CURRENT Exhibitions

Vivienne Ferguson at SeeChange Jervis Bay Arts Festival

- Dingle + Hughes Collection Online

25 June to 30 September 2020

Represented artist, Vivienne Ferguson's work has been featured in the 2020 edition of SeeChange Jervis Bay Arts Festival, taking place this year online. Vivienne's work is part of the former MG Dingle + GB Hughes Collection, which was donated to Shoalhaven City Art Collection in 2008.

The full exhibition is viewable online here.

Catherine O'Donnell and Kevin McKay at Hazelhurst Arts Centre

- The Home, 2020

29 August to 8 November 2020

Represented artist Catherine O'Donnell, and exhibited artist Kevin McKay are two of six artists featured in The Home, an exhibition curated by Carrie Kibbler at Hazelhurst Arts Centre. See this link for more information

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Catherine O'Donnell winner of the Swan Hill Drawing Prize 2020

- Catherine O'Donnell and Todd Fuller Finalists in the Swan Hill Print & Drawing Acquisitive Awards 2020

Opening 4 September 2020

Represented artists Catherine O'Donnell and Todd Fuller were selected as finalists in the Swan Hill Print & Drawing Acquisitive Awards 2020 at Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery, Victoria.

We are delighted to announce that Catherine O'Donnell is the 2020 winner of the Swan Hill Drawing Prize...

See more information about the Swan Hill Print & Drawing Award 2020 here

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Kevin McKay at Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery

- From this Broken Hill: Kevin McKay

18 September - 14 November 2020

Exhibited artist, Kevin McKay has a solo exhibition at Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery. See this link for more information.

 'Broken Hill was my childhood home in the 1970s, where the Brushmen of the Bush inspired me to paint. 40 years later I returned to paint its streets and landmarks which still carry the ghosts of memory. For three weeks in September 2019, I explored the Silver City and painted en plein air, intoxicated by happy memories as well as feelings of loss, in discovering places as I remembered and others profoundly changed with time. I suspect the bitter-sweet experience of homecoming is common to the ex-resident.  

Memories are often fractured and conflicted as nostalgia can also be tinged with pain. This tension paralleled my active engagement with the architectural space of the city, negotiating between the past and present, the familiar and the strange. I felt like I brought the perspectives of the outsider and the local together in depicting the eclectic architectural heritage of a unique outback town. From the famous Trades Hall which stands as a testimony to the fighting spirit of the miners, to the declining Zinc Oval that once hosted the Silver City Gift, or corner shop where kids bought mixed lollies, and vacant block where cubbies were built in the midst of thong-piercing three-cornered jacks, I see a place where histories, personal and collective, were made. The road-based perspective alludes to the fact that we all live in the midst of mobility in which the sense of moving on is a constant. Nevertheless the yearnings and fantasies of home persist. I borrowed a lyric from a Leonard Cohen song as the title for this exhibition.' – Kevin McKay 

By a thread

- A group exhibition curated by Amy Hill and Eleanor Megna

23 September to 17 October 2020

Fibre and textile practices have long been associated with juxtaposing positions. Associations with gender and domesticity, arguments of its legitimacy as an art form, and its utilisation in aiding revolutionary change has embedded fibre art with an inherent politicisation. The power of fibre as an art making material lies in this complex history and intrinsic non-neutrality.

The artists contributing to this exhibition approach fibre practices from varied backgrounds; as painters, sculptors, drawers, or a combination of the canonical mediums. Drawing on their experiences, culture, and knowledge, these artists utilise and explore fibre to create compelling artworks.

Contributing artists: Anna Dunnill, Graziela Guardino, Aerial Morallos, Al Munro, Mylyn Nguyen, Chloe Smith (I Make Soft Food), Nina Walton, and Lisa Woolfe.

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Catherine O'Donnell, Janet Tavener, and Ruth Ju-Shih Li in Gosford Art Prize 2020

- Finalists, Gosford Regional Gallery

26 September - 29 November 2020

Represented artists Catherine O'Donnell, Janet Tavener and Ruth Ju-Shih Li have been selected as finalists in the Gosford Art Prize 2020. The annual art prize will be on display at Gosford Regional Gallery until the end of November.

