Cementa 2013

August 10, 2012

In January 2013, I’ll be participating in this new festival with a version of the Groundcover project.

Cementa is a 4 day arts festival in Kandos, NSW. Over 40 emergent and established contemporary artists will come together to make and exhibit art that engages contemporary art practice with the industrial heritage, the surrounding environment and the community of the town. This will include a range of events, performances, and artist tours that will seek to specifically activate the site of the town and celebrate its unique character.


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Future Spaces @ Paper Plane Gallery

June 28, 2012

5-22 July, 2012
FUTURE SPACES | Connie Anthes, Tully Arnot, Bababa International, Biljana Jancic, Teo Treloar.

As humans, our curiosities take us to the unknown and drive us to explore new realms of possibility. We desire what is different, unique and new, yet relish in the familiar and safe. We are constantly looking for other spaces; alternate spheres that offer the pretend, the future, the imagined, the better, the worse – always something different to where we are currently. Future Spaces explores the artist’s capacity to transform and create new spaces that transport us into familiar and unfamiliar territory to experiment with notions of what is possible.

Curated by Lucy Ainsworth.


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Artbank and Bathurst Regional Gallery acquire works

May 4, 2012

Artbank, the largest buyer of emerging contemporary Australian art in the country, has acquired 3 paintings from the Broken Symmetries series currently on show at Damien Minton Gallery. In addition, Bathurst Regional Gallery purchased the first edition of the Bone Harmony series, which was developed during a 2011 residency at Haefliger’s Cottage in Hill End.


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Solo show opens this week

April 15, 2012

Tomorrow is installation day at Damien Minton Gallery, with a show of new paintings, prints and installation going up. The promotional flyer now takes pride of place on the fridge among the pizza vouchers.

Broken Symmetries | CONNIE ANTHES
17 APRIL – 5 MAY 2012

@ Damien Minton Gallery
61 – 63 Great Buckingham Street, Redfern NSW 2016
Open Wed – Sat, 11am – 6pm
T (02) 9699 7511


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He Blinked Back opens at Firstdraft

March 1, 2012

Show runs: 22 Feb – 10 Mar
Artist Talk: Sat 10 March, 2pm
Firstdraft Gallery: 116-118 Chalmers Street, Surry Hills
Gallery Hours: Wed – Sun, 12-6pm

You can also watch an interview with FBI Radio’s Megan Garret-Jones here or see pics of the opening by Strobed Blog.

[photo by Dara Gill]

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Art Month Sydney

February 6, 2012

This month, as part of the “do-all-the-things!” extravaganza that is Art Month Sydney, a new show He Blinked Back opens at Firstdraft Gallery. It’s still coming together so I can’t tell you exactly what will show up on the night, but let me just say it involves big, inflatable somethings. Opening Wednesday, 22nd February 6-8pm @ Firstdraft, 116 Chalmers Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010.

Untitled (Inflatable #1), 2012.


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Studio + Sawtooth collaboration

January 17, 2012

2012 is shaping up to be busy. With a new studio being built (pictured below, with me inserting “bonge talismans” into wall cavities) and in the midst of prepping for 2 Sydney shows, there will now be a collaborative project undertaken between Germany and Oz with artist Alexander Jackson-Wyatt, to be exhibited at Tasmania’s Sawtooth ARI in Launceston during September 2012.


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Sketching the Gamut

November 5, 2011

It’s raining, but a new site specific work has hit the streets around Index in St Peters as part of Sketching the Gamut, a show of proposed works for the the Sydney Green Ring as a cycling solution to some of Sydney’s traffic woes.

photo by Alex Wisser

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2012 shows

September 27, 2011

Two upcoming exhibitions in early 2012 will showcase new work in development. Watch this space for news of Sydney shows at Firstdraft Gallery as part of Art Month (Feb 22 – Mar 08, 2012) and Damien Minton Gallery (Apr 17 – May 5, 2012).


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Open Studio @ Artspace 29-30 July

July 24, 2011

The studio doors will be opened to the public this coming Friday and Saturday, marking the end of a 3 month residency at Artspace Sydney. Sad to be leaving such palatial surrounds.




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Hobart Art Prize open until September

July 23, 2011

The Hobart City Art Prize opened this past Friday. Didn’t win the cash, but Tasmanians are so nice you can’t hold it against them. And I got to visit MONA. Also, 3 very talented Taswegians won prizes: Megan Keating, Colin Langridge and Joel Crosswell. The show is running until September 18 at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery in Hobart, TAS.



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June 16, 2011

A new collaborative work will be launched tonight at MOP Projects in Chippendale from 6pm. As a Firstdraft Director 2009-10, I had the privilege of running the gallery alongside a great group of artists (Grace Archibald, Lionel Bawden, Debbie Pryor, Georgie Meagher, Dylan Quirk, Kate Scardifield, Jessica Tyrrell) and, happily, I have now been able to make work with them. This show forms part of an ARI showcase series featuring Locksmith Gallery and Peloton, and runs from 16 June – 3 July 2011. MOP is at 39 Abercrombie St, Chippendale.



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June 1, 2011

2011 is all about the funds. Luckily, the funds have been forthcoming, in the form of an Australia Council ArtStart Grant, which provides emerging artists with up to $10,000 to establish their studio, equipment and practice. A big thanks to those who wrote in support of the application.


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May 6, 2011

One of the Makeshift series of drawings-in-space has been selected as a finalist in the 2011 City of Hobart Art Prize. The judging panel for this year includes Rachel Kent (MCA), Linda Michael (Heide Museum) and MONA. The show opens on 23rd July and runs until 18 September 2011.


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March 22, 2011

Two small paintings have been selected for the Calleen Art Prize 2011, to be exhibited at Cowra Regional Art Gallery is from 16 April to 29 May.

Untitled (Dust and Rain), 2011. Acrylic, charcoal and chalk on paper, mounted on cedar. 26cm x 32.5cm.


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March 13, 2011

Artist Connie Anthes and physicist Julian Berengut have teamed up to create science-fictional landscapes and futuristic effects, using light alone. The examples staged for ‘Collisions’ are Tantalum (East wall) and Plato’s Dream #1 (South wall).

The genre of science fiction is widely attributed to humble beginnings in the 18th Century with two stories by French philosopher/satirist Voltaire: Micromégas which describes an alien visit to Earth and Plato’s Dream, which describes godlike superbeings imagining perfect worlds and then creating imperfect ones.



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March 2, 2011

As part of Art Month Sydney, Col­li­sions engages the stu­dio artists at INDEX in a col­lab­o­ra­tive rela­tion­ship with a par­tic­i­pant out­side of their cho­sen medium, dis­ci­pline, or even from out­side of the visual arts. By intro­duc­ing the ele­ment of an exter­nal par­tic­i­pant, the artists are con­fronted with the lim­its of their soli­tary stu­dio prac­tice and com­pelled to impro­vise accord­ing to the changed dynamic of shared mak­ing. Par­tic­i­pants: Con­nie Anthes, Anthony Bar­tok, Dr. Julian Berengut, Justin Cooper, Glen Davis, Paula Gowans, Gilbert Grace, Jake Lloyd Jones, Poppy, Georgina Pol­lard, Alex Wisser.


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February 26, 2010

Firstdraft Directors 2010 were invited in January to spend 2 weeks as artists-in-residence at Arthur Boyd’s property on the Shoalhaven River, NSW. Thanks to Bundanon Trust, we were able to get working on an upcoming collaborative project that will be shown at MOP Projects in June 2011. Artist-directors involved in the project are Grace Archibald, Lionel Bawden, Georgie Meagher, Debbie Pryor, Dylan Quirk, Kate Scardifield and Jessica Tyrrell.


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