Concordia Gallery and Newington College cordially invite you to It Started in Manildra  — an exhibition showcasing the work of artist-in-residence, Dr Ian Penn (ON 1970).

Dr Ian Penn is an Australian artist and doctor based in Vancouver, Canada. In 2010 Dr Penn received the Contemporary Art Society of Vancouver Emerging Artist Award and in 2016, he became Newington College’s Newington Medallist.

Fascinated with personal histories and the individual conditions of experience and memory, Ian Penn explores psychological states through his use of painting and video. Most recently, Dr Penn’s attention has drawn to the landscape; the trees; spaces; forms and moments that exist both in the environment and within the very act of painting. Each work is a response to the previous, creating a historical narrative within the series. To Dr Penn’s mind, each tree stands in as a metaphor for life and its occurrences.

Formulaic in style, Ian Penn works with the idea of form and formlessness, action and refrain, creating a dialogue between himself and the subject. The painted series is at once landscape and portraiture, painting and personal history. Where memory exists in mind, so does it in space and each gestural trace recalls a previous consideration, creating sedimented moments of movement and action that create or reduce space on the canvas.

Work from Ian Penn’s latest series will be exhibited alongside two earlier video works, Lola’s Fourth Life, 2013, and Projections, 2011.

Resinous Margins  – in collaboration with Nick Dorey

Concordia Gallery in conjunction with HSC Visual Arts and Design Technology are pleased to invite you to Resinous Margins by Nick Dorey – a collaborative exhibition exploring composition, decomposition and renewal.

The Other Room – IB Visual Arts Showcase Exhibition

The Headmaster and the Concordia Advisory Board are pleased to invite you to The OTHER Room, an exhibition of Visual Arts IB Works.

The OTHER Room, this year’s IB The exhibition celebrates seven individually developed themes, each presented as personal exhibitions. The ‘Rooms’ are
carefully curated by each student and look at the things that make each of us
human: memories, relationships, history, personal values and re-discovering
ourselves and the world around us.

Lines of Inquiry – HSC Visual Arts Showcase Exhibition

The Headmaster and the Concordia Advisory Board are pleased to invite you to Lines of Inquiry, an exhibition of Visual Arts HSC Bodies of Works and Design and Technology Major Works.

As captured by the exhibition title, the exhibition showcases the range of ways that the students have posed questions and investigated ideas and possibilities in their art making. Rigorous research and consistent exploration were strong characteristics within this cohort.

“The quality of art as an investigation, not just an aesthetic pursuit, is a distinguishing strength of the HSC Visual Arts syllabus and something that is reflected to a high standard in this year’s exhibition.” (Ms Hannah Chapman, Visual Arts teacher and Concordia Gallery Curator)

Speak for Themselves

Each year the College’s New Women, a volunteer support group of the Parents and Friends’ Association (P&F) generously support Newington’s artist in residence program. In Term 1 2016, the College welcomed acclaimed Australian contemporary artist Ms Mikala Dwyer. Mikala worked with Year 11 students twice a week for the duration of Term 1 to investigate contemporary painting. Mikala has been exhibiting significantly since 1992 and has received public commissions, Australian and International Scholarships and is held in public and private collections. She currently shows with Roslyn Oxley 9 Gallery and Anna Schwartz Gallery. At the end of her residency at the College, Mikala exhibited her work alongside the Newington boys’ work in an exhibition called Speak for Themselves which ran from 30 March until 9 April.

Read about Mikala Dwyer’s residency in the Black and White Newsletter here.

Reflective Spaces – IB Visual Arts Showcase Exhibition

The Headmaster and the Concordia Gallery Advisory Board warmly welcome you and your friends to seven individually planned and meticulously executed exhibitions. Over the period of two years each Year 12 IB artist has developed a theme that is reflective of his personal interests, cultural background and societal vision. The works include a wide range of media, from photography and film to drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking. Reflective Spaces is not only about the knowledge and skills that are required to create these meaningful works of art. Each one of the seven ‘Spaces’ tell a uniquely crafted story of the artist.

Manoeuvre – HSC Visual Arts Showcase Exhibition

The Headmaster and the Concordia Gallery Advisory Board warmly welcome you and your friends to come and celebrate our talented Year 12 HSC Visual Arts’ bodies of work. Three classes of boys have skilfully manipulated materials to achieve artworks that question and reveal ideas.

The official opening will feature guest of honour, New Zealand artist Michel Tuffery.

Has Potential

The Headmaster and Concordia Advisory Board warmly invite you to Has Potential, an exhibition presenting outcomes of Anger Workshops led by artist Stuart Ringholt. The works on display are a collaboration between Year 10 Visual Arts students who took part in the workshops and Year 10 Photographic Digital Media students who documented the experience.

Stuart Ringholt lives and works in Melbourne. He believes that art can have a social effect on our lives and has worked across various forms to communicate this; from performance, video and sculpture to participatory workshops.

Stuart Ringholt previously presented Anger Workshops in 2008 in the form of a group-therapy session where those involved were invited to express their anger. Stuart says, “Society tells us that anger is wrong, that we aren’t allowed to get angry. I don’t think that’s a good thing. Anger shouldn’t be censored that way. We need space to get angry alone, somewhere anger can be transformed”.

