Jane Theau installation

Inside Outside Sculpture Plinth

This unique exhibition space located in Civic Park displays sculptures and installation-based works on a regular basis.

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Inside Outside Sculpture Plinth (31KB)


For further information contact the Team Leader, Arts & Culture on 9936 8100 or email artsandculture@northsydney.nsw.gov.au


Current Exhibit

Glenese Keavney
A Mixed Dozen – Finding Ways We Are Connected

Various shaped and sized bottles using a range of basketry techniques including

stitching, looping (knotless netting), twining, random knotting, wrapping, riveting


Artist Statement

Such a strange mixture we human beings. Searching for how to see and feel us as cohesive, together, connected. There is an Aboriginal viewpoint that as the Earth is our Mother, we are all related.


Glenese Keavney CV (118KB)

Glenese Keavney

Glenese Keavney Inside Outside Sculpture Plinth

Previous Exhibits


Rhonda Pryor
polyester & nylon, organza & thread

Artist Statement
This work was exhibited in Hidden Sculpture Award at Rookwood Cemetery and employs the concept of the veil, alluding to the crossing from life to the state of death. The film of sheer organza is embroidered with handwritten words and phrases, obtained from the personal correspondence of various members of
my  family, that relate to the loss of loved ones.


Rhonda Pryor CV (615KB)

Rhonda Pryor is the 2018 Coal Loader Artist in Residence





The Red Project - Celebrating Creative Women in North Sydney

1 March – 15 April 2018


A symbolic installation by Ridge Street Artist in Residence Bridget Kennedy referencing ideations of 'woman' using sterling silver, nickel silver, steel, threads, various found and donated beads.

Bridget Kennedy Project Space



ALW Clarke
You Are Here

Glass, Reclaimed Western Red Cedar and Ink on paper

32 x 35 x 2 cm

Price: $600


ALW Clarke's work explores the human condition, alongside self-awareness and growth. She uses art to encourage conversations on mental health and wellness. 'You Are Here' is inspired by the pinpoint of modern location services. Clarke created this piece as a reminder to be present in the moment - unconcerned with the past or future, being fully aware of where you are right now.


Ana Young

The archive of memory 2017

found objects, dimensions variable

Ana Young is a local artist who works in the medium of painting and installation based practice. Ana has held many solo exhibitions and been selected for a number of well-known group exhibitions including the NSW Parliament Art Prize, Salon des Refuse, Kedumba Drawing Award, Dobell Prize for Drawing, Blake Prize, Hidden Sculpture Award and  Fisher’s Ghost Art Award.

Artist Statement
We file away our memories, hide old fragments, everyday objects become animated by their past lives, trapped inside them, childhood, family remnants, discarded mementos remain mute. I reconfigure and catalogue these "finds" in order to hint at and encourage relationships between seemingly disparate objects. Cataloguing their presence encourages the viewer to form their own personal narratives.

Ana Young CV (101KB) 

Denese Oates 


mixed media sculpture, 68 x 34 x 37.5 cm


Denese Oates combines botanical forms fabricated from copper, which emerge from the inner confines of books, suggesting how these hidden ideas and facts, philosophies and mysteries, can be synonymous with the visual representation of growth. She explores the idea that inspiration springs from a myriad of places, and a universe of knowledge may be encased in small packages ready to burst into the sunlight.

In March 2017, Denese was the winner of The North Sydney Art Prize 2017 Site Specific Award held at the Coal Loader and in April Council purchased this work for the Council Local Studies Collection.

Denese Oates CV (1MB)

Andrew May


recycled mild steel, 81 x 64 x 65cm


Andrew is an established practicing artist working in a variety of media including sculpture, painting and photography.

He has exhibited extensively both locally and nationally holding regular solo exhibitions and contributing to a number of group exhibitions.


Journey(Less) sets put to highlight the emotional weight that humans carry  in the daily grind to find the easiest existence. Contained in the journeys we are all travelling through to find a placing or mooring.



Jenny Green


bronze, 60 x 20 x 15cm


Jenny Green is an established sculptor based on the Northern Beaches.  Jenny has had many solo exhibitions and participated in a broad range of group exhibitions across Australia including the North Sydney Art Prize 2013, 2015 and 2017. 

Jenny is represented by traffic jam galleries, 41 Military Road, Neutral Bay.  For information regarding her work visit www.tjg.com.au or phone 9953 3832

 Jenny Green
Sally Aplin

Evolution of the Bag 2017

Mixed media, size variable


Bags have been in existence for as long as we have needed to carry things. The bags in this plinth are an example of evolution which has rendered them totally ineffective for this function.


