NAS Art Forum, Wednesday 6th May at 1pm.

I'll be giving a lunch time talk on collecting at NAS next week, anyone is welcome to come along -

Kathryn Ryan
6 May - Black Theatre - 1-2pm 

Never Just One
Collecting: promise and loss – constant objects and ephemeral narratives

 Image: Kathryn Ryan, Colour Collections of Studio Objects (detail) 
exhibited at Branch 3Dd, in Forest Lodge, 2014.

NAS Art Forum

Notes Towards a Future Feminist Archive | Affiliated Text Gallery

'Affiliated Text launches their year-long series of exhibitions and events with Notes Towards a Future Feminist Archive.

Ann Stephen will open the exhibition at 7pm. Please join us for a drink and the festivities!

‘Notes Towards a Future Feminist Archive’ is an exhibition planned to coincide with Contemporary Art and Feminism’s (CAF) March launch of ‘Future Feminist Archives’, a program of events that will include a conference at the Art Gallery of NSW, an exhibition at Sydney College of the Arts and a national calendar of associated exhibitions at regional galleries, university galleries and artist run spaces.

The participating artists and writers are: Ann Finnegan, Anna Gibbs, Anne Kay, Barbara Campbell, Bec Dean, Bianca Hester, Biljana Jancic, Bronwyn Platten, Carla Cescon, Caroline Phillips, Catherine Bell, Chantal Grech, Cherine Fahd, Christine Dean, Clare Milledge, Cleo Gardiner, Deborah Kelly, Debra Phillips, Deej Fabyc, Elizabeth Day, Elizabeth Pulie, Eugenia Raskopoulos, Fiona MacDonald, Gillian Lavery, Heidi Abraham, Helen Grace, India Zegan, Jacky Redgate, Jacqueline Drinkall, Jane Polkinghorne, Jenny Brown, Josephine Starrs, Josie Cavallaro, Julianne Pierce, Julie Rrap, Kathryn Ryan, Lena Obergfell, Lisa Andrew, Lisa Jones, Loma Bridge, Michele Elliot, Nell, Nicole Ellis, Nola Farman, Pam Brown, Philipa Veitch, Raquel Ormella, Sally Clarke, Sara Givins, Sue Callanan, Susan Charlton, Susan Joy Krieg, Suzan Woodruff, Tina Havelock Stevens, Vesna Trobec, Virginia Barratt and Zanny Begg.' (Affiliated Text)

 Parts of Ideal Book for Girls, Dean, London circa 1950s. Top: 'Spine', Bottom: 'Eyes and Lightning'. (3rd from top left.)
Photography by Felicity Jenkins. More images here

Feral 4 | Articulate Project Space

Opening Friday 30 January, 6-8pm
Friday 30 to Sunday 1 February
Dominic Byrne, Sue Callanan, Andrew Christie, Richard Dunn, Sarah Fitzgerald, Aude Fondard, Veronica HabibRichard Kean, Kate Mackay, Melissa Maree,  Christine Myerscough, Melissa Jane Palmer, Katya Petetskaya, Jannah Quill, Elizabeth Rankin, Kathryn Ryan, Ambrose  Reisch, Helen L Sturgess, Helen M Sturgess and Mo Giddy, Yoshi Takahashi, Phaptawan Suwannakudt, Judith Torzillo and Jeff Wood. 

Also, performances on opening night by Aude Fondard and Sue Callanan.

 1 of 3 Collections for Articulate Project Space 'Collection of Articulate's spaces' 2015.
Cotton thread, found space, plastic sleeves, masking tape, stone, archive box.

'FERAL is a progressive, overlapping exhibition program of over 60 artists that will be open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 5pm between January 9 and February 8, 2015. 

FERAL is designed for artists to experiment with installation or location of artwork in an architectural space that is already altered by the earlier installation of other artists' work and which will be altered again when another group replaces that earlier installation. 

