A Brief History

Before Reef Knot there was Knot Gallery – arguably one of Sydney’s seminal fringe arts, music and performance institutions from 2001-2005. The gallery ran in cahoots with The Frequency Lab and Token Imagination to produce several hundred events that focused on diverse community involvement and cross-disciplinary collaboration.

When the gallery shut it’s doors, two of it’s directors, Michelle McCosker and Alasdair Nicol, continued working collaboratively as artists. Their practice not only draws strongly on the gallery’s notions of inclusivity, but very much on the installation-based approach to their earlier curatorial work. Accordingly, Reef Knot projects have become known for their work with other artists of different disciplines on a project by project basis.

The following images provide a selection of some of Reef Knot’s work from 2006-2008.

We hope you enjoy!

‘The Sky is Falling!’
October 2008 – January 2009

A multi arts installation suspended above Angel Place (Sydney) for which we collaborated with six sculptors, two musicians, a painter.

'The Sky is Falling!' by Reef Knot

'The Sky is Falling!' by Reef Knot. Photo by Matthew Venables

‘The Orchard’
December 2007 – January 2008

One of the incarnations of a soft-sculpture work originally built for installation at Peats Ridge Festival 2007. A team of over twenty artists and members of the public contributed to its creation under the watchful eye of Michelle McCosker. The work is here installed throughout a Hills Hoist on a property south-east of Canberra.

'The Orchard' by Reef Knot

'The Orchard' by Reef Knot. Photo by Matthew Venables

‘Windows to Imaginary Places’
October 2007 – January 2008

The inaugural Albion Place laneway exhibition as part of City’s Art & About Festival. The exhibition featured paintings, photography, drawings, assemblage and miniature sculpture by 30 local and regional artists.

'Windows to Imaginary Places' by Reef Knot

'Windows to Imaginary Places' by Reef Knot. Photo by Matthew Venables

‘Zen & The Art of Train Riding’
July 2007

A 100sqm multi-arts installation using found & recycled objects with multi-channel audio. Presented as part of Underbelly Public Arts Lab & Festival we worked here with another sculptor, a musician and a further four members of the public.

'Zen & The Art of Riding Trains' by Reef Knot

'Zen & The Art of Riding Trains' by Reef Knot. Photo by Matthew Venables

‘The Giant Mural Wall’
May 2006

An 11m long collaborative mural created at the Surry Hills Festival. It bears the fruits of nearly 40 local artists and festival-goers.

'The Giant Mural Wall' by Reef Knot

'The Giant Mural Wall' by Reef Knot. Photo by Matthew Venables

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