Current Exhibition

The Solo Projects

Opening celebration: Thursday 16 October, 6-8pm

Fiona Macdonald
Means as Means

Means as Means takes as its starting point a drawing by Eva Hesse for an unrealized installation at the Whitney Museum in 1969, a drawing that can be read as a spatial design or a layout for a text.  Means as Means adopts Hesse’s schema and its instructions, including the injunction that is written across the bottom of the drawing against what she saw as a detriment taking place through the re-presentation of her subjectivity in place of the disseminating serial processes of the work itself.

Means as Means attempts to think through Hesse’s instructions both as a temporality and as work that hinges together the serial attitude and the problem of its representation.

Dr. Fiona Macdonald is a Senior Lecturer in the Fine Arts Department at MADA (Monash Art Design & Architecture) and acknowledges MADA’s support for the research component of this project.

Hanna Tai
Massive Problems

Massive Problems brings together new photographic, video and sound works by Hanna Tai. Focusing on incidental movements of the body and its presence in space, the artist explores expansion and contraction, and shifts of energy and mass, to reveal ordinary experience as poetic and uncanny.

Hanna Tai is a Melbourne-based artist. Recent exhibitions include Come to Me, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, 2014; Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, 2013-2014; Composing Common Worlds, Town Hall Gallery, Melbourne, 2014 and Gertrude Studios Exhibition, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, 2013. In 2014 she was a finalist in The Substation Contemporary Art Prize, Melbourne, and the Videoholica International Video Art Festival, Bulgaria.

To view previous Margaret Lawrence Gallery exhibitions visit our Flickr archive.

Margaret Lawrence Gallery

The Margaret Lawrence Gallery is a contemporary art space located in the heart of Melbourne’s arts precinct. It was established in 2001 to provide crucial links between the VCA School of Art and the University of Melbourne (with its community of academics, artists and students), the wider communities of Victoria and on a national platform.The gallery performs an integral and generative function within the VCA artistic community and is a showcase for new work, playing an educational role for the Victorian and Australian community.

The gallery offers established practitioners an opportunity to create new work in a supported and critically engaged environment. It also encourages meaningful connections and exchanges between professional artists, academics, students and the wider public.

The program focuses on new work by local, national and international artists. Exhibitions are presented in an environment that fosters critical discussion, as well as an understanding and promotion of visual art and its broader social contexts, with accompanying forums, artist and curator talks, residencies and public lectures. The exhibition program has a strong emphasis on research, developed by directly responding to exhibition proposals, and by inviting artists, curators or groups whose work or research is of particular contemporary relevance to devise a project for the space.

The program is determined 12 to 18 months in advance to allow a reasonable period of exhibition development in discussion with gallery staff. Application proposals may be submitted to the Director at any time.

The gallery is also responsible for the care and management of the VCA Art Collection, which spans the history of the College and its predecessor, the National Gallery School of Art and the Margaret Lawrence Australian Ceramic Collection.

The Margaret Lawrence Gallery is generously supported by the Margaret Lawrence Bequest.

To view previous Margaret Lawrence Gallery exhibitions visit our Flickr archive.