Shan Turner-Carroll exhibition



Abbotsleigh and Grace Cossington Smith Gallery are pleased to partner with The Australian Centre for Photography (ACP) to present the captivating and skillfully constructed works of photographer and multidisciplinary artist Shan Turner-Carroll.

Shan Turner-Carroll: Relics will run from Thursday 9 November to Thursday 30 November 2017. 

The official launch will take place on Saturday 11 November 2 – 4 pm. It will be opened by Gary Carsley, internationally active artist, curator, cultural commentator and academic. 

In this exhibition, the first solo presentation of Turner Carroll’s work in Sydney, the artist probes personal and archetypal psyches on a pilgrimage through inner worlds and geographic terrain.




Drawing from several key bodies of work and featuring newly developed installations, Relics loosely traces the evolution of Turner-Carroll’s artistic practice showcasing his proficiency as a craftsman and exemplifying the integral and multi-functional role of the camera. Works including a large scale cinematic tableau, stylised self-portrait and several low-key documentary images of rafts, cubbies and other life-size sacred place markers constructed by the artist evidence the camera as tool for creating physical artworks, a mechanism to insight performance and a recording device for preserving ephemera.




At the core of Turner-Carroll’s practice is the conviction that art has a meaningful and active role within our contemporary, industrial, and globalised societies, and that art making is an intuitive practice embedded in the everyday through both spontaneous and considered physical gestures. Exploring themes such as colonisation, immigration, globalisation, human interaction with the natural world and each other, there is a meditative quality apparent in Turner-Carroll’s artwork which invites meandering reverie and personal reflection amongst audiences. Through lived practice and ritualistic rites of passage which corrode historical boundaries and behavioural conventions erected between art and life, in this exhibition Shan Turner-Carroll’s numerous performative actions are distilled into relics to be discovered and decoded.






The Grace Cossington Smith Gallery is a not-for-profit gallery, run by Abbotsleigh, serving the public through free admission and an education program.

The Gallery is open Monday to Friday from 10 am-5 pm and Saturday from 9 am-4 pm.

Enter via Gate 7,

1666 Pacific Highway


Ph:  02 9483 7878 or email Mary Faith, Gallery Director. 


Shan Turner-Carroll b. 1987, Australia, lives and works in the NSW Hunter region. Shan is of Burmese descent whose practice responds to both site and situation specificity, and integrates mediums including photography, sculpture, performance and film.

In 2011 Turner-Carroll graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art (Distinction) from the University of Newcastle. In 2012, he received the Jennie Thomas Travelling Art Scholarship to undertake research in Myanmar and Thailand.

In 2013, he was a finalist in the National Tertiary Art Prize and went on to win the Doctor Harold Schenberg Scholarship, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Western Australia. Also in 2013, Shan received a University Medal with Honours (First Class) and was shortlisted for the Macquarie Group Emerging Artist award where he received the Nick Waterlow OAM Highly Commended Award for emerging artists.

In 2014, he received an APA University Scholarship, which allowed him to complete an MFA (Fine Art) with the University of Newcastle where he also studied on exchange with Parsons School of design, The New School, NY.

In 2015, he was awarded the Margaret Olley Memorial Scholarship. In 2016 Turner-Carroll was curated into The Auckland Festival of Photography as a featured international artist and commissioned to make new work for It’s Timely Too an exhibition in association with Blacktown Arts Centre, Sydney and The Lock Up Gallery, Newcastle. During the same year he was a part of a three-month artist in resident program with LungA School in Seydisfjördur, Iceland.

Turner-Carroll is a finalist in the 2017 NSW Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship offered by the NSW Government through Create NSW. In addition to a solo exhibition at the Grace Cossington Smith Gallery, Shan will be presenting work in association with the Fellowship at Artspace, Sydney in the same month. Shan Turner-Carroll has exhibited throughout Australia, as well as in New York. New Zealand, Hong Kong and Myanmar. His work is in both public and private collections. 


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