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Counihan Gallery

Counihan Gallery The Counihan Gallery's exhibition program reflects our commitment to political activation, sustainability, and creative expression. Entry is always free.

The Counihan Gallery was established in 1999 in honour of the Australian artist Noel Counihan (1913-1986). The Gallery aims to program exhibitions engaging with contemporary cultural and social issues. Entry is free.

Operating as usual

21/04/2022

The Sky After Rain presents the stories of three queer members of the Iranian diaspora—Payam, Shyla, and Shaya—told through recorded audio interviews, spoken word poetry, and choreographed dance.

This is Payam's story.

#BlameTheShadowsCollective

14/04/2022

The Counihan Gallery will be closed on the Easter public holidays - Friday 15th, Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th April. We reopen and resume our normal weekly gallery hours on Wednesday 20th April at 11am. We look forward to seeing you back then! 🐰🐾🔙🔜🌞

The Counihan Gallery is very pleased to be partnering again with the Human Rights Arts & Film Festival. Dive in and disc...
13/04/2022
HRAFF Festival Program — Human Rights Arts & Film Festival

The Counihan Gallery is very pleased to be partnering again with the Human Rights Arts & Film Festival. Dive in and discover what is coming up in the program, which runs from 28 April to 7 May. You'll find our 3 fantastic new shows in there too!
https://www.hraff.org.au/program-2022

Browse the exceptional program for HRAFF's 2021 festival, Shifting Patterns. This 10-day festival brings together 18 different events featuring films, art community and conversation in Melbourne, Australia. Get your tickets today

08/04/2022

The Sky After Rain presents the stories of three queer members of the Iranian diaspora—Payam, Shyla, and Shaya—told through recorded audio interviews, spoken word poetry, and choreographed dance.

This is Shyla's story.

#BlameTheShadowsCollective

Join us for our first in-person exhibition opening of the year! Towards the Big Picture, The Sky After Rain and Yeki Boo...
07/04/2022

Join us for our first in-person exhibition opening of the year!

Towards the Big Picture, The Sky After Rain and Yeki Bood, Yeki Nabood are presented in association with the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival. The exhibitions are officially launching this Saturday at 2pm.

Free, no booking required. Speeches will be interpreted in Auslan.

Image: William Kelly. Love Song for the Millennium, 1997-1999. Charcoal, pastel, watercolour, and pencil on paper. 30 x 61 cm. Courtesy the artist

It's the closing weekend of The Sparrow Made Some Beer by Jazmina Cininas!Make sure to pop in before tomorrow at 5pm. Pi...
02/04/2022

It's the closing weekend of The Sparrow Made Some Beer by Jazmina Cininas!

Make sure to pop in before tomorrow at 5pm.

Pictured is The Lost Clog, performing in the exhibition space during the Brunswick Music Festival in March. Photo by Andrius Lipsys.

Photo: Andrius Lipšys

We have two new exhibitions to visit this weekend!The Sky After Rain by Blame the Shadows Collective is open in Gallery ...
02/04/2022

We have two new exhibitions to visit this weekend!

The Sky After Rain by Blame the Shadows Collective is open in Gallery 1.

The Sky After Rain shares the stories of three queer members of the Iranian diaspora: Payam, Shyla, and Shaya. Their stories are told through a combination of interviews, spoken word poetry, moving images, sound design and dance. The work is brought together by choreographer and dancer Tara Jada Samaya, whose body acts as a medium for queer voices and bodies.

The Sky After Rain explores overarching themes of identity, gender, family, forgiveness, resilience, hope, love and loss.

The Sky After Rain is proudly supported by Australia Council for the Arts, the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, Manningham Council’s Community Grant Program, and Access Health and Community. The Sky After Rain is presented at the Counihan Gallery in association with the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival 2022.

Join us for the official exhibition launch on Saturday 9 April, 2pm.

Image: Blame the Shadows Collective. The Sky After Rain, 2020. Video still. Photographer: Pippa Samaya

We have two new exhibitions to visit this weekend! Hootan Heydari's solo exhibition Yeki Bood, Yeki Nabood is open in Ga...
02/04/2022

We have two new exhibitions to visit this weekend!

