5th July - 14th July 2018 

Opening 6 - 8 pm Wednesday 4th July
Main showroom, 5-14th July
Thursday-Saturday, 1-6pm

Madeleine Love, Jo Nolan and Brontë Hock explore the intersection of classical painting technique and experimental practice. The artists practice a contemporary form of non-objective painting, emphasizing materiality, gesture and form. Their abstractions are physical experiences, clarifying the relationship between natural elements and the constituents of paint and canvas, and offering sensual respite from our increasingly disembodied lives. 


Opening Wednesday 20 June 2018, 6 - 8 pm
Thursday 21 June to Sat 30 June 1 - 6 pm

Featuring works by artists Lila Afiouni, Jac Font, Cornelis Timmer, Tania Alexander, Pia Larsen, Judy Marsh, Nicole Ellis, Lisa Sharp, Shelly Anfield, Sharon Williams, Stephen Wickham, Beth Kirkland, Lynne Castaway, Karen Benton, Fiona Halse, Barbara Halnan, Kendal Heyes, Harry Aizenberg, Ro Murray, Susan Andrews, Jan Handel, Elisabeth Bodey, Peter De Lorenzo, Spider Farzam and Chris Packer. 


Opening Wednesday 6 June 2018, 6 - 8 pm
Thursday 7 June to Sat 16 June 1 - 6 pm

Cold Compress is an exhibition of new paintings by Angus Callander. Tethered to traditions of early 20th century abstraction and colour theory, the work sets up oppositions between negative and positive space, visual depth and flatness and illusory depiction and benign fields of colour.


Current exhibition features work by F49 committee members: Ro Murray, Jac Font, Tara Lyubicic and Molly Wagner.

Opening Wednesday 23 May 2018, 6 - 8 pm
Thursday 24 May to Sat 2 June 1 - 6 pm

At Factory 49, 49 Shepherd St, Marrickville 2204


Group Committee Show
15 March - 19 May 2018
Thursday - Saturday, 1-6pm
Opening 6 - 8 pm Wednesday 14 March

Current exhibition features work by F49 committee members: Pamela Leung, Molly Wagner, Pam Aitken, Jamie Bastoli. 


'Constellations Made by Walking...' 
(Wanderlust by Rebecca Solnit)

10 - 19 May 2018
Thursday - Saturday, 1-6pm
Opening 6 - 8 pm Wednesday 9 May 

‘Constellations Made by Walking’is a collection of artistic responses to Wagner’s pedestrian experiences in urban, suburban and regional areas. Her walks and artworks seek to evoke the complex cultural and political relationships between the body, imagination and the world. 


A-four to A-zero (2018) 
27 April - 5 May 2018
Thursday - Saturday, 1-6pm
Opening 6 - 8 pm Wednesday 25 April

A-four to A-zero is an exploration through lino printing of the material intersections between colour, form and paper, referencing the particular geometry of A-series rectilinear shapes. The elusive translucency of architectural negatives forms the ground for overprinting in geometric shapes derived from an A4 lino block. These compositions in red and black form an ongoing investigation into spatial relationships.


12 - 21 April 2018 

Opening 6 - 8 pm Wednesday 11 April
Main showroom, 12 - 21 April 
Thursday-Saturday, 1-6pm

The Abstract Project’ a collaboration between artists Elisabeth Bodey, Jan Handel and Alexandra Kennedy. Works made in response to or as an outcome of their 2017 residencies at Abstract Project Galerie, Paris. This residency program, now in its third year is a joint initiative of Factory 49 & Abstract Project.


28 March -  7 April 2018 

Opening 6 - 8 pm Wednesday 28 March
Main showroom, 28 March - 7 April 
Thursday-Saturday, 2-6pm

Recent works from local artists responding to Contemporary drawing. Featuring works by artists Mark Brown, Pia Larsen, Gail Kenning, Lisa Sharp, Sepideh Farzam, Elizabeth Day and Michelle le Dain. 


Coexistence (2018) 
14 - 24 March 2018
Thursday - Saturday, 1-6pm
Opening 6 - 8 pm Wednesday 14 March

Coexistence (2018) explores the relationship between material, colour and the construction of unity between opposing elements. 
Through a continuous process of experimentation, organic lines, geometric shapes and materials - such as fabric, canvas, polyester and wood - are used to juxtapose ideas of reality and illusion; fragility and strength; as well as absence and presence. 
The pouring of translucent acrylic glazes on different materials - and allowing gravity rather than a paintbrush to dictate ending forms - result in overlapping layers to form different compositions on the surfaces, adding levels of nuances to the work. 
As a result, the artist's emphasis is on the sensory perception of the viewer and the materiality used in the pieces. The ambiguous components found in the works are meticulously created to offer the viewer a sense of coexistence and interactions of opposites. 
By examining and deconstructing the meanings within the layers and materials, it became a thought - provoking process to demonstrate how opposing elements can rely on each other to exist.



