Previous Exhibition

Group Exhibition —

Dec 13 – Dec 15, 2019

About the Artists      

The CONVERGE exhibition explores the relationships between street art and conventional fine art, which has developed to include digital drawing, sculpture, mark-making, illustration, and painting. Representing the vibrant and diverse creative community of Brisbane, the works selected for CONVERGE are by a selection of multidisciplinary artists.

For 2019’s final showcase iteration, Side Gallery presents a satellite group exhibition in partnership with Axis Capital, The Fitout Studio, Felon’s Brewery, and Designfront.

The two venues, Side Gallery in Red Hill and the newly renovated space in James Street, present polarising versions of the current artistic climate reflecting a cross-section between industry and a formal white wall gallery. Collectively, the two venues represent the recent shift within our creative economy. Our cultural and creative communities are intersecting (or converging) with big industry, and this is forming a basis for a large part of formal work opportunities for Brisbane’s artists. 

Visit both venues across the weekend of the 13, 14, and 15 December to experience the two exhibition components of CONVERGE.

Two Venues

Our opening event and satellite venue 39 James Street, Fortitude Valley (access via Robertson Street) 
The exhibition hours are: Fri 12 – 4pm, Sat 14 Dec & Sun 15 Dec 10 – 2pm.

Side Gallery 7 Emma Street, Red Hill
The exhibition hours are: Fri 12 – 4pm, Sat 14 Dec & Sun 15 Dec 10 – 2pm.

About the Artist

Roman Longginou

Drawing connections between picture and narrative, my current work makes use of popular and commercial imagery. Cropping, cutting and merging images together to form black and white composite pictures. The idea, being to represent a whole picture as a construction of images rather than present a unified narrative. In this way, subverting traditional notions of visual narrative and mimicking our current media saturated environment, presenting ideas and thoughts to us as partials rather than wholes. 

About the Artist

Steffen Tuck

Steffen resides in Brisbane, Queensland Australia.

She is self taught and concentrates her collection of images around the urban street and local architecture.   She trained and currently works as an architect in Brisbane on small scale residential and interiors projects, whilst undertaking a number of other creative pursuits.  Whilst travelling is a passion, the majority of her images are found locally and explore the everyday and often unremarkable on her daily walks. 

About the Artist

Stella Danalis

Contemporary artist Stella Danalis investigates the interplay between colour and form through the pictorial language of geometric abstraction. The purity of geometric form offers her an avenue by which she can nurture her instinctual disposition toward colour. Stella's polychromatic, architectonic constructions float and collide, hug and repel, allowing geometric narratives to unfold between colours and shapes. Her ripe geometries ground the viewer through their colour and form.

Stella's colour fields are a dramatic change from her former creative oeuvre as an award-winning illustrator and graphic designer. For over three decades her graphic eye has brought publications, novels, posters, packaging, advertisements and brand identities to life. Her children’s picture books have been nominated for children’s picture book of the year and published in a number of languages and her illustrations have featured in many of Australia’s top magazines and newspapers. Stella's work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally and published in Australian and International journals. She has also had the opportunity to pass on her knowledge and passion to others as a lecturer at Griffith University. Her dedication to the creative process has seen her receive over 100 awards and honors for her work. Her work is held in private and public collections throughout Australia.

About the Artist

Lesley Kendall

“When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else.” 

— Georgia O'Keefe

 An artist in residence of the Brisbane Botanic Gardens for two consecutive years, Lesley Kendall works with natural flora and fauna as subject matter across several mediums. Watercolour and ink are the primary medium, while paper sculptures of insects, plants and birds accompany the still life garden created to mimic the collections of natural life found around Brisbane. The work appears to have been done in several stages as the artist’s hand is visible in the layers of watercolour chapters that permeate the thick paper works. The muted tones and soft edges of watercolours lend to a serene and tranquil reflection, and in the artist’s own words, “plants are observed as objects of contemplation.”

About the Artist

Kitty Horton

Brisbane based artist, Kitty Horton completed her Bachelor of Fine Art at Queensland College of Art. She has exhibited solo shows in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, along with group shows nationally throughout Australia and in Miami, Florida. Kitty's artworks are represented in private collections in Australia, New Zealand and France.

My artworks explore the materiality of a combination of oils, mixed media and drawing. As I am inspired by the American Minimalists, I investigate my daily surroundings through creating distorted shapes, forms and motifs. Mark making and the serendipitous accident extend the relationship between painting and drawing. I have recently engaged with spatial configurations within the landscape to provide compositional structures. Through drawing and painting, the juxtaposition of mediums enables me to express the atmosphere of experiencing the landscape. I initiate my artworks through the use of charcoal and further resolve my artworks with oil paint on board. As I resolve my artworks they are further pared back to a limited palette.

About the Artist

Kay Watanabe

Kay Watanabe is a Brisbane-based visual artist working in the fields of printmaking and small sculptures, investigating what essentially makes us unique as humans and as individuals. Her work explores the relationship between humans and their environment and how people are a small existence within the vastness of nature and the universe. She also makes works themed around a person’s life and consciousness as accumulated memories and experiences. As a printmaker, she uses various printmaking techniques, sometimes independently and at other times combining more than two methods, to achieve desired effects. Recently she has been using the collagraph and drypoint printmaking techniques extensively as she’s found these techniques are effective in creating organic textures which she thinks directly appeal to the viewers’ senses. As well as extensively exhibiting her works and winning awards in Australia and overseas, Kay teaches printmaking through various organisations in Queensland and beyond.

About the Artist

Daniel Sherington

As a young Australian artist, it is easy to see drawing subservient and invalidated to that of Australian painting. My practice is a response to this relationship, exploring the boundaries and interactions of drawing and painting within the context of the validated and commoditised ‘Australian’ image.

Continuing the artistic narrative established by the post-modernists, my work engages with a  visual vocabulary to explore socially responsive ideas and concepts. My work is rooted in drawing and draughtsmanship. All works stem from this cornerstone of drawing, as it exists as an artistic truth of mine.

Through the visual manipulation of iconographic qualities and artistic precedents, the lines between drawing and painting are blurred. The preferred Australian genre highlighted through the undulations and creases of the crushed can - evoking the idea of a ‘cultural landscape’. The Brett Whiteley iconised colour, Ultramarine Blue, being used as a greater representation for what can be considered an ‘Australian Palette’. The painting itself being viewed as the embodiment of the validated idea and concept – with this being translated into the concept being explicitly stated through painted text. The idea of the drawing becoming a vehicle for this idea, and in this light existing as the ‘canvas’ the paint lies on.

About the Artist

Jo Breneger

When I was a kid my mum loved to have a punt on the horses.  She would bring home ‘Turf Monthly’ and I would pore over the glossy centrefold of the winning racehorse. Hours were spent drawing and painting that horse. I remember a friend of my dads, an old plumber showing me how he drew a horse. I can still see his big gnarly hands carefully drawing the rump and belly with a texta. Funny the things that stay with you. 

When I left art school I began working for myself painting signs and murals. It seemed like a good use of my artistic skills to earn a living. It has been a lifetime of learning that beautiful craft and somedays I still feel like a beginner.

In recent years I have been spending a lot of time around horses. I find them to be very benevolent and healing creatures to be with. Once again I have found myself endlessly drawing and painting them trying to capture the beauty I feel around them.

About the Artist


@MCRT.Studio are artists representing conceptual and commercial visual culture worldwide. Established in 2017 and based in Australia, the brand operates across creative platforms ranging from photography to street art. Their diverse but distinct portfolio reflects and engages the contemporary landscape through murals, sculpture, paintings, prints and commission works.

