13 September 2017

Daniel Mudie Cunningham has been commissioned to make a new video work for Macquarie University Art Gallery for the exhibition Making a Splash: Mermaids and Modernity, curated by Philip Hayward, Rhonda Davis and Leonard Janisweski.

Making a Splash: Mermaids and Modernity explores the mermaid as an active agency and cultural figure of the contemporary world. The exhibition features new works offering fresh perspectives of the mermaid including painting, photography, sound, video and installatiion.

Artists: Effy Alexakis, Alan Barlow, Eddie Blitner, Meredith Brice, Mauro Anselmo Olivos Castilo, Maria Cmielewski, Daniel Mudie Cunningham, Kate Downhill, Jacquelene Drinkall, Nigel Helyer, Nola Jones.

8 September - 10 November 2017. Opening: 13 September, 6-9 pm.

The exhibition tours to Cowra Regional Art Gallery in 2018.

Macquarie University Art Gallery

No Ordinary Love, 2017 (still)
18 August 2017

Following the recent acquisition of the latest version of Proud Mary - Daniel Mudie Cunningham’s ongoing ‘funeral song’ performance - the Museum of Old and New Art have installed it in the tunnel that connects the Museum to the Roundhouse, that leads to the Mona library and Anselm Keifer pavilion.

David Walsh, the founder/owner of Mona, writes:

My brother, like Daniel Mudie Cunningham’s brother, died. He died slowly and painfully, but that was also the way he lived. He made plenty of jokes as he declined (Him: ‘Who would you most like to see live?’ Me: ‘Paul Simon’. Him: ‘What about John Lennon?’). We discussed his funeral song, but he declined that, also. ‘I don’t want a funeral song, because I don’t want a funeral.’ The night before he died I saw Paul Kelly live. In November, nearly thirty years after my brother Tim’s death, Paul Kelly will play live, again, on the lawn at Mona. We sold that gig out in a couple of days. I sold Tim out, too. He had a funeral. His funeral song was David Bowie’s ‘Heroes’. David Bowie didn’t have a funeral.

Museum of Old and New Art

Proud Mary, 2007, 2012, 2017
5 July 2017

Daniel Mudie Cunningham is presenting Proud Mary as a three-channel video projection for the group show Youre My Number 1 at Firstdraft.

Curated by Talia Smith
Artists: Zoe Wong, Daniel Mudie Cunningham, d.a.n.c.e art club, Kenny Pittock, Janet Lilo, Natasha Matila-Smith, Marc Etherington, Low Cost Cosplay Group, Raquel Caballero

Opening night: 5 July. Until 28 July 2017.


Proud Mary, 2017, 2012, 2017
Screen capture of three-channel presentation
17 June 2017

Daniel Mudie Cunningham is presenting his 2009 work Oh Industry in the group show Mining Pyrite at the Newington Armory Gallery located on the grounds where the video was performed.

Curated by Nick Vickers & Cassandra Hard-Lawrie
Artists: Wade Marynowsky, Mark Booth, Chris Bowman, Mark Brown, Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro, Louisa Dawson, Gary Deirmendjian, Judith Duquemin, Allan Giddy, John Gillies, Locust Jones, Akira Kamada, Michael Keighery, Daniel Mudie Cunningham, Meredith Peach, Jane Theau, Rachel Walls, Ken and Julia Yonetani.

Opening night: 17 June. Until 20 August 2017.

Newington Armory Gallery

Oh Industry, 2009
Production still

10 February 2017

Daniel Mudie Cunningham is presenting a multi-channel video installation titled Silent Disco for the group show Disco Infirmo at Airspace Projects in February.

Silent Disco is a suite of several video performances created between 1993 to 1997. Shot on VHS, these performances have been re-edited to a new soundtrack - a mashup of two disco tracks - that was commissioned from DJ Matt Vaughan especially for this retrospective project.

Airspace Projects

Silent Disco - Backyard Movie, 1993/2017
instagram">13 September 2016

Daniel Mudie Cunningham features on the cover, and is the subject of a feature essay by Gary Carsley in the latest issue of Broadsheet (45.2) published by Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia.

In other news, True Colours has been purchased for the collections of Wollongong Art Gallery (WAG) and Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA). It will be presented at MAMA as a solo exhibition from 10 November. It will be curated into a group show at WAG in 2017.

From 22 October to 5 November True Colours will be included in group show curated by Rebecca Ross called Channel Surfing at The Walls, Gold Coast, QLD.

True Colours is a finalist in the Fishers Ghost Art Prize at Campbelltown Art Centre. Opening and prize announcement is evening of 4 November; exhibition until 15 December.

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Photo: Liz Nowell, instagram
6 August 2016

Launched on the occassion of Katthy Cavaliere: Loved at Carriageworks.

Katthy Cavaliere
by Daniel Mudie Cunningham, 2016
Published by Museum of Old and New Art & Brown Paper
Hardcover with slipcase, 200 pages, Edition 1000
$60 each

Enquire for stock at MONA or email Daniel to order.

