AR&A Floorplan
  1. Anna Louise Richardson, Am I being told off (butcherbird), 2022, charcoal on cement fibreboard, 97 x 123cm
  2. Anna Louise Richardson, I asked for a sign (wedge-tailed eagle), 2022, charcoal on cement fibreboard, 202 x 126cm
  3. Anna Louise Richardson, Not seeing is worse than knowing what’s there, 2017-2022, HP Latex Print onto HP PVC Free wallpaper, 746 x 355cm.
  4. Anna Louise Richardson, Are you waiting for me (owl), 2022, charcoal on cement fibreboard, 131 x 75cm
  5. Anna Louise Richardson, What am I gathering (crow), 2022, charcoal on cement fibreboard, 132 x 90cm
  6. Anna Louise Richardson, You are always here, sometimes too close (magpie), 2022, charcoal on cement fibreboard, 117 x 87cm
  7. Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Pair, 2022, painted wood and wool, 115 x 140 x 60cm & 115 x 150 x 60cm
  8. WEST SPACE WINDOW: Alan Stewart, Escape, 2022.

Watching embodies the sensation of being approached, watched or singled out by animals, either wild or domestic, and the emotive resonance of these moments – reflecting ideas of death, fear and preternatural communication with the natural world. Raising a young family in a rural environment the exhibition builds on the artists’ shared experiences to articulate a personal lore that voices their relationships with other living creatures. Renewing mythologies about the cyclical processes of life Watching embraces both the magical thinking of childhood and the pragmatism of living in close proximity to nature.

This exhibition is supported by the Australia Council for the Arts: Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups, and Regional Arts Fellowship (WA).

Events and programs are supported by the City of Yarra through their Annual Arts Grants Program.


Events and Programs:

Sunday 15th May, 11am – 2pm: Woollen loops, chains and links, a crochet workshop with Jill Paynter-O’Meehan and Holly O’Meehan of Golden Wattle Hookers. Perfect for beginners, you will learn a collection of basic stitches to create your very own crocheted pouch to take home. $15 per person, REGISTER HERE.

Sunday 15th May, 2:30pm: Artist talk with Abdul-Rahman Abdullah and Anna Louise Richardson, created specifically for families. No registration necessary, meet at West Space at 2:30pm.


Escape is a new body of work by Taungurung/Filipino artist Alan Stewart made during Melbourne’s long lockdown to reflect his longing to connect to country.

“Country has always been my escape and connection to my culture. Without it, I lost a sense of self and a way to revitalise my spirit. Those early mornings and long drives helped me to see what’s special about being on country, land that holds such a deep meaning to my ancestors. I look back now and realise how lucky I was.”

Presented in partnership with PHOTO2022.

West Space Window is supported by The City of Yarra through their Annual Arts Grants.

Abdul-Rahman Abdullah is a West Australian artist whose practice explores the different ways that memory can inhabit and emerge from familial spaces. Drawing on the narrative capacity of animal archetypes, crafted objects and the human presence, Abdul-Rahman aims to mythologise intersections between the natural world and the agency of culture. Working primarily in sculpture and installation, his work has been described as magic realism, creating poetic interventions with the built environment. His work is held in major collections around the country, and he is represented by Moore Contemporary, Perth. For this project, Abdul-Rahman has worked in collaboration with the Golden Wattle Hookers (Jill Paynter-O’Meehan and Holly O’Meehan), a mother and daughter partnership who work in mass crochet and soft sculpture. This collaboration was supported by Regional Arts Western Australia.

Anna Louise Richardson is an artist and freelance curator investigating rural Australian identity and associated mythologies. Richardson works primarily in charcoal and graphite on cement fibreboard, using a realistic approach, flattened perspective, cut-out shapes and manipulated scale to amplify the subject matter. Her artistic practice reveals ideas of intergenerational exchange, parenthood and signifiers of identity based on her experiences of life in rural Australia living and working on a multi-generation beef cattle farm. The complexities of human relationships with the natural world and the intergenerational qualities of these relationships are driving themes throughout her practice. Richardson’s work depicts animals as a recurring motif to examine shared values on the role of animals in culture, commerce and ecology and how these are shaped through different narratives.

Taungurung and Filipino man Alan Stewart uses photography to document his family, community, and personal journey as a First Nations person. Reflecting stories from his childhood—first in Manila, and then in Melbourne— Stewart’s pictures showcase his rich Filipino and Australian Aboriginal backgrounds. He is a photographer predominantly focusing on landscape and street photography, and has premiered work at various festivals including Yirramboi, BlakHeart and PHOTO 2021. He was also the recipient of the Metro Tunnel Creative Program 2D Award at The 8th Koorie Art Show in 2021.