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Current Exhibition

Current Exhibition


Chico Monks & Gwanji Monks

What is the Boundary ?

4 - 22 July 2018

Exhibition opening with the Artists

Friday 6 July 2018 6.00 – 8.00 pm

Artist in Conversation

Chico Monks & Gwanji Monks


Jennifer Isaacs AM

Writer & Consultant on Aboriginal Art & Culture

Wednesday 18 July 2018 6.00 – 8.00 pm

Art Atrium in association with Live in Art

515 Crown Street Surry Hills

Upcoming Exhibitions

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Teena McCarthy


18 July - 4 August 2018

Exhibition opening with the Artist

to be launched by

Djon Mundine OAM

Curator, Writer, Artist & Activist

Saturday 21 July 2018 2.30 – 4.30 pm

Art Atrium

181 Old South Head Road Bondi Junction


Among the aborigines inhabiting the Darling and Lower Murray Rivers, New South Wales, it was customary for the female relatives of a deceased person to plaster they’re faces and heads with white clay and gash themselves to such an extent that the blood flowed over the clay onto they’re shoulders.

R.H.Goddard. Kopi: Funerary Skull Caps. The Journal of the Anthropological Society of New South Wales. August 1936 Vol.2, No.2, pages 125 – 127.

‘CEREMONY’ references The Darling River, the ‘Mother’ to the Barkindji Peoples’. The Darling and its tributaries has for countless generations nourished the Barkindji with, not only food and transport, but with spiritual succulence.

Since Colonisation, the river has undergone massive degradation, more so in recent decades, with fruit and cotton farmers using the water to irrigate their crops. This use, coupled with prolonged drought and the stealing of water has left The Darling, for large parts of the year, with intermittent dry bed and pools of green, stagnant water. It also references the history of the slaughter, and disease introduced by Captain Charles Sturt and Sir Thomas Mitchell and Post-Colonial Whiteman.

Affection for the land and the river runs deep in me. The erosion of culture and the fragility of land and river are expressed in my art by the materiality of its making. The two are intertwined. The Kopi expresses ‘sorry business’ and therefore is a metaphor to the central theme of my work. ‘CEREMONY’ consists of paintings and installation work. I enjoy the process of working with materials that help to tell the story. The fragility of the land is reflected in the fragility of the butcher’s paper that the photographs are printed on. The sculptural Kopis of the installation work are made from religious tracts, cotton balls and white ochre (kaolin) thus addressing my concerns.

‘Ceremony’ consists of Performance Photography, Paintings, Sculpture and Installation work and is dedicated to my Nanna, Father and all of my Barkindji ancestors.

Teena McCarthy

Emily Kame Kngwarreye - Untitled 1994

Spiritual Connection

Contemporary Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art

25 July - 19 August 2018

Exhibition opening with Artists

Miriam Baadjo, Dale Collier, Dean Cross, Blak Douglas, Amala Groom, Samantha Hobson, Silas Hobson, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Teena McCarthy, Mario Munkara, Chico Monks, Nicole Monks, Marie Mudgedell, Thomas Munkanome, Ruth Nagomara, Clinton Nain, Irene Namok, Rosella Namok, Ann (Frances) Nowee, Geraldine Nowee, Fiona Omeenyo, Roslyn Orsto, Maria Josette Orsto, Kathleen Petyarre, Doris Platt, Jock Puautjimi, Gordon Pupangamirri, Romolo Tipiloura, Jason Wing, Nora Wompi, Emmanuel Wurrkidj, Michelle Yeatman  

to be launched by

Djon Mundine OAM

Curator, Writer, Artist & Activist

Thursday 26 July 2018 6.00 – 8.00 pm

Art Atrium in association with Live in Art

515 Crown Street Surry Hills


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Simon Chan has established a reputation as a professional gallery director who has helped many aspiring artists by showing them in his Art Atrium Gallery. Mixing exhibitions of established artists with younger artists, he has created a perfect way to promote living artists in difficult times.

Simon has also endeavoured to get prominent figures in the art world to open his exhibitions, which is a good way to publicise and promote younger artists. I commend Simon’s activities, and hope that the artists he has promoted will not forget who first gave them a helping hand. It is the first step up which counts so much in today’s very competitive art world.

Lou Klepac OAM
Art historian, Author, Curator & Publisher

Art Atrium is the invention of Simon Chan, an Architect who has a passion for art, especially indigenous art and architectural drawings. He is one of the few people with the breadth of experience and opportunity to hold such shows at his gallery that demonstrate his discerning eye and appreciation for the unusual and the best of art.

Professor Philip Cox AO
Professor of Architecture UNSW & Founding Partner of Cox Architecture

Simon Chan is a practising architect with a passionate commitment to promoting contemporary art that reflects Australia’s multiculturalism, and in which Australian Indigenous art has an important dynamic presence. In 2009 he founded Art Atrium in Bondi Junction to provide a dedicated space that would allow him to share his artists’ works with audiences, and also to enjoy the physical experience of curating the exhibitions. I have observed the superb way he manages the launch of these events, and I know that all of his artists appreciate the encouragement and advice that he never hesitates to offer.

Dr. Mabel Lee PhD FAHA
Adjunct Professor of Chinese Studies, School of Languages & Culture A18, The University of Sydney

Simon has established an active platform at Art Atrium to encourage cross cultural expression and collaboration among artists from different cultural background. I was honoured to open an exhibition of Chinese Australian women artists, as well as to conduct an Artists in Conversation event when artists directly communicate with art lovers. His passion towards art goes beyond his Gallery, and leads him to generously support art endeavours in public art institutions. He offers guided tours as a Community Ambassador at Art Gallery of NSW, and also serves as a Director on the Board of VisAisa which plays a vital role in promoting Asian art in Australia.

Yin Cao
Curator of Chinese Art at ART GALLERY OF NEW SOUTH WALES

I love the paintings I have bought from Art Atrium - they have really struck a chord. It's also been an absolute pleasure talking with and buying from Simon; it's clear he's in it for the love of the art and that makes the whole experience so much less 'transactional' and more emotional.

Amanda Falconer
Management consultant & business storytelling specialist