Brenda May Gallery

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Brenda May established Access Contemporary Art Gallery in Sydney in 1985 to support emerging Australian artists. The Gallery moved to the Danks Street complex when it opened in 2001 and currently represents a select group of emerging to senior artists working in a wide range of medium, including Tanmaya Bingham, Senden Blackwood, Robert Boynes, Will Coles, Jim Croke, Sybil Curtis, Todd Fuller, James Guppy, Melinda Le Guay, Carol Murphy, Mylyn Nguyen, Leslie Oliver, Marc Standing, Lezlie Tilley and Peter Tilley.


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Past events

Film Cunst - Sydney Underground Film Festival 2014

29th January

A bold, unashamed celebration and investigation of the feminine in film art. This show is an exhibition of Sydney’s most daring and unique women artists...

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Exhibition Calendar

23rd January

Exhibition Calendar 201323 Jan - 9 Feb: Scupture 201324 - 27 Jan: Art Stage Singapore12 Feb - 2 Mar: Josh Raymond | Kelly- Ann Lees5 - 23 Mar: Senden...

Free

Christmas Show - $1,000 And Under, 2013

3rd December

Continuing the tradition of the ever popular Access and Brenda May Gallery ‘Birthday Show’, the Gallery presents a special ‘Christmas Show’ to celebrate...

Free

Robert Boynes - Concrete Music, 2013

30th November

A field of dots found on a wall in Fremantle became the trigger for a series of works that in some way reflected the sounds, codes & cultural bonds common...

Free

The OnGOING GaGa SaGa

12th November

With this exhibition, curator Akky van Ogtrop continues her GaGa exhibition series, this time with the focus on Fluxus, Pop and beyond. It is Pop, with a...

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Lezlie Tilley - Simple Beauty, 2013

12th November

The endless repetition of these gridded patterns, based on the honeycomb, can grow large enough to engulf the universe. They can be simple or complex,...

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Robert Boynes - Concrete Music, 2013

29th November

A field of dots found on a wall in Fremantle became the trigger for a series of works that in some way reflected the sounds, codes & cultural bonds common...

Free

Joel Bliss - Hard Metal, 2013

20th August

“I am investigating techniques of traditional hand-worked metal fabrication sparked by an interest in early 20th century car manufacturing – a process...

Free

Irianna Kanellopoulou - Wild Things Roam, 2013

20th August

The featured protagonists unveil a macrocosmos of masked identities, fragmented conversations and fleeting moments. Deliberately shifting relationships...

Free

Todd Fuller - There's no place like Rome, 2013

20th August

Todd Fuller drafts a Pope as the protagonist of these new works, an unlikely muse for a contemporary artist. Investigating themes of power, expectation...

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Helen Mueller - Forest requiem

5th March

I found a stand of melaleuca clinging to the rocks along a wild stretch of beach on the north coast of NSW; branches twisted and deformed by an...

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Senden Blackwood - kaiu

5th March

I feel like everything I want to say is written in the lines and planes of each piece. The repetitive physical process of carving translates my decisions...

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Sculpture 2013

23rd January

This popular annual event was established by Brenda May at Access Gallery in 1998 and continues to be an important platform for the promotion of...

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Samantha Robinson - Object, Odject

4th December

When we consider objects, we identify them by their purpose. Having worked as a ceramicist for the last ten years, the making of objects for the everyday...

Free

Melinda Le Guay - Blood Lines

4th December

I continue to make work which references aspects of the human body.Using process as an end and a means, and allowing for elements of human error, vigilant...

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Samantha Robinson 2012 - Object, Odject, 2012

4th December

When we consider objects, we identify them by their purpose. Having worked as a ceramicist for the last ten years, the making of objects for the everyday...

Mylyn Nguyen - An owl flew into my office and told me to look for Bear

13th November

This is a journey through the everyday in the hope of finding the little magic that I used to carry with me on the train, in my backpack and the reserved...

Free

Todd Fuller - Somewhere in Between

13th November

Somewhere in between the active and the still,the imagined and the real,between light and shade, truth and tale, and of coursehope and defeat...Between...

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Mylyn Nguyen 2012 - An owl flew into my office and told me to look for Bear, 2012

13th November

This is a journey through the everyday in the hope of finding the little magic that I used to carry with me on the train, in my backpack and the reserved...

Todd Fuller 2012 - Somewhere in between, 2012

13th November

Somewhere in between the active and the still, the imagined and the real, between light and shade, truth and tale, and of course hope and defeat......

