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Jordan Marani


May 3, 2017 - August 6, 2017
Opening: May 13, 2017 - 2:00 - 4:00PM

Technician’s Choice honours the important yet often overlooked role of the technician in exhibition-making. It interrogates the role of the curator and notions of authorship within the development of exhibitions and presentation of artists’ works. It also calls into question the nature of authority within the gallery system.

In this exhibition, technicians who are also artists are handed over curatorial ownership to democratically determine where their works should be installed and how. Artists include Fergus Binns, Christian Bishop, Tony Cran, Beau Emmett, Carly Fischer, Anna Higgins, Shannon Lyons, Jordan Marani, David Mutch, Mira Oosterweghel, Steven Rendall, Bryan Spier and Ross Taylor.

Exhibition Celebration with Guest Speakers | Cr. Kim Le Cerf, Mayor of Darebin Council and Channon Goodwin: Director, Bus Projects | Saturday 13 May | 2-4pm
Every Revolution is a Technical Revolution | Performance by Ceri Hann: Saturday 13 May | 2-3.30pm

Untitled # 7 (from Les Voyageurs)
Paul Handley
Untitled # 7 (from Les Voyageurs) 2016


June 21, 2017 - August 6, 2017
Opening: June 24, 2017 - 2-4pm

Inter-disciplinary artist Paul Handley presents a new site-specific installation especially for Bundoora Homestead. Within the historic walls, the artist will challenge and provoke the audience to confront the ongoing global plight of refugees escaping displacement from their homelands. Last year, the artist travelled to Lesvos to document the piles of discarded life jackets by the estimated 500,000 refugees who have landed on northern shores of the Greek Island since 2015. Vests consists of suspended cheap fluorescent jackets glowing within the confines of the Pantry space.



Pupa VII
Polly Borland
Pupa VII 2012


June 23, 2017 - August 6, 2017
Opening: June 24, 2017 - 2:00 - 4:00PM

Skin is a living organism. It can be decorated with ink or ravaged by disease. At times it is re-configured into commodities such as belts, shoes or jackets. As a surface, it has been endlessly explored through painting, sculpture and photography. Skin also forms a crucial pivot within the human debates concerning gender, race and body image. Skin Thing explores this highly charged surface through works by Polly Borland, eX de Medici, Adam Geczy and Peter Sculthorpe, Paul Knight, Archie Moore, Perimeter Books, Stuart Ringholt, Charles Robb, Salote Tawale and Jodie Whalen. There is a breadth of matter in the exhibition, both tactile and cerebral, that extends our thinking about this ubiquitous substance. Curated by Jane O’Neill.

PERFORMANCE | JODIE WHALEN | Sat 24 June | 3-4pm | Details here
ARTISTS’ / CURATOR’S TALK | Fri 14 July | 2-3.15pm | Details here 

Skin Thing is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

Moment #1: Backyard view
Sim Luttin
Moment #1: Backyard view 2017


August 9, 2017 - October 22, 2017
Opening: August 26, 2017 - 2:00-4:00PM

Contemplating the quiet moments when we consciously pause and ruminate before ‘busy’ takes over, Keepsake explores the personal moments found in our urban environments and strives to capture small moments of the sublime in the everyday. In a unique combination of painting and jewellery practices, Keepsake showcases intimate oil paintings on copper by Kirrily Hammond and contemporary jewellery and photography by Sim Luttin. Presented as part of Radiant Pavilion.

ENGAGE ARTIST’S TALK | Sat 26 August | 3-4pm | Details here

Radiant Pavilion

Justin Shoulder
V 2010


August 9, 2017 - October 22, 2017
Opening: August 26, 2017 - 2:00-4:00

Explore a fantastical world infused with biometrics, mutations and intangible forces. This screening reveals a reverence for the theatrical, defying logic whilst living and breathing the absurd. is a subterranean exploration of the occult—showcasing one of Justin’s Fantastic Creatures — an invented alter-persona based on queered ancestral mythologies. In Deep Alamat, witness Justin and collaborator Bhenji Ra perform in hostile landscapes with reference to the queer, migrant, spiritual and intercultural.

Grid 3000
Dana Harris
Grid 3000 2016


August 9, 2017 - October 22, 2017
Opening: August 26, 2017 - 2:00-4:00pm

Dana Harris is obsessed with mapping and drawing space as a way of marking physical space and time to reveal and understand their connections. She looks to science, history, design and architecture, searching for connections to explore. Dana intimately examines details that are specific and particular but often temporary or unnoticed and transforms the connections into large-scale textile-based drawings. In Survey, Dana creates a new installation in the foyer area, drawing inspiration from the architecture and history of Bundoora Homestead.

