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The Galeries will showcase the very best of contemporary art with its annual Emerging Artist Exhibition in partnership with Art Month from the 1st -30th June 2017.


I should have prayed to the ancestors for luck Zoe Wong 2014 C-type Photograph 76.2 x 76.2cm



This is one-of-a-kind exhibition showcases and supports Australia's next generation of art talent. Robin Hearfield, Joanne Makas, Zac Harold, Hana Hoogedeure and Zoe Wong are the five finalists who have been selected. The group encapsulates developing talent across a multitude of art medium, ranging from sculpture, photography and installation. They will compete for the $4000 major cash prize and a year-long personal mentorship with Art Month Creative Director, Barry Keldoulis.

The Top 5 finalists:

Zoe Wong

Zoe Wong is a Sydney based, multi-media artist. Her practice explores the representation of race and culture within media and its impact on identity.

"Boys will gladly go to war for you


You're a Good Chinese Girl series is about being raised in a Western society amidst pop-culture representations of Chinese culture. Zoe's work is about the floating space where you are neither one nor the other and yet at the same time a perfect blend of both.

Zac Harold

Zac Harold is a Sydney-based artist who graduated from the National Arts School in 2013, majoring in ceramics. His current practice involves drawing, collage, photography and installation. Zac's works are a visual analysis of his sight, an investigating of spaces and he uses a rigorous contemplation of composition, colour and balance to instigate a visual dialogue.

Zac Harold | 'Plain over blue 1', 2017.


This artwork takes reference from the way Zac interpret and inhabit space. Whilst flat and two dimensional, he believes that the collage creates edges that evoke a sense of depth and mass hidden behind each plane.

Robin McIntyre Hearfield

Robin McIntyre Hearfield is a Sydney based, Australian interdisciplinary artist working with drawing, photography, video, sculpture and installation. He is interested in intersections of real world environments, the virtual space and the 2D picture plane.

Drawing Centre: NBA2K16 After Jeff Koons and Bernini - Channel


Joanne Makas

Joanne Makas is an emerging Sydney-based contemporary artist working within painting. A primary focus in her practice is searching for the zone of indeterminacy between painting.

Bronze Fold, 2014 Metallic paint, tissue paper in Perspex box 132 x 86 x 10cm Weight: 25kg Image credit: Alex Wiser


Silver Lining, 2014 Metallic paint, glitter, plastic tablecloth in Perspex box 132 x 86 x 10cm Weight: 25kg Image credit: Alex Wiser


These works are part of Joanne's ongoing Fold series. They are an investigation into exploring ideas of process, material manipulation and chance.

Hana Hoogedeure

Hana Hoogedeure is a multi-disciplinary artist with a primary focus in installation, incorporating soft sculpture, performance and video. Her work is narrative based, contains qualities of theatrical props and toys and the function they play within a setting or on a stage.

Hana Hoogedeure | Goodbye Yellow Brick Road


Goodbye YBR is a video installation incorporating elements of soft sculpture and theatrical props, to create a stage-like, shop window scene. The installation references Elton John's 1973 best-selling hit 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' and the 1939 musical film 'The Wizard of Oz'. This artwork is humorous and offers a light-hearted comment on self-discovery, nostalgia and ambition.

They are made by everyday acts of repetition, the fold is an expressive matter that has infinite possibilities where movement and time become the subject.



The Galeries will display their artworks in one of its five designated public art spaces, the four laneways and the central atrium.

Each artist offers diversity in inspiration and backgrounds and they will undoubtedly create a feeling of unique artistic appreciation for each visitor.

Visitors will also be able to take part in the process by voting in the People's Choice award. A $1,000 cash prize will be given to the people's favourite. Each vote entry by visitors will receive a complimentary delicious coffee from two café - Sumo Salad (Mon-Fri) and The Daily Eatery (Sat-Sun).

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Alternatively, you can visit the newly opened Grounds in the City in the Galeries for a light casual Parisian-style meal.
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Why? Vote your fav artist for a free coffee!
When: Anytime
Phone: 02 9265 6800
Where: The Galeries 500 George Street Sydney NSW 2000 Australia
Cost: Free
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Looks like a fantastic exhibition!
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