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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 Angela Butler, Jan Downes, Scott Duncan, David Helmers, Vivienne Hill, Racheal McCallum, and Luke Ryan O’Connor.

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.


Friday 10 November 2017, 6PM – 8PM


10.11.17 – 16.11.17

COUNTER-CONDUCT acts as an inquiry into transitory spaces, disparate materials, and precarious compositions of internal and external urban identities. It compiles multi-disciplinary works that traverse the urban network through collective repudiation and observation of urban environmental functions.

Presented by F123 – a recently established artists collective – COUNTER-CONDUCT operates both within and without the urban network.

Alana Cotton / Amaya Lang / Amy Bruce / Ben Adams / Isabella Chow / Kerryn Paasila / Lauren Wallace / Linda Sok / Lisa Dwyer / Maya Hendler / Mehmet Mevlütoğlu / Michaela Zoe / Nat Dabelstein Nicole Hauser / Nikolina Mircevski / Rumpa Paweenpongpat

This exhibition sponsored by Young Henrys

Opening: Friday 10 November, 6pm – 8pm
Entry: Free

541 Art Space, Level 1, 541 Kent St, Sydney


Exhibition Opening | Inhabitation of Violence

Invisible, innate, and formless, violence is manifested in various manners regardless of time, place, relationships, and circumstances. Sometimes it is accompanied with reasons – justifications which are fit and adjusted by the perpetrators, or by those perceiving through logic, politics, psychology, philosophy, et cetera. Other times, it is formed without a name or explanation, nevertheless leaving the same impact and traces to those at its disposal.

Threading from different parts of the world, Inhabitation of Violence is a crossing point for artists Stella Chen, Katya Petetskaya, and Melanie Coutts. Through unique perspectives and practices, each work shines light to the multilayered act and impact of violence – confronting its many forms and relations to both human and non-human entities, the subconscious, and the forces within ourselves.

Opening: Friday, October 6th 6pm-8pm
Show Run: 6th-13th October, Gallery Open 11am-5pm

541 Art Space, Level 1, 541 Kent St, Sydney