The duo has acquired the following academic qualifications from esteemed University of the Arts London. Alumni includes the likes of Florence Welsh, Alexander McQueen & Quentin Blake.

— Bachelor of Illustration
— Bachelor of Business Management
— Foundation Degree Graphic Design

Commencing the @MCRT.Studio business in mural design, they have created a lasting mark on the cultural landscapes of the streets of Sydney with under 14 pieces spread across the city. This put the duo on the map, being invited to create a mural for the music industry’s top music conference BIGSOUND. Not stopping there, @MCRT.Studio was hand-picked to create mural works for government buildings in Yiyang, China.

In 2018 the duo have expanded their practice in Brisbane with back to back gallery shows and diffusion pieces found in Brisbane’s trendier bars and cafes. With debut show Through the stars boasts 200 people at opening and short of a sell out show by a few pieces. Highlight piece ‘My Father Was a Writer’ was shortlisted for the Inaugural Waller Prize shortly after.

Latest collection ‘Seven’ is a multimedia show consisting of mural work, landscape photography, collaging and short films. A show fans are much anticipating, it’s not one to be missed. 

About the Artist

Kate Barry

Kate Barry is originally from Christchurch and with a degree in illustration, printing-making and graphic design, Kate enjoyed a hefty career in the book publishing industry, focusing on the design and illustration aspects of this field, before returning to full-time painting.

Immersing herself in the visceral stimulus and raw physicality of paint, Kate’s works are an intuitive disassemblage of the confines of our constant digitally stimulated lives. Painting is an almost primitive, spontaneous response to our natural surroundings and sensory internal dialogue. Works explore traces of nostalgia and the innate emotional re-engagement with the energy of nature that is all around us. Through paint on canvas, she breaks through the periphery into a raw terrain of bold brushwork and vitality of colour.  As we pass by we allow ourselves to be drawn in. 

In the last year, Kate Barry’s prolific painting practice has gone from strength to strength. Completing multiple commissions, selling work online and through retail boutiques, paintings showcased on television and interior design magazines and having multiple finalist placings in national prizes. This new exploration into process is a natural step forward for Kate to challenge the status quo of her successful painting career and develop the accompanying overarching concepts. 

Photography: Sarah Norton

About the Artist

Julie Paterson

"Coming up to Brisbane from my home in NSW always means visiting friends like Leesa, and having a quiet catch up. Typically I hang out and walk the streets, photographing and sketching the buildings and environment near where Leesa lives and works. Sometimes we go for a drive and she points out places that I might like. 

I consistently find much of the architecture of Brisbane delightful — being a textile designer by trade, the layering of pattern and texture always grabs my attention and imagination. Over the years I’ve taken to painting simple little compositions of what I’ve seen on found card or wood. When Leesa asked me what I’d like to put in the show, I said, my paintings of ‘Brisbane Architexture.’ It’s a good slip of the tongue that made Leesa laugh, so that’s what this ongoing series is called." 

Julie Paterson, 2018

About the Curator

Laura Brinin

Laura Brinin is a Brisbane-based curator of contemporary art. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts) in 2012 and continued her visual art practice overseas in 2013 in Canada with a Visual Art residency. Upon returning home, Laura has since pursued a determined curatorial practice as noted through five years’ professional practice with the Creative Industries Precinct exhibitions and public programs office, and a practice-led curatorial development internship through Queensland University of Technology. In 2014 Laura assisted in the facilitation of multiple new media exhibitions including ANtIMATION and The New Aesthetic? at The Block. 

Laura has exhibited her own work both in Australia and overseas as well as working as an independent freelance curator across Brisbane. This primarily focussed on engagement and activation of public spaces, including running bi-monthly exhibitions at The Menagerie, and public programs such as the Papergirl Brisbane project. Laura also worked with Brisbane City Council, QUT and Brisbane Street Art Festival to produce ReForm at Kelvin Grove’s ex-military base upon Gona Parade and Parer Place.