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Janet Tavener in the Guizhou Photography Festival

Head On Finalists in China

27 September

Head On Photo Festival is presenting the 2018 and 2019 Landscape Award finalists at the 2020 Guizhou Photography Festival in China. Represented artist Janet Tavener was a finalist in 2018 and her work Marshmallow Farm will be exhibited as part of the festival. Organised by Guizhou province and China News Service, the 2020 festival theme centres around environmental issues and sustainable development.

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Sydney Contemporary Presents 2020

- Online

1 - 21 October 2020

Sydney Contemporary is going digital! MAY SPACE is delighted to be included in this year's edition of the art fair, Sydney Contemporary Presents 2020.

Sydney Contemporary Presents encourages us to buy an artwork in this iconic year and supports Australasian artists. Not your ordinary online viewing room, Sydney Contemporary Presents 2020 is an experiential platform that takes you on an art buying adventure from the comfort of your own home! Explore, discover and buy over 400 artworks from 300 artists all created in 2020.

Click here to sign up for the online art fair

Catherine O'Donnell and Todd Fuller in JADA

- Finalists, Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award 2020

2 October - 22 November 2020

Represented artists Catherine O'Donnell and Todd Fuller are finalists in this year's 2020 Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award. Todd Fuller was the winner of the JADA in 2018 with his hand-drawn animation, Ode to Clarence 2018. Hosted at Grafton Regional Gallery, this year's award hill be held from 2 October - 22 November 2020. Link for more information...

Catherine O'Donnell and Nicole Welch in Kangaroo Valley Art Prize

- Finalists, Arts in the Valley

2 - 5 October 2020

Represented artists, Catherine O'Donnell and Nicole Welch have been selected as finalists in the Kangaroo Valley Art Prize. For more information regarding the art prize and exhibition, click here.

Waratah Lahy in Calleen Art Award

- Finalist, Cowra Regional Art Gallery

4 October - 15 November 2020

Represented artist, Waratah Lahy has been selected as a Finalist in the Calleen Art Award 2020. The Calleen Art Award is an acquisitive art prize that encourages originality and artistic merit, established in 1977 by Mrs Patricia Fagan OAM. The winning artwork will become part of the splendid Calleen Collection – the foundation collection of the Cowra Regional Art Gallery. See more information about the exhibition here.

Ruth Ju-Shih Li - Taiwan Ceramics Biennale, 2020

- Represented artist, Ruth Ju-Shih Li, Special Prize Winner 2020

9 October 2020 to 11 April 2021

Represented artist Ruth Ju-Shih Li has been selected to participate in the Taiwan Ceramic Biennale and International Competition for 2020.

Established in 2004, the Taiwan Ceramics Biennale is organised by the New Taipei City Government and hosted at the New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum.

Ruth Ju-Shih Li's entry Florilegium has been selected as a Special Prize winner for the Biennale. 

View the list of winners

Catherine O'Donnell in Basil Sellers Art Prize 2020

- Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre

10 October to 9 November 2020

Represented artist, Catherine O'Donnell has been named a Finalist in the upcoming Basil Sellers Art Prize 2020. Located in Moruya on NSW's South Coast, the winner of the major acquisitive prize will be announced on the 9 October, with the exhibition running from 10 October - 9 November 2020. 

Catherine's work Repose has been selected and will be on display in the finalist exhibition in October-November.

For more information about the prize, see this link.

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Catherine O'Donnell in Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2020

- Finalist

16 October to 6 December 2020

Represented artist, Catherine O'Donnell has been selected as a Finalist in the Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2020 to be held at Caloundra Regional Gallery. Her work Union Street, London #2 was featured at Sydney Contemporary 2019 at MAY SPACE's Booth G09, was a Finalist in the 47th Muswellbrook Art Prize 2020, and came Highly Commended at the Korea-Australia Arts Foundation Art Prize (KAAF) 2019.

To see more about the Sunshine Coast Art Prize, click here.

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Peter Tilley at Sculpture in the Vineyards

- Finalist, the Wollombi Valley Sculpture Festival 2020

17 October to 1 November 2020

Represented artist, Peter Tilley has been selected as a finalist in the 2020 Sculpture in the Vineyards. Held annually alongside the Wollombi Valley Sculpture Festival, Peter Tilley was awarded the Major Acquisitive Prize in 2019. Click to see more information from Sculpture in the Vineyards.

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Nicole Welch at Art Gallery of Ballarat

- Beating about the Bush

18 October 2020 to 7 March 2021

Represented Artist Nicole Welch will be featured in a group exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ballarat.

