While We’re Still Here is an intriguing group show that uses the foundation of ‘still life’ – an art genre that has been around for thousands of years – as a vehicle to explore the material possessions, natural wonders and cultural phenomena of our modern-day life, through the practice of painting objects that are most often inanimate or sometimes even dead.

This new exhibition – opening at aMBUSH Gallery Sydney before travelling to aMBUSH Gallery Canberra – displays the works of twenty emerging and established Australian artists who use everyday items and the language of juxtaposition and hidden symbolism to convey their life experiences.

Considered composition, bold brushstrokes, detailed texture and rich colours reflect the dynamic diversity of these artists’ world views. They comment on subjects including consumerism, celebrity, relationships, feminism, religion and domesticity, while subtly reminding us of life’s inevitable conclusion.

Come and discover the multitude of meanings and emotions that everyday items can convey at the hands of a new generation of still life artists. From the bittersweet to the nostalgic, these contemporary works are imbued with moral contemplation, points of contention, earnest reflection and humour.

While We’re Still Here is produced and presented by aMBUSH Gallery, and co-curated by aMBUSH Gallery and Scott Owen.


*artwork by Tom Ferson, The Demise Of The Kingdom Of Flesh

For the exhibition catalogue, please visit here.


Opening night events will be held on:


aMBUSH Sydney: Thursday, 20 May from 6-9pm (including complimentary drinks from Capital Brewing)


aMBUSH Canberra: Thursday, 3 June from 6-9pm (including complimentary drinks from Capital Brewing and Lerida Estate) – Register HERE for free tickets.


Entry to While We’re Still Here is free of charge, with the exhibition on display over the following dates, and all artworks for sale:


aMBUSH Sydney: Friday 21 May to Sunday 23 May, between 12-4pm


aMBUSH Canberra: Friday, 4 June until Sunday 11 July from 10am-6pm weekdays and 12pm-5pm on weekends.

Robby Bennett, Tristan Chant, Tom Ferson, Sam Field, Anna May Henry, Niqolet Lewis, India Mark, James Needham, Scott Owen, Jamie Preisz, Lucy Roleff, Nick Santoro, Seth Searle, Lilli Stromland, Sidney Teodoruk, Neil Tomkins, Bligh Twyford Moore, Cassandra Vollmer, Melanie Waugh and Tym Yee.

Waterloo Gallery
4A James Street
Waterloo, Sydney
NSW 2017

Visiting by Public Transport: Train to Green Square Station or Bus 309, 310 or 355.
Accessibility: please call the gallery prior to visiting if special assistance is required.
Interstate Visitors: please view aMBUSH’s Curated Guide to Sydney.




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