News and editorial for MAY SPACE covering exhibitions and/or artist features. Please click on the links to view the full article.

Episode 1: Cementa17 Festival & Regional Arts

NAVA: in conversation
26 April 2017

The first episode features conversations with Ian Milliss, Aleisha Lonsdale, Nicole Welch, Sarah Waterson, Ann Finegan.


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From Little Things Big Things Grow

Art Guide Australia
13 April 2017
Briony Downes

Gardens can provide both inspiration and refuge. Briony Downes spoke to six Australian artists about their passion for plants.


A long-time fan of Zen gardens, Mylyn Nguyen uses her serenely constructed inner city Sydney garden as direct inspiration for her drawings and sculptures. In Nguyen's work, tiny human figures interact with dream-like, moss covered creatures and handmade insects which seem as though they would not be out of place living amongst the plants in her bamboo lined garden. ...more

The Quarterly 3.2

March 2017

Exhibition information and news for the second quarter - March - May 2017 - at MAY SPACE. ...more

Art News

Vogue Living
March/April 2017
Freya Herring

Brenda May Gallery has relaunched as May Space in a new location in Sydney's Waterloo. Its first exhibition, Fourteen, runs until 25 March and features the work of the gallery's 14 artists, including Robert Boynes, whose dramatic The Red Sea (2016) is below. ...more

Galleries on the move

Art Almanac
March 2017

Several galleries are enriching their business by making moves around tow, in regional areas and overseas. In Sydney, opening with a new identity is MAY SPACE formerly Brenda May Gallery to all-new premises at 409b George Street, Waterloo presenting 'MAY SPACE: FOURTEEN' from 1 to 25 March. ...more


Art Guide Australia
March/April 2017
Tracey Clement

In 2001 the Danks Street arts complex opened in the then unfashionable Sydney suburb of Waterloo. Soon the neighbourhood was bristling with foodies, designer furniture outlets and high-rise apartments. In December 2016 the much-loved arts complex closed its doors to make way for yet another block of flats. Brenda May Gallery was one of the original Danks Street tenants. Her eponymous gallery is gone, but, after more than 30 years, Brenda May is still in business. ...more

The Elliott Eyes art collection: an extraordinary private treasure goes public in Erskineville

18 February 2017
Jacqui Taffel

The collection of mainly Australian and New Zealand works 291 to be precise has been assembled over 20 years. Now Elliott and Eyes have decided to open it to the public, showing small groups through the house by appointment. ...more

The Quarterly 3.1

Special Edition

Information about the launch of MAY SPACE and our relocation to 409b George Street, Waterloo. ...more

Books Unbound

December 2016
Megan Fizell

In 2011, American academic Garrett Stewart surveyed artists using books as a sculptural medium in Bookwork: Medium to Object to Concept to Art. In this text, he identifies 'bookworkers' as a group of artists who 'set about reworking a found volume rather than fashioning a new one for publication or display'. This essay will sample four contemporary 'bookworkers' engaging with bound books in involved, process- heavy methods. Whether it is through deconstruction and collage, tangible language mapping, physical alterations of the actual pages, or painstaking duplication, these artists ask us to reconsider the boundaries of the printed and bound book. ...more

The Planner/Yeah. Cheers. Thanks a lot

26-27 November 2016
Katie Milton

After more than three decades since it was first established and 15 years at its current site, Brenda May Gallery says goodbye. See a retrospective of the artists who have exhibited under its roof, including Nicole Welch's Tondo #4 (pictured) ...more

Newcastle Club Painting Prize 2016: The winner of the city's newest major art prize

Newcastle Herald
18 November 2016
John Barnes

Newcastle's newest major prize for painting, donated by the Newcastle Club Foundation, has been awarded to well-known local artists Andy Devine and Peter Tilley for their collaborative work, Response #35.

Their work was chosen from a very high quality group of eleven finalists selected from over 70 entries by the former director of the Newcastle Art Gallery, Ron Ramsey, and his fellow judges after many hours of deliberation. ...more

House art opens doors

Penrith Press
10 November 2016
Isabell Petrinic

A charcoal almost-to-scale drawing of an early 1960s fibro home in the Housing Commission Green Valley estate is among artworks on display at the Art Gallery of NSW.
Inhabited Space, by Glenbrook artist Catherine O'Donnell, explores the emotional impact of the way we build, which was also a focus of her Masters thesis. ...more


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