Event What Water Wants

What Water Wants


11 March 2023

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How does a body of water move? How might we describe an experience of viewing water with watercolour’s fluid logic?

Join artist Holly Anderson for a playful painting workshop and explore the materiality of watercolours in producing images of water. Around a makeshift fountain you will be guided through speculative activities that explore this formal tension. Expect experimentation with wax resists and geometric systems to explore the form of water and produce a series of works on paper.

All materials provided — just bring a ‘go with the flow’ attitude. All experience levels welcome. Places are strictly limited, bookings essential.

This workshop is programmed alongside Maluw Adhil Urngu Padanu Mamuy Moesik (Legends from the deep sitting peacefully on the waters) – Selected works from the 23rd Biennale of Sydney: rīvus. Anchored by a new commission from the Torres Strait 8, this exhibition explores how our connections to the natural world might decentre the human, prioritise care for Country, and pursue justice in an epoch of rising temperatures and seas.


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We are committed to making the IMA accessible to people of all abilities, their families, and carers, as well as visitors of different ages and different backgrounds.

The gallery entrance is on the ground floor of the Judith Wright Arts Centre, on Berwick Street. There is wheelchair access and an accessible toilet with baby changing facilities also located on the ground floor, and we welcome guide and support dogs.

If you plan to attend this event and have specific support needs we can accommodate, please contact engagement@ima.org.au, call (07) 3252 5750, or ask our friendly staff on-site. Read our access information for visitors here.

Guest Info
  • Holly Anderson uses painting to examine sensory experiences with bright sunlight. This work is an approach to landscape painting, one seen through the body as a shaky or porous perceptual tool. She uses systems of grids, large expanses of negative space and a quartet of blue, yellow and white to develop a logic for the perceptual puzzles, illusions and strangeness of the lit up world. She has exhibited across Australia with recent exhibitions at Museum of Brisbane (2022), Firstdraft (2021) and Outerspace (2018, 2020, 2022) among others. She has been a finalist in the JADA Prize (2022), Brisbane Portrait Prize (2022), The Redland Art Award (2022), NEAP (2021), and the Clayton Utz (2019), among others. Her work is held in the Museum of Brisbane collection.

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The Institute of Modern Art acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land upon which the IMA now stands, the Jagera, Yuggera, Yugarapul, and Turrbal people. We offer our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the first artists of this country. In the spirit of allyship, the IMA will continue to work with First Nations people to celebrate, support, and present their immense past, present, and future contribution to artistic practice and cultural expression.