ART CRIT :: JUNE 30

Art Crit :: Parting Words and Model Home, with performance by Stella Chen
Saturday June 30, 12:30pm-3pm
Verge Gallery
Free // All welcome


12:30pm – 12:50pm
Stella Chen performance in Gallery 2

1:05pm-1:20pm
Open discussion with Christine Ko and Stella Chen

1:25pm – 3:00pm
Art Crit with Mosman Art Gallery Exhibitions Officer Jane Gillespie and artist Elena Papanikolakis leading a group discussion on themes within the current exhibitions.

Join us for an afternoon of conversation and performance to celebrate two fantastic exhibitions.


Join us for an afternoon of conversation and performance featuring Taiwanese/Australian interdisciplinary artist Stella Chen performing in response to Christine Ko’s Model Home. Chen’s performance will be followed by Verge Gallery’s Art Crit — a participatory critical discussion around themes explored within the current exhibitions. Saturday’s Art Crit will feature Mosman Art Gallery Exhibitions Officer Jane Gillespie and Stella Chen in discussion with artists Elena Papanikolakis and Christine Ko. The discussion will cover key themes in each individual exhibition as well as the overarching themes of the two exhibitions.


Stella Chen is a Taiwanese/Australian interdisciplinary artist, living and working in Sydney. She explores the legacy of lived experience with post-memory, intergenerational trauma and resilience through her artistic practice. Stella utilises moss as a metaphorical concept for resilience, constructing a research methodology in the fields of anthropology, archeology and Eastern philosophy. Stella translates her lived experience with the aesthetic of quietness, stillness, fragility and ephemerality with a vulnerable quality, reflecting the truth in war and neoliberalism.

Stella holds a MArt from UNSW Art & Design. She was the recipient for Waverley Art Prize 2016, Highly Commended for UNSW Emerging Artist Kudos Award 2015; Stella has been exhibited internationally, including solos at Stacks Projects, AIRSpace Projects, Sydney group Exhibitions at Cat Street Gallery, HK, Beyond Belfast, Ireland, and recently in the curatorial program “Doing Feminism/Sharing the World” by Prof. Anne Marsh with Favour Economy in Melbourne, 2017 – 2018. Her work is held in private collection both nationally and internationally.


Jane Gillespie is an experienced arts manager and emerging curator. She is currently employed at Mosman Art Gallery as Public Programs, Exhibitions and Media Officer. Prior to this role, Jane managed professional development programs and events at Museums & Galleries of NSW, and in 2014-2015 was a Co-Director at Firstdraft. She has also held positions at Art Fairs Australia, Arts NSW (now Create NSW), Australia Council and the Biennale of Sydney. She recently completed a Master of Art Curating from the University of Sydney, and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Art History & Curatorship) from the Australian National University and a Graduate Diploma in Museums Studies from Deakin University. In 2017, Jane was a participant in the Australia Council Venice Biennale Professional Development Program.

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