28 February -  10 March 2018 

Opening 6 - 8 pm Wednesday 28 February
Main showroom, 28 Feb - 10 March 
Thursday-Saturday, 1-6pm

Recent works from local artists working in forms of contemporary sculpture. Featuring works by Artists Kate Mackay, Piergiorgio Zangara, Diablo Mode, Molly Wagner, Yeliz Yorulmaz, Christine Wiltshier, Pia Larson, Basilios Papaioannou, Judy Marsh, Nadia Odlum, Alan Rose, Annelies Jahn, Sharon Williams and Tanya Richards. 


Octopussy Cornered 

14 - 24 February 2018

Thursday - Saturday, 1-6pm

Opening Night: Wednesday 14 February, 6-8 pm

A reclusive creature, Octopussy (Octopus gallus) was first discovered in its larval stage (diameter of .5m), in Los Angeles during the month of June 2015, with many reported sightings throughout the city but after a week it disappeared.

There was another sighting, in its juvenile stage (diameter of 2m), in Sydney on the 24th of July 2016 that lasted for only 5 hours but we are privileged to have a mature specimen (diameter of 8m) in the gallery for the next 2 weeks.

No one knows how big it will eventually get, as scientific analysis has revealed that the body is made up of 8,000 free range egg shells, as each one was individually cracked, cooked, washed, soaked, dried, stored over a period of 8 years and as you can see it is slowly making its way up the wall, as it does not like to be cornered! 


31 January -  10 Feb 2018 

Opening 6 - 8 pm Wednesday 30 January
Main showroom, 31 January - 10 February 
Thursday-Saturday, 2-6pm

Recent works from local artists responding to the contemporary print medium. Featuring works by artists Stephen Wickham, Lana Ryles, Julia Kennedy-Bell, Karmyn Gibson, Jan Handel, Jamie Bastoli, Michelle Le Dain, Tanya Richards, Pia Larsen, Geraldine Walsh and Rebecca Stapleton. 
Factory 49 is looking for new members to join the gallery's committee!

This is a great opportunity to get involved with the gallery and participate in the world of non-objective art, this is a two year commitment with a free showing at the gallery each year. Let us know if you're interested at


30 November - 9 December 2017
Finissage 6 - 8 pm Saturday 9 December
Sydney Art Exchange explores the processes of collaborative art production and paper making at Factory 49 in Marrickville. Given its manufacturing past, and its more recent history as a gallery space, Factory 49 is an apt location for this exploration of the humble medium of paper, with its limitless transformative possibilities.



Fast Forward
16 - 25 November 2017
Thursday - Saturday, 2-6pm

Opening 6 - 8 pm Thursday 16 November
Fabian Freese‘s solo exhibition, Fast Forward is his second show in Australia since he shows in very different parts of the world including New York City, Berlin, London, Tokyo etc. His main topic is color, space, time and how they react to each other. Freese’s works reflect memories and experiences collected on his travels to exhibition venues in different continents alongside the resulting engagement and communication with people he met while travelling. This all lead to the current exhibition Fast Forward which is effectively a visual presentation of his recent international journey as an exhibiting artist. The show at Factory 49 is a temporary site specific installation and minimal paintings based on his studio in Germany.

Facebook: fabian.freese.artist
Instagram: fabian_freese


Implicit Masonry
10 November - 25 November 2017
Thursday - Saturday, 2-6pm

Opening 6 - 8 pm Friday 10 November

Factory 49 is delighted to introduce Petter Kreuger, a Swedish artist with his first exhibition in Australia. These small dioramas use scale, colour and confined presentation to playfully investigate architecture and abstract concretism.


Instagram: pkreuger


Artist-in-residence Project
Main Showroom
Monday 16 October - Saturday 11 November 2017

Artist working daily in the gallery 10 am - 4 pm Monday - Friday
Finissage 6 - 8 pm Friday 10 November

Christopher Gulick (US) builds kinetic, mobile sculpture. During his three-week residency, Gulick will be working daily at Factory 49, with visitors welcome to visit and engage with the project. Please join Chris to experience what he describes as a 'residency-workshop-performance-exhibition'. Commencing with wall drawings and using locally-sourced collected objects, he intends to build a unique and site-responsive 'projection-relief' sculpture within the space.


