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4-19 May Exhibitions

Opening Event Friday 4 May 6-8pm


Ellen Dahl

Beyond Bestimmung

Beyond Bestimmung continues my exploration of the environment as a complex site of personal, political and cultural identification, while also existing as a site of reverie and inspiration. Many encounters with the landscape oppose clear articulation, words can only hint at the profound engagement between a person and the natural environment. These works allude to instances that provoke an uncanny sense of place, a shared history and deep connection. The title Beyond Bestimmung draws on the Kantian notion of pre-determination, where an encounter of the sublime becomes an ethical imperative.

As a child, I spent extended summer holidays living with my grandparents in Rogaland on the southwest coast of Norway. They would often take me on road trips in this ancient landscape filled with misty valleys and large rock formations. There was a sense that this environment allowed for a momentarily escape from their grief of loosing their only child. The melancholy that lives in these landscapes has followed me around the world, and manifests itself as a comforting, non-specific geographical identity – a moment of intimacy that allows for a sense of place to linger in a new landscape.

Ellen Dahl is a Sydney based, Norwegian born artist working across photography, video, sound and installation. She completed her MFA by research at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney in 2015. She has recently exhibited at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Centre for Contemporary Photography Melbourne, Perth Centre for Photography and Kings Artist Run Melbourne. Often with the landscape as an entry point, her practice traces the intersection of memory and identity with a physical, political or psychological sense of place.

Image: Ellen Dahl, Beyond Bestimmung. Courtesy of the artist.

Ellen Dahl’s exhibition is sponsored by Frank Strongs


Yvette Hamilton

Karen Golland

Heidi LeFebvre

A line around that we cannot see

A line around that we cannot see brings together artists Karen Golland, Heidi LeFebvre and Yvette Hamilton in an exhibition that takes the act of mark-making as a way to explore the unseen.

Each artist uses the act of drawing as the starting point to explore that vacuum that is created by loss, absence, the unknown and the forgotten. The traces formed create both navigation and narrative and speak of the human quest to mark and memorialise the unseen and undiscovered. While each artist’s practice displays skills and expression particular to the materiality and concepts explored there is a common theme that they all refer to – that of the realm of “intricacy”. They draw out meaning through the steady pursuit of contextualising their emotional and physical landscapes. With this in mind, these three artists wish to pursue a collaborative ideal; recognise the overlaps and draw “a line around that we cannot see”.

Artist Talk/Workshop

As part of the Artist Talks on Saturday 19 May 3-5pm the artists will present (at roughly 4pm):

When an artist talks we all listen?

You are invited to come and draw while artists Yvette Hamilton, Karen Golland and Heidi Lefebvre talk about their work in A line around that we cannot see; an experimental exhibition where they lasso their ideas and coral their experiences of time, place and the importance of art making in their daily lives.

Maybe they will be expansive if your eyes are averted? Maybe you will illustrate an unexpected idea?

We, the artists, will provide blank booklets for you to fill up. We will talk about our work and then we will ask you to show us your books. We attempt to make sense of the world through our art practice but we want to practice the art of listening (ohhhhhh yeah good one!).

Please bring a pen or pencil. You will be invited to participate but it is not compulsory. There will be prizes but we will all be winners.

Image: Yvette Hamilton, Laying light (detail), 2018. Courtesy of the artist.


Rowena Grace


Anthromes are environments created by human interaction with the natural world.  This body of work presents a painterly meditation on science and nature, the implications of the Anthropocene, and the Earth as a closed system we live within.

This body of work presents a painterly meditation on science and nature using the expressive and experimental potential of painting to engage with contemporary concerns around environment, climate change, genetic engineering and the relationship between humans and nature.

The works consider the borders, the liminal spaces, between wild, unpredictable nature and human controlled environments, between the conscious mind and unconscious depths harbouring long memory of the human as a part of nature.   We live within the closed system of the Earth and its climate, where life processes, our activities and technologies are all intricately intertwined.

These paintings form part of my ongoing creative exploration of ideas of nature, culture and technology.  I draw on my experiences from a practical background in biology and environmental management.

Image: Rowena Grace, Wildscape 1.2-0, 2018, acrylic on wood, 30 x 30 x 2cm. Courtesy of the artist.

Nick Santoro

Pizza Pie Party Town

Pizza Pie Party Town is an exhibition of narrative paintings and a couple of small creepy sculptures based in an imaginary, dystopian township.

