Artist Talks

Laura Woodward


Ben Denham


Saturday 22 October, 3.30pm

10 Junction Street, Marrickville

Just 6 minutes walk along Schwebel Street from Marrickville Station

Come along to AirSpace Projects on Saturday 22 October, 3.30pm to hear Melboune-based artist and researcher Laura Woodward talk about her current exhibition, Resonate, and Sydney-based artist Ben Denham discuss his drawing machine and laser drawings.

Laura Woodward

Laura Woodward’s installation of kinetic sculptures and animations, “focuses upon those subtle, nuanced movements that can be found in organisms, in humans, and in machines, resonating across and between the animate, the inanimate, and the human-made: vibrations, tremors, twitches, pulses, rhythms, and the systems that underlie these movements. Motion, the basis of all life, is present not only in the visible, tangible realm, but right down to the atomic level. It is at the heart of our action and of our inaction, and it is the way in which we understand both time and the world around us. Investigating these movements through the development of new works, Resonate seeks to draw out the ways in which these various forms – organism, animal, non-animal, human, and machine – both resonate with and differ from each other.”

The exhibition is accompanied by a publication in which various contributors – including the exhibiting artist, an artist-curator, an artist-theorist, a poet, an anatomist, and an artist-philosopher – respond to the above conceptual stimulus. Offering texts, drawings, photographs and poetry, the contributions will interweave and overlap, exposing further rhythms, systems and resonances between and across the several practices at play.

Laura Woodward is an artist based in Melbourne. Woodward has been exhibiting sculptural, kinetic installations for over ten years. Her current artistic research involves the creation of looped systems embodied in these sculptural installations. The system’s inherent logic drives its formal and systematic emergences, opening up the opportunity for bodily resonances and experiences forged between artwork and viewer.

Woodward’s work has been nationally recognised through prizes, grants, public commissions, solo exhibitions and significant group exhibitions. She received Australia Council New Work Grants in 2010, 2013 and 2014; won the Agendo Prize for Emerging Artists in 2009; and was awarded the Vulcan Steel Postgraduate Tutorship Award and a Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship Award in 2007. In 2015 Woodward received a ‘Highly Commended’ award for the Art Gallery of NSW Studios in Paris Scholarship. Solo exhibitions include Ararat Regional Gallery, 2015; Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Southbank, 2013; and Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, St Kilda, 2010. Woodward’s practice increasingly involves the creation of large-scale sculptural works for the public realm, including her major upcoming commission Murmur for Marina Tower, Docklands.

Woodward is a lecturer in the School of Art at the Victorian College of the Arts.

Ben Denham

“I grew up in the Blue Mountains and studied visual arts at the University of Western Sydney. I currently live in Croydon Park, near the Cooks River, in Sydney’s inner west. I work with performance video and make machines that engage different parts of the body in the process drawing and writing. In 2002–03 I spent a year and a half in Mexico with the assistance of the Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship. I maintain strong connections to Mexican art and activist culture. I completed my doctorate in 2009; my thesis considered the relationship between art and neuroscience, with a particular focus on gesture and linguistic embodiment. I work part time in web and media production for the Writing and Society Research Centre at the University of Western Sydney where I’ve had the opportunity to shoot and edit a new production of one of Samuel Beckett’s films and to work on a documentary about the Sweatshop Western Sydney Literacy Movement. I also teach one day per week in the drawing department at the National Art School, Sydney.” Ben Denham

In Motion Festival 2016

1-22 October at Airspace Projects

10 Junction Street Marrickville


Wednesday 12 October, 6-8pm. All Welcome!


Featuring Splinter Orchestra and Nicole Morton

Curated by Maeve Parker and Katie Winten

In Motion Festival 2016 will amplify the relationship between sound and motion, utilising audio to provoke action or, in opposition, introduce stillness.

Splinter Orchestra
The Splinter Orchestra is a large-scale electro-acoustic improvising ensemble based in Sydney, Australia. For 13 years they have provided a forum for musicians to improvise and experiment in a large group setting. Playing together is the fundamental activity, and the group meets regularly to do just that.

Splinter strives to replace the almost military-like regimentation of most orchestral tropes to provide a communal structure in which individual musicians are free to experiment with sound. Creating an environment where players can create, despite differing layers of experience, is a complex socio/political, perhaps even idealistic exercise. However, the sounds produced by the orchestra result in unique and powerful experiences for both audiences and performers. Space and context play a key part in shaping the music of the Splinter Orchestra. As improvising musicians, the group aims to maintain an awareness of their environment, spatial and acoustic, together with their own individual sonic contributions and those of their fellow players. There is a clear relationship between sound and space.