Peter Tilley - On the Nature of Things

23rd October

This body of work is a privately constructed environment that is a juxtaposition of unlikely objects; collectively a symbolic arrangement that both...

Free

Jim Croke - Scaled Down

23rd October

Scale is often disregarded as a consideration when making sculpture when it shouldn’t be, as it is just as vital as things like subject matter, materials...

Free

Peter Tilley 2012 - On the Nature of Things, 2012

23rd October

This body of work is a privately constructed environment that is a juxtaposition of unlikely objects; collectively a symbolic arrangement that both...

Jim Croke 2012 - Scaled Down, 2012

23rd October

Scale is often disregarded as a consideration when making sculpture when it shouldn’t be, as it is just as vital as things like subject matter, materials...

Art + Food: Beyond the Still Life

2nd October

This exhibition will consider the representation of food within the visual arts and beyond the standard still life tableaux.The consumption of food is a...

Free

Art + Food: Beyond the Still Life 2012 - curated by Megan Fizell, 2012

2nd October

This exhibition will consider the representation of food within the visual arts and beyond the standard still life tableaux. The consumption of food is a...

Sybil Curtis - Cylinders, Cones and Spheres

11th September

Among the artists I most admire is Czanne. In his mature years, he attempted to give underlying structure to his landscapes by rendering them in terms of...

Free

Michel Edwards - Household Objects

11th September

My work continues to explore the Still Life and its place in contemporary Australian painting. I focus in particular on the sort of objects that might be...

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Michael Edwards 2012 - Household objects, 2012

11th September

My work continues to explore the Still Life and its place in contemporary Australian painting. I focus in particular on the sort of objects that might be...

Sybil Curtis 2012 - Cylinders, cones and spheres, 2012

11th September

Among the artists I most admire is Cézanne. In his mature years, he attempted to give underlying structure to his landscapes by rendering them in terms of...

Going Gaga with Dada: A dedication to spontaneity, chaos, innovation and nonsense

21st August

Like the Dadaists of their time, this exhibition will seek to define the undefinable — with prints, collages, artists’ books, zines, posters, typography...

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Going Gaga with Dada: A dedication to spontaneity, chaos, innovation and nonsense 2012

21st August

Like the Dadaists of their time, this exhibition will seek to define the undefinable — with prints, collages, artists’ books, zines, posters, typography...

Patsy Payne - Wraith

31st July

I continue to use environmental textures and forms as the material of the body. The body is a transparent screen fabricated from steel, so the form is...

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Emily McIntosh + Corrigan Fairbairn - two person exhibition

31st July

My work is still concerned with memory, preservation and both the psychological and physical aspects of the human condition. This new body of glass...

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Emily McIntosh + Corrigan Fairbairn - two person exhibition 2012

31st July

My work is still concerned with memory, preservation and both the psychological and physical aspects of the human condition. This new body of glass...

Patsy Payne 2012 - Wraith, 2012

31st July

I continue to use environmental textures and forms as the material of the body. The body is a transparent screen fabricated from steel, so the form is...

Chiaroscuro

10th July

Chiaroscuro is the treatment of light and shade for dramatic effect in drawing, painting and printmaking. It is the effect of contrasted light and shadow...

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Chiaroscuro - curated group exhibition 2012

10th July

Chiaroscuro is the treatment of light and shade for dramatic effect in drawing, painting and printmaking. It is the effect of contrasted light and shadow...

Todd Fuller + Abby Smith - 'One and Only'

19th June

In January 2012, marks and lines grew across the walls of Back to Back Galleries, Cooks Hill. The marks scratched and erased, changed, morphed and grew...

Free

Robert Boynes - 'Language of the Street'

19th June

My work evokes the sounds, sensations and body postures found in our urban spaces - the language of the street. Are we as viewers, simultaneously the...

Free

Carol Murphy 2012 - imago, 2012

29th May

imago ɪˈmeɪgəʊ noun ( pl. imagos , imagoes or imagines ɪˈmeɪdʒɪniːz ) 1. Entomology the final and fully developed adult stage of an insect, typically...

Jacek Wankowski 2012

29th May

Metamorphosis' investigates ideas of perception, of known and unknown things that engage the forces of nature, of change and growth – and challenge our...

Love Stories Exhibition

26th May

For fifteen years, Sydney Film School teacher Leslie Oliver has been asking students to tell him about a time when they fell in love. What began as a...