Photo: Silversalt
5 August 2016

Carriageworks in partnership with the Museum of Old and New Art present Katthy Cavaliere: Loved.

Loved provides an insight into Cavaliere’s (1972-2012) practice, where objects acquire an aura of love and trauma and tell the story of a life. Curated by Daniel Mudie Cunningham.


Opening night: 4 August. Until 11 September 2016.


Image: Katthy Cavaliere, untitled home, 2007. Artbank collection, purchased 2011.
12 May 2016

Curated by Daniel Mudie Cunningham

12 May - 6 August 2016

Waiting can be unpleasant and gruelling, a forced pause in our busy lives. Or, as Andy Warhol famously remarked, “the idea of waiting for something makes it more exciting”. Visual stimulation occupies periods of waiting as a necessary distraction: people watching, window shopping, magazine browsing and Facebook updating are just some of the ‘involvement shields’ we erect to maintain solitude while waiting. Drawing exclusively from the Artbank collection, the works selected for The Waiting Room reflect on time, memory and a desire to draw attention to the way we understand and perform this taken-for-granted facet of everyday life and its routines. Trust us, anticipation brings rewards.


Cherine Fahd, The Chosen, Redman, 2003-04
20 April 2016

I see your true colors shining through...

Recalling the site of the Cronulla riots a decade after the event, Daniel Mudie Cunningham’s True Colours remakes Cyndi Lauper’s hit music video of the same name. The stylised beach setting in the original True Colors video is reimagined as Cronulla, a lurid scene awash with the true blue colours of Australian nationalism. Since its release thirty years ago, Lauper’s song has become an enduring gay anthem, often being used in support of her activism for LGBTQI communities. In his remake, Cunningham amplifies these connotations as a device to ‘queer’ the distorted symbols of Australian nationalism that initiated the homosocial mob violence and territorial tribalism performed at Cronulla that day.

Performers: Daniel Mudie Cunningham, Adonis, Rei Robinson, Rubana Huda, Nell Schofield, Abdul Abdullah

Director & Producer: Daniel Mudie Cunningham
Co-Director: Don Cameron
Director of Photography: Susan Stitt
Editor: Vera Hong
Production & Costume Designer: Sarah Contos
Makeup: Adonis
Camera Assistants: Dan Abbot, Matt Wong

Alaska Projects

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
6 December 2015

9 - 24 December 2015

"In Shitter, a prison toilet becomes the site for an obscene self-revelation of the once hidden shame that is too easily overshared in a confessional culture. In a series of tweets sent from a cell, the artist’s innermost secrets crawl across the screen like a walk of shame after a drunken one-night stand. The roll call of experience alluding to teenage kleptomania, childhood sexual abuse, drug use and porn addiction reminds us of the fluidity of criminality as a concept and how the relationship between perpetrator and victim can be a complex and shifting one." – Carrie Miller

Shitter was commissioned by The Lock-Up for Exhibit A curated by Carrie Miller.

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Galerie pompom

Shitter, 2015
28 November 2015

Curated by Daniel Mudie Cunningham

28 November 2015 - 28 March 2016

Katthy Cavaliere (1972 - 2012) had a lifelong project of packing, storing and transporting the wreckage of her personal possessions and transforming it into art. Exorcising the past as a waking dream, but never able to let go of anything, Katthy made her private life public via an art practice that focused on the stuff of everyday life, such as chairs, clothes, toys, bags and boxes.

Featuring photographs, video and installations, Katthy Cavaliere: Loved traces thirteen years of key works by an artist who, having trained as a photographer, found form across many disciplines. Just as she embraced the typo in her birth name, Katthy considered the mistakes, accidents and emptiness of existence, "realitys black tunnel of nothingness", as imaginary spaces capable of producing art. This retrospective provides an insight into a life lived in objects, where readymade things acquire an aura of love and trauma and comprise a portrait of the artist.

The exhibition will travel to Carriageworks in 2016.

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Katthy Cavaliere
Nest, 2010
Performance production still
Courtesy of Estate of the artist
6 November 2015

Monkey Bars has been shortlisted for the Fishers Ghost Award at Campbelltown Arts Centre in the Open Section.

Opening and announcement is Friday 6 November

Exhibition dates: 31 October - 14 December 2014

Campbelltown Arts Centre

Monkey Bars, 2015
Production still: Craig Bender
30 October 2015

Curated by Carrie Miller

30 October - 6 December 2015
Opening 30 October 6pm

In 2008, a series of photographs by one of Australia’s most celebrated artists, Bill Henson, were confiscated by the NSW police prior to the opening of an exhibition of the work at a private gallery.

While the incident was largely framed in terms of a wider ‘moral panic’ about the sexualisation of children – Henson’s subject matter is often young girls and boys on the cusp of adolescence in various states of undress – it can also be read as an example of a moment where the question ‘what is art?’ coalesced with the question ‘what is crime?’

In an era when the conventional boundaries between artistic genres are becoming less relevant, and the subject matter of art is ever broadening so that what constitutes art is constantly being thrown into question, the topic of crime, criminality and the criminal subject presents fertile conceptual ground for artists who are already engaging with the nature of ‘community standards’ and ‘acceptable’ moral conventions in relation to their own discipline.

