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Nell, I SING both WAYS, 2020, hand blown glass, oil paint, 41.7 x 35.4 x 35.7 cm. Image courtesy of the artist and STATION, Melbourne and Sydney. Photo by Jenni Carter.

Presence of Mind

10 December 2021 - 26 February 2022*

Presence of Mind is a residency and exhibition project that examines the intersection of mindfulness, Buddhism and the creative process of visual artists in Australia and Singapore.

Presence of Mind, foregrounds the practice of mindfulness, increasingly adopted as a strategy to cope with the stresses of modern living. Many contemporary secular techniques of mindfulness have been developed from traditional Buddhist meditation practices For artists in this exhibition, mindfulness is foundational to their creative processes and can take many forms, from embodied processes to playful humour, as well as technological and traditional motifs. In bringing together diasporic artists from Australia and Singapore, Presence of Mind examines intersections of Buddhist lived experience and cultural differences. In its totality, the residency and exhibition project  highlights the rich perspectives that spirituality can bring to art.

Artists: Cindy Yuen-Zhe Chen, Jeremy Chu, Lada Dedić, Kath Fries, Lindy Lee, Jason Lim, Kristina Mah, Aryadharma Aaron Matheson, Nell, Alecia Neo, Shirley Soh, Phaptawan Suwannakudt, Lachlan Warner

Curators: Dr Kath Fries & Rachael Kiang

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, the NSW Government through Create NSW and its annual organisation grant, and partnership support from 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.

Gallery Lane Cove + Creative Studios will be closed over the Christmas period from 25 December 2021 - 3 January 2022.


Virtual Gallery

Exhibition Catalogue

The Presence of Mind exhibition catalogue is a 48 page colour publication of featured artworks with four essays from the two curators, Dr Kath Fries and Rachael Kiang, the Director of the Contemplative Studies Centre Dr Nicholas Van Dam and Insight Fellow Cullan Joyce as well guest writer Dylan Goh.


Limited copies available. Pre-orders now available.


Copies will be available from 22 January 2022.