Image: Nick Santoto, In a Room of Tea and Tears, 2018, acrylic on galvanised steel, 60 x 60cm. Courtesy of Egg+Dart.


Human/Nature continues

Curated by Catherine Polcz

Human/Nature is a museum show that examines the relationship between humans and the urban ecology in Sydney’s Inner West through the collection of objects. An aesthetic journey through artificial grass, scare owls, root-clogged pipes and the hundreds of weeds, Human/Nature uncovers the biology, history and design of plants, animals and products while unveiling the everyday harmony and warfare on our streets. New objects are added to the exhibition each month.

Human/Nature is the first show at AIRseum, a new museum space exploring everyday design and secret stories of the Inner West. AIRseum is part of AIRspace Projects and curated by Catherine Polcz.

Join the Action

It’s the last day of the April exhibitions

Saturday 21 April

Workshop with Helen Amanatiadis

1.oopm: Measured and Cut: A Participatory Artwork and String Spinning Workshop with Helen Amanatiadis

Artist Talks

3-5pm: Artist Talks and Arvo Tea. Join Catherine Rogers, Craig Keeler-Milne, Helen Amanatiadis, Lorna Grear and Catherine Polcz for scintillating talks and a delicious afternoon tea.

Image top: Helen Amanatiadis, The Fates; Image Below: Lorna Grear, Wall Climber 1. Images courtesy of the artists.


6-21 April 2018

Preview: from 11am Friday 6 April

Opening: Friday 6 April 6-8pm

Artist Talks: Saturday 21 April, 3-5pm


Catherine Rogers

Details from the world: from heaven to earth: Part 3

Details from the world – between heaven and earth Part 3 by Catherine Rogers, is a continuation from the Part 2 exhibition at AIRspace Projects in March. The exhibition is a reflection on photography and its history. It is an exhibition about the photographic image and its relationship to the world it seeks to picture. The images all come from Rogers’ archive of 40+ years—photographs that gaze at a distant horizon, images new and old, made and re-made, boundless and silent.

Image: Catherine Rogers, Old Styx Road. Courtesy of the artist.


Craig Keeler-Milne

Edge 2018

Craig Keeler-Milne is a Sydney based artist and photographer, with a background in architecture and design. This exhibition expresses Craig’s interest in the edge of the built form, where solid meets light, the edge.

Image: Criag Keeler-Milne, Venice II, 2011-18, 75 x 100cm. Courtesy of the artist


Helen Amanatiades

The Fates

This exhibition resurrects the three fates that spun, measured and cut the thread of life – Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos. These mythological beings in human form are spinsters, spinning string, weaving tales and determining human destiny. Through spinning, weaving and measuring string, the Fates tell the tale of both human triumph and tragedy.

Image: Helen Amanatiades, The Golden Scroll (detail), 2018. Image courtesy of the artist.


Lorna Grear

6-21 April 2018


Preview: from 11am Friday 6 April

Opening: Friday 6 April 6-8pm

Artist Talks: Saturday 21 April, 3-5pm

‘No one can help me now.’

Mary sat by the rock trying not to think, swept up in the light and earth and wind, she carried on, staring at time moving, spacelessness and timelessness.

The gap wherein she sat, not doing, not washing, not eating, not cleaning, not working, not scrolling or talking, nor being busy.

Rustle, a thin line, a curved shape, the building of an imaginary moment, not real, working in order not to work; beauty, structure, scaffold, light, colour.

These paintings were made in Summer 2018 in a place a long distance from the city. They are regarded as preliminary works, experimental, and act as sketches (like photographs) for other ideas. They’ve not been shown before.

Image above: Lorna Grear, Summer 4, 2018, 30 x 40cm


Human/Nature Continues

Curated by Catherine Polcz

Human/Nature is a museum show that examines the relationship between humans and the urban ecology in Sydney’s Inner West through the collection of objects. An aesthetic journey through artificial grass, scare owls, root-clogged pipes and the hundreds of weeds, Human/Nature uncovers the biology, history and design of plants, animals and products while unveiling the everyday harmony and warfare on our streets.

Human/Nature is the first show at AIRseum, a new museum space exploring everyday design and secret stories of the Inner West. AIRseum is part of AIRspace projects and curated by Catherine Polcz.


Saturday 17 March 3-5pm

Come along to the artist talks this Saturday 17 March from 3-5pm. You’ll receive great insights into the work of Catherie Rogers, Katya Petetskaya, Nadeena Dixon, curator Dara Wei with her uncomfortable selection of artists and Catherine Polcz. If you can’t make it, we’ll be open especially for IWOST on Sunsay 18 March 11-5pm.

