Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, ‘The boy who couldn’t sleep’, 2017. Photo: Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, courtesy of the artist and Moore Contemporary.

Safe Space
contemporary sculpture

Safe Space brings together three-dimensional art works by twelve contemporary Australian artists that explore psychological aspects of physical space. 

About the exhibition

Safe Space features a range of figurative elements and narrative themes with social, and sometimes political, resonances. Many of the works in this exhibition take as their point of departure: the human body, its dimensions, the spaces it occupies, the narratives that contain it and the theatre or spectacle that unfolds around it.

Approximately every four years, Museums & Galleries Queensland (M&G QLD) develops its own touring exhibition to fill gaps within the national touring exhibition circuit, informed by extensive industry consultations with its Queensland constituency.

Safe Space contemporary sculpture has its own website with images and information on each of the artists and their artworks.


Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Alex Seton, Claire Healy + Sean Cordeiro, David Cross, Franz Ehmann, Karla Dickens, Keg de Souza, Michelle Nikou, Rosie Miller, Tim Sterling, Will French.


Safe Space education resource

Panel discussion
A panel discussion with 8 of the artists in the Safe Space contemporary sculpture exhibition and Curator, Christine Morrow, presented at Logan Art Gallery on 30 November 2018.

Safe Space artist Abdul-Rahman Abdullah discussing his work in the exhibition

Safe Space artist Alex Seton discussing his work in the exhibition

Lego Monster Workshop with Sean Cordeiro
Join ‘Safe Space Contemporary Sculpture’ artist Sean Cordeiro in this freestyle Lego Monster Workshop and learn some fun building and design tricks.

Tour dates

30 November 201812 January 2019
15 February14 April 2019
4 May9 June 2019
29 June20 August 2019
7 December 20192 February 2020
23 May16 August 2020
2 October15 November 2020
27 November 202017 January 2021
6 February14 March 2021
16 April13 June 2021
9 July3 October 2021
19 November 20214 February 2022


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Safe Space contemporary sculpture is an initiative of Museums & Galleries Queensland developed in partnership with Logan City Council through Logan Art Gallery, and curated by Christine Morrow. This travelling exhibition is supported by the Visions regional touring program, an Australian Government program aiming to improve access to cultural material for all Australians; the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland; the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory governments; and the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.


Andrea Higgins

Exhibition Program Officer,
Museums & Galleries Queensland

An artwork by Elisa Jane Carmichael and Sonja Carmichael consisting of ghost net, fibres and fish scales
Elisa Jane Carmichael and Sonja Carmichael, ‘Circle of Life and Light’ (detail), 2019. Ghost net, wire, nylon fishing net, synthetic fibres and fish scales. Dimensions variable. Photo: Carl Warner.
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