Untitled 7 (If This is My Land)
Hayley Millar-Baker
Untitled 7 (If This is My Land) 2016


August 9, 2017 - October 22, 2017
Opening: August 26, 2017 - 2:00-4:00pm

In My Mirring, Hayley Millar-Baker explores her deep connection to land and highlights the contemporary Indigenous experience of Country. For Hayley, it’s from within the Australian bush that answers to personal issues are provided: for growth, clarity, satisfaction and cleansing. In this photographic series, Hayley explores narratives of Australian history through a postcolonial lens. She combines Aboriginal Dreamtime characters and alternative views of history to share her personal perspective.

ARTISTS TALK | Sat 16 September | 2pm | Details here

Make Australia Great Again
Carly Fischer
Make Australia Great Again 2017


August 12, 2017 - October 22, 2017
Opening: August 26, 2017 - 2:00-4:00pm

Carly Fischer’s latest sculptural installation reflects on how corporations market products towards culturally, environmentally and politically aware Australians. Drawing on the protest song by Paul Kelly, her installation questions whether cultural resistance can escape being appropriated, commodifed and sold back to us as gentrifed lifestyle packages. Products and cultural objects are referenced, reassembled, remixed and reconstructed as strange hybrid sculptural propositions.

Fruits (from Confluence)
Aaron Claringbold
Fruits (from Confluence) 2016


August 12, 2017 - October 22, 2017
Opening: August 26, 2017 - 2:00-4:00pm

In Confluence, Aaron Claringbold investigates non-Indigenous relation to place and connection to land in light of his personal heritage, and
a sense of being complicit in the ongoing colonisation of Australia. He explores the Birrarung and Merri Merri Creeks as a confluence a merging of movement and flow. Confluence is based around introduced elements within the urban and re-naturalised environment, the waterways and surrounding parklands of the Merri Merri area.

ARTIST’S TALK | Sat 16 September | 2pm | Details here

A Garden of Parallel Paths
Daniel Crooks
A Garden of Parallel Paths 2012


August 12, 2017 - October 22, 2017
Opening: August 26, 2017 - 2:00-4:00pm

Bundoora Homestead Art Centre is delighted to present a new commission by leading video artist Daniel Crooks. This new work will premiere an investigation of the artist’s local neighbourhood – High Street, Preston – while further developing his renowned pixel-splicing aesthetic. Continuing Crooks’ fascination with time as a physical material the commission will also explore how ideas of documentary and the everyday intersect with our contemporary experience of Google street view, blanket surveillance and computational imaging. This new single channel video will be a welcome addition to the Darebin Art Collection.

ARTIST TALK | Sat 16 September | 2pm | Details here

Spirit Tableau
Jake Treacy
Spirit Tableau 2017


August 12, 2017 - October 22, 2017
Opening: August 26, 2017 - 2:00-4:00pm

Conjuring the inherent and animistic power of objects, Salon of Spirits channels the psychic unity between the material and the immaterial. Through conduits of spiritualism and surrealism, these objects are seen to have their own lives, to possess their own breath, and careful mediumship awakens them. Presented through a series of strange tableaux, the exhibitors assemble objects from their personal collections, performing sensibilities of aesthetics, memory and functionality. Visions of fine art, heirlooms, documents, photographs, souvenirs, fashion and jewellery construct uniquely totemistic self-portraits of each exhibitor, while stirring the dormant domesticity of Bundoora Homestead.

The artists presented are Brigid Brock, Sue Cramer, Alice Dickins, Alice Edgeley and William Grfffiths, Brenton Gaia, Garrett and Will Huxley, Adam Kelleher- Roulston, Marina Perkovich and Jake Treacy. Curated by Jake Treacy.

CURATOR / ARTISTS TALK | Sat 16 September | 2pm | Details here
SALON SEANCE | Sat 16 September | 3.30-4.30pm | Details here

Untitled B/W found image
Untitled B/W found image 1980


September 13, 2017 - October 22, 2017

A half-way house and alternative school once located near Bundoora Homestead, ‘Kingsbury’ forms the backdrop to Rozalind Drummond’s exhibition. In the 1970s, Kingsbury embraced an experimental culture of encounter sessions, consciousness raising, group discussions, readings and performance. Rozalind mines this complex history through digital photography, film and found imagery. The work suggests a series of fabricated scenarios, depicting trans-historical meetings, associations and plausible narratives about people that once occupied Kingsbury.



October 28, 2017 - March 4, 2018

Artists from across Australia are presented in this major exhibition where they will be competing for the $10,000 acquisitive prize and $1,000 People’s Choice Award. See contemporary artworks across all media, from painting, drawing, photography, sculpture and craft, through to video and printmaking. Come along and bring a friend to vote in The People’s Choice Award. The judges for this Prize are David Cross, Professor of Art and Performance, Deakin University; Lou Hubbard, Artist; and Claire Watson, Curator, Bundoora Homestead Art Centre. The Darebin Art Prize is a biennial multi-medium award for excellence in contemporary visual art.

Entries are now open. Find out more: here

The 2017 Darebin Art Prize is proudly supported by:

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