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Arts in Cumberland

The art and culture of Cumberland are diverse, complex and vibrant. Residents come from 124 countries and the artists in our community present a variety of art forms in our public spaces, for community celebrations and festivals, art workshops and for exhibitions.

Exhibitions: ‘Tongues’ curated by Isabel Rouch & ‘Chapter One: Thinking Through It’ curated by Sabrina Baker

Location: Peacock Gallery and Auburn Arts Studio Auburn Botanic Gardens, Corner of Chiswick and Chisholm Roads, Auburn NSW 2144

Both exhibitions run from 15 September until 21 October 2018 from Tuesday to Sunday, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

As part of the 2018 Curators' Intensive presented by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art two emerging curators have been selected to curate an exhibition at Peacock Gallery.


Tongues (curated by Isabel Rouch) is the first offering in an ongoing curatorial project, exploring the varied effects language can have on us as individuals.

The exhibition questions how our experience of the world and self-changes with language, and what can be lost or gained through translation.

Tongues bring together the personal perspectives of multidisciplinary, Sydney based artists, Yeliz Yorulmaz, Kai Wasikowski and Eugene Choi; each sharing the experience of being multilingual or growing up in a multilingual context.

All three respond to the theme of identity through language, reflecting particularly on how their exposure to linguistic diversity has influenced them, and in addition, how their art practice fits into this layered understanding and correspondence.


Yeliz Yorulmaz That’s Not What I Thought 2017
papier-mâché, steel, cement, paint, household items
190 x 163 x 46cm

Chapter One: Thinking through it

Chapter One: Thinking through it (curated by Sabrina Baker) is a project that exists as a reading room, research space and open studio. Artists have contributed things that influence their working methods and you're invited to dive into their practice through the stacks of books taken from bedside tables and studio desks, the photographs, knick knacks and stuff that feeds into the development of their work. Hannah Donnelly, Thea Jones, Shivanjani Lal, Nikki Lam, Anja Loughhead, Stephen Pham, and Jason Phu work with different materials and methods to craft works that explore place in relation to the self.

Chapter one thinking through it

Nikki Lam, Still what is left, 2018

Creative Connections

Every Sunday, 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm, Fun art activities for all ages and abilities - family friendly! No need to book, just drop in. Guided by gallery staff, take a closer look at the artwork in the exhibition and then make your own artwork.

Makers Circle 

Every first Thursday of the month, 11:30 to 1:30pm .Share and learn new skills. For artists and craftspeople of all experience levels -  work on your own projects or as part of a group.

Cumberland Artists Network Meeting

The next Cumberland Artists Network meeting will be held Saturday 22 September from 1:30pm to 3:00pm.

Peacock Gallery and Auburn Arts Studio Auburn Botanic Gardens, Corner of Chiswick and Chisholm Roads, Auburn NSW 2144

PO Box 118, Auburn NSW 1835 Phone: (during opening hours) 8757 9029 or (outside gallery hours) 8757 9000

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Admission  Admission to the gallery is free.
Public Transport There are regular trains to Auburn Station. Take a 909 bus from Auburn Station to Cumberland Road. To plan your trip call the Transport Info Line on 131 500 or visit  Transport NSW.  
Parking The Peacock Gallery offers onsite parking. Once you have entered the Auburn Botanic Gardens Precinct, take the first left.
Access The whole site is wheelchair accessible.
Group Tours Group tours of the Peacock Gallery and Auburn Arts Studio can be arranged by request. Please call  9735 1396 for more information or to make a booking.