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One of the most wonderful artists we've had the pleasure of representing, Patrick Doherty, creates bright, colourful, confronting work that runs against the grain - his inimitable manner of mixing a rough, free-style street art aesthetic with the conceptual depth and technique breadth of fine art consistently intrigues.

His last exhibition at Venn Gallery, Confessions to god, but not mine, saw Doherty present a series of mural-like works, reminiscent of Hieronymous Bosch in scale and detail.  Laden with multiple impossible possibilities, Doherty's richly imagistic works referenced spiritual, bodily and religious iconography; scattered with god-like beings and historical narratives with a twist.

Forward-thinking Australian fashion designers Romance Was Born, who are known for their sculptural, artistic-minded haute couture creations, and textile collaborations with artists Kate Rhode and Del Kathryn Barton, teamed up with Patrick Doherty back in 2009 to create a unique textile print for their "Doilies and Pearls" collection, utilising Doherty's artwork.

They're re-visiting the print for an archival showcase centred upon a children's exhibition Express yourself: Romance Was Born for Kids currently showing at the National Gallery of Australia. They've created a limited series of adult and baby tees/onesies for the NGV, which can be purchased at the NGV Shop.


Above: Patrick Doherty wearing one of the RWB collaboration tees

Leading Australian arts organisation Performance Space have commissioned Kate McMillan to produce a new 5 channel video installation for their BURUWAN (ISLAND) season of works, which opens this month.


BURUWAN (ISLAND) is a season of works by Australian artists that highlights the politics of our distinctive landscape through live performance, sculpture, and video installation.


Visual artist Kate McMillan and composer Cat Hope join forces for The Moment of Disappearance, an installation that unveils the intertwining histories of imprisonment and banishment linked to island locations around Australia (Port Arthur, Wadjemup/Rottnest Island) and the Greek island of Pontikonisi through an atmospheric, immersive landscape of sound, sculpture and video. The exhibition traces legacies of the Enlightenment to their colonial manifestation in Australia through a narrative where a protagonist’s retreat to an island is followed by a rapid decent into madness, as memories of the past collapse into the present.


Kate McMillan is currently represented by Venn Gallery and has exhibited extensively in Australia as well as overseas since 1997. Her work is held in numerous private and public collections, including the Art Gallery of Western Australia, City of Perth, KPMG, Kerry Stokes Collection, Wesfarmers and the University of Western Australia Collection. Her work incorporates a range of media including installation, sculpture, film, sound, photography and painting. McMillan is interested in the linking narratives of forgetting and place, often focusing on the histories of various island sites.

Photographic stills from The Moment of Disappearance series are now currently on display in Venn Gallery’s Summer Show 2014.

The Moment of Disappearance EXHIBITION DETAILS:

EXHIBITION DATES: 6 – 29 November 2014

GALLERY HOURS: 10am – 6pm


PERFORMANCE SPACE: Carriageworks, Level 3, 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh (corner of Codrington and Wilson streets), Sydney NSW 2015


EXHIBITION DATES: 30 October – 5 December 2014

GALLERY HOURS: Wednesday – Saturday, 11am – 6pm

VENN GALLERY: Level 1, 16 Queen Street, Perth WA 6000




Image credits: Kate McMillan, The Moment of Disappearance 2014, 3 of 6 digital photographs. Stills from The Moment of Disappearance 5 channel video installation.

Artist Kate McMillan is included in curated group exhibition Memento Mori, at Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery at The University of Western Australia.

Image credit: Kate McMillan, Paradise Falls I 2011/2012 (still), HD digital film, 3:28 min

The exhibition features artworks that consider the concept of Memento Mori and are therefore reminders of death. The works in the show prompt us to ponder the emptiness and transience of earthly pleasures and re-assess our moral progress as we move toward the certainty of death. The Australian newspaper wrote a preview article that explains the exhibition in further detail and this can be read here.

The University of Western Australia acquired two films for their collection from Kate McMillan’s Paradise Falls exhibition in 2012 and these will both be on show in Memento Mori. The exhibition also contains work by leading international artists AES + F, as well as Australian artists, Richard Lewer, David Collins, Nathan Beard, Andrew Nicholls and Robyn Stacey.


EXHIBITION DATES: 18 October – 13 December 2014

GALLERY HOURS: Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 5pm

LAWRENCE WILSON ART GALLERY: The University of Western Australia, 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley


Image credit: Kate McMillan, Paradise Falls II 2011/2012 (still), HD digital film, 3:28 min