The Gentle Project

Through multi-site exhibitions, a publication, film, website and public events, The Gentle Project will explore the influence of the life and work of Australian sculptor and educator, Ian Gentle.

A production of Clifton School of Arts taking place between 1 December 2023 and 29 January 2024, this Illawarra-wide initiative will centre on an exhibition at the CSA of never-before-seen works by Ian Gentle, a partial recreation of his studio, public events, a website, publication and film featuring contributions from significant Australian artists, curators, puppeteers and educators who talk about the major influence that Ian Gentle had on their lives and careers.

Wollongong Art Gallery will stage two exhibitions and a range of public programs and workshops as part of The Gentle Project.

In 1986, sculptor Ian Gentle moved to the coal-mining coastal community of Clifton and set up his studio in the dilapidated School of Arts building. For many young people, Ian was the first artist they had ever met, his famously cluttered studio the first they had ever set foot in. An artist living in a small community can have a ripple effect over generations. A free-spirited educator and an inspiring mentor, Gentle had a huge influence on the young people who came into his wild orbit, instilling in them a deep love of art and culture.

Please help support this extraordinary project by DONATING HERE. We are seeking funds to help create the exhibition ‘Gentle at Clifton’ including the cost of borrowing and transporting works from private collectors, the design and production of installations, images, recordings and text to support the exhibition. Funds will also support the exhibition publication, ‘Ian Gentle: The Found Line’ and post-production of the film ‘Gentle’ as well as public forums and events. You can ORDER THE BOOK NOW through the CSA shop. The film will be released to coincide with the exhibition.