The artists in Exhibit A will therefore not assume what counts as the category ‘crime’ but will rather take a range of approaches to the question of its construction and reproduction: historical, political, personal, and material. At the same time, as the majority of these artists work within multidisciplinary practices, the show will also offer audiences an opportunity to question the category ‘art’.

The result will be work with a high level of community engagement, work materially engaged with the exhibition space, and which presents more singular, less generic responses to the exhibition themes and original interpretations of those themes.

Artists: Daniel Mudie Cunningham, Dani Marti, Carolyn McKay, Tina Havelock Stevens, Halinka Orszulok, Anna Kristensen, Drew Bickford, Elvis Richardson, Julie Gough and Nell.

The Lock-Up

Shitter, 2015
2 October 2015

Hold Your Breath (2011) by Daniel Mudie Cunningham is currently showing at MAMA - Murray Art Museum Albury - as part of the grand opening of the museum after two years of being redeveloped.

Hold Your Breath recalls the horrific image of office workers falling to their deaths from the World Trade Center as the attacks occurred.

Hold Your Breath also draws on the account of one of the hijacked planes that crashed when passengers foiled the terrorist plot, portrayed in the 2006 fillm United 93. The film shows passengers attempting to keep the plane in the air for as long as possible, desperate to deny the inevitability of a crash landing.

In the work Cunningham re-imagines the falling bodies as eternally suspended, considering the impossibility of defying gravity as a means of survival. Fragile and impermanent containers of human breath, balloons are used to keep the figures perpetually afloat in a cloud streaked blue sky.

Hold Your Breath was created in 2011 and first exhibited in The Fall Before Fall at UTS Gallery - a two person exhibition, with Elvis Richardson - that examined 9/11 ten years after the tragic event.

Murray Art Museum Albury

Hold Your Breath, 2011 
Animation: Wendy Chandler
8 July 2015

A forthcoming curatorial project for Daniel Mudie Cunningham is the first solo show by Christine Dean since the artist embarked on the process of gender transition. Daniel worked with Christine to conceptualise presenting a selection of her new paintings alongside some older works by Christopher Dean.

Christine Dean
From Straight to Gay and Back Again
Alaska Projects
8 - 26 July 2015

"From Straight to Gay and Back Again brings together seven paintings produced over a period of four years by one artist working in two genders. Daniel Mudie Cunningham came up with the idea of pairing Christopher Dean’s pink monochromatic text paintings with Christine Dean’s polychrome text paintings forming a single exhibition.

fter gathering the works together it became apparent that the paintings function as a unit of measure or as a litmus text, mapping out the issues of continuity and rupture in my journey through life as well as in my art practice.

ver the years I developed a fascination for pink monochromes. Obviously the colour pink signifies femininity and from an art historical perspective monochrome painting signifies masculinity. After producing pink monochromes for twenty years I became increasingly aware that my main area of interest related to the representation of gender as opposed to sexuality.

n 2012 I started producing a new series of polychrome text paintings and the original idea was to explore my interest in the local history of Kings Cross. While conducting the research I realised that my main area of interest was to be found in my suburb’s transgender history.

From Straight to Gay and Back Again asks the question ‘how can the practice of painting represent the process of gender transition and what are the outcomes when a person detransitions from gay to straight?’"

- Christine Dean

Alaska Projects

Christine Dean
96 Kings Cross, 2015
22 May 2015

Curated by Daniel Mudie Cunningham
Gertrude Contemporary
Opening 22 May 6pm. Exhibition until 4 July 2015

Artists: Peter Maloney, Tara Marynowsky, Sam Phillips, Patrick Pound, Elvis Richardson with James Hayes, Giselle Stanborough, Tina Havelock Stevens.

Octopus is Gertrude Contemporarys annual flagship curatorial exhibition series. It provides a forum for curatorial experimentation by inviting leading curators to devise an exhibition at Gertrude Contemporary. The 15th edition of Octopus is curated by Daniel Mudie Cunningham. Titled Lost and Profound, it considers the interface between obsolescent and new media technologies, exploring themes pertaining to memory, inscription and nostalgia. Cunningham has selected seven artists who utilise readymade objects in their work and subject them to "profound renewal and reformatting." Cunningham says of the exhibition: "The disappearing world where images go to die is the terrain that Lost and Profound navigates. The work in Lost and Profound suggests that memory is a fiction kept warm by the blanket of amnesia that settles as time closes in and obsolescence triumphs."

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Image: Patrick Pound, The Museum of Falling, detail, 2012–, found photograph, courtesy of the artist and Stills Gallery, Sydney
9 April 2015

Daniel Mudie Cunningham will unveil his major new work Monkey Bars at Cementa 15 festival in Kandos, New South Wales. Commissioned for the event, this single channel performance video responds to the brutalist playground equipment masquerading as modernist sculpture. Or something like that.

9-12 April 2015


Monkey Bars, behind the scenes
Photo: Vera Hong
25 February 2015

Gender is a Drag by Daniel Mudie Cunningham is included in a group show Lets Get Lost, which launches the new space at Alaska Projects on the street level of the carpark.

