Sutton Projects

230 Young Street, Fitzroy
1 - 5pm Fri & Sat

Sutton Gallery's converted warehouse has an exciting series of experimental art projects scheduled throughout the year. An alternative to the conventional gallery space, the venue offers new possibilities for artists seeking to extend their exhibiting language and potential.

Invited artists are given space to try out new ideas and approaches that will supplement and stretch their practice. Unrestricted by the formalities of a commercial show, these artists are freed to play with more temporal forms of representation, such as performance, multimedia and site specific installations.

Artists may choose to use the project as an opportunity to broaden their horizons through collaboration with other artists or by taking on the role of curator. The space also provides a platform for artists wishing to reflect on the processes and outcomes of external projects that viewers would not ordinarily have access to, such as residencies and public commissions.

Projects will change over every 4-5 weeks during 2015.



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Artwork from exhibition by Eugene Carchesio,  Aleks Danko, Emily Floyd, Elizabeth Gower, Rueben Keehan, Burchill McCamley, David McDiarmid, Rose Nolan, Mike Parr, Guerrilla Girls and Robert Ashton.

20 November 2015 - 12 December 2015

Eugene Carchesio, Aleks Danko, Emily Floyd, Elizabeth Gower, Rueben Keehan, Burchill McCamley, David McDiarmid, Rose Nolan, Mike Parr, Guerrilla Girls and Robert Ashton.

wor(ks/ds) from an anonymous collection

Sutton Projects was founded as a space to offer open ended possibilities to art makers; a converted warehouse presenting artists and curators with a setting to extend their practice unbound by the conventions of a commercial gallery.

wor(ks/ds) from an anonymous collection is one of those possibilities, an exhibition we are delighted to share, that takes us on the journey of a reclusive art collector. In this exhibition the viewer is privy to a glimpse into part of a collection, amassed with forensic detail. These text based works are drawn from this collector's comprehensive personal repository and includes works by Eugene Carchesio, Aleks Danko, Emily Floyd, Elizabeth Gower, Rueben Keehan, Burchill McCamley, David McDiarmid, Rose Nolan, Mike Parr, a collection of Guerrilla Girls posters and a 1970's photograph by Robert Ashton.

Artwork from exhibition by Ian Lever

24 October 2015 - 14 November 2015

Ian Lever


The art practice of Ian Lever is observational and pictorial. His series of small paintings on paper, MELODRAMA, transports us via colour and angles to a suburbia of the inner city. Veering between the real and the imagined, and the unnerving, and the sinister, Lever creates his images from shared instances, or interactions, exposing his subjects, and their gestures. Their raw actions are captured as figures in a frame. These figures are watched, though not scrutinised.

This current work MELODRAMA looks at scenes from a gay relationship informed by experience, and anecdotal reports from friends and lovers. It is a darker look at some of the realities of letting people into your life.

"The things we can put up with to get what we want are inevitably connected to our own fate.
Some theft - A little extortion - And too much violence."
Ian Lever, 2015

Trained under Pam Hallandal at Victoria College Prahran Campus in Drawing, Ian varies between the subtleties of light and shade in large black and white chalk works and a more intimate scale of painting. Originally painting in gloss enamel on board this has for several years been replaced by gouache on paper as a less toxic method.

MELODRAMA is presented by Lovers.

Lever completed his Bachelor of Fine Art (Drawing) in 1983. He has participated in a number of group exhibitions including the Victoria College (formerly Prahran School Of Art) Graduate Exhibition 1983, an exhibition at Keyhole Gallery, St Kilda, 1998, Gallery 5, St Kilda,1999, Journal Cafe, Melbourne CBD, 2013 and Back to Prahran a group exhibition at Swinburne College in 2006 curated by Constance Zikos. He had been a finalist in the Linden Gallery Globe Art Prize in 2004 and Shepparton Art Museum Drawing Prize in 2005.

Artwork from exhibition by Jack Brown

18 September 2015 - 10 October 2015

Jack Brown

Do it again but look at me

Sutton Projects is pleased to present Do it again but look at me, a solo exhibition by 2015 VCA Emerging Artist Prize recipient Jack Brown.

Jack Brown utilises photography and sculpture to explore various concerns including the representation of masculinities in contemporary culture and the limitations of photography as a medium. Brown is concerned with the formal translations that occur between photography and sculpture, and explores issues that he associates with photographic production such as privilege, obsession, intimacy and estrangement.

Jack Brown graduated from the VCA in 2014 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honors). In 2014 he held two solo exhibitions at Bus Projects and Seventh Gallery. He has been exhibiting in group exhibitions since 2011, these include: Archiving and Fragmentation in the Digital Age, Fort Delta, Melbourne, 2015; Some of them got the first look, Kings ARI, Melbourne (curated by self), 2015; Newer 15, Trocadero Art Sapce, Melbourne, 2015; West Artists: that don't empress me much, 76 Empress Avenue, Melbourne, 2015; Graduate Exhibition, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne, 2014; Saunter Over, VCA Student Gallery, Melbourne, 2014; Marvel, Windsor Hotel, Melbourne, 2014; re/work: Rebuilding Aesthetic Form, Kings ARI, Melbourne, 2014; Working With Class, Institut Fur Alles Mogliche, Berlin, 2014; Graduate Exhibition, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, 2013; Tell Me What You Want, What You Really, Really Want, Knight Street Art Space, Melbourne, 2013; Eastern Standard Time, Queensland Centre for Photography, Brisbane, 2013; RE: Image Received, George Paton Gallery, Melbourne, 2013; We've Been Thinking About Expanding, VCA Student Gallery, Melbourne, 2013; STILL.LIFE, VCA Student Gallery, Melbourne, 2012; PROUD 2012, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne, 2012 and PROUD 2011, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne, 2011.

He has been the recipient of the Lowensteins Art Management Price, 2014, Artist in Residence, Institut Fur Alles Mogliche, Berlin, 2014, Majlis Encouragement Award, VCA Graduate Exhibition, 2013 and First Year Undergraduate Award, PROUD Exhibition, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, 2011, and finalist in the Marvel: 2014 Windsor Prize, Melbourne, 2014.

Artwork from exhibition by Jacob Gerrard-Brown, Ella Dunn, Thomas Kuiper and Alexandra Nemaric

10 July 2015 - 01 August 2015

Jacob Gerrard-Brown, Ella Dunn, Thomas Kuiper and Alexandra Nemaric


Sutton Gallery is pleased to present Passions, a group exhibition of current second and third year VCA students from Drawing and Printmedia, Jacob Gerrard-Brown, Ella Dunn, Thomas Kuiper and Alexandra Nemaric. The exhibition, curated by Raafat Ishak, explores the importance of literature, in particular Greek classics, philosophy and existentialism through a variety of mediums including photography, sculpture and painting. Each of the works in their own way, express an ambition towards the poetic. By combining sensibility with satire, the works pronounce a discursive exploration on the themes surrounding the ‘tragic' in order to examine the idea of contemporary existentialism.

Curated by Raafat Ishak

Artwork from exhibition by Matt Hinkley, Elizabeth Newman and Luke Sands

05 June 2015 - 27 June 2015

Matt Hinkley, Elizabeth Newman and Luke Sands

Sculpture Hinkley Newman Sands

This exhibition presents sculptural works by Matt Hinkley, Elizabeth Newman and Luke Sands. Although they sometimes incorporate found and readymade materials into their work, these artists remain committed to a peculiar idea of craftsmanship. Much of their work is handmade, but it is not technically accomplished-at least not in the usual sense of the term. It often has a haphazard or amateur look about it. These artists recognise that to make something new, the tricks of the trade must be unlearnt. In another sense, this is a prerequisite for all art. Art making always involves more than mechanically exercising a skill, following a rule or applying a formula. The trade must be unlearnt, even if it was never mastered in the first place.

Curated by David Homewood.

Artwork from exhibition by Clare Rae

01 May 2015 - 23 May 2015

Clare Rae


Sutton Projects is pleased to present 20+9+5 a solo exhibition by photo-media artist Clare Rae. Rae's practice utilises the body, gesture and performative photography to explore feminine representation. She engages photography, stop motion animation and performance to navigate and defy the limitations of the everyday environments she inhabits. Her practice explores tension, portraying situations that offer alternative spatial and psychological interactions between her body and the possibilities that are held in her surrounds. Through a dialogue on the performative body in art practice, the work seeks to address the dichotomies inherent in photography; between capture and representation.

In 20+9+5 Rae has gone back to the darkroom, producing black and white silver gelatin prints for the show. The subject matter is new territory; she photographed herself within the project space whilst pregnant and again after giving birth. As most of her work is centered around her experience of the female body, here Rae has created images with the body in its most extremely feminine state. The title of the exhibition refers to various lengths of time relevant to this body of work.

Clare Rae completed her Master of Fine Art degree from Monash University in 2014 and was the winner of the RMIT/Siemens Fine Art Scholarship and CCP/Colour Factory Award in 2009. She has held a variety of solo exhibition including Masters of Fine Art examination exhibition, Beam Contemporary, Melbourne, 2014; Interact, Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, 2013; Selected Videos, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, 2013; VIDEOS, Beam Contemporary, Melbourne, 2012; Light Weight, Beam Contemporary, Melbourne, 2011; Testing, Beam Contemporary, Melbourne, 2010; Climbing the Walls and Other Actions, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, 2009; The Chase, Blindside ARI, Melbourne, 2009; Rise and Fall, Bus Gallery, Melbourne, 2009; Desire and the Other, Seventh Gallery, Fitzroy, 2008.

Artwork from exhibition by Lisa Radford

06 March 2015 - 28 March 2015

Lisa Radford

Approx. Geez Louise

The paintings in this exhibition follow on from Lisa Radford's exhibition at Westspace (2013) c. At Sea, Before Dinner - a painting by Bonnard the artist could not see and the email exchange Radford had with its prior owner. Whilst some of the works are fine and laboured, others are quick and loose referring to dumb, potentially droll observations of location. The paintings for this exhibition come in pairs in relation to unseen narratives, shared conversations or un-unique observations to form images that are not quite representational.

The works are titled ‘Furniture Paintings' referring to the functional design, decor and objects such as maps and textiles from which they are sourced. Paintings of thin white handkerchiefs as if just dropped sit alongside others depicting mapped areas of a wasp's path wedged inside a window frame.

One of the pairings is closely related to the MUA (Maritime Union of Australia) and includes a piece of plastic containing the embroidered signatures of some of those workers who participated in the 1998 Waterfront dispute. This embroidered work was made by an artist and friend of Radford's, Danielle O'Brien, who sat on the docks at the time of the dispute and collected the signatures of the workers. The quilt she intended to make was never finished, Radford's painted version sitting alongside the original with the hope that the framed plastic artefact can be gifted to the MUA.

Lisa Radford is an artist who writes and teaches. She has exhibited in Australia and overseas and currently lectures in the Painting Department at the Victorian College of the Arts. Her practice investigates relationships between language and image through various strategies including painting, co-ordinating exhibitions and collaboration. Radford graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 1999. Recent projects have included The Museum is the Region, the Region is the Museum at The Living Museum of the West, curated by Dany Lacy, Liang Luscombe and Patrice Sharkey; Dear Masato, All at Once, Margret Lawrence Gallery, Victorian College of the Arts, 2014; Melbourne Now, NGV, 2013; and Test Pattern, University of Sydney Art Gallery, 2012. As a writer, Radford has published in excess of 50 catalogue essays and articles to accompany exhibitions and also published in magazines and journals such Art & Australia and Discipline. In 2014 she wrote an essay for the David Shrigley catalogue published by the National Gallery of Victoria and in 2012 she was the editor of UN Magazine 6.1 and 6.2. In 2010, she co-authored with Jarrod Rawlins a monograph on the artist Jon Campbell and in 2007 she published Hi God People - an unordered history of Melbourne Music Flyers, with funding from the City of Melbourne.