Hootan Heydari's solo exhibition Yeki Bood, Yeki Nabood is open in Gallery 2. 'Yeki Bood, Yeki Nabood' means 'one was there, one was absent’ in Farsi. It’s a phrase used to begin a story, similar to ‘once upon a time’.

Born in Tehran, Heydari and his family left Iran after the 1979 Islamic revolution. Evoking Iran in 1979, Yeki Bood, Yeki Nabood explores the compulsion to return to the past. The reasons for this return are varied: in the case of the migrant, it may be the unconscious attempts to ‘work through’ trauma or to merely defy cultural and linguistic oblivion. The slippery nature of memory means that repeated exposure to images of the cultural and historical past blur and become conflated with the artist’s personal memory.

Yeki Bood, Yeki Nabood is presented in association with the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival 2022.

Join us for the official exhibition launch on Saturday 9 April, 2pm.

Image: Hootan Heydari. Nostograph 1, 2021. C-Type print and gold leaf. Courtesy the artist

We are open again for the final week of Jazmina Cininas' exhibition The Sparrow Made Some Beer! 🍂🍃🌷The exhibition runs u...
29/03/2022

We are open again for the final week of Jazmina Cininas' exhibition The Sparrow Made Some Beer! 🍂🍃🌷

The exhibition runs until this Sunday 3 April, 5pm.

To whet your appetite for the Lithuanian-Australian experience, here are some wonderful images of Jazmina and The Lost Clog performing amongst the forest of Lithuanian lagerphones. Photos courtesy Venessa Trombetta and Andrius Lipšys.

Just a note that Ema Shin's Hearts of Absent Women and Mig Dann's The Intimacy of Scrutiny closed on Sunday 27 March. We apologise for those who missed out last week.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Counihan Gallery in Brunswick will be closed from Wednesday 23 March until further noti...
22/03/2022

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Counihan Gallery in Brunswick will be closed from Wednesday 23 March until further notice. We hope to see you back in the gallery soon!

11/03/2022

We were so moved by Jazmina Cininas and The Lost Clog last Saturday as they performed traditional Lithuanian 🇱🇹☀️🍂❄️🌷 folk songs about love and harvest.

The Lost Clog were joined by the Estonian Women’s Choir as part of International Women’s Day celebrations and the Brunswick Music Festival.

Thank you to all who came and all who shared their music with us.

For those unlucky souls who have missed out on a ticket to The Sparrow Made Some Beer performances this weekend, we have...
02/03/2022
BMF X Port Fairy Folk Festival Present: Irish Mythen (Canada) + Pirritu Trio + Alanna and Alicia, Brunswick, 5th of March | Humanitix

For those unlucky souls who have missed out on a ticket to The Sparrow Made Some Beer performances this weekend, we have a special giveaway thanks to our wonderful Brunswick Music Festival team. Not so unlucky after all!

Email [email protected] with the subject line ‘Counihan Giveaway’ for your chance to win 1 of 5 double passes to Irish Mythen at Gilpin Park.

Irish Mythen's live performances are a thing of raw power, emotion and a connection with her audience that just has to be seen to be believed.

More info about Irish Mythen is below:
https://events.humanitix.com/bmf-x-port-fairy-folk-festival-present-irish-mythen-canada-pirritu-trio-alanna-and-alicia-uj1p6apl

Port Fairy Folk Festival presents this magical lineup featuring an international headliner from North of the equator. Born in Ireland and now residing in Charlottetown Prince Edward Island Canada, Irish Mythen's live performances are a thing of raw power, emotion and a connection with her audience t...

02/03/2022

A note about our Gallery hours this weekend…

We’re chuffed to see that all our programs presented in association with the Brunswick Music Festival and Jazmina Cininas’ solo exhibition The Sparrow Made Some Beer have BOOKED OUT!

