The exhibition contains ten artworks that are interconnected and demonstrate Nicholson’s diverse material approach to art practice, using a combination of text, sculpture, audio-visual, photography, installation, performance and social or political activism. A current concern in Nicholson’s work is to question the fixed nature of public monuments, to present ways of reconfiguring histories to give voice to others and their perspectives, and to allow acts of imagination, solidarity and justice.
Tom Nicholson: Public Meeting is the first exhibition to survey the practice of influential Australian artist Tom Nicholson, providing an opportunity to encounter artworks that have emerged from time the artist has spent looking, listening, drawing and researching over the past twenty years. Nicholson draws upon personal experience and understandings gathered from conversations with other artists, thinkers and community leaders to reimagine historical events that have taken place within Australia and in other parts of the world. His practice is concerned with the intersection of national and international, Indigenous and colonial narratives and histories.