Opening Friday 17th November at 6pm, then daily until January 28th

(Some public holidays excluded)

The Patient: The Medical Subject in Contemporary Art

Main Gallery & Margaret Scott Gallery – Curated by Bec Dean

Ingrid Bachmann; Guy Ben-Ary with Nathan Thompson, Andrew Fitch, Douglas Bakkum, Stuart Hodgetts, Mike Edel; John A Douglas; Bob Flanagan & Sheree Rose; Brenton Heath-Kerr; Carol Jerrems; Eugenie Lee; David McDiarmid; ORLAN; Helen Pynor; Jo Spence; Tim Wainwright & John Wynne

Circles of Fire
11. John A Douglas
Circles of Fire (variations), 2017
Synchronised dual channel 4k to HD video with sound, video still
Copyright the artist, courtesy Chalkhorse Gallery, Sydney

The Patient examines the embodied experience of the artist as medical patient and the medical patient as living subject in contemporary art.

The word patient has a dual meaning. It describes a state of being – of bearing a situation quietly, without complaint. It also describes a person in a hospital or clinical context,

who is ill and undergoing diagnosis or treatment. The word originates from the Latin patiens, which means “suffering, enduring”. And for the medical patient, it is a common enough experience to wait, with pain.

The exhibition surveys the ways in which artists engage with powerful human experiences in the fields of health, biological science and medicine, contributing to discourse on the representation of illness, disease, care, individual agency and what it is to be human.

Curated by Bec Dean, the collection of works, new experiments and ongoing projects in The Patient are all variously difficult, fearless, funny and sometimes unlovely. They range across media and connect to us as viewers and occasionally as participants.

The artists in this exhibition are drawn from Australia and the world, past and present. Their work deepens our own enquiries into the actual stuff of illness and disease, death and life – how they manifest viscerally and psychologically, as well as socially and politically.

Read the Curatorial Essay by the Curator here.

Future – Future? by Keith Armstrong

Cathleen Edkins Gallery

Caleb Motshabi Sunrise by Keith Armstrong 2017
Caleb Motshabi Sunrise by Keith Armstrong 2017

This project builds strongly on Keith Armstrong’s long history of work at the intersection of media arts practice and socially and ecologically engaged practices.  Keith is working closely with The Program For Innovation in Artform Development (PIAD) led by Dr. Ricardo Peach and Angela De Jesus in South Africa, and the organisation Qala Phelang Tala (Start Living Green!) led by Dr. Anita Venter. This collaboration is visionary in this regard in that it that seeks to connect marginalised communities with a range of resources and practices that have long remained within restricted circles. Keith’s ability and will to work as easily in a township community setting as say a high end motion capture studio makes him an idea conduit for this fascinating and wide reaching experiment in new forms of community engaged practices. Future-Future? considers how ‘change agents’ from other cultures such as these are working to construct a ‘future for their future’, based upon different kinds of desires.. flying under the radar of our own restricted imagination.

For more information on Keith’s work visit:



Final Day to see Jane Austen – Be Persuaded

Seeing is Believing – an interactive VR performance

The Patient: curated by Bec Dean