Current Exhibition

40 Dodds Street
 Southbank VIC 3006 Map

Gallery Hours

Tuesday - Saturday

12pm - 5pm

T: +61 3 9035 9400

Wheelchair accessible - Admission is free

Decomposing Contingencies

Decomposing Contingencies reconfigures digital materials towards a video installation of meaningful rearrangements.  This project investigates how the excess of digital availability offers a means to rearrange, distort, and accelerate the contingencies of digital video to produce new material frameworks for meaning. Original additions and associations continually rework found materials towards spaces of new and ambiguous meanings presented in this installation. Through a range of video images, textures and associations, the exhibition accelerates the ambiguities of digital material and the poetic contingencies of meaning.

 This exhibition comprises part of the VCA School of Art 2017 PhD Program.

Image: Effigy Cycle, video still from 10 minute digital video with sound, 2015

The Margaret Lawrence Gallery is a contemporary art space located in the heart of Melbourne’s arts precinct. It was established in 2001 to provide crucial links between the VCA School of Art and the University of Melbourne (with its community of academics, artists and students), the wider communities of Victoria and on a national platform.


The gallery performs an integral and generative function within the VCA artistic community and is a showcase for new work, playing an educational role for the Victorian and Australian community.

The gallery offers established practitioners an opportunity to create new work in a supported and critically engaged environment. It also encourages meaningful connections and exchanges between professional artists, academics, students and the wider public.

The program focuses on new work by local, national and international artists. Exhibitions are presented in an environment that fosters critical discussion, as well as an understanding and promotion of visual art and its broader social contexts, with accompanying forums, artist and curator talks, residencies and public lectures. The exhibition program has a strong emphasis on research, developed by directly responding to exhibition proposals, and by inviting artists, curators or groups whose work or research is of particular contemporary relevance to devise a project for the space.

The program is determined 12 to 18 months in advance to allow a reasonable period of exhibition development in discussion with gallery staff. Application proposals may be submitted to the Director at any time.

The gallery is also responsible for the care and management of the VCA Art Collection, which spans the history of the College and its predecessor, the National Gallery School of Art and the Margaret Lawrence Australian Ceramic Collection.

The Margaret Lawrence Gallery is generously supported by the Margaret Lawrence Bequest.


Director: David Sequeira

Gallery Coordinator: Sophie Neate

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