Exhibition

Drawn by stones

Image: Ray Chan See Kwong, NEW RE NEW (detail), 2018, 49 teacups: various local Chuen Lung clays, glazed and fired; produced as part of the 2018 public art and community project Hi! Hill!, by the Hong Kong Leisure and Cultural Services Department, Organised by the Art Promotion Office with Curatorial Partner (art in-situ): Make A Difference Institute, Hong Kong; courtesy the artist; Mounted on River bench, recycled spotted gum bench and assorted hardwood legs, wax, by Bryden Williams of Mount Framing, commissioned by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, 2021; photo: Christian Capurro for Drawn by stones, presented by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art at Counihan Gallery, Brunswick, 2021

When

06 April -
14 May 2022

Location

Gallery Lane Cove + Creative Studios

Upper Level, 164 Longueville Rd, Lane Cove NSW 2066

Touring exhibition

Gallery Lane Cove + Creative Studios
6 April - 14 May 2022

Australian Ceramics Triennale
22 July - 6 August 2022

Wollongong Art Gallery
27 August - 6 November 2022

More locations to be announced

Drawn by stones is a touring exhibition that brings together artists who utilise the ceramic medium to interrogate contested histories, stolen land, Indigenous sovereignty, and national identity. Exhibiting artists from Australia, Hong Kong and Taiwan investigate ‘nationhood’ and ownership through ceramics and demonstrate how the ceramic form can both memorialise and tell alternative histories. 

Taking its title from Marvin Bell’s 1984 poem Drawn by Stones, by Earth, by Things That Have Been in the Fire, this exhibition recognises that the foundations of ceramic practice lie in the earth – and through the work of exhibiting artists, aims to expand the relevance of ceramic histories, dialogues and interrogations of land, place, sovereignty and ownership across Asia and Australia.

Originally iterated as a small exhibition project for 4A Centre’s Haymarket gallery, Drawn by stones has captured a strong interest nationally, and is now a major touring project, which premiered in 2021 at Counihan Gallery in Brunswick on Wurundjeri land. From 2022, the exhibition expands to tour nationally with works from Dean Cross, Ray Chan, and Wen-Hsi Harman, newly- commissioned pieces by Penny Evans, Ruth Ju-shih Li and Jody Rallah, as well as a  community-engaged array of public programs.

In 2022, Drawn by stones is curated by Bridie Moran with Assistant Curators Jody Rallah and Annette An-Jen Liu.

Drawn by stones 
Gallery Lane Cove + Creative Studios
164 Longueville Road,
Lane Cove NSW 2066

Opening hours
Monday - Saturday 10am - 4.30pm
Closed Sunday & Public Holidays

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Public Program

4A Kids Workshop:
Raw Clay Workshops with Ruth Ju-shih Li
Saturday 30 April | 10:00am-12:00pm
$15 | Held in-person at Gallery Lane Cove + Creative Studios
Upper Level, 164 Longueville Rd, Lane Cove NSW 2066
Register here

4A Talks: Curators Talk with Bridie Moran
Friday 6 May | 12:15 - 1:00pm
Free | Held in-person at Gallery Lane Cove + Creative Studios
Upper Level, 164 Longueville Rd, Lane Cove NSW 2066
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Secret Snacks with Ruth Ju-shih Li and Pamela Leung
Friday 13 May | 10:30am - 12:30pm
$30 | Held in-person at Gallery Lane Cove + Creative Studios
Upper Level, 164 Longueville Rd, Lane Cove NSW 2066
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Top image: Image: Ray Chan See Kwong, NEW RE NEW (detail), 2018, 49 teacups: various local Chuen Lung clays, glazed and fired; produced as part of the 2018 public art and community project Hi! Hill!, by the Hong Kong Leisure and Cultural Services Department, Organised by the Art Promotion Office with Curatorial Partner (art in-situ): Make A Difference Institute, Hong Kong; courtesy the artist; Mounted on River bench, recycled spotted gum bench and assorted hardwood legs, wax, by Bryden Williams of Mount Framing, commissioned by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, 2021; photo: Christian Capurro for Drawn by stones, presented by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art at Counihan Gallery, Brunswick, 2021

In 2021, Drawn by stones was curated by Bridie Moran with Assistant Curator Annette An-Jen Liu as part of the Curatorial Assistant Program mentorship (2020-2021) at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.

Development support for Drawn by stones has been provided by the Ministry of Culture Taiwan and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Sydney, and The Gordon Darling Foundation. Monuments was a solo presentation by Dean Cross held at 4A from 13 August - 1 October 2020 as a precursor and grounding work to Drawn by stonesVisit the Drawn by stones group show at Counihan Gallery here. Learn more about Dean Cross: Monuments here.