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The current series uses collapsing material to play with soft & hard. What appears super soft is in fact very heavy and hard. The mechanics of the viewers experience can be fun too. One can see the energy and immediacy of my making captured in the piece which adds a performative element in the work. Playing with the viewer via a loop, drawing people in with colour, texture and the illusion of softness , letting them out while they question what is, then drawing them back with the fun, funny aspect, can add a performative aspective to the viewers experience Even if it unconscious. It is my hope the experience of viewing reflects how the work itself operates. I love satirical comedy and the ‘fun-ness’ aspect of the work allows me to use humour and joy to broach some serious political narratives without boring the trousers off my audience.
30 Jun 2019
Join us on Saturday 6 July for the opening of three new shows at The Vivian. In the North Gallery – Grace Wright with ‘You and Your Resolve’. In the South Gallery – Rupert Herring with ‘The Avenue where the Silhouettes Pass’ – and in the Studio Gallery – Liz Sharek with ‘Wild Things’
24 Jun 2019
In this Artist Q&A – filmed during Martin's V-Project at The VIvian – Martin talks about his practice, his show at The Vivian and how it all began.
14 Jun 2019
In this short film, Scott Lawrie talks about the latest V-Projects show at The Vivian, featuring the work of Martin Poppelwell
1 Jun 2019
A big, big thank you to everyone who came to the opening of our first V-Project last night – featuring the work of Martin Poppelwell. It was a blast! Thanks to all the team at The Vivian. The Sawmill Brewery - for their sponsorship, Raman Patel for the tunes, our lovely clients and guests for their continued support for all we do... and of course Martin and Megan for making it a night to remember!
27 May 2019
Work that has a social commentary that leads us into the unknown is always a winner at The Vivian - and these pieces by Nick Jamieson are fascinating, beautiful objects - with a darker, deeper meaning for us all. In November the world saw the birth of the world’s first genetically edited babies. This process of editing genes and creating the folded proteins is highlighted in these two works currently on show in ’Towards the Forest’ in the North Gallery.
12 May 2019
We are thrilled to welcome back internationally-renowned performance artist Ivan Lupi for the world-premiere performance of 'A Private Requiem’. Dark, deeply moving and brave, this 5-day endurance performance will take place each day 11-5pm from Thursday 16 May to Monday 20 May at The Vivian.
7 May 2019
Featuring a knock-out list of some of the leading artists in our region, you can expect gorgeous and large-scale visual wonders from Virginia Leonard, Glenn Barkley, Aaron Scythe, Stephen Bird, Lynda Draper, Stephen Benwell, Dean Smith, and Carlene Thompson.
13 Mar 2019
Don’t miss the last few days of ‘The Worlds of Quinn Mallory’ by Nicholas Ives – currently showing in the North Gallery. In this Artist Q&A, Nic talks about his works in the show and his practice. The show ends this Sunday so make sure you come along and see these in person!
9 Mar 2019
In this video Serj Tankian talks about his work 'Clock Crucifixion' – and the process behind its creation. Join us on Sunday 17 March 2019 at The Vivian between 1pm – 3pm, where Serj will be talking about his practice and signing prints of work available from the show.