Ron Adams, Ralph Hobbs, Madeleine Preston, Elizabeth Pulie and Jonathan Dalton. Moderated by Vanessa Berry.

Have you ever dreamed of opening an art gallery? Or wondered what goes on behind the scenes? In this panel, artists Ron Adams, Ralph Hobbs, Madeleine Preston, Elizabeth Pulie and Jonathan Dalton will discuss their involvement in the art world as gallerists and artists. The artists will reflect on galleries as social spaces, the influence of galleries on shaping artists’ work and careers, and the commercial role galleries play in presenting and selling artwork, as well as sharing stories about Sydney galleries past and present. Moderated by Vanessa Berry, this panel will speak to the various ways people are involved in the art world – as artists, gallerists, collectors, and much more.

Galerie pompom
Sunday 10 March 3-4pm
Free, all welcome

About the panellists:

Ron Adams is a Sydney based artist who has exhibited widely since 2000. Adams has been included in group exhibitions at UTS Gallery, Western Plains Cultural Centre, Blacktown Arts Centre, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre, Grace Cossington Smith Gallery and the Museum of Contemporary Art. In 2017 Ron completed a major wall painting for a private art commission at Barangaroo, and produced album cover artwork for the UK band Autoheart. ‘Brief Candle In The Dark’ is his 4th solo exhibition at Galerie pompom. Ron is a co-founder of the artist-run initiative MOP Projects, which operated from 2003-2016.

Vanessa Berry is a Sydney writer and artist who works with history, memory and archives. She is the author of Mirror Sydney: an atlas of reflections (Giramondo 2017), a collection of essays and hand-drawn maps that investigate the city’s marginal places and undercurrents. Her previous work includes the memoirs Ninety 9 (Giramondo 2013) and Strawberry Hills Forever (Local Consumption Publications 2007), as well as the long-running zine series I Am a Camera (1999–2019). Since 2012 she has written the Sydney psychogeography blog Mirror Sydney. Vanessa’s writing has appeared in her many zines, the blog Biblioburbia and literary journals and anthologies such as the Sydney Review of Books, The Lifted Brow, Meanjin, HiLoBrow, Heat and The Sleepers Almanac. Her zines have been exhibited at the MCA, National Gallery of Australia, State Library of Victoria, and at numerous smaller galleries, and are held in the collections of many zine libraries in Australia and around the world. She is also known for her creative cartography and her map-based works have been exhibited at the Museum of Sydney, Macquarie University Art Gallery, and Verge Gallery, and are held in the collection of the State Library of NSW.

Jonathan Dalton was born in 1977 in Dublin, Ireland. He migrated to Australia just over five years ago from Spain and now lives and works in Sydney. Jonathan studied Philosophy at University College Dublin graduating in 1999, subsequently opening a photography studio before moving full time to painting. He has also lived in San Francisco, London and Granada. In 2017 Jonathan was a finalist in the Archibald Prize with his portrait of artists Lottie Consalvo and James Drinkwater, and in 2018 with his portrait of artist Abdul Abdullah. He has also received prestigious awards from both the Royal Hibernian Academy and the Royal Ulster Academy, two of Ireland’s leading art institutions. Jonathan is represented by Nanda\Hobbs, Sydney.

Ralph Hobbs has been involved in the art world for 25 years as a dealer, artist, teacher and writer. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Art, a Diploma of Education and a Masters in Fine Art and Design. Ralph is a licensed fine art valuer, a published author, a regular commentator on art and the art market, and an artist. His work is included in the National Gallery of Australia. In 2003 Ralph established Nanda\Hobbs gallery with Raj Nanda. Ralph is also a sought-after public speaker, with an engaging enthusiasm for art and artists.

Madeleine Preston is a Sydney based artist whose work includes oil paintings, installation, and three-dimensional pieces. Recent exhibitions include ‘Intolerable Leisure’ at Galerie pompom, ‘Bad Mannerism’ curated by Chelsea Lehmann at Galerie pompom, ‘Glazed and Confused’ curated by Lynda Draper at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, and ‘Octopus13:On this day alone’ curated by Glenn Barkley at Gertrude Contemporary. In 2016 Madeleine was a finalist in the Sulman prize at the Art Gallery of NSW, and in 2017 she won the highly commended prize in the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize. Madeleine has been awarded residencies at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris and the Slade/Camden Arts Centre in London and in 2019 will undertake a sculpture fellowship residency at the Vermont Studio Centre in the US. Madeleine is a Co-Director of Home@735 Gallery in Redfern, which was established in 2013.

Elizabeth Pulie has exhibited her work since 1989. Her recent PhD research at Sydney College of the Arts (The University of Sydney) led her to extend her painting practice to greater experimentation with new mediums, while theoretical enquiry now completes her practice. She has presented papers at eight conferences and symposia since 2014, both within Australia and internationally.

Pulie recently exhibited new work in The National 2017: New Australian Art at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, and has work included in the upcoming exhibition Unfinished Business: Perspectives on Art and Feminism at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne. Group exhibitions from 2016 include Painting. More Painting at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Fabrik at the Ian Potter Gallery, Melbourne, and the Redlands Prize at the National Art School Gallery, Sydney. Recent solo exhibitions include Elizabeth Pulie at Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney (2016), #38 - #40 at Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney (2013) and Mixed Historical at Neon Parc, Melbourne, (2012).

In 2002 and 2003 Pulie co-directed Front Room, an artist run space in the front room of her house. From 2002 to 2005 she edited and published the magazine Lives of the Artists, and established the Sydney Ladies’ Artist’s Club from 2005-06. Pulie is represented by Sarah Cottier Gallery.

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