10.09.2020 – 17.10.2020


Artists | Francis Carmody, Simon Denny, Sophie Hyde, Elizabeth McInnes, Ciaran Begley and James Nguyen, and Erwin Wurm

Curator | Siobhan Sloper

Exhibition Dates | 10 September - 17 October 2020

Since the early 2000s the Gertrude Emerging Curator Program has supported early practice curators through a mentorship program to develop a new exhibition and is presented in alternate years. The program is Gertrude’s mechanism to support early practice curators as a means to provide professional development and present a project within a public outcome. Over the years, many of Australia’s most interesting young curators have participated in the program and gone on to forge significant careers in the arts working in major public institutions in Australia and internationally. 


In 2020, the Gertrude Emerging Curator Program exhibition will be developed by Siobhan Sloper and held at Gertrude Glasshouse. Siobhan has been mentored by Gertrude Contemporary’s Artistic Director, Mark Feary throughout 2019 and early 2020; sharing curatorial knowledge and enabling professional development within a supportive and encouraging environment. 


The exhibition, Remedy for the Doldrums amasses an international and intergenerational group of artists who explore characteristics and states of play within their work. From structured gaming to the ludicrous and absurd, the artists use the language of play to explore topics such as global, social and political concerns; language; learning and development; and the poetic role of play within the everyday.

22.10.2020 – 14.11.2020

Exhibition Dates | 22 October – 14 November 2020

Jason Phu has a multi-disciplinary practice brings together a wide range of, sometimes contradictory, references from traditional ink paintings and calligraphy to mass-produced objects, everyday vernacular to official records, personal narratives to historical events. Working across drawing, installation, painting and sculpture, Phu frequently uses humour as a device to explore experiences of cultural dislocation. His work is about truth and memory, his work is about what my parents taught his, the stories they told him, and how all these things shape people

Image Credit: Jason Phu, if you eat all the food that is good, if you fart that is bad, 2019, installation view in Gertrude Studios 2019. Photo: Christo Crocker

19.11.2020 – 12.12.2020

Exhibition Dates | 19 November – 12 December 2020

Kay Abude is an artist living and working in Melbourne, Australia. She is a current Gertrude Studio Artist in 2019-2021 at Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne. Abude's creative practice engages many different forms of making, including sculpture, large-scale installation, performance, photography and silk-screen printing. Abude is fascinated with the nature of labour, with its economic, repetitive and somatic properties, and how work connects and separates us, taking so much of our time that it comes to define our lives.

Kay Abude completed a Master of Fine Art (by research) at the Victorian College of the Arts and Music, The University of Melbourne in 2010. She has received numerous awards and grants including a 2018 Vic Arts Grant from Creative Victoria and a 2018 HUME Arts Award. Abude was shortlisted for the prestigious 2014 Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture and was the recipient of the Professional Development Award and Civic Choice Award in the 2014 Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture. She has also received a 2014 Vic Arts Grant, a 2013 Australia Council Art Start Grant and an Australian Post-Graduate Award to complete her Masters degree in 2009-2010. Recent exhibitions include Projects 2018 at the 2018 Auckland Art Fair curated by Francis McWhannell and Gabriela Salgado, and State of the Union at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne.

Image Credit: Kay Abude, Be Creative Remain Precarious, 2019, hand silk screen on various textiles (working prints), installation view in Gertrude Studios 2019. Photo: Christo Crocker