• Detail of Prowl, Steven Tran, 2021. Photographed by Andrew Curtis
    Detail of Prowl, Steven Tran, 2021. Photographed by Andrew Curtis
Launch Event: 28 September 2022 6pm – 8pm

Exhibition Date: 15 September – 30 October 2022
Event Information

My favourite thing about this exhibition is that it is in my style and I recognise myself” – Steven Tran 

BOLDER is an interdimensional art exhibition that celebrates visibility and individuality, by artist Steven Tran. Building on his first solo exhibition, BOLD in 2021, BOLDER takes Steven’s drawings and paintings to new realms with Augmented Reality (AR) and expanded sensory experiences. Using his abstract style, Steven encourages his audiences to be distinct, daring and different. 

This exhibition provides viewers with new ways of seeing, hearing and experiencing. It showcases delightful patterns, encouraging audiences to be visible and to be BOLD. Steven invites each and every person to step into his imagination and journey through spooky staircases, where structures evolve and explode. 

Collaborators include:

  • Ben Monaghan (Mixed Reality Developer)
  • Elijah McDonald (3D Developer)
  • Kati Elizabeth (Product Manager)
  • Khuyen Phung (Lead UI designer)
  • Phoebe Watson (Game Designer)
  • Robert Stephenson (Animator)
  • Todd Watts (Animator)
  • VU Hive Lab

Launch Event: 28 September 2022, 6pm – 8pm
Exhibition Date: 15 September – 30 October 2022
Venue: Roslyn Smorgon Gallery 

Opening hours:
Tuesday to Friday: 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm 

This event is presented by Footscray Community Arts as part of the ArtLife Residency Program. BOLDER is part of The Big Anxiety, Melbourne Naarm, co-presented by RMIT University and UNSW. 

Date & Times

Thursday 15 September 9:30 am

Sunday 30 October 4:00 pm

Roslyn Smorgon Gallery

The celebration event for BOLDER will be Auslan interpreted. Seating will be provided in the gallery and a quiet space will also be available for the duration of the event. Patrons are free to come and go as they need.

Footscray Community Arts is a wheelchair accessible venue and an accessible toilet is available in the venue.

Accessible parking and a taxi/drop off area is located on the Moreland Street side of Footscray Community Arts, approximately twenty metres to reception and the Roslyn Smorgon Gallery.

Meet the Artist
  • Steven Tran
    Steven Tran

    is a contemporary artist and dancer, currently undertaking an ArtLife Residency at Footscray Community Arts. Steven’s work features bright colours and intricate patterns, building structure and new worlds with his own sets of rules and regulations. He works across the senses, often making art about music and movement. Steven derives inspiration from his favourite songs, patterns he sees in nature and the architecture of buildings from the urban environment in which he lives. 

    Steven’s work has featured in group shows for West Projections Festival and Due West Arts Festival in 2019, where he exhibited drawings for group site activation, “Sometimes I Just Miss Hearing Their Voice”. During Melbourne’s extended lockdown in 2020, Steven co-curated exhibition, ARISING, a virtual and on-site exhibition showing work from 32 artists. Steven produced his first solo exhibition, BOLD in 2021, where he took the opportunity to experiment and deepen his ideas with a new series of paintings and drawings.