Artists: Tully Arnot, Catherine Clayton-Smith, Bridie Connell, Daniel Mudie Cunningham, Samuel Hodge, Daniel Hollier, Biljana Jancic, Philjames, Kate Scardifield, Garry Trinh, Jason Wing

Exhibition continues until 29 March 2015

Alaska Projects

Gender is a Drag, 2013
Photo: Garry Trinh
13 February 2015

Daniel Mudie Cunningham is one of several artists curated into Scanlines, a national regional touring exhibition presented by DLUX Media Arts. The first venue is Artspace Mackay and opening 13 February until 5 April.

Scanlines is an experimental project that integrates exhibition with new media education, and is derived from the database Scanlines: Media Art in Australia since the 1960s.

Kurt Bereton, Leon Cmielewski, Daniel Crooks, Daniel Mudie Cunningham, Stephen Fearnley, Stephen Harrop, Sue Healey, Soda_Jerk, Janet Merewether, Kate Richards, Kathy Smith, Josephine Starrs, Mark Titmarsh, John Tonkin.

Artspace Mackay, 13 February - 5 April 2015
Tamworth Regional Gallery, 6 June - 18 July 2015
Western Plains Cultural Centre, 27 July - 13 September 2015
Grace Cossington Smith Gallery, 21 September - 31 October 2015
Riddoch Art Gallery, 16 November 2015 - 25 January 2016
Logan Art Gallery, 26 February - 2 April 2016
Burnie Regional Gallery, 29 April - 26 June 2016
Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, 12 July - 21 August 2016
Deakin University Art Gallery, 14 September - 22 October 2016
Orange Regional Art Gallery, 7 November 2016 - 14 January 2017
Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, 3 February - 5 March 2017

DLUX Media Arts
22 January 2015

Boytown has been curated by Paul Greenaway into Video Stage at Art Stage Singapore.

22-25 January 2015

Art Stage Singapore

Boytown, 2012
Production still: Zan Wimberley
29 November 2014

For one night only on 29 November 2014, Daniel Mudie Cunningham will perform a new work Fucka Duck, for a project curated by Bridie Connell for the Freefall/Alaska program in the cube at the Oxford Art Factory.

Oxford Art Factory

Fucka Duck, 2014
Live performance
Photo: John A Douglas
31 October 2014

Dog Eat Dog has been shortlisted for the Fishers Ghost Award at Campbelltown Arts Centre in the Open Section.

Opening and announcement is Friday 31 October.

Exhibition continues until 14 December 2014.

Campbelltown Arts Centre

Dog Eat Dog, 2013
Production still: Catherine White
9 September 2014

Rhymes with Failure has been purchased by Macquarie University Collection and curated into the group exhibition there called Creative Visions.

Until 24 October 2014

Macquarie University Art Gallery

Rhymes with Failure, 2010
Production still: Don Cameron
5 September 2014

Performing Identity curated by Eleanor Sciccitano

Proud Mary has been selected for this program to be screened in the Odradek at the AEAF, Adelaide.

5 September - 4 October 2014


Proud Mary, 2012

23 August 2014

Loose Canon

Loose Canon dissects the conceptual foundations of the ‘collection exhibition’ and what constitutes an art historical ‘canon’. The first exhibition in Artbank’s new gallery presents a somewhat alternative canon of Australian art that is specific to the history and current direction of Artbank.

The idea of the ‘canon’ itself—generally referring to art or artists reflecting the highest quality standard against which something can be judged within any given historical moment—has been applied loosely and according to the peculiarities of a collection that reflects a diverse range of practice and featuring artists often left out of the broader canon of the recent past of Australian art.

Artists include: Ian W. Abdulla, Gordon Bennett, Fergus Binns, Vivienne Binns, Pat Brassington, Katthy Cavaliere, Lynda Draper, Peter Ellis, James Fardoulys, Franck Gohier, Barbara Hanrahan, Katherine Hattam, Chayni Henry, Philip Juster, Billy Tjampitjinpa Kenda, Dereck Kreckler, Kate Lohse, Peter Maloney, Todd McMillan, Vincent Namatjira, Lawrence Omeenyo, Andrew Sibley, Laurens Tan, Nat Thomas, Justin Trendall, Marjorie Wane, Paul Yore.


Fergus Binns
Untitled (Smoke and Mirror Images), 2013 
Artbank collection, purchased 2014
14 May 2014 - 14 June 2014

Daniel Mudie Cunningham is showing Dog Eat Dog in the window space DM ARI at Ryan Renshaw Gallery in Brisbane from 14 May to 14 June 2014.

Dog Eat Dog is available in an edition of 5 + 2AP, packaged with a hot dog USB in handmade gingham pouch in ketchup sauce bottle with signed certiciate of authenticity.

Ryan Renshaw Gallery

Dog Eat Dog, 2013
Video edition
28 November 2013 - 14 June 2014


Daniel Mudie Cunningham's contribution to issue 29 of DAS SUPERPAPER is a pictorial of works that suggest the circuitously intersecting faultlines of affect as a series of real and imagined masks.