The FERAL project is part of the broader Articulate interest in the relationships artworks form with their locations. It does this by focusing in particular on the contribution that the changing installations of artwork make to the constitution of a site.'
(Articulate Project Space)

 More info at Articulate Project Space

'Cutendpaste' | Articulate project space

Some more experiments from Cutendpaste at Articulate. See full site here

Beam Crystal

Paper Star (Collaboration with Melissa Maree | from Melissa's paper remains)

Written Object (collaboration with Melissa Maree | from Melissa's handwriting)

Falling writing, Scattered object (Mountain, Flower, String and Leaf)

The Space of us (The space of Margaret's 'Cloud', The length of Anna's Palm, 
The distance between Articulate's beams, The length of Articulate's rainbow at 4.32pm, 
The distance between upstairs and downstairs)

Dissected objects (half shell, half fossil, rock cut in half, onion skin paper)

Studio memory (Images of studio 5)

'Cutendpaste' | Articulate project space

Cutendpaste is a process project at Articulate. Here are some images from my first few days of working in the space:

Beam fungi

 Black and white paper remains

Wall fungi

Paper scroll objects

Cloth flower

Flower lace

Lace sponge


Paper trees in plastic bag

Paper eclipse, bird, fish and smoke

To follow my progress visit here
To follow all the artists' progress visit here

From 27th October to 16th November, six artists: Linden Braye, Dorit Goldman, Anna Jaaniste, Melissa Maree, Margaret Roberts and Kathryn Ryan, will be working in Articulate project space. Cutendpaste concentrates on process rather than product. Cutendpaste documents each artist’s working practice, and hopes to highlight points of similarity, difference and relationship between their processes. Cutendpaste  is an opportunity to discuss, through making, what process is, why its important to each of us, and how this (often private) side of practice can be revealed to a public audience.
Opening: Friday, 31 Oct 6-8pm  
Closing, artist talks and drinks: Saturday 15 November 2-5pm

Articulate project space  
497 Parramatta Rd, 
Leichhardt. NSW 2040. Australia.

'Self Contained' | Gallery Red

For Gallery Red's Self Contained I made Object Theater - a small box stage, with object parts.

'Gallery Red presents Self – Contained. Invited artists have been tasked with the creative re-imagination of the humble cardboard box. See the artists, cut, draw, paint, wire-up their cardboard boxes as they transform into a creation of their imagination.

Featuring works by: Anna Russell, Annie Kennedy, Anthony Cummins, Chidzey, Edie McCrystal, Edwina Brennan, Isabel R, Jennifer Watson, Jeff Arenas, Julie Bookless, Kathryn Ryan, Leon Fernandes, Misael M, Nadine Louis, Nanna Jake, Olivia Wilson, Pamela Horsnell, Rachael Ireland, Sue Rawlinson and Vanessa Robinson
Please join us for opening night drinks with the artist on Friday 24 October, 6 – 8pm.' 

Gallery Red

'The Survey Show' | Clandulla State Gallery

 Tied grass, radiometer, bell jar, white glass light shade, 
seed globe on milk glass vase.

 Bell jar, plaster cast of egg interior, lichen.


 Seed globe, tied grass.

 Mushrooms, door knob, white markers, label.

  Skeletal pieces, clouded house box ornament, white markers, label.

Native orchid, plaster cast of egg interior, white marker, label.

 Milk glass hand vase, feathers, tied grass.

 Tied grass, smokey quartz crystal.

 Tied grass.

The Survey Show | Clandulla State Gallery

You are cordially invited to attend the opening of the Clandulla State Gallery’s inaugural exhibition, The Survey Show, at 1pm on Sunday 13 April 2014. Thirteen established and emerging artists are producing new work especially for the event, engaging with the unique context of the gallery.

 The Survey Show was conceived by Clandulla State Gallery founder, Alex Wisser to engage contemporary art with the forest environment.  The Survey Show was jointly developed and organised with visiting artist-curator, Margaret Roberts, in conjunction with the artists.

