Visual Disturbances

10 August - 2 September
Thursday - Saturday 2-6 pm

Opening Thursday 10 August from 2pm with drinks event 6-8 pm
Also Sunday 13 August, 10 am - 1 pm

Harry Aizenberg's latest works investigate visual responses to trauma, emotional and physical pain and the traces of memory that these events leave. Exploring the visual language of pain led to these currents series of paintings. Can pain be seen? Does it have a colour? Might a painting elicit a memory of pain? These questions led to the development of a visual narrative to describe the pain, ocular aura and disorientation of a migraine.

Harry is a Sydney-based non-objective artist. He graduated from the National Art School in 2016 after a career in the private hospital industry.





10 – 19 August 2017
Thursday-Saturday, 2-6pm

Opening - Thursday 10 August, 6-8pm
Artist in Gallery - Sunday 13 August, 10am - 1pm

In drawing, dithering refers to the creation of multiple marks such that the eye ceases to perceive the distinctions between them. In life, it refers to the establishment of multiple outcomes, such that a person ceases to perceive a single course of action.
There is something fascinating in the way one thing diffuses itself into another. Using a pencil or brush to blend colours and achieve the illusion of three-dimensional form can be terrifically satisfying.
Using three-dimensional forms to create an illusion of tonal gradation, and light itself as the medium, these works reverse that.
In formal terms, dithering disrupts the pretensions of line and shape to any kind of purity. In life we are in thrall to corresponding pretensions, of clear delineations and pure purposes. We worship decisiveness, and live in perpetual fear of dithering, as if the liminal isn’t ubiquitous – as if life isn’t a dithering between birth and death.

There is a question hanging over these works. Originally they were to be painted and the strips removed, to hang separately in the gallery space. But if the painted marks I was set to make might represent the ones you see here, what would that mean about these real but fleeting shadows? I dithered, leaving the unmade paintings to tremble in the imagination; the imagined dithering into represented and the real into representation.



49 Sighs

27 July – 5 August 2017
Thursday-Saturday, 2-6pm

Opening - Thursday 27 July, 6-8pm
Artist in Gallery - [29 July, 2-6pm] , [30 July, 1-5pm] & [5 August, 2-6pm]

49 Sighs is an installation of 49 paintless paintings. Using the material language and rhythms of painting, these paintings-as- sighs draw on the interactions and metaphorical possibilities arising between reductive materials, form, process and body. In this series of paintings without paint, the Sighs substitute the absent human body for paint as body. Supported by a single stretching tack, canvas surfaces containing recycled domestic textiles hold not paint but the form of an exhalation (a sigh), sealed with beeswax.

Lisa Sharp is an artist, writer, curator and co-gallery manager living and working in Sydney. She holds degrees in Arts, Law (U. Syd & UTS) and Fine Arts (National Art School).

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Committee Show 2017


Committee Show 2017

13 July – 5 August 2017
Thursday-Saturday, 2-6pm

Opening - Thursday 13 July, 6-8pm

This show celebrates the work of current committee members Harry Aizenberg, Jens Cheung, Pamela Leung, Anya Pesce and Lisa Sharp.

 is both a simple and complex term in contemporary art practice. Directly, it refers to the external, material properties of a work, but indirectly it also historically possesses layers of meaning in western painting. In non-objective practice, the focus is on the materiality of the work as a result of a reductive and minimalist approach to art making. The committee members of Factory 49 each address the concept of 'surface' in their individual practices, producing works which reflect each artist's unique interpretation of the concept. 

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13 – 22 July 2017
Thursday-Saturday, 2-6pm

Opening - Thursday 13 July, 6-8pm

Barriers and driving forces guide a haptic encounter in Joe Wilson and Chanelle Collier’s fourth collaboration. Spatial and kinetic forms emphasise the authority of signs to instruct the position of persons or objects. The exhibition self-references its own event by taking on a quasi-theatrical tone and a parody of objects within and without the gallery space. Making use of the readymade in consideration of Painting, combined with automatic forms of labour, Momentum is an exhibition of new works that produce signals of position.


New Grad 3


New Grad 3

29 June – 8 July 2017
Thursday-Saturday, 2-6pm

Opening - Thursday 29 June, 6-8pm

Factory 49 is proud to introduce some new graduates, please join us next Thursday to have a chat with the new stars!

49 Shepherd St
Marrickville NSW 2204
Sydney, Australia






15 – 24 June 2017
Thursday-Saturday, 2-6pm

Opening - Thursday 15 June, 6-8pm
Artist in Gallery - Sunday 18 June, 2-6pm

Knot - connected - joint - crowd - security - bond - weaving - tie.

As a member of a diaspora, we can often feel a knot in the stomach, arising from a lack of bonding and connection with people and space in our everyday life.

