Extended Stage

Ian Burns' off-site installation

  • This exhibition has concluded.
  • The Goods Line Tunnel (Ultimo Pedestrian Network)

    Disused railway tunnel, under Wembly House at the southern (Railway Square) end of The Goods Line / Ultimo Pedestrian Network.

    Access from Harris Street:
    Enter via level 4, UTS Peter Johnson Building, Building 6
    (use the escalator behind the Café)

    Access from Railway Square:
    Enter via the pedestrian subway
    (follow directions to Darling Harbour)

    Access from Ultimo Road:
    Enter via the ramp or stairs
    opposite Omnibus Lane

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  • Note visiting information below

Inventive New York-based Australian artist, Ian Burns is UTS Gallery’s 2014 Artist-in-Residence. Preoccupied with that revealing moment when we experience the beautiful and the ridiculous at the same time, he creates curious and playful kinetic assemblages that combine mass-produced domestic objects with intricate electronics, sound and light.

Over the last eleven weeks, Burns has taken over the gallery, using part of it to present his first ever solo exhibition in Sydney, Too Much Is Real and transforming the remainder into an intensive studio space. His residency has culminated in a charismatic new body of work developed especially for the tunnel and its 1853 sandstone bridge. Intertwining unexpected phenomena with a wry mix of new media and nostalgia, the project draws on the atmosphere and history of this overlooked site.

“Extended Stage creates moments of small spectacle around a rare opportunity for the viewer to explore an unusual space, in the end creating a spectacle of the process of investigation itself.”

About your visit:

Extended Stage is open Monday – Saturday 12-6pm from 8-17 April

Due to the sensitive nature of the site conditions of entry apply. Visitors are asked to explore the installation in limited numbers. Covered, low-heeled footwear is a prerequisite, Children must be closely supervised at all times. Free, bookings not required.
Contact the gallery if you have any questions before your visit.

About the artist:

Ian Burns was born in Newcastle, NSW in 1964. Internationally recognised, he has held solo exhibitions in Dublin, Vienna, St. Louis, New York, Melbourne, Hobart, Paris and Madrid. Recent group exhibitions include Dark Heart 2014 Adelaide Biennale,  In the Telling, ACMI, Melbourne, the Liege Biennial in Belgium (2012), the Anne Landa Award at the AGNSW (2011) and Housebroken at the Flux Factory, New York (2010). His work is included in public collections, including the Museum fur Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main; the MCA, Sydney; the Berge Collection, Spain; the Chartwell Collection, Auckland; and the 21C Museum, Louisville, Kentucky.  He is a current recipient of a Queensland College of Art, Griffith University Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship and is represented by Anna Schwartz Gallery and mother’s tankstation, Dublin.

Discover more at UTS ART Education with artist interviews and resources.

Extended Stage has been made possible by the support of UTS, City of Sydney, Bunnings Alexandria, Sydney Trains, RailCorp and Wembly House Pty Ltd 


Ian Burns: Extended Stage from UTS Digital Media Production on Vimeo.