This means we will be CLOSED on both Saturday and Sunday between 2pm and 3pm unless you have a program ticket.

If you have any questions or concerns, leave a comment, call us on 9389 8622 or email [email protected].

Visual artists with a strong connection to Moreland can apply to print with Commoners Press as part of their 10Press pro...
26/02/2022
10Press | Commoners Press

Visual artists with a strong connection to Moreland can apply to print with Commoners Press as part of their 10Press project.

7 participants will work with Commoners Press on a print project. As a participant, you will receive 30 clean prints of your own print project as well as a folio with printed works from all participants.

10Press was created with the support of Arts Moreland through a Flourish grant. For more information and details on how to apply, visit: https://www.commonerspress.net.au/10press

10Press is a local, collaborative letterpress print project that Commoners Press is running in 2022 with Moreland community members in Melbourne.

To coincide with International Women's Day, our wonderful friends at Brunswick Bound bookshop on Sydney Road have curate...
24/02/2022

To coincide with International Women's Day, our wonderful friends at Brunswick Bound bookshop on Sydney Road have curated a reading list to complement our current exhibitions.

The selection includes Audre Lorde's collection of essays and poems Your Silence Will Not Protect You, which features the essay 'Poetry is not a Luxury'. This essay (which asserts poetry's power to scrutinise the conditions of womanhood and give words to the nameless) inspired the title of Mig Dann's exhibition The Intimacy of Scrutiny.

Explore the full range of feminist must-reads in the Brunswick Town Hall.

Another fantastic event being held at Twosixty this Saturday 19 February, part of the Love Outdoors program 👇
16/02/2022

Another fantastic event being held at Twosixty this Saturday 19 February, part of the Love Outdoors program 👇

INCANTATION is a live outdoor event featuring live readings, performances and visual installations by writers, musicians and artists of colour.

During the event, performers will chant the texts of five visionary, Black feminist writers.

Hosted by artists from Writing Sacred Space in collaboration with resident artists at Twosixty’s 'seat at the table’.

Where: Twosixty, 260 Sydney Road Brunswick

When: Saturday February 19th, 2pm - 6pm

This is a free event, but please register through Eventbrite on Twosixty's website.

We welcome all communities to gather, share, create, heal, inspire one another in the face of isolation, fear and uncertainty.

Do you have a great initiative for a one-off community program or project?You can submit a project, initiative, or progr...
16/02/2022
Community Budget Ideas 2022/23

Do you have a great initiative for a one-off community program or project?

You can submit a project, initiative, or program that Council could include as part of Moreland's 2022-23 budget.

Moreland residents, community groups, sporting clubs, businesses and organisations are all welcome to contribute.

Head to Conversations Moreland for more info: https://conversations.moreland.vic.gov.au/community-budget-ideas

Your chance to submit a project, initiative, or program that Council could include as part of the 2022-23 Budget. Share your idea by 20 February 2022.

Head to Twosixty this Saturday at 2pm for an intriguing performance piece by Nicholas Currie and Olivia Wood, presented ...
10/02/2022

Head to Twosixty this Saturday at 2pm for an intriguing performance piece by Nicholas Currie and Olivia Wood, presented as part of Moreland City Council's Love Outdoors activation program.

And since Twosixty is just across the road from yours truly, why not pop into the Counihan Gallery before or after? 😉

We have three excellent exhibitions to explore: The Sparrow Made Some Beer, Hearts of Absent Women and The Intimacy of Scrutiny.

Fowl Play is a performance art piece incorporating aspects of movement, instruction, character change and the absurd all while covered in paint.

Nicholas Currie and Olivia Wood use their bodies in dramatic ways to paint, perform and acknowledge the audience within the pavilion of Twosixty.

Directed by Alex Andreotti, this performance will be one for the ages, the community and the birds. With two performers using their bodies to create beautiful paintings, how did the question of the chicken and the egg come about?

Where: Twosixty, 260 Sydney Road Brunswick.