Clandulla State Gallery is co-extensive with the Clandulla State Forest.  Measuring approximately 1400 hectares, it is considered to be the world’s largest art gallery. It is a pleasant five-minute drive along Bylong Valley Drive from Kandos in the New South Wales Central West, and will be clearly sign posted (look for the ‘Contemporary Art’ sign) on the Western side of the road.

For directions and map, please visit our website:

'Books of Mountains, Books of Sky' | 'Disbound' Group Exhibition at Gallery Red.

Gallery Red presents Disbound an artist book exhibition featuring works that explore the realm of the artist book through prints, drawings, sculptural statements and paper engineering. 

Featuring works by: Barbara Aroney, Barbara Bartlett, Chidzey, Claudia Citton, Kathryn Ryan, Kassandra Bossell, Kay Lyon, Julie Bookless, Terence Uren.

Gallery Red
131 - 145 Glebe Point Road, Glebe
Monday-Friday: 10am-5pm
Saturdays: 10am-4pm

28th February - 18th March
Opens Friday 6 - 8pm

Onionskin paper, newsprint paper, carbon paper, Japanese thread paper, white and grey cardboard, cotton, silver leaf, clear quartz, labradorite, tree trunk print, feather, card box, tags.


'Colour Collection of studio objects' | Exhibition at BRANCH 3D

New installation at BRANCH 3D, a window gallery in Forest Lodge.

'Colour collection of studio objects'
From 2nd February 2014 - 1st March 2014
Can be seen 9am -8pm Daily

26 Ross Street, Forest Lodge, 2037

More images here
Copy of invite

"The sheer number of the things needing to be arranged and the near-impossibility of distributing them according to any truly satisfactory criteria mean that I never finally manage it, that the arrangements I end up with are temporary and vague, and hardly any more effective than the original anarchy. The outcome of all this leads to truly strange categories. A folder of miscellaneous papers, for example, on which is written 'To be Classified'..." 

Georges Perec 'Species of Spaces and Other Pieces'

I wasn't sure what to do on arriving at 26 Ross St. I had the vague idea of installing a small model studio space, of trying to remember, through recreating, the easy potential of all things held together under that name. I brought what I thought to be an abundance of objects—china leaves, sea glass, corals and plaster casts, sponges and globes, bottles, spools, twigs and pins, boxes and bags of things: black, white, gold, silver, caramel and grey. 

The window space, and table inside, quickly became a jumble of chaotic bric-a-brac. Ordinarily the arrangements of these things are particular, a combination and play of names, spaces, environments, animals and different processes. I'm not sure exactly what it is I collect—but I'm interested in any thing that is not quite itself, that used to be something else, is in a state of slow unravelling, of losing its name—or that use to do something or belong somewhere fantastical. Then there are some things made special by a lack of use, forgotten or saved, highlighted by their unintentional accumulation of time. 

Looking at this mass of objects with all their potential categories in such close proximity, and envisioning them in the window space was slightly overwhelming. Coupled with this was my realisation that I'd rarely worked with such a clean display space, or perhaps given due consideration to the window's nature—to capturing the momentary casual passer's eye, and so I progressed slowly. I didn't mind this slowness, there was pleasure in seeing these objects again, as there was in showing them to Sarah Nolan and viewing them through her eyes—but perhaps sensing my hesitation and witnessing my snail pace, Sarah mentioned in passing how they might look arranged by colour. 

I quickly abandoned my unformulated experiment, and embarked on this suggestion. Colour had always held a particular, though undefined, position in my work. It was important, but perhaps I'd always felt a bit self concious of addressing it—worried there wasn't proper credibility in a choice I suspected of being purely aesthetic. I found these colours beautiful, their natural tones pleasing, soothing and rich with texture. Such qualities ask little justification, and their existence always seems a little uncertain, however with closer examination there were also other reasons. I liked the way, in colour terms at least, all these objects could become reconciled to each other. There could be all these other points of tension between them, but materially they were sympathetic. 

So it was quite freeing to arrange them like this, to acknowledge that material part of them, and for their categorisation to be so obvious that, for a moment at least, it subdues their threatening anarchy.

