Jessica Hemmings

Textile Writer

Christian Thompson review

Christian Thompson
Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation
Sydney, Australia
23 October – 12 December 2015

Located amongst the rows of terraced Victorian homes in the jacaranda-lined streets of Sydney’s Paddington, the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation occupies a far different atmosphere to the city’s often photographed harbor. The latter now sees cruise ships dock outside the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, obliterating views of the iconic Sydney Opera House. Heated debates about public funding for the Arts continues in the city, including plans to relocate the Powerhouse Museum from its central Ultimo site to the suburb of Parramatta – a location arguably more deserving of a locally relevant cultural center than a decanted version of the Powerhouse and its collections emphasis on applied arts and sciences. With the Australian political climate now echoed by Britain’s vote to leave the European Union and the presidential election of Donald Trump in the United States, business-run politics with at times a blatant ideology of anti-immigration are alarming but unavoidable facts facing the Arts across a number of countries. Established in April 2008, the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF) has offered a different model of patronage…

review published online in Textile: the Journal of Cloth & Culture

(image home page and above courtesy of the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, 2015. Photo credit: silversalt photography