During Sound In Motion, the Splinter Orchestra will perform an extended work that traverses the unique structure of AirSpace Projects in Marrickville.

Nicola Morton
Nicola Morton is an electronic music artist that uses DIY experimental processes in composition and performance. Among her diverse approaches to music-making is her recent experiments with smart phones, Wi-Fi and psychic ability during the full moon. National Film and Sound Archive has collected a set of her solo experimental electronic recordings. She has released on Australian DIY labels: Breakdance the Dawn; Alberts Basement and European labels: Musica Dispersa and LF Records.

Nicola Morton will be improvising with synthesizers and an antenna tuned to respond to the Wi-Fi in 2 android phones and then perform: WIRELESSPSYCHICS EXPERIMENT #10: SWITCH ON/FULL MOON Share the crazy energy of the full moon with someone in your home.

Give them 2-3 Wi-Fi capable devices, whilst you shut your eyes, ask them to switch the Wi-fi ON in only one of the devices. Then you can open your eyes (or keep them shut) and pick the device with the Wi-Fi turned on. Can be done IRL or over Skype etc


In Motion Festival 2016

1-22 October



Saturday 1 October, 6-9pm

Junction Street Marrickville

Just 6 minutes easy walk along Schwebel Street from Marrickville Station

A three-week multidisciplinary art festival unpacking the theme of motion; Progress. Movements. Time. Slippages. Futures. Change. From 1 – 22 October, presented by AirSpace Projects.

Get In Motion on the opening night as Junction Street is activated with experimental audio visual sets, performance artists on utes, videos hidden in car boots and art around every corner.

Held at AirSpace Projects in Marrickville, the controversial site of the Sydenham to Bankstown Urban Renewal Corridor, the In Motion Festival 2016 will navigate what it means to be ‘in motion’ and, in contrast, ‘still’ in a time of rapid urban, technological and ecological development. Drawing ideas and potency from this impending change to the local area, In Motion Festival 2016 will pose questions: What are we moving towards and away from? What does it mean to be in motion? How do we navigate a world in constant rapid change? The In Motion Festival 2016 will present dynamic and innovative contemporary multi-arts practice that sits at the nexus of contemporary art, performance and film.

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Curatorial Team

Anna May Kirk, Maeve Parker, Katie Winten, Nerida Ross, Emmerald Dunnfrost, Sebastian Henry-Jones, Alice Joel

Participating  Artists

Jannah Quill, Bronwen Williams, Ben Denham, Benjamin Forster, Show Us You Teeth, Eugene Ward & Patric Kuo, Harrison Witsey, Get To Work, Angela Goh, Joseph Florio, Aston Creus, Laura Woodward, Mitch Thomas, Shalini Jardin, Joe Hamilton, Ash Bell, Splinter Orchestra, Rory McKay, Ivey Wawn, Gina Wagstaffe, Danny Wild, Amrita Hepi, Cloudy Rhodes, Deb Mansfield, Nicola Morton, Brianna Kell, Hayley Coghlan

Feature Exhibition

Gallery One

Laura Woodward: Resonate

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Laura Woodward, Writhe 2015 (detail), acetal, acrylic, water, nylon hose, santoprene hose, fasteners, air fittings, motors, dimensions variable. Image by the artist and Jem Selig Freeman

Programs + Events

Every Saturday (8, 15 and 22 October) for the duration of the festival, AirSpace Projects will house public programs, performances, talk series and more from 1 – 3pm. Experience everything from future conspiracy theory talks to experimental adventure dance performances around the Marrickville area.

~ Get going, get In Motion ~

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Artists’ Talks

Saturday 17 September  3-5pm


10 Junction Street Marrickville

Just 6 minutes walk along Schwebel Street

from Marrickville station

Pollyxenia Joannou, Anthony Cahill, Kendal Heyes, Francesca Mataraga and Mog&Mog will discuss the ideas underpinning their outstanding exhibitions from 3pm. At 4pm tea and home-baked cakes will be served over casual conversation. Everyone is welcome to show-off their prowess in the kitchen and contribute to what’s on the TableSpace 😜; but don’t fear, we need eaters too. This is another fun, stimulating and community building event presented by AirSpace Projects!