Peter Tilley

- The Shadow Speaks

21 October to 7 November 2020

My interest in the connections between the figure and the shadow it casts, once more forms the basis of this body of work.  Images of the self were seen indistinctly in polished materials prior to the production of silvered mirrors.  Historically, this resulted in a semantic ambiguity between ‘reflection’ and ‘shadow’ and is another element I have explored in this body of work.  Some of the sculpture’s cast shadows are voids and some are material constructions, they symbolically or visually disclose withheld traits of the casting figure that may not be consciously observed.  Our usual perceptive process evaluates an object by its real cast shadow and then quickly dispenses with that shadow from our perception. Conversely, these tactile, sculpted material shadows are not only visible, but their tangible presence can be noticed and scrutinised for meaning.

Most works in this exhibition are concerned with the relationship between psychological and physical perception, or the abstract and the tangible.  In Jungian psychology, the shadow contains those parts of ourselves that remain suppressed, denied, or are unfavourable aspects of the personality, ‘the dark side of the self’.  In Jung’s words “The shadow personifies everything that the subject refuses to acknowledge about himself [sic].” Another underlying influence in all of my works is the symbolism associated with Ancient Egyptian funerary culture. The simplicity of form and reserved stance of the figure represent one aspect of this bias, and is referenced by Ancient Egyptian artistic canons

- Peter Tilley June, 2020

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Tania Lou Smith

- Untitled (pusher), 2020

21 October to 7 November 2020

MAY SPACE is proud to present a new video work and photographic series by Tania Lou Smith for her fourth solo exhibition.

Untitled (pusher) 2019

Pusher is a short, tragicomic video work. A harried woman in a bright red dress and stilettos bounds across a stadium pushing an empty stroller. The reason for her sense of urgency is unclear. Pusher is a wry take on parenting, anxiety, navigating public space and all of these things mixed together.


Untitled (pram variations) 2020

Bend. Lug. Heave. Pull. Flick. Adjust. Stretch. Squeeze. Slither. Untitled (pram variations) is a musical score. A set of scales practised on an uncooperative instrument. A steel and canvas extension of the familial body. Poking, catching, jarring and pinching. This new series of photographic works is a playful response to the physicality of caring.


Image: Tania Smith, Untitled (pram variations) #1 2020, pigment inkjet print.

Peter Tilley at Sculpture by the Sea

- Sculpture by the Sea Bondi, 2020

22 October to 8 November 2020

'Sculpture by the Sea returns to the Bondi Beach to Tamarama Beach coastal walk as the world’s largest free to the public sculpture exhibition. See the spectacular coastal walk transformed into a 2km long sculpture park over three weeks featuring 
100 sculptures by artists from Australia and across the world.'

Represented artist, Peter Tilley has been invited to contribute to this year's Sculpture by the Sea event at Bondi Beach. View more information here.

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Hardenvale - our home in absurdia, at National Art School

- collaborative multimedia exhibition by Todd Fuller, Catherine O'Donnell, Kelly O'Dempsey, 2019

31 October 2020 to 10 January 2021

Hardenvale – our Home in Absurdia is a real-scale, immersive, house-like environment by Australian artists Catherine O'Donnell, Kellie O'Dempsey and Todd Fuller. Through drawing, projection, built form, sound and movement, this collaborative project references the architecture of 1960s Western Sydney Government housing as well as spaces the group describe as 'the cultural fringe of Australia'. This project draws on the artists own childhoods and adolescence in suburban and regional Australia, spanning three decades of Australian culture from the 60s and into the 90s - when the suburbs were functioning as a normative force by cloaking difference in sameness.

Loribelle Spirovski in The Lester Prize for Portraiture

- Finalist, The Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth

31 October to 29 November 2020

Represented artist, Loribelle Spirovski has been named a finalist in The Lester Prize for Portraiture 2020. Held annually at the Art Gallery of Western Australia in Perth and at surrounding CBD locations, the winner will be announced on the 30th October. See the full list of finalists here.

Morgan Shimeld

- Passage

11 to 28 November 2020

MAY SPACE is proud to present a suite of new bronze sculptures by Morgan Shimeld in his solo exhibition, Passage.


