Merryn Gates

Merryn Gates is a freelance curator and writer based in Canberra


Queue Here
One of the key works in the 2002 exhibition Queue Here is by Pat Hoffie, an artist long concerned with issues of social justice. A frieze of paintings, lifted from portraits on the web of Australian Federal Members of Parliament, become, as Hoffie says, the 'horrific scared smiles of those we trusted to speak for us'. The artists featured in Queue Here (Pat Hoffie, Peter Latona, Holly Williams, Aseem Pereira, John Vella, Angelina Brazzale, Margaret Baguley, Penny Cain and Paul Gazzola) have all adopted tropes that point to the heart of the problem. If we are dealing with perceptions, then these are a truthful reading of Australia's current vision of its own culture.
Bronwen Sandland: Housecosy
Housecosy by Bronwen Sandland one of 3 components for Cul de Sac, a Canberra Contemporary Art Space project 19 October - 3 November 2002 82 De Burgh Street, Lyneham ACT
Is there an Artist in the Museum?

Examines two multi-site exhibitions Archives and the Everyday, Canberra Contemporary Art Space September/October 1997 curated by Trevor Smith: and Collected, Photographer's Gallery London June 1997 curated by Neil Cummings. The museological urge in artists has for some time been a part of contemporary practice...leading to the new museology.

Mining the Archive
NAVA Unley Museum Country Arts SA Cementa