This is a creative language drawn from Pamela Leung's personal experience with different cultures. As many other transnational migrants, Pamela made her journey to Australia from Hong Kong in the 70s. Her artwork explores the experience of a member of the Chinese diaspora, many of whom have left their homeland to seek new lives, and opportunities in different parts of the world.



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1 – 10 June 2017
Thursday-Saturday, 2-6pm

Opening - Thursday 1 June, 6-8pm
Artist in Gallery - Sunday 4 June, 2-6pm

Why “Curtains”? The title is double-edged. On the one hand it refers to the form of the structure – the fall of the sets of cords, the concealing/revealing nature of the curtain. But on the other, it has a metaphoric meaning. Taking its meaning from the theatre, “curtains” signifies the end of play, and on a personal level this work marks the probable last in a series of works involving cords, threads, strings, usually with other elements, constructed within particular environments.



Factory 49 Annual Group Show 2017


18 – 27 May 2017
Thursday-Saturday, 2-6pm

Opening - Thursday 18 May, 6-8pm

Factory 49 invites you to join us on the evening of the 12th Annual Group Exhibition opening. This year we are showcasing the works of over 50 artists and would be delighted if you are able to join us in celebrating this milestone.

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Jason Haufe

4 – 13 April 2017
Thursday-Saturday, 2-6pm

Opening - Thursday 4 May, 6-8pm

A road or path followed, regardless of its dips or climbs up steep hills, followed around winding corners without knowing what surprises awaits, is a fitting metaphor for the work of Melbourne artist Jason Haufe. For although Haufe employs the same process with the same medium, if you follow the path longer enough, whether walking or by means of transportation, always in a forward direction, you will pass through different terrain and arrive at different places. 

An example of this can be seen in Haufe’s first show of collages at Factory 49 in 2015. The works displayed a biomorphic linear quality, the density of the lines being open here or closed there, but always spreading across the picture plane in an all over formation. In this latest exhibition, Haufe without veering off his chosen course, has produced collages which see the lines having been shrunk to form iconic structures on a white ground in ever more eccentric and daring combinations.

The evolution from one point to the next is arrived at by continuing Haufe’s method of copying and scanning old work and using that information to feed into future work. By this very process, unforeseen possibilities emerge, that the artist simply chooses from. 

Automatism as a source for abstract art is enriched through the use of post-digital techniques. The process is followed not because of blind faith or an interest in process art, but because of the results that are produced.

And as long as the process allows for the discovery and challenge of new formal problems, like the road revealing new sights and experiences, it is a path the artist should continue to follow well beyond the horizon line.





20 – 29 April 2017
Thursday-Saturday, 2-6pm

Opening - Thursday 20 April, 6-8pm
Artist in Gallery - Sunday 23 April, 2-6pm

In the absence of voice, forms say the unsayable….noisily. 

Whilst the works Untitled/Bullet-proofs, Kaputt…then again and Speak up girl are mute, installed in the gallery, they create a narrative, assuming feeling postures to give shape to silence.They express in material form an inner bodily awareness and occupy a liminal space between feeling and articulation, with just a veneer of consciousness.

Judy-Ann has a BFA (Visual Arts) and practice-led Master of Arts (Research) from Queensland University of Technology. Her MA ‘the silence of objects: forming the unsayable’ explored phenomenological experience through transformed, symbolic objects.




Project 641: In Situ

6 – 15 April 2017
Thursday-Saturday, 2-6pm

Opening - Thursday 6 April, 6-8pm
Artist in Gallery - Sunday 9 April, 2-6pm

Project 641 is a foray into building systems which reflect a state of unconscious living. This ongoing exploration is an attempt to come to an understanding of the impact of new structures on a densely developing world using material, line, and object to experiment with the idea of cyclical building systems. 
641: In Situ is a suspension of the spatial quality and visual language impending building systems present to the individual in daily life. 

Jamie is a Sydney-based multidisciplinary artist working between the research areas of both art and architecture to inform a diverse installation practice. Completing a (BFA) Honours and (BIA) Interior Architecture, Jamie’s practice focuses on the systems within built environments impacting human perception and the natural environment.





Unsquare Dance

23 March – 1 April 2017
Thursday-Saturday, 2-6pm

Opening - Thursday 23 March, 6-8pm
Artist Talk - Saturday 25 March, 2pm
Susan Buret works with pattern in extended pictorial space to explore themes of globalization and the establishment of agency in domestic space. In this exhibition Buret extends her exploration beyond the quadrilateral grid to explore patterns using radial symmetry referencing and repersonalising the circle top of Ikea’s ubiquitous Frosta stool.

