Wildthing is an exhibition examining the animal in contemporary Australian art and is part of the celebrations of the centenary of Taronga Zoo. The animal kingdom has long proved a source of constant fascination and inspiration for many Australian artists. Wildthing explores the complex and multi-layered relationships humankind has with the animal kingdom, ranging from the comfort and affection offered by the domestic realm through to encounters with animals in and of the 'wild' that fuel our fears and imagination. Through artworks that are humorous and thought provoking, the exhibition communicates important social and ethical issues regarding the use and commodification of animals in our society.

Wildthing includes works drawn from the Western Plains Cultural Centre collection as well as public and private collections. It has been produced in partnership with Western Plains Cultural Centre and Lake Macquarie Art Gallery, following the success of their joint 2014-2015 exhibition Wildside. Artists include: Lisa Adams, Daniel Boyd, Joanna Braithwaite, Penny Byrne, Simon Cuthbert, Hayden Fowler, Peter Gardiner, Rew Hanks, Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro, Petrina Hicks, Deborah Kelly, Sam Leach, Joseph McGlennon, Noel McKenna, Danie Mellor, Rose Montebello, David Noonan, Ben Quilty, Michael Riley, Kate Rohde, Heather B. Swann, Beverley Veasey, Louise Weaver and Gerry Wedd.

Featured image - Joseph McGlennon, Thylacine Study Number 2, 2013, Giclee print on archival Hahnemuhle Fine Art Paper, Western Plains Cultural Centre Collection

Read our Q&A with Chris Britton from the legendary band The Troggs who sang the iconic rock song ‘Wild Thing’

Wild Thing Talk with Chris Britton from The Troggs.pdf


L to R: Pete Lucas (bass guitar), Chris Allen (lead vocals), Dave Maggs (drummer), Chris Britton (lead guitar)




Saturday 8 October - Sunday 27 November