A Secular View: Neridah Stockley

05/08/2020 - 12/09/2020

  • Road shadow and a park landscape
    Neridah Stockley Road shadow and a park landscape , 2018
    Slip cast porcelain with under glaze
    12.5 x 7 and 11 x 11cm

About the exhibition

A Secular View: Neridah Stockley is an exhibition spanning twenty-five years of sustained practice by Northern Territory based artist Neridah Stockley and is curated by Gillean Shaw, Art Curator, University of Newcastle Art Gallery. Whilst Stockley is best known as a painter, this survey reveals the diversity of her practice including drawings, collage, dry point etchings and a growing body of ceramic work. The idea of a ‘survey’ plays on the notion of surveying the landscape, whether urban, rural or domestic. Through numerous en plein air encounters Stockley creates a personal record that is later reworked and resolved in the studio. This relationship to space and returning to place was etched in the artist’s mind travelling between Dubbo and the Blue Mountains as a child, and later between Central Australia and New South Wales. Stockley’s work is characterised by abstracted compositions that hint at narrative or symbolic content, traversing memory and experience in an ongoing dialogue with visual interpretation. Domestic in scale, she invites the viewer to encounter a section of surveyed and deconstructed landscape, through a process of re-visioning the natural and manufactured world into linear and geometric planes and forms. The exhibition explores the depth of the artist’s oeuvre, presenting Stockley’s individual approach to abstraction, gestural mark-making and lyrical style to create a distinctive visual vernacular.

About the artists

Neridah Stockley spent her childhood growing up in Dubbo and Orange, Central NSW and the Blue Mountains, NSW. Stockley studied at the National Arts School in Sydney before moving to the Northern Territory in 1997 living for a year in Darwin and later moving to Alice Springs where she has lived and worked since 2001. Stockley is represented in national and international collections including: Araluen Collection, NT; Newcastle Regional Gallery, NSW; City of Fremantle Collection, WA; Kerry Stokes Collection, WA; Charles Darwin University Collection, NT; and the collection of Parliament House, Canberra, ACT. The daughter of a civil engineer/ draughtsman, Stockley grew up with a curiosity and love for paper and drawing, inspired by her father’s studio environment. Recalling her first experience of painting at the age of three, the ‘physicality and plasticity’ of paint and the ability to ‘build’ a three-dimensional image on a two-dimensional support captured her imagination. At ten years of age, Stockley learnt the concept and techniques of Renaissance perspective, discovering ‘vanishing points’ in the landscape. Constructing ‘windows into space’ through drawing compositions of buildings, bridges, cross-bars and streets was a youthful obsession coupled with an early ambition to become an architect. Curious about arid landscapes from a young age, Stockley was attracted to ‘space’ and knew she would live in the desert one day. In 1995 and 1999 Stockley first visited the Central Australian desert on art school road trips and later relocated to Alice Springs in 2001. Initially Stockley worked as a remote area art tutor for Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education (Nyrrpi), a studio coordinator at Bindi Arts (Alice Springs) and a field officer for Papunya Tula Artists (Kintore & Kiwirrkurra). In 2003, Stockley refocused her attention to her own painting practice. Stockley’s discipline and dedication were acknowledged with her first solo exhibition of paintings and drawings in 2005 at Araluen Galleries, Alice Springs. Institutional acquisitions followed with successful solo shows at commercial galleries in Darwin, Sydney and Alice Springs and preselection for annual national and regional art prizes. Whilst continually making work of and about Central Australia, from 2008 Stockley has regularly travelled, enabling her practice to respond in-situ to built and natural environments. She has undertaken numerous interstate residencies including Falmouth (2007), King Island (2009) and Wardlaws Point (2011) in Tasmania, The Pilbara (2008) and Fremantle (2013, 2016 & 2018) in Western Australia, Newcastle (2011 and 2016), Hill End (2014) and Hazelhurst (2014) in New South Wales and most recently spent three months in Israel, Palestine and Morocco (2017–18).


Touring Venues
and Dates


An Artback NT Touring Exhibition in association with University of Newcastle.


This exhibition has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council; it's arts funding advisory body. Artback NT is also proudly sponsored by the Northern Territory Government.