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Current Exhibition

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Claudia Chan Shaw


8 - 25 August 2018

Exhibition opening with the Artist

to be launched by

Ron Ramsey

Executive Director of the Art Gallery Society of NSW

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Saturday 11 August 2018 2.30 – 4.30 pm

Claudia Chan Shaw

Artist in Conversation

Saturday 18 August 2018 2.30 – 4.30 pm

Art Atrium

181 Old South Head Road Bondi Junction


During the Renaissance, private collectors roamed the world in search of the exotic, the fantastic and the bizarre. They discovered natural wonders and scientific marvels and displayed their accumulated treasures. This microcosm of the curious was often known as a Wunderkammer, or a cabinet of curiosities.

There was a need to categorise and organise the collections. A desire to create order. These collections multiplied and turned into entire rooms of displays, which morphed into the concept of the modern museum.

Claudia Chan Shaw has been a collector since childhood. She gathers, displays and arranges objects that remind her of another time. She collects memories. Ephemera, toys and trinkets that each tell their own story.

She has created her own cabinet of curiosities, and photographs treasures from her personal collection in dreamy still life photographs in her exhibition Obscuriosity.

Her intimate photographs invite the viewer’s own interpretation of their meaning and history. A wind-up tin bird offers its evensong from a tree; seahorses swim through an imagined underwater world.

Childhood memories combined with the artist’s eye for the intrigue of the obscure are explored. But like any memory, sometimes the real and the imaginary blur and that is where fantasy takes over.

Emily Kame Kngwarreye - Untitled 1994

Spiritual Connection

Contemporary Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art

25 July - 19 August 2018

Exhibition opening with Artists

Miriam Baadjo, Patrick Butcher, Dale Collier,  Blak Douglas, Amala Groom, Samantha Hobson, Silas Hobson, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Teena McCarthy, Mario Munkara, Chico Monks, Nicole Monks,  Thomas Munkanome, Ruth Nagomara, Clinton Nain, Irene Namok, Rosella Namok, Ningura Napurrula, 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

Upcoming Exhibitions

Art - Graham Kuo Harbour

Graham Kuo

Light and Space

29 August - 16 September 2018

Exhibition opening with the Artist

to be launched by

Joseph Eisenberg OAM

Cultural Director Emeritus 

Maitland Regional Art Gallery

Wednesday 29 August 2018 6.00 – 8.00 pm

Sydney Contemporary

VIP Viewing

Saturday 15 September 2018 6.30 – 8.00 pm

Art Atrium in association with Live in Art

515 Crown Street Surry Hills

Tony Costa Fallen Tree Audley 152x114 cm mixed media on paper $ 9000

Art Atrium @ Sydney Contemporary

Kate Briscoe, Paul Connor, Tony Costa, Graham Kuo, Andrew Tomkins

12 - 16 September 2018
CARRIAGEWORKS, 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh
Booth G11


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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