We acknowledge the Gadigal of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of the Country on which the Art Gallery of New South Wales stands.

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Local Rhythms and Actions

A triangular installation of squares of different colours and patterns.

Reko Rennie No sleep till Dreamtime 2014, Art Gallery of New South Wales © Reko Rennie, courtesy of the artist and Blackartprojects

The first exhibition in our Open Studio program, which offers new insights into our collection and archive

Local Rhythms and Actions

4 June 2022 – January 2023

Lower level 2

Art Gallery of NSW

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Local Rhythms and Actions has been jointly curated by the Art Gallery of New South Wales and 11 residents from Woolloomooloo, our neighbouring suburb in inner-city Sydney.

Alannah Boota, Rozee Cutrone, Jone Di, Sandra Donato, Cristina Gomez, Faith Landy-Ariel, Carmel McNamara, Kerry McNamara, Rosano ‘Snooze’ Martinez, Maya Sheridan-Martinez and Sarah ‘Boom’ Samuels answered a call-out for co-curators earlier in 2022.

They participated in a series of workshop discussions about art and matters close to their hearts, and selected works from the Art Gallery’s collection in response to these conversations.

Among the key talking points that connect the artworks they have chosen are local art and history, family and the role that mothers play in the community, the acceptance of all people as locals, Indigenous connections, and the presence and perspectives of First Nations people living in the neighbourhood. 

The works on display include paintings, prints, photographs, sculpture and moving image by artists such as Jon Campbell, Emily Floyd, Mavis Ganambarr, Shaun Gladwell, the Ken Family Collaborative, Jeff Koons, David McDiarmid, Reko Rennie, Peter Upward and Miwa Yanagi.

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