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Special show | Barbara Halnan 1941-2021

A survey exhibition facilitated by Dr William Seeto

Opening Reception Sat Mar 5th, 2-5pm

Facilitator Talk Sun Mar 13th, 2-4pm

Exhibition from Mar 2nd until Mar 13th
Open 11am - 5pm | Wed-Sun

"Variations on a Picket Fence" 2011. Photo by JC

Barbara Halnan described herself as an artist, painter and installation artist - her interests were art, music and reading. She was a dedicated artist and for many she was a friend and colleague. As an artist Barbara was knowledgeable, unpretentious, friendly, self-sufficient and hard working. She went about making art with determination and she needed no prompting to achieve it. Barbara made an impression on everyone who met her in Australia and other countries.

The survey exhibition celebrates her memory and place in Australian and international art. A tribute exhibition is also being held in Paris. ‘Barbara Halnan had strong ties with Paris and friendships with both French and European artists. She participated in the Salon Réalités Nouvelles from 2012 to 2019 and was part of the group of the "non-objective" art movement in Paris where she participated in exhibitions at the ParisCONCRET and ABSTRACT PROJECT galleries. She was an active member and driving force behind Franco-Australian exchange, particularly for The Drawing Collective; she also organised exhibitions of French and international artists in Australia’.

"View of exhibition preparation" 2022. Photos by William Seeto

The exhibition in Sydney is facilitated by William Seeto, a friend and colleague, who provides structure to 250+ artworks consisting of finished, lead-up and early works in the main gallery; with selected videos of past exhibitions, her last interview for Inner-West Council Library, and a link to the Paris exhibition in the Backroom. This is supplemented with sections defined by her Paris connection, a collection of Rose McGreevy and other artists' work, her curated artists projects with Rose, a display of her small artworks, booklets and studio set-up with easel, paints, and brushes in the Upstairs space. 

The survey of Barbara Halnan's life work offers a rare insight into her creative process in making artworks - it is the first time they are exhibited together and their significance cannot be overstated. Like most artists Barbara was a modest person who made art and did not promote her rightful place in Australian and international art. This exhibition makes a claim for her as an innovative artist. 

"View of exhibition preparation" 2022. Photo by William Seeto
Barbara Halnan. Photo credit A.P.


William Seeto BA, GDip (VA/GM), PhD is a practicing visual artist and exhibition facilitator with a practice of 40 years. His perceptual installations investigate the built environment by reconstructing architectural space.


"View of exhibition preparation" 2022. Photo by William Seeto


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NSW Public Health Order requires all visitors over 16 years of age,
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Wear a mask, social distancing rules will also apply.
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