Image: Morgan Shimeld, Passage #6 2020, bronze, honey patina, 50 x 15 x 40cm

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Introducing VI: Aerial Morallos and Alicia Zhao

- Material in Metamorphosis

11 to 28 November 2020

This is the sixth exhibition in our Introducing series. The exhibition showcases artists who are new to the Gallery. In this edition we are presenting the work of Aerial Morallos and Alicia Zhao, recent graduates from the National Art School, Sydney.

Fibre artist Aerial Morallos goes about a tactile approach when illustrating her environment. Initially trained as a painter at the National Art School in Sydney, she began experimenting with materials in search to find other modes of painting. Inspired by yarn’s versatility, her works not only became about the final product, but about the physical and emotional connection she experiences whilst weaving her tapestries. The repetitive rhythm required becomes a form of meditation which underscores her practice. In the end, her works stand as evidence of her movement and labour, her thoughts and decisions, and her everyday life.

          - Aerial Morallos, 2020

Our world has been in a perpetual state of change since its very conception. But never in my life has the world felt so volatile than in current times. There has been a relentless chain of events whose impact has reverberated on a global scale. Environmental catastrophes are surging alongside a global pandemic that is also occurring in conjunction with the uprisings for racial justice in America. Collectively, people are feeling overwhelmed and helpless by a tide of rising chaos that is building towards some inevitable breakdown. The creation of this body of work was a response to this experience. It was also an outlet to channel all my anxious energy into. Using recycled timber I created a series of structures that embody a sense of instability. Each form appears to be on the verge of collapse or spiraling into an implosion. The arrangement of the wood suggests some external force propelling its movement.

It was an energetic and immediate process that marked a change in my artist practice and self.  

         - Alicia Zhao, 2020

Image: Aerial Morallos, 'Composition #3' 2019, yarn on hessian, 76 x 76cm

Catherine O'Donnell in the 2020 Ravenswood Australian Women's Art Prize

- Finalist, 2020

27 November to 12 December 2020

Represented artist, Catherine O'Donnell has been selected as a finalist in the 2020 Ravenswood Australian Women's Art Prize with her work Union Street Window #3 (2020). Prize winners to be announced on Opening Night, Thursday 26 November 2020.

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Waratah Lahy

- The Shape of Things

2 to 19 December 2020

MAY SPACE is proud to present a collection of new work by represented artist, Waratah Lahy. Her exhibition, The Shape of Things, will be Waratah's ninth solo show with MAY SPACE.

'The world around us is full of interesting and surprising shapes and colours, patterns and textures. It’s easy to take the common place for granted, but the trick is to find the value in the unexpected and overlooked.

The phrase ‘the shape of things to come’ is to suggest the way things will be in the future. I’ve taken this phrase as the starting point for my current body of work: observing the way changes are taking place in my immediate surroundings and thinking about how they reflect national and global trends in the environment and society. Although these ‘shapes’ indicate change, I’m also looking at the ‘shapes’ that endure: moments of beauty, wonder and comfort essential in a fast-paced world.'

- Waratah Lahy, 2020

Image: Waratah Lahy, New Dawn 2020, watercolour and collage on found-paper based recycling, 12.5 x 12cm

Ruth Ju-Shih Li

- Inflorescence, 2020

2 to 19 December 2020

During a recent residency at the Yingge Ceramics Museum in Taiwan, Ruth Ju-Shih Li was struck by the ability of colour to trigger memories from her childhood living in Taiwan. By experimenting with texture, colour, composition and symbols, Li attempts to give form to these memories; transforming a fleeting reminiscence into a tangible object. The delicacy of her porcelain forms reflect the fragile and transient nature of memory, while bursts of colour interrupt the intricately sculpted white porcelain, reminiscent of an unexpected memory intruding on the everyday.

The works for Inflorescence act as both personal reminders for Li, continuing her fascination with the autobiographical, as well as triggers for the audience, seeking to conjure a vast array of emotions and experiences.

Catherine O'Donnell and Waratah Lahy at Canberra Museum + Gallery (CMAG)

HABITAT: Ways of living - A group exhibition curated by Mark Bayly

6 March to 26 June 2021

Communities are formed by people and the built environments they construct and reside in. This exhibition examines imagery derived from, or alluding to, the built environment and ways of living in specific locations with particular identities. These material and social constructs take multiple forms - from high-rise, high-end apartments to prosaic suburban divisions, to locations where people have endured the collapse of their communities.

The focus of this project is how contemporary artists and designers translate their responses to the built environment. In doing so, the exhibition tells individual stories of the resilience and imagination of the human spirit.

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