Archives for the month of: March, 2016

AirSpace Projects currently closed while new exhibitions are installed. Reopens 11am Friday 1 April


Friday 1 to Saturday 16 April

Opening Event

Friday 1 April 6-8pm


Gallery One and The Cranny
Shalini Jardin

This exhibition explores a fusion of animal/human hybridity and questions fixed binary constructions of Otherness. Various beings and sentient life forms are de/constructed to create new meanings.

Gallery Two
Ainsley Wilcock
Grotesquing The Body Trace

Ainsley Wilcock Composite #15 2016 coloured pencil on stonhenge paper 112 x 76.5 cm (detail 2) copy 2
Relying on the interaction and co-presence of humour, horror, play and terror, Wilcock fuses the grotesque aesthetic with seemingly incongruous categories of images and forms. Clothing and unstable ‘bodily’ materials provide transient territories to explore ideas of presence and absence.

Deep Space
Janette Gay

Cornered, a multi-media digital installation will explore the manner in which our increasingly constrained and inward focussed urban environments can confine our world. The installation will play with the restricted gallery space, its corners and with concepts of being cornered and forced into restricted positions.


Image Top: Shalini Jardin, Hybrid Beings (video still), 2016, HD digital video: 5 mins. Courtesy of the artist.
Image Middle: Ainsley Wilcock, Composite #15 (detail), 2016, coloured pencil on Stonehenge paper, 112 x 76.5cm. Courtesy of the artist.
Image Bottom: Janette Gay, Cornered #1 (video still), 2016, HD video looped (1:20 minutes). Courtesy of the artist.

The Artists Are Present

Sunday 20 March 11-5pm

AirSpace Projects is extending it’s opening hours for the final day of Art Month!


Over the course of Sunday 20 March, between 11-5, the exhibiting artists Phaptawan Suwannakudt, Marie McMahon, Katya Petetskaya and Emily Copp will come and go for informal conversations about their work.

RB8 copyPhaptawan Suwannakudt was born in Thailand and has been living in Australia for twenty years. She is an established artist and began her art career as a temple mural painter. Phaptawan’s contemporary installation and paintings, Reincarnation of the Butterflies, addresses her relocation to Australia from Thailand and the memories emerging from that experience.  Phaptawan’s work is in major collections and was chosen by curators Catherine de Zegher and Gerald McMaster to be represented in the 18th Biennale of Sydney, All Our Relations, 2014.

MM3Marie McMahon, political poster-maker of 1975-90 Tin Sheds fame, has been visiting the Botany Bay National Park one day a week for three years and filling her visuals diaries with colour swatches.  These have been translated into relief models which in turn have been transformed into exquisite landscape paintings of folded colour. As well as being interesting both formally and philosophically, the fold also echoes the architectural facades of 1960s buildings Marie documented while researching in Cambodia.

The Spill_1_950Katya Petetskaya’s paintings explore the politics of contamination through oil spills. Oil spills shape Australian landscapes economically and politically because Australian companies invest in international companies that are responsible for oil spills both inside and outside of Australia including her birth place, Russia. In addition to painting Katya works as a performance artist, attempting correlationist experiments with alternative forms of knowledge that go beyond thought to understand the co-relation between body and reality.

Emily photo blogEmily Copp is passionate about the environment, particularly the impact of unconventional coal seam gas mining on communities and natural resources.  In As Above, So Below Emily translates her concerns into table platters and jewellery through new technologies of 3D printing and hydraulic pressing. Emily has worked closely with the Lock The Gate Alliance during this project and is highly motivated to explore ethical and environmental issues through her work. Emily studied at Enmore College of Design and is a community-minded and contributing tenant – along with her well-trained dog Tiga – at SquarePeg Studios, Marrickville.


Artist Talks
2.00-3.30pm Sunday 6 March

Renown artists Phaptawan Suwannakudt and Marie McMahon will be joined by Jasmin Stephens  to discuss their exhibitions and practices and answer your burning questions. Both artists have exhibited widely and have had their work collected by major institutions.  This promises to be a stimulating conversation. All welcome.


Jasmin Stephens is a Sydney-based curator and writer whose experience extends across Australia and Asia. A regular panel assessor, exhibition judge and mentor, she has recently written for Art Monthly Australia, ArtAsiaPacific and Artlink.



11am Friday 4 to 5pm Sunday 20 March

Opening Event Friday 4 March 6-8pm

We will be open for the extra days of Sunday 6 March 11am-5pm and Sunday 20 March 11am-5pm as part of Marrickville Open Studio Trail (MOST) and Art Month Sydney

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See individual exhibition pages for more information about the artists, their work and associated events.


Phaptawan Suwannakudt

Reincarnation of the Butterflies



Marie McMahon




Katya Petetskaya

The Spills

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Emily Copp

As Below, So Above



Sarah Newall


Girl Shed III: the sustainability project continues




Art Month 1-20 March

mostlogoside6BLACKhELVlIGHTBottomSaturday 5 and Sunday 6 March, 11-5pm
Marrickville Open Studio Trail (MOST)

Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 March
Sarah Newall’s Sustainability Project
For just over a year Sarah Newall has undertaken an artist residency in the small concrete yard behind Airspace Project. During this time she has converted this dead space into a sustainable living space/garden that includes a Girl Shed, a worm farm and a Rocket Stove. Over the course of the weekend Newall will be present for 48 hours living and working sustainably on site.

Sunday 6 March
Artist talks
Phaptawan Suwannakudt and Marie McMahon in conversation with Jasmin Stephens, independent Sydney-based curator, from 2.00-3.00pm. Join the artists for refreshments 3.00-3.30pm.

Friday 11 March 7.30-9.30pm
Can’t eat Coal. Can’t drink gas.

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Ticket price: $10 donation to Lock The Gate Alliance at the door
Location: AirSpace Projects, 10 Junction St, Marrickville, 2204

Join Emily Copp at AirSpace Projects on Friday the 11th of March 2016 for a night of awareness raising documentaries around the subject of unconventional gas mining.

Australia has seen rapid expansion of coal and coal seam gas development over the last 5 years, despite widespread and vocal community opposition. Come along to find out more about the issues at hand as well as listen to guest speakers and engage in conversation around this important topic.

This event is a fundraiser for Lock the Gate Alliance, a national grassroots organisation made up of over 40,000 supporters and more than 250 local groups, who are concerned about unsafe coal and gas mining. These groups are located in all parts of Australia and include farmers, traditional custodians, conservationists and urban residents.

Hosted by AirSpace Projects and Emily Copp in conjunction with her exhibition, As Below, So Above, a collection of works made in response to her concerns around coal seam gas mining.


Sunday 20 March 11-5pm
The Artists Are Present
From 11-5 the exhibiting artists will be present to informally discuss their work and answer your questions. It’s a great day to hang out at AirSpace Projects! Feel free to bring along a picnic and supplement it with pickings from Sarah Newall’s garden in Outer Space.

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