Stuart Ringholt has exhibited widely nationally and internationally since 2003. Recent solo exhibitions include Stuart Ringholt: Kraft, Monash University Museum of Art, and Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2014); he’s been included in group exhibitions such asMelbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2013); The Last Laugh, apexart, New York City (2013); dOCUMENTA(13), Kassel, Germany (2012); Behaving Bodies: Australian and New Zealand Video Art, University of the Philippines Film Centre (2012); Local Positioning Systems, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2012); Social Networking, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane (2012); MONA FOMA, Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania (2012); Power to the People: Contemporary Conceptualism and the Object in Art, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2011); and ACCA Pop-Up Program, 54th Venice Biennale, Venice, (2011).

Click here to read the Black and White newsletter article on the opening of Has Potential


The Headmaster and Concordia Advisory Board warmly invite you to One-Idea-Per-Canvas, an exhibition including paintings by Mitch Cairns’ and artworks by Newington College students’.

Mitch Cairns began his residency by joining Year 11 Visual Arts students on their annual art camp at Bundanon in early February, 2015. He has continued working at Concordia in an open studio allowing the boys to engage deeply in his contemporary art practice.

About Mitch Cairns: Mitch Cairns currently has a solo exhibition at The Commercial. In 2014 Cairns’ portrait of Reg Richardson AM was a finalist in the Archibald Prize. He was also awarded the 2012 Brett Whiteley Travelling Arts Scholarship. His work has been exhibited nationally in galleries and museums including The Commercial, Museum of Contemporary Art, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Artspace, Neon Parc and The Ian Potter Museum of Art.

Read about the Mitch Cairns exhibition opening in the Black and White newsletter here.

Read about Mitch Cairns at the Year 12 IB and Visual Arts Camp in Bundanon here.

Testing Ground

The Headmaster, P&F New Women Group and Concordia Advisory Board warmly invite you to Testing Ground, an exhibition of Newington College students’ artwork made with artist-in-resident, Jensen Tjhung.

Jensen provided a rich opportunity for boys to experiment with ideas and techniques in a new way. He worked with the entire Year 8 cohort who were inspired by him and his artistic practice. Year 8 prints will be installed in the gallery space, and a selection of Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11 boys who developed individual projects with Jensen will present their works in this exhibition.

Read about the Jensen Tjhung exhibition here.

And Finally … 

The Headmaster and the Concordia Gallery Advisory Board warmly welcomed friends to come and celebrate our talented Year 12 Visual Arts and Industrial Technology boys as they showcase their final works at And Finally … from 6:00 PM Tuesday 12 August, Concordia Gallery.

The official opening featured guest of honour, video artist Todd McMillan.

 Read about the Opening Night in the Black and White Newsletter.

Approaching FL350

The Headmaster Dr Mulford and Concordia Advisory Board were pleased to invite guests to APPROACHING FL350, a one-night art event on Friday 16 May 2014 at Concordia Gallery.

A team of Year 10 and Year 11 Visual Arts and Drama Students presented  film, installation and performance works concerned with the personal and universal experience of transformation. The Art works were also inspired by dialogue with UK artists Heather and Ivan Morison, who were in Sydney for the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia’s C3 West Project ‘Sleepers Awake’.

Heather and Ivan Morison’s ‘Sleepers Awake’  was on display at Bungarribee Parklands, Doonside Road, Bungarribee 17-26 May. ‘Sleepers Awake’ was presented by the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia’s C3 West program in partnership with Western Sydney Parklands Trust. For more information, see

Read about the Opening Night Success in the Black and White Newsletter. 

Anne Zahalka and her amazing artists

The Headmaster Dr Mulford and Concordia Advisory Board were proud to invite friends and members of the Newington Community to Anne Zahalka and Her Amazing Artists. The exhibition is the conclusion of Anne Zahalka’s ‘New’ artists residency at Newington College. During her residency Anne Zahalka worked with the Year 9 Photographic and Digital Media students to investigate myths surrounding the artist. Her Artists Series [1900-2013] and student’s work will be on display

Official Guest: Judith Blackall, former Head of Artistic Programs at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Curated by Hannah Chapman

Read up on the Anne Zahalka exhibition in this artist Q&A in the Black and White Newsletter.

Objects of Learning

The Headmaster and Concordia Advisory Board were pleased to invite Year 12 boys, their families and friends to Objects of Learning, an exhibition of Visual Arts HSC and IB and HSC Industrial Technology and Design and Technology final works. These student works were displayed alongside works from internationally-respected Australian artists Julie Rrap, Shaun Gladwell, Janet Laurence and Vernon Ah Kee. The context of these artworks is representative of the student’s engagement with contemporary practice.

Curated by Hannah Chapman

See some of these works in a recap of the Opening Night in the Black and White newsletter.

Tim Kyle Solo Exhibition

Concordia Gallery prides itself on the support and development of visual arts, both within Newington College and the wider Sydney community. With this in mind, Concordia Gallery presented a solo exhibition by one of Sydney’s most respected male practitioners featuring new and previous works. Tim Kyle won the Wynne Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW for Sculpture in 2003. He has exhibited many times at Sculpture by the Sea. Kyle’s figurative sculptures position the human body through materials such as fiberglass, resin and pulp in postures of questioning and reflection. Tim Kyle is represented by the Ray Hughes Gallery.

Read the article Concordia Hosts a Super-size Sculptor in the Black and White Newsletter.

Now Then Again

Concordia Gallery is please to announce an exhibition of students in collaboration with artist Tom Polo, architect Andrew Burns and teacher Andrew Pawley to celebrate Newington College’s 150 year history.

Curated by Hannah Chapman

Read about the first exhibition opening at Concordia Gallery in the Black and White newsletter here.