The seven larger bags are coloured concrete, heavy and solid.  Seven smaller bags are electroformed enamelled copper. Six of these have holes in their sides and all have frilly protuberances. The ten suspended bags are enamelled copper, very delicate and fragile and with a quality like paper.  Another, a large mauve enamelled copper bag is without a handle. In the centre is a chic, pink, beaded bag revolving on a white lacey cushion, posing decoratively and referring to elegance and age. This bag with faux leather handles is also solid concrete.


These objects parody the little bag as a fashion item.   

Desdemona Foster
petiole 1 2016
paper & waxed cotton,80 x 120cm


Desdemona Foster is an artist who incorporates basketry techniques in her creative practice.

She draws inspiration from the natural world with a particular focus on working with recycled materials.


Artist Statement

A paper wasp sting sent me in search of its nest. 

petiole 1 draws on the shape of the nest and stalk anchor. For survival anchors are strong. Wasps secrete and spread a chemical around the base of the anchor to repel ants to prevent feasting on the eggs or brood within. The bottom opening of petiole 1 is small to restrict entry and invasion - protecting the family and community.

Desdemona Foster CV (150KB)


 Desdemona Foster cropped
Matthew McLarty

Today and Tomorrow 2016
mixed media, 50 x 80 x 50cm


Matthew McLarty is an emerging artist and photographer. His painted works often feature bold colours in a simplistic abstract style. His catalogue of photographs is vast and includes macro images of the natural world, impressive landscapes and everyday objects otherwise forgotten. 


Stephanie Powell

Edward Piano Hands, mixed media, 79x19x14cm
Edison, mixed media, 61x19x15cm

Edward Piano Hands and Edison are both made from found objects (chair legs, piano parts, light globes, golf tees, wood). My work expresses contemporary social and environmental concerns and, at the same time, I'm sharing a positive message about beauty and the aesthetic experience.  For me found objects often have inherent beauty due to the affect of aging on the materials. People have expressed to me an awareness that manifests after seeing my found object artwork and surprise in the variety of ways I have utilised them.  

 Stephanie Hamilton
Nola Jones

Britta 2010, mixed media, 90 x 30 x 20cm (red sculpture)
Sylvie 2010, mixed media, 91 x 27 x 26cm (green sculpture)

Two distinct and colourful sculptural works by local artist Nola Jones are currently on display.  The vivid totemic works speak of esoteric ritual and universality.  They are painted in unusually bright colours and look to the spiritual as the originator of form.  Rich in colour and abstract geometry, they invite the viewer to step closer and take a look.

Nola is an established artist who works across a range of media with a more recent interest in abstract symbolic, almost primitive forms.  She began her journey in painting in the early 60s and then travelled through disparate media including textiles, paper and working with found objects.  Her journey through sculpture over the past decades reflects her extensive international travels and a determination for experimentation.

Nola completed studies from 1961-3 at the South Australian School of Art, Adelaide and 1964-5 attended the Central School of Arts and Crafts, London.  She has an extensive exhibition history and her works are held in collections across Australia.

Nola Jones
Alex Thorby

pteropods 2015

wire, seaweed paper, Japanese paper, 60 x 60cm

Alex Thorby was a finalist in the North Sydney Art Prize 2015 and is currently a co-Director at NORTH Contemporary Art Space, 53 Ridge Street, North Sydney

 Alex Thorby
Jane Theau
Faded Dystopia with Hope Rising 2015

mixed media, 60 x 60x100cm

Double, double climate trouble;
Fires burn, floodwaters bubble.
Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the caldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork and blind-worm's sting,
Lizard's leg and howlet's wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.
Double, double climate trouble;
Fires burn, floodwaters bubble.
Cool it with consumers’ blood,
Then the future’s firm and good.


from Macbeth (apologies to Shakespeare).

 Jane Theau

John Wright

Lester Las Vegas

timber, plaster & glass, 80 x 40 x 50cm

John Wright is an accomplished sculptor and previously participated in North Sydney Council’s Creative Space Pop Up program (Shiny 2) in 53 Ridge Street, North Sydney.  John was also a finalist in this year’s North Sydney Art Prize.

Contact details:  www.blackpig.com.au or 0410 659 600


John Wright 

Jenny Green

Verdure 2

painted steel, 88 x 55 x 40cm

Jenny Green is represented by traffic jam galleries, 41 Military Road, Neutral Bay. 

For exhibition information visit www.tjg.com.au or phone 9953 3832


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