Gallery One


Red Herring

Red Herring ImagesPollyxenia Joannou and Anthony Cahill have been friends and colleagues for the past three and a half decades and despite being in close contact/discourse over this time, they have never brought their practices together in a collaborative fashion.

So, during regular discussions about their work and where each artist saw their work to be heading, it was decided that they should work on a collaboration called Red Herring.

The aim of this collaboration was to explore what they surmised to be the similarities of each other’s work when exhibited side by side having been sight unseen by the other. It was decided that a theme could be used to give connection, a starting point for the exhibition. This connection was to be based on the subject of shadow as both artists felt an affinity to this as a concept and hence, Red Herring was born.

Joannou and Cahill settled on a format, proceeded to their studios and over the past 12 months, have produced this body of work.

Gallery Two

Kendal Heyes


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Kendal Heyes’ paintings connect to visual experiences associated with Polynesia, in particular, the paintings on velvet of Polynesian women by Edgar Leeteg, popular in the 1930s and 40s, and tapa cloth works, especially the freehand works from Samoa and Niue.

These paintings take from both Leeteg and the Polynesian artists an emphasis on optical effects as an aspect of painting. And like the tapa cloth works they take the form Rosalind Krauss identifies as centripetal grids: ‘Concentrating on the surface of the work as something complete and internally organized,’ each work consists of a series of departures and variations of the grid that frames it.

The Cranny

Francesca Mataraga

stripes and banners


‘stripes and banners’ presents documentation and artefacts from a series of  painting and sculpture projects from 2012 onward.

These works differ in scale, scope and delivery quite broadly but are all based on a set of stripe motifs sourced from a series of fabric patterns. Each work was created for or adapted to a specific site or location and explores different ways of using the stripe motif. Some works are large-scale site-specific paintings or murals, other works are sculptural using domestic architecture – specifically the fence as a visual and physical mode of delivery. Further works have evolved into large-scale banners, literally becoming spatial paintings. All the works function as expanded or spatial paintings, situating the stripe motif in the landscape or in relation to existing architecture where the work in-situ is just as important as it’s photographic image.

Deep Space


Future self

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Mog&Mog are multi-disciplinary artists Alexandra Edmondson and Kate Fennell. As a creative partnership encompassing art, design, writing and film-making, they are interested in exploring perceptions of self and marginality of identity. Their new show, Future selfis an immersive installation exploring the formation of identity through storytelling.

4 images from top to bottom: 1. LHS: Anthony Cahill, Cave & Moon #4, 2016, oil on linen, 90 x 90cm. Photo credit: Anthony Cahill. RHS: Pollyxenia Joannou, Shadow Whisper, 2016, oil, pigment on wood, 90 x 90cm. Photo credit: John McRae. 2. Kendal Heyes, Untitled #10, from Polynesia series, 2016, oil and crushed marble on velvet , 120 x 91.4cm. Photo: Kendal Heyes. 3. Francesca Mataraga, ‘photographic documentation of banner for Sculpture by the Sea 2014 (Tamarama)’. Image courtesy the artist. 4: Mog&Mog, Future self, 2016, digital image.






Join us for


Saturday 20 August 2pm

The final day of the August exhibitions

10 Junction Street Marrickville

Join artists Anie Nheu, Sarah Mufford, Sally Clarke, Brenda Factor and Sara Sohrabian for art talks that delve into topics ranging from the psychology of the displaced body to tessellation and the geometric ratio of 2:1:2:1:2; from inscribed skins and unintended consequences to the formation of dual identity.

The talks will be followed by relaxed conversation over tea and baking concepts presented on TableSpace downstairs, a normally dull space that transforms into a gustatory spectacle on the third Saturday of every month. Why not demonstrate your prowess in the kitchen and participate in this highly coveted exhibition opportunity? We can only encourage you!


Image above: August exhibitions. LtoR: Details of works by Anie Nheu, Sarah Mufford, Brenda Factor and Sara Sohrabian.

