Fecund - Fertile Worlds 23/03/2018 - 12/01/2019

Fecund - Fertile Worlds

“Fecund aims to point out how deep the relationship between humans and the natural world is.”

Announced as the inaugural SPARK NT Curator in September 2017, Katherine based curator Clare Armitage presents Fecund: Fertile Worlds. A diverse exhibition of contemporary artists from across the NT and Australia, Fecund is a collective response to life, death and renewal in the natural world.

It celebrates the intrinsically optimistic nature of growth. It evokes the natural landscape, reproductive cycles and sex, and acknowledges the resilience of life, the interconnectedness of living systems, and the will to exist.

Fecund brings together a diverse array of art forms to conjure a visceral experience of the world we inhabit.


About the artists

Chips Mackinolty (NT), Steve Gough (NT), John Wolseley (VIC), Nikala Bourkem (TAS) , Patricia Casey (NSW), Monica Watson (SA), Molly Jugadai (NT), Winsome Jobling (NT), Pony Express, Eve Nganjmirra (NT) Linda Joy (NT), Karina Coombes (NT), Merran Sierakowski (NT), Djirrirra Wunungmurra (NT), Eva Nganjmirra (NT), Gwenneth Blitner (NT), Christie Torrington (NSW), Talitha Kennedy (NSW), Tarron Ruiz-Avila and Gini Vecerina (NSW), Claire Bridge (VIC) and Steve Axford (NSW)

Fecund, meaning highly fertile or abundant new growth, presents a collection of contemporary works that inspire conversation and contemplation. Bringing together artists from all over Australia at different stages of their careers, the works are connected by the notions of fertility and the capacity to transform.

The exhibition is a visceral experience that includes a range of art forms. Large installation works such as Talitha Kennedy’s anthropomorphic black leather mangroves occupy the floor, while Nikala Bourke’s macroscopic images of plants and Djirrajirra Wunungmurra’s intricate Yukuwa yam paintings balance the irreverent and erotic works of Pony Express. Sounds from Claire Bridge’s video work permeate the space.

Fecund: Fertile Worlds is the first exhibition outcome from the SPARK NT Emerging Curator Program, initiated by Artback NT and supported by regional gallery partners: Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory and Northern Centre for Contemporary Art in Darwin; Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Cultural Centre in Katherine; Nyinkka Nyunyu Cultural Centre in Tennant Creek and Araluen Arts Centre in Alice Springs.

Armitage’s exhibition Fecund: Fertile Worlds will tour throughout the Northern Territory in 2018.

NCCA - Northern Centre for Contemporary Art
Start: 23 March 2018
End: 14 April 2018

Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Cultural Centre
Start: 11 June 2018
End: 22 July 2018

Araluen Arts Centre
Start: 16 November 2018
End: 3 March 2019

Best of the Best at Gallery One

Artists Out Front - Claire Bridge presents with Art World Women

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Artists Out Front, 10th March, Speaker Program 

In association with Here We See: Gallery There and the exhibition OUT FRONT -  Artists Out Front

Gather for a lively discussion to explore each artist's practice.
In addition, some of the topics we aim to cover:

- Breaking through and establishing a career on the International Stage
- Exhibiting at the Venice Biennale
- Collaboration and large scale projects
- Being a represented artist vs forging ahead independently
- Getting work out there: how these artist are responding to art market shifts and changes
- Art World Women and Gender Equality in the Arts

There will be opportunity for audience Q and A and a chance to mingle afterwards with a glass of wine or beverage  while you check out the exciting exhibition OUT FRONT.

Australian artist Penny Byrne's sculptural works are politically charged, highly engaging and often disarmingly humorous.

Rosalind Lemoh creates sculptural objects, assemblage, light and text-based works that range from miniature to full-body scaled.

Emmy Mavroidis sculpts by manipulating wax which is then cast in bronze, suggesting the ephemerality of movement. 

The works of artist Claire Bridge are often provocative and contemplative simultaneously. Bridge is a visual artist who employs a multidisciplinary approach to her practice, bringing these paradoxical elements into her painting, photography, immersive sensory video and sound installations and more recently into sculpture and ceramics.

Artists Out Front
Speaker Program
10th March

12 noon - 1:30 pm


Gallery There: SmithSt

424 Smith Street, Collingwood


Image credits: 
Rosalind Lemoh, courtesy the artist
Penny Byrne, image credit: Penny Stephens, Insta: @bypennystephens
Emmy Mavroidis, courtesy the artist
Claire Bridge, courtesy the artist

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Art World Women


Out Front 8th March - 8th April

Out Front  -  the exhibition  - Gallery There: SmithSt (see below for more info)
PLUS TWO special events hosted by yours truly and Art World Women.

Claire Bridge, Touch the Water, oil on panel, 2018, framed 32 x 27 cm

Claire Bridge, Touch the Water, oil on panel, 2018, framed 32 x 27 cm


Melbourne gallery initiative Here We See – Gallery There presents Out Front, a pop-up group exhibition presenting diverse practices of Australian artists in celebration of International Women’s Week. The participating artists display a diversity in art practice that goes beyond the categorisation of gendered art, or ‘women artists’ as being in itself a genre. Extending the recent discourse of justifying ‘art by women’ to be more visible in public institutions, but also worthy of independent economy and economic equality.

Gallery There: SmithSt’s special program partner is Art World Women, presenting an invigorating program of talks and events.Exhibiting Artists:

Dena Ashbolt
Emily Besser
Sue Beyer
Louise Blyton
Claire Bridge
Katjarra Butler
Eleanor Louise Butt
Penny Byrne
Leah Emery
Megan Evans
Nyarapayi Giles
Linda Oy Ho
Rosalind Lemoh
Maria Lunney
Emmy Mavroidis
Fiona McMonagle
Megan Seres
Helen Smith
Tania Smith
Zan Wimberley

Gallery There: SmithSt, 424 Smith Street, Collingwood
Opening 8th March
6 - 8pm
International Women's Day


Gallery There: SmithSt

424 Smith Street, Collingwood
Out Front: March 8 – April 8, 2018


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Sales and Enquiries

In Out Front I will have new works available for sale. Please get in touch with Marielle Soni regarding sales and enquiries.

Many thanks to Here We See – Gallery There : hereweseegallerythere.com


Black Swan Prize artist talk

I was invited to speak at the Art Gallery of WA (AGWA) for the BSPP.  Facilitated by AGWA’s Associate Curator, Dunja Rmandic. It was a wonderful opportunity to share the story of how the portrait came to be and the reasons why it came together in the way it did. 

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Picture L-R: Dunja Rmandic, Associate Curator, AGWA and Dr Shelley Craddock, ARTrinsic

See the finalists video