Despard at Sydney Contemporary Art Fair 2019

Patrick Hall, Geoff Dyer, Todd Jenkins and Sam Field

12 September  – 15 September 2019

Carriageworks, Sydney 


For Sydney Contemporary 2019, Despard Gallery is proud to present four artists, specifically curated to represent the diversity and strength of contemporary art within Tasmania. This includes painters Geoff Dyer, Todd Jenkins and Sam Field, alongside multi-disciplinary feature artist, Patrick Hall.


Patrick Hall 

Patrick Hall is presenting a major sculptural installation composed of multiple artworks based on the nursery rhyme ‘…if they should accidentally fall’.  Individual works captures figures constructed from recycled materials, LED lights and spirit bottles.  Through overlaid text and subtle audio recordings that relay curious narratives, Hall creates a place of intimate confession to explore the passing of time and the slow erosion of belief.

“If They Should Accidentally Fall seeks to create a secular, sacred space where fragile vessels spill secrets, longings and desires. It is a place where confessions are made and shared, where voices seep and search for solace. A place where we can bear witness to our own human frailty” – Patrick Hall, 2019



To accompany Patrick’s installation at Sydney Contemporary, Despard Gallery has produced an online exhibition accompaniment. The guide is divided, into two sections, video narratives an audio accompaniment.  Videos captures installation snippets and are accompanied by Patrick reading from his distinctive narrative text, which are etched into individual works.  The audio component offers the listener a rare insight into individual artworks, with Patrick in his own words, providing personal reflections and background into concept development. To listen, scan or click QR code below.



Geoff Dyer

Geoff Dyer is arguably Tasmania’s best-known contemporary painter and is presenting a series of his characteristic large-scale landscapes. Through his expressive use of paint, Dyer captures the complexity and raw beauty that underpins the Tasmanian environment.

Todd Jenkins

Todd Jenkins uses subtle veils of paint to interpret the iconic wilderness regions within Tasmania, exploring concepts of atmosphere, transition and place. Jenkins work focuses on the typographical features of Tasmania’s unique highland regions, including tarns and the rare deciduous native tree, Nothofagus.

Sam Field

Sam Field’s has created a suite of large-scale vibrant paintings that critiques the characters and historical narratives from Australian folk law.  Described as ‘colonial postcards from a post-apocalyptic Australian landscape’, Field’s paintings adopt a youthful and sometimes cynical take on human fallibility in recorded Australian history.

Click here to read about the ideas behind artworks by Sam Field.


Artist Talks and NEXT

Patrick Hall will be conducting two artist talks on our booth, Saturday and Sunday, time to be confirmed. Patrick will be discussing first-hand the ideas behind his work, with the opportunity for a question and answer session. Patrick will also be a speaker on the Tasmanian Creatives Panel, presented by Arts Tasmania as part of Talk Contemporary, Saturday 14 September 4-5pm. Patrick will be discussing how the changing artistic landscape of Tasmania is influencing his practice, alongside artists Fiona Hall and Julie Gough, as well as Michael Bugelli (gallerist), Analiese Gregory (Head Chef and owner of Franklin), moderated by Jarrod Rawlins (curator MONA).

Young emerging photographer Micheila Petersfield will also be represented at Sydney Contemporary NEXT, with her signature work ‘Bang Bang’. This is a new dynamic platform for a curated selection of fifty emerging artists, which will be located at Sydney Contemporary, Bay 21.

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This project was assisted through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts.