14 March – 12 July 2015
This major career survey will reflect on the past decade of Peter Hennessey’s practice. Trained as an architect, Hennessey has established an international profile for his physically imposing, conceptually rigorous sculptures. He is inspired by the science of space exploration and comparable technological advances, and scours the Internet and other publicly available information to produce his work. The resulting sculptures are ‘re-enactments’ of objects that allow people to encounter in three-dimensions what they would otherwise only see in reproduction, or on the Web. In recreating these structures, Hennessey explores the ‘space between images and experience’ and expounds on related social, political and economic imperatives. Making it real will include Hennessey’s most significant extant sculptures, including My Humvee (Inversion therapy) 2008 from The University of Queensland Art Collection, as well as new work emerging from a related residency at UQ’s Centre for Hypersonics.
Curator: Samantha Littley
Writer | Director: Andrew Frost
Producers: Rachael Shea and Andrew Frost
Director of Photography: Alan Koppe
Sound Recordists: Nick Godkin and Travis Brown
Editor | Graphics: Simon von Wolkenstein
- Watch My Space Program: The Art of Peter Hennessey written and directed by Andrew Frost on Vimeo
Purchase the exhibition publication here
Friday 13 March 6.15 for 6.30pm
Head Curator Australian Art
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Please join curator Samantha Littley on a tour of the exhibition.
Friday 13 March 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Before the opening, please join Peter Hennessey for an artist talk with exhibition curator Samantha Littley.
- Listen here
Wednesday 1 April 6.00pm
Peter Hennessey and Professor Michael Smart discuss Peter’s recent residency with The University of Queensland’s Centre for Hypersonics, internationally renowned for its hypersonic aerodynamics research. Chaired by Dr Allison Holland.
- Listen here
Wednesday 14 April 6.00pm
Peter Hennessey: Making it real screening part one: Constructions
This screening series complements Peter Hennessy's practice and his interest in constructions, science fiction and orbiting satellites. Curated by John Edmond with special guest speakers.
Tuesday 12 May 6.00pm
Peter Hennessey: Making it real screening series part two: Speculative Ethnographies /Science Fiction
Visitors are encouraged to draw in the exhibition; drawing boards, paper and pencils provided.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body
21 March – 9 August 2015
The JUMPstart Pilot Intern Program is a unique initiative of the UQ Art Museum, presented in conjunction with the Art History program of The University of Queensland’s School of Communication and Arts.
In 2014 the program offered five graduate-year students professional experience in the visual arts industry. Over three months, students shadowed UQ Art Museum staff, gaining professional skills across the areas of collection management, exhibition programs and public engagement.
In 2015 this series of JUMPstart exhibitions profiles each of the graduate interns. Each themed exhibition is the outcome of the creativity and applied research the intern brought to a curatorial project, and features works drawn from The University of Queensland Art Collection.
The University of Queensland is the state’s premier institution for training students in Art History and Museum Studies. The UQ Art Museum is committed to supporting the University’s academics and students, and to facilitating professional experience for those students seeking careers within the visual arts industry.
20 March – 19 April 2015
Curator: Isabella Baker
A journey through the abstract: natural worlds
21 April – 17 May 2015
Curator: Jacques Langlassé
19 May – 14 June 2015
Curator: Emily Ryan
16 June –12 July 2015
Curator: Claire Smallhorn
14 July – 9 August 2015
Curator: Kathryn Halliday
Friday 17 April 2015 12.30pm
to be opened by
Professor Joanne Wright
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)
The University of Queensland
Free event. Students welcome.
RSVP by Monday 13 April
15 May – 9 August 2015
Cross Pose – Body language against the grain brings together Australian artworks from The University of Queensland Art Collection that draw on the human body as expressions of cross-cultural subjectivities and visual politics. The visual languages of the body in these artworks ‘pose’ questions, challenges, and interventions into normative thinking. We confront bodies generating ideas and emotions that are beyond the scope of words, and respond to sensory triggers aimed at realigning social attitudes and political thinking.
The exhibition takes the measure of how artists map the social and political regulation of the body, and how individuals push back against this control. The selected artworks are predominantly by Indigenous Australians who draw on a life-long expertise in negotiating different cultures and languages to both declare and contest the status of subjectivity and identity.
Cross Pose thus presents a rare occasion where non-Indigenous perspectives adopt the role of counterpoint in narratives about Australian cultures. Artists include Dave Hullfish Bailey + Sam Watson, Gordon Bennett, Michael Cook, Debbie Coombes, Ray Crooke, Robert Dowling, Mabel Edmunds, Samantha Hobson, Christopher Pease, Luke Roberts, and Darren Siwes.
Curator: Dr Sally Butler
View the online exhibition catalogue here
Please join curator Dr Sally Butler on a tour of the exhibition.
Artist talk: Darren Siwes
Friday 15 May 11.00am–12.00pm
Please join us for an informal opening event with talks by curator Dr Sally Butler and artist Darren Siwes.
- Listen here
The Nat Yuen Collection of Chinese Antiquities
20 September 2014 – 5 July 2015
The Nat Yuen Collection of Chinese Antiquities comprises over 80 pieces donated to The University of Queensland since 1994 by Dr Nat Yuen. Dr Yuen has long been connected to The University of Queensland. He graduated in Medicine in 1965, was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Medicine in 1995, and in 2010 received the UQ International Alumnus of the Year Award. A resident of Hong Kong, Dr Yuen has collected Chinese antiquities for over 25 years. His gifts to the University span 5,000 years of Chinese culture, with Chinese antiquities ranging from the Neolithic period to late Qing dynasty ceramics. The collection provides a rich resource for students and scholars of Chinese antiquities, and the general community.
- View the Nat Yuen Collection of Chinese Antiquities on the UQ Art Collection Online here
- The Nat Yuen Collection of Chinese Antiquities Learning Resource available here