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Following the success of  Mikala Dwyer’s Panto Collapsar in the Gallery at Project Arts Centre we will be  bringing a touch of magic to a number of Irish galleries throughout 2013 & 2014 with a national tour of the exhibition as part of our Project Catalyst initiative.

In early 2012 Mikala Dwyer, one of Australia’s most important contemporary artists, presented her first Irish installation Panto Collapsar for Project Arts Centre. Dwyer’s exhibition filled the Dublin gallery with a mass of silver balloons to create a floating ceiling, as well as a variation on one of her most recognisable circular sculptures made from an array of everyday objects and treasures. Alone these items may have appeared ordinary but together they became something much more magical.

Dwyer is an expert at harnessing the essential energy matter that surrounds objects. She invests her objects and materials with such potential, that when accumulated can resemble anything from a gathering or theatre set to the detritus of a black-magic ritual séance.

When Dwyer brings objects, artefacts and materials together in a group formation, it is as though she’s asking them to speak together of the future and of the unknown. This resonates in the exhibitions, revealing a sense of togetherness and communication amongst the individual pieces that are set up as though in conversation with each other: content with their own company; a close-knit community of objects.

The effect is to leave you feeling as though you’re in the presence of something mystical, which has temporarily come together before falling apart again. To ritualise, and to create a community of forms Dwyer sees the potential to give soul back to things that are dead. You can experience Panto Collapsar at the follow venues throughout the tour:

Tour locations

West Cork Arts Centre
Dates: 2 February – 7 March 2013
Opening hours: Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm
Admission:  Free
Venue Information:
North Street, Skibbereen, Co Cork
+353 (0) 282 2090

Wexford Arts Centre
Dates: 11 April – 8 May 2013
Opening hours: Monday – Saturday 10am – 5:30pm, Sunday 11am – 5pm
Admission:  Free
Venue Information:
Cornmarket, Wexford
+353 (0)53 912 3764

Ballina Arts Centre
Dates: June-July 2013
Opening hours: TBC
Admission:  Free
Venue Information:
Barrett Street Ballina, Co. Mayo
+353 96 73593

Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray
Dates: tbc 2014
Opening hours: TBC
Admission:  Free
Venue Information:
Main Street, Bray, Co Wicklow
+353 (0) 1 272 4030

Riverbank Arts Centre
Dates: October-November 2013
Opening hours: TBC
Admission:  Free
Venue Information:
Main Street, Newbridge, Co Kildare
+353 (0) 4544 8330

Droichead Arts Centre
Dates: January-February 2014
Opening hours: TBC
Admission:  Free
Venue Information:
Stockwell Street, Drogheda, Co Louth
+353 (0) 419 833 946


Mikala Dwyer born Sydney, 1959. Lives and works in Sydney. Mikala Dwyer completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Sculpture/Sound) at Sydney College of the Arts in 1983, studied at Middlesex Polytechnic in London, UK, in 1986, and completed a Master of Fine Arts at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, in 1993.

1980- 83 BVA Sydney College of Art
2005-7 Samstag Scholarship. UDK Berlin( Klasse Stan Douglas)


Goldene Bend’er, ACCA Melbourne
‘Soon’ Teksas, Denmark

Divinations for the real things, Roslyn Oxley, Sydney
Panto Collapsar, Project Arts Centre,  Dublin, Ireland
Drawing Down the Moon, Survey show, IMA Brisbane,

The Silvering, Anna Schwartz gallery Melbourne

Square Cloud Compound, Hamish Morrison Galerie , Berlin Germany

Outfield, Roslyn Oxley gallery, Sydney

Swamp Geometry, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne
Mono Clinic, Hamish McKay Gallery, Melbourne
Costumes and Empty Sculptures, IMA, Brisbane
Aratoi Museum ,Masterton ,New Zealand

The Addition and Substractions  and the Hanging Garden, Kunstraum, Potsdam.
Black Sun Blue Moon, Hamish Morrison Galerie, Berlin
The Shape of Thoughts Own Making, Peleton, Sydney

Only One and a Bit Days to Go, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney
Superstitious Scaffolding, Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington


Some more recent old work, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney
Flowers, Flies and Someone Else, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne

Uplands Gallery, Melbourne
Art lifts, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney
Wellington City Gallery, New Zealand
Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand

Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney
Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand

Mikala Dwyer, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Indefinitly Maybe, I Care Because You Do, The Loozer Planet, Sweetpotatosexpet Antenna, Hanging Eyes, I.O.U. (a tile), My Home is Your Home, Floating Old man, Selfshelf, ChapterArts Centre, Cardiff, Wales, U.K.
iffytown, Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand

Modern Primitive ,Heide Museum , Melbourne
The End of the 20th Century the Best is Yet to Come, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin.
Light Sweet Crude: Mikala Dwyer, Daniel Malone, Dane Mitchell, Peter Robinson Hopkinson Cundy gallery Auckland , NZ

Less is More, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne
Abstraction and the Body, Anna Schwartz gallery Sydney
Reunion, Hamish McKay gallery. NZ
Plus ou Moins Sorcières , Maison Populaire, Paris, France

SUNDOWN, Papermill Gallery, Sydney
Colour Baazar, Heide Museum of Art, Melbourne
Networks and Cells, Monash Museum of Art, Melbourne
Alterbeast, Penrith Regional Museum.
YK3 Melbourne Biennale
Collection show AGNSW
MONA, Hobart, Tasmania
Treffpunkt, Hamish Morrison Galerie, Berlin

Art Forum Berlin, Rosyln Oxley 9 gallery, Germany
Ich Wicht, Kunstraum , Potsdam, Germany.
Before and After Science, 2010 Biennial of Australian Art, Adelaide.SA
Alterbeast, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne. Vic.
Alterbeast, Super Deluxe, Artspace, The beauty Of Distance:Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age.
The Apparition of a Subtraction, Sydney Biennale, The beauty Of Distance:Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age. Cockatoo Island , Australia
Captain Thunderbolts Sisters , collaboration with Justene Williams, A.R.P Cockatoo Island residency exhibition. Sydney.
To Give Time to Time, Collaboration with Natural Selection Theory, A.E.A.F , Adelaide, SA.
Milk and the Town that was Mad, Laneways Project, Sydney City Council.
Artspace, Sydney Australia
Art Forum Berlin, Roslyn Oxley Gallery, Berlin Germany.

Zeigen. Audio Tour through Berlin, Karin Sander. Temporare Kunsthalle Berlin
Group Show, Roslyn Oxley gallery, Sydney
Group show, Hamish McKay gallery NZ
Benjamin Buchanan, Carla Cescon, Mikala Dwyer and Barnard McIntyre. Hamish Mckay gallery New Zealand
Almanac: The Gift of Ann Lewis AO, MCA Sydney.
Mirror Mirror, then and now, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane; University Art Gallery, Verge Gallery and Tin Sheds Gallery, Sydney; Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide.

TarraWarra Biennale 2008: Lost and Found, An Archaeology of the Present, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Victoria
Common Space, Private Space. Curator Rebecca Coates, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, VCA, Melbourne
Come-In: Interior Design as a Contemporary Art Medium in Germany, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne
Bal Tashchit: Thou Shalt Not Destroy, Jewish Museum, Melbourne
Axis Bold as Love ,Video Salon. Curated by Evergreen Terrace and A Constructed World, CAPC Bordeaux.
The Poster Market International, curator Noah Brehmer. New York.
To Make a Work Of Timeless Art, Prima Vera Collection, MCA Sydney.
Ceramica, I.C.A.N gallery, Sydney

P25 Echelon, Chippendale, NSW
Mystic Truths, Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland, NZ
Den Haag Sculptuur 2007 De Overkant / Down Under, The Netherlands
Chief ,curator Natasha Conland, Auckland gallery NZ

High Tide, Zacheta National Gallery, Warsaw
High Tide, CAC Vilnius, Lithuania.
Nada Art Fair, Miami
Von Riots Zu Angels, NYRT, Berlin

An end of year exhibition, new work by Sam Basu Shane Cotton Mikala Dwyer Gavin Hipkins, Hamish McKay Gallery, Sydney, Wellington, New Zealand
The Wallflower, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra, curator: Eve Sullivan
National Sculpture Prize and Exhibition 2005, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Unscripted: Language in Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, curator: Wayne Tunnicliffe
Salvage, Clubs Projects Inc., Fitzroy

Unpacked II, Bendigo Art Gallery, toured by Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Three-way Abstraction: Works from the Monash University Collection, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne

Face Up: Contemporary Art from Australia, Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhoff, Berlin, Germany, curator: Dr. Britta Schmitz
Unpacked II, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
This was the Future… Australian Sculpture of the 1950s, 60s, 70s + Today, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne
Still Life, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Afterlife, Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney
Armoury Show 2003, Sarah Cottier Gallery, New York
Michael Lett Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
4mal, Prettydog Gallery, Sydney
The Shangri-La Collective, Artspace, Sydney

Fieldwork: Australian Art 1968-2002, The Ian Potter Centre, NGV Australia, Melbourne
Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award, Werribee Park, Melbourne
Objections, Sarah Cottier Gallery, Artspace, Sydney, curators: Tim Silver and Russell Storer

Artful Park, Centennial Park, Sydney
Good Work: The Jim Barr and Mary Barr Collection, Dunedin Public Art Gallery; City Gallery, Wellington
Unnecessary Invention, Artspace, Sydney, curator: Brian Thompson
Objection, The Physics Room, Christchurch, New Zealand, curators: Tim Silver and Russell Storer

Monochromes, University Art Museum, University of Queensland, Brisbane
Sarah Cottier Gallery, ARCO Art Fair, Madrid, Spain
Sarah Cottier Gallery, Art 31, ‘00, Basel, Switzerland
plastika, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Zealand
Bonheurs des Antipodes, Musee de Picardie, Amiens, France, curator: Matthieu Pinette

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