Contemporary Collectors play a vital role in supporting the acquisition of contemporary art for the Art Gallery of South Australia's permanent collection.

Since its inception in 2003, funds generated by Contemporary Collectors has resulted in more than 300 new works of contemporary art for the Gallery's collection.

installation view: Ramsay Art Prize 2019 featuring Ride to church by Pierre Mukeba, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, brush pen, synthetic polymer paint and applique on canvas, 320.0 x 424.0 cm; Courtesy the artist and GAGPROJECTS | Greenaway Art Gallery, photo: Saul Steed

Pierre Mukeba Ride to Church 2018

Pierre Mukeba’s first drawings and paintings were made on bed sheets with indelible brush pens and pencils. Within a few months of commencing an art practice, the Congolese-born artist started to incorporate fabrics sourced from Africa. He works on thin unstretched canvas, on a small table in his bedroom, and yet from such a restricted space he can produce works up to five metres high. His drawn lines are often sewn over while large areas of canvas are left raw.

Mukeba was born in Bukavu, in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Moving to South Australia with his family in 2006, he began to paint the extraordinary experiences and people from his childhood. Sometimes themes of brutality, violence, political and economic exploitation emerge and at other times memories of family proliferate.

At just 24 years of age, Mukeba was the youngest finalist selected for this year’s Ramsay Art Prize. His four-metre-long painting uses drawing and fabric collage to capture a memory of a ride to church in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Ride to Church was selected as the winner of the Ramsay Art Prize 2019 Lipman Karas People's Choice award.

Tom Moore, Australia, born 1971, Mirror King, 2018, Adelaide, hot joined blown and solid glass, silver leaf, mirror, 72.0 x 42.5 x 19.0 cm; Gift of the Art Gallery of South Australia Contemporary Collectors 2019, Art Gallery of South Australia Adelaide, © Tom Moore, photo: Grant Handcok.

Tom Moore Daphne 2017, Mirror King 2018, Teeth Totem 2018 and Radioactive Potato Goblet 2017

Tom Moore has established a singular identity as an artist who draws upon and subverts the Venetian glass traditions to explore identity and ecology. His humorous vessels explore the history of glass and the history of representation with a particular focus on zoomorphism and anthropomorphism. His recent doctoral studies have sharpened his interest in hybridity and wonder and his most recent body of work, including the four works proposed for acquisition, embody his ultimate desire to animate the inanimate. These works commenced their life as drawings and have drawn upon the rich history of the cabinet of curiosities and the Wunderkammer as a site of metamorphic transformation.

Tom Moore graduated from Canberra School of Art Glass workshop in 1994 and then relocated to Adelaide to train in production techniques at Jam Factory until 1997. He worked as the production manager at Jam Factory from 1999 to 2014 and recently submitted his PhD for examination at the University of South Australia. As a recipient of The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi Japan/South Australia Award he also trained in glass blowing in Japan and is represented in international collections including The Corning Museum of Glass in New York, the Museum of American Glass in New Jersey, the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra and the Museum of Applied Sciences (formerly the Powerhouse Museum) in Sydney.

In 2020 he will be the subject of a major survey exhibition at the JamFactory.