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Silent spirals

Posted by admin on Mar 12, 2017 in News & Events | No Comments

Gabrielle and David Hashimoto’s latest site specific installation, The Silent Spirals, is on show at the Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability in Waverton over March 2017. Their work is part of the North Sydney Art Prize, a stunning sculpture prize curated by Alison Clarke held on reserve land along the foreshore of Sydney harbour. The Silent Spirals act as reminders of the ever-present threat of mining to our planet’s natural resources and environment. When activated by wind, they generate a motion reminiscent of industrial drills, their ghostly forms pointing to memories of extinct plant species and the secrecy often associated with multi-national mining companies.

Illuminatrope is on the move

Posted by admin on Nov 2, 2016 in News & Events | No Comments

The Illuminatrope is taking a tour around Australia. It’s first stop is Undercliff Winery in Wollombi Valley as part of Sculpture in the Vineyards 2016. The show runs until early December, so there’s plenty of time left to head out and see it in a deeply sympathetic context (pictured below).


Posted by admin on May 10, 2016 in News & Events | No Comments

Gabrielle’s recent collaboration with sculptor David Hashimoto has produced a stunning new work, ‘The Illuminatrope’. Fabricated from polished stainless steel, the finely engineered work was created for The Wollongong Botanic Gardens inaugural sculpture prize in March 2016. It was a firm favourite among visitors and the event attracted tens of thousands to the gardens over a six week period. Gabrielle and David wish to thank everyone who supported this project, especially Steelcolor Australia, CampaignTrack, friends and family. Photographs by Ilia Kotchen of Kotchenography.

18 ways to remember & forget 2015

Posted by admin on Apr 2, 2015 in News & Events | No Comments


This August, Sheffer Gallery in Redfern will host Gabrielle’s 2015 solo exhibition, 18 ways to remember and forget.  Relying on memory, Gabrielle reinterprets the layouts of past homes to create new ways of understanding space, place and ownership. All paintings and experimental works will be for sale. The show runs for one week only from Tuesday 25 – Saturday 29 August 2015. Gallery hours are 11-6pm.

Travels & collaboration 2013

Posted by admin on Jun 19, 2013 in News & Events | No Comments

This June and July, Gabrielle is journeying to Penang and Manila to complete the second draft of her first novel. When she returns, she will be hanging a new work entitled Angophora Dream made in collaboration with artist Kassandra Bossell for the North Sydney Art Prize.

Created with Kassandra in a pop-up studio at Chrissie Cotter Gallery just four days before leaving for Penang, Angophora Dream is a response to the historic, architectural and natural features of The Coal Loader and Balls Head Reserve. Using existing council footprints of the site as a start-point, the work has undergone a series of physical interventions; wood carving, blow-torch drawing, wax inlay and painted angophora resin (collected from the site). In the manner of a palimpsest, the site’s features and textures are echoed and transformed through a ritualistic process of destruction and re-enlivening; referencing the peninsula’s considerable transformation since 1788. The process refers to a shifting awareness and taking of action that sways our current trajectory toward a more sustainable future.

The exhibition of selected works will be held at The Coal Loader Gallery in Waverton and a number of other sites in the greater North Sydney precinct from July 27th.

Malaysian residency 2012

Posted by admin on Nov 21, 2012 in News & Events | No Comments

From 1-31 December 2012, Gabrielle will be undertaking a self funded residency at Cherrycake Studios, Penang. Her time away from Sydney will be spent visiting and researching heritage listed sites on the island. Gabrielle will work on experimental drawings and paintings predominantly based on the floorplans of these buildings, to explore relationship between place, patterns and identity.

For Immediate Release

Posted by admin on Jan 17, 2012 in News & Events | No Comments

Snugglepot and Cuddlepie go feral

Sydney, NSW, 16 January 2012 – New storybook style illustrations and paintings by Gabrielle Bates turns the beloved gumnut tales of May Gibbs upside down at Sheffer Gallery, Darlington from 7 March.

Titled ‘Antipodisease: A new folkloric for Oz’, the exhibition resets Gibbs’ gumnuts and blossoms in a tough contemporary Australia where iphones, Occupy protests, Bogans, Bra Boys, rednecks, emo teens and ferals rule.

“I really love and respect May’s illustrations,” says Bates. “She combined a deep affection for local flora and fauna with intelligent satire to comment on Australian environmental issues.”

Painted in gouche on watercolour paper, much like Gibbs’ own work, Bates’ illustrations address the disconnection she sees between people and place in Australia today. Fat-faced cherubs are transformed into disenfranchised youths with piercings, tattoos, headsets and names like Little Redneck Blossom, Cashed-Up Bogan Moth and Emo-U.

This is Bates’ first solo exhibition in Sydney since 2006. Her 2007 ‘Guns n’ Brownies’ exhibition in Melbourne was a sell-out hit and remains a firm favourite with collectors. Since 2008 she as has been exhibiting in Southeast Asia following long term artist-in-residence placements in Kuala Lumpur and Penang.

The exhibition opens on Wednesday, 7 March 2012 and runs until Sunday 22 March 2012. Gallery hours are Wednesday to Saturday, 11.00am – 6.00pm.  You are invited to attend the opening and drinks on 7 March 2012 from 6.00pm to 8.00pm.

Flotation Nation in progress

Posted by admin on May 27, 2011 in News & Events | No Comments

Gabrielle is currently working on a new series of water colour images on paper inspired by her recent visit to northwest Vietnam. Under the working title ‘Flotation nation’, the project represents a fresh direction in both material nature and subject matter. Individual works are already being earmarked by collectors and an related work has been commissioned.