Fairfield City Museum & Gallery


Current Exhibitions

Amani Haydar: The mother wound
24 August - 23 November 2019

Amani Haydar: The mother wound

Image: Amani Haydar with her portrait, courtesy of AGNSW, photographer: Jason McCormack

Western Sydney based artist and Archibald Prize finalist (2018) Amani Haydar presents a deeply personal and moving series of works, sharing a vulnerable and oftentimes intimate glimpse into her unique perspective of life, having growing up in an Arab-Australian household, as a women’s advocate and as a witness to  family and domestic violence.

Treasures from Home
24 August - 15 February 2020

Treasures from Home Suzanne and Bounkeo

Image: Suzanne and Bounkeo Sivieng, photograph by Michelle Chanique

Treasures from Home showcases personal belongings brought to Australia by individuals who migrated or sought refuge here. These treasured keepsakes speak of a different life, a different time, connecting people to a place they once called home.

In Conversation
13 July – 12 October 2019

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In Conversation presents a new body of work by Australian-Indonesian artist Ida Lawrence alongside the seminal work, Writing in the Rain, 2011 by acclaimed Indonesian artist FX Harsono. Created in Indonesia and influenced by regular discussions with Harsono, Lawrence's new work considers storytelling and knowlege sharing, demonstrating how these acts shape us individually and collectively.

Past Exhibitions

The Gatherer
6 April – 10 August 2019

FCMG's The Gatherer exhibition Saturday 6 April 2019

Kim Siew's intriguing solo exhibition 'The Gatherer' explores themes of memory, place and connection through engaging interactive zines, murals and audio.

Busy Hands The devil’s in the details
29 June – 10 August 2019

Busy Hands doily

Guest curator and local artist, Linda Brescia, delved into FCMG’s textile collection to select the finest examples of female handicraft. Doilies, hats, lace collars and a nineteenth century dress and quilt are amongst the works on display; all the result of a pair of busy hands.

This exhibition honours generations of women who devoted their time, attention and skill to create intricate details in everyday items.

Stomping Ground
1 March – 29 June 2019

Stomping ground

Stomping Ground features artists Rosell Flatley, Justine Youssef and Linda Brescia, showcasing a collection of works that define their experiences as women from different cultural backgrounds (Filipino, Lebanese and Italian-Egyptian respectively) who live in or come from Western Sydney. 

Word Evolution
4 August - 22 June 2019

Word Evolution image. Class 3B of Fairfield Primary School in 1941.

School life has changed dramatically since the late 1800s when Smithfield’s earliest schools opened. Word Evolution presents a brief visual history of local schools in Fairfield and traces the dramatic changes that have taken place. Discover how children communicate and use language; how we send messages and create meaning through visual and spoken language in this rapid-changing world.

South Sudanese Women's Project
10 November - 23 March 2019

South Sudanese Women's Project

Explore works created by South Sudanese women living and working in Western Sydney highlighting the positive impacts creative arts practices have on wellbeing. This program has been created in partnership with the South Sudanese Community, UNSW and I.C.E.(Information & Cultural Exchange).

Lest We Forget: 100 years of Remembrance Day 1918 - 2018
10 November - 23 March 2019

100 Years Rememberance

Lest we forget: 100 years of Remembrance Day 1918 - 2018 is a commemorative exhibition that examines the impact WWI had on the Fairfield community; including personal stories, objects from the FCMG collection and a beautiful poppy display. 

Linda Brescia: Holding up the Sky
24 November 2018 - 16 February 2019

Linda Brescia

Fairfield City Museum and Gallery’s 2017/18 Artist in Residence, Linda Brescia showcases stocking portraits and fabric paintings which are a metaphor for the different personas imposed on women by society. The collection’s hero piece, which the exhibition is aptly named after, is a giant installation made up of 681 meticulously woven domestic cleaning cloths suspended from the ceiling.

4 August – 17 November 2018

Foundation at FCMG
Foundation is a group exhibition curated by Emily McDaniel that responds, reflects or articulates the relationship to origin, groundwork or establishment (both material and immaterial) upon which place is created. In a colonialised place it is also a term that encapsulates the ‘found’ or ‘discovered’ in relation to the farce British claim that declared Australia to be a Terra Nullius state. This exhibition acknowledges the immeasurable histories of First Peoples and their relationship to country. Present artworks that use found materials to articulate a relationship to place and origin. The exhibition will be a collection of sculptural and installation forms by artists Gunybi Ganambarr, Daniele Hromek, Lorraine Connelly Northey, Archie Moore, Megan Cope and Robert Fielding that utilise found materials that suggest development, industrialisation and urbanised expansion. These materials are of symbolic quality and imbued with an essence of the place they were collected from. 

Matt Huynh
24 February – 21 July 2018

MA graphic novel cover, work by Matt Huynh

New York based graphic artist and illustrator Matt Huynh continually pushes the boundaries in his artistic pursuits as he explores themes of war, refugees, the Vietnamese diaspora and the Cabramatta and Chinatown communities.

Growing up in the Fairfield local area, the exhibition takes a reflective look at just a portion of his extraordinary body of work; delving into his inspirations and processes as an artist through the display of development work including mock-up comic books, mood boards, process notes and storyboard index cards.

The exhibition features many of Matt Huynh’s acclaimed graphic works such as The Boat, an interactive graphic comic adaptation of Nam Le’s short story tracing the collective trauma of the Vietnamese diaspora, and his graphic novel CAB, a series of short comics based on true stories from Cabramatta. MA is a comic book about the refugees arriving at a Malaysian refugee camp after the fall of Saigon and The Ark, an animated adaptation of prologue to Thanh Nguyen’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, developed for the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Centre. 