Susan lives in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. She is a multi-disciplinary artist working across painting, textiles and installation. Susan has BA (Psychology) from the University of Queensland and a MPhil (Visual Arts) from the ANU. She is currently a visiting fellow with the School of Applied Mathematics, ANU, where she is undertaking collaborative research into pattern and hyperbolic geometry.






23 March – 1 April 2017
Thursday-Saturday, 2-6pm

Opening Thursday 23 March, 6-8pm
Artist Talk 4pm Saturday 25 March
Artist Opening 12-4pm Sunday 26 March
RemakingUnmaking continues an investigation into the notion that unmaking is a form of making. This iteration focuses on the remaking of a series of written and spoken word texts that document the unravelling of a knitted garment and the circling of memory. Converting linear text into fragments and three dimensional forms.

Christine Wiltshier’s conceptual art explores interactions between hand, eye and thought whilst working with the textile processes of making, unmaking and remaking. She works with a range of materials including text, textiles and digital media. Christine has a BFAHons from UNSW Art & Design and is currently undertaking an MFA by Research.





23-26 March 2017

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Factory 49 proudly announces its first participation in Supermarket International Art Fair, to be held in Stockholm, Sweden, 23-26 March 2017.
Supermarket is a showcase for non-profit and artist-run galleries and other initiatives. The goal is as much to provide professional networking experiences and opportunities for public interaction as it is to present the work of its artists. Supermarket aims to offer visitors “an exhibition with unexpected meetings and experiences rather than focusing on sales.”
The ten Factory 49 artists exhibiting at Supermarket have volunteered from a wider group of artists who have been involved and aligned with the management and operation of Factory 49 over the past year. 
They are: Pam Aitken, Amarie Bergman, Annelies Jahn, Ivana Jovanovic, Michelle Le Dain, Pamela Leung, Kate MacKay, Chris Packer, Anya Pesce and Lisa Sharp.
Current Management Committee members Anya Pesce and Lisa Sharp will be representing Factory 49 at Supermarket





Karen Benton

9-18 March 2017
Thursday-Saturday, 2-6pm

Opening Thursday 9 March, 6-8pm

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Karen Benton extracts and distils from the urban environment, manipulating materials to create dialogue between surface and space. Karen aims to provoke an aura of suggestion through her exploration and abstraction of the conceal/reveal dichotomy.
Karen is a Sydney based, multi-disciplinary artist working across painting, digital and print media, photography, soft sculpture and installation. Her background is in both science and digital design, with a BSc(Hons) in Science from UNSW and a Diploma in Visual Arts from the International School of Colour & Design. She is currently majoring in painting at SCA.



23 Feb - 18 Mar 2017
Thursday-Saturday, 2-6pm

Opening Thursday 23 Feb, 6-8pm

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Themes of luminosity, the role of edge, the movement between light and dark and the structure of space have long been the subject matter of Magda Cebokli's explorations as a painter. In this analysis she works with small differences, simplified form, repetition and a restricted palette. 
Reduction to the essential is an aim. 



23 Feb - 5 Mar 2017
Thursday-Saturday, 2-6pm

Opening Thursday 23 Feb, 6-8pm

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Alternate States explores experimentations of chance where working organically towards a common ground is a basis for the dynamic in the materiality of artistic practice.
The three participating artists exploit the unique ability of abstraction to cut across what is ordinary and act as a conduit to alternative ways of being and seeing.
As a result, the interchanging works have evolved from spontaneity, free play and intuitive choice of colour and materials.. They reveal a truth, rawness and authenticity of expression from each artist, devoid of constraints and conditions. The commonality of this truth forms the symbiotic relationship between the compositions of these artists’ works.



9 - 18 Feb 2017
Thursday-Saturday, 2-6pm

Opening Thursday 9 Feb, 6-8pm

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Our second group show featuring selected recent Bachelor of Fine Art graduates from National Art School. The work represents a diversity of artistic disciplines: painting, sculpture, printmaking and performance.

The artists in the second show are: 
Olivia Arnold, Tango Conway, Phoebe Halpin, Simon Kahn, Jade Sibinovski, Anerleigh Simms and Justine Youssef



26 Jan - 4 Feb 2017
Thursday-Saturday, 2-6pm

Opening Thursday 26 Jan, 6-8pm

Factory 49 is proud to announce two group shows to start the year, featuring selected recent Bachelor of Fine Art graduates from National Art School, Darlinghurst. The work represents a diversity of artistic disciplines: painting, sculpture, printmaking and performance.

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Artists in the first show include: 
Harry AizenbergAshlee Bucholtz, Elena Elias, Drew Connor HollandKirtika Kain, Scott Sinclair and Richard York.


SOS: The Art of Protest

Front Showroom & Office Space 
8-10 December 2016

The Art of Protest brought together students from Sydney College of the Arts and National Art School to present an archive of 2016 - the year of protest: objects and action.