Emma Thomson has been awarded a Museums & Galleries NSW residency as part of the Artist & Curator In-Residence Program. Emma has been engaged by the Dubbo Regional Gallery, Western Plains Cultural Centre, to undertake a residency activity within the Dubbo community. The results of this research will be exhibited at pompom in May 2013 as part of the Head On photographic festival. Emma has also been commissioned to produce new photographic works for the upcoming group exhibition The Social at Campbelltown Arts Centre, 2 February - 10 March 2013.


Izabela Pluta has been nominated by Janet Laurence to participate in the inaugural Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize 2012. The winning artist receives $10,000 with the winning artwork becoming part of the Macquarie Group Collection. Works will be displayed on Mezzanine, No. 1 Martin Place, Sydney, from 5 to 21 December 2012.  A book marking the first 25 years of the collection will be launched to coincide with the event.


Nana Ohnesorge has been awarded the Packer’s prize in the 2012 Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award.


Izabela Pluta is in the group exhibition The Third Landscape at Tin Sheds Gallery, Sydney, curated by Joni Taylor. The exhibition runs 19 October - 17 November, 2012, and is part of the Sydney Architecture Festival.


Todd Robinson’s sculptural work Kilim has been acquired by Artbank Australia.


Vicky Browne, in collaboration with musician Darren Seltmann, will participate in MONA FOMA in January 2013, in Hobart, Tasmania. Vicky and Darren have also been awarded a six-month joint residency at Artspace, Sydney, for May 2013. Vicky and Darren recently collaborated for the exhibition Transmission at Campbelltown Arts Centre in June this year. Vicky was a finalist in the 2012 Blacktown City Art Prize with her work Megaphone. Blacktown Arts Centre, 29 September - 10 November 2012.





Todd Robinson is a finalist in the Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award in Melbourne with his work 'He knows at any moment it may be lost in a vertical field #2'. This annual, $10,000 acquisitive award and exhibition opens 31 October and continues to 15 December.

Izabela Pluta has been selected as a finalist in the 2012 Bowness Photography Prize for her work Study for a sham ruin #3 and #4, first seen at Galerie pompom in April this year. The winner will be announced 4 October, and the exhibition continues until 18 November. Bowness Photography Prize


Nana Ohnesorge is a finalist in the 2012 Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award. This biennial exhibition will be held at Grafton Regional Gallery, 26 October to 2 December, and tours to regional galleries in NSW and Queensland in 2013 and 2014. Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award


Rochelle Haley was awarded a NSW Artists' Grant from NAVA to support her upcoming exhibition Dead Precious at Galerie pompom. Rochelle will also undertake a 6-month residency at Artspace, Woolloomooloo, later in 2012 to work on a collaborative painting project with artist Monika Behrens. Rochelle was also recently awarded a Marrickville Council Independent Artist’s Grant towards an ongoing collaboration with Portuguese performance artist Sofia Silva.





Heath Franco is the overall winner of the 2012 Churchie National Emerging Art Prize. This prestigious prize is in its 25th year and Heath’s video work YOUR DOOR (2011) was selected from 41 finalists for the $15,000 non-acquisitive award.
Churchie Emerging Art Award

Charles Dennington and Heath Franco will be exhibiting work in Melbourne during the Melbourne Art Fair. In collaboration with Tully Arnot, Charles will exhibit in The Project Rooms at the Melbourne Art Fair, presented by Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney. Heath will exhibit his most recent video work, DREAM HOME, at NotFair 2012: Primal Mutation, the satellite art fair. Melbourne Art Fair 2012 and NotFair 2012.



JULY 2012


Izabela Pluta will be participating in the group exhibition, 'Foreplay' curated by Lucy Bleach and Geoff Parr. The exhibition will open Friday 27 July at Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania. Plimsoll Gallery, UTAS


Nana Ohnesorge has been curated into the exhibition Revealed 1, the first of a series of 3 exhibitions showcasing the richness and diversity of private art collections in South Australia. The curator, Erica Green, director of the Samstag Museum, has selected contemporary indigenous and non-indigenous artists such as Jake and Dinos Chapman, Mike Parr, Noel McKenna, Rosella Namok, Emily Kngwarreye, Rosalie Gascoigne, Kirstin Coelho, Darren Siwes and Shi Xinning. Revealed 1 opens Friday 22 June and continues until Friday 22 July 2012 at the Samstag Museum in Adelaide. Anne and Gordon Samstag Museum of Art


Vicky Browne is in the major exhibition ‘Sound Full: Sound in Contemporary Australian and New Zealand Art’ at Dunedin Public Art Gallery, New Zealand. Exhibition dates: 7 July - 11 November 2012. Dunedin Art Museum