Child's Play
14 April - 21 July 2018

Child's Play exhibition

Child’s Play draws upon Fairfield City Museum & Gallery’s historical toy collection spanning the twentieth century to contemporary. The exhibition explores concepts of childhood, play and imagination, including contemporary bodies of work developed by children from the local area in partnership with LOST IN BOOKS and Fairfield City’s Early Learning Centres. 

Fort Thunder: An Electro-Acoustic Playground
14 April - 21 July 2018

Lucas Abela's Fort Thunder work

In Fort Thunder: An Electro-Acoustic Playground, artists Lucas Abela and Keg de Souza use the language of children’s playgrounds to create immersive kaleidoscopic instruments designed with little hands and feet in mind.

Fairfield on Film
25 November 2017 – 31 March 2018

'Las Rosas' behind the scenes still

Fairfield on Film explores the evolution of the film sector in Fairfield. Tracing the emergence of early picture palaces and theatres as places for entertainment; in contrast with the modern burgeoning film sector reflective of our society and providing a positive and creative outlet for youth to tell stories from their own perspective. The exhibition features archival photographs, objects from the museum collection and recordings of interviews with local filmmakers and behind-the-scenes films, working in conjunction with a range of community members and organisations.

Tomorrows - Yesterdays, Yesterdays – Tomorrows
Featuring work by Miguel Olmo
3 February – 31 March 

Miguel olmo exhibition

This exhibition by Spanish/Australian and Western Sydney artist Miguel Olmo, explores our understanding and relationship to time through a series of sculptural and photographic works. In his practice, Miguel employs a range of media including video, digital imagery, installation, sculpture, photography and sound and specifically for this exhibition the featured works blend influences found in graffiti, street art and constructivism with a strong conceptual framework. Tomorrows – Yesterdays/ Yesterdays - Tomorrows reflects his interest in ephemerality, time and memory; past and present.

Around the Time
25 November 2017 – 10 February 2018

Lisa Sammut work

Around the time is an installation of material constellations, kinetic models and modest earthbound monuments to cosmic scale. Arranged as a miniature panorama of prop-like objects, the work responds to the idea of the museum as a site and space for temporal speculation. Working across sculpture, collage, video art and model-based installation, Lisa Sammut seeks to gain a tangible sense of cosmic time, distance and scale through spatial situations and material production.
This project has benefited from an Art & Design Grant courtesy of Arc @ UNSW Limited

23 September 2017 – 6 January 2018

Lakota by Loribelle Spirovski

Artist in Residence, Loribelle Spirovski, has spent the year working with individuals who reside in the Fairfield LGA, creating photo-realistic portraiture work.

Diaspora reveals to gallery visitors the stunning fruits of her labour, encouraging us to reflect on Fairfield City as a shared home. 

We Are All Affected
21 September 2017 – 11 November 2017

'Wednesday's Child' by Abdul Rahman Abdullah The big anxiety logo colour

Co-curated by Khaled Sabsabi and Nur Shkembi as part of the ‘The Big Anxiety: Festival of Arts + Science + People’, We Are All Affected will examine ideas of anxiety from Muslim communities living in Western Sydney and their experiences.
This exhibition features the work of Australian Muslim artists and provides an insight into what is fast becoming a culturally specific form of anxiety; one which is related to the current socio-political climate, Islamophobia and the unique social, emotional, political and intellectual pressures that exist as a result. The project has the ability to create new conversations and reflections around the festivals' theme from artists that live and deal with issues surrounding representation and identity, exploring notions of anxiety within the framework of the reflective/reactive duality. 

Exhibiting artists include Abdul Abdullah, Abdul Rahman Abdullah, Idil Abdullahi, Cigdem Aydemir, Rusaila Bazlimat, Eugenia Flynn, Khaled Sabsabi and Abdullah M.I. Syed.

6 May 2017 – 2 September 2017

Cabracadabra roses 

Explore the colour and vibrancy of the still-life paintings and interactive installation work by artist Anney Bounpraseuth. Contrasting traditional still-life subject matter of established Australian female artists, Bounpraseuths’ studies focus on objects and knick-knacks drawn from Asian discount variety stores to convey the search for belonging and finding a place within community and dominant culture.

13 May 2017 – 9 September 2017

Shanasheel golden artwork 

Ten exhibiting artists are Iraqi - Australians living and working in Western Sydney whose work explores the idea of place, storytelling and identity in a range of different mediums. Translated from Iraqi, ‘Shanasheel’ refers to a traditional balcony in Iraqi architecture that connects the private home with the streetscape.

Ngarunga Gurubadu: Stories of River & Water
24 June to 2 September 2017

Burra murri yanada (Many eels and full moon) artwork.

This exhibition explores the rivers and waterways of the Dharug nation and its meaning and significance for Aboriginal people. The exhibition features work from artists including Yvonne Koolmatrie, Leanne Tobin, Dianne Ussher, Steven Barton, Susan Grant Murphy, Glen Cunningham, Victoria Woods, Judy Watson and the Guntawang Aboriginal Women’s Group.

A Home Away from Home: Exploring Fairfield City's Multicultural Clubs
3 December 2016 to 10 June 2017

A Home Away from Home costumes A Home Away from Home visitors

Learn about the formation and evolution of Fairfield City's multicultural clubs and gain an understanding of their importance in Australian social history and cultural identity, in a place that’s A Home Away from Home. The exhibition features photographs and objects either loaned by Clubs or sourced from Fairfield City Council's archives.

This exhibition won a 2017 IMAGinE Award from Museums and Galleries NSW

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Exhibit your work

Artists who wish to exhibit their work at FCMG are required to complete the below form and return to FCMG by email. 

Exhibition Proposal Form