The following weekend of 24/25 March, the last weekend of Art Month, you can see and think about IBP live performance 12-5pm and FIFO Video 11-5pm.Scroll down for details.

Just this week we are open

Sunday for IWOST 11-5pm







New Monthly Programs

Video and Performance


Saturday 24 and Sunday 25

February 2018

Fly In Fly Out Video



Curator: Max Presneill – Los Angeles

Artists: Tom Dunn/Los Angeles + Durden and Ray

Image: Tom Dunn
 ‘Barbra Streisand Portrait Bender, Las Vegas: Fear and Loathing Returns to the Flamingo’
Duration 13:30

Durden and Ray 
 Collaborators include: Emily Counts, Roni Feldman, Claudia Parducci, Grant Vetta and Yoshi Sakai, 2010

In Between Performance



Image courtesy of Tom Isaacs

A base-metal collective artists’ initiative. base-metal is a platform for research dialogue exchange performance founded by Julie Vulcan in 2014.

Saturday 24 February 12-5pm

base-metal performance

Julie Vulcan, WeiZen Ho and alan Schacher

A day of exchange, research and critical dialogue in performance art

Sunday 25 February 12-5pm

base-metal performance and discussion

Tom Isaacs, Katya Petetskaya, Stella Chen, Yiorgos Zafiriou

This February sees the start of the monthly In-Between Performance program initiated by the performance art platform base-metal and supported by AIRspace Projects . To kick off the first event, core artists from the collective will inhabit the space in a series of short and durational performances.

The weekend concludes with a led discussion on Sunday 3-5pm

Artist Talks

Saturday 17 February 3-5pm

Join us for artist talks this Saturday 17 February, 3-5pm. Followed by casual conversation over a sumptuous afternoon tea. Catherine Parker and David Usher had to return to Toowoomba but we will discuss their work in their absence.

Imaged here is Emma Gardner’s Ambiguous Materiality, 2016, a shadowy investigation into the self.

In the meantime check out this article by Connor Pearce of Backyard Opera. It provides a glimpse of what’s to come at the newly incorporated AIRspace Projects.

February Exhibitions

2-17 February

Preview: from 11am Friday 2 February

Opening: Friday 2 February 6-8pm

Artist Talks: Saturday 17 February, 3-5pm


Introducing the new committee members

Uri Auerbach, Janine Bailey, Matina Bourmas,
Stella Chen, Sally Clarke, Marty Cordoba,
Paula do Prado, Brenda Factor, Vedna Jivan,
Bailee Lobb, Sarah Newall, Anie Nheu,
Rafaela Pandolfini, Upasana Papadopoulos,
Grace Partridge, Catherine Polcz, Helen Wyatt

exhibiting committee members 

After running for four years as an independent art space directed by Sally Clarke and Brenda Factor, AIRspace Projects has entered a new exciting phase by incorporating into a not-for-profit association. While Sally and Brenda will still be involved, the refresh button has been pressed and we look forward to new ideas, new structures, new looks and new energy. This is a chance to meet and chat with the new committee members and become acquainted with their work. Find out what we have in store for 2018 and beyond.


Portals + Parables

Catherine Parker + David Usher

Queensland-based artists Catherine Parker + David Usher both have an inherent and inescapable attachment to nature and the vastness of the internal and external landscape.

Parker continues her exploration of time and place and human relationships within nature. She believes that all these elements can co-exist freely and fluidly at once.

Through the depiction of ancient landforms the works meld the familiar with the ethereal, while vibrant colour schemes from neon pinks to deep indigos rein us into the present.

Parker invites us to traverse the landscapes within the canvas, navigating the different territories whether they are physical, spiritual, psychological, metaphorical, historical or mythological.

The viewer is invited into a nuanced space that has multiple entry points. Using landscapes as diverse as Magnetic Island, her home in Toowoomba, Queensland and the Himalayas as a starting point, Parker’s paintings present us with portals to multidimensional spaces and times, should we choose to enter.

Usher’s current series of landscape paintings and ceramic vessels further explore memories of travelling through the Australian landscape as a child and viewing this landscape from the backseat of a moving car.

These road trips form a parable in which the blurring endless panorama can be reinterpreted through mark making, evoking a sense of the sublime.

