Devonport Regional Gallery
is proud to present Safe Space, a major touring exhibition of contemporary sculpture, showcasing the works of 12 acclaimed Australian artists: Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Alex Seton, Claire Healy & Sean Cordeiro, David Cross, Franz Ehmann, Karla Dickens, Keg de Souza, Michelle Nikou, Rosie Miller, Tim Sterling and Will French.
Featuring a diversity of sculptural materials, techniques and scale, Safe Space explores different notions of space — abstract or real, physical, psychological, political and social — to spark the viewer’s curiosity.
Many of the works in this exhibition take as their point of departure the human body: its dimensions, the spaces it occupies, the narratives that contain it and the theatre or spectacle that unfolds around it.
According to exhibition Curator, Christine Morrow, “The title of the exhibition coaxes viewers to consider the ways these artworks engage the themes of safety and its lack; space in all its rich possibility and — perhaps unexpectedly — in all its difficulty. Sculpture is conventionally defined by the way it occupies three dimensions. Yet these works project into other psychological and cultural dimensions; those that cannot be contained within the physical realm.”
Devonport City Council Convention and Arts Centre Director Geoff Dobson said, “Who would have thought in 2017 when we expressed our interest in hosting Safe Space, the exhibition title would be imbued with an added and very acute meaning because of a pandemic.
“The tone of the exhibition ranges from humour and playfulness, nurturing and warmth, through to unease and melancholy and the themes of the works include privacy versus public space, refuge and sanctuary, agoraphobia and
Museums & Galleries Queensland’s Executive Director, Rebekah Butler said, “Museums & Galleries Queensland is committed to developing and presenting high-quality, diverse touring exhibitions — Safe Space is no exception. We trust audiences will enjoy engaging with this thought-provoking, diverse, often playful, sometimes confronting exploration of Safe Space.”
Safe Space will be displayed at Devonport Regional Gallery from 3 October to 14 November 2020 as part of its national tour to regional and metropolitan centres in Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria.
Do not miss this opportunity to see these remarkable contemporary sculptural artworks.
Safe Space will be exhibited in the Main Gallery from 3 October until 14 November 2020.
Image details: Claire Healy & Sean Cordeiro, Downstairs Dining Room – Octopus, 2014, Lego, IKEA chair and plant with hanger, 96 × 100 × 72 cm. Photograph by Ivan Bulijan Image courtesy of the artists and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
Safe Space is an initiative of Museums & Galleries Queensland developed in partnership with Logan City Council through Logan Art Gallery, and curated by Christine Morrow. This travelling exhibition is supported by the Visions regional touring program, an Australian Government program aiming to improve access to cultural material for all Australians; the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland; the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory governments; and is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
Geoff Dobson | Director