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.

Not speed I need, but time low res

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

Emily Kame Kngwarreye - Untitled 1994