A Council curated exhibition exploring spirituality in a diverse and contemporary world.
A Willoughby City Council curated group exhibition, Spirit Wave explores spirituality in a diverse and complex contemporary world. It looks at how artists interpret ideas around spirituality and create their own hybridised expression of the spiritual. Or how they challenge and redefine the official structures and institutions that represent spirituality. Spirit Wave considers the spiritual space as one of creativity and fluidity and how it drives values and yearnings. The exhibition examines the diversity of spiritual experience within a multi-cultural society and arts sector, as well as the relevance of spiritual expression through an atheist lens. Through the mediums of installation, sculpture, drawing, painting, textile and photography, the artists in Spirit Wave present unique and individual notions of how spirituality can be articulated and create new dialogue around the legacy of spiritual traditions.
The exhibition will take place across Art Space on The Concourse and The Concourse Outdoor Area.
Artists: Gary Deirmendjian, Kalanjay Dhir, Jo Ernst, Carla Gottgens, Edwina Green, Beric Henderson, Tom Isaacs, Aaron McGarry, Kathie Najar, Miguel Olmo, Miho Watanabe and Tym Yee
Image: Aaron McGarry, A is for Allegory; Part 1: Nature (detail), 2021, video still
This event is part of
Room sheet(PDF, 462KB)
Opening night speech(PDF, 641KB)
Art Space on The Concourse and The Concourse Outdoor Area, 409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood, 2067, View Map
409 Victoria Avenue ,
Aaron McGarry, "A is for Allegory; Part 1 Nature", 2021, video still
Carla Gottgens, "Voyage of the Lost Children", 2014, digital prints on hand spun olefin fibre. Image courtesy of the artist
Kathie Najar, "Red Gum Infinity Pool" (detail), 2023, watercolour wallpaper
Miho Watanabe, "Awareness of Between-ness: Memory and Time, Chairs - Inhale", 2022, photo transfer and acrylic paint on silk
6pm - 8pm, Thursday 4 May
To be opened by Willoughby Mayor, Cr Tanya Taylor.
Acknowledgement of Country: Susan Moylan Coombs - Director, The Gaimaragal Group.
Guest Speaker: Tom Isaacs - Artist.
Performance: Pietà by Tom Isaacs.
Art of the Spiritual
2pm – 3:30pm, Saturday 20 May
A discussion on the art history of Westernised spirituality with Imogen Mason.
Emergency Blankets (Appliqué)
11am – 1pm, Saturday 27 May
Witness Tom Isaac sew crosses to his grandfather’s wool Royal Australian Air Force blanket and join him in conversation.
Spirituality and Creative Practice
2pm – 3:30pm, Saturday 27 May
A forum about the diverse ways that spirituality informs the core of creativity.