Staying with the trouble

Suspension 1 by Sally Simpson, Charcoal on drafting film_91x120

Staying with the trouble

Linda Dening, Kim Mahood, Sally Simpson and Wendy Teakel

Pivot Gallery, Belconnen Arts Centre

Opening: 6pm Friday 31 March 2023

Exhibition: 31 March – 14 May 2023

What began as common themes around living on the land has evolved into considering our drawing practices as ‘staying with the trouble’, where we all encounter the problems of pushing a work too far, losing it, staying with it, abandoning it and recovering it. We have met each month to discuss and critique what each of us is aspiring to achieve.

The starting point was opening ourselves to professional critical conversations about our work in order to extend our methods, concepts and materials – in other words, to get out of our comfort zones. Being challenged by, and trusting, artists we know and respect has led each of us through discomfort to experimentation and new approaches to our work.

In Conversation: Staying with the trouble

An artist talk with Linda Dening, Kim Mahood, Sally Simpson and Wendy Teakel

2pm Saturday 22 April

FREE, registrations required

Join us for a special artist talk with Linda Dening, Kim Mahood, Sally Simpson and Wendy Teakel to learn more about their exhibition, Staying with the Trouble.

About the artists

The four women are established artists, all with careers spanning at least 30 years. Between them, they have taught at major art institutions and won significant art prizes including the Adelaide Perry Drawing Award, the Meroogal Women’s Art Prize, Sculpture at Scenic World and Canberra Critics Circle Award.

Linda Dening’s teaching career began at TAFE and she now runs a private art school. Linda is the recipient of several art awards including the  Meroogal Women’s Art Award and the Palerang Acquisitive Art award.

Kim Mahood’s art practice includes extensive collaboration on cross-cultural mapping projects. Grants include the Australia Council, Arts ACT and NT Arts, and her work is held in State, Territory and regional collections. She also writes about art, artists and landscape. She exhibits regularly and is represented by Helen Maxwell.

Instagram: @kim.mahood

Sally Simpson exhibits regularly in NSW, Melbourne and ACT and is represented by Grainger Gallery. Winner of the  Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing and the Meroogal Women’s Art Award, she has been a finalist in most major Australian competitions.


Instagram: @sallysimpsonart

Sally Simpson is proudly represented by Grainger Gallery

Wendy Teakel exhibits regularly, both nationally and overseas. Her work is held in significant collections including the NGA. She is the recipient of major awards, grants and residencies; including Australia Council and Asialink. Wendy works as a freelance artist and consultant and is represented by Beaver Galleries, ACT.


Instagram: @teakelwendy

Wendy Teakel is proudly represented by Beaver Galleries.