to Oct 27

Lifeblood SQ1@GCS

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Lifeblood SQ1@GCSmith Gallery; a snapshot of a creative community at Square One Studios that nurtures and sustains some of Sydney's best known established and emerging artists. More information coming soon...

Featuring works by:
Margaret Ackland, Elyte Blansjaar, Melissa Chalker, Lada Dedić, Amy Dynan, Merran Esson, Danica Firulovic, Ariella Friend, Angus Gardner, Rowena Grace, Shaun Hayes, Dominique Hindmarsh, Ingrid, Gareth Jenkins, Vicki Grima, Johnny Kovacevic, Charlotte La Brocque,  Owen Leong, Montessa Maack, Claire Nicholson, NOT, Sophi Odling, Alison Peters, Natalie Rosin, Marnie Ross, and Yioryios


Opening event Saturday 6th October, 2 - 4 pm
Exhibition 6th - 27th October

Grace Cossington Smith Gallery 
Gate 7, 1666 Pacific Highway
Wahroonga NSW 2076

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to Apr 29

Self Portrait; Artist's Brain

I am excited to announce that I have partnered with .M Contemporary to exhibit the long-awaited Self Portrait Artist's Brain series.

We are proudly supporting Neuroscience Research Australia and 10% of all proceeds will be donated to NeuRA. Click here to see the studio visit with Prof. George Paxinos from NeuRA where we discussed the interplay of science and art. Such fun!

Running concurrently in the gallery will be the exhibition The Artists' Gaze featuring works by Sergio Hernandez, Lyndi Sales and Pamela Stretton.

Opening Saturday 7th April, 2 - 4 pm
Exhibition 7th - 29th April

For enquiries please contact:
.M Contemporary
37 Ocean Street, 
Woollahra, 2025
Sydney, Australia

Web: http://mcontemp.com/events/lada-dedic-the-artists-brain
email: contact@mcontemp.com 
Ph + 61 2 9328 0922

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Liberation Exhibition of Prisoner Art and Poetry

Please join us to celebrate the artwork and poetry from the students of Liberation Prison Project. We have a marvellous Open Day of free events planned (see schedule below) including a film screening, poetry reading and a panel discussion with some of our post-release students and mentors.

Exhibition runs until 15th  April 2018

This exhibition is supported by Western Sydney University Art Collection and Whitlam Institute.

University of Western Sydney (Parramatta South Campus)
Margaret Whitlam Galleries, Female Orphan School (EZ)
Corner of James Ruse Drive and Victoria Road Rydalmere

RSVP via our facebook event:

or by emailing: monica.mcmahon@westernsydney.edu.au



Saturday 10th February 2018 - Free of Charge

Acknowledgement of Country and
Welcome to the University of Western Sydney, Whitlam Institute
Monica McMahon, Curator Western Sydney University Art Collection

Welcome to the Liberation exhibition of Prisoner Artwork and Poetry
Ven. Thubten Chökyi, Buddhist Nun & Director of Liberation Prison Project

My Orphan Experience Talk
Gyalten Drolkar, LPP Mentor

Live Musical Interlude
Lhamo Dolma, Tibetan Singer


Reading by Robert Adamson, Australian Poet & First CAL Chair of Poetry at the University of Technology Sydney.

Reading by Jennifer Maiden, Award Winning Australian Poet

Official Exhibition Launch
Juno Gemes, Celebrated Australian contemporary photographer with a focus on social justice.



THE DHAMMA BROTHERS (76 mins) tells a dramatic tale of
human potential and transformation as it closely documents
the stories of a group of prison inmates who enter into an
intensive 10-day silent meditation program. This inspiring
film challenges assumptions about the nature of prisons as
places of punishment rather than rehabilitation and raises
the question: Is it possible for these men, some of whom
have committed horrendous crimes, to change?


A discussion on the value of meditation inside the prison walls.
Ven. Thubten Chokyi, LPP Director
ttianne Anshin, Chaplaincy Coordinator Buddhist Council of NSW

GIFT STALL OPEN 10:00 - 16:00
All proceeds from the sale of artwork go toward the important work of Liberation Prison Project. 

