Opening Thursday May 21, 6-8pm
Continuing to June 13
May 27, 6pm – 8pm: The Structure of Creative Practice panel discussion for VIVID Sydney.
June 3, 6-8pm: Panel discussion lead by Dr Victoria Grieves.
June 11, 7pm – 9pm: Strange Invitation To Combat, experimental music night.
June 13, 1-3pm: Aggregate Art Crit (Artist talks and creative discussion)


The past is never fully gone. It is absorbed into the present and the future. It stays to shape what we are and what we do – Sir William Deane, Governor-General of Australia, Inaugural Vincent Lingiari Memorial Lecture, August 1996.

On This Site is the beginning of a statement that evokes notions of land, history, memory, possession, dispossession and perhaps most obviously, the frontier. In The Road to Botany Bay Paul Carter discusses the frontier as a place of communication – while it can be a place of violence it is also within this clash that conversation can occur.

Curated by Kate Blackmore and Sian McIntrye, On This Site features works by Australian artists from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, offering anti-colonial cultural critiques and provocative new ways to read dominant productions of Australian national identity. With this exhibition, Blackmore and McIntyre hope to contribute to the discussion on decolonisation from a non-Indigenous perspective, creating a space for self-questioning and unsettlement. Held in conjunction with Reconciliation Week, On This Site will also attempt to generate a renewed dialogue around the meaning and relevance of reconciliation in Australia.

Artists: Karla Dickens, Ishmael Marika, Claudia Nicholson, Christopher Pease, Joan Ross, Salote Tawale, Garry Trinh.

Curators: Kate Blackmore and Siân McIntyre


  • WEDNESDAY MAY 27, 6-8pm
    The structure of creative practice – panel discussion for VIVID Sydney.
    Do creative juices flow better when one has the unbounded freedom to dream, discover and create? Or does creative investigation need the direction and focus provided by deadlines, faculty structures, grant categories and residency outcomes? Creative practitioners across disciplines will share what they have learned about what works best for them. Panelists: Garry Trinh, artist, Emily Hunt, artist, Kate Britton, writer, producer & curator. Coordinated by Chloe Wolifson.
  • WEDNESDAY JUNE 3, 6-8pm
    Panel discussion led by Dr Victoria Grieves, ARC Indigenous Research Fellow USYD.
  • THURSDAY JUNE 11, 7-9pm
    A Strange Invitation to Combat V
    Free form creative music night curated by Clayton Thomas.
  • SATURDAY JUNE 13, 1-3pm
    Aggregate Art Crit – lead discussion and critique of On This Site exhibition.