Artists selected include Eugenia Raskopoulos, Sarah Contos, Dani Marti, Rebecca Agnew, Jose Da Silva, Cherine Fahd

Publication launch: Carriageworks, 28 November 2013

Das Platforms

Cherine Fahd
Camouflage, 2013
14 November 2013 - 14 June 2014


Daniel Mudie Cunningham is pleased to annouce that he is the Editor of a new biannual art & culture magazine Sturgeon, published by Artbank.

Issue 1 is launched in November.

Contributing writers include Tim Flannery, Andrew Frost, Brad Haylock, Emma A Jane, Lou Klepac, Catharine Lumby, Jacqueline Millner, Daniel Mudie Cunningham, Djon Mundine, Peter Timms.

Contributing artists include Kate Bernauer, David Capra, George Egerton-Warburton, Clemens Habicht, Patricia Piccinini, Kenny Pittock, Caroline Rothwell, Garry Trinh, John Tsiavis, Bo Wong.

Sturgeon Magazine

Cover image: 
Clemens Habicht, Graeme Sturgeon, 2013
8 November 2013 - 14 June 2014

Two works by Daniel Mudie Cunningham have been shortlisted for the Fishers Ghost Art Award at Campbelltown Arts Centre:

Take My Breath Away is a contender in the Open section.
Unstuck is a contender in the Contemporary section.

Opening and announcement of winners: 7 November 2013

Exhibition continues until 16 December 2013

Campbelltown Arts Centre

Daniel Mudie Cunningham
Take My Breath Away
, 2012
HD single channel video
21 September 2013 - 14 June 2014

Daniel Mudie Cunningham revisits his 1999 collaboration with William Yang in an essay published in the latest issue of Photofile. And he's nude while doing it.

William Yang's photos formed a confessional diary of the 1990s, making the personal public, but he didn't have the camera turned back at him - until now.


Daniel Mudie Cunningham
William Yang in Repeats, 2000
Production still
13 September 2013 - 14 June 2014

To mark the twentieth anniversary of his first public performance piece, Daniel Mudie Cunningham will re-perform his 1993 work Gender is a Drag at Alaska Projects on Friday 13th September, 2013.

Alaska Projects

Daniel Mudie Cunningham
Gender is a Drag
, 1993
Photo: Ross Cunningham

30 June 2013 - 12 July 2013

Daniel Mudie Cunningham screens Dog Eat Dog for two weeks in the window of The Cross Art Projects.

The Cross Art Projects

Daniel Mudie Cunningham
Dog Eat Dog
, 2013
HD single channel video
Production still: Catherine White
24 May 2013 - 16 June 2013

Daniel Mudie Cunningham's new work Dog Eat Dog appears in The Dog Show at Articulate Project Space in Sydney.

This exhibition reveals the experience of life with dogs and explores the relationships these artists have with their dogs. It may be about love and loss, joy and grief, endurance and what endures, top dogs and top people, in fact the gamut of experiences of life, love and dogs.

Artists: Christine Cornish, Steven Lojewski, Noelene Lucas, Daniel Mudie Cunningham, Debra Porch, Eugenia Raskopoulos, Wendy Teakel

Official event of the Head On Photo Festival

24 May - 16 June 2013

Articulate Project Space

Daniel Mudie Cunningham
Dog Eat Dog
, 2013
HD single channel video
Production still: Catherine White

16 May 2013 - 16 June 2013

A collaboration with DJ Stephen Allkins, Boytown samples the imagery and music of several narrative video clips of the 1980s. It deals with growing up gay in the suburbs and the desire to escape elsewhere.

Boytown ostensibly remakes Bronski Beat’s Smalltown Boy, a seminal music video as it was one of the first to openly depict the queer experience of leaving an unhappy suburban home for the lure of gay city life.

16 May - 1 June 2013

Screen Space

Daniel Mudie Cunningham & Stephen Allkins
, 2012
HD single channel video
Production Still: Susannah Wimberley
Commissioned by Campbelltown Arts Centre
15 March 2013 - 17 March 2013

Boytown by Daniel Mudie Cunningham & Stephen Allkins has been curated into Going Nowhere at Boxcopy in Brisbane, as part of their Weekenders Series.

Going Nowhere brings together video work by Daniel Mudie Cunningham and Stephen Allkins, Christopher Koller and Hannah Raisin. Each work uses the possibilities of the moving image to playfully explore the rhythms of popular culture, performance art and industrialisation. Looping and lingering, these videos transform quotidian temporalities. Through the medium of video, the everyday experiences of sexuality and work, daydreams and aspirations, which occupy the works, are pushed in unexpected directions. This process accentuates the potential political impact of these innocent moments, yet the visceral response each work invites dismantles the idea of a cool critical distance between the artworks and the rhythms they both interrogate and revel in.

