YOUR MOVE: Australian artists play chess

26 February – 24 April 2011

A Bendigo Art Gallery travelling exhibition

Inspired by the international exhibition The Art of Chess, Bendigo Art Gallery has commissioned thirteen of Australia’s leading artists to respond to the notion of the game of chess.

This exhibition will also tour to McClelland Gallery + Sculpture Park, Victoria; and the Samstag Museum, South Australia.

The works in this exhibition engage with a multiplicity of concepts – from Ken Yonetani’s ethereal porcelain sculptures engaging with issues of climate change and environmental degradation, Sebastian Di Mauro’s sculptural discourses on the impacts of colonisation, to Sean Cordeiro and Claire Healey’s more psychological approach – using this game of strategy as a metaphor for the First World War with beer bottles and coasters comprising the key players all displayed on the classic Australian picnic table.

Other artists featuring in this exhibition are Robert Jacks, Danie Mellor, Kate Rohde, Caroline Rothwell, Sally Smart, Benjamin Armstrong, Lionel Bawden, Michael Doolan, Emily Floyd.

Interpretive Resources

  • Education Notes published by Bendigo Art Gallery available here


View 'Extraordinary exhibitions explore the art of chess' here

Bendigo Art Gallery is proudly owned and operated by the City of Greater Bendigo with additional support provided by Arts Victoria


Michael Doolan
Chess, a cautionary tale 2010 (detail)
Polystyrene, polyurethane, earthenware, auto enamel
Courtesy of the artist and Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne
Photo: Ian Hill