The Liberation exhibition features original works from our students in Australia, Germany, New Zealand, Thailand, the USA and Zambia.

Exhibiting artists include Knut, whose work has received international awards.  John is one of our Aboriginal artists and his work was presented to the Dalai Lama.  Raven is a prolific artist who also holds the unique distinction of being the only FPMT Masters Program student to complete the intensive six-year study program entirely from prison.

With limited resources and art supplies, the predominant medium our artists use is pen or pencil on paper. In the past, our artists have even risked punishment to send us works utilising prison property including soap sculpture and paintings on pillowslips.

We receive many different styles of art from line drawings, cartoons, tattoo study pieces, collage and small sculpture.  A collection of artworks is in the unconventional style of ornamented 'envelope art’ which prisoners send us with their letters.

Our students send us devotional images related to their Buddhist studies and well as cartoons illustrating the prisoner experience.  Making art gives our students agency to express themselves and their identity in a heavily controlled environment.

A common theme from our students is wildlife, birds and butterflies.  Imagery enigmatic of the struggle for a notion of freedom from within the prison walls.

With tattoos being one of the main forms of art that our students are familiar with, many of the pieces we receive are tattoo studies.

The prisoners offer the artwork to the Prison Project as a thank you for the support we offer.  The works are for sale so the collection is always evolving.  All proceeds from the sale of any artwork go toward the important work of Liberation Prison Project.

University of Western Sydney (Parramatta South Campus)
Female Orphan School
Corner of James Ruse Drive and Victoria Road Rydalmere

Opening Day: Saturday 10th February, 10am - 4pm
Exhibition:  10th February –  15th  April 2018

Gallery Hours: Thursday & Friday, 10:00am – 4:00pm
and the second Saturday of each month, 11:00am – 4:00pm (excluding long weekends and public holidays).


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to Dec 12

Chaos or Control

Drawing from the gallery’s soirée at Square One Studios, Stella Downer Fine
Art presents a group exhibition ‘Chaos or Control’.

The exhibiting artists will explore the theme Chaos or Control. Featuring work by Mike Barnard, Lada Dedić, Merran Esson, Ingrid, Gareth Jenkins, Marnie Ross, Ralph Stanton, Kai Wasikowski and Yioryios

  • MERRAN ESSON’s ceramics draw from vessels in the rural landscape, inspired by her childhood in the Upper Murray. Old water tanks and buckets are recreated in bright, elegant forms, yet still retain nostalgic marks of their origin.
  • From the two-dimensional to the sculptural, YIORYIOS creates architectural forms that bend, fold and contort. Working with bold acrylic colours and aluminium, his painterly sculptures can be seen as a form of expansive painting.
  • Working across readymade materials and multimedia, KAI WASIKOWSKI’s latest work responds to a journey to the Southern Alps of New Zealand, disassembling backdrops of landscapes to deconstruct the romantic notion of the sublime in nature.
  • Turning to science, LADA DEDIĆ methodically cross-stitches the intricate MRI images of her brain; stitched on bright swathes of cloth they are given a new physicality.
  • Colour grabs you when looking at the pulsating rhythm of abstract painter RALPH STANTON’s works. Non-representational STANTON is interested in space with no time.
  • MARNIE ROSS in turn responds to light, movement and time, creating organic forms and structures that play with natural layering and evolving light patterns.
  • MIKE BARNARD explores the relationship between ethics and aesthetics via interrogations of reality and fiction in painting, photography, sculpture, and video.
  • GARETH JENKINS has a preoccupation with text in its handwritten and printed form. Working with collage, JENKINS layers and intertwines text on various mediums with found material to distort deconstruct the patterns of text that we have come to associate meaning with.


Stella Downer Fine Art
1/24 Wellington Street
Waterloo, NSW, 2017

Opening Saturday 11 November, 3 - 5 pm
Exhibition: Tuesday 7th November – Tuesday 12th December 2017

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to Dec 14

Fisher's Ghost Art Award

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I am absolutely thrilled to have had my piece Self Portrait; Artist's Brain selected as a finalist in the 2017 Fisher's Ghost Art Award.