Random Systems

5 - 14 October 2017
Thursday - Saturday, 2-6pm

Opening Night: Thursday 5 October, 6-8 pm

Alexandra Kennedy has a practice based in premises which emerged with Conceptual Art in the 1960s and 70s. A process is often established for a work – or series of works – and the making represents an attempt to follow the ‘rules’ set out by the process. Realised work has a large element of chance, as these rules are subjected to interferences which occur as part of the making of a work. Colour is a central element, and again, initial rules about how colour will be utilised are often break down midway through the making of a work, as chance in mixing and in inclination as work progresses take over. 

Alexandra lives in Dunedin, New Zealand. She has an MFA in Painting and regularly exhibits internationally. Recent projects include curation of an exhibiton for Antwerp Art Weekend (May 2017) and a solo show with Abstract Projects, Paris, France (July 2017). She works at Dunedin School of Art where she is Postgraduate Coordinator and a Principal Lecturer.


On Paper

5 - 28 October 2017
Thursday - Saturday, 2-6pm

Opening Night: Thursday 5 October, 6-8 pm

It was at school, year 11 in an introductory lesson to physics delivered by Mr. Cotton that started a small revolution in Anie’s mind. It was Newton’s 3rd Law of Motion: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. The example he gave was an image of a cup on a table: the cup is static, not because visibly the table is supporting it, but it is due to the force of the table exerting the same force on the cup as the force of the cup exerting on the table. This jolt of surprise, where the understanding of what is perceived does not equate to that which explains the physical manifestation, has made a mark on her.  

In Anie’s art practice, the unseen that brings about the visible has been a wonder, and source of exploration in her work. Translating this into visual practice, her investigation focuses on the condition of living with a body and its affects. With the body being both, a sensor and instrument of making sense, the happenings between the two become the seen and unseen for her investigation. In the last 2 years, she has included installation and negative space in her image making. They have become an integral part in the reading of her work. 

Anie was born in Taiwan, and grew up in East Timor and Dominican Republic. Recipient of  Australian Postgraduate Award, she completed MFA at CoFA, UNSW in 2007. She has been a finalist in various art prizes. In 2016 she did a residency in Youkobo Artspace at Suginami, Japan. She has exhibited in Beijing, Seoul and Suginami.



Standing/Falling: New Sculpture

21 - 30 September 2017
Thursday - Saturday, 2-6pm

Opening Night: Thursday 21 September, 6-8 pm

Paul is a multi-disciplinary artist working across painting, sculpture and photography. As well as working in non-representational sculpture, Paul has a significant portraiture practice and has been a finalist in both the Archibald Prize and the National Photographic Portrait Prize. He also completes one 50 minute painting every day that he posts on facebook and instagram, as a form of engagement between traditional art-making and online media. Paul holds degrees in Fine Art from the National Art School, History from the University of Sydney and Law from the Australian National University. This is his sixth solo exhibition and his first solo sculpture exhibition.



The Shape of Space

7 - 30 September 2017
Thursday - Saturday, 2-6pm

Opening Night: Thursday 7 September, 6-8 pm

Working with a composition of shapes that never intersect, I was reminded of a story by the writer Italo Calvino where in falling through space, the narrator realises his trajectory is parallel to that of others - unable to make contact with his counterparts he imagines the shape of space could change so he can cross over and interact with them¹. Finding unity and integration in these compositions of vertical linear shapes, my reliance on cross correspondence of elements across space has seemed to be amplified. 

The repetitive action of creating vertical shapes or planes, balancing and rebalancing ever-changing proportional relationships across the picture plane and the process of negotiating the sought after composition within each of these works, seemed closer to a kind of combat than my work has previously taken me. Unlike the 3D and volumetric works that have engaged my interest in recent years, I have set out in these works to fracture planes - which previously I may have set out to establish - and break down volumes with the aim of reassembling all the elements into something more simultaneous, immediate and complete. 

An artist practising in Sydney since 1982, Judy has exhibited in commercial, institutional and artist-run galleries. Her work encompasses both 2D and 3D practices and is included in art collections such as Artbank, the University of Wollongong, Illawarra Institute of Technology, and numerous corporate and private collections. She teaches in Painting and Drawing at the Sydney Gallery School, Meadowbank TAFE and formerly in metropolitan and regional Art colleges since 1986. She graduated with a BA in Visual Arts at the City Art Institute in 1982 (now Art & Design, NSW University) and was awarded a Graduate Diploma in Adult Teacher Education in 1989. 

¹ The Form of Space, Italo Calvino.