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2022 Exhibition Program

The year ahead for Tin Sheds Gallery

The 2022 Tin Sheds program brings together artistic works from across the world and our own backyard to explore the roles architecture, art, design and urbanism play in our lives. The program delves into a diverse mix of themes including housing, activism, consumption and robotics.

a photo of a ski resort in NSW

Moonbah Ski Hut under construction in Thredbo NSW, photo taken by Bill Lucas in 1959. Courtesy Peter Lonergan

Bill Lucas: Architect Utopian

Curated by Peter Lonergan

24 February - 26 March 2022

This exhibition takes us into the extensive archive of Bill Lucas (1924–2001), revealing the aspirations, ideals and works of one of Sydney’s foremost late 20th century architects. It includes a feast of previously unseen archival drawings, photographs, artworks, private writings and public documents, illustrating his trajectory from conventional to increasingly unconventional practice with projects that were invariably ahead of their time.   

Exhibition Team: Cracknell & Lonergan Architects, Graphic Expression, Marilyn Karet, Peter Lucas

a photo of Nagasaki a day after the atom bomb

1945.08.10 Nagasaki, photo by Yosuke Yamahata, 1945. Courtesy Shogo Yamahata

Art and Activism in the Nuclear Age

Curated by Yasuko Claremont

7 April - 14 May 2022

Art & Activism in the Nuclear Age features rarely shown artworks on Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Bikini Atoll, Maralinga, Chernobyl and Fukushima, showcasing wide-ranging artistic and activist responses to the Nuclear Age. The exhibition and its accompanying public symposium will provide a unique opportunity for the public exchange of ideas and perspectives between committed activists, academics and artists on ways of overcoming the past and finding a way forward in the search for peace and total nuclear disarmament. 

Exhibition Team: Paul Brown, Judith Keene, Elizabeth Rechniewsk, Roman Rosenbaum

Aboriginal art work photo of public housing in Northern Territory

Miriam Charlie, Hole in the ceiling H14, 2019, polaroid photo with handwritten notes, 10.8 x 8.8 cm, courtesy the artist and N.Smith Gallery, Sydney

The Promise of Housing

Miriam Charlie

7 April - 14 May 2022

The exhibition presents Yanyuwa Garrwa elder Miriam Charlie’s 2019 photographic series, ‘The Promise of Housing’. The collection showcases portraits of First Nations residents and their houses in the Northern Territory town of Borroloola. Charlie represents the housing in Borroloola’s town camps and the residents who must endure broken things while waiting for necessary repairs and new houses.

Charlie’s work is complemented by archival materials representing a long history of infrastructural neglect at Borroloola’s town camps, but also consistent efforts made by residents to demand sustained attention to housing provision and infrastructural maintenance.

This exhibition was made possible with assistance from Housing for Health Incubator, University of Sydney, Arts NT, Department of Tourism, Arts, and Culture, NT Government - Emerging Artist Grant 2019

an image of an artwork in an exhibition

Untitled, photo by Kien Situ, 2022. Courtesy the artist

Rift 隙 

Kien Situ

26 May - 2 July 2022

Rift 隙 is an immersive exhibition of new sculptural and video works by Kien Situ incorporating Chinese ink. Collectively, they inhabit and interrogate the space between architecture and artistic practice.

The exhibition explores cultural identity in a globalised society shaped by displacement, alienation and hybridity. The resultant works embody a sense of cultural fragmentation and broken heritage, addressing the relationship between distance and meaning through spatial experimentation and new material narratives.

Central to Rift 隙 is an ‘Ink Pavilion’. This new work will conjure a meditative space of encounter, transporting audiences somewhere both otherworldly and unknown.

Supporters/Collaborators: Johanna Bear - Curatorial, Oskar Wesley-Smith - Audio, Chris Hemmings - Video, Zoe James - 2D/Graphic Design

A photo of Cathedral Street in Sydney taken in 1975

Cathedral Street, Marion Marrison,  1975, silver gelatin print. Courtesy the artist

Sydney Buries its Past

Curated by Maya Stocks

14 July - 20 August 2022

Through archival works and new commissions, this exhibition opens a window onto a vanished world of Sydney in the 1970s and early 1980s inviting us to consider its ongoing relevance today. 

Drawing upon archives that capture the wealth of political art and activism in and around the Tin Sheds art workshops at the time, it looks at a moment where discrete segments of society were coalescing to present alternatives to their social and political reality. Inspired by the archive, artists from Sydney College of the Arts create new works that consider issues of power, corruption and destruction that still persist in Sydney, a city which relentlessly and compulsively buries its past.

a drawing of a food machine in an exhibition

Food machine study, drawing by Michael Chapman, 2022. Courtesy the artist


Curated by Marissa Lindquist & Michael Chapman

1 September - 8 October 2022

Banquet will reimagine Tin Sheds as a conceptual banquet hall, interrogating rituals of food and its relationship to architectural production. Drawing from fragments in literary and film fiction, the exhibition explores the relationship between space, the human condition and the experience of consumption through the construction of a transhistorical degustation of interactive food machines.

Collaborators: Imogen Sage, Robyn Schmidt, Ceren Sinanglou, Timothy Burke, Derren Lowe

Assistants:  Peter Fisher, Jackson Voorby, James Dwyer, Aaron Crowe, Na Li, Lexi Le Owen, Guiherme Nettoalvesdosreis, Simon Hewitt, Paul Ridings

robot 3d graphic

Image from code_red documentation, Reinhardt and Loke, 2021. Courtesy the artists

SHE Robots: Tool, Toy & Companion

Curated by Dr Dagmar Reinhardt, Dr Lian Loke, Dr Deborah Turnbull-Tillman

20 October - 10 December

The promised Female Future has arrived in robotics, radically reshaping practices of design, industrial, construction, manufacturing, social and cultural robotics. We bring together iconic and emerging examples of robotic tools, toys and companions from across the globe. The exhibition asks fundamental questions about the nature and processes of contemporary robotics through the lens of female perspectives.

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