Group exhibition: Mountains become islands, Dominik Mersch Gallery. 11 October - 2 November 2019. Curated by Alanna Irwin.

‘Mountains become islands’ takes the idea of rising waters to its extreme and imaginative end, where remote peaks are transformed into our last refuge. The artists variously observe, carve and slice images of nature, referring to the force of water and the ecological islands that form around it. Beyond the idea of flooding, the show is concerned with the ways that nature claims space, and, in turn, how people navigate and bridge these changing landscapes. Participating artists include John Beard, Peta Clancy, Julia Davis, Fayen d’Evie and Bryan Phillips, Liam Garstang, Piers Greville, Julia Davis and Lisa Jones, Janet Laurence, Nike Savvas and Katie West.

Peta Clancy, Fayen d’Evie, Katie West and Julia Davis invite us to listen to unearthed stories. Their works hold secret messages of healing that ask to be deciphered. The mercurial textures of the ocean come through in Davis and Lisa Jones’ collaboration, as well as the screen prints of Nike Savvas and John Beard. Looking inland, Piers Greville and Liam Garstang sever their landscapes into floating atolls, both sublime and eerie. We can see the same ghostly beauty in Janet Laurence’s multi-panel work, calling attention to pressing environmental concerns.

Group exhibition: Capital, Ballarat International Foto Biennale. 24 August - 20 October 2019. Curated by Naomi Cass and Gareth Syvret.

Constructed at the height of Australia’s gold rush in 1864, the former Union Bank stands in the centre of Ballarat as a powerful symbol of the rise of western capitalism and the development of colonial Australia. Capital is curated in this architectural space as it undergoes transformation into the city’s new National Centre For Photography.

The exhibition explores the use of the photography as a method for reflecting upon systems of value and exchange in contemporary Indigenous and settler cultures. Drawing together Australian and international practices that encounter forms of financial, political, human and photography’s own capital, the project questions the capitalist model and its legacy. If the invisible hand of the market grips the world, then Capital proposes that art can reveal and question that which seeks to bind us. Featuring Gabi Briggs (Aus), Peta Clancy (Aus), Mark Curran (UK), Simryn Gill (Malaysia/Aus), Kristian Haggblom (Aus), Newell Harry (Aus), Lisa Hilli (Aus), Nicholas Mangan (Aus), Darren Siwes (Aus), Martin Toft (UK), Yvonne Todd (NZ), Justine Varga (Aus) and Arika Waulu (Aus).



In The Agency of Country Brian and Peta will discuss depictions of country from indigenous perspectives. They will consider their individual artistic approaches to exploring country, the ways they construct or disrupt views of country to challenge Western values of ‘landscape’ and the significance of the specific country they each depict.

Dr Brian Martin is a descendant of the Muruwari, Bundjalung and Kamilaroi peoples. He is represented by William Mora Galleries and has been a practising artist for twenty-seven years, exhibiting both nationally and internationally specifically in the media of painting and drawing. He completed his PhD by research at Deakin University, which focused on refiguring Australian art and culture from an Indigenous ideological perspective based on a reciprocal relationship to “Country”. Brian is the MADA (Monash University Art Design & Architecture) inaugural Associate Dean, Indigenous.

Peta Clancy is a descendent of the Bangerang people. Her photographs explore notions of the real and the perceived, and seek to challenge the viewer to focus on what might never have been noticed. She was awarded the 2018 Fostering Koorie Art and Culture Residency Grant. During this 12-month residency, she collaborated with the Dja Dja Wurrung community to research, develop and create a series of photographs exploring frontier violence and massacre sites on Dja Dja Wurrung Country. Peta is a Senior lecturer at MADA (Monash University Art Design & Architecture).

Wednesday 10 April 2019

6:00pm – 7:00pm


The Conversation Hour: Peta Clancy, Rusty Brown, and Tim Watson

Ali Moore is filling in for Jon Faine

Journalist and broadcaster Patricia Karvelas is her co-host. Patricia is the presenter of ABC RN Drive, and Afternoon Briefing on ABC TV, and the co-host (with Fran Kelly) of The Party Roompodcast.

Their first guest is Bangarang artist Peta Clancy. She is a senior lecturer at MADA (Monash Art, Design & Architecture) at Monash University, and was the recipient of the 2018 Fostering Koorie Art and Culture Koorie Heritage Trust Residency. The photographic work she did as part of that residency in response to a Victorian Indigenous massacre site is on show in Undercurrent: A solo exhibition by Bangerang artist Peta Clancy at the Koorie Heritage Trust in Melbourne's Federation Square until 28th April 2019.

Undercurrent - Solo Exhibition at the Koorie Heritage Trust. 9 March - 28 April 2019

During a 12-month residency at the Koorie Heritage Trust, Bangerang artist Peta Clancy collaborated with the Dja Dja Wurrung community to research, develop and create a major series of large format landscape photographs responding to a massacre site on Dja Dja Wurrung Country.

The exhibition features 8 new works with a 30 metre wallpaper installation and recorded soundscape and interviews with Dja Dja Wurrung community members Mick Bourke and Amos Atkinson.


Life Uncut

Peta Clancy and Helen Pynor at The Old Operating Theatre, King's College, London

The Body is a Big Place will be presented twice as part of Science Gallery London’s season BLOOD: Life Uncut (27 July - 1 November 2017).

At The Old Operating Theatre, Europe’s oldest surviving operating theatre dating 1822, the artists have reconceived the work as a form of relic - of the work itself and of a number of entangled histories of medicine and science. These include surgery and organ transplantation in particular, and the heart perfusion technique developed by German physiologist Oscar Langendorff in the 1890s that is now central to scientific cardiac research, and that forms the basis of previous live heart perfusion performances in The Body is a Big Place

The second showing of the work will take place at Copeland Gallery in Peckham (Oct-Nov) as part of a larger exhibition of BLOOD: Life Uncut. Here the perfusion device will be animated with fresh pig’s blood that will flow continuously through the perfusion device over the 3-week exhibition. Alongside the perfusion device will be a 2-channel video project of the underwater swimming pool performance and a video of the live Science Gallery Dublin perfusion performance.


Blood and Identity


Join SJ Norman, Gabriel Nodea and Peta Clancy in conversation as they explore how working with blood has offered new perspectives on blood as a life giving substance whilst also allowing the artists to explore their Aboriginal heritage through its links to identity.

“a shift in curatorial practice is signalling changes to establish an enduring engagement with First Nation artists, their cultural practices and creative communities.” Peta Clancy

Art can offer an understanding of multiple human experiences and perspectives, and has the capacity to address issues of race in productive, healing and empowering ways.