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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.