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Love Letter 2018 | I Do

In July 541 Art Space will feature “I Do”, the 5th iteration of Love Letter. Founder and curator Yves Lee describes Love Letter as a platform for emerging artists to expand their practices, fostering a supportive community of people grounded in art. For her, Love Letter is a commitment she holds to the people surrounding her, bringing them together, whether it be in the form of an idea, a gathering, or an art exhibition.

This year will showcase 14 artists working in varying artistic mediums. Featuring:
Clara Cheong
Sarah Woodward
Anna Battersby
Tanya Reinli
Aura Evans
Canbora Bayraktar
Ally Adeney
Gillian Kayrooz
Laura Nolan
Guy Morgan
Andy Chan
Jessica Thallmaier
Eleni Tsomis

Guest Artist: Jonathan Blake
Opening by Michael Fitzgerald
Curated by Yves Lee

Opening: Friday 6 July, 6pm – 8pm
Show Run: 6 – 29 July 2018
Entry: Free

Running at Night | The Dew of Little Things | Sorry

June Exhibition Openings

Running at Night | The Dew of Little Things | Sorry

This June 541 Art Space is collaborating with three Australian artists to present three exhibitions, Running at Night, The Dew of Little Things, and Sorry.

The exhibition in Gallery 1 titled Running at Night is the work of artist Janice Gobey. Concerned with the uncertainty and mistrust prevalent in today’s political climate, she uses fairy tales to communicate to the audience the trauma associated with war and displacement. Creating a sensory experience through her paintings and evoking emotions such as empathy and vulnerability. Show Run: 4-15 June.

Gallery 2 will exhibit the works of Yvette Kiddle in The Dew of Little Things. Yvette’s paintings depict the forgotten moments of mundane everyday life, which are often displaced by the noise and excitement of modern living and technology. Through her oeuvre she hopes to reconnect with the little things and emotions of love, despair, and frustration to stop the cycle of unattainable desire that forever lies beyond the current moment. Show Run: 4-15 June.

2016 Archibald finalist Daniel Butterworth will be exhibiting his show Sorry in Gallery 3. The exhibition is a formulated response to his exposure to the stories of Aboriginal people, and aims his brush at showing confrontational paintings that provoke discussions around the issue. He addresses the social injustices done on to the Aboriginal people and the consequential trauma that is prevalent today. Show Run: 4-28 June.

The public is welcome to the opening night for these exhibitions, which will be on Friday the 8th of June from 6-8PM. Complimentary food and drinks will be available.

We hope you will join us in exploring Sydney’s thriving art spaces and follow 541 Art Space to keep updated on our exciting exhibition programs!

Opening: Friday 8 June, 6pm – 8pm
Entry: Free

Walking Lightly on The Earth

In this exhibition of Lin Chen and Bing Bing Chen, this contradiction is once again inspiring contemporary artists.

While the two artists approach the subject from different perspectives, each confront this contemporary paradox.

Painting from her home in Tasmania, Lin Chen is inspired by romanticism, expressionism and impressionism. Capturing the gestural effect of movement and the imprecise nature of landscapes, she watches people walking in a world that they are simultaneously entrenched in and separated from. Her bright colours of optimism are offset by dark brooding shadows.

Bing Bing Chen uses discarded books as the source of her artwork: thrown away materials that capture the infinity of words. The spiral of her artworks draws us in, creating a sense of both order and chaos, hope and despair, connection and disconnection.

The cognitive revolution, gave us the ability to look at ourselves from the perspective of others –allowing us to drive our own purpose and critique who we are. But like any powerful tool, it is a double-edged sword that empowers and unnerves us. It is a blessing and a curse, a never-ending challenge that we often feel ill-equipped for. It is one of the challenges that artists have always been drawn to – and it is from this tradition that both Jin Chen and Bing Bing Chen come from.

Professor James Arvanitakis
May 2018

Opening : 25 May at 18:00–20:00

Head On  – Aussie Street 2018

AUSSIE STREET in 2018 has a distinctive appeal and community. Our photography has much to do with the quality of our light — sometimes within the cities, but also by sand and water — all of which we are fortunate to have plenty of in our lives. We all have varied styles, techniques and outlooks, however, we are united by our shared passion for photographing life as it happens.

In the five years since the last major group showing of Australian street photography at hEAdoN, we have witnessed the renewed popularity of the genre of street photography. Burgeoned by the democratic accessibility of ‘the street’ and the rapid expansion of technology and social media, the genre’s revitalisation is now a global phenomenon. Our exhibition harnesses this international momentum locally and gives a platform to both established artists as well as up-and-coming talents who are committed to documenting the time and place in which we live.

AUSSIE STREET features an exhibition of works by some of Australia’s leading street photographers as well as the finalist exhibition of our inaugural competition, which has been curated by a world-renowned judging panel including legendary Melbourne street photographer, Jesse Marlow.

Artist Bio –

All active in the Australian street photography community, these photographers’ works have been featured in solo and group exhibitions locally and internationally, garnering accolades including awards and finalist berths in the hEAdoN festival’s Portrait and Landscape Prizes, The Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize, The Maggie Diaz Prize, the ‘Australian Life’ Competition, and the Miami, San Francisco, & Brussels International Street Photography Awards. AUSSIE STREET 2018 are Deb Bonney (Warrnambool, VIC), Sam Ferris (Sydney, NSW), Didi S. Gilson (Port Stephens, NSW), Jonathan Pui (Sydney, NSW), Charlotte Reynolds (Manly, QLD), Justin Tan-Torres (Perth, WA), Bryce Waters (Sydney, NSW), Rachael Willis (Sydney, NSW).

05 May 2018 – 15 May 2018
Official Opening: Wed 09 May 2018, 6:00PM
Artist Talk: Tue 15 May 2018, 6:00PM

Monday – Friday: 11:00AM – 5:00PM
Saturday: 11:00AM – 3:30PM

Address: 541 Art Space, 541 Kent St, 2000 Sydney, NSW

Website : www.headon.com.au



Friday 20 April 2018, 6PM – 8PM


Curated by Chang Feng

Artistic director Sophy Feng

20.04.18 – 27.04.18

10 renowned Chinese artists for our April exhibition On Paper: Supreme. These contemporary works utilise paper as their material grounding, pushing the boundaries to explore the materiality of paper. This show features artists who have exhibited extensively throughout China and offer a recontextualisation of their practice within the contemporary Australian art scene.

Guan Yi / Guo Jian / Guan Wei / Han Xing / Wang Xiaojin / Qin Jian / Wu Liangyan / Yang Zhiling / Yin Kun / Zhang Dan

The exhibition will run from the 20th of April – 27th of April, and will be open during gallery hours with artworks available for purchase.

The public is welcome to the exhibition’s opening night on Friday the 20th of April from 6-8PM.

We hope you will join us for this exclusive opportunity, and follow 541 Art Space to keep updated on future Artists talks and events at the gallery.

Opening: Friday 20 April, 6pm – 8pm
Entry: Free


Art Month


Friday 16 March 2018, 6PM – 8PM

CLAY DATE | Art Month

15.03.18 – 24.03.18

This March 541 Art space is collaborating with Art Month Sydney to present the exhibition Clay Date. This exhibition will explore the ceramic practice that has emerged in Sydney, the diverse and experimental approaches of artists and the renewed contemporary interest in the ancient art form of ceramics.

Art Month Sydney is a not for profit city-wide festival, produced by the Australian Art Events Foundation, that celebrates contemporary arts through a rich and diverse set of programs.

Clay Date features the artists working in the Glebe ‘kit . n. it’ studios, a not for profit creative space, that provides studios and classes for the avant-garde exploration of ceramic arts. The artists involved include Mechelle Bounpraseuth, Angela Butler, Jan Downes, Scott Duncan, David Helmers, Caitlyn Hurley, Vivienne Hill, Rachael McCallum, and Luke O’Connor, Madeleine Preston.  

The exhibition will run from the 15th of March – 24th of March, and will be open during gallery hours (MondayFriday 11AM-5PMSaturday 11AM-3.30PM) with artworks available for purchase.

The public is welcome to the exhibition’s opening night on Friday the 16th of March from 6-8PM.

We hope you will join us in exploring Sydney’s thriving art spaces and follow 541 Art Space to keep updated on Artists talks at the gallery during the Art Month program.

Opening: Friday 16 March, 6pm – 8pm
Entry: Free

Thinking the landscape


Friday 16 February 2018, 6PM – 8PM

THE PLEASURE OF PLACE | Thinking the landscape

16.02.18 – 10.03.18

541 Art Space would like to invite you to our upcoming exhibition The Pleasure of Place, developed in association with City of Sydney’s Chinese New Year 2018, featuring the works of artist Jian Ming.

Jian Ming, also known as Jimmy He, was born in 1949, in Zhenghai, Zhejiang province. He showed an early interest in painting and was mentored by the acclaimed Chinese oil painter Professor Jun De Chen. His early influences were inspired by the works of Cezanne and Van Gough as well traditional art such as the wall paintings from the Yongle Palace. His interest in the Chinese calligraphy characters is evident in his work, as the rich traditions of Chinese brushwork and ink painting that he draws upon reveal an expression of deep spiritual concerns and beliefs. He moved to Tasmania in 1998, maintaining a determined commitment to making art and continued with exhibitions of oil paintings in Hong Kong at the Wang Fun Art Gallery and in Hobart, Tasmania at the Salamanca Art Center and in Melbourne at the 241 Art Gallery.

Jian Ming paints abstract expressionistic landscape that reveal the inner beauty of the spiritual landscape of Tasmania. His recent paintings reveal a strong influence of style of Jackson Pollack and Willem de Kooning as he does not conform to the constraints of traditional Chinese pictorialism. He explores the very essence of painting landscapes, deriving pleasure in the sense of place and in the landscape itself through the act of inscribing it into what appears calligraphic characters from the Oracle Bone Script and the Cursive or Grass scripts (Tang Dynasty). Jian Ming’s oil paintings reveal a deeply sensuous communication with the landscape whilst signifying the fundamental significance of the environment to our survival and our future. Drawing on memories and language from a different tradition of place, he gives new understandings of Australian landscape as being fluid and spiritual, unfolding phenomenologically as thinking paintings that speak directly with the landscape.

Opening: Friday 16 February, 6pm – 8pm
Entry: Free



Biennale of Sydney

Akira Takayama Participant call-out

Take part in a special artist project at Sydney Town Hall as part of the 21st Biennale of Sydney SUPERPOSITION: Equilibrium and Engagement

Japanese theatre director Akira Takayama is inviting residents of Sydney to participate in a one-off performance which will take place at Sydney Town Hall on Sunday, 28 January 2018. Akira Takayama invites you to share a song or poem – in any language – that was taught to you by your ancestors, handed down through families and across geographies. No prior auditions or rehearsals are required to take part and people of all singing and performing abilities are encouraged to participate.

The performances will be documented and form part of a film directed by Akira Takayama for the 21st Biennale of Sydney, SUPERPOSITION: Equilibrium and Engagement, which will take place from 16 March to 11 June 2018 at venues across Sydney. The Biennale of Sydney is an international festival of contemporary art that takes place every two years.

How to Participate

To express interest in participating in this project or to ask any questions please contact us.

The Performance

The performance will take place in Centennial Hall in Sydney Town Hall between 9 am – 6 pm Sunday, 28 January 2018. Food and refreshments will be provided for participants.


541 Art Space wishes you a joyful holiday season and a fulfilling 2018!

We are geared up for the new year, with exciting new exhibitions and immersive opportunities planned for the gallery. Thank you all for the success the gallery has had over the past year and we look forward to seeing you in 2018!

The gallery will be on holiday break, and our first exhibition of the new year will be on the 16th of February 2018.