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We’re MADA Gallery, the public face of Monash Art Design & Architecture (MADA).

Exhibiting art and design of the highest standard with an emphasis on excellence as a result of research, MADA Gallery is utilised as a teaching aid for the benefit of the students and staff from the faculty along with the wider community.

MADA Gallery is open to the public and welcomes school and group bookings. Admission is free of charge. Plan your visit

971 horses + 4 zebras, Installation view
971 horses + 4 zebras, Installation view

Current & Upcoming


22 June - 7 July 2016

Future water scenarios for Elwood: Adapt, Defend, Retreat.

Once the site of a swamp (wetland) and now subject to periodic flooding, the bayside suburb of Elwood, in Melbourne’s south-east, has always been shaped by the waters that run over, around and under it.

Focussing on Elwood as a case study, and then expanding to explore the Elster Creek catchment and the related terrains of the Victorian Southern Lowlands, Swamped is a multi-disciplinary exhibition that speculates on the impacts that climate change and rapid urbanisation may have on these types of environments, and the possible futures that can be imagined for them. As sea levels rise, and storm surges and drought threaten, Swamped asks: what will happen to Elwood?

Featuring urban design proposals for Elwood, studies of other similar wetlands, and interactive modelling, Swamped is an exhibition that ultimately asks us to rethink the way a city is conceived; defined not by traditional markers of politics or economics, but by the water that trickles through it.

In association with the Co-operative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities (CRCWSC).

CRCWSC Research team
Nigel Bertram, Catherine Murphy, Rutger Pasman MADA
Briony Rogers, Alex Gunn Monash School of Social Sciences
Christian Urich Monash Department of Civil Engineering
Karsten Arnbjerg-Nielsen, Roland Lowe Technical University of Denmark
Mohanasundar Radhakrishnan, Berry Gersonius UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education

Interactive Visualisation
Tom Morgan MADA
Tom Chandler, Kim Marriott, Kingsley Stephens, Su-Yiin Lai sensiLab

Monash Architecture PhD candidates
Nano Langenheim, Daniel Nyandega, Gyongyver Engloner

Monash Architecture Masters students
Clare Barclay, Ruben Digby-Diercks, Dina Einstein, Leonor Gausachs, Raphael Graham, Kiona Guillot, Yujia Lei, Piers Morgan, Or Meir Naggar, Anh Vu Nguyen, Timothy Randall, Daniel Simantov, Monique Woods, Andrew Wright, Ambrose Zacharakis, Kai Zhu

Graphic Design
Ricky New, Warren Taylor, Beaziyt Worcou MADA


Wilkie Tan, Pairing Craft-making and Interactivity with Mandarin Learning for Preschoolers

28 June - 4 July 2016

Many migrant ethnic Chinese parents/carers are concerned about their preschoolers’ learning of Mandarin. They are also allowing their children access to Mandarin-language edutainment content on mobile devices, in hope that it would be useful to the maintenance and use of their heritage language at home and within their cultural community. While these children have grown familiar to gesture-based interaction and non-linear navigation on mobile devices, the effectiveness of solely using devices as learning tools for preschoolers remains debatable and much less understood.

This research sought to investigate the potential of bridging mobile technology, relevant socio-cultural theories in early childhood development, play, language learning and adult facilitation, into a more holistic design framework when developing resources for this group of preschoolers and their parents/carers. It is hoped that through such a framework, it would not only promote interaction between the adults and their children, but also generate greater interest in the reading and use of Mandarin. This exhibition is modelled after a child’s familiar home space, where the proposed design framework is situated. It also showcases the documentation and design probes deployed for the various field investigations undertaken during the course of the research. The results not only highlighted preschoolers’ abilities to operate digital mobile devices in supervised settings, but also pinpointed consistent adult-led interaction as key to the maintenance of their heritage language.

This exhibition comprises the practical component of Wilkie Tan’s PhD research.

Wilkie Tan, Pairing Craft-making and Interactivity with Mandarin Learning for Preschoolers


29 June - 9 July 2016

To coincide with the 16th Symposium of the International Association of Women Philosophers the exhibition Disinterment brings together six artists from different generations to reflect on processes of historical recovery, storytelling and performance. The works encircle or enfold their material, divulging their content over time and through gesture. The exhibition is a proposition for a feminist methodology within contemporary practices.

Artists: Barbara Campbell, Erin Crouch, Anne Ferran, Briony Galligan, Fiona Macdonald, Rosina Prestia. Curated by Tamsin Green.

Opening Thursday 7 July, 5-7pm, to be accompanied by a keynote address by Linda Lopez McAlister for the conference “Women and Philosophy: History, Values, Knowledge” a meeting of the Symposium of the International Association of Women Philosophers hosted by Monash Arts, 7 - 10 July.

Anne Ferran, untitled
Anne Ferran, untitled From Lost to Worlds 1999-2008, digital print on aluminium, 120 x 120 cm

Kari Henriksen, Shifting Skies

4-8 July 2016

This practice-based research investigates representations of the sky, atmosphere and weather in Western art in order to ascertain the effectiveness of the metaphorical use of atmosphere to convey notions of loss and transience. It proposes that atmospheric phenomena can act as a powerful visual metaphor to convey notions of temporality and transience.

Two locations were selected in which to conduct field-work for this project: one in Australia, and the other in Iceland. This provided a global perspective as well as an opportunity to examine the relationship between place and identity.

The exegetical research establishes that there is a direct relationship between the way in which the sky is depicted and a society’s cultural beliefs regarding its attitude to nature. The work for the creative component of this project has been derived directly from my embodied physical engagement with the environment and it is intended to express an inner sense of sadness and melancholy about what I am presently witnessing. My aim for this project is to communicate a sense of loss and an awareness of what we are losing and to encourage further discourse surrounding the looming existential crisis we are facing globally due to the effects of climate change.

This exhibition comprises the practical component of Kari Henriksen’s PhD research.

Kari Henriksen, Shifting Skies

Meredith Turnbull, Co-Workers – Complex Forms and Fragmentary Structure

13-22 July 2016

Complex Forms and Fragmentary Structures explores the function and sites of operation of a sculptural and spatial project. The focus of this research is to develop a unified and differential framework that engages across scale, art historical traditions and artistic genres. The research is led by a methodology informed by contemporary and art historical research with specific attention to the work of women artists. The research examines the related histories of modernism across visual art, craft, design and architecture exploring historic and contemporary attempts to reprioritize form, genre and discipline within spatial and social practices. This framework is a way of making and thinking about contemporary and historical artworks that reprioritize form, genre and discipline within the field of the artwork – while remaining responsive to contemporary, art historical, theoretical and philosophical research, the themes of individual artworks, and the intended site of engagement and display.

This exhibition comprises the practical component of Meredith Turnbull’s PhD research.

Meredith Turnbull, Co-Workers – Complex Forms and Fragmentary Structure

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