The Contemporaries 2016 events calendar wrapped up on Thursday 24 November with a special evening of art and conversation with world-renowned artists, Polly Borland and Tony Clark.

Members and guests were invited to enjoy an exclusive advance preview of Borland and Clark’s highly-anticipated solo exhibitions at Sullivan + Strumpf Sydney, followed by an intimate Q&A, hosted by Gillian Serisier, where we delved a little deeper into the evolution of the artists’ individual practices and long-term collaboration and friendship.

Read all about the event and view photos from the night here.


Join us for an exclusive evening with world-renowned Australian photographic artist Polly Borland, who has photographed everyone from Nick Cave to Queen Elizabeth II. A conversation with Polly about her fascinating life and bold, offbeat work will take place at Sullivan + Strumpf against the backdrop of her first ever Sydney solo exhibition and first Australian solo show in two years. Joining Polly in a hosted Q&A will be fellow celebrated artist Tony Clark, who will speak about the pair’s past and future collaborations, as well as his November solo exhibition.

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Tony Clark, ‘Sections from Clark’s Myriorama’, 2016, oil on canvas board (detail) sections

Before focusing on art projects, Polly Borland shot regularly for numerous UK and US publications including The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Independent and Dazed and Confused. In 1994 she won the prestigious John Kobal Photographic Portrait Award. Polly’s work has been exhibited widely in the intervening years, and in 2000 The National Portrait Galleries in London and Canberra exhibited Australians, a major commissioned solo exhibition. Powerhouse published her first book The Babies in 2001 with an essay by Susan Sontag. In that same year Polly was one of eight photographers selected to photograph Queen Elizabeth II for the Golden Jubilee. In 2011, Polly relocated to Los Angeles, and in 2012, a survey show of her work was held at the University of Queensland Art Museum.

Based in the United Kingdom and Europe, Tony Clark exhibits regularly in Australia and Europe. Known predominantly for his vivid, endless landscapes, Clark is interested in the relationship between images and the architectural settings in which they are displayed. A major retrospective of Clark’s work was held at the Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne in 1998. He was also included in the prestigious Documenta IX, 1992 in Kassel; A Bird in the Hand: Paintings by Tony Clark and John Wolseley, La Trobe University Visual Arts Centre, Bendigo and Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2006; and Nick Cave – The Exhibition, Arts Centre, Melbourne 2007. 

Feature image: Polly Borland, Untitled (Nick Cave in a blue wig), 2010. Courtesy the artist and Sullivan + Strumpf Sydney


Special thanks to event partner Rogue Society.

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