Dark Matter(s) brings together a constellation of works that originate from deep thought, deep storage and deep space. The project began as a search for dark matter — both metaphorically and literally — within personal archives, boxes of materials, and folders packed away in Ross’s studio. For some time, Ross has been collecting and cutting out images of planets, stars, black holes, galaxies and nebulas. Now, more than ever, this search parallels her attempts to find meaning when everything else in life is shadowy. The act of bringing these materials to light signifies new beginnings and employs collage, assemblage, and editing techniques to create new relationships and unearth new meanings. The Hope Street residency will act as a microcosmos where Ross’s visual experiments will be installed to establish dynamic spatial narratives in the gallery space.


Bringing to Light

Bringing to Light is an invitation to participate in a one-on-one show and tell session with artist Rebecca Ross. You are invited to bring something to the studio that you would like to share; something with a dark past, something mysterious, something from your archive, retrieved from the kerbside or purchased at a secondhand store. It may be a memory, an object, a song, a poem, a photograph, an artwork, or a star in the night sky. The process of sharing will unfold in a conversation that reveals a previously unshared story and history. The act of Bringing to Light will be documented and archived. Allow 30-60 minutes for your visit. To participate please fill in this form. Thank you for sharing.

Dark Rooms

Rebecca will host a viewing of the outcomes of her residency with an open studio and exhibition of new work, 3-6pm from 24 – 26 July.

Please do not attend this event if you are unwell or have COVID-19 symptoms, including cough, fever, sore throat, fatigue or shortness of breath. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected at this event and is the individuals responsibility. Thank you for your understanding.


66 Hope Street, South Brisbane


July 2020


Rebecca Ross

Rebecca Ross lives on Queensland’s Gold Coast where she works as an artist, academic and director of The Walls Art Space. Ross’s work is concerned with mapping the junctures of site, situation and sensation. Since completing a Master of Fine Art at Queensland University of Technology (2005) she has undertaken major art projects for Festival 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and Bleach Festival, and participated in international artist in residence programs in Malta, Italy and New Zealand. Ross has exhibited at the Embassy of Australia in Washington D.C. U.S.A. (2012), been awarded the Rome Studio at the British School at Rome by the Australia Council for the Arts (2013) and supported by the City of Gold Coast to undertake a mentorship and travel to Los Angeles and Miami, U.S.A. (2014). Ross has been actively involved in the contemporary art scene in South East Queensland since the millennium and her contribution to the Gold Coast arts ecology has been recognised with an International Women’s Day Leadership
Award (2020).

Artist website: https://www.rebeccaross.com


Dark Matter(s) is supported by the Regional Arts Development Fund. The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and the City of Gold Coast Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland. 

With thanks to Julius Zammit-Ross, Chris Bennie, Aaron Chapman, Kyle Weise, Joran Azcune, Metro Arts, Stable Art Space and Byron School of Art.