05.10.2019 – 09.11.2019

Hope Dies Last: Art at the End of Optimism
Curated by Mark Feary

Gertrude Contemporary Opening: Friday 4 October, 6-8pm
Exhibtion dates Gertrude Contemporary: Saturday 5 October - Saturday 9 November

Margeret Lawrence Opening: Thursday 17 October, 5.30—7.30pm
Exhibtion dates Margaret Lawrence Gallery: Friday 18 October— Saturday 16 November

Hope Dies Last: Art at the End of Optimism is a curated exhibition of Australian and international contemporary art presented across two sites, Gertrude Contemporary and the Margaret Lawrence Gallery at the Victorian College of the Arts. The project focuses on how artists consider the depletion of optimism, how they might envisage the end of days, and how they make sense of these tumultuous times. The project brings together works by leading Australian and international artists, as if to choreograph a collective swan song of lament. Exploring themes of mortality, fatalism, extinction, pain (both emotional and physical), failure and downfall, the works largely focus on the specific moment when hope evaporates for the final time. Explored with compassion, humour, sadness and resignation, Hope Dies Last confronts our individual and collective anxieties around death, reminding us that we will all destined for this certainty, yet each of us will experience that moment alone. Hope Dies Last will be one of the most depressing events of the year, an exhibition that will riddle us with sadness, and likely leave us more pessimistic than we have ever been before. 

Presented in partnership with Melbourne International Arts Festival and Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Victorian College of the Arts.

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22.11.2019 – 14.12.2019

Gertrude Studios 2019
Opening: Friday 22 November, 6-8pm.
Exhibition Dates: Saturday 23 November - Saturday 14 December

Artists: Kay Abude, Andrew Atchison, James Nguyen, Andrew Liversidge, Steaphan Paton, Jahnne Pasco White, Mikala Dwyer, Isadora Vaughan, Eugenia Lim, Joseph L. Griffiths, Spiros Panigirakis, Georgina Cue, Sam George + Lisa Radford, Georgia Banks, Ann Debono, Jason Phu.

Gertrude concludes the year with its annual Gertrude Studios exhibition, presenting new and recent works and projects being produced within the 16 studios of the organisation. The exhibition enables a collective snapshot of the practices supported within the program, offering the opportunity to experience a broad diversity of works from leading arts practitioners in Melbourne.