Free, No Booking Required


Thu 17 Mar
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Fri 18 Mar
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Sat 19 Mar
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Sat 19 Mar
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Opening Event
Sun 20 Mar
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Thu 24 Mar
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Fri 25 Mar
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Sat 26 Mar
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Sun 27 Mar
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm


James Makin Gallery
89 Islington Street, Collingwood VIC, Australia


Accessible parking nearby All Gender Bathroom Assistance Animals Welcome Wheelchair Access

James Makin Gallery group exhibition 2021, Ivana Smiljanic

Mutual Exchange Past Event

Presented by James Makin Gallery

Mutual Exchange is a series of new works by James Makin Gallery represented artists and invited design professionals. Following the theme of Melbourne Design Week, the exhibition explores the benefits of collaboration and collusion across perceived picket lines of art and design. In the exhibition, four artists have been paired with an invited designer: Belem Lett (artist) x Dale Hardiman (designer, Dowel Jones and Friends & Associates); Sally Walk (artist) x Harley Vincent (principal architect, Hassell); Antonia Perricone-Mrljak (artist) x Natalie Turnbull (stylist and art director); and Robert Malherbe (artist) x Tristan Wong (architect, SJB). Artists and designers will create a new work that responds to an aspect of their partner’s practice. Works created for Mutual Exchange acts as both portrait and self portrait, reflecting the creative identities of both maker and subject.

Mutual Exchange proposes that the collaboration between traditional classifications of art and design can have a significant role in the advancement of each. This is not just in terms of creative dialogue and community – although this is certainly important, particularly in the current global climate. Interdisciplinary collaboration is also important in reinforcing the importance of art and design as distinct and valuable categories. For design, positioned alongside contemporary artworks, its collectable nature is reinforced; for art, its position alongside design objects speaks to its potential contexts beyond the gallery walls – again, supporting its collectable nature.

An opening celebration will be held Saturday 19 March. All are welcome.


Dale Hardiman

DALE HARDIMAN is a Melbourne-based designer – co-founder of furniture and object brand Dowel Jones and collaborative project Friends & Associates. Hardiman’s work is held in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Victoria, the Art Gallery of South Australia. and in private collections. In 2021, Hardiman was named 1 of the 100 worldwide game-changers in design by Architectural Digest Italy.

Belem Lett

BELLEM LETT is a Sydney-based artist whose work is an ongoing exploration of methodological simplicity – the loading of a brush with novel colour combinations and repeated gradations, which are used to create a shifting sense of light. Lett graduated with a BFA (hons Class1 ) in 2008 and an MFA in 2012, both from College of Fine Arts, UNSW. He is a regular finalist in Australian prizes including the Grace Cossington Smith biennial art award 2021, Waverley Art Prize (2021)The Glover Prize (2019,2020), Arthur Guy Memorial Prize (2019), and The Paddington Art prize (2016, 2018).

Robert Malherbe

ROBERT MALHERBE is a Sydney-based artist, who, working only from life, expertly utilises dense impasto surfaces and a luscious appliqué of oil paint to generate a startling sense of immediacy. Malherbe is a regular finalist in major Australian art prizes, most recently he has been named a finalist Wynne Prize (2021, 2019 and 2018), the Paddington Art Prize (2020 and 2019), the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize (2019), and the Archibald Prize (2018 and 2017). He has been awarded the NSW Parliament Plein Air Art Prize (2016) and the Manning Art Prize (2015).

Antonia Perricone-Mrljak

ANTONIA PERRICONE-MRLJAK is a Sydney-based artist, who is gaining increasing attention for her emotive abstract expressionist style. Her work is raw, honest and direct, and strives to create open-ended exchanges between art, artist and canvas. The fundamental nature of non-representational painting allows for Perricone-Mrljak’s audiences to draw their own experiences and cultural conclusions from the encounter with the artwork—free from preordained or premeditated notions of identity, gender, and place. Antonia Mrljak’s work is widely collected in corporate and private collections across Australia. A major work commissioned by Cubic has recently been installed in their Sydney foyer.

Natalie Turnbull

NATALIE TURNBULL Natalie Turnbull is a stylist and art director based in Melbourne. Inspired by how form and function are used to communicate an idea, she strives for a crisp and minimal aesthetic that allows the subject to speak for itself. A graduate of Victorian College of the Arts, Natalie combines her spatial awareness with an understanding of shape, material and form and how they work together. She believes an image should not only look good, but it should serve a purpose. As a stylist she acts as a mediator between the two. She has collaborated with clients including National Gallery of Victoria, Leonard Joel and Laminex.

Harley Vincent

HARLEY VINCENT is the principal architect of Hassell, who over the past 15 years has designed and developed major multi-use architecture across sectors as diverse as transport and culture. He loves sharing that knowledge with a tight-knit team, all pulling together to reach an exceptional outcome that works on many levels, for many users. A thoughtful, generous designer and collaborator, he believes architects have a responsibility to leave the world a better place. His portfolio features high-profile developments across Europe, Asia and Australia, including as a key leader for the A$11 billion Melbourne Metro Tunnel.

Sally Walk

SALLY WALK is a Melbourne-based ceramicist whose work uses form and texture to explore the idea of facades, and the way the outer self is used to facilitate human experience and interactions. Working in clay for over 25 years. She has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. In 2015 she was awarded the Lorenzo il Magnifico Award for Ceramics at the Florence Biennale. Her work is held in private and public institutions internationally including the Chen Ceng Ceramics Museum (China) and the Seto Cultural Glass and Ceramics Museum in Seto (Japan).

Tristan Wong

TRISTAN WONG is the director of SJB architects and co-curator of the Venice Architecture Biennale 2020 Australian pavilion. Tristan’s innovative thinking and bold solutions have helped drive positive lifestyle and wellbeing outcomes and immeasurable environmental benefits. His projects have won architectural and urban design awards, with particular reference to the clarity and innovation in their planning and design. A key driver for Tristan is incorporating eco-conscious, innovative sustainable solutions into his designs. His gift for seeing opportunities is particularly valued by clients looking to get the most out of a site or project.