Kim Anderson (artist), Nathan Curnow (poet), Rue Curnow (sound composer), Languid to the moon, 2020. ink and charcoal on kozo paper, sound 5 min 55 sec.


Eight local artists working in a range of media have been paired up and invited to collaborate remotely to create new work responding to the COVID pandemic. While working alone suits many artists, who appreciate the space and distance, others crave social interaction and stimulus.

These commissions have challenged artists to discover new ways to access the benefits of working together in an environment where many people in the community are pushed into ‘bubbles’ but further away from potential creative collaborators.

The pairs of artists are songwriter Stan Woodhouse (Skyscraper Stan) with illustrator Dillon Naylor; ceramicist Neville French with visual artist Rhonda Baum; sound artist Sarah Barclay (aka Floc) with Yorta Yorta weaver/artist Donna Blackall; and poet Nathan Curnow with visual artist Kim Anderson. These four local creative collaborations remind us of our interconnectedness during this unprecedented time of distant social contact.

This project is a collaboration between the Art Gallery of Ballarat and the City of Ballarat’s Creative City team.


13 February–11 April 2021

Under the Victorian Government’s rules regarding the safe opening of museums and galleries, the Gallery is open to visitors in two ticketed sessions, from 10 am to 1 pm and from 2 pm to 5 pm daily.

Once you have reserved your free ticket, you can enter the Gallery at any time during that session.

Tickets should be reserved in advance to avoid disappointment and visitors who arrive without a ticket risk missing out. Sessions not fully booked will be made available for walk-up visitors.

Book your ticket here.

The Virion Suite

by Nathan Curnow
as part of Languid to the Moon


1. Virion

Virion hitched in dark traffic. Virion bested the bat. Virion reads cells like rooftop vines. Virion is blind for
the hunt. In the fever dream there is mask on mask on body under body under body. Virion knows how to
whistle in the wheeze. Virion is rotting and popping.



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