DENFAIR 2018 Installation Images

DENFAIR Melbourne
14 – 16 June, 2018
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Exhibiting Artists: 

Amelda Read-Forsythe
Dena Ashbolt
Helen Smith
Linda Oy-Ho
Virginia Cummins
James Murnane
Jacky Cheng


Meet The Artists: Botanica Humana Final Weekend

Botanica Humana concludes this weekend, so we have organised an afternoon of artist talks on Saturday and  warmly extend an invitation for you to join us. 

Meet the Artists
Saturday 26th May 3 – 4 pm
424 Smith Street, Collingwood

Chris Humphries
Dena Ashbolt
James Murnane
Lisa Walker 

Join us for an informal, relaxed time to hear these four Melbourne-based artists talk about their work, have the opportunity for discussion, and  as a special treat you will also experience the special launch of our curated, very eclectic Botanica Humana Spotify Playlist! Don’t miss out!

Botanica Humana presents an exciting group of emerging to mid-career Australian artists who reference nature within their art; a visual language symbolising aspects of human experiences or expressing human emotional and psychological states, reminding ourselves – as human we are nature.

Final Days: Thursday 24 to
Sunday 27 May  12 – 5 pm
424 Smith Street, Collingwood
[email protected]  0406 589 770


Deanne Butterworth: Dance Performance Sunday 20 May 3 pm

Deanne Butterworth: Tempo Rubato

Here We See – Gallery There is delighted to program a special dance performance as a part of the Botanica Humana programming by Deanne Butterworth. Please join us to be a part of the audience, view the exhibition and enjoy the hospitality of local winemaker Wedgetail Estate.

Deanne Butterworth is a Melbourne-based dancer and choreographer and a graduate of the Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts. Throughout 2017-2019 she is a studio artist at Gertrude Contemporary. In a career spanning over twenty years, she has worked in dance as a performer, choreographer and teacher showing her work across a range of platforms and venues. She has worked with choreographers Phillip Adams, Brooke Stamp, Shelley Lasica, Jo Lloyd, Sandra Parker, Tim Darbyshire, Shian Law, Rebecca Jensen amongst others.

She has also worked with artists Damiano Bertoli, Belle Bassin, Justene Williams, David Rosetzky, and Linda Tegg. Recent work includes: Moving Mapping, a workshop for NGV Triennal Extra, (2018), Departed Acts performance lecture, M Pavilion (2018); Gret, For a Moment, video loop, Gertrude Contemporary, (2017); Re-enactments as Artist-in-Residence at Boyd Studio Southbank, Melbourne (2016); Interlude, Spring 1833 at Hotel Windsor (2016), Two Parts of Easy Action, The Substation (2016). Recent collaborative works and work for other choreographers include Replay by Eszter Salamon (2018); Vanishing Point by Shian Law, Dance Massive 2017; All Our Dreams Come True, (with Jo Lloyd), Bus Projects, Melbourne (2016) & M Pavilion (2018); How Choreography Works, with Shelley Lasica and Jo Lloyd, West Space (2015) & Art Gallery NSW for 20th Biennale of Sydney (2016); Regarding Yesterday, by Adva Zakai, Slopes, Melbourne (2014); Solos for Other Peopleby Shelley Lasica, Dance Massive, Melbourne (2015); Intermission by Maria Hassabi, ACCA (2014). She is currently developing Remaking Dubbing for Gertrude Glasshouse in June. Deanne teaches regularly at Chunky Move, and Lucy Guerin Inc.


Sun. 20 May 2018

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Duration of performance approximately 20 minutes
Tickets: $10 includes Wedgetail wine and entry
Book Now via Eventbrite


424 Smith Street, Collingwood, VIC 3066


An instigator of culture, Here We See – Gallery There brings together multidisciplinary arts experiences. As a part of our group exhibition Botanica Humana we present a performance by Deanne Butterworth. Ticket pricing will go directly to support the artist.

The Wild Florist: Botanica Humana Program

For the duration of the group exhibition Botanica Humana we present the installation of Cut Foliage and Flowers by local creative The Wild Florist. The installation will be on view in the gallery until May 27. Wednesday to Sunday 12 – 5 pm.

Cut Foliage and Flowers
The Wild Florist, May 2018

Life and death in an indifferent universe

2 botanical displays – one vase has water – life support
The other vase does not – high and dry

We can observe the varying degrees of decay and permutations across both displays over the course of the several weeks of Botanica Humana

In keeping with the practice and ethos of The Wild Florist – all the foliage for ‘Cut Foliage and Flowers’ has been collected / foraged from inner city front gardens, nature strips and public parks.

A Cut Flower

I stand on slenderness all fresh and fair,
I feel root-firmness in the earth far down,
I catch in the wind and loose my scent for bees
That sack my throat for kisses and suck love.
What is the wind that brings thy body over?

Wind, I am beautiful and sick. I long
For rain that strikes and bites like cold and hurts.
Be angry, rain, for dew is kind to me
When I am cool from sleep and take my bath.
Who softens the sweet earth about my feet.
Touches my face so often and brings water?
Where does she go, taller than any sunflower

Over the grass like birds? Has she a root?
These are great animals that kneel to us,
Sent by the sun perhaps to help us grow.
I have seen death. The colors went away,
The petals grasped at nothing and curled tight.
Then the whole head fell off and left the sky.
She tended me and held me by my stalk.

Yesterday I was well, and then the gleam,
The thing sharper than frost cut me in half.
I fainted and was lifted high. I feel
Waist-deep in rain. My face is dry and drawn.
My beauty leaks into the glass like rain.
When first I opened to the sun I thought
My colors would be parched. Where are my bees?
Must I die now? Is this a part of life?

Karl Shapiro

For enquires on projects or commissions by The Wild Florist
Instagram @thewild_florist

Opening Reception: Botanica Humana 3rd May 6-8 pm

You are warmly invited to the opening reception of Botanica Humana the second visual arts project to be held in our temporary exhibition space in Collingwood.

Facilitated by Guy Lamothe and co-curated by Felicity Mark and Marielle Soni, Botanica Humana presents an exciting group of emerging to mid-career Australian artists who reference nature within their art; a visual language symbolising aspects of human experiences or expressing human emotional and psychological states, reminding ourselves – as human we are nature.

Opening Reception: Thursday 3 May, 6 – 8 pm
Exhibition Dates: April 26 – May 27, 2018
Address: 424 Smith Street, Collingwood
Opening Hours: Wednesday to Sunday 12 – 5 pm
Sales Enquiries: [email protected] or 0406 589 770

Exhibiting Artists:

Amelda Read-Forsythe
Cameron Hayes
Chris Humphries
Dena Ashbolt
Grant Nimmo
Helen Anderson
Jacky Cheng
James Murnane
Kim Anderson
Lisa Walker
Noriko Nakamura
Paul Spencer
Virginia Cummins

Images: Amelda Read-Forsythe, Imposition 2017; and Cameron Hayes, At the end people even wanted cats to like them, 2017.