Nicola Smith is a participating artist in ‘Project One’, the first instalment of Establishment, a series of three projects run by artist-initiated organisations. The exhibition will be held at CAST gallery in Hobart, exhibition dates 9 - 15 June. CAST gallery


Michael Moran and Heath Franco are finalists in The Churchie National Emerging Art Prize and Exhibition.  Exhibition dates: 13 July - 8 September, Griffith University Art Gallery, South Bank, Brisbane. The Churchie



MAY 2012


Heath Franco and Vicky Browne were selected to participate in 'Transmission' - an exhibition at Cambelltown Arts Centre, curated by Carrie Miller and Dr Matthew Hindson, that 'pairs some of Australia's most interesting contemporary artists with some of our most accomplished musicians'. The exhibition will run between 9 June and 5 August. Transmission, Cambelltown Arts Centre


Heath Franco's video work WUNDER CLOSET will be screened this month at GOMA's Cinémathèque as part of the program DJ Culture: Contemporary Australian Video Art. The program focusses on 'contemporary film and video that extends the connections between art and cinema.' GOMA Cinémathèque



APRIL 2012


Heath Franco had a successful showing of his video works YOUR DOOR and WUNDER CLOSET at this year’s Art Fair Tokyo (30 March - 1 April). The works were selected by Art Fair Tokyo’s Director for 'project in PROJECTS', a new section of the Fair designed for the presentation of larger scale work. Tokyo Art Fair

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Emma Thomson and Izabela Pluta are finalists in the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award at the Gold Coast City Gallery. The exhibition continues until 13 May.


Izabela was also shortlisted for Artists-of-year-in-review-2011 SCOPE New York.


Charles Dennington is participating in this year's Next Wave Festival in Melbourne, 19 - 27 May. Charles and Tully Arnot will work on collaborative project during a residency connected to the Festival, and the results will be on show at Westspace, the Festival's base.





Michael Moran has been awarded a residency at The Lock-Up Cultural Centre in Newcastle which he will undertake with Brian Fuata, commencing October 2012.


Charles Dennington is currently in the group exhibition WUNDER POND at Tin Sheds Gallery - 10 February - 10 March. Charles will also have the first exhibition programmed by consultant curator Matt Glenn for the Artereal Gallery Project Space. The exhibition runs from  7 - 31 March.


Sarah Mosca has been awarded a Hill End Residency which she will undertake in June and July this year. We look forward to the resulting works she will present in her solo at pompom in November. Also, in her role as co-director of the artist initiative Superkaleidoscope, Sarah will commence a six-month residency at Artspace later this year.


Izabela Pluta has a solo exhibition, Reservoir, at Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale, 4 February–25 March 2012. This exhibition is an extension of the work that was exhibited at Eastern Bloc, Sydney, in August 2011. Its components are drawn from new work that was created during a residency at the Cowwarr Art Space, Gippsland. This exhibition explores a place where anything can be collected and stored - a reservoir -  more commonly a term that refers to an artificial lake. If the reservoir bursts, the spillage may lead to a condition of ruin.





In 2011 Rochelle Haley received grants from the Ian Potter Cultural Trust and Arts NSW to support the development of experimental drawings projects in Asia and Europe.  Over the past 5 months Rochelle has been an artist in residence in France, Germany, Portugal and Malaysia and has conducted research towards her upcoming show at Pompom in museums and galleries in New York, Washington DC, London, Paris and Berlin.


Similarly, Kylie Banyard and Leo Coyte have embarked upon an extensive overseas research trip. They are currently in the US, visiting New York and Los Angeles, and will stay in a geodesic dome cottage in Santa Cruz which will assist Kylie’s exploration of alternative habitation structures. In January, 2012, Kylie will commence a residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris to continue research for her PhD and upcoming solo show at Galerie pompom in April, 2012.


Nana Ohnesorge's painting Dead or Alive made it onto the cover of the current Nov/Dec issue of Art Guide Australia. The magazine also features a four page article about Nana's current work by Tracey Clement. Artbank Australia purchased two paintings from her most recent solo show Shit Fight in Adelaide. Images of both paintings will be part of Artbank's 2012 desk calendar.


Izabela Pluta received an Australia Council for the Arts New Work (Established) Grant to research and create a new body of work based on 'phony' landscapes and prefabricated ruins. Izabela is currently in Northern Ireland at the Art and Design Research Institute, University of Ulster in Belfast. This 1-month UK Academic Research Exchange was initiated by Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney, and made possible by the generous support of the British Council, Sydney and The NSW Government through Arts NSW.


Izabela’s work is featured in the photographic book ‘New Romantic’. The book can be purchased from Published Art


Izabela is in the accompanying group exhibition New Romantics at Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale, 19 November 2011– 22 January 2012