Mel O’Callaghan: Centre of the Centre

National Exhibition Register

  • Mock-up of glass sculptures for 'Centre of the Centre'.
    Mel O'Callaghan Mock-up of glass sculptures for 'Centre of the Centre'.

About the exhibition

Created specifically for Artspace, Centre of the Centre is a major new commission that traces the origins of life and its regenerative forces, iterated through video, performance and sculpture. The exhibition will be presented at Artspace, Sydney from August – October 2019.

The Australian-born, Paris-based contemporary artist works across film, performance, installation and painting. This ambitious new commission offers O’Callaghan an opportunity to further explore her ever-expanding fields of influence and demonstrates the remarkable range of her artistic practice. Centre of the Centre will be O’Callaghan’s first largescale exhibition in an Australian public institution. The exhibition comprises three distinct yet interrelated works – a large-scale video work, a performative aspect and selected glass sculptures.

The catalyst for this new body of work is one small mineral given to the artist by her grandfather, renowned mineralogist Albert Chapman. The mineral contains a small pocket of water, possibly millions of years old, which holds traces of the elemental forces responsible for all life on earth. Inspired by the potentialities and extreme conditions within this primordial liquid, the exhibition submerges the audience in a highly visceral experience through sensory breathing techniques and experiential performance.

 

Centre of the Centre was curated and developed by Artspace and is touring nationally with Museums & Galleries of NSW.

Artists and Curator

Curator
Curated and developed by Artspace, Sydney.
Artists

Mel O’Callaghan was born in 1975 in Sydney, Australia. She lives in Paris, France and Sydney. O’Callaghan’s career highlights include solo exhibitions nationally and internationally, most recently at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2017); National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2017-18); Kronenberg Wright, Sydney (2017); Galerie Allen, Paris (2017); Casa-Museu Medeiros e Almeida, Lisbon (2015); Galeria Belo-Galsterer, Lisbon (2015) and First Street Green, New York (2014).

O’Callaghan was awarded the Prix SAM pour l’art contemporain (2015) and was a finalist in the Prix Meurice (2017) and the Bend Lohaus Prize (2015). From 2017–18 O’Callaghan’s work received print and online press coverage in many publications, including Artforum; Art Press; Le Monde; Forbes Magazine; The Australian; Artaissme; The Guardian; AD Magazine; Art das Kunst Magazine; Vogue; E-flux; Blouin ArtInfo and Trois Couleurs.

Works by O’Callaghan are held in several public and numerous private art collections nationally and internationally including Centre Pompidou; National Gallery of Victoria; FRAC Bretagne, France; Monash University of Modern Art, Victoria; Artbank, Australia; and the Attorney General’s Department, Australia. Works by the artist were also commissioned and are held by the Australian Embassy, France.

Available Dates and
Exhibition Details

Available dates
01/07/2021 - 31/12/2023
Exhibition size
Between 50-75 sq or running metres
Originating state
NSW
Organised by
Museums & Galleries of NSW
Price
Contact to discuss
Web Site
https://mgnsw.org.au/sector/exhibitions/coming-soon/mel-ocallaghan-centre-of-the-centre/
Accompanying materials available
Catalogue/Book, Education Kit, Exhibition Tour Manual, Installation Support Available, Interpretative/Didactic Panels, Invitations or Invitation Template, Labels, Media Kit, Signage
Primary contact
Rachel Arndt
Position
Gallery Programs & Touring Exhibitions Manager
Organisation
Museums & Galleries of NSW
Phone
(02) 9339 9906
E-mail
rachela@mgnsw.org.au
Secondary contact
Olivia Welch
Phone
(02) 9339 9905
E-mail
oliviaw@mgnsw.org.au
Acknowledgement
Centre of the Centre was curated and developed by Artspace and is touring nationally with Museums & Galleries of NSW.