From Where We Stand

Artbank's new exhibition features both classical landscapes and personal pieces from contemporary award-winning artists.
Ellie Grounds
Published on May 15, 2018

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Australia's premier contemporary art support program, Artbank is launching an impressive new exhibition with some award-winning artists. From Where We Stand opens on Thursday, May 17, at the company's art-filled headquarters in Waterloo, and will explore the inseparable relationship between perspective and experience.

If all that's a bit too much of a mouthful of art-jargon for you, here's what to expect: a series of classical landscape paintings from Artbank's extensive collection, plus intimate works inspired by personal experiences from six of Australia's most exciting contemporary artists.

Among the six artists exhibiting is the just-announced winner of the 2018 Archibald Prize, Yvette Coppersmith. Coppersmith, whose Self-portrait, after George Lambert won the award, will be exhibiting portraits alongside works from artists Ricky Emmerton, Anna McMahon, Sean Meilak, Rusty Peters and Lisa Sammut.

The remaining five artist's practices vary greatly. Some of the artworks you'll encounter on the night include Anna McMahon's exploration of a queer narrative through sculpture and video; Sean Meilak's architecturally-inspired geometric sculptures; and Rusty Peters' — Gija community elder — Indigenous artworks, which are inspired by the land and stories of the Kimberley.

With such a wide array of works on site, this is an exhibition not to be missed. Get down to the opening, grab yourself some bubbly and get your art on – you won't regret it.


The From Where We Stand Exhibition Opening will run from 6–8pm on Thursday, May 17. Entry is free, but you can register here. The exhibition will run until Friday, August 17.

Images in order: Simon Shiff, Yvette Coppersmith, Rusty Peters and Lisa Sammut.


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