National Exhibition Register

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    Rainbow Chan 魚文,鳥文FishSong, Bird Song, 2020
    (still) video, 2 mins 12 secs. Instagram post for52 ARTISTS, 3 July2020.
    2 mins 12 secs
    Image Credit
    Courtesy the artist and Artspace, Sydney

About the exhibition

52 ACTIONS brings together 52 leading Australian artists from across the country to present the diversity, complexity and dynamism of contemporary Australian art now.

This exhibition has evolved from Artspace’s online commissioning platform of the same name, which was a year-long project from May 2020 to June 2021 that presented new works by a different artist or collective each week on Artspace’s Instagram @52artists52actions and website.

52 ACTIONS centres around the social and cultural importance of art as action – something that can offer a greater understanding of one another and the nuances of our individual and collective circumstances. The ideas presented by these 52 artists and collectives from across generations, geographies and cultural backgrounds touch on critical contemporary issues, from Islamophobia and environmental activism to mapping migration stories and the unceded sovereignty of Australia’s First Peoples.

The result of these digital commissions has been interpreted into an adaptive, site-specific exhibition that is responsive to the gallery’s unique context, with public programs relevant to local interests and demographics.

Artists and Curator

Artspace, Sydney

Eddie Abd, Abdul Abdullah, Adrift Lab, Brook Andrew, Aphids, Archie Barry, Nathan Beard, Naomi Blacklock, Diego Bonetto, Pat Brassington, Johnathon World Peace Bush, Rainbow Chan, Erin Coates, Lill Colgan & Sab D’Souza, Michael Cook, Nici Cumpston, Pilar Mata Dupont, Léuli Eshrāghi, Ruha Fifita, Rochelle Haley, Larissa Hjorth, Naomi Hobson, Jannawi Dance Clan, Guo Jian, Karrabing Film Collective, Gillian Kayrooz, Loren Kronemyer, Adam Linder, Dani Marti, Hayley Millar-Baker, Raquel Ormella, Ozanam Learning Centre, Henri Papin (Meijers & Walsh), Jason Phu, Patricia Piccinini, Kenny Pittock, Yhonnie Scarce, Sancintya Mohini Simpson, Rolande Souliere, Stelarc, Tyza Stewart, Shahmen Suku / Radha, Seini F Taumoepeau, TV Moore, James Tylor, Unbound Collective, Ivey Wawn, Kaylene Whiskey, Min Wong, Chris Yee, Gutiŋarra Yunupiŋu, and Louise Zhang.

Available Dates and
Exhibition Details

Available dates
01/04/2023 - 01/03/2026
Exhibition size
Between 50-75 sq or running metres
Originating state
Organised by
Artspace, Sydney
$4,500 (inc. freight)
Web Site
Accompanying materials available
Education Kit, Exhibition Tour Manual, Interpretative/Didactic Panels, Invitations or Invitation Template, Labels, Media Kit, Public Program Opportunities, Public Workshops, Signage
Other materials
Online Portal Curatorial Collaboration
Primary contact
Olivia Welch
Exhibitions Manager
Museums & Galleries of NSW
Secondary contact
Talia Linz
02 9356 0555
52 ACTIONS was curated by Artspace, Sydney. The exhibition is touring nationally with Artspace, Sydney, with support from Museums & Galleries of NSW. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia program and is proudly