Dennis Golding wins James Makin Gallery non-acquisitive Paddington Prize award

We are thrilled to congratulate Dennis Golding, who we have awarded the James Makin Gallery non-acquisitive award as a part of this year’s Paddington Art Prize!⁠

Golding’s work, Eveleigh Street, Redfern (2023), was awarded the prize, and will see the artist present a solo exhibition at James Makin Gallery in 2024/2025. We could not be more excited to work with Golding and to congratulate him on his win!⁠

Our collaboration with the Paddington Art Prize marks the duel anniversaries of the prize and James Makin Gallery – both of us reaching the 20 year milestone in 2023.⁠


Dennis Golding is a Kamilaroi/Gamilaraay artist from the northwest of NSW and was born and raised on Gadigal land (Redfern, Sydney). Through his mother’s lineage Dennis also has ancestral ties to Biripi country situated along the mid-north coast of NSW. ⁠

Working in a range of mixed media including painting, video, photography and installation, Golding critiques the social, political, and cultural representations of race and identity. His practice is drawn from his own experiences living in urban environments and through childhood memories.⁠

Born and raised in Redfern during the 90s and into the 00s, Golding’s painting ‘Eveleigh Street Redfern’ draws upon his childhood memory during the year 2000 of derelict houses from the top of Eveleigh Street. These houses were once filled by community members including his family, who migrated from country NSW to Redfern in the 70s in pursuit of better employment and community connections. His depiction of the empty homes stand as a reminder of how families (including his own) once lived in this community, but then removed out of the city due to gentrification.⁠⁠

Dennis Golding. Eveleigh Street Redfern, 2023. acrylic on Canvas. 40 x 60 x 2 cm⁠

Artist portrait, courtesy of the artist.⁠

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