Past Events

Pictured: Rachael Helmore's Road to Eden, 2015, acrylic and marker on paper

Pictured: Rachael Helmore's Road to Eden, 2015, acrylic and marker on paper

Saturday 2 September 3-5pm

Closing Drinks and Artist Talks: Aspects | Contemporary Landscapes


Join us to toast the show on the final day of Aspects | Contemporary Landscapes, a group exhibition of emerging artists. Artists Rachael Helmore, Valentina Schulte and Jordan Charles Stokes will discuss their works and artistic practice ~ Come and join the conversation!


Learn more about the show here


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Saturday 26 August 1-2.30pm
Artist Talk with Gabby Malpas


Join Gabby Malpas as she shares her secrets to be taken seriously in the art world. This is an intimate opportunity to hear first hand from a successful artist and get the answers to the questions you have been dying to ask. 

Gabby Malpas is a New Zealand artist based in Sydney. Her distinctive watercolours feature native flora and fauna with a hint of chinoiserie.



Saturday 26 August 24pm
Blue Love Walking Tour

Experience an explosive love affair on a rambling, music-filled jaunt down Chippendale’s winding laneways. Journey from Kensington Contemporary to Collab Gallery and a few secret locations along the way! 

This immersive theatrical journey is presented by Shaun Parker & Company and Chippendale Creative Precinct. Bookings essential.

Photograph: Glenn Locklee

Photograph: Glenn Locklee

Saturday 26 July 3-5pm
Closing Drinks // Artist Talks 


Join us for closing drinks and hear the participating artists speak about their work at 3.30pm. Join in discussion about the possibility of Arcadia in contemporary life. 

Arcadia presents photography by BenjaGabriel ClarkLydia DowmanFelicity JenkinsNick Kreisler, and Mim Stirling.


Saturday 17 2-2.45pm

Rose water infusion demonstration with artist Justine Youssef


Learn how to create rose water in your kitchen at home.

Artist Justine Youssef will present a rose water demonstration using her grandmother's traditional Lebanese recipe. Youssef's installation An Other's Wuurd immerses visitors in the gorgeously intoxicating fragrance of Damask rose.

Rose water can be used in baking as a flavouring for delicious deserts, and as a perfume to be worn or used in scenting the home. 



Saturday 17 June 1-2pm

Moving Nation`s Curator and Artists' Talk


ANTIDOTE Founder and Artistic Director Grace Partridge will lead a discussion on the themes of the exhibition Moving Nations with exhibiting artists Penny Ryan and Justine Youssef as part of a full day of events for the final day of the show

Learn more about the exhibition here

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Saturday 17 June All day

Hand building clay hearts with Penny Ryan


Throughout the day, artist Penny Ryan will be in the gallery space, building clay hearts by hand.

Ryan's ceramic installation Open Hearts is an ever-growing homage to the refugees trapped in off-shore detention, as each heart represents an individual in detention. So far Ryan has created more than 1468 fired hearts with the assistance of members of the public, from all walks of life. 

Join Ryan to make a heart or inscribe a message into the clay.

Saturday 3 June 2-2.30pm

Artist Talk with Lachie Hinton 

On the Refugee Trail to Europe


In 2016 Lachie Hinton traveled to Europe to document the largest refugee crisis since WWII. With a camera and sketchbook in hand, Hinton followed the refugee trail from Istanbul through the Greek Islands. 

Join in hearing Hinton's first had experiences of life in refugee camps in Chios, Lesbos, Athens and Idomeni and find out the stories behind his paintings, drawings and photographs. 

This is a free event. Please RSVP your interest.

Saturday 20 May 2-2.30pm

Anna Magdalena Laerkesen Artist Talk & Community Knit-in



Anna Magdalena Laerkesen discusses her painting, photography and installation works for her solo exhibition Refuge.

Visitors are invited to participate in a community event, to knit, crochet or weave a 20cm square patch. Each square will then be sewn together to create a blanket. This will be used to develop a new work and for further exploration by the artist. 

All abilities welcome - those with no prior knitting, crochet or weaving experience welcome. Materials provided - (but please bring knitting or crochet needles if you have them). 

Throughout the exhibition, Laerkesen works with the body, objects and materiality to investigate current issues of homelessness, displacement and the notion of 'placement.' Laerkesen divides-up the gallery with wool to explore these ideas of space.

Come and join the discussion & try your hand at a square

This is a free event. Please RSVP your interest!

Saturday 13 May 2pm

Performance by Linda Luke and sound artist Terumi Narushima



Witness performance artist Linda Luke and sound artist Terumi Narushima as they present their response to Anna Magdalena Laerkesen's solo exhibition Refuge. 

Luke and Narushima will explore the exhibition's themes of displacement, 'placement,' homelessness and visibility through their presence in the gallery and their realization of space.

This is a free event. Please RSVP your interest!

Sunday 29 April 12-5pm

Draw and be drawn! Closing party for Nena Salobir's The Long Mirror


Join us to draw and be drawn and become part of Nena Salobir's ongoing portrait project on the last day of the show. Come and see all of the works created during Nena's time at Collab, view the extended installation work The Long Mirror and add your face and your work to the gallery walls.

Drawing tables will be set up in the Pine Street courtyard next to Collab, with materials provided. 

Come and feast on food from Trinhy's Vietnamese Food Truck and sup on some spicy, silky chai from The Chai Room!

This is a free event, but bring along your lunch money!


Sunday 26 March 2-4pm

Learn to crochet one of Margaret Daszkiewicz’s flowers

Knowledge of basic croquet required.

Margaret Daszkiewicz has become known for her exquisite crochet work, hand-crafted for the specialty gallery shops at the Art Gallery of NSW and the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (Powerhouse). Margaret’s crochet flowers are particular favourites for visitors to these institutions.

Learn how to create one of Margaret’s intricate flowers and enjoy some silky chai courtesy of The Chai Room.

Please bring your own crochet hook. Thread and patterns will be supplied, and you will finish the workshop with your own jewel-like small flower.

Margaret is featured in Collab's current exhibition 'miniature' (open until March 26).

Tickets $25 per person
Only 15 places available, so booking is essential!


Saturday 25 March 2-3.30pm

Q&A with the Artists of ‘miniature’ (with tea from The Chai Room)

Join four of the artists from ‘miniature’ for a compelling discussion on their arts practice and their small works in the show.

Manuela Strano, Sinéad Kelly, Randal Arvilla and Laura Jade will discuss their works with Collab’s curatorial duo, Heather Tralaggan and Susannah Smith in a relaxed Q&A. Feel free to join the conversation and enjoy a delicious cup of authentic, silky chai courtesy of The Chai Room.

This is a free event, but please RSVP your interest so we know how much tea to brew!

Find out more about the ‘miniature’ exhibition and artists here

The Chai Room is generously supporting Collab by providing delicious, spicy chai made from hand dried fresh, raw ingredients. It’s always the simple and pure things in life that are the best. The Chai Room is all about creating healthy, fragrant and re-energising chai for people to enjoy and share with those they love. Thank you to The Chai Room - we can't wait to share some silky chai with you!

Saturday 25 March 1-1.40pm

Encaustic Painting Discussion with Randal Arvilla

Artist Randal Arvilla will discuss the ancient technique of encaustic painting and describe his contemporary approach of using collage and carbon to create his sculptural encaustic works. Encaustic paintings are made by building-up multiple layers of hot wax, which is then cured. Randal will talk us through his process, demonstrate the materials he uses and describe the history of this technique, used by the ancient Romans and the American Abstract Expressionists.

Feel free to join the conversation and enjoy a delicious cup of authentic, silky chai courtesy of The Chai Room.  The Chai Room is generously supporting Collab by providing spicy chai made from hand-dried fresh ingredients.

This is a free event, but please RSVP so we know how much chai to brew!

Randal Arvilla is featured in Collab's current exhibition 'miniature' (open until March 26). 

Saturday 25 March 11.30-12.30

Microphotography Walk with Laura Jade

Look closer…

Experimental light artist and sculptor, Laura Jade will lead a microphotography workshop inspired by her Micro-botany of Iceland light-box series, featured in Collab’s current exhibition •miniature• (until 26 March). Join Laura to wander through Chippendale, micro-lens in hand and discover the intricacies in the world around you.

This workshop will run for 1 hour. Each participant will receive a micro-lens clip to attach to their smart phone and a pouch to keep it in after the workshop. The micro-lens will be yours to keep. Please note: You will need a smart phone to take part in the workshop.

Meet from 11.20 at Collab Gallery.
Workshop: 11.30-12.30

Followed by delicious silky chai courtesy of The Chai Room in the gallery

Tickets $25 per person
Only 12 places available, so booking is essential!