Daniel Mudie Cunningham & Stephen Allkins, Christopher Koller, Hannah Raisin

Friday 15 – Sunday 17 March 2013

Curators’ talk with Simone Hine & Kyle Weise, Sunday 17 March 4pm

Presented in partnership with Screen Space, Melbourne


Daniel Mudie Cunningham & Stephen Allkins
, 2012
HD single channel video

Production Still: Susannah Wimberley
Commissioned by Campbelltown Arts Centre 

5 March 2013 - 24 March 2013

Daniel Mudie Cunningham will exhibit Unstuck, a new work, as part of Ten out of 10 at MOP Projects.

Ten out of 10 celebrates 10 years of successful and diverse exhibitions that have supported artists and promoted contemporary visual arts in Sydney.

MOP Projects will celebrate their 10th Anniversary by exhibiting the work of 10 now established artists who have strong historical connections to the gallery: Adam Norton, Newell Harry, Mitch Cairns, Christopher Hanrahan, Ms&Mr, Emma White, Gemma Smith, Rob McHaffie, Justin Trendall, and Daniel Mudie Cunningham.

MOP Projects

Daniel Mudie Cunningham
, 2013
HD single channel video
Production still: Tina Havelock Stevens
22 February 2013 - 22 February 2013

Daniel Mudie Cunningham's 2010 video Rhymes with Failure has been selected to screen at MCA ARTBAR in February by curator Emma Price.


Pucker up as Emma Price (The Kingpins) presents a night of heavy petting for music, museum and art lovers alike. Roving performance, video installations and random acts of desire turn the MCA into a temple of love.

Scott Redford, The Kingpins, and Sam Doctor explore the rituals of sex and space. David McDiarmid, Liz Ham, Richard Goodwin, Doctor Lisa Cooper and Daniel Mudie Cunningham flirt with themes of intimacy and desire.

Passionate performances by Betty Grumble, Sarah Coconis, Kieran Bryant, Beth Dillon and Nick Fox, plus a two-part love story lecture presented by Craig Judd.

A make out, make up or break up live set by concrete jungle beat queensTWINCEST, La Mancha Negra’s Tsunami swamp heartbreak blues and Punk F*ck love by Glory Hole.

Eternal honeymooners, heavy metal serenades, flesh and thorns and clown-on-punk live action as Stephen Allkins spins four hours of heart-stopping beats.

All the way from Munich, Germany and on the decks for MCA ARTBAR... our very own Chicks on Speed DJ set!

And there’s a kissing booth.

Come and see that there IS such a thing as love at first sight.


Daniel Mudie Cunningham
Rhymes with Failure
, 2010
HD single channel video
Production still: Don Cameron
31 January 2013 - 23 February 2013

Peloton Gallery | Opening 31 January 2013

Official Event of Sydney Mardi Gras Festival


Daniel Mudie Cunningham
Take My Breath Away
, 2012
HD single channel video
Production still: Tina Havelock Stevens
5 October 2012 - 23 February 2013

When I grow up I want to be a video artist

Daniel Crooks, Hayden Fowler, Tarryn Gill & Pilar Mata Dupont, Robin Hungerford, Jess MacNeil, Ms&Mr, James Newitt, Elvis Richardson, Joan Ross, Sam Smith

Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart

5 October – 4 November 2012

When I grow up I want to be a video artist is a selection of ten video and new media artworks by leading Australian contemporary artists selected from the Artbank collection. Diverse approaches to the medium are evident through works that incorporate digital animation, portraiture, choreography and music. Two of the works incorporate eye-catching sculptural elements. All the selected artists started making video and new media art in the last decade, during which time access to digital technologies have broadened the appeal of this medium for artists and audiences alike.

The exhibition proves the growing relevance and importance of video and new media art for collectors and collections. Artbank’s video art collection dates back to 2007 with the acquisition of Sam Smith’s Video Lens [HJ11x4.7B]. Some of the works selected for this exhibition have previously been included in important curated exhibitions and the recipients of prestigious art awards, securing the artists’ reputations for innovation and excellence in the realm of video. The artists selected are stars of the video and new media vanguard in Australia and their influence is undoubtedly evident on an even younger generation of artists coming through art schools today.


Elvis Richardson, Televisuals: Salute Elvis, 2008

9 June 2012 - 5 August 2012

Daniel Mudie Cunningham and Stephen Allkins' collaborative work Boytown is part of Transmission which opens Friday 8 June from 6:30pm and runs until 5 August at Campbelltown Arts Centre. Daniel will give a talk on Saturday 9 June at 11:40am as part of a program of artist talks.

Artists | Musicians:

Heath Franco | Andy Rantzen
Todd McMillan | Peter McNamara
Vicky Browne | Darren Seltmann
Rachel Scott | Mick Harvey
Renny Kodgers | Sweet Tonic Choir
Daniel Mudie Cunningham | Stephen Allkins
Nell | Babymachine
Jess Olivieri & Hayley Forward | Sydney Chamber Choir
Justene Williams | Tina Havelock Stevens
What | Julian Day
Archie Moore | Stiff Gins
Carla Cescon | Kusum Normoyle

Opening night performances by Renny Kodgers & Sweet Tonic Choir, Justene Willilams & Tina Havelock Stevens, and Kusum Normoyle.