When: Saturday February 12th
Matinee: 2pm - 3.30pm
Night: 8pm - 9.30pm

Performers:
Nicholas Currie (Performer and Co-director)
Olivia Wood (Performer)
Alexander Andreotti (Co-director and Producer)

Visit Twosixty's website for more.

Twosixty is a temporary free public space for community-led events and activities at 260 Sydney Road Brunswick.

Image credit: Dog head' acrylic & oil from UN-SPORTS-MAN-LIKE a solo exhibition by Nicholas Currie at Blak Dot Gallery November 2021.

Text on image: Fowl Play at Twosixty. A performance art piece, all while covered in paint. Sat Feb 12.

Exhibiting artist Jazmina Cininas is featured on ABC Radio National's The Art Show.Tune in to hear Jazmina chat to Rosa ...
09/02/2022
The radical work of Vivienne Binns

Exhibiting artist Jazmina Cininas is featured on ABC Radio National's The Art Show.

Tune in to hear Jazmina chat to Rosa Ellen about her current solo exhibition The Sparrow Made Some Beer. (Scroll ahead to 36:15)

https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/the-art-show/vivienne-binns-jazmina-cininas/13745918

Vivienne Binns shocked critics in the 1960s with her joyful paintings of giant genitalia and Dada-inspired assemblages. Now aged 81, she looks back at a vast arts practice that has never stopped questioning: what is art, and what do we want to say with it? Plus, Jazmina Cininas' magical take on a DI...

We are open from 11am today!Pop in to say hi 👋 and explore our three incredible exhibitions: The Sparrow Made Some Beer,...
04/02/2022

We are open from 11am today!

Pop in to say hi 👋 and explore our three incredible exhibitions: The Sparrow Made Some Beer, Hearts of Absent Women and The Intimacy of Scrutiny.

Mig Dann. Withholding (detail), 2019. Digital image, textiles. Dimensions variable. Image courtesy of the artist and Jacqui Henshaw.

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Brunswick Civic Centre, 233 Sydney Rd
Brunswick, VIC
3056

Opening Hours

Wednesday 11am - 5pm
Thursday 11am - 5pm
Friday 11am - 5pm
Saturday 11am - 5pm
Sunday 1pm - 5pm

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613 9389 8622

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The Counihan Gallery in Brunswick was established in 1999, in honour of the Australian artist Noel Counihan (1913-1986) and aims to program exhibitions engaging with contemporary cultural and social issues.

The gallery has a focus on contemporary art exhibitions and aims to encourage discussion and debate about issues in arts and culture through public programs.

Entry is always free.

Moreland City Council acknowledges the traditional owners of the land in which the gallery is located, the Wurundjeri people. We pay our respects to them and their culture, and to their Elders past, present and future.

