Chrissie Cotter Gallery

Inner West Council's art deco Chrissie Cotter Gallery is located in Pidcock Street, Camperdown (next to Camperdown Commons) and is available for exhibitions and cultural events by individuals and organisations.

When in use, gallery opening hours are Thursday to Sunday, 11am to 4pm – unless stated – please check below.

Entry is free and the gallery is wheelchair accessible.

Future Exhibitions
Antarctica: All To Lose by Lea Kannar-Lichtenberger

  • Exhibition dates: 21 September to 8 October 2023
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Image supplied by the artist  Title: Dissipation Pentaptychdye Sublimation On Voile

Antarctica, the iconic landscape on many a travellers ‘Bucket List’ is the focus of this exhibition. Lea Kannar-Lichtenberger explores through a range of different mediums how our contemporary consumer culture through tourism is impacting on this remote location. Lea’s interdisciplinary vision gives an examination of the association between wanting to preserve an environmentally critical ecosystem and the travellers desire to go and explore such sensitive areas.
With Australia’s history and ongoing presence in Antarctica, she initiates just one part of a discussion. Kannar-Lichtenberger’s aim is to create greater awareness of society’s seemingly simple actions and the disastrous ‘butterfly effect’ they can have on such a remote and utopian destination. This exhibition works to reveal how we’re effecting and affecting Deception Island Antarctica. Reminding us that this isolated idealised place, its surrounding waters, it and its wildlife remain virtually invisible to our world.
The use of scale, along with sound and an immersive glacier installation, gives these artworks a visual narrative that creates interest in beauty before the viewer discovers that what is beauty holds a sinister truth. Antarctica: All to Lose, seeks to exploit the contrast between wanting to preserve an environmentally critical ecosystem and the traveller's desire to go and explore such sensitive areas. This exhibition in the Chrissi Cotter Gallery highlights my examinations of Deception Island and Livingston Island in the Antarctica archipelago.

Artist/s statement

I am an artist who explores the connections that surround human impact on islands. My degrees in fine arts an MA and MFA University of Sydney (Sydney College of the Arts) were pivotal to my current art practice. Since 2014 I have been investigating, with onsite research, small islands and isolated environments. Including the Galapagos (Ecuador 2014), Faroe (North Sea 2016) Lord Howe (NSW 2015 ongoing), Venice (Italy 2017) and Deception Islands (Antarctica 2017). Examining through immersive residencies as artist/tourist, traveller, observer, I look beyond the rhetoric to create artworks and installations that examine the impact of the Anthropocene and consumerism on the utopian destination.

  •  Opening: Wednesday 20 September from 6pm – 8pm
  •  Artist talk: Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 of October from 12pm – 3pm
  •  Opening Hours: Thursday to Sunday 11am - 4pm

instagram: @leakannarlichtenberger

Accessibility information: The gallery has an accessible bathroom. There is a set of stairs inside the building and a lift for wheelchair access.

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Future Exhibitions 

Tree Tales 

  • Exhibition dates: 02- 12 November 2023

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Image supplied by the artist Bernadette Smith "Legacy" 

“We believe art exposure and broad community engagement can be a powerful agent for change” says Tree Veneration Society founder Louise-Fowler-Smith.

Exhibiting artists are: Louise Nade, Louise Fowler-Smith, Jan Garben, Bernadette Smith, Sue Stevens, Elizabeth Gervay, Zorica Purlija, Terhi Hakola, Kit Hoisington, Amanda Farquharson, Jane Green, Danja Derkenne,
Jude Fowler-Smith, Jade Gunn, Mark Elliot-Ranken and Hobart Hughes.

Artist/s statement 

The Tree Veneration Society, an eco-arts collective presents Tree Tales 2023, their latest multidisciplinary art exhibition curated by Bernadette Smith, Sue Stevens and Jan Garben.

In Tree Tales 2023, contemporary creatives explore the marvellous world of trees, their regenerative power and their symbiotic relationships with earth systems.
Their art reflects individual responses to the contemporary condition of the natural world, especially trees and their ecosystems, and includes film, photographs, sculpture, painting, drawing, printmaking and installation.

  • Opening: Wednesday 1 November from 6pm – 8pm
  • Opening Hours: Thursday to Sunday 11am - 4pm

For more information contact: Jan Garben e:

instagram: @treevenerationsociety

Previous exhibitions

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Floor plan, guidelines and contact information

Applications are now closed for 2023. For more information go to our artist opportunities page.

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Read general information for applicants here.

For further information about the Chrissie Cotter Gallery, contact Olivia Patchett via email (Monday - Thursday).


31A Pidcock St, Camperdown NSW 2050

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