Book Launch

Mel O'Callaghan: Centre of the Centre

Tue 25 Feb 2020

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Tue 25 Feb 2020, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
91 Stanley St, East Sydney, 2010

This event is free and open to all, but RSVP is essential RSVP HERE

Join us to celebrate the launch of Mel O'Callaghan's Centre of the Centre at KRONENBERG MAIS WRIGHT.

Co-published with Confort Moderne (Poitiers) and UQ Art Museum (Brisbane), this 200 page full-colour book has been designed by Clemens Habicht, Collider (Sydney), to reflect the elegance of O'Callaghan's approach. Featuring major new texts from leading Australian academic and writer Professor Edward Scheer, University of New South Wales (Sydney); Daria de Beauvais, Senior Curator, Palais de Tokyo (Paris); and Kathryn Weir, Director, Madre Contemporary Art Museum (Naples) in conversation with Elizabeth Povinelli, Columbia University (New York). The book also includes interviews between the artist and marine geologist, Dr. Daniel J. Fornari, Emeritus Research Scholar, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Artspace Executive Director, Alexie Glass-Kantor, in addition to nine original short texts on existing works over the last ten years.

The launch will include a conversation between Mel O'Callaghan and Dr. Daniel Fornari.


Mel O’Callaghan’s Centre of the Centre is co-commissioned by Le Confort Moderne, Poitiers; Artspace, Sydney; and The University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane. With Commissioning Partners Andrew Cameron AM & Cathy Cameron and Peter Wilson & James Emmett; and Lead Supporter, Kronenberg Mais Wright. The development and presentation of Centre of the Centre is supported by the Fondation des Artistes; the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its funding and advisory body; Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the US National Science Foundation. Centre of the Centre was curated and developed by Artspace and is touring nationally with Museums & Galleries of NSW.