Zanny Begg: These Stories Will be Different

National Exhibition Register

  • The Beehive
    Zanny Begg The Beehive, 2018
    Zanny Begg, The Beehive (production still) 2018. Image courtesy: Enigma Machine. Photograph: Hugh Hamilton
    Image Credit
    Commissioned by ACMI and Artbank. Exhibited ACMI 2018, Sydney Festival UNSW Galleries 2019, IMA Brisbane 2019.

About the exhibition


Born in 1972 in Melbourne and now living in Bulli, near Sydney, Begg’s practice, which is often collaborative, incorporates film, drawing and installation, with a particular interest in exploring hidden or contested histories.

Once described as an advocate for women and marginalised communities, Zanny’s work uses humour, understated drawings and found cultural artefacts to explore themes of gender, activism and migration and the ways in which we can live and be in the world differently. This has included working with macro-political themes, such as globalisation protests, and in micro-political worlds, such as with children in prison.

This exhibition, curated by UNSW Galleries and designed for tour, brings together the artist’s most significant works to date including The Beehive (2018), City of Ladies (2017) and a new work Kannagi, (2019).

Zanny Begg These Stories Will be Different is available to tour from 2021. The content of the exhibition is flexible and can be adapted to each venue depending on the size and installation restrictions of the venue. There is the option to expand the exhibition to include additional works, The Bullwhip Effect (2017) and 1001 Nights in Fairfield (2015).

Artists and Curator



Zanny Begg is an award-winning artist and film-maker whose work has been widely exhibited in Australia and around the world including in various biennials and exhibitions. She is the 2017 recipient of the inaugural ACMI and Artbank film commission, the 2016 winner of the Incinerator Art Award, Art for Social Change, and the 2016 winner of the Terrence and Lynnette Fern Cite Residency Paris and has been selected for the Melbourne International Film Festival, the Antenna Documentary Festival and Soho Film Festival (NY). She was included in the 2017 iteration of The National at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia with her collaborative work (with Elise Mcleod) The City of Ladies.

Zanny has a PhD in Art Theory and is a lecturer at UNSW Art + Design and is on the Artist Advisory Board for the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.


Available Dates and
Exhibition Details

Available dates
01/01/2021 - 31/12/2023
Exhibition size
Between 75-100 sq or running metres
Originating state
Organised by
UNSW Galleries
Contact to discuss
Web Site
Accompanying materials available
Catalogue/Book, Education Kit, Exhibition Tour Manual, Interpretative/Didactic Panels, Invitations or Invitation Template, Labels, Media Kit, Public Program Opportunities, Signage
Other materials
To accompany the tour a publication edited and produced by UNSW Galleries on The Beehive and its social history stories will be available for sale. Supported by The City of Sydney, The Beehive publication will be edited by UNSW Galleries Director José Da Silva with contributions from art critics, historians and participants in the artwork. A comprehensive education resource with curricula links will be produced for the tour.
Primary contact
Rachel Arndt
Gallery Programs & Touring Exhibitions Manager
Museums & Galleries of NSW
0439 383 899
A UNSW Galleries and Museums & Galleries of NSW touring exhibition