August Exhibitions

Friday 5 – Saturday 20 August

Opening Event: Friday 5 August 6-8pm

Gallery One

Anie Nheu

Forms on Edge

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One of the ideas that sustains Anie Nheu’s visual exploration is the relationship the body forms to the space it inhabits. ‘Relationship’ encapsulates the experiences of a body in a myriad of affect and effects, both tangible and intangible. The background narrative is told through a female body of a perpetual migrant who was born into a predominately patriarchal culture. Resettlement and adaptation brought changes in traditionally assigned roles. Negotiations for place and roles in new communities and at a micro level within the family were acutely felt. These ideas form the basis of the visual framework for the exhibition.

Gallery Two

Sarah Mufford


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Sarah Mufford’s practice explores intuitive, abstract expressionistic technique juxtaposed with mathematical patterning of circular, sacred geometry derived from Eastern and Western methodologies. It is an acknowledgment of the history of abstraction and uses ritual as both process and philosophical driving force.

Overlapping, repeated circle tessellations form grids emphasising spatial relationships within the composition. The resulting four segmented star-like shapes painted in opaque white and transparent rose reference the mathematical process that Giotto and his Bottega employed in decorative sections such as fabric drapery and also in the manner with which he devised the gold star ceiling of the Scrovegni chapel in Padua, Italy. This geometric ratio is 2:1:2:1:2, or “One Between Two”.

It is also found in traditional Indian Miniature painting and used as a ritualistic mantra and methodology in the depiction of any kind of organisational, decorative pattern from leaf and flower shapes, to fabric, brickwork, carpet and flooring. In Repeat Mufford uses this method of sacred geometry to organise the pattern of tiny plant references, gold leaf work and grid.

The Cranny

Sally Clarke and Brenda Factor

Beast People


Inspired by Dr Moreau’s experimental lab, Clarke and Factor combine, by way of a metaphorical vivisection, their practices and materials to create a hybrid installation of materials and ideas. Clarke literally references the scientist’s laboratory with a suggestion of unintended consequences while Factor produces skins impregnated with medieval imagery of fantastical creatures.

Deep Space

Sara Sohrabian


Web image, Rupture-Rapture #5

Rupture/Rapture addresses the inevitability of change while acknowledging the strong hold that memory can hold over the present. For migrants, who have lost a direct connection to their culture and to the ties of their past, identity shifts between a duality. While embracing the many aspects of a new culture, a feeling of isolation, division and dislocation can ensue. Rupture/Rapture explores these complex feelings.

Images Top to Bottom: Anie Nheu, Double-Edged, 2016, mixed media on design board, 56.5 x 17cm. Image credit: Anie Nheu; Sarah Mufford: Catalunya (detail), 2016. Image courtesy of the artist; Brenda Factor, Skins, 2016, silicon, various dimensions. Image courtesy of the artist; Sara Sohrabian, Rupture/Rapture 5, 2015. Image Courtesy of the artist.


Saturday 23 July

Ajay Sharma

AirSpace Projects and Ashfield Library

Chai and Cheerio again

Miniature Painting Demo




to Friday 8 July 6-8pm

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the July exhibitions have been rescheduled to open on Friday 8 July 6-8pm. We ask you to join us to welcome Ajay Sharma and Stephanie Snider to Sydney and to view what are going to be three wonderful exhibitions.

July Exhibitions

8- 23 July 2016

Ajay Sharma (Jaipur)
Stephanie Snider (Brooklyn)
Vinita Sharma (Jaipur)

Opening Friday 8 July 6.00-8.00pm

After the Puja ceremony, exhibitions will be opened by
Dr. Vinod Bahade, Deputy Consul General of India, 6.30pm

Gallery One

Ajay Sharma

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Ajay Sharma, master miniature painter, returns to Sydney from Jaipur to share his observations of the changing role and status of women in India. He will also be exhibiting a Ragamala and others works in the tradition of Indian miniature painting.

Gallery Two

Stephanie Snider


Stephanie Snider, artist and academic at Pennsylvania State University, presents her latest collages and undertakes a collaborative project with Ajay Sharma at Thirning Villa, Ashfield.

Deep Space

Vinita Sharma

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We are excited to present Vinita Sharma’s first solo exhibition. Her miniature paintings depict architectural forms and intimate domestic scenes.

Images above courtesy of the artists. All rights reserved © 2016.

A.I.R. Thirning Villa, Ashfield

Ajay Sharma and Stephanie Snider will be the Artists-In-Residence at Thirning Villa, Ashfield from 17 June – 29 July.

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Keep an eye out for their workshops on the Thirning Villa website


Thirning Villa is supported by Inner West Council








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