Ebony Russell, Ballerina Figure, 2019. porcelain, lustre. Photo credit Karl   Schwerdtfeger

Ebony Russell, Ballerina Figure, 2019. porcelain, lustre. Photo credit Karl Schwerdtfeger

The Curiosities

Curated by Glenn Barkley

6th - 31st August, 2019


Opening drinks Thurs August 8th 6-8pm



The Curiosities are a refined, crafted object often made from common materials like stone or shell encased within elaborate OTT crafted mounts, hinges, handles and decoration. They were a key component in the European Wunderkammer but are rare in the present. Their precious metal and bejewelled mounts were often melted down for the monetary value and they were often faked, or their parts were incorporated into ever more elaborate, and therefore, expensive tableaus. The Curiosities where a physical exemplar of the European Colonial project - by taming the world and owning it in a microcosm, making it an object of contemplation to be coveted, denoted ownership of the whole world.

The Curiosities brings together a group of artists to create new artworks that reconsider the beauty, context, and history of the original objects and reconsider what a contemporary curiosity may be.


Tess Allas

Glenn Barkley

Stephen Benwell

Julie Blyfield and Kirsten Coelho

Angela Brennan

David Doyle

Isabella Edwards

Penny Evans

Patsy Hely

Virginia Leonard

Tantri Mustika

Janice Ng

Sassy Park

Jason Phu

David Ray

Ebony Russell

Ema Shin

Vipoo Srivilasa

This project is supported by Craft Victoria’s Craft Cubed Festival, and the City of Melbourne