'Articulate Turns Three' | Exhibition at Articulate project space

I have a small work in a group show at Articulate project space

Opening Friday 6 December 6-9pm
Open Friday - Sunday 11am - 5pm, 7 - 22 December 2013

Come and help celebrate the Third Birthday of this fantastic space, with works by:

Adrian Hall Alicia Poppett Alison Clouston and Boyd Anke St├Ącker Annette Minchin Barbara Halnan Bettina Hill Billy Gruner and Sarah Keighery Chantal Grech Charlie Aarons Christine Olsen Elke Wohlfahrt Emma Hicks Emma Wise Fiona Kemp Gillian Lavery Helen Sturgess India Zegan Jane Burton Taylor Jane Gavan Jacek Przybyszewski Joan Grounds Kath Fries Kathryn Ryan Katie Williams Kelley Stapleton Kevin Sheehan Laine Hogarty Lesley Giovanelli Linden Braye Ling Yuen Lynne Barwick Mandy Burgess Margaret Roberts Marlene Sarroff Michele Beevors Michele Elliot Nola Farman Nuha Saad Paul Sutton Richard Kean Rose Anne McGreevy Shirley Cho Steven Fasan Tracey Clement Virginia Hilyard Vivienne Dadour Wendy Howard William Seeto

Instagram photos from 'Then Things Begin to Change' | Archive Space

Come on down to Archive Space and partake in this ephemeral exhibition #ephemeral2013 #archivespace

'Then Things Begin to Change' | Exhibition at Archive Space

Curator of 'Then Things Begin to Change', Katy Preston, writes:

'That we live in an era in which we are inundated with imagery through social media is not a new observation. The drive to capture the everyday through applications such as Instagram has become second nature. THEN THINGS BEGIN TO CHANGE… #ephemeral2013 explores this strengthening form of interaction with the world around us by creating an evolving exhibition of ephemeral art and asking observers to document its physical transitions in a cumulative virtual exhibition.

Working on varying temporal cycles and continuums the artworks of Kath Fries, Julia Gove, and collaborative artists Kathryn Ryan and Alexandra Spence mark the passing of time through the use of light, sound and material shifts. Changing according to the time of day, the day of the exhibition, and the movements of the observer THEN THINGS BEGIN TO CHANGE… #ephemeral2013 will constitute a different experience for every viewer. All visitors are strongly encouraged to actively engage with the artworks by photographing them (as details or in full, in isolation or in relation to one another) and posting the images on Instagram with the hashtag #ephemeral2013, forming a virtual record that will exist long after the physical exhibition ceases to, and providing an insight into how different viewers respond to the space.'

Link to Archive Space, Two Thousand.

'Six' | Exhibition at Gallery Red

  Feather Field, Floating Window, Shoal of Fish | Photo: Michael Myers (c) 2013

'Gallery Red presents Six – 2013 Retrospective a mixed media, group exhibition featuring a collection of Artists from our 2013 exhibition programme.
Six is a hand-picked, mixed media exhibition showcasing the works by both our favourite professional and emerging artists from our past calendar year.
Featuring works by: Anna Moraova, Chidzey, Edwina Brennan, Enrique De Val, Johnny Merkouris, Julie Bookless, Kathryn Ryan, Matthew Syres, Pamela Horsnell, Rachael Ireland and Tim Fitzpatrick' (Gallery Red)
Opens Friday 29th November 6 – 8pm
Until 14 January 2014 

Profile: Kathryn Ryan

'Little Rooms, Large Lands' | Exhibition at Gallery Red

Paper Sand, Shell Horizon, Fin Print

Exhibition of Little Rooms, Large Lands, part of Gallery Red's 31 Days | Blur the Lines

Friday 6th September 2013, 6-8pm
Gallery Red
Shop 11 131-145 Glebe Point Rd
Glebe NSW 2037

An exhibition of works made over the month of July, see 31 Days of Practice for more info.