Current Exhibitions

REFINING, a multidisciplinary exhibition of BFA Honours student work at the halfway mark


BFA Honours

July 22 - August 2

A subtractive process involving the addition of value – a process of transcending beyond; the purification of a subject into a more adaptable form; the heightening self-awareness and sophistication in an individual – becoming more, with less.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) students of the Honours Studio Class are proud to present REFINING, an exhibition of photography, painting, ceramics, sculpture, performance, printmaking, installation, textiles, jewellery, and time based arts developed alongside each other in a supportive, interdisciplinary environment.

REFINING signifies the halfway mark of their journey in the Honours Laboratory.

With generous support from UNSW Australia I Art & Design, Arc@COFA, Kudos Gallery and Gallery Barry Keldoulis.

Opening: Tues, 22 July, 5-7pm
When: Jul 22-Aug 2
Where: Kudos Gallery
6 Napier St, Paddington, NSW
Hours: Wed to Fri, 11am – 6pm, Sat, 11am – 4pm
Tel: (02) 9326 0034

Opening: Tues, 22 July, 5-7pm
When: Jul 22-Aug 2
Where: COFAspace
Cnr Oxford St & Greens Rd, Paddington, NSW
Hours: Mon to Fri, 10am-5pm

Call of the Wild

Call of the Wild

Hayden Fowler

June 1 - December 31

COFA graduate Hayden Fowler is performing his latest work Call of the Wild in Berlin and Sydney this year.

In Call of the Wild, Fowler continues a lifelong memorial to extinct New Zealand birdlife, using his own body as the canvas.

Over three sessions of four to five hours each, his chest will be tattooed with an image of a Whekau- a laughing owl by artist W.T.Norbert. The last recorded specimen of a Whekau was found dead in 1914 in Canterbury on New Zealand’s South Island.

For Fowler, the story of the now extinct Whekau symbolizes the rapid disappearance of so many of the bird species that once dominated his homeland. Call of the Wild is a demonstration of reverence, respect and regret; keeping what has been lost in nature, alive in the conscience of the world.

When: Michael Reid Berlin, June 2014
Michael Reid Sydney, December 2014
Website: Michael Reid

Phillip George, Borderlands


Phillip George

June 9 - August 30

Associate Prof. Phillip George’s exhibition Borderlands features a suite of 21 surfboards from his Inshallah series.

They will be shown for the first time in Melbourne at the Islamic Museum of Australia. Each board is hand crafted by champion surfer Mark Rabbidge and covered in elegantly detailed Arabic, Ottoman and Persian patterns, a collection of images which George captured in his travels.

The boards are a result of decades of travelling through the Middle East and bring together iconic symbols of Australia and Islam.

When: Jun 9- Aug 30
Where: The Islamic Museum of Australia
15A Anderson Rd
Thornbury, VIC
Hours: Mon to Thurs, 10am-4pm, Fri, 10am-9pm

A Special Arrow Was Shot In The Neck…
Bonita Ely, Life is full of situations (detail), 1978. Etching, 104 × 73.6 cm. Courtesy: the artist and Milani Gallery, Brisbane.

A Special Arrow Was Shot In The Neck…

Bonita Ely

June 13 - August 2

COFA staff Bonita Ely is exhibiting work in group exhibition A Special Arrow Was Shot In The Neck… at DRAF Gallery in London.

The exhibition brings together a range of international artists, poets and choreographers and engages artistic practices that approach Land as a language-form of kinship, affect, and decolonial resistance.

Ely will exhibit her 1970s weavings of the salinating Murray-Darling River.

When: Jun 13- Aug 2
Where: DRAF London
Symes Mews
London NW1 7JE
Hours: Thur - Sat, 12 – 6pm

Louise Zhang, Superficial Powers (detail), 2014


COFA students

July 3 - August 2

Master of Fine Arts students Tully Arnot and Louise Zhang are exhibiting work in group exhibition #FOMO.

The exhibition explores FOMO as a psychological phenomenon which causes individuals to experience an inherent desire to possess objects of beauty and cultural significance.

Why do we feel a frenzied rush of desire when we look at an artwork we appreciate? Why must we own, possess and consume? What prompts our ‘fear of missing out’?

When: Jul 3 – Aug 2
Where: Artereal
747 Darling Street, Rozelle
Hours: Wed to Sat, 11am- 5pm

Plastic Histories
Cigdem Aydemir, Plastic Histories

Plastic Histories

Cigdem Aydemir

July 14 - August 1

Cigdem Aydemir is exhibiting Plastic Histories at the Vryfees Festival in South Africa.

Plastic Histories explores the nature and historical purpose of 19th and 20th century monuments from a queer and feminist angle. The statues serve to shape collective memory in public spaces and ensure against the failure of individual memory.

Yet, we now know that our memory is plastic in the sense that it is constantly shaped and molded based on our new knowledge of the past.

Plastic Histories is an attempt to visualize this process, in particular to acknowledge the contribution of women from all races, communities and sexualities to the grand narrative of a post-Apartheid South Africa.

When: July 14 – Aug 1
Where: VryFees Festival
Bloemfontein, South Africa

Reweave- exploring the borders of art
Liz Williamson, Pink Darn

Reweave- exploring the borders of art

Liz Williamson

July 24 - August 17

Assoc. Prof. Liz Williamson is exhibiting her work at Timeless Textiles Gallery in Newcastle.

Reweave explores the borders between art, craft and design through an artistic investigation of the ancient art of weaving.

The works in the exhibition seek to integrate memory, cloth and the body in a diverse mix of styles brought together by shape, structure, colour and an ongoing engagement with woven textiles.

Williamson is also hosting a weaving workshop at the gallery 16- 17 August, 9.30am - 4.30pm. More information.

Opening: Thur, 24 July, 6-8pm
When: 24 July – 17 Aug
Where: Timeless Textiles Gallery
7 Beaumont St
Islington, Newcastle
Hours: Wed- Sat, 10am-4pm

Uncanny Residues

Uncanny Residues

Tully Arnot

July 25 - August 27

Master of Fine Arts graduate Tully Arnot’s latest exhibition features works that reinterpret existing understandings of everyday objects, their functions and our relationships with them, creating what he calls an Uncanny Residue.

This manipulation of objects that are known to the audience disrupts our perception of everyday forms. The exhibition features sculptural experiments investigating the creation of an Uncanny Residue.

Opening: Wed, July 23, 6-8pm
When: July 25-27
Where: Wellington St Projects
19-26 Wellington St
Hours: Fri to Sun, 12-6pm