Khoo and Emma Mactaggart.

Where is the True Ewe? tells the story of the little green sheep who has grown up and had a family of her own and is a homage to the popular Australian children’s book Where is the Green Sheep by Mem Fox & Julie Horacek.

This exhibition is part of the Cam Robertson Gallery exhibition program that showcases the work of local artists, curators and arts organisations in the Toowoomba Region.

By Nubeena Art Group
Saturday, 18 March, 2017 to Thursday, 13 April, 2017

Bill van Mourik and Tom Sharman appraising artwork at the Nubeena Art Group / January 2017 / Photograph: Karen Fowler

The Nubeena Art group formed in 2010 with humble beginnings of only a few members working from a garage space at the Nubeena Retirement Village. Over time the group expanded to include other interested artists who were non-residents of the village. Each week the group meet in the hall to paint, laugh and share their skills with one another in order to continually improve their own practice and provide inspiration and encouragement to other members.

This exhibition proudly displays the work of five members including Bill van Mourik, Henny van Lonkhuyzen, Mal Armstrong, Jean Ahearn and the group’s facilitator Tom Sharman.

This exhibition is part of the Cam Robertson Gallery exhibition program that showcases the work of local artists, curators and arts organisations in the Toowoomba Region.

Beverley Budgen’s Queensland Paintings
Saturday, 11 March, 2017 to Sunday, 7 May, 2017

Beverley BUDGEN / Alma Bay Headland 2004 / oil on canvas / 84 x 84cm / Reproduced by kind permission

Cairns-based artist, Beverley Budgen has spent her creative life capturing the scenes around her. From the prismatic light of north Queensland, to the brooding atmosphere of storms over the British coastline, Budgen’s artwork exudes effortlessness, a concept that artists in the Renaissance termed sprezzatura. Her spontaneous and gestural use of paint reflects the joy and energy with which she engages with the world. The paintings on display, spanning from 1980 to today, embody the familiar and distinctive landscapes of Queensland, seen through the lens of wit and charm. 

Saturday, 4 March, 2017 to Sunday, 30 April, 2017

Irene AMOS / Swift calls 1987 / oil on linen / 93 x 93cm / Toowoomba City Collection 615 / Reproduced by kind permission

Dr Irene Amos OAM (1927–2012) was a notable Queensland artist, mentor, educator and collector. Between late 1996 and 2000, Amos gave Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery her personal art collection. This exhibition, rather than featuring items from her Bequest, shows works by Amos from the Toowoomba City Collection and some private loans. This exhibition looks at an underlying current that permeates her practice—the expression of what is not seen but often felt. Whether it is the visualisation of sound, the exposure of deep metaphysical structures or the elevation of humble materials as art, Amos’s practice encourages us to experience the world in a different way.

Saturday, 18 February, 2017 to Sunday, 23 April, 2017

Soda_Jerk / The Time that Remains (still) 2012 / digital video / 11:56 mins / Courtesy the artist

Moving Histories // Future Projections brings together some of Australia’s leading female contemporary artists working across screen based media including Kate Blackmore, Mikala Dwyer, Justene Williams, Amala Groom, Deborah Kelly, Joan Ross, Soda_Jerk, Angelica Mesiti, and is curated by Kelly Doley and Diana Smith of Barbara Cleveland.

A dLux Media Arts exhibition toured by Museums & Galleries of NSW.

Tuesday, 21 March, 2017 to Saturday, 1 April, 2017

Kristian Laemmle-Ruff, Pine Gap (a photograph of the centre of Australia), 2014, Duratran print in Blackwood light-box, 1280 x 370 x 185mm.

Mind the Gap is a somewhat dark and politically charged meditation on the gap between Australian cultures. It is not asking us to close the gap, to homogenise or assimilate; rather it asks us to acknowledge the gap, nurture the gap, celebrate the diversity rather than deny its existence. It encourages us to question and hold ourselves accountable for our actions as global citizens.

The work aims to highlight colonial mannerisms and differences between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal ways of understanding and valuing land. Mind the Gap encourages us to imagine a future with deeper reconciliation and stronger acknowledgment of our true history rather than having our heads in the sand.

Kristian Laemmle-Ruff is a photographic artist based in Melbourne, Australia. His work focuses on social, cultural and environmental challenges in an increasingly fragile and globalised world. Having recently expanded his practice to include sound and installation, Kristian blends documentary rawness with conceptual uses of symbolism and colour.

Saturday, 18 March, 2017 to Sunday, 7 May, 2017

Michael Eden, A Twisted Oval Wedgwoodn’t Tureen 2012, nylon with mineral coating. Courtesy of Adrian Sassoon, London. 

A playful exploration of 3D printing. It’s all about imagination, innovation and new methods of making, drawing on the high-­tech and rapidly evolving world of 3D printers and fluid extrusion methodology.

3D printers are in the headlines—a weapon printed at home, organs manufactured in labs, 3D printed clothing—but how does it work? Put simply, the printer converts a 3D digital model into horizontal slices. These slices are then layered (printed) on top of each other and a 3D object is formed. 

3D printing is also built on sharing. Open source software and shared maker spaces mean anyone can try their hand at creating. During the industrial revolution, the machine was used to standardise everything. Now mass production is replaced by mass customisation. 

The designers, makers, tinkerers and creators included in Shapeshifters (including Ryan Pennings, Lukasz Karluk and Lousje Skala) all begin with a real world idea. That idea is translated into a digital something—a piece of code, a CAD model or perhaps a verse of music—before being transformed into the final physical form. By experimenting with digital fabrication technologies, the designers build on their traditional modes of making to create something entirely new.

Shapeshifters is an Australian Design Centre Touring Exhibition, developed and first presented by Western Plains Cultural Centre. Australian Design Centre is supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments. Australian Design Centre is assisted by the New South Wales Government through Arts NSW, and the Australian government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Naomi Blacklock
Wednesday, 22 March, 2017 to Saturday, 8 April, 2017

Naomi Blacklock.

Body of Voice gathers themes of baptisms, the witch archetype, and the female scream together in a participation based installation. Oscillating and occulting between speaker, water and air the artist’s scream is free of form, a ghost in and of itself. Here the scream in absence of body becomes a disembodied voice, a sound that summons new kinds of terrifying images to be associated with it. In its environment the witch’s scream is free to anoint, sanctify and haunt its listener. 

Naomi Blacklock is a Brisbane-based artist, who has exhibited both nationally and internationally. Working primarily with sound installation and performance, her artworks involve an exploration and examination of mythologies regarding the witch archetype and the female scream as they have been treated in performance art and intersectional feminist theories. She addresses the significance of disruptive feminist voices and reimagines intersectional identities in contemporary art practice through the figure of the ‘witch’ as Other.


Essay by Zoë De Luca

Opens 22 March, 6 pm.