Autumn Exhibition Suite

5 x 5 – the Artist and the Patron

24 March 2018 – 20 May 2018

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The artist-collector relationship has existed for millennia, manifesting in multiple forms with varying outcomes. During the Renaissance, the patronage of the Medici family enabled Raphael and Leonardo DaVinci to focus solely on art. Just outside Melbourne, during the mid twentieth century, at their home Heidi, John and Sunday Reed invited a young Sidney Nolan inside their world, creating a consummate creative union. In Sydney, Judith Nielsen has helped usher contemporary Chinese artists from emerging to legendary status. Each partnership has yielded significant outputs reverberating throughout different cultures.

5X5 recognizes the cultural significance of these types of pairings by exploring the trajectories of five artists and their parallel collector relationships:

  • Amanda Love / Tracey Emin
  •  Dr. Dick Quan / Uji ‘Hahan’ Handoko Eko Saputro
  •  Lisa Paulsen / Patrick Hartigan
  •  James Emmett / Julian Meagher
  •  The Private Collector / Nigel Milsom

The exhibition format encompasses 5 artist-collector pairings, each exhibiting works from their artist drawn from their personal collections, and newly acquired artworks. These newly acquired artworks seek to extend the reciprocity and respect inherent in these pairings. The results are five artists, five collectors, five collections and five sets of recently acquired works.

Image credit: Uji Handoko ‘Hahan’ Eko Saputro, The New Prophet 2013, from the series: TRINITY, auto paint and acrylic paint on aluminium. Image courtesy of the artist and Arndt Art Agency (A3), Berlin.

Photography by Silversalt

Public Program: 5 x 5 – The Artist and the Patron

Sunday 6 May 2pm – 4pm

Forum participants

Facilitator: Edmund Capon AM OBE

Panellists:  Dr Dick Quan, Lisa Paulsen, Julian Meagher

The history of art patronage stretches millennia. Once the privilege and duty of the great and powerful; kings, queens, emperors and the Church, patronage has supported the creation and preservation of great works of art through active commissioning and custodianship. Today’s patronage takes place in the global marketplace, fuelled by commerce, investment strategies, gallerist brokers and tastemakers, and artist pivots – be they superstars or on the rise.

This forum considers the contemporary collecting environment and practices. It considers: relationships that are built between collectors and artists; How does one inform and influence the practices and taste of the other?  What drives the urge to collect, to possess, to hold? Custodian or collector? Philanthropic or private impulse? How does the gallerist shape contemporary patronage?

These and other issues to be explored.

Bookings essential. Please call 4735 1100 or email

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