NEST represents a place of sanctuary and growth. It is about the responsibility of raising and providing for children, and is also the place where artist mothers nurture their talents and dreams and bring them to realisation.

The NEST theme is interpreted broadly, traversing the inner sanctum of home and the environment in which we live. NEST encompasses nature and nurture, fragility and survival.

The VAMP (Visual Artist Mothers Posse) Collective are Ann Betts, Sarah Canham, Katherine Douglas, Wendy Sheridan and Lizzie Tongway. They are alumni and current students of Federation University Arts Academy who are also mothers of school-aged
children. They share a common vision for their individual artistic careers and our community.

In this exhibition, they highlight the rewards, sacrifices and tensions of parental responsibility while pursuing personal goals and creative objectives as emerging artists. They each respond to the NEST theme while balancing the often competing elements of their lives.

Image: Ann Betts & Wendy Sheridan, Porcelain pot in bird nest, 2020. cyanotype on paper. Courtesy the artists


1 April–9 May 2021
Open 10 am–1 pm, 2 pm–5 pm daily

Under the Victorian Government’s rules regarding the safe opening of museums and galleries, the Gallery will be open to visitors from 14 November, in two ticketed sessions, from 10 am to 1 pm and from 2 pm to 5 pm daily.

Once visitors have reserved their free tickets, they will be able to 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.

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