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Tolarno Galleries closed for installation until August

Updated: 28 July 2022

Due to ongoing restoration works in the building, Tolarno Galleries is currently closed. We will reopen in August presenting an exhibition of new paintings by Brent Harris.

For enquiries please email the gallery on mail@tolarnogalleries.com


Hannah Gartside at Bayside Gallery

Congratulations to Hannah Gartside, one of five finalists in the Ellen José Art Award, on view at Bayside Gallery, Brighton, Victoria 2 July to 28 August 2022

Gartside has created an installation of four sculptural works collectively called Gorgeous. Made with deadstock fabrics, vintage scraps and factory offcuts, Gartside says,

“I want to share the pleasure and delight that I feel in making art and in art being a form of communication and connection.

I think of my art practice as a lover, one that is consistent, generous, surprising and true. So in part this is a show of gratitude for this relationship.

These works consider the physical gallery space as an abstracted version of a lover’s body. The gate marks an opening, it contains a threshold and an invitation; to walk through is an active ‘yes’.

The sculpture Wall kisser is hand-cranked by the viewer. On turning the handle the wall receives the repetitive, kiss-thud, kiss-thud of the velvet hearts, padded with lavender from my garden.

The lamp light here is a way-finder, illuminating a rendezvous. The name for this imaginary place is ‘Gorgeous’. It’s spelt out in fabric, thread and paint, the font enlarged from a 1970s coat label.”

Installation image by Mark Ashkanasy, courtesy Bayside Gallery.


Elizabeth Willing – Judy Wheeler Commission at PICA

Congratulations to Elizabeth Willing who has just been awarded the inaugural Judy Wheeler Commission by Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) for 2023. The site-specific work responds to PICA’s entrance, defining how visitors engage with the space as they step in from Perth’s vibrant cultural centre.

With her practice’s strong connections to food and hospitality, Willing embraced PICA’s institutional entrance way as a meaningful gesture that acts both as a physical entrance and a space that performs the “welcome of hospitality”.
Willing will develop a large-scale textile work that delves into the Perth locale’s olfactory and sensory offerings, such as the nearby Derbarl Yerrigan (Swan River), botanic gardens, and wine region. From these explorations she will create an inventory of symbols that form their own performative, multisensory lexicon.

The inaugural commission will be launched in February 2023 and will remain in place for a one-year period. Read more at PICA.

Image: Elizabeth Willing, courtesy Museum Of Brisbane, photo: David Kelly.