Transmission was curated by Carrie Miller and Dr Matthew Hindson.

All works commissioned by Campbelltown Arts Centre

Campbelltown Arts Centre

Image: Nell | Babymachine
8 June 2012 - 5 August 2012

Daniel Mudie Cunningham is collaborating with iconic Sydney DJ Stephen Allkins on a new video project called Boytown. Musically and visually, Boytown riffs on narrative music videos of the eighties. It deals with growing up gay in the suburbs and the desire to escape elsewhere.

The work has been commissioned for Campbelltown Arts Centre for Transmission, an exhibition that pairs visual artists with musicians.

Transmission is being curated by Carrie Miller and Dr Matthew Hindson and opens 8 June 2012.

Campbelltown Arts Centre

Production still: Susannah Wimberley
12 May 2012 - 12 May 2012

Queensland Art Gallery senior curator Jose Da Silva has included Oh Industry (2009) in DJ Culture: Contemporary Australian Video Art, a screening program at the Gallery of Modern Art's Cinematheque.

Other artists in the program include: Heath Franco, The Kingpins, Jemima Wyman, Grant Stevens, Chris Howlett, Tracey Moffatt, Soda_Jerk.

Screening dates: 12 & 26 May 2012.

Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art

Daniel Mudie Cunningham
Oh Industry
, 2009
HD video, 4 min 11 sec
Production still: Pete Volich

11 May 2012 - 12 May 2012

Hot from the oven: AlphaStation/Alphaville, a new book about Luke Roberts authored by Daniel Mudie Cunningham.

In the mid-1970s, inspired by reading of the exploits of a cross-dressing Native American shaman and rodeo clown, Brisbane performance artist Luke Roberts adopted the female persona of Alice Jitterbug. In the late 1970s, Jitterbug was superseded by his Pope Alice character, who recalled both Pope Joan (the legendary medieval female pope) and Lewis Carroll's Alice. Through this alternative-pontiff persona, Roberts was able to have it both ways, contesting the Catholicism in which he was raised (particularly its hostility to homosexuality) while reveling in its pomp and paraphernalia. AlphaStation/Alphaville focuses on Roberts's photographic work, particularly that of the last few years. His work can be read as autobiographical or as just the opposite—an attempt to lose himself in an array of characters. As he says, 'I'm a lot of people, and they are all coming to the party'.

Institute of Modern Art

The book cover image is Luke Roberts, Adolph, 2008
13 January 2012 - 12 May 2012

Funeral Songs has been acquired by the Museum of New and Old Art, Hobart. It was exhibited as part of MONA FOMA from 13 January and displayed in the museum until September 2012.


Daniel Mudie Cunningham
Funeral Songs
, 1985/2007
Photo: MONA/Remi Chauvin
Courtesy MONA, Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart
18 November 2011 - 12 May 2012

dLux MediaArts releases a limited edition anthology of video art by 12 leading video artists including Daniel Mudie Cunningham, whose acclaimed video Oh Industry (2009) is included.

Support dLux MediaArts, during a time of significant funding cuts, by purchasing this affordable edition of 12 video works donated for this special edition by Dani Marti, Daniel Mudie Cunningham, Angelica Mesiti, John A Douglas, Soda_Jerk, Kate Murphy, Elvis Richardson, John Tonkin, Dennis Beabois, Hayden Fowler, Sue Healey, and Julie Rrap.

Strictly limited to an edition of 100, these highly collectable sets by highly collectable artists are a must have.

Housed in a funky aluminium travel case, it's a great addition to any budding or established collection and at only $295 each, represents great value.

Get yours signed by the artists at the launch:

747 Darling St, Rozelle
Tuesday 18 November, 6-8pm

dLux MediaArts
5 November 2011 - 12 May 2012

Hold Your Breath has been pre-selected for Fisher's Ghost Art Award at Campbelltown Arts Centre

Opening and announcement of winners: 4 November 2011

Exhibition continues until 27 November 2011

Campbelltown Arts Centre

Hold Your Breath, 2011
Installation image, The Fall Before Fall, UTS Gallery

Photo: Silversalt
13 September 2011 - 14 October 2011


Daniel Mudie Cunningham | Elvis Richardson

UTS Gallery
Opening Tuesday 13 September, 6pm. Exhibition runs until 14 October 2011.

With a shared conceptual interest in how history, time and place are represented through the death and obsolescence of material culture, artists Daniel Mudie Cunningham and Elvis Richardson will be contemplating 9/11 a decade after the event.

Conceived as a memento mori (a reminder of death), the artists will be considering the cultural and social processes that animate our understanding of 9/11. Several questions are raised in the exhibition: How do we represent 'the events' of history when they are processed by saturated mediation? How do the images of history derive their power through spectacle and sensation? And how in turn does sensationalised spectacle regulate ideological meanings when restaged as cultural artefact?

Contact the gallery for details of the public program which will accompany this exhibition, scheduled for 13 September.

