Sydney Contemporary

Discover with Wesley Enoch AM—

We invited artistic director, playwright, writer and director Wesley Enoch to share his highlights from Explore Sydney Contemporary. Browse over 1,700 artworks presented by 0ver 80 galleries, online from 11–21 November 2021.

"I look at skill, story and style – I want to see a level of craft being expressed in the work; I am attracted to the narrative it says about our society either in the work or in the artists story; I want to see a strong aesthetic language beauty or ugliness."

Wesley Enoch has written and directed iconic Indigenous productions THE 7 STAGES OF GRIEVING, BLACK MEDEA and THE STORY OF THE MIRACLES AT COOKIE’S TABLE. He has directed productions of THE SAPPHIRES, BLACK DIGGERS, I AM EORA, THE MAN FROM MUKINUPIN, YIBIYUNG, PARRAMATTA GIRLS, BLACK COCKATOO and APPROPRIATE. He was the Artistic Director of the Sydney Festival from 2017 to 2021 and was previously the Artistic Director at Queensland Theatre Company, Kooemba Jdarra Indigenous Performing Arts and the Ilbijerri Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Theatre Co-operative.  Wesley is currently serving as the QUT Indigenous Chair of Creative Industries.


Owen Leong
Intimate Debris 1
, 2021
concrete, bronze, rose quartz, clear quartz, marble, gypsum, black glitter, beeswax, acrylic pearls, shells, anatomical bones, epoxy clay, polyurethane resin, found objects, studio detritus, 24kt gold leaf, lime wash wood frame
62.5cm x 44cm x 6cm
AU$5,500 incl. GST
Presented by Artereal Gallery

On art that inspires him– "The kind of art that hones my view of the world"

Noŋgirrŋa Marawili, Bolŋu, 2021, natural earth pigments and recycled print toner on timber board, 121 x 240 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Alcaston Gallery.

Noŋgirrŋa Marawili
Bolŋu, 2021
natural earth pigments and recycled print toner on timber board
240cm x 121cm
AU$55,000 incl. GST
Presented by Alcaston Gallery


Jenny Watson
Girl with white cat, blonde hair, blue dress, purple stockings, pink shoes & black handbag, 2021
oil & acrylic on rabbit skin glue primed fabric & acrylic on Japanese wooden panel
133cm x 110cm
AU$18,000 incl. GST
Presented by GAGPROJECTS

Nellie Ngampa Coulthard, Tjuntala Ngurangka (Country With Acacia Wattle), 2020, synthetic polymer paint on linen, 167 x 198cm. Courtesy of the artist and Alcaston Gallery.

Nellie Ngampa Coulthard
Tjuntala Ngurangka (Country With Acacia Wattle), 2020
synthetic polymer paint on linen
198cm x 167cm
AU$10,000 incl. GST
Presented by Alcaston Gallery


Michael Zavros
Palomino, 2021
oil on canvas
150cm x 150cm
AU$110,000 incl. GST
Presented by Sullivan+Strumpf


Atong Atem
Banksia (small), 2021
led neon
77cm x 50cm
Edition: edition 1 of 10 + 2 A/P
AU$6,000 incl. GST
Presented by MARS Gallery


Antoinette O’Brien
Pearl, 2021
ceramic and neon rope light
46cm x 35cm x 30cm
AU$4,000 incl. GST


Brenda L. Croft
Matilda (Ngambri/Ngunnawal), 2019
inkjet print on archival paper
111cm x 140cm
Edition: 5/5 +3 APs
AU$15,000 incl. GST
Presented by Niagara Galleries


Mylyn Nguyen
314 Chapel Road, 2021
pencil, watercolour, acrylic, ink, paper, plastic, fibre
6.5cm x 4cm x 9.5cm
AU$1,950 incl. GST
Presented by MAY SPACE Online


Noel McKenna
April 27th, 2021, 2021
oil on canvas
100.5cm x 100.5cm
AU$22,000 incl. GST
Presented by Darren Knight Gallery

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