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The Sky After Rain presents the stories of three q***r members of the Iranian diaspora—Payam, Shyla, and Shaya—told through recorded audio interviews, spoken word poetry, and choreographed dance. This is Payam's story. #BlameTheShadowsCollective
The Counihan Gallery will be closed on the Easter public holidays - Friday 15th, Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th April. We reopen and resume our normal weekly gallery hours on Wednesday 20th April at 11am. We look forward to seeing you back then! 🐰🐾🔙🔜🌞
The Counihan Gallery is very pleased to be partnering again with the Human Rights Arts & Film Festival. Dive in and discover what is coming up in the program, which runs from 28 April to 7 May. You'll find our 3 fantastic new shows in there too! https://www.hraff.org.au/program-2022
The Sky After Rain presents the stories of three q***r members of the Iranian diaspora—Payam, Shyla, and Shaya—told through recorded audio interviews, spoken word poetry, and choreographed dance. This is Shyla's story. #BlameTheShadowsCollective
Join us for our first in-person exhibition opening of the year! Towards the Big Picture, The Sky After Rain and Yeki Bood, Yeki Nabood are presented in association with the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival. The exhibitions are officially launching this Saturday at 2pm. Free, no booking required. Speeches will be interpreted in Auslan. Image: William Kelly. Love Song for the Millennium, 1997-1999. Charcoal, pastel, watercolour, and pencil on paper. 30 x 61 cm. Courtesy the artist
It's the closing weekend of The Sparrow Made Some Beer by Jazmina Cininas! Make sure to pop in before tomorrow at 5pm. Pictured is The Lost Clog, performing in the exhibition space during the Brunswick Music Festival in March. Photo by Andrius Lipsys.
We have two new exhibitions to visit this weekend! The Sky After Rain by Blame the Shadows Collective is open in Gallery 1. The Sky After Rain shares the stories of three q***r members of the Iranian diaspora: Payam, Shyla, and Shaya. Their stories are told through a combination of interviews, spoken word poetry, moving images, sound design and dance. The work is brought together by choreographer and dancer Tara Jada Samaya, whose body acts as a medium for q***r voices and bodies. The Sky After Rain explores overarching themes of identity, gender, family, forgiveness, resilience, hope, love and loss. The Sky After Rain is proudly supported by Australia Council for the Arts, the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, Manningham Council’s Community Grant Program, and Access Health and Community. The Sky After Rain is presented at the Counihan Gallery in association with the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival 2022. Join us for the official exhibition launch on Saturday 9 April, 2pm. Image: Blame the Shadows Collective. The Sky After Rain, 2020. Video still. Photographer: Pippa Samaya
We have two new exhibitions to visit this weekend! Hootan Heydari's solo exhibition Yeki Bood, Yeki Nabood is open in Gallery 2. 'Yeki Bood, Yeki Nabood' means 'one was there, one was absent’ in Farsi. It’s a phrase used to begin a story, similar to ‘once upon a time’. Born in Tehran, Heydari and his family left Iran after the 1979 Islamic revolution. Evoking Iran in 1979, Yeki Bood, Yeki Nabood explores the compulsion to return to the past. The reasons for this return are varied: in the case of the migrant, it may be the unconscious attempts to ‘work through’ trauma or to merely defy cultural and linguistic oblivion. The slippery nature of memory means that repeated exposure to images of the cultural and historical past blur and become conflated with the artist’s personal memory. Yeki Bood, Yeki Nabood is presented in association with the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival 2022. Join us for the official exhibition launch on Saturday 9 April, 2pm. Image: Hootan Heydari. Nostograph 1, 2021. C-Type print and gold leaf. Courtesy the artist
We are open again for the final week of Jazmina Cininas' exhibition The Sparrow Made Some Beer! 🍂🍃🌷 The exhibition runs until this Sunday 3 April, 5pm. To whet your appetite for the Lithuanian-Australian experience, here are some wonderful images of Jazmina and The Lost Clog performing amongst the forest of Lithuanian lagerphones. Photos courtesy Venessa Trombetta and Andrius Lipšys. Just a note that Ema Shin's Hearts of Absent Women and Mig Dann's The Intimacy of Scrutiny closed on Sunday 27 March. We apologise for those who missed out last week.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Counihan Gallery in Brunswick will be closed from Wednesday 23 March until further notice. We hope to see you back in the gallery soon!
We were so moved by Jazmina Cininas and The Lost Clog last Saturday as they performed traditional Lithuanian 🇱🇹☀️🍂❄️🌷 folk songs about love and harvest. The Lost Clog were joined by the Estonian Women’s Choir as part of International Women’s Day celebrations and the Brunswick Music Festival. Thank you to all who came and all who shared their music with us.
For those unlucky souls who have missed out on a ticket to The Sparrow Made Some Beer performances this weekend, we have a special giveaway thanks to our wonderful Brunswick Music Festival team. Not so unlucky after all! Email [email protected] with the subject line ‘Counihan Giveaway’ for your chance to win 1 of 5 double passes to Irish Mythen at Gilpin Park. Irish Mythen's live performances are a thing of raw power, emotion and a connection with her audience that just has to be seen to be believed. More info about Irish Mythen is below: https://events.humanitix.com/bmf-x-port-fairy-folk-festival-present-irish-mythen-canada-pirritu-trio-alanna-and-alicia-uj1p6apl