Artist Talk: Dean Cross in conversation with Sebastian Goldspink at Yavuz Gallery Sydney

6 Mar 2020

UPDATE: In response to the current COVID–19 pandemic, Yavuz Gallery has shifted Dean Cross’ Artist Talk in conversation with Sebastian Goldspink from the physical gallery space onto an online platform. The public programme, which was initially scheduled for Sunday, 22 March, will now be Live Streamed to Facebook on Thursday 26 March from 6pm. Please join us as we increase our physical distancing but not our social connectivity!


Please join us at 2pm on Sunday 22 March to hear artist Dean Cross discuss his current solo exhibition A Sullen Perfume with independent curator and consultant Sebastian Goldspink.

Dean Cross, born in 1986, was raised on Ngunnawal/Ngambri Country and is of Worimi descent. He is a multidisciplinary artist working across painting, sculpture, video and photography. His artistic career began in contemporary dance, performing and choreographing nationally and internationally for over a decade with Australia’s leading dance companies. Following that, Cross re-trained as a visual artist, graduating with a Bachelor of Visual Arts from Sydney College of the Arts, and First Class Honours from the Australian National University, School of Art and Design.

His work has been exhibited at institutions and galleries including Art Gallery of South Australia, UNSW Galleries, Australian Centre of Photography, Artspace Sydney, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, and ALASKA Projects. His work is collected by both public and private collections including Art Gallery of South Australia; National Gallery of Victoria; and The Queensland University of Technology Art Museum.

Cross was awarded the School of Art and Design Drawing Prize, Australian National University (2017); the M16 ​Artspace Drawing Prize (2016); and Highly Commended, Macquarie Emerging Arts Prize (2015). Cross is a current resident of The Clothing Store Artist Studios, Carriageworks. He has completed residencies with the 4A Beijing Studio Program, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art; and Canberra Contemporary Art Space.

Sebastian Goldspink is a Sydney-based independent curator and consultant specialising in emerging art. In 2011, he opened the artist run space ALASKA Projects as a platform to exhibit contemporary visual art in unused or disused spaces – showcasing over 500 artists across 100 exhibitions. Goldspink has also curated exhibitions nationally in Australia and internationally with exhibitions in Los Angeles (USA), New Orleans (USA) and Christchurch (New Zealand). Goldspink is recognised as an alternate arts strategist working at the forefront of Australian curatorial practice, with professional appointments including the Biennale of Sydney, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Art Month Sydney and Dlux Media Arts.

As a consultant Goldspink has worked with a varied array of brands including; Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Kaldor Public Art Projects, Home of The Arts – Gold Coast, Museum of Old and New Art Hobart. Goldspink has written extensively for publications including, Art Collector, Sturgeon, Das Super Paper, Concrete Playground and Artist Profile. A former lecturer at the University of New South Wales, Goldspink’s expertise merges a critical and conceptual approach to arts-administration, with a consistent emphasis on accessibility and diversity. Goldspink is currently engaged as the Creative Producer for the National Art School, Sydney.