The car window becomes a portal to mythological spaces and serves to frame the trance-like state the viewer/passenger enters as they gaze out at the seemingly limitless plains, valleys and hills.

This rushing view is broken only by the skipping dance of fences, gates, crossroads and occasional signs of life. The images that are remembered haze together into an endless landscape. Back in his studio, he recalls moments, places and encounters that can be reconstructed as art works invested with personal significance and coding.


Ambiguous Materiality

Emma Gardner

Photograph © Thomas Oliver

Using the self as a site for exploration, Material Ambiguity explores the subtleties of contemporary femininity: where vulnerability and strength are synonymous with each other.


A little better

Rodrigo Azaola

‘A little better’ is the result of six month’s research of cryptocurrency trading in instant messaging platforms. For millennia, currencies were backed by physical assets until 1971, when Richard Nixon announced the end of the U.S. dollar backed by gold reserves. Since then, the value of all world currencies is entrusted to promises made by state authorities and central banks.

For first time in history, cryptocurrency allows the creation and transfer of wealth within decentralized trustless systems. Nevertheless, the value of cryptocurrencies is still arbitrary, ephemeral, irrational, and yet, it establishes a common belief in which trust and value is now legitimized by cryptographical algorithms and global microcommunities instead of governments or banks.

Weeks before Nixon terminated the gold standard, he was secretly recorded talking about the economy. In a moment of brutal honesty or perhaps self-delusion he admitted: “We are just running the chaos a little better”. Almost half a century later, the rise of cryptocurrencies may be fueled by delusional thinking and hope. It makes sense to ask if it’s sustainable, even rational. Perhaps not. But, still today, neither is world economy.

Come and talk with Rodrigo before he takes his work to the Manila Biennale 2018: Open Cities


We are  open for the first three weeks of each month and the fourth weekend excluding January. Keep an eye out for extra events.


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Special Summer Exhibitions

18-27 January 2018

Thursday, Friday, Saturday 11am – 5pm


Wednesday 17 January 6-8pm


Nostradamus: a January offering

curated by

Sebastian Henry-Jones and Nanette Orly

Suu-Mei Chew
Kalanjay Dhir
Szymon Dorabialski
Mimi Kind
Mashara Wachjudy
Justine Youssef

Opening Wednesday 17 January 6-8pm

The past year has delivered a tumultuous series of events that has affected people on a global scale. In uncertain times, there is a tendency to interpret and respond to change, to feel connected and in control once more. Nostradamus: a January offering will explore notions and practices of ritual as a way of connecting with a new understanding of ‘the future’. How do rituals, objects of power and faith allow us to gain new perspectives of a fragmented present?

Opening at the start of a new year, the exhibition then, is itself a ritual, an attempt at forecasting and influencing the course of 2018. The show wishes to consider the exhibition format itself as ritual, and would like to exaggerate these aspects of exhibition-making and artistic practice. Nostradamus: a January offering brings together the work of six emerging artists that offer a range of alternative futures, different attitudes towards the future and ways ahead, or simply offer instruction as to how to make do in our current time.

Image above: Justine Youssef, Ashes to ashes or palm ash to your wrist (film still), 2017, single channel video (1:02min on loop), text on a4 paper, dimensions variable.


Emerging artists Belle Blau, Paula McCambridge and Cameron Stead present new works with curatorial assistance provided by Upasana Papadopoulos. FLEX  explores, challenges and disrupts the power structures that frame their personal, professional and political lives through use of various mediums including painting, installation and digital media.


Pamela Leung

Pamela Leung’s works often draw on the migratory experience with relationships, connections, displacement and diaspora being the dominant themes. She uses red or white in her works to refer to cultural, spiritual and traditional memories as well as meditation, Zen, emotion and the ordinariness of everyday life. She frequently brings together found materials or everyday objects to create symbolic sculptures or installations. Through the process of mark making, her drawings are careful compositions of lines that strongly suggest meditations on the everyday.


Marlene Sarroff

Indeterminate Structures

“What is unknown can only be imagined”

The intervention into the Deep Space consists of a complex system. Created out of many small parts, the building of the whole is considered from the point of view of the whole rather than the single parts. Arising from the unplanned assembling, transitory structures of an indeterminate nature, are created with an emphasis on modes of organisation and interrelated arrangements. Throughout the duration of the exhibition, further possibilities will be explored in reorganising the structures, shifting, disseminating and altering the shapes and re-arranging them into new formations with ongoing consideration of the space they are situated in.

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