UTS Gallery

Daniel Mudie Cunningham
Hold Your Breath, 2011 
Video still from multi-channel HD video installation
Animation: Wendy Chandler
Sound: Heath Franco 
Courtesy the artist
13 May 2011 - 14 October 2011

ILDIKO KOVACS Down the Line 1980-2010

Curated by Daniel Mudie Cunningham

Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre

Opening Thursday 12 May. Exhibition runs until 3 July 2011.

Ildiko Kovacs has amassed a striking body of abstract paintings that reveal a unique and singular sensibility. Situated somewhere between the line and the land, Kovacs has developed a gestural visual language drawn from abstraction’s Indigenous and non-Indigenous ties. Ildiko Kovacs: Down the Line utilises the entire regional gallery for a dazzling survey of key works produced over a three-decade period.

A major book on Ildiko Kovacs with essays by Daniel Mudie Cunningham and Terence Maloon will be published to coincide with this exhibition.

Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre

Ildiko Kovacs, Slow Roam, 1995, oil on plywood. The Laverty Collection.

1 January 2011 - 14 October 2011

Daniel Mudie Cunningham is named an 'Agenda Setter' in a 2-page profile featured in Art Collector Magazine (Issue 55, January 2011).

Carrie Miller profiles Daniel as part of the '50 Things Collectors Need to Know' for 2011. Miller writes:

"Daniel Mudie Cunningham has the type of resume that can make you weary just looking at it. He's a genuine art world polymath: artist, curator, writer and academic...

So what makes Cunningham a significant player in the contemporary art scene? One thing that distinguishes Cunningham from other arts professionals is his extraordinary creatve and intellectual energy - an energy which is simultaneously focused and also ranges acorss a broad variety of interests and roles. Another is his ability to connext complex academic ideas - such as those around well-rehearsed conceptual tropes such as identity and difference - to the politics and ethics of everyday life. This makes his projects accessible and relevant to a broad audience while remaining thought provoking...

Cunningham is widely admired for the passion and enthusiasm he brings to his ventures, and for his support for emerging artists and the Australian arts sector in general. Leading arts commentator Andrew Frost is one such admirer: 'Cunningham's work as a curator has produced exhibitions and projects that have been essential viewing, not just for the conceptual rigour, but also because their sense of playfulness and finger-on-the-pulse inclusion of new artists is a measure of the zeitgeist.'"

Art Collector

Art Collector commissioned photographer Stephen Oxenbury to photograoh Daniel, who appears with Kermit at The Fishers Ghost Carnival at Campbelltown

3 December 2010 - 30 January 2011

The Ghost Show

Robyn Backen | Matt Glenn | Daniel Kojta | Wade Marynowsky | Kate Murphy | Eugenia Raskopoulos

Curated by Daniel Mudie Cunningham

Opening 3 December 2010

Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre

Image caption:
Hazelhurst cottage c.1953
Courtesy of Local Studies Collection, Sutherland Shire Libraries
5 November 2010 - 21 November 2010

Rhymes with Failure has been pre-selected for Fisher's Ghost Art Award

Opening and announcement of winners: 5 November 2010
Exhibition continues until 21 November 2010

Campbelltown Arts Centre

Image credit:
Daniel Mudie Cunningham
Rhymes with Failure, 2010, HD video, 4 min 29 sec

Install view: MOP Projects
Photo: Silversalt
30 September 2010 - 21 November 2010

Rhymes with Failure
by Daniel Mudie Cunningham

Opening 30 September 2010

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MOP Projects

Image credit:
Daniel Mudie Cunningham
Rhymes with Failure, 2010, HD video, 4 min 29 sec

Performers: Daniel Mudie Cunningham & Rachel Roberts
Music: George Tillianakis 
Camera: Don Cameron
Editor: Vera Hong 
Cello Designer: Drew Bickford  
Filmed on location at Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, Sydney, 18 August 2010

8 July 2010 - 8 July 2010

Daniel Mudie Cunningham wrote the cover feature on Liam Benson for
runway, issue 16: Disappearance

7pm – 9:30pm, Thursday 8 July
281 Clarence Street
Sydney CBD

Free Entry.

Be the first to get your copy at the launch for just $10.
Also available from Friday 9 July at all good galleries and bookstores and online at www.runway.org.au/buy

Artists featured or reviewed include: Liam Benson, Emma White, Brown Council, Hannah Rasin, Jessie Angwin, Kiera Brew Kurec, Clare Rae, Brian Fuata, Rachel Feery & Lisa Stewart, Gary Trinh, Helen Poyser, Michaela Gleave & Kate Mitchell, Jess Olivieri and Hayley Forward with the Parachutes for Ladies, Angelica Mesiti, Patrick Ronald and Shannon McDonell.

Contributing writers: Lynne Barwick, Angela Bennetts, Leon Goh, Anneke Jaspers, Talia Linz, Tom Melick & Ivan Ruhle, Ella Mudie, Daniel Mudie Cunningham, Tanya Peterson, Megan Robson, Sarah Rodigari, Elizabeth Stanton, Eleanor Weber and Kate Woodcroft.


Cover image:
Liam Benson
Glitterface (detail), 2010
Digital print.
Assisted by Naomi Oliver