Adelaide Contemporary Experimental

Studios: 2023

Adelaide Contemporary Experimental ends the year with Studios: 2023, a group exhibition featuring new commissions by the 2023 ACE Studio Program artists.


Event Details



Event Starts

Nov 11, 2023

Event Ends

Dec 16, 2023


Adelaide Contemporary Experimental


Lion Arts Centre, 68 - 71 North Terrace, Kaurna Yarta, Adelaide, SA

Adelaide Contemporary Experimental ends the year with Studios: 2023, a group exhibition featuring new commissions by the 2023 ACE Studio Program artists, Teresa Busuttil, Georgia Button, Brad Darkson, Jennifer Mathews and Truc Truong.

Studios: 2023 is a showcase of the diverse practices and work developed as part of ACE’s annual Studio Program – a fully-supported professional development opportunity for South Australian artists.

Co-curated by Rayleen Forester (Associate Curator, ACE) and Nanette Orly (Curator, Murray Art Museum Albury), the exhibition features the many disciplines of the 2023 Studio Program artists, including sound, video, installation, assemblage and sculpture.

Teresa Busuttil’s large-scale sculptural work investigates personal and familial history, the Maltese diaspora, and shared pools of memory; exploring affect, loss, personal histories and rural environments, Georgia Button embraces moving-image in an attempt to self-archive an elderly family member; informed by his First Nations and Anglo Australian heritage, Brad Darkson  utilises existing archival footage to investigate the historical promise of sovereignty in mainstream media; Jennifer Mathews employs architectural motifs and materials that focus on the tension between the industrial built environment and stylised depictions of nature to form new symbolic arrangements; and Truc Truong’s ambitious water-feature brings together assemblage and sculpture, drawing influence from post-colonialism, self-hatred, West vs East and the weight of family loyalty.

Teresa Busuttil's work up close. Detail, salvaged boat, shells, glue
Georgia Button's studio. 8 posters pinned to wall in a grid. Stills from video work of Georgia's
Brad Darkson's studio documentation. 4 screens lean against a wall, connected by cables. On the screens displays a close up detail of a hand painting.
Jennifer Mathews, Egg and hammer cabinet (2023), Installation View.
Truc Truong, studio documentation

Hero image: Jennifer Mathews, ‘Illumination in the worn aisle‘ (2022) stainless steel, aluminium, photographic print on adhesive vinyl, 90 x 120 x 3.8 cm. Photography by Izzie Austin. Courtesy the artist.

Image 1: Teresa Busuttil, Sinners Grotto (2023), detail. Photography by Jessica Maurer.

Image 2: Georgia Button, Adelaide Contemporary Experimental studios (2023), studio documentation. Photography by Thomas McCammon.

Image 3: Brad Darkson, studio documentation, Adelaide Contemporary Experimental (2023). Photography by Thomas McCammon.

Image 4: Jennifer Mathews, Egg and hammer cabinet (2023), installation view. Photography by Jessica Maurer.

Image 5: Truc Truong, studio documentation, Adelaide Contemporary Experimental (2023). Photography by Emmaline Zanelli.

The 2023 Studio Program is supported by partnerships with Creative Partnerships Australia Plus 1 Program, Helpmann Academy, Adelaide Central School of Art, and firstdraft. It is also supported by the generous contributions of the Studio Program Donors:

Anonymous x 2, Anton Andreacchio, Susan Armitage, Jane Ayers, Sally Ball, Candy Bennett, Angela Carey, James Darling AM, Sue Dillon, Lesley Forwood, Dr Alex Grant, Dr Robyn Grant, Amanda Harkness & Karen Barrett, Andrew Henderson, Kate Irving, Robyn & Geoff Kempe, Hon. Diana Laidlaw AM, James Lake, Thomas Lambert, Brigitte Lane, Stephen Lane, Edwina Lehmann, David McKee AO, Pam McKee, Jane Michell, Ministry of Clouds, Christopher Penny, John Phillips, Michael Pocock, Aidan Rigoni, Louise Rigoni, Venetia Rigoni, Jill Russell, Thelma Taliangis, Tracey Whiting AM

Brad Darkson has been assisted by the City of Adelaide. Jennifer Mathews has been supported by the Government of South Australia through the Department of the Premier and Cabinet. Truc Troung has been assisted by the Australian Government through Creative Australia, its principal arts investment and advisory body.


Logos of Sponsors: Creative Australia, Creative Partnerships Australia, Adelaide Central School of Art, Helpmann Academy, Firstdraft, City of Adelaide and Arts SA

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