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Spirit Town at Bankstown Arts Centre

Commissioned by Bankstown Arts Centre, ‘Spirit Town’ was a collaboration between artist Gabrielle Bates and members from the Bankstown community. It took the idea that the spirit of a place evolves through a system of complex and diverse relationships, and asked how this spirit might continue to flourish in the face of rapid urban transformation in Bankstown. Contributors came from diverse cultural backgrounds, representing voices in the community often overlooked when it comes to development: children, teens, elders and those with disabilities. The work was included in the “Grow: Places for People” event, a major arts project initiated by the Bankstown Arts Centre. This project has benefited from an Art & Design Grant courtesy of Arc @ UNSW Limited.

Spirit Town at Bankstown Arts Centre 2017


Tree Shrining

Over the last twelve months, Gabrielle has been working on a series of parkland activation projects with members of Sydney’s Inner West community. The groups work with quiet urgency to adorn and venerate trees threatened by the encroachment of urban development.The aim of the projects is to raise community consciousness and provoke conversation between neighbours affected by changes imposed by the government, developers and other corporate entities.


Silent spirals

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  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 translucent forms pointing to memories of extinct plant species and the secrecy often associated with multi-national mining companies.

Illuminatrope at Sculpture in the Vineyards

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).

Illuminatrope at Wollongong Sculpture Prize

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

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.

Angophora Dream

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.

Cherrycake Studios Residency, Malaysia

From 1-31 December 2012, Gabrielle will be undertaking a 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.