03.10.2020 – 08.11.2020

River Capital Commission 2020:
Natalie Thomas

Opening | Friday 4 September 2020, 6-8pm
Exhibition Dates | 5 September  - 1 November 2020

Initiated in 2019, the River Capital Commission is a new initiative developed in partnership with private equity firm River Capital. The Commission provides significant production funding for a solo artist (or collaborative) to present an expansive exhibition across all of the gallery spaces at Gertrude. Following the inaugural River Capital Commission by Sydney-based artists Consuelo Cavaniglia and Brendan Van Hek in 2019, Melbourne-based artist Natalie Thomas has been invited to develop the River Capital Commission 2020. Thomas has been active since the late 1990s, working for a decade with collaborator Ali Sanderson as Nat and Ali, and later as part of the collective DAMP, before focusing on a solo artistic practice. In recent years Thomas has been included in a number of important institutional exhibitions including The National, Carriageworks, Sydney, 2019; Unfinished Business, ACCA, Melbourne, 2018; and The Financial Report, Artspace, Sydney, 2013.

The River Capital Commission will be Thomas’ most significant solo exhibition to date and will bring into focus her unique interrogation of the Australian institutional landscape. Often incorporating humour and with a basis in extensive research, Thomas holds the art world to account with particular emphasis on the historical and present marginalisation of female artists.

Image Credit | Natalie Thomas, Postcard from the Edge, 2019, HD video, MDF, fan p


21.11.2020 – 20.12.2020

Gertrude Studios 2020

Kay Abude, Hoda Afshar, Darcey Bella Arnold, Andrew Atchison, Justin Balmain, Georgia Banks, Catherine Bell, Sarah Brasier and Matthew Harris, Ann Debono, Mia SalajöMikala Dwyer, Sam Geroge and Lisa Radford, Joseph L. Griffiths, Amrita Hepi, James Nguyen and Jason Phu.

Opening | Friday 13 November 2020, 6-8pm
Exhibition Dates | 14 November - 13 December 2020

Gertrude Contemporary concludes the year with its annual Gertrude Studios exhibition, a mainstay of the exhibition program since the 1990s, 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.

The Gertrude Studios exhibition is one of the most anticipated components in the annual exhibition program, bringing to the fore the practices of the 16 artists active in the Gertrude Studio Program. Each of the artists contribute a new or recent work, directly connecting the activities of the studios with the public galleries of the organisation. The Gertrude Studios exhibition serves as a zeitgeist for experimental practices developing in Melbourne and presents an ever-expanding diversity of contemporary practices.

Image Credit: Gertrude Studios 2019, installation view of works by Gerogia Banks, Mikala Dwyer, Joseph L. Griffiths and Isadora Vaughan and Sam George and Lisa Radford. Photo: Christo Crocker.