Aboriginal & Pacific Art represents contemporary Aboriginal art from around Australia. Working with community-owned and -governed art centres, the gallery shows monthly exhibitions of new works, including painting, sculpture and works on paper, from established and emerging artists. Aboriginal & Pacific Art was established by Gabriella Roy in 1996 at the Sydney Dymock’s Building. She has worked with both Aboriginal and Pacific arts and artefacts for the past four decades and brings an acute sense of history and aesthetics to the gallery. At the Dymock’s space, Aboriginal & Pacific Art presented many groundbreaking shows, including solo exhibitions of the late Tiwi artists Kitty Kantilla (Kutuwulumi Purawarrumpatu) and Freda Warlapinni, and the late Fitzroy Crossing artist Janangoo Butcher Cherel. The gallery is also a long-standing representative of Tiwi artist Timothy Cook and South Australian Ngarrindjeri weaver Yvonne Koolmatrie.
Gabriella works together with the art advisors from community art centres to best represent the artists and their works. In 2005, the gallery moved to its current location in Waterloo’s 2 Danks Street, attracting a new and diverse audience. Here, Aboriginal & Pacific Art has presented the yearly Sydney exhibitions of Warakurna Artists, Tjala Arts and Tjungu Palya, all based in South Australia’s Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunyjatjara (APY) Lands, and solo exhibitions of Tiwi artists Jean Baptiste Apuatimi and Timothy Cook. Aboriginal & Pacific Art is a member of the Australia Commercial Galleries Association (ACGA) and Gabriella is an accredited government valuer (since 1986). The gallery also represents works in the secondary market. The ‘Pacific’ of its title refers to Gabriella’s extensive knowledge and secondary market representation of Oceanic arts.
In September 1992 Darren Knight Gallery opened with a group exhibition at 65 Smith Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne. Exhibiting mainly Australian and New Zealand artists, the gallery operated from this small shop front space for four years before relocating to Sydney.
In February 1997 Darren Knight Gallery Sydney opened in a former pleating factory at 840 Elizabeth Street, Waterloo, the first gallery to establish itself in what is now a thriving arts precinct.
MAY SPACE, formerly known as Brenda May Gallery (2001-2016) and Access Contemporary Art Gallery (1985-2001), proudly represents a small group of accomplished artists, whilst also supporting established talent and creating opportunities for emerging artists. In addition, the Gallery fosters young curators and provides platforms for engaging curatorial projects.
The Gallery is devoted to promoting artists in Australia whose works are challenging, compelling and immersive. Expanding further into the Asia-Pacific region, the Gallery has recently exhibited at Art Stage Singapore and after two decades of involvement with the Melbourne Art Fair, at Sydney Contemporary at Carriageworks.
Black Box Projects was launched in 2014 and is one of the first spaces dedicated to exhibiting moving image artworks in a commercial gallery in Australia, substantiating the Gallery’s commitment to varied contemporary art practices.
Director, Annette Larkin, brings more than 23 years of specialist experience in the Australian and international art markets. In her 11 years at Christie's Australia, many as Associate Director and Head of contemporary art, she established stand-alone sales of contemporary art, liasing and traveling to Asia, United States and Europe often for the auctions of contemporary and modern international and asian art. Prior to this, Larkin worked at the major Sydney commercial gallery, Macquarie Galleries; with the Art Gallery of New South Wales and Newcastle Region Art Gallery. In 1994 she was selected by the Australian Government as the Australian Curator and Commissioner for the VIII Indian Triennale, New Delhi.
Kamikaze Wasabi is an exhibition of extraordinary variety (with works across the mediums of collage, drawing, pastel and painting). Hitesh Natalwala exposes his fascination with the intricacies and iconographies of different cultures.
From children's toys and watering cans to chairs and suitcases, Doug Up on Bourke has it all. Starting as nothing more than the owner's hobby, this Waterloo store now specialises in Australian-sourced stock dating from the mid-1800s to the late 1950s and has grown into a whole warehouse to peruse the past for century-old treasures and rustic antiques.