Creative Accounting

Touring regional galleries in NSW, VIC and QLD until the end of 2017
Currently at Museum of the Riverina, Wagga Wagga, NSW | 7 July to 8 October 2017
Curator: Holly Williams


Kenzee Patterson   1USD,  2009, a stack of one hundred US pennies protruding from the wall at a 90 degree angle. 1.9 . 14.5 cm. Courtesy the artist and Darren Knight Gallery. Installation view, UTS Gallery, 2011. Photo: Silversalt

About the exhibition:

Drawing from alternative currencies, banking archives, pop culture and contemporary art,Creative Accounting scratches below the surface of the economic system to reveal money’s enigmatic side. Money is many things at once: an abstract rendering of value; an agent of propaganda; a decorative device. It plays a central role in all of our lives yet is often overlooked as an object of contemplation.

This exhibition will connect diverse local audiences with ideas around currency, economic systems and historical quirks at a time when money is becoming increasingly abstract in the digital age. It will present a multiplicity of ideas, mediums and narratives drawn from a wide sphere, with local archives ‘mined’ for content to complement the international and Australia content. 

Curated by Holly Williams from The Curators' Department in conjunction with Hawkesbury Regional Gallery and toured by Museums & Galleries of NSW

Participating artists:
Conrad Bakker, Ian Burns, Penelope Cain, Joachim Froese, Melanie Gilligan, Fiona Hall, Andrew Hurle, Yves Marchand & Romain Meffre, Daniel McKewen, Christine McMillan, Kenzee Patterson, Ryan Presley, David Shapiro and Abdullah M.I. Syed alongside objects from the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, the Westpac Group Archives, Hawkesbury Regional Museum and various private collections.

Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, Windsor, NSW: 27 May to 10 July 2016
Manningham Art Gallery, Doncaster, VIC: 27 July to 3 September 2016
Albury LibraryMuseum, Albury, NSW: 17 September to 23 October 2016
UQ Art Museum, Brisbane, QLD: 12 November 2016 to 26 February 2017
Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo, NSW: 4 March to 28 May 2017
Museum of the Riverina, Wagga Wagga, NSW: 7 July to 8 October 2017
Moree Plains Gallery, Moree, NSW: 20 October to 2 December 2017

media coverage

Sarah Kanowski, Creative Accounting, Books & Arts, ABC RN, 11 November 2016
UQ Art Museum, An intriguing tale of art and money, 28 September 2016
Rachel Arndt, Showcase, Museums & Galleries of NSW, 20 September 2016


This project is supported by Arts NSW’s Curatorial Support Initiative grant, a devolved funding program administered by Museums & Galleries of NSW on behalf of the NSW Government. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Exhibition guide supported by the Gordon Darling Foundation.