Free

Leslie Oliver 2012

8th May

As a teacher of young filmmakers from around the world, I have recorded short interviews with over 1,000 students. The form of the interview has not...

New Photographers: Penelope Cain, Alex Austin, Tasman Miller, 2012

8th May

This is an exhibition of three contemporary photographers new to the Gallery. The artists will create a small body of work that best represents their...

Introducing III... Tammie Castles, Helena Leslie, Kelly-Ann Lees, Oliver Tanner, 2012

17th April

This is the third exhibition in our Introducing... series. It is a small group show designed to provide artists who are new to the Gallery with a chance...

In The Mirror

27th March

No one sees themselves the way the world sees them, as one’s reflection is, of course, seen in reverse. This show is an opportunity for the artists to...

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In The Mirror - curated group exhibition 2012

27th March

No one sees themselves the way the world sees them, as one’s reflection is, of course, seen in reverse. This show is an opportunity for the artists to...

Will Coles - Nihilist archaeology, 2012

6th March

Are we and our junk reaching critical mass? If all our junk is made in China, we will have nothing worth digging up in the future.The trivial and shallow...

Free

James Guppy - Anima Rising, 2012

6th March

The figures in these new works are dredged from James Guppy’s unconscious to throw light onto the cold darkness of rationality. Guppy has always been...

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James Guppy 2012

6th March

The figures in these new works are dredged from James Guppy’s unconscious to throw light onto the cold darkness of rationality. Guppy has always been...

Lezlie Tilley - Pages from an a-less novel, 2012

14th February

Nulla dies sine linea = never a day without a lineA constant image that has followed me throughout my career has been the ‘telephone doodle’ in all its...

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Major Artists, Major Works

14th February

'Major Artists, Major Works' will feature a significant artwork by each of the fourteen artists represented by the Gallery.Size is relative. For some,...

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Countermanding Saturation

22nd November

In an over stimulated world peace and quiet is a rare commodity. We have been forced to create internal conduits to another restorative world or void...

Not What it Seems

22nd November

Things are not always what they seem to be. Through simple quirks of colour and composition, everyday scenes of people and places reveal themselves as...

Marc Standing - Waking Me Forever

25th October

There is an ethereal and dreamlike quality to this body of work with many references to the natural world and to our biological makeup. Sleep, dream and...

Free

Senden Blackwood - ishi

25th October

I guess there could be far worse things to be consumed by than carving abstract forms in stone. For me, the attraction and the meaning is in the...

Free

Body Language

27th September

Through gestures, posture and facial expression we communicate without words to the world around us.Body language is universal, as it crosses cultures and...

Free

Janet Parker-Smith - 'Still Alive & Still Well'

30th August

This work introduces images, objects, creatures and species that hover between multiple identities. They are open for the viewer to question if piece they...

Free

Peter Tilley - 'A Passage Through Time'

30th August

This body of work shifts between still life tableau and compositions based around the figure. It could be seen as a dialogue with the self while...

Free

Todd Fuller - Tense

2nd August

Todd Fuller’s work is drawn from his own personal narrative as an untraditional Australian male, however his figures engage with the everyday pitfalls...

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'Lust' - curated by Gordon Elliott

5th July

Desire. Longing. Craving. Lasciviousness.Lust for flesh. Lust for power. Lust for money. Lust for life. Lust for food. Lust for freedom. Lust for art.Lust...

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Fiona Fenech - A Marvelous Transformation

7th June

This series of drawings explores the transition from childhood to adolescence and the dualism of integrating fantasy and reality. The work draws from the...

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Lyndal Hargrave - Constructs of Love and Logic

7th June

The linear and geometric forms of Lyndal Hargrave’s wall-mounted sculptures are constructed with found elements, objects of the everyday. The familiarity...

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Melinda Le Guay - Conflict

10th May

My research and work has become increasingly concerned with nurturing, healing and protecting the fragile and vulnerable.My work currently hinges on the...

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Al Munro - Crystallography

10th May

Crystallography is the field of science which studies the arrangement of atoms within a solid. Prior to the development of x-ray techniques in the early...

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Joel Bliss & Carol Murphy 2011

1st April

... early memories from the movie, the gladstone bag under a glass dome, a book in the pram, the baby in the bag, my first contact with surrealism?...

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Art + Humour Me

12th April

This year we return with the third in the Art + Humour series following the inaugural show in 2005 and Art + Humour Too of 2007. The exhibition contains a...

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