Obsessed: Compelled to make

‘Obsessed: Compelled to make’ showcases textiles, ceramics, furniture, metalwork, jewellery, conceptual art, glass blowing and sculptural weaving, inspired by the preoccupations that drive one’s artistic obsession within the creative process. The exhibition looks beyond the finished artwork to tell the hidden stories of artmaking and uncovers the artist’s inspirations, the complexities of materials used, daily studio experiences and all the associated angst, failures, breakthroughs and milestones, that feed their productivity and deliver exceptional outcomes.

Lorraine Connelly-Northey, building wire narbong, 2017. Photograph: Jules Boag. Courtesy the artist and Blue Mountains City Art Gallery, New South Wales

Vipoo Srivilasa, 2017. Photograph: Angus Lee Forbes. Courtesy Blue Mountains City Art Gallery, New South Wales

Artists include Gabriella Bisetto, Lorraine Connelly-Northey, Honor Freeman, Jon Goulder, Kath Inglis, Laura McCusker, Elliat Rich and James B Young (Elbowrkshp), Kate Rohde, Oliver Smith, Vipoo Srivilasa, Tjunkaya Tapaya, Louise Weaver, Liz Williamson, and Greg Daly (Cowra Regional Art Gallery guest artist).

‘Obsessed: Compelled to make’ is an Australian Design Centre of ADC on Tour exhibition touring to venues across Australia, accompanied by a series of films and a full-length catalogue.

Sydney | New South Wales:

Australian Design Centre | 8 February to 24 March 2018
Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery | 8 December 2018 to 3 February 2019
Glasshouse Regional Gallery Port Macquarie | 28 September to 24 November 2019
Blue Mountains Cultural Centre | 7 December 2019 to 19 January 2020
Tamworth Regional Gallery | 7 February to 29 March 2020
Cowra Regional Art Gallery | 1 August to 13 September 2020
Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre | 28 August to 10 October 2021


Cairns Regional Gallery | 20 April to 17 June 2018
Artspace Mackay | 23 February to 19 May 2019

The Workshops Rail Museum | 30 May to 4 August 2019

South Australia:

JamFactory | 24 September to 22 November 2020

Western Australia:

Alcoa Mandurah Art Centre | 4 December 2020 to 24 January 2021
ArtGeo Cultural Complex | 25 February to 11 April 2021


Ararat Regional Gallery | 20 May to 15 August 2021