ON THE COVER: Julia Ciccarone, In conversation with myself, 2023. Oil on linen, 81 x 81cm. Photo: Mark Ashkanasy. Courtesy: the artist and Niagara Galleries, Melbourne.


The notable exhibitions to be staged this quarter  across the region.

Artworld Analysis
This issue we’re looking at: The obligation of cultural competence; exclusivity in the artworld; and what do we do with the work of older white, male artists?

An ARI for your diary
The Artist Run Initiative you should visit.

Art Fair Report
The art fairs and biennales to take note of in the coming quarter.

On the Couch
Coby Edgar speaks with Briony Downes about the bright future of Agency Projects.


Undiscovered & Underrated
In this highly anticipated annual feature, our writers round up the currently unrepresented artists they believe deserve your attention.

Look Out For…
The artists on our radar now.

Pull Focus
Prominent critics zero in on important major works.

Critic’s Choice
Artistic Directors of the 24th Biennale of Sydney, Cosmin Costinaș and Inti Guerrero, select five artists creating new forms of knowledge through their practices.

Collector’s Dossier
Before Romeo and Juliet there was Gija artist Mabel Juli’s story of Garnkiny and Wardel. Rex Butler writes.

The Gentle Strokes of Passion
The intimate works of Aiko Robinson leave us longing. Lucinda Bennett writes.

A Frog Band Plays in a Frog Pub
With bemusement, Jason Phu probes the contradictions of this world. Jacqueline Millner writes.

The Ornaments of Life
In Louise Haselton’s assemblages, a playful game of revealing and concealing imbues a certain feeling of agency. Maria Zagala writes.

In Sanity
Luke Willis Thompson is staging a major new work. Emil McAvoy writes.

Come for the Climax
Jake Preval explores the psychological states he experiences as a submissive in BDSM practices. Jacqueline Milner writes.

The Spring Water Never Dries
Evelyn Malgil sees Country as healing, powerful, and a source of democratized togetherness. Nick Doyle writes.

Everything and Nothing
Abdullah M.I. Syed unpacks the long and intertwined histories of Western Contemporary Art and South-Asian arts and craft practices. Toby Chapman writes.

Borrowed Space
Joel Arthur employs the subversive power of painting. Tess Maunder writes.

Inside A Moment in Extended Crisis at Sydney’s UTS Gallery.

One Sentence Reviews
Recent exhibitions summed up in a single sentence.


Art Centre: A Day in the Life
A day in the life of artists and arts workers at the Bula’bula Arts, East Arnhem Land.

Dealer: A Serious Contender
Steered by Dan du Bern, Auckland gallery Sumer is fast becoming distinguished.

If I Could Have
Giulia Giorgi, Operations and Programs Manager at Firstdraft, Sydney selects 10 works she would take home tomorrow if she could.

Collector: Everything has its Time
Inside the extensive collection of Matthias Arndt, founder of Arndt Art Agency.

Seen, Heard, Read
The book, podcast and film you might like to know about.


Hana Pera Aoake (Ngaati Mahuta, Ngaati Raukawa, Tainui/Waikato) is an artist, writer and editor, currently based in Te Waipounamu on Kaai Tahu land.

Lucinda Bennett works out of  Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland as a writer, editor and teacher. She holds an MA (First Class Honours) in Art History from The University of Auckland.

Susie Burge works as a freelance writer. She holds a Master of Studies in Creative Writing from the University of Oxford. Her arts journalism, interviews and travel stories have appeared in numerous print and online publications including The Guardian UK and ABC Arts Online.

Rex Butler is a Professor of Art History & Theory at Monash University, Melbourne. He is an art historian with 11 writing and editing credits.

Toby Chapman holds the position of Director, Visual Arts at Penrith Regional Gallery.

Aaron Claringbold is a Melbourne-based photographer.

Brian Doherty is a Melbourne-based photographer.

Briony Downes studied Art History at the University of Oxford and Australian Aboriginal Art at Curtin University, Perth. She has worked in the arts for 20 years as a writer.

Nick Doyle is a descendant of the Anewan people from the Northern Tablelands of NSW. He has qualifications in arts, law, and journalism, and has worked in advisory roles across multiple sectors including health, communications, the arts, media, and the built environment.

Con Gerakaris is a curator and writer based in Western Sydney on Bidjigal land. His areas of interest revolve around social phenomena, subcultures, contemporary urban experiences and the built environment.

Tim Hillier is a photographer and film maker based in Naarm/Melbourne.

Jessica Hromas is a Sydney-based photographer.

Duro Jovicic is a writer currently completing his Associate Degree in Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT, Melbourne.

Courtney Kidd has written for publications including Artist Profile, Art Monthly Australasia, Art + Australia and The Sydney Morning Herald. She is also an art consultant at Artbank.

Althea Kuzman holds the position of Public Programs Officer at Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney.

Prof. Greg Lehman is a descendent of the Trawulwuy people of northeast Tasmania, and a Professorial Fellow at the University of Tasmania. He is a well-known Tasmanian art historian, curator and essayist on Indigenous history, identity and place.

Louise Martin-Chew has been writing about the visual arts for 25 years. She completed a doctorate at the University of Queensland in 2019, and remains an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Communication and Arts at the University of Queensland.

Tess Maunder is a writer, editor and a curator. She has a decade of experience working in the cultural sector with a focus on programming contemporary visual art practice.

Emil McAvoy works as an artist, art writer, educator, gallery professional and consultant.

Elke Meitzel is a Melbourne-based photographer.

Jacqueline Millner lectures in art history and visual culture and is currently associate professor, Visual Arts at La Trobe University.

Maurice O’Riordan has worked in the arts sector for 25 years as an art writer, curator and editor. He currently holds the position of Director at Northern Centre for Contemporary Art, Darwin.

Jane O’Sullivan has written for Art Collector, Vault, ArtAsiaPacific, Art Monthly, Art Guide, Running Dog, Flash Art, Eyeline and the Australian Financial Review.

Ingrid Periz works out of New York as a critic and curator.

Jenna Price is a prolific arts journalist and current Visiting Fellow at The Australian National University, Canberra. She has been a columnist at The Sydney Morning Herald and The Canberra Times for 25 years.

Diego Ramírez works as an artist, writer and arts worker. His practice employs a variety of mediums to unpack representations of otherness from the perspective of a Mexican subject.

Morgan Sette is an Adelaide-based photographer.

Dr Lisa Slade currently holds the position of Assistant Director at The Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.

Jerome Warburton is a photographer living in Auckland, New Zealand.

Emma-Kate Wilson is an arts writer who has been published in Art Almanac, Artist Profile, Art Monthly and The Sydney Morning Herald.

Chloé Wolifson is a Sydney-based independent arts writer, researcher and curator whose published work includes reviews, catalogue essays, and reports on exhibitions and art fairs throughout the Asia-Pacific.

Anna Zagala has worked in the visual arts sector for 20 years as a writer, editor, educator and cultural producer. She is an Associate Curator (Academic Engagement) at Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide.

Maria Zagala works as the Associate Curator, Prints, Drawings & Photographs at Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.