I was doubly chuffed to see so many familiar names on the finalists list. Please click here to see a full list of the pre-selected artists. Congratulations to all of the finalists!

The exhibition will be held from 28 October until 14 December at Campbelltown Arts Centre

The Fisher’s Ghost Art Award coincides with Campbelltown’s annual Festival of Fisher’s Ghost. Held over 10 days, the Festival dates back to 1956 and celebrates Australia’s most famous ghost – Frederick Fisher.


Campbelltown Arts Centre
1 Art Gallery Rd,
Campbelltown NSW 2560

Exhibition: 28 October - 14 December 2017
Official opening night and award announcement: Friday 3 November (ticketed event)

Gallery Hours:  10am – 4pm daily

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to Oct 23

269D New Work from SQ1 Studios

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Square One will present an exhibition of new work from a selection of artists currently residing at the studios. 

Running concurrently in the the upstairs gallery will be an exhibition of ceramics from former Square One residents and collected artists.


Former Mansfield Gallery
269d Darlinghurst Road,
Darlinghurst NSW 2010

Opening: Wednesday 11 October, 6-8 PM
Exhibition: 11 October - 22 October 2017
Finissage: Friday 20 October

Gallery Hours: 10:00am – 5:00pm, Mon-Sun

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to Aug 30

Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery Research Week

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The Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery has invited artists to respond to the theme 'Art in science, science in art' by exploring the intersection between these two disciplines through the artistic medium.

I decided to make a small work specifically for this exhibition and am pleased to announce that 'Self Portrait Artist's Bain' has been selected to hang during Research Week at St Vincent's Hospital in Melbourne.

2017 ACMD Research Week
St Vincent's Gallery
Daly Wing, 
St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne
35 Victoria Parade Fitzroy VIC Australia 3065

Opening: Tuesday 8th August, 5pm - 7pm
Exhibition: Monday 7th – Wednesday 30th  August
Monday to Friday: 9.00am – 4:00pm

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to Jun 24

Footscray Art Prize

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I am honoured that my piece Self Portrait; Artist's Brain has been selected as a finalist in the inaugural Footscray Art Prize.

Established in 2016, Footscray Art Prize is a biennial non-acquisitive visual art prize, highlighting a range of contemporary artworks from multiple platforms and disciplines. Presented by Footscray Community Arts Centre, Maribyrnong City Council, Footscray Rotary and Victoria University, the Footscray Art Prize attracted entries from diverse national and local Australian artists.


Roslyn Smorgon Gallery and Gabriel Gallery
Footscray Community Arts Centre
45 Moreland Street, Footscray, Vic, 3011

Opening: Thursday 25 May, June, 20176pm8pm
Exhibition: Friday 26 May – Saturday 24

Monday to Friday: 9.30am – 5:00pm
Saturday: 10am – 4pm
Closed Sunday

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to May 12

Woven Stories

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I'm excited to be showing new work in the Woven Stories exhibition as part of WeAve Open Day at Parramatta Artists Studios.

Discover traditional, contemporary and experimental practices in weaving, textile and fibre art. Join artists, practitioners and specialists for a day of workshops, demonstrations and talks that explore the multi-faceted world of the handmade.

Experience the Woven Stories exhibition of artists in connection to WeAve Parramatta as we explore the vast skills celebrated within the group, featuring work by KC Adams (Canada), Nicole Barakat, Lada Dedic, Seinileva Huakau, Hilin Kazemi, Erna Lilje and Angela Paikea.

Curated by: Kiri Morcombe

For the full program and bookings check out: https://www.cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au/events/weave-open-day

Opening Saturday 8th April, 2017
on exhibition until Friday 12th May
10am- 4pm

Parramatta Artists Studios
Level 1 & 2, 68 Macquarie St,
Parramatta NSW 215

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WeAve Meditative Cross Stitch Workshop

11am - 2pm
Friday 17th June

Join artist Lada Dedic who will talk about her slow art process and lead a workshop in meditative cross stitch. Participants will receive materials to construct their own cross stitch project. The simple design will focus on rhythm and repetition. Suitable for novices through to seasoned stitchers and meditators. Please bring along any of your own projects for a show and tell.

Lada is best known for the intricate cross stitched self-portraits of her own brain. She also constructs hand knitted objects and has created a number of collaborative installations which focus on viewer participation.

The daughter of political refugees, Lada comes from a Croatian Catholic/Bosnian Muslim background. Now a practising Buddhist, her work is influenced by the rich history of Balkan embroidery while using contemporary techniques and imagery to explore Buddhist philosophies.

About WeAve Parramatta

WeAve Parramatta is an intercultural group that connects culturally diverse peoples through textile art, with a focus on contemporary practice by accessing traditional ways. We make beautiful things, but these are a byproduct - the really beautiful thing that happens is connection, storytelling, remembering and honouring in a supportive environment. 
We connect with contemporary fibre artists, provide opportunity for WeAve members to platform themselves as artists and makers, remember and honour culture and traditions, learn and share techniques, activate community and support one another. 

WeAve is an initiative of Parramatta Artists Studios and is supported by ArtsNSW and Parramatta City Council funding.



 Lada Dedic WeAve Parramatta 11am-2pm, Friday 17th June Parramatta Artists Studios  Level 1 & 2, 68 Macquarie St, Parramatta NSW 2150   Image: Simulation of the final project which will be completed in small sections by each participant.

Lada Dedic
WeAve Parramatta
11am-2pm, Friday 17th June
Parramatta Artists Studios
Level 1 & 2, 68 Macquarie St, Parramatta NSW 2150

Image: Simulation of the final project which will be completed in small sections by each participant.

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to May 28

Vivid Sydney - Art is Our Artillery

I am pleased to have been invited to exhibit Knitted Journal at Vivid Ideas. Please join me and the other exhibiting artists for canapés, drinks and live music… and to add a few stitches to the Knitted Journal.

Exhibiting artists have responded to the theme, 'Wandering Through Place and Time' to explore moments in time that have helped shape who they are as an individual and within a community.

This event is linked to Amnesty International’s Community is Everything campaign, which encourages a greater focus on directing our youth into community-led initiatives.


Friday 27th - Saturday 28th May, 2016
5pm- 10pm

Work-Shop HQ
Cleveland & Everleigh Streets
Redfern, NSW

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to May 25


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I am currently working on an interactive installation which will be included in this exhibition. The piece will explore the role of Australian women sending care packages to loved ones serving overseas during the First World War. 

This exhibition brings the perspectives of contemporary artists to the role of women fighting on ‘the home front’ in World War I, reflecting on their role in society at the time, and the nature of that particular war. Though some women were involved as nurses and in other active service duties, the expected role of most was to manage the home and raise children, while dealing with shortages, their fears for the future, and the grief and trauma of losing loved ones. This exhibition will also include historical artwork and objects, and a look at the role of organisations like the Red Cross and the Country Women's Association.

Curated by: Elissa Blair

Exhibiting artists: Penny Byrne, Lada Dedic, Freya Jobbins, Katy Mutton, Susan O'Doherty, Catherine O'Donnell


Open 6 days a week
Mon, Wed, Thur & Fri 10am-4pm
Saturday-Sunday 10am-3pm
Closed Tuesday and public holidays

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to Apr 29


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I am honoured that my piece Self Portrait; Artist's Brain has been selected as a finalist in The 64th Blake Prize.

One of Australia’s longest standing and most historically significant art prizes.The 64th Blake Prize celebrates the diversity and aesthetic practices related to belief and non-belief within communities across Australia and internationally.

The Blake Prize takes its name from William Blake, as an artist of undoubted genius, seemed to belong to no school and succeeded in integrating religious and artistic content in his work. The Prize aims to encourage contemporary artists of disparate styles, religious and spiritual allegiances to create significant works of art which engage in relevant conversations and negotiations.

The 64th Blake Prize has three prize categories that challenge artists to investigate ideas, issues and engage audiences in conversations surrounding spiritual thought and religion in contemporary art. All the Blake Prize’s are strictly non-sectarian. The entries are not restricted to works related to any faith or any artistic style, but any work entered must have a recognisable religious or spiritual integrity.


Open seven days a week 10am-5pm
Closed public holidays.

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