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05.03.2016 – 14.05.2016

Gertrude Glasshouse: 44 Glasshouse Road, Collingwood
Opening hours: Thursday–Saturday, 12–5pm 

Exhibition dates: 5 March–14 May
Exhibition opening: Saturday 5 March, 3–5pm 

Gertrude Contemporary is proud to present In Concert, an exhibition featuring work resulting from partnerships between Gertrude Contemporary Studio Artists and key arts and local organisations.

Taking place in Gertrude Contemporary’s recently opened project space, Gertrude Glasshouse, In Concert will chart the boundaries of these art collaborations, examining the shifting and dynamic nature of the process across practice, medium and location. The widely divergent outcomes of these relationships—ranging from turf paintings, public soccer matches, rap videos, workshops, photoshoots, and individual artworks—reflects the possibilities for diversity and collaboration beyond the traditional confines of the gallery.

Gertrude Contemporary Studio Artists have worked with artists from Arts Project Australia and Kaleidoscope, Scope Victoria, and students from Collingwood English Language School, St. John’s and Fitzroy Primary School. This exhibition is a culmination of these significant relationships developed over the past three years with the generous support of the Marjorie M. Kingston Trust.

- Charlie Sofo and Mark Smith, Arts Project Australia
- Minna Gilligan and Eden Menta, Arts Project Australia
- Sean Bailey and Caroline Sant, Kaleidoscope, Scope Victoria
- Fergus Binns and Greg Muir, Kaleidoscope, Scope Victoria
- Søren Dahlgaard and Fitzroy Primary School
- Kelda Free and David Brazier and Fitzroy Primary School
- Tully Moore and Fitzroy Primary School
- Claire Lambe and Collingwood English Language School
- Hamishi Farah and St. John’s Primary School, Clifton Hill

A full media release is available here.



06.05.2016 – 25.06.2016


Exhibition Dates: 6 May–25 June 2016
Exhibition Opening: Friday 6 May 6–8pm with Welcome to Country by Wurundjeri Elder, Aunty Diane Kerr.

Curated by: Léuli Eshraghi
Artists: Yuki Kihara, Carlos Motta, Frédéric Nauczyciel, Mandy Nicholson, Dale Harding, Atong Atem, Megan Cope and Robbie Thorpe.


Gertrude Contemporary is pleased to present, Ua numi le fau, an exhibition developed through Next Wave’s Emerging Curators Program with Gertrude Contemporary for Next Wave Festival 2016.

The exhibition title, Ua numi le fau, is a Samoan expression, literally translating to ‘the string tying the lupe pigeon (prized in Samoa) is entangled' yet metaphorically meaning, 'the affair is complicated and difficult'.

Ua numi le fau considers bodies and kinships through sexuality, spirituality and ecology. Articulated in multiple local and migrant languages and mediums this exhibition reflects on the heritage and practice of Aboriginal civil rights, the union movement and queer rights from Wurundjeri territory of Fitzroy, Collingwood and Abbotsford out into the wider world. 

Curator, Léuli Eshraghi, brings together eight local and international artists that draw on First Nations and diasporic cultural traditions in imagining complex futures through performance video, photography and textile artworks. These works explore what kinds of histories have reached us in the present, and which futures we are constructing in our relationships with each other, with our bodies, and with our environment. The artists include, Yuki Kihara (Apia and Tamaki Makaurau Auckland), Carlos Motta (Mannahatta New York), Frédéric Nauczyciel (Paris), Mandy Nicholson (Narrm Melbourne), Dale Harding (Mianjin Brisbane), Atong Atem (Narrm Melbourne) Megan Cope (Narrm Melbourne) and Robbie Thorpe (Narrm Melbourne).

Léuli Eshraghi is a Samoan and Persian artist, curator and PhD candidate at Monash University Art Design and Architecutre (MADA). His practice is centred on indigeneity, language, body, soverignty, and queer possibility. He has exhibited in Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand and the United States. Highlights include The Bill: For Collective Unconscious at Artspace NZ and Future Achaeology at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney. Recent curatorial projects include Vai Niu Wai Niu Coconut Water at Kabul-dja Caboolture Regional Art Gallery, Queensland; So Fukin Native at Blak Dot Gallery, Melbourne; and Wilin 10 at No Vacancy Gallery, Melbourne.

Next Wave's long running and highly successful Emerging Curators Program provides the most comprehensive development opportunity for young curators in Australia. Curators are supported to develop research-driven curatorial projects that span broad fields of practice, with one of five partner organisations including Gertrude Contemporary. 

This exhibition is supported by the Victorian Govenment through Creative Victoria, the City of Melbourne, the Curatorial Practice program at Monash University Art Design and Architecture (MADA), the City of Yarra, the Embassy of France in Australia, the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), and the Alliance Française de Melbourne.

Auslan interpretation on opening night, Friday 6 May, 6pm. Wheelchair accessible via the front entrance, 200 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy.

For a full media release, including public program details click here


Image: Frédéric